Friday, March 22, 2019

What to expect from the 2019 Phillies?


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If you go with some of the stuff that was going on with this team last year, you would start to think that maybe this team has found something. Well, that's pretty much out the window for now, because practically the majority of the team has changed.

The success that the 'young' Phillies had last year was in a word, phenomenal. What happened to them after the All-Star Break may be explained by the new faces that were brought in by management to make the team more solid, but it may have messed up a certain chemistry the team had going on up to that point. Also, all of the substitutions last year were making certain players nervous, and rightly so, here comes a lot of newcomers, there perhaps to take your very job away from you.

This year's edition of the Phillies have been fortified by a solid stock of free agents. These free agents should make an impact and we're now just about a week away from games that really count. While the Phillies haven't dominated in Spring Training, they should even out once the season starts for real.

Bryce Harper is getting more comfortable by the day with the Phillies, and so are other players. Check out Bryce Harper's first home run with the Phillies here.

We will really only know what is going to happen when the season gets underway. They certainly have some firepower in their bats, especially the game that the Phillies beat up on the Blue Jays 13-6 on Thursday, March 21.

Pitching may hold the key to how the Phillies do early on, for the first time in many years, the Phillies are opening the season at home in Philadelphia, if there is any area the Phillies didn't tinker with too much is the starting rotation. Nola, Arrieta, Pivetta, Eflin, Vasquez, Eickoff will anchor the starting rotation. If we didn't get Harper, this could be an area that could be focused on.

Projections on the Phillies:


This one is from RotoChamp.com - it has the Phillies finishing a close 2nd to the Nationals



Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sports betting odds for the 2019 season - you may have not heard of

MLB Season Long Props
Season Specials - How Many Managers will be Fired in the 2019 Regular Season?
Over/Under                               1½

Season Specials - Total Players Suspended for PED's in the 2019 Regular Season
Over/Under                               2½       

Season Specials - Will Any Player Win the Triple Crown in the 2019 Regular Season?
Yes      +1000   (10/1)
No        -2500   (1/25)   
           
Season Specials - Most HR's by any Player in the 2019 Regular Season
Over/Under                               48½
           
Season Specials - Most RBI's by any Player in the 2019 Regular Season
Over/Under                               129½   

Season Specials - Will Any Player to get 30 HR's and 30 SB's in the 2019 Regular Season?
Yes      +400     (4/1)     
No        -700     (1/7)

Season Specials - Will the Yankees Break Their Single Season HR Record of 267?
Yes      +200     (2/1)
No        -300     (1/3)

Season Specials - Most Stolen Bases by any Player in the 2019 Regular Season
Over/Under                               54½

Season Specials - Most Wins by any Pitcher 2019in the 2019 Regular Season
Over/Under                               21 Wins                       
           
Season Specials - Most Losses by any Pitcher in the 2019 Regular Season
Over/Under                               17                   

Season Specials - Total No Hitters pitched in the 2019 Regular Season
Over/Under                               2½       

MLB Trade Props
Season Specials - Will Paul Goldschmidt be Traded by July 31st, 2019?
Yes      +250     (5/2)
No        -400     (1/4)

Season Specials - Will Madison Bumgarner be Traded by July 31st, 2019?
Yes      +200     (2/1)     
No        -300     (1/3)

Season Specials - Will Josh Donaldson be Traded by July 31s,t 2019?
Yes      +250     (5/2)     
No        -400     (1/4)

Season Specials - Will Yasiel Puig be Traded by July 31st, 2019?
Yes      +200     (2/1)
No        -300     (1/3)



MLB Network Plans out for March 28 - Baseball Opening Day coverage



MLB NETWORK SETS SCHEDULE TO OPEN 2019 SEASON


All-Day Studio Content on Opening Day Begins on March 28 at 9:00 a.m. ET

MLB Network Showcase Begins with Bryce Harper’s Return to D.C. with Phillies at Nationals on April 2, Called by Costas, Smoltz & Verducci

More Than 40 Game Telecasts Featured Throughout April

New Interactive Feature #SandlottotheShow Brings Analysts’ Expertise Directly to Youth Baseball and Softball Players Across the Country

