Thursday, April 18, 2019

With Mets series win in rearview mirror, Phils look to improve in Colorado


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Steady Jake has replaced Shaky Jake for the Phillies, and that's a great thing

The Mets were ushered out of town in three games with a series loss, and right after the matