Sunday, September 15, 2019

Is this season a failure if the Phillies don't make playoffs? Latest Phillies Talk Podcast

It's the latest edition of Phillies Talk Podcast, who's the Phillies MVP for this year? - and is this considered a failure year if the Phils don't make the playoffs?

Join us and listen into the Phillies Talk Podcast with Rich Baxter and Matt Veasey - talking all things Phillies.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Phillies off on Friday the 13th, still staying in Wild Card race with split

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Realmuto plays a part in the Phillies win last night

The Phillies split with the Atlanta Braves at home, 2-2 was the series as the Phils did step up to stay in the Wild Card race, although the problem may be the low amount of remaining games left now. The team is still 2.0 GB on the Wild Card race, they are surrounded again by the Mets who have stormed back to be relevant again and putting the Diamondbacks back to 3.5 GB after handing them a 4-game sweep, the Cubs, and the Brewers.

The Red Sox are out of it, they have been failing this month, and their GM was fired because of it. Much different story in the Phillies, that this team has been rebuilding and retooling for years, and there hasn't been the same hot seat as other teams have had.

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Franco has been the same during the stay with Phillies, he's injected some fun into this ballclub

27,022 was the attendance for the final game in the series with the Braves, Phils fans aren't exactly flooding Citizens Bank Park to see the Phillies in this Wild Card race. Of course the team must continue to win to have a shot at the playoffs, and do something like the Mets just did, the Mets looked out of it a few days ago, they regrouped and swept the Dbacks and now they are back. The Phillies can't keep spitting and have a chance, they need to go on a long winning streak as the season is really winding down quickly.

A rare Friday off for the Phillies, a short series with the Red Sox awaits.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Phils find way to win vs Fried and the Braves

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Scott Kingery finishes up with a face first slide that was kind of close, an inside the park HR

Baseball remains a very entertaining game, due to several factors, it is not a sport which is controlled by time. You could go to a game and they could be finished in two hours or you can go to a game and be there 4 hours plus. I think that's the interesting thing about baseball, who can remember many Phillies games going into extra innings well past midnight?

The other thing that is interesting about the game is that on any given night, a team can play another team quite differently, last night the Phillies looked on paper as if they were going to lose before the game started. You had a pitcher for the Braves with a 16-4 record going up against a Phillies pitcher that wasn't anywhere near that, but the Phils ended up winning by holding onto a 6-5 victory.

Last night in baseball there was a lopsided score, the Oakland A's took on the Houston Astros, and beat them by a 21-7 score. That's amazing. Another game had the NY Yankees up 6-0 in the second inning over the Tigers, by the end of the game, it was Tigers 12 and the Yankees 11 - this is a Tigers team that has already lost 100 games on the season as of last night.

The Phils are still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Wild Card, it's still an extremely outside change but it's still there. Plays like last night's 'inside the park' HR by Scott Kingery was the kind of plays you need to make you believe in a team again. With a good throw, he would have been out by 5 feet or more though.

Last night, the Phils found a way to win, the bullpen stepped up, and the offense stepped up. It was a close game, but we ended up on top. The Phillies are still 2.0 GB from the wildcard but they have some other teams that are big names in baseball. Milwaukee, Arizona, and potentially the Cubs.

We'll keep watching and see what happens, 24,220 were at the ballpark last night cheering their team on. Everyday is like a playoff game for the Phillies, they simply have to keep winning and playing well.

It's the Braves again tonight on 9/11 - Keuchel vs Eflin

September 11th - Always Remember

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Braves continue winning ways over Phils

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Donaldson has been hot, and the Phillies manager seem to let him wreck this team

As was said yesterday, the Braves are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, they proved that again last night against the Phillies. Atlanta was 9-1  (winners of 18 of their last 21) coming into last night's game, now they moved ahead in the season series over the Phils 7-6 with the 7-2 win last night. Aaron Nola got the loss for the Phils he's now 12-5 on the year.

Atlanta is coming off of winning it's 30 series of the year with the series win over the weekend while playing the Nationals. Only 2 other teams have won 30 series or more this year, the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Harper strikes out but doesn't agree with the call

The Phillies offense yielded 2 HR but very little of anything else, the Braves scored 2 and 2 in the first and second inning then 3 runs off of reliever Nick Pivetta and that was the ballgame for the Phils.

Josh Donaldson has been killing the Phillies all year long, but we keep pitching to him, he had 3 RBI last night. That is something that bothers me about Gabe Kapler, he does nothing usually to try to minimize the hot batters on the other team.

