Monday, August 31, 2015

Phillies have score to settle with Mets starting tonight

Eickhoff will start off this series with the Phillies against the Mets

The Phillies travel to NY for a three game series against the Mets and just last week, the Mets swept the Phils in 4 games in front of the hometown crowd. It was the first time since 2002, that the Phillies were swept by the Mets in a 4-game series at home.

Do you think that the Phillies have a score to settle with this Mets team?

The Phils have an awful 1-12 record against the NY Mets in 2015, in other words this Mets team has owned the Phillies this year.

Here's all 13 games that the Phils have played against the Mets:

The one lone win against the Mets this year came way back in May when Cole Hamels got the win over the Mets 'Dark Knight',  Matt Harvey.

The Phils will be throwing Eickhoff, Harang, and Nola at the Mets, while the Mets will counter with Colon, Niese, and Harvey.

Asher is 5th pitcher to make MLB debut, a Phillies record

The 2015 Phillies have made history on many fronts, but the other night when Alec Asher took the mound to start off a game for the Phillies, that broke a record of having the 5th debut of a Major League starter lead off the game on the mound for the Phillies.

Asher, who had Tommy John surgery at the age of 14, arrived to the Phillies via the Cole Hamels trade with Texas. He and fellow Texas Ranger minor leaguer (also acquired in the Hamels/Rangers trade), Jerad Eickhoff, were two of the Phillies to make their debuts in 2015.

The 5 to make their debut on the mound with the Phillies:

1. 2015: 5x, Severino Gonzalez, Adam Morgan, Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff & Alec Asher

T2. 1996: 4x, Rich Hunter, Carlos Crawford, Rafael Quirico & Matt Beech

1986: 4x, Mike Maddux, Bruce Ruffin, Jeff Bittiger & Marvin Freeman

1902: 4x, Bill Wolfe, Bill Salisbury, Ham Iburg & Jesse Whiting

Those stats are courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

Changing face of the Phillies with September call-ups

Alright the Phillies rebuild is in full swing, a few of the old guard Phillies have gone and are playing with new teams, and the Phils have ended up with some prospects and some of them have made their way on to the Phillies team this year.

September 1st is around the corner, wait, it's tomorrow! That can only mean that we'll see more new players as the Major Leagues expand their rosters to 40 players from the current 25 so we'll be seeing a lot more new faces.

With some of the players that we've already seen, there is a concern that a few of them might go the way that Darin Ruf has been treated by this organization. Ruf has seen his career go up and down like a yo-yo with the way the Phillies went through a spell of thinking that John Mayberry Jr and Domonic Brown had a future (and the big man at first base, Ryan Howard) on this team.

Ruf proved that he was ready for the Majors many times of the last few years, and now he's past his prime of where he was when he was hitting home runs like crazy. He broke Ryan Howard's record of home runs hit in the Eastern League in 2012, then later went down to the winter Venezuelan League and did the same thing, hit home runs. The Phils used him sporadically in 2013 but it wasn't enough for him to get a feel for the team.

Now the Phillies seem to have a few good prospects, but what will they do with them?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Phillies have to win 11 more to not lose 100 - Top 20 Years Most losses by the Phillies

The Phillies have a tall order facing them over the last month of the baseball season.

The team needs to win 11 more games to avoid losing 100 games in a season, the last time that the Phillies lost 100 or more in a season happened in 1961 when the Phillies lost 107 games in the season. Other years, the Phillies did come close to the triple digit losses, in 2000, the Phils lost 97 games.

The Phils notched their 52nd win of the year last night against the Padres, and the Miami Marlins have now tied the Phillies record on the season for wins and losses.

Looking at the schedule, except for series with the Red Sox and the Cubs (and today's game against the Padres), the remaining games are all against the NL East opponents.

Here's a ranking of the top 20 years with the most losses by the Phillies thanks the to

Rk Year Tm G W L ▾ Ties W-L% Finish GB R RA
1 1941 Philadelphia Phillies 155 43 111 1 .279 8th of 8 57.0 501 793
2 1942 Philadelphia Phillies 151 42 109 0 .278 8th of 8 62.5 394 706
3 1928 Philadelphia Phillies 152 43 109 0 .283 8th of 8 51.0 660 957
4 1945 Philadelphia Phillies 154 46 108 0 .299 8th of 8 52.0 548 865
5 1961 Philadelphia Phillies 155 47 107 1 .305 8th of 8 46.0 584 796
6 1939 Philadelphia Phillies 152 45 106 1 .298 8th of 8 50.5 553 856
7 1938 Philadelphia Phillies 151 45 105 1 .300 8th of 8 43.0 550 840
8 1923 Philadelphia Phillies 155 50 104 1 .325 8th of 8 45.5 748 1008
9 1940 Philadelphia Phillies 153 50 103 0 .327 8th of 8 50.0 494 750
10 1927 Philadelphia Phillies 155 51 103 1 .331 8th of 8 43.0 678 903
11 1921 Philadelphia Phillies 154 51 103 0 .331 8th of 8 43.5 617 919
12 1930 Philadelphia Phillies 156 52 102 2 .338 8th of 8 40.0 944 1199
13 1936 Philadelphia Phillies 154 54 100 0 .351 8th of 8 38.0 726 874
14 1904 Philadelphia Phillies 155 52 100 3 .342 8th of 8 53.5 571 784
15 1969 Philadelphia Phillies 162 63 99 0 .389 5th of 6 37.0 645 745
16 2000 Philadelphia Phillies 162 65 97 0 .401 5th of 5 30.0 708 830
17 1972 Philadelphia Phillies 156 59 97 0 .378 6th of 6 37.5 503 635
18 1988 Philadelphia Phillies 162 65 96 1 .404 6th of 6 35.5 597 734
19 1924 Philadelphia Phillies 152 55 96 1 .364 7th of 8 37.0 676 849
20 1922 Philadelphia Phillies 154 57 96 1 .373 7th of 8 35.5 738 920
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Generated 8/30/2015.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bowa still has the fire

Larry Bowa fans know that he has a fine line between his typically quiet nature in the dugout, to a raging inferno of hormones in just a few seconds...

In case you missed this the other night, this is classic Bowa, getting upset at a call, then following through. We don't see a lot of this in baseball since the infamous instant replay do we?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's like 2007 again - Phillies Talk Podcast

The Mets and Phillies have a great rivalry that has been on hiatus over the past couple of years, this past Monday changed all of that with one of the most exciting games that we've seen them play against one another.

It's the latest edition of Phillies Talk Podcast, the longest running independent show that covers the Philadelphia Phillies. Listen in and subscribe on iTunes!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wild game as Phils solved deGrom but bullpen imploded to allow Mets HR barage

David Wright, the Mets captain, returned to the team last night hitting a HR but making 2 errors

Well, the good news is that the Phillies found a way to beat Jacob deGrom last night, but the Phillies pitching staff couldn't hold the Mets offense back.

The Mets answered after being down 7-2 against the Phillies by chipping away at the Phillies starter, Adam Morgan, and then taking advantage of a bullpen that imploded for the Phillies.

The Phillies bullpen came into the game to relieve Adam Morgan, who himself gave up 4 HR, and then the Mets unleashed a torrent of home runs that set a new record for home runs hit in a game at Citizens Bank Park last night.

Howard, Rupp, and Brown all had HR's for the Phillies to put them into a nice lead and then the Mets fired back with HR's by hitting long balls against starter Adam Morgan by Wright, Flores, Lagares, and d'Arnaud before he was taken out of the game. Morgan gave up 5 ER with 3 SO while giving up 4 HR.

The Phillies relievers didn't do much better. Hector Neris was next, he gave up 2 HR to the Mets that were hit by Flores and Cuddyer. Neris gave up 4 ER on the night.

It didn't stop there, the Mets were in full swing mode still as they hit another HR off of Phillies reliever Justin DeFratus (Justin gave up 5 ER to match his 5.93 ERA) by Daniel Murphy and then one more by the Mets against Phillies pitcher Adam Loewen by Yoenis Cespedes.

The final score was 16-7 in a rout by the Mets, but the Phillies did have chances to answer back many times during the game despite the HR's that were being hit. The Phils stranded many base runners late in the game, the bases were loaded for Domonic Brown and he could just offer up a two-out pop out.

Game 2 of the series continues tonight, it doesn't look too much better for the Phillies as Jerome Williams starts for the Phillies with his 6.10 ERA.

Mets HR's :  8

Phillies HR's: 3

New record for CBP with 11 HR in a game

Monday, August 24, 2015

Phillies need to figure out how to solve deGrom

Jacob deGrom is only 27 years old, that's a great age to be when you're developing into one of the best pitchers in baseball. Right now, this young pitcher is on the doorstep of becoming rich because of the game of baseball, he's making just above the Major League salary minimum which is $507,500 - deGrom is at $556,875 for 2015.

Jacob is under team control until 2018 when he is arbitration eligible, that doesn't mean that the Mets might not want to dangle some serious cash in front of him to keep him happy well before then. Take a look at the other Mets potential superstar pitcher, Matt Harvey, who is making $614K this year, the Mets days of cheap really good pitching is over after this season with the Dark Knight, as Harvey is called, he is arbitration eligible after this year and his agent just happens to be Scott Boras.

Back to Jacob, Mr. deGrom is going up against the Phillies tonight, and he's bringing his season 1.98 ERA up against some younger Phillies that would love to see that average taken a little higher.

Did I mention that deGrom was the Rookie of the Year last year in the NL? Yes, he was.

A quick look at deGrom's record and you can see that he has 6 losses this year to go along with his 12 wins, so he's not invincible. He hasn't lost a game since July 2nd though, but looking at his losses a couple were from the Washington Nationals, and 2 losses to the Chicago Cubs and his last game that he lost was back in early July, against those same Cubs.The loss back then happened when the Cubs swept the Mets at New York culminating with the deGrom loss on the last game of the series.

Will some of the Phillies that have been crushing the ball lately show up tonight at home to show the home town fans and of course deGrom himself, that they are the next up and coming stars of the National League? We'll see later tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Howard is ambivalent about where he'll be next year

$155M and some years later, Ryan Howard is still a Phillies player

Ryan Howard is a good interviewee, the other night on Comcast SportsNet from Philadelphia, he was interviewed about his own tenure as a Phillies player and also about Chase Utley who had just been traded to the LA Dodgers.

When asked about what he thought may happen in his own career as far as staying with or being traded from the Phillies, Howard was very non-committal to both. He simply said, he's looking forward to the off-season and staying in shape during that time and whatever happens will happen. He didn't profess any great love for the Phillies, and simply said, if I'm on the Phillies that would be fine or if he's somewhere else, that also would be fine.

I guess so, speaking on the terms of his mega-contract that extends into 2017. Howard is guaranteed at least another nearly $50M dollars from the Phillies any way you look at it.

Roundly criticized as one of the worst ever contracts in baseball, Howard was bestowed the huge $125M dollar contract from Ruben Amaro on the road in San Francisco. It was April 2010, and after the deal was announced on the road, Howard said, "Hopefully there's no riots back in Philadelphia."

There were no riots, but there was plenty of second guessing and since then an iron clad knowledge that it was the wrong time to offer Howard such a huge deal based upon 4 really nice seasons that he put together.

Ruben Amaro bet on the future, and he lost.

Yes, Ryan Howard has been through injury and back, but he was never the same player after he inked his name to that contract. The deal had been done and there was no looking back. Howard's made nearly $155M playing the game of baseball in Philadelphia he's not ambivalent to his bank balance.

The numbers tell a story, Ruben's bet on Howard's career was based on 4 seasons (2006-2009) that were looking like they would take Howard straight to Cooperstown (may he still be Hall worthy?):

Year Age G AB R H 2B HR RBI SO BA Awards
2004 24 19 39 5 11 5 2 5 13 .282
2005 25 88 312 52 90 17 22 63 100 .288 RoY-1
2006 ★ 26 159 581 104 182 25 58 149 181 .313 AS,MVP-1,SS
2007 27 144 529 94 142 26 47 136 199 .268 MVP-5
2008 28 162 610 105 153 26 48 146 199 .251 MVP-2
2009 ★ 29 160 616 105 172 37 45 141 186 .279 AS,MVP-3
2010 ★ 30 143 550 87 152 23 31 108 157 .276 AS,MVP-10
2011 31 152 557 81 141 30 33 116 172 .253 MVP-10
2012 32 71 260 28 57 11 14 56 99 .219
2013 33 80 286 34 76 20 11 43 95 .266
2014 34 153 569 65 127 18 23 95 190 .223
2015 35 109 398 42 93 24 19 65 121 .234
12 Yrs 1440 5307 802 1396 262 353 1123 1712 .263
162 Game Avg. 162 597 90 157 29 40 126 193 .263
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Generated 8/22/2015.