GRAMMY® Award-Winning Artist Gary Clark Jr. Stars in Opening Day Feature on MLB Network


March 20, 2019 – Following its 10th anniversary on January 1, MLB Network today announced its comprehensive coverage plans for the 2019 Major League Regular Season Studio Schedule
(All times Eastern)
10:00 a.m.: MLB Central
1:00 p.m.: High Heat
2:00 p.m.: The Rundown
4:00 p.m.: MLB Now
5:00 p.m.: Intentional Talk
6:00 p.m.: MLB Tonight
1:00 a.m.: Quick Pitch
Baseball regular season, starting with 12 hours of live, wall-to-wall studio content on Opening Day, March 28. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET with a special morning edition of Intentional Talkpresented by Camping World followed by the season debut of MLB Central at 10:00 a.m. ET, plus High Heat with Christopher Russo presented by Liberty Mutual at 12:00 p.m. ET, MLB Tonight presented by DraftKings at 1:00 p.m. ET and Quick Pitch at 8:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s Opening Day schedule will feature a lineup of analysts with a combined 49 Opening Day appearances in their Major League careers, including Mark DeRosa, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Bill Ripken and Hall of Famer John Smoltz. MLB Network’s regular season studio schedule for 2019 returns on Friday, March 29.
MLB Network Showcase in April

April 2: Phillies at Nationals
Costas, Smoltz, Verducci
April 10: Yankees at Astros
Costas, Smoltz, Verducci
April 16: Red Sox at Yankees
Costas, Jim Kaat, Verducci
April 23: Dodgers at Cubs
Costas, Smoltz, Verducci
MLB Network will televise more than 40 live games during the first month of the regular season, including Bryce Harper’s return to Washington, D.C. when the Philadelphia Phillies visit the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, April 2 on MLB Network Showcase presented by Chevrolet, called by Hall of Fame award-winning broadcaster Bob CostasJohn Smoltz and Emmy Award-winning analyst and reporterTom VerducciLeading up to the telecast, MLB Network’s Fran Charles and Bill Ripken will report live from Nationals Park across MLB Network’s studio programming. High Heat with Christopher Russo will also air live from Nationals Park on April 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s complete game schedule for the month of April is available here*  and features five home openers, including Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies hosting Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Throughout the 2019 season, MLB Network will give fans unprecedented one-on-one access to its lineup of 19 former Major Leaguers with the social media-generated segment#SandlotToTheShow. Designed to offer youth baseball and softball players constructive and personal tips and feedback from Hall of Famers and former All-Stars and award winners,#SandlotToTheShow will invite parents to send video of their young baseball and softball players hitting, pitching, fielding and running to @MLBNetwork on Twitter and Instagram for analysis across MLB Network’s studio shows.
As his 2019 spring tour continues, GRAMMY® award-winning artist Gary Clark Jr. will star in an Opening Day feature on MLB Network highlighting the similarities between musicians starting a tour and baseball players beginning a new season, including their decision-making process, collaboration with their teammates, and passion for their craft when performing on the biggest stage.

* Game telecasts on MLB Network are blacked out in each team’s home television territory unless otherwise announced. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.


I know what I will be doing for March 28th - watching Baseball!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Trout locks up mega deal, doubtful that he'll ever be a Phillie


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Trout will never be a Phillie it appears now

Mike Trout and the Anaheim Angels shocked the world yesterday by announcing a mega-deal that will keep Mike Trout an Anaheim Angel for the next many years. The notion that Trout would be a Phillie someday just sort of went up in smoke for many fans that were perhaps dreaming of a Trout/Harper combination being possible at some point in the future.

What stood between the dreams of Trout becoming a Phillie was a bit more that $430 Million dollars. That is an insane amount of money, you could nearly build a stadium for that kind of cash. It's a 12 year deal that locks up Trout till he is 39 years old.

The dream of Trout being a Phillies player someday was fueled by a speculation that Mike would be more comfortable around his hometown of Millville NJ, and playing with the Phillies would have accommodated that prospect. It's true that Trout is having a very large home built currently in Millville, but in this day and age, with all the plane rides that baseball players take, it seems Trout is just fine in California and just because he is from Millville doesn't necessarily mean that he is more comfortable playing here.

The Angels took a chance with Trout, they signed him, gave him an opportunity to play, and look what Trout has accomplished. There is a lot to be said about a guy like Trout wanting to stay with the organization that signed him and scouted him out of high school right under the noses of the Phillies scouts who were only just a short drive away.

The Phillies have their own new chapter, a goal of making the playoffs this year. The Angels have had the best player in baseball on their team for several years now, they added a couple more and have had Pujols on the team as well, but have went nowhere in the postseason. That's ok for Phillies fans. We can live with that, and we can live with the fact that Trout will probably never be a Phillies player. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Get them now before they are gone! Harper's Topps Now Limited edition


Just got an email from Topps about a limited run production Bryce Harper baseball card called "Topps Now" with his Phillies debut! - and it's only available for 24 hours from 11 AM Eastern today on Sunday March 10th, 2019.

TOPPS NOW started in 2016 and has showcased great moments on cards, and it will chronicle Harper's first year in Philadelphia and every other great MLB moment this season.

Find the card here to order!  http://bit.ly/2J01A4z



Saturday, March 09, 2019

Sold out crowd welcomes Harper to the baseball diamond in Clearwater


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An extra spark was added to the air with the addition of Bryce Harper, who made his Phillies debut today at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. Phillies pitcher, Jake Arrieta got the call for this game on the mound, his second of the Spring Training season.

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We also got to see an old friend on the Blue Jays by the name of Freddie Galvis, who joined the Jays in the off-season. Galvis previously played for the Padres, he signed with the Blue Jays for one year at $4M with a team option for 2020 for $5.5M or a $1M buyout. Freddie was with the Phillies for 6 seasons before being traded to the Padres on 12-15-17 for Enyel De Los Santos.

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Harper batted third in the game, with Rhys Hoskins in the clean-up spot. A sold out crowd filled Spectrum Field to bear witness to Harper's first official baseball game appearance on the Phillies, even though this is Spring Training. Bryce strolled to the strains of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme music for his first at bat. What did he do on his first AB as a Phillie? Well, he walked of course. Last year Harper walked 130 times, his most of his career. Rhys Hoskins promptly homered him in, with his first AB. B Harp would go on to have 2 BB in the game with the 1 R scored on the Hoskins HR.

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The Phils poured it on today coming from a 7-0 deficit, but ended up losing this game 8-7, but with all the substitutions that were made in this game, it only reminded fans that this is Spring Training. Arrieta only pitched 1.2 innings, he was followed by 6 pitchers. The Phils record went to 8-6 with the loss so far this Spring Training season.

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Brian Dawkins, a fan favorite Philadelphia Eagles player, spoke to the Phillies players for an hour prior to game time. He stressed that the game is in the player's hands, not to rely on the manager to make things happen. B Dawk also introduced the Phillies to the sold-out crowd at Spectrum Field.



Friday, March 08, 2019

Harper to debut on Saturday with Phillies



Harper launches one in preparation for the real thing on Saturday



A new era will take shape tomorrow for the Phillies, as the debut of Bryce Harper is expected for a Spring Training game. Harper's signing was covered by the press as perhaps the biggest signing of the off-season and the Phillies just happened to be the team to end up with him.

I was very doubtful that Harper would end up here, for one thing he'll be staying in the National League East and playing his old team upwards of 19 times this season. Last year the Phillies faltered badly against their NL East opponents. They finished up the season with a losing series record against the NL East winner, Atlanta Braves, with a 7-12 record, and the Washington Nationals with a 8-11 series record. This must improve if the Phils are to to better this season. The Phils even ended up with an 8-11 record against the NY Mets.

Last year, the Phillies recorded a blazing first half record of 53-42, then the wheels fell off in the second half of the season for some unknown reason. Can the addition of Bryce Harper improve on this for the Phils? The Phillies organization thinks so and sunk a ton of money into Harper long term assuming that will happen.

What can we expect from Bryce Harper this season? The teams that he has been on in Washington were very close to doing great things but it just didn't happen with them. There was talk about Dusty Baker possibly being a reason for the 'can't get over the hump' ways of the Nats, and the previous managers, Davey Johnson, and even Matt Williams. In the end it was the players on the field though, and Harper was a part of that.

