Thursday, April 26, 2018

Phils face Diamondbacks on MLB Live on Facebook Watch exclusively

The Phillies have now played exclusively on Facebook Watch for the 2nd time of only the 4th episode that Facebook has broadcast exclusively this year. The announcers were Scott Braun, Eric Byrnes, and Ben Davis. It was an early 1:05 PM business person's special today at Citizens Bank Park.

Unfortunately, the Phils didn't play all that well today behind the 7 H 4 BB and 7 ER that Ben Lively gave up in the first 3 innings of this game. The thousands of viewers that tuned into the game were treated to an afternoon game in sunny Philadelphia. Viewers averaged around the 30K mark most of the game on Facebook. 

The Phillies lost this afternoon game 8-2, now the Phils are 15-9 on the year.

Facebook signed on with the MLB to stream 25 games this season exclusively. It is said to be the first time that a sports league granted a company like Facebook an exclusivity deal. 

The Phillies had mother nature against them in the first game of this series with the Diamondbacks, they ended up losing 8-4 on a rainy miserable night. A convincing win followed on Wednesday night, 5-3 with Jake Arrieta's 3rd win as a Phillies pitcher. He is now 3-0 with an 1.82 ERA that is currently 11th best in the MLB among starters. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Arrieta strong on a cold night

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Arrieta may be use to the chilly nights in Chicago, the way it looked last night at CBP

Jake Arrieta earned his 2nd win in a Phillies uniform (last night it was the throwback uni!) behind a 10 strikeout night and 9 hits by the Phillies leading to a lopsided 7-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates were no easy foe going into the game at 12-6 on the year, the Phillies improved to 11-7 on the season, and dropped the Pirates down a notch to 12-7. The Pirates are in first place in the NL Central.

You never know what you're going to see at the ballpark, and last night, it was J.P. Crawford scoring from first base on a three run single, the first time the Phillies have done that in 40 years as reported on Cut4 on

The Phils play Game 2 of the 4-game series with the Pirates on Friday night at 7:05 PM - it should be a lot warmer than it was at the ballpark last night. The pitchers will be Ben Lively (0-1 5.87 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (2-1 4.88 ERA)

The Pirates have been one of the hottest teams in the MLB in the first couple weeks here's how they got to first place in the NL Central:

Team Game-by-Game Schedule
Gm# Date Opp W/L R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Orig. Scheduled
1Friday, Mar 30boxscore@DETW1310131-020.5
Gm# April Opp W/L R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Orig. Scheduled
2Sunday, Apr 1 (1)boxscore@DETW102-01Tied
3Sunday, Apr 1 (2)boxscore@DETW863-01Tied
4Monday, Apr 2boxscoreMINW544-01up 1.0
5Wednesday, Apr 4boxscoreMINL374-11up 0.5
6Thursday, Apr 5boxscoreCINW525-11up 1.5
7Friday, Apr 6boxscoreCINW1436-11up 1.5
8Saturday, Apr 7boxscoreCINL476-21up 1.5
9Sunday, Apr 8boxscoreCINW507-21up 2.0
10Tuesday, Apr 10boxscore@CHCW858-21up 3.0
11Wednesday, Apr 11boxscore@CHCL5138-31up 2.0
12Thursday, Apr 12boxscore@CHCW619-31up 2.5
13Friday, Apr 13boxscore@MIAL279-41up 2.5
14Saturday, Apr 14boxscore@MIAW1010-41up 2.5
15Sunday, Apr 15boxscore@MIAW7311-41up 2.5
16Monday, Apr 16boxscoreCOLL2611-51up 2.0
17Tuesday, Apr 17boxscoreCOLL0211-61up 1.0
18Wednesday, Apr 18boxscoreCOLW10212-61up 1.5
19Thursday, Apr 19preview@PHI7:057:057:05GameGameGameGame
20Friday, Apr 20preview@PHI7:057:057:05GameGameGameGame
21Saturday, Apr 21preview@PHI4:054:054:05GameGameGameGame
22Sunday, Apr 22preview@PHI1:351:351:35GameGameGameGame
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Generated 4/20/2018.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hoskins is coming through for Phillies early so far

The game in Atlanta last night was another pitcher's duel, a 1-1 score was all the scoring that Phils and Atlanta could score during the first 9 innings. Rhys Hoskins hit the go ahead runs in last night in Atlanta for the Phillies win to solidify them into 2nd place in the NL East. Before than Scott Kingery almost made an out at 2nd base in a steal in the top of the 10th - he somehow got back to the base after over sliding it. Cesar Hernandez hit a bunt single to move Kingery to third.

