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Monday, June 27, 2016

Phils show some fight in Battle on the Bay

The Phils roughed up Mad Bum, and Johhny Cueto on this West Coast road trip, as the fight in them has reappeared

The Phils showed a lot of why they are sometimes called the Fightin Phils. Yesterday in San Francsico, the team battled back to tie the game several times.

The game was tied 7-7 in the 9th when the Giants got a runner on second and then a hit to drive him home and win the game.

Carlos Ruiz had 3 RBI on the day, he got a hit to tie up the game at 7-7 in the 8th. The two teams combined for 28 hits on the day. Peter Bourjos batted 3-4 for the Phils, Cody Asche went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Odubel Herrera chipped in a solo HR in this game.

Angel Pagan went 4-5 for the Giants with 2 RBI on the afternoon and scored 3 of the Giants 9 runs. The Giants had 15 runners in scoring position in this game, they only converted 5 of those runners into scores and the Phils 4-9 with RISP in this entertaining game.

Johnny Cueto got roughed up in this game, giving up 6 R on 8 H in his 6.0 innings. Aaron Nola gave up 10 H and 5 ER on the day as both starting pitchers didn't figure in the decision for win or loss in this game.

Conor Gillespie, Giants third baseman, got the winning hit for the Giants, he said that the Giants have great chemistry on the field and it is a great team. Manager Bruce Bochy got his 800th win as the Giants manager with the win.

Next up on the west coast road trip is the Arizona Diamondbacks for the Phils. The Phillies would do well to try to pay back the Diamondbacks for the 4-game sweep that the team did on the Phils at Citizens Bank Park that started on June 17th at home for the Phils.

The Phils will face Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, his last 3 starts have resulted in 2 wins for him and the Diamondbacks.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Phillies win against Giants only 2nd win in last 12 games

Jeanmar Gomez would be the only choice for a player on the Phillies to represent them at the All Star game this year 

The last few weeks have been brutal on Phillies fans. A 9-game losing streak and only a few wins sprinkled into the month, as the Phillies have only won 6 games in the month of June so far. The June record as of today before the final game in San Francisco on the road trip that continues to Arizona next, has the Phils with a 6-18 record for June. The Phils won in San Fran by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night.

What happened to this team?

Starting pitching which had been very good to start off the year deserted this team in the month of June. For some reason, it all went bad for Phillies starters, and the offense really was not ever producing well enough for this team early on or even now.

The Phils still have a ton of games coming up, the season isn't yet half over, but the opponents they will face soon have been on the upswing while the Phils are on the elevator down. You kind of had the impression that the new GM, Matt Klentak, had a magical potion with this team in the beginning of the year, but that has since been debunked and is nothing more than black magic at this point.

What can be done with this team? Little is being said by Klentak, and manager Pete Mackanin just goes through the motions of describing all of the bad play that we have been seeing on the field by this team. Should anyone be in the All Star game from this team? Maybe Jeanmar Gomez with the great job that he stepped up and has done, but no one else would probably qualify for All Star status.

All of the coaches whose players also underperformed in the last couple years are all still employed by the team as well, so the upper management apparently doesn't feel that they aren't doing a bad job either. So the Phillies are again at a status quo, have ever bad that quo seems to be.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What happened to Aaron Nola?

The Phillies are imploding again on pitching and hitting, but those coaches for each are still rock solid in their employment by the team? 

The scouting reports must be very detailed and accurate on Aaron Nola now, as last night he gave up 7 H and 8 R in only 3.0 innings. The Twins took advantage of a few misplays, one an error by Freddie Galvis, and another ball that looked like it was able to be caught in center by Obudel Herrera.

On a nightly basis, that team is starting to show that some players aren't probably every day players.

To the Phillies offense, they didn't give up in this game. The offense rallied back behind home runs by Cameron Rupp and to take the lead 6-4 but then the Twins rallied back to take this game by a 10-6 score.

Kurt Suzuki drove in 6 RBI on the night, his most ever in a Major League game. He went 4-5 on the night as well. Maikel Franco went 2-4 for the Phils with 4 RBI on the night. He looks like he may be out of his recent slump. Peter Bourjus added 3 RBI for the Phils last night. Ryan Howard went 0-5 in the DH spot.

You have to look at Aaron Nola and his pitching which has been not what we've expected to see in the last couple of starts. Looking at the chart below, Nola gave up 8 R in his start at home on June 16th against the Blue Jays and last night, he gave up another 8 R against the Twins. Maybe he is not getting his pitches where he needs to pitch them, or a combination of that and some bad luck in that hitters are getting a lot of wood on the ball and getting on base and then scoring.