Harper is projected to bat .265 this season, I hope that number will be higher. The HR projection is 27 and 87 RBI for this year. That number would be fine, but again I think there should be more. We'll see what happens. Harper is one of those rare players that was brought up at a young age. He's been in the league for 7 seasons and is still only 26 years old, he turns 27 on October 16th.

Harper is no Mike Trout, let's not forget that. He's an above average player that can do a lot of things, maybe he'll be the catalyst that the Phillies need to get them on an even offensive field and get them to be consistent. Maybe he'll be the leader in the clubhouse, the Phillies have needed someone like that as they really didn't have a real leader with experience. Bryce Harper even did a little scouting on his own and probably didn't mean anything by it, but ended up in trouble with the MLB with his comments about the Phils possibly adding Trout in the future.

The new era of the Phillies starts tomorrow, with Bryce Harper, I am kind of happy about it, even though if I were the owner of the Phils, I probably wouldn't have signed Harper for that much money. I am not though, just happily typing my opinions out at this blog and a longtime Phillies fan. What do you think about the signing and the future of the Phillies with the Bryce Harper era? Send me your thoughts via the Speakpipe link! Or type me a comment about it here!


Thursday, March 07, 2019

NBC Sports Philadelphia to broadcast 147 games this season




Shame on you if you don't get the NBC Sports Philadelphia channel, as they will be airing 147 games this season with some of the familiar names that we have been familiar with over the past couple years. Of course Tom McCarthy is joined by John Kruk, Ben Davis, and Gregg Murphy (this is the third season for this crew). Mike Schmidt will be back for the home games on Sunday, the "Sundays with Schmidt" will feature the Hall of Famer in the booth.

Here's the press announcement with links to the games that will be broadcast and other pertinent information:


PHILADELPHIA-(March 6, 2019)– NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Home of the Authentic Fan, announces the Philadelphia Phillies regular season broadcast schedule with 147 games on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+, with an additional 12 games airing on NBC10. The broadcast team of Tom McCarthyJohn KrukBen Davis and Gregg Murphy return for their third season calling games. Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt returns for Sunday’s with Schmidt during Sunday home games this season.

When Bryce Harper and the 2019 Phillies take the field for the first time on Opening Day, NBC Sports Philadelphia will air a special hour-long Phillies Pregame Live from Citizens Bank Park with Michael Barkann (@MBarkannNBCS) and Ricky Bottalico. Fans can catch the latest developments, interviews, and game preview starting at 2 p.m. Immediately following the game, Phillies Postgame Live will give viewers an in-depth game breakdown with stats and highlights, clubhouse interviews and a preview of the next game. 

NBC10 will air the Phillies season opener against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, March 28 at 3 p.m.

NBC Sports Philadelphia+’s first game broadcast is on Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m. against Atlanta. Phillies Pregame Live airs at 3 p.m., with Phillies Postgame Live airing immediately after the game.

Key games and dates can be found on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, and the full broadcast schedule on Phillies.com.

For the first time ever, Phillies game broadcasts will be available via live stream for authenticated subscribers on the new MyTeams app.  In addition to live game coverage, the new MyTeams app provides comprehensive Phillies coverage from NBC Sports Philadelphia’s team of Phillies insiders, writers, producers and game talent including Jim Salisbury(@JSalisburyNBCS), and Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS). Download the app here: MyTeams.

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s At the Yard: A Phillies Podcast from Salisbury and Seidman features exclusive interviews, analysis and insight on the Phillies. At the Yard is currently listed in Apple Podcasts Top 200 sports/recreation podcast lists.  Download the podcast here.

Phillies fans should follow @NBCSPhilly on all social media channels for exclusive articles, videos, podcasts and photos all-season long. 


Monday, March 04, 2019

Harper takes the Phillies into "The Show"




We're taking the stage along with Bryce Harper as Phillies fans, not only does Bryce have an impact in the Philly area, but with all of his product endorsements, it serves as a way to possibly add to the Phillies fan base by just Harper's appearances with certain products.

