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PostHeaderIcon Morning Review: Outfield production leads Phillies

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There were several Phillies whose names were in the mix the week leading up to the trade deadline this week. Marlon Byrd’s was a popular one.

Byrd had been here before, last season in fact. He was traded from the Mets to the Pirates and right into a playoff race.

This season, he survived.

So in his second game following the deadline, Byrd showed off more power in a year that may end up being the best of his career from a production standpoint. His 21st home run proved to be the difference in the Phillies 2-1 win over the Nationals. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Get Organized: Phillies deadline silence continues endless circle of flawed thinking

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In the week leading up to the trade deadline, it was a very real possibility that the Phillies would do nothing. On Thursday afternoon, that nightmare became reality.

The Phillies made no moves at the deadline, leaving a roster struggling to compete completely in tact.

The reality that was realized on Thursday went further than the product on the field or the general manager’s office. The harsh reality is that, as a whole, the Phillies are not just a terrible baseball team. They are a horrible organization from top to bottom. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Into The Sunset: Hamels dominates potential final start as Phillies win

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Amidst trade rumors, Cole Hamels has been dealing his best games of the season and possibly his career. On Tuesday night, he took the trip to the mound in New York for what could be his last start with the Phillies.

He made the most of it.

Hamels domination continued as he threw eight shutout innings, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. He also got some offensive help by virtue of three home runs as the Phillies claimed a 6-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game Changer: Rule 7.13 decides game, continues to make no sense

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“I’d much rather get killed. Seriously, I’d much rather be run over. Come get me.”

Well, someone finally said it.

Those were the thoughts of Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero following the Phillies 4-2 win over Arizona on Sunday afternoon.

The reason for the comment: Rule 7.13 – which produced an overturned out call that gave the Phillies the game-winning run. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon The Beat Goes On: Amaro hopeful for Howard, gives vote of confidence

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Many years from now, the current era of Phillies baseball will be identified by one man and his philosophy – that’s if fans choose to remember it at all. It’s almost on a daily basis that Ruben Amaro Jr. pulls out his favorite word. Ironically, it’s a word that doesn’t describe the Phillies.

Amaro spoke about the Ryan Howard situation again prior to Friday night’s game and re-stated his intentions on Howard.

“All I can tell you is that’s not in our best interest,” Amaro said. “It’s not something that we’ve discussed. I fully expect him to be our first baseman next year.”

The problem with the Phillies since Amaro took over as GM has been about living in the past. The franchise was aging, even in 2009, but there were some future pieces lurking in the minor leagues.

Now, they are a depleted franchise – very little talent in the majors, almost nothing in the minors.

But, they have hope. You know, like the song in Damn Yankees. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Report: Phillies ‘trying hard’ to trade Howard

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Ryan Howard spent Thursday afternoon’s Phillies win against the Giants the same way he spent Wednesday night’s loss – sitting on the bench for the game’s entirety.

Prior to Thursday’s game, Howard had a private meeting with manager Ryne Sandberg. Following the game, Howard offered no comment.

“Talk to him,” Howard said upon leaving the clubhouse. “Bye. Talk to the manager.”

Less than two hours later, Howard’s name showed up on the trading block as a high priority. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Phillies are “trying hard” to trade the struggling first baseman and are willing to take on most of his remaining $70 million owed through 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Power Outage: Howard’s time in Philly dwindling

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Ryan Howard will still be a member of the Phillies on Aug. 1, after the team does whatever may happen at the trade deadline in the days leading up to July 31. But there certainly is a chance that Howard’s days in a Phillies uniform are numbered.

2014 marked the first year since the end of 2011 that Howard has been fully healthy – at least whatever condition it is that allows him to play everyday.

Howard is in the midst of the worst season of his career, hitting .224 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI. To put this in perspective, Howard’s last season playing at least 100 games was in 2011 – he played 71 games in 2012 and 80 in 2013. In 2011, he hit .253 with 33 home runs and 116 RBI.

That was the player Howard thought he would be with renewed health. That is the type of player the Phillies hoped they would get this season.

But as we know, the Phillies were really hoping against hope in 2014, relying on aging veterans and unseasoned youngsters at the other positions to try to contend again.

That run of contention is over. And even with as much as $60 million left on a contract that runs through 2016 – with, of course, a team option for 2017 – so might be Howard’s career.

Just as the time has come for the Phillies to stop living in the past, it is also time to cut ties with Howard for good. Eat the money, admit the mistake, and begin again. And surprisingly, it might just happen. 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 Morning Review: Five alive?

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For the second time in a month’s time, the Phillies have a five-game winning streak. The first time around, it looked and felt a lot better.

That was before the Phillies essentially reverted back to the ways that forced talks of rebuilding and fire sales. They lost 13 of 16 games.

So this five-game winning streak feels different. But then again, it doesn’t completely feel all that different.

The Phillies had closed the gap in the division by three games to be 3 1/2 games out of the division lead. The Phillies fell hard in their losing streak, dropping to as many as 12 games back. After this five-game streak, they are now eight games back. Could they really still be alive?

Logic says no. But the last five games on the field have been five of the Phillies best. Read the rest of this entry »

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