It's Max Fried 16-4 vs Jason Vargas 6-7 tonight, the Phils need to dig in and do something in this game, the Braves just can't wait to get into the Phillies bullpen and they did it last night against Pivetta. 25,071 was the paid attendance last night at Citizens Bank Park.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Franco comes back to remind, he's still a relevant player

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Franco feels good in NY, I've said many times the Mets should have grabbed him from the Phils

Mikeal Franco returned to his 3rd base corner yesterday for the Phillies. I really don't know why he fell so out of favor with this team and manager, but many games the Phillies did without him even on the team (he was sent down to the minors) and mediocre players were in his place doing the job he should have been doing all season long.

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What's good for the Goose .... Franco celebrates with Gosselin

Franco hit a HR yesterday against the Mets, it was his 7th of the year against the NY Mets team that probably never wants to see him arrive with the Phillies to Citi Field again. They may get their wish the way that Franco has been treated by the Phillies in the last couple of months.

The Phils uphill battle to the playoffs continues. It's the Atlanta Braves tonight at home, yes those red hot Atlanta Braves. The Braves are 9-1 in their last 10 games, hopefully the Phillies can cool them down. We have Aaron Nola on the mound tonight in a matchup against Folty for the Braves. No, I don't want to look up the spelling of his name :)

Odds for the Phillies making the playoffs are up to 5.8 percent, just remember the Phils must keep winning and the other wild card teams must lose to make it happen. We're supposed to be watching the Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Brewers scores as they will have to lose while the Phils win to make good things happen.

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Velasquez gets points yesterday for the Alonzo drilling, you have to answer the Harper HBP

Bryce Harper was back for a pinch hit last night, he's day-to-day after that nasty HBP thrown by Steven Matz, the pitch didn't look like one that got away to me. Vince Velasquez drilled Mets rookie Pete Alonzo yesterday with a pitch that hit his elbow protector. That may not have been a pitch that got away from Vince either. The bad blood between these two teams continues, but they won't face one another anymore as the Phils have taken the season series, 12-7.

The kind of bad news is that we have many games left with the Braves, and the Phillies have to win, as was said before to have a chance. As it stands right now, the Phils and the Braves are knotted up 6-6 in the season series. Josh Donaldson has been the best player on the Braves so far with a 5.7 WAR- the Braves have 5 players above a 4.0 WAR on the season which is huge. So we'll see what happens starting tonight at 7:05 PM at Citizens Bank Park.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Phils bounce back from loss but chances for playoffs at 3.2 percent delays inevitable

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Larry Bowa and a few other Phillies were in Atlantic City on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel's Celebrate America Parade on the boardwalk in AC

In the next couple of days, the Phillies will be eliminated from the playoff chase. I so hope that last sentence could be so wrong if looked at a week from now, but I think it's a solid statement. The Phils did win last night in New York, but they are hardly in a legitimate playoff run this year,

The team did burst onto the season with a lot of lofty dreams, as most ballclubs hope to do as they leave Spring Training. The Phils were actually winning games too, early in the season. But things took a nasty turn around the time that Andrew McCutchen got injured and Odubel Herrera got into trouble with the police charges in the incident that involved his girlfriend. They had since patched it up, but the damage was done in his case being suspended from baseball and effectively on the shelf with his Phillies career in jeopardy to continue.

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JT Realmuto is the real brightspot on this Phillies team - he leads the team with a 4.3 WAR

Those incidents started to bring about change to this team, last night, there were players on the field that shouldn't be on this Phillies team. Brad Miller was booting balls at third base (he accumulated 2 E in about 12 minutes), and his replacement we know as the guy who didn't endear himself to Phillies fans after he made some innocent comments after a game about the booing he was getting from the crowd, which in turn made them boo him more.

How does a team like the Phillies get into these type of situations? It's simple. It's all about management of the team, the upper office of the Phillies, they are responsible for putting players on the field. Yes, we did sign Bryce Harper during the off-season last year, that seemed to be a mission of owner John Middleton, but surrounding the superstar are a lot of other non-superstar or even players that aren't' that good.

Stick a fork in this team, they are done now that Bryce Harper has been injured for an unspecified period of time. Even if Harper were healthy this combination of players aren't getting it done on the field. Night after night they are proving that.

Phillies fans aren't voting though with their dollars yet at the ticket booths, they are still supporting this team in fairly large numbers. Sometimes ownership will really only take notice that there is a major problem when they see there is only 10 or 12 thousand fans in the seats, it used to be this way in the bad days of the Phillies when they played at Veterans Stadium. Then owners start to take notice. Until then, it's a hotbed on social media and other avenues of discourse like writers and broadcasters. Maybe not enough for ownership to do anything drastic about it, I think this management group has run it's course. MacPhail and Klentak (Phillies team president and the GM) have worn out their welcome here, and have done a semi poor job in putting together a winning team.

The New York series wraps up today at 1:10PM - it's football season now, and it will be easy for a lot of fans to simply switch off the channel on the Phillies now, especially since the games they play that are all remaining will be somewhat useless as they will not make the playoffs. 

Vince Velasquez will get the start for the Phillies.