Sony Playstation has officially released what the "MLB The Show" video game will look like when it is released by the end of the month just in time for the start of baseball.

What other products does Harper lend his name to in exchange for the big bucks? Under Armour has Bryce Harper under contract for the next several years, it was one of the biggest signings that was reported to be one of the highest paying endorsement contracts ever for a baseball player.

Harper also pitches for Gatorade and New Era among a few others.

Harper already was in the running for top paid baseball players, here's an article with last year's highest paid players in the game.


Sunday, March 03, 2019

Harper already does the right thing on introduction







Bryce Harper's number 34 was synonymous with his own brand for many years, when the possibility existed of him joining the Phillies, a guy who wasn't a Phillie for too long but had left an endearing mark with the team just happened to share that number jersey.

The late Roy Halladay swooped into Phillies history with astounding performances and a tremendous work ethic that lasts and has a special place in the hearts of Phillies fans forever. Halladay's tragic passing in a plane crash was a real shame, Roy's work after he retired from the game, was just starting when it came to baseball after his career.

Roy Halladay's numbers career:

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA GS IP Awards
199821TOR101.0001.93214.0
199922TOR87.5333.9218149.1
200023TOR47.36410.641367.2
200124TOR53.6253.1616105.1
200225TOR197.7312.9334239.1AS
200326TOR227.7593.2536266.0AS,CYA-1
200427TOR88.5004.2021133.0
200528TOR124.7502.4119141.2AS
200629TOR165.7623.1932220.0AS,CYA-3
200730TOR167.6963.7131225.1CYA-5
200831TOR2011.6452.7833246.0AS,CYA-2
200932TOR1710.6302.7932239.0AS,CYA-5
201033PHI2110.6772.4433250.2AS,CYA-1,MVP-6
201134PHI196.7602.3532233.2AS,CYA-2,MVP-9
201235PHI118.5794.4925156.1
201336PHI45.4446.821362.0
16 Y16 Y16 Y203105.6593.383902749.1
162 162 162 179.6593.3833232
TOR TOR TOR 14876.6613.432872046.2
PHI PHI PHI 5529.6553.25103702.2
AL (AL (AL (14876.6613.432872046.2
NL (NL (NL (5529.6553.25103702.2
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Generated 3/3/2019.

When Bryce Harper was introduced officially yesterday, he acknowledged Roy in a way that really touched the hearts of Phillies fans and helped pull him closer into the section reserved for other Phillie players that will be loved forever by the fans. A classy move by him in taking the number 3 jersey for his first year as a Phillies player went a long way to fans who were on the fence about what they perceive to think about Harper.

Harper's signing went down to the wire, many teams were in the running for him, but the Phillies ended up signing him for the rest of his career. Where does Harper sit though among the superstars of baseball? Yes, he's a very good player but let's take a look at his stats so far in his career:

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Awards
201219WSN139533981442692259AS,MVP-30,RoY-1
201320WSN118424711162432058AS
201421WSN10035241961021332
201522WSN1535211181723814299AS,MVP-1,SS
201623WSN147506841232422486AS
201724WSN111420951342712987AS,MVP-12
201825WSN15955010313734034100AS
7 Yr7 Yr7 Yr927330661092218318184521
162 162 162 1625781071613233291
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Generated 3/3/2019.

The next few years of Harper's career should even better what we've seen from him so far, and the Phillies plunked down $330M for 13 years based upon that assumption. Yes, Harper is one of the top tier players in the game, but looking at his numbers, they don't overwhelm you with out of the stratosphere type of play like Mike Trout's would. It will be interesting to see what happens in the 2019 season, the forecast is for 27 HR and 87 RBI this year - but some other things that the Phillies needed was a bona fide leader in the club house, maybe Harper will be that guy. He's got plenty of experience and he's got a strong will to win.

Ticket sales jumped upon the signing of Harper, the cash register has already started to ring for the Phillies. They've made some important moves this off-season and if starting pitching holds up, there is no reason to believe they will ascend to first place in the league as they did last year. It's an exciting time for Phillies fans no doubt, the season is a few weeks away from starting but the excitement is starting to build.