Carlos Santana, who the Phillies acquired in the offseason for a bit of an offensive pop couldn't get the runners moving when he came up in the top of the 10th, there was an interesting article about him in the Philly Daily News the other day, in which he said among other things that he needed a little 'luck' to happen for him on the baseball diamond. So far, Santana hasn't had any luck in batting for the Phillies. We sent a guy away from the Phils that played a good first base for the Phils last year in Tommy Joseph - he hit 22 HR and 69 RBI for the team. We're still waiting for Santana to catch on.

Hoskins has played like a guy who has many years experience for the Phils here's how his career looks with some of his numbers here:

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Pos Awards
2 Yr2 Yr2 Yr66219486014020615
162 162 162 1625381181473404915012
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Generated 4/18/2018.

The Phils and the Braves will wrap up the series tonight in Atlanta, then the Mets will move into Atlanta for a 4-game series down there. Here's a link to the preview for tonight's Phillies vs. Braves matchup.  Vince Velasquez (1-1 3.52 ERA) vs Brandon McCarthy (2-0 3.31 ERA) first pitch at 7:35 PM in Atlanta.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Phillies have to find that winning mentality

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Odubel hit a HR for the Phils last night, but he got some attention for things he didn't do right

Watching the game last night, we once again saw a good game by the Phillies. The team just couldn't catch up to Julio Teheran, who had a good command of his pitches, and struck out 9 Phillies batters in the process.

Small mistakes crept up here and there. Odubel Herrera is an exciting player on offense and defense, he sometimes makes you wonder why he does certain things though. Last night, he needed to slide into the base at 2nd base but for whatever reason, he didn't. It's little slips like that sometimes that makes you wonder about the whole player that Odubel is. We've seen that from him since he's been a Phillie, so it's something that evidently, he can't control. He did have the only Phillies run of the game with a HR. He's also in 2nd of all Phillies batters with a .340 BA - Hoskins has a .341 BA

Certain Phillies bats have not awakened yet however this season. New first baseman Carlos Santana is batting .143 on the year, and he was supposed to be someone we could count on for some offense. Aaron Altherr, who has an .077 BA on the year.

Last night, it was pitching that kept the Phillies in the game, Aaron Nola only had 2 SO on the night, but kept the Braves to 2 ER which was the final score of 2-1 in favor of the Braves. The weather in Atlanta was a chilly 49 degrees to start off the game, so again the conditions weren't optimum. The weather should be improving for the rest of the series.

The Phils and the Braves will face off tonight again, at 7:35 PM with Nick Pivetta (1-0  2.70 ERA) pitching against Mike Foltynewicz  (1-1 2.93 ERA)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Test coming for Phillies in Atlanta

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The Phillies will face a much better team in Atlanta than the previous 2 teams they've faced

The Phillies have have performed extremely well and a past 2 weeks but their opponents haven't been that good, so it is hard to tell whether the Phillies were playing extra good or just good against bad teams.

The increase in offense was much welcomed because the Phillies started out near the bottom of the MLB in that category. On team batting average the Phillies are in 21st place out of the 30 MLB teams which is an improvement from where they were.

With the six game streak,  the Phillies have found themselves in second place in the NL East at 9-5 right under the New York Mets. The Mets have been playing fantastic baseball and are sporting a 12-2 record so far in this early part of the season.

The Braves are just following the Phillies in the standings so far at 8-6 so far. The Braves wrapped up a series with the Cubs that had yesterday's game rained out in Chicago. Atlanta started out strong, but has taken a couple of steps back lately.

Tonight's starter for the Braves, Julio Teheran has started out with a high ERA in 3 starts, here is how his career has been with the Atlanta Braves:

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA GS IP SO/W Awards
8 Yr8 Yr8 Yr5854.5183.641651023.22.90
162 162 162 1211.5183.6434209 2.90
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Generated 4/16/2018.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kingery is starting to shine as a Phillie

Scott Kingery had the tall task of playing left field last night at Citizens Bank Park and rose to the occasion to do very well. He out an outfield assist and even hit the walk-off winner in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Scott Kingery so far in 2018:

Standard Batting
1 Yr1 Yr10365930272310.250.300.500
162 162 16258381146490321133249162.250.300.500
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Generated 4/12/2018.

The Phillies pulled out a victory to bring them to 1 game over .500 (6-5) in the early season. The team now goes on the road to Tampa and then onto Atlanta for 3 games each, then they return to CBP to play the Pirates, who have been doing really well early in the season.

Are we seeing the beginning of a good thing with this Phillies team, or did they just happen to get lucky at home against a bad team in Cincinnati? The Tampa Bay Rays, the Phillies next opponent are tied with Miami for the 2nd worst record in baseball at 3-9 each (Cinncy has the 2-9 worst record so far).

The Phils will play the Tampa Rays on Friday night the 13th at 7:10 PM it will be Velasquez vs. Faria. Here is the Baseball-Reference preview of the matchup.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Latest Phillies Talk Podcast - First Full Week of the Season's Rich Baxter is talking with Matt Veasey from about the first full week of the season.

Jake Arrieta makes his first start, and of course Gabe Kapler's couple of bad moves early on in the season.

We're talking about Phillies fans in England, and a whole lot more!

Check out the UK Phillies fan on twitter his handle is:  @UKPhillies

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After Arrieta's first start in Philly, how Jake did

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Fear the beard! It's Arrieta on the mound for the Phils in his first start

Maybe it's the long wait that Jake Arrieta took when accepting a contract from an MLB team, I am not sure. He missed Spring Training with the team with the late signing, in the first inning yesterday, he had some trouble and it proved to be what the Marlins needed to propel themselves to victory even though the Phillies came back and tied this game by the bottom of the 3rd inning when Arrieta was still in. The Marlins would eventually score 3 more runs in the 8th to seal the 6-3 victory.

After the game, manager Gabe Kapler said that Arrieta was on a innings restriction and that he would only be pitching in the amount of time that we saw Jake yesterday and that turned out to be 4.0 innings.

Here's Jakes starts from last season with the Cubs:

2017 Pitching Game Log
Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP R ER SO ERA
1Apr 4CHC@STLW,2-1GS-6W(1-0)6.01060.00
2Apr 9CHC@MILW,7-4GS-7W(2-0)7.033102.08
3Apr 15CHCPITL,7-8GS-65.23352.89
4Apr 22CHC@CINW,12-8GS-6W(3-0)6.05483.65
5Apr 28CHC@BOSL,4-5GS-5L(3-1)4.15554.66
MayMay Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP R ER SO ERA
6May 3CHCPHIW,5-4GS-6W(4-1)6.03374.63
7May 9(1)CHC@COLL,4-10GS-4L(4-2)3.29535.35
8May 14CHC@STLL,0-5GS-6L(4-3)6.04455.44
9May 21CHCMILW,13-6GS-6W(5-3)6.01064.80
10May 26CHC@LADL,0-4GS-6L(5-4)6.04494.92
11May 31CHC@SDPL,1-2GS-66.01174.60
JunJun Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP R ER SO ERA
12Jun 6CHCMIAW,10-2GS-7W(6-4)6.02254.46
13Jun 11CHCCOLW,7-5GS-54.14434.68
14Jun 17CHC@PITL,3-4GS-5L(6-5)4.23274.64
15Jun 22CHC@MIAW,11-1GS-7W(7-5)7.01134.36
16Jun 27CHC@WSNL,1-6GS-5L(7-6)4.06544.67
JulJul Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP R ER SO ERA
17Jul 2CHC@CINW,6-2GS-7W(8-6)7.00064.33
18Jul 8CHCPITL,2-4GS-6L(8-7)5.24334.35
19Jul 15CHC@BALW,10-3GS-7W(9-7)6.22134.17
20Jul 21CHCSTLL,4-11GS-66.02264.11
21Jul 26CHC@CHWW,8-3GS-7W(10-7)6.22254.03
AugAug Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP R ER SO ERA
22Aug 2CHCARIL,0-3GS-7L(10-8)7.02183.88
23Aug 7CHC@SFGW,5-3GS-7W(11-8)6.13253.83
24Aug 13CHC@ARIW,7-2GS-6W(12-8)6.01163.73
25Aug 18CHCTORW,7-4GS-7W(13-8)6.11163.63
26Aug 24CHC@CINL,2-4GS-65.21083.49
27Aug 29CHCPITW,4-1GS-6W(14-8)6.00043.36
SeptSept Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP R ER SO ERA
28Sep 4CHC@PITL,0-12GS-3L(14-9)2.13343.48
29Sep 21CHC@MILW,5-3GS-55.01123.43
30Sep 26CHC@STLL,7-8GS-3L(14-10)3.05343.53
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Generated 4/9/2018.

The final line score on Arrieta for his first start was 4.0 IP, 3 H. 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K. So I guess if you throw out the first inning, this was a good first start for someone that isn't too far removed from signing the deal with the Phillies just the middle of last month.

The loss brings the Phillies record to 3-5 on the season, they are 2-1 at home.

Tonight at Citizens Bank Park, it's the Cincinnati Reds, one of other worst teams in baseball according to the best sportsbooks (besides the Marlins), the Phillies will face a pitcher who is doing really poorly, Cody Reed, he is 1-8 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 overall appearances in both starting and relieving.

It's going to be interesting to see how the Phillies do against Reed, will they be bringing the big bats out again?