Rk Date Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO
1 Apr 6 @ CIN L,2-3 GS-7 7.0 4 1 1 0 8
2 Apr 11 SDP L,3-4 GS-7 L(0-1) 7.0 6 4 4 0 9
3 Apr 16 WSN L,1-8 GS-5 L(0-2) 5.0 7 7 7 3 6
4 Apr 22 @ MIL W,5-2 GS-7 W(1-2) 7.0 4 1 1 2 7
5 Apr 28 @ WSN W,3-0 GS-7 7.0 2 0 0 1 7
May Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO
6 May 3 @ STL W,1-0 GS-7 W(2-2) 7.0 2 0 0 1 7
7 May 8 @ MIA W,6-5 GS-6 6.0 6 3 3 1 5
8 May 14 CIN W,4-3 GS-7 W(3-2) 7.0 5 2 1 1 9
9 May 20 ATL L,1-7 GS-7 L(3-3) 7.0 7 5 2 2 6
10 May 25 @ DET W,8-5 GS-6 W(4-3) 6.0 6 4 2 1 6
11 May 31 WSN L,1-5 GS-6 L(4-4) 6.0 5 2 2 1 6
June Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO
12 Jun 5 MIL W,8-1 GS-6 W(5-4) 6.0 8 0 0 2 9
13 Jun 11 @ WSN L,0-8 GS-4 L(5-5) 3.2 7 4 4 1 3
14 Jun 16 TOR L,2-13 GS-4 L(5-6) 3.0 8 8 6 3 5
84.2 77 41 33 19 93
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 6/22/2016.

Monday, June 20, 2016

New edition: Phillies Talk Podcast - Jim Mulry Dedication show

It's time for the summer! First day of summer as the Phillies Talk Podcast continues on with a dedication show to my good friend and former co-host of the show, Jim Mulry, who passed away last month.

The Phillies have lost most of the last 6 weeks, in the last 20 games, they have only won 4 and their last 10 games, they have only won 1 game.

A lot of talk on the state of the team and then a nice couple highlights of a few shows with behind the scene look at a few of the podcasts that we've have fun with over the years.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Phillies sloppiest lost yet last night

Happ beats his old team very handily last night in an embarrassing game for the Phils

Somehow the Phillies just didn't have it last night. It was one of their sloppiest games of the year as they lost 13-2 and making 4 errors on the night.

Where do these kind of games come from?

The Blue Jays seemed like they took batting practice on the Phillies last night, hitting 5 HR in the game. Phillies pitcher, Aaron Nola, gave up two HR, back to back, in the first inning alone. Nola got the loss and is now 5-6 on the year.

Pete Mackanin called a team meeting after the game, but a lot of this talk is just fluff. This team just doesn't have what it takes and it's not going to be a great team despite some brightness that it showed early on in the season.

The Phils slip to 7 games under .500 with the loss, and tonight Arizona comes to town for a Father's Day weekend series. Adam Morgan with his 1-5 record and 6.33 ERA takes the ball for the Phillies tonight. The Phils will face lefty Robbie Ray (3-5  4.57 ERA) for the Diamondbacks.

A pretty nice offer from this week with Father's Day in mind, the subscription is priced at $49.95 for the rest of the season.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Phillies earn win up in Toronto

Josh Donaldson's bat was silenced last night in the Phillies win in Toronto by a 7-0 score.

The Blue Jays had been a team that was a scoring machine in the past couple of games. In fact, they won their last two games and scored 10-runs or more in each of the last two games prior to the first game in the series against the Phillies at Rogers Centre last night. Those high scoring wins for the Blue Jays also were against the AL East leading Baltimore.

You kind of had to think that the Phillies may not do too well against a team like that.

The Phils continue to surprise as they held a slim 2-0 lead late into the 7th inning and then the Blue Jays took starter R. A. Dickey out of the game and it was time for the Phillies to start scoring some runs. The Phils pitcher, Jared Eickhoff, pitched a great game giving up zero runs and handed the game over to the bullpen who held up the bargain and didn't surrender any runs either.

Ryan Howard contributed a home run in the game, and you can really see that this is where his strength will be as a player going forward. An American League team would really benefit by having a bat with the caliber of Howard at it's disposal. Ryan's batting average though is another matter, he isn't helping his cause of going to any other team in the league with that .153 BA is probably keeping interest away from him.

Odubel Herrera raised his BA to .314 on the season last night going 2-5 with a solo HR and two other RBI, and with 2 SO on the night. Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph both went 0-8 combined with 2 strikeouts each on the night.

The Phils now are 30-34 on the season, they need to just keep winning to try to get back to .500 on the season and perhaps better if they can. They still need a piece or two in this rebuild. I would like to see this team get a solid fielder who can hit, and see what happens with this team. They just need a spark to this offense which often ends up sputtering most of the time.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Do the Phillies even have a team leader this year again?

Has Ryan completely lost his baseball skills? His .150 BA is simply inexcusable for a player of his caliber

This is the time in the baseball season when you don't want to go on extended losing streaks (you kind of never do, but losing streaks are a part of the season) but that is exactly what the Phillies have done now in the past three weeks of the 2016 season.

The Phils are at 29-33 and 9.0 games back now in 4th place in the NL East. It seemed at a time, they were going to be challenging New York for the second place spot just about a month ago. Now, the wins are very scarce.

Does this Phillies team have a leader? That's something I've been asking for some time now. The answer is probably not, every night there is a different lineup as Pete Mackanin seems like he's trying to play magician with getting the right combination on the field.

