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The Phillies are expected to undergo wholesale changes this offseason as they try to assemble a new group for 2014 with the hopes of returning to the Postseason. That started immediately following the final game of the season.
Within 24 hours of the season’s conclusion, the Phillies announced that they would not be offering a new contract to pitching coach Rich Dubee.
Dubee spent nine seasons with the Phillies, most of them under Charlie Manuel. Dubee handled pitching staffs that featured the likes of Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Pedro Martinez, Brad Lidge, Jonathan Papelbon, Tom Gordon, Brett Myers and more.
Dubee was also a member of the 2008 World Series championship coaching staff.
The Phillies have committed to Ryne Sandberg as manager of the 2014 team. His current coaching staff consists of Juan Samuel, Steve Henderson, Wally Joyner, Mick Billmeyer, Rod Nichols and Jesus Tiamo.
Much more to come in this busy offseason for the Phillies.
The Phillies lose five of their final seven games to coast into the offseason. There was one positive that came from all of that.
For the first time since 2001, the Phillies have a Top-10 pick in the MLB Draft. With their 73-89 record, third worst in the National League, the Phillies claimed the seventh overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
The last time the Phillies had a Top-10 pick, they selected pitcher Gavin Floyd with the fourth overall pick in 2001.
In recent history, the seventh pick has produced some sound talent that is already at the major-league level. Here are some of the players drafted seventh overall in recent seasons:
- 2002: 1B Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
- 2003: OF Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
- 2004: RHP Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
- 2005: SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
- 2006: LHP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
- 2009: LHP Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
- 2010: RHP Matt Harvey, New York Mets
Obviously, that is some pretty good talent. Kershaw is quite possibly the best pitcher in baseball right now. Harvey is a star in the making. Minor is more than serviceable. Tulowitzki, Markakis and Fielder are all solid position players.
The Phillies formed their core of players during a championship run with high draft picks. Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Pat Burrell and Brett Myers were all first-round picks for the Phillies. Could this pick lead to a centerpiece to the future?
That remains to be seen, but since the Phillies posted their worst season since 2000, they get a chance to bolster the system with a top-tier pick.
As this dismal season comes to a close, the Phillies opened their final five games the same way the final 10 began, with a loss.
Falling to 72-86, the Phillies are preparing to close the season in Atlanta. But first, they lost at the hands of the miserable Marlins.
The Phillies are going out with a whimper, losing in five of six games. That included Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Marlins.
The Phillies finally snapped a five-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a victory over the Marlins in a bullpen game no less. It was a positive step for a group that has shown improvement in the second half.
The Phillies (72-85) enter the final five games of the season. The first of those five is the series finale against the Marlins (58-100) on Wednesday.
Cole Hamels (8-14, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed six runs on 10 hits in seven innings in a loss to the Mets in his last start. Hamels last faced the Marlins on June 5, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings in a win. In his career against the Marlins, Hamels is 9-12 with a 3.16 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA.
The Phillies will face left-hander Brad Hand (1-1, 3.14 ERA). Hand allowed one run on one hit in two innings in his last appearance on Friday against the Nationals. Hand picked up the win against the Phillies in relief on Sept. 18. He made his last start on Sept. 13 against the Mets, allowing four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. In his career against the Phillies, Hand is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.
There were two milestones in sight for Cole Hamels. One was easily attained. The other one was not.
Hamels struggled early against the Mets as the Phillies officially clinched what was inevitable.
With 10 games remaining and just one loss separating the Phillies from a .500 record and their first losing season since 2002, the chances of the Phillies avoiding the losing season were slim to none.
The Mets struck early and the Phillies, despite getting chances, failed to rebound, losing to the Mets, 6-4, on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
A total of 49 players have taken the field for the Phillies in the 2013 season. With so much roster confusion, there are some cases where it is a wonder who will be on the roster in 2014.
A closer look, however, reveals that the Phillies 2014 roster is almost completely set. Here’s the breakdown. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday night’s 10th-inning scenario was all too familiar for the Phillies. The result was as well.
The Phillies had found themselves in position to rebound from a late-inning run only to fall short. An error and an extra-base hit had given the Phillies that chance. But moments later, the game was over with the opposition celebrating a win on the field.
The Marlins used a 10-inning home run by Ed Lucas and staved off a Phillies’ rally to claim a 4-3 win over the Phillies and avoid a sweep on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »
Cole Hamels had done everything for another win. Much like his start against the Nationals earlier in the week, Hamels limited the damage throughout the game. In fact, only one hitter could solve him on Sunday afternoon.
If not for Evan Gattis, Hamels would have been dealing his best masterpiece to date in his career. Gattis accounted for the only two Atlanta hits in the game, both tremendous solo home runs, including one in the seventh to tie the game.
But the Phillies had a right-handed home-run hitter of their own. Darin Ruf supplied an early RBI in the first that stood as the difference all the way to Gattis’ second blast. It was Ruf using the long ball that made the difference in the end, as his solo home run in the bottom of the eighth put the Phillies in front in a 3-2 win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Freddy Galvis provided the heroics on Saturday night, giving the Phillies a rather monumental series win at this point in their season.
The Phillies (65-77) have not had a season to remember. But they do have some moments that deserve to be replayed. Galvis has provided two of them with walk-off home runs this season. A sweep of the Braves (85-56) would be one of the high points of the season half. The Phillies go for that on Sunday afternoon.
Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.50 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed one run on two hits over seven innings, taking a no-decision against the Nationals. Hamels last faced the Braves on Aug. 12, allowing one run on six hits in a complete-game win. In his career against the Phillies, Hamels is 13-8 with a 3.60 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 50-38 with a 3.26 ERA.
The Phillies will face left-hander Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.41 ERA). Maholm allowed three runs on six hits in five innings in his last start, getting the win over the Mets. Maholm last faced the Phillies on July 5, allowing five runs – four earned – on nine hits in six innings, taking the loss. In his career against the Phillies, Maholm is 5-3 with a 4.78 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA.
Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.
As the boos rained down on Jonathan Papelbon for the sixth time after blowing a save at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies had to regroup for the bottom of the ninth. Due to hit in the bottom of the ninth was the hero of Friday night’s win and two players who already had walk-off hits to their credit this season.
Perhaps the most unlikely of those heroes came through in a rather unlikely way.
Freddy Galvis already had three hits on the night and one walk-off home run this season. He proved he was no one-hit wonder in the walk-off department.
Galvis turned on a 1-0 pitch from Freddy Garcia – yes, that Freddy Garcia – to help the Phillies bounce back from a blown save by Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.