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PostHeaderIcon Morning Review: Deadline success for Phillies means a big name must go

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Tuesday night’s game was another tease that ended in defeat. The Phillies had played with that fine line that is competence.

This is a bad baseball team and if you don’t believe me by now, sit through 14 innings of it. It isn’t fun, that’s for sure.

For baseball to be fun again in Philadelphia, there have to be new names, new faces and a new outlook. It doesn’t have to be a team with a playoff makeup right away. That will come with the right amount of time and the right kind of development.

But the well has run dry. The Phillies don’t have the internal options to do this. They need to sell off the old and get new in a hurry.

The trade deadline presents that chance and the Phillies will be active. But the most likely trades to happen aren’t going to amount to much. They need to make a splash in a different way than any of us are familiar: they need to cut ties with a big name to open the door to a bigger and better future. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Cole And Roll: Rollins homer enough in Hamels gem as Phils hold off Braves

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Cole Hamels pitched inning after inning holding the Braves quiet with nothing to show from his offense. Finally, after Grady Sizemore reached for the fourth time, Jimmy Rollins ensured he wouldn’t be stranded again.

Rollins belted a two-run home run in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the Phillies 2-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 97 Preview: Phillies at Braves

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The Phillies returned from the All-Star Break and picked up where they left off before it, dropping the first game with little offense of note and a rough outing on the mound from the starter.

The Phillies (42-54) continue to slide to the finish and the trade deadline. The Atlanta Braves (53-43) used Friday’s win to pull ahead in the NL East and look to build on their lead. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.93 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings in his last start last Saturday against the Nationals, taking a no-decision. Hamels also faced the Braves on June 16, allowing five hits in seven shutout innings in a no-decision. In 32 games and 31 career starts against the Braves, Hamels is 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 6-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 18 games and 17 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.53 ERA). Harang picked up a win in his last start on July 10, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings. Harang faced the Phillies twice in June. On June 18, he allowed nine runs – eight earned – on 13 hits in five innings, taking the loss. He picked up the win on June 29, allowing two runs on 11 hits in seven innings. In 15 games and 14 career starts against the Phillies, Harang is 5-3 with a 5.23 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 5-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Heading South: Braves 4-run inning sinks Phillies

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The Phillies last trip to Atlanta sparked a sweep. So when the Phillies took the early lead in the second inning of Friday’s series opener, it felt like deja vu all over again.

Until the bottom of the second when failure to record a shutdown inning haunted the Phillies again.

A.J. Burnett surrendered four second-inning runs as the Braves claimed the series opener on Friday night by a score of 6-4 at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Two Weeks Notice: Big changes on horizon for Phillies

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Friday marks the return of the Phillies from the All-Star Break, which means back to reality for Phillies fans as they watch a mediocre team play the final 67 games on the 2014 season.

But if you really think about it, assuming 2014 is over already, there are just 13 games left in 2014 before turning the page to 2015.

That’s because an overhaul is due. A few weeks ago, it certainly seemed like a possibility that the Phillies were stuck in the middle, no one coming in, no one getting out.

Partially, this was due to a misguided belief that the Phillies were still contenders of some sort. The other was due to lack of tradable assets. The things a five-game win streak can do to a team weeks before the deadline.

That five-game winning streak put the spotlight on some tradable players, and there are names to go around. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Morning Review: Very little learned in a lot of time

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In the past 28 games, the Phillies have a 13-15 record. That wouldn’t be so bad if not for the total inconsistency it presented.

The Phillies just closed the unofficial first half of the season – 95 games in all – with a 42-53 record, 11 games under .500 with very little improvement expected.

In the last month, the Phillies have gone on two separate five-game winning streaks. In between the streaks, the Phillies lost 13 of 16 games. They followed the second five-game streak up with two more losses to end the first half.

All season, the message has been the same from the Phillies organization: we’ll see where these next two weeks – or month – go. That last month said a lot but nothing much more than what wasn’t already known. The Phillies will be active in a couple weeks time. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Morning Review: More than a box score

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After five days of winning, the Phillies streak is over again, just as it was a few weeks ago.

In order to identify where the game really went wrong for the Phillies, you have to look further than the box score.

The Phillies had entered Saturday’s game hitting .361 with runners in scoring position in their last five games. On Saturday, they were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Additionally, the Phillies entered Saturday’s game having not committed an error in 40 innings. That streak extended to 50 on Saturday, but an ill-advised fielder’s choice by Chase Utley proved to be the play that made a huge difference. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Nat Snap: Zimmerman’s single helps Nats edge Phillies in 10

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With an eighth-inning RBI single by Ben Revere, the Phillies had erased a three-run deficit. This was the Phillies team of the past five days, the one that stunned the Brewers for nine runs after six no-hit innings.

But in two short innings, another five-game winning streak was over.

Chase Utley’s costly fielding decision led to the go-ahead run for the Nationals on a two-out RBI single by Ryan Zimmerman. An insurance run on a wild pitch officially dashed hopes of a sixth straight win as the Phillies fell in 10 innings to the Nationals with a 5-3 loss on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 94 Preview: Phillies vs. Nationals

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The Phillies first five-game winning streak was followed by losses in 13 of the next 16 games. So who knows what to expect as the Phillies follow up their second five-game win streak on Saturday night.

The Phillies (42-51) can extend the streak to a season-long six games with a win on Saturday. The Washington Nationals (49-42) look to rebound after losing their last two games. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed two runs – one earned – on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in a win against the Brewers. In 28 career starts against the Nationals, Hamels is 15-6 with a 2.58 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 52-41 with a 3.32 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 3.47 ERA). Strasburg allowed two runs on four hits in a no-decision against the Orioles in his last start, an 8-2 Nationals loss. Strasburg faced the Phillies twice this season. On June 4, he allowed four runs – two earned – on seven hits in seven innings in a win. He took a no-decision after allowing three unearned runs on six hits in six innings on May 2. In eight career starts against the Phillies, Strasburg is 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 0-0 with a 0.55 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Reach For The Stars: Phillies win 5th straight in opener against Nationals

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When the Phillies last won five games, they followed by losing 13 of the next 16 games. That dismal stretch is now sandwiched between the two longest win streaks of the season.

The Phillies continued a recent hot streak, winning their fifth straight game in Friday’s series opener against the Nationals with a 6-2 win at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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