Friday, September 06, 2019

The Phils visit Broadway try to right the ship to playoffs

Some say it's too late, the Phillies have had their chance and have let it slip away. The team couldn't win when it needed it most. That's been the story all summer long with this team, many months ago, it was said, 'It's early' - well it's early no more.

The Phils are a whole 4.0 GB in the wild card race, and that's not a good place to be at this point. The Mets have faltered also, and they are a game behind the Phillies. The Nationals, Cubs, and Diamondbacks are all surging at the right time.

The New York Mets have been battling the same things that the Phillies have, a shaky bullpen and a quiet offense at times, with the Mets I think it's been more of a shaky bullpen. They had a big lead the other night against the Nats and gave it up in the last of the 9th.

For the top teams in the divisions all around baseball, it's simple the better teams are winning in bunches, the Braves last 10 games they are 8-2, it's the same with St. Louis 7-3 and the Dodgers have been doing ok, but the Diamondbacks are 9-1 in the last 10.

Better teams find a way to win, and they stick to it, not winning 2 and losing 3 and winning 3 and losing 4, that is the kind of stuff that the Phillies have done. They just haven't displayed themselves as a playoff team. Yes, if they happen to get lucky to get in, that's all they need to do, but you don't get a good feeling about that, they are not dealing from a position of strength.

Here's how the the probable starter Steven Matz and the Mets with his starts have done so far: (Matz is extremely tough at home)

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Generated 9/6/2019.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Phils revert back to Jekyll and Hyde again, drop 2 to Reds

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The Reds celebrate after beating the 'hapless' Phillies in 2 straight games

Once and for all, the Phillies are not a playoff team, they proved it again in Cincinnati the last two games in which they lost to the Reds. This team is just not a deserving playoff team, Gabe Kapler keeps his comments up that they are 'scratching and clawing' it seems more like they win a couple and lose a couple, no sense of urgency, no demand to win, no extraordinary efforts from the players on the field to go out there and win. They are more hapless and hopeless than anything else.

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The bullpen gives up another game, but the offense wasn't much better in the last two games

It's embarrassing to say that the Phillies are in deed trying their hardest after every game they lose. That's what the manager keeps reassuring people, but it's all smoke and mirrors, nothing but hype and pardon the expression, bull *hit. That's what this management's message is, the team is constantly clawing, but they aren't. They are just losing.

It's going to be a long 3 more weeks of baseball, after the Phillies are officially eliminated, their will be different excuses and promises for the future. That's another part of the smoke and mirrors from this management. It's all an illusion, to make you think the Phillies are a winning team.

Now it's off to New York, they will probably sweep the Phillies the way the Phils have been playing, it's a real bad thing, hardly fun to watch anymore, you'd probably be better painting a wall in your house and watching it dry before you'd watch this team. Again today they were 2-11 with RISP, losing in extra innings by a score of 4-3.

If you care to watch though, on Friday in Queens, it will be Eflin vs. Matz at Citi Field.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Phils string together a 3-game win streak

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Looking for the win, Harper and the Phils are in a semi-groove

The Phillies are clinging on to the outside chance to make the playoffs by winning ballgames, they won their third straight last night in Cincinnati. How did the do it? Mainly by scoring runners in scoring position, the Phils were 5-12 last night, again having plenty of opportunities to score runners on base.

The Phils are still 2.5 GB in the wild card though even with winning, because the Cubs keep winning, but that's what the Phils need to go out there and do, win.

The Mets, who the Phillies did have a bit of a problem with the other week and who were chasing a wild card spot that the Phillies want, were up 6 runs on a hot Washington Nationals team going into the 9th inning last night, the Nats stormed back on them and won the ballgame walk-off style 11-10. The Phillies will face the Nationals for 5 games towards the end of this month.

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Dickerson gets the run in this time with a close play at home

For the Phillies the chance remains very slim to make the playoffs, they have to win of course, but the other wild card chasers have to lose to get them into position, right now Phillies fans need to watch the Cubs first and foremost and hope they lose, then the Diamondbacks who are right on the heels of the Phillies.

It's a long season, but it's going to be wrapping up soon, can the Phils continue to hang tough, they have had many chances to show that they are indeed a playoff team, but couldn't come through. The games that they needed to win, they really couldn't. Getting streaks of winning, was a foreign term to this team. The time in mid=June when this team was swept by the Braves and then the Marlins back-to-back was a real down moment for the club. There were many down moments though. Scoring base runners have been a real problem for a lot of games with this ballclub.

It's Aaron Nola night, as the Phillies look to continue their winning ways.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Phillies Talk Podcast - Sept 2 - Remainder of September Schedule and more!

It's the Phillies Talk Podcast with Rich Baxter and Matt Veasey talking Phillies baseball. The remainder of the September schedule, the Phils have a battle with the Braves and Nationals still ahead of them, we're talking about that and a whole lot more on this show!