Luckily the Phils haven't slipped further being that they haven't been scoring many runs, and now their starting pitching took a hit with Vincent Velasquez on the DL and Adam Morgan not really pitching all too well. Morgan is 1-5 on the year with a lofty 6.70 ERA before his start later today in Washington against one of the best teams in baseball.

Ryan Howard has been sitting out regularly now that Pete Mackanin prefers to have a look at Tommy Joseph's offensive skills. Ryan has only started in 10 games now since May 14th Howard can't really blame Mackanin, his batting average is at .150, but he does have 9 HR and that is something that the Phillies need more of. This team is lacking in power so badly, the offense is near or at the bottom of all the offensive batting catagories of all 30 teams in the MLB.

It's unfortunate but this team just doesn't not have the ingredients to make it a really good team. No amount of juggling or switching the lineup on a nightly basis will compensate for this. It's a work in progress, but this team still has a long way to go before it can obtain a winning identity.

The Phils wrap up the series in DC later today, the team had been playing the Nationals pretty tough prior to the start of this series. The Phils had been enjoying a 4-2 advantage in the season series against the Nats but that has been evened up with the Phils two losses so far in this series.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Phils pick Moniak first, MLB Network goes on to really hatchet Groome

Hopefully the Phillies draft someone like Kris Bryant when Mickey Moniak makes it to the big leagues

The Phillies didn't choose the local product to South Jersey, Jason Groome. Groome, had been rumored to be the first pick in this year's draft. The Phils went with an outfielder from La Costa Canyon, California by the name of Mickey Moniak.

Moniak has said that he will attend UCLA, but at this point, it seems like he may be putting that aside to play professional baseball. Moniak is an outfielder with some power. He's almost like the Phillies had drafted first back in 1998 and chose Pat Burrell, who was also an outfielder with power.

Mickey was the Gatorade California Player of the Year for his high school team.

That was great news for the Phillies, they picked up a guy who might be able to add some needed offense to this team, but only a couple years from now.

The Phillies had the number 1 pick in the draft this year. They passed on Jason Groome, from Barnegat, NJ. Groome didn't get picked until #12 last night by the Boston Red Sox.

During the MLB Network broadcast, the announcers launched into a long diatribe into why Jason Groome didn't get picked up in the top 10 picks, they really went out of their way to portray this this kid as a 'problem child'.  It went on and on for many minutes of negative talk about a kid that just is finishing up high school and hasn't done too much harm to anybody. Why then would a nationally broadcast show make a point of beating up on a young player like that?

If you're Jason Groome, one of the first things you probably want to explore is to perhaps have an attorney review that broadcast and see if these announcers actually slandered his name. The comments they were making were really that harsh. In this day and age of trial by television, you shouldn't be a kid that just pitched a great high school career and get your name and character assassinated like they did on MLB Network last night.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Phils off tonight, pick first in Draft

The Phillies have an off day in the schedule tonight, but the Draft for 2016 takes place up in the MLB Network studios with the first 77 draft picks being televised. Coverage starts at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.

The Phillies have the first pick in the draft, and it's only the second time in club history that they've had that honor. The first time they had the first pick, back in 1998, the team selected Pat Burrell as the number 1 player, Pat went on to have a great career with the Phillies.

Who are they going to pick this year? There are many different opinions on this, Jason Groome from South Jersey is the top prospect, but the Phillies may not need to draft a pitcher. Groome is also still in high school, he may attend college if everything doesn't go exactly to his liking. He will even not be at the MLB Studios in person, he chose to stay home and watch the draft on TV. If you're the number 1 prospect, I would think he should have been up there in person and be glad that he is the overall number 1 prospect.

We'll only know for sure when the Phillies go on the clock shortly after 7 p.m. and then announce their pick. I don't think it's going to be Groome, the Phillies sort of have a lot of pitching at the moment.  

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Phils hold on last night to even up series with Cubs

Jared Eickhoff set the tone last night for the Phillies, he wasn't intimidated by the ferocious Cubs offense

The Phillies managed to hold on to a game last night despite some tense moments late in the game by the Cubs. Jeanmar Gomez finished off a nicely pitched game by Jared Eickhoff and the Phillies put a much needed "W" on the board for only the 3rd time in the last 10 games.

Ryan Howard hit a home run into right field and he looked like the Howard of old, when he used to do this very regularly. Howard was the star of the game, even though Eickhoff could have had that honor as well as Gomez for saving the game.

It's been a while since we've seen Ryan Howard in the game MVP interview after the game. He's just going about his business and didn't have anything bad to say about anything. Howard can really handle an interview well.

Local product, Matt Szczur, who played in Cape May before going to college at Villanova, played an important part in this baseball game. He scored a run for the Cubs that made the score 3-2 late in the game as a pinch runner. The Phillies would do well to try to get Szczur from the Cubs in a trade if they could. He could be a great every day player for the Phillies.

Eickhoff got the win last night, and the Phils gained a little confidence that they can beat teams like the Cubs. Maybe Eickoff exposed a weakness of Cubs phenom, Kris Bryant, it seems he doesn't handle a good curve ball very well.

Afternoon game today at 1:05 PM as the series wraps up, this has been a very good series so far. Let's see if the Phils can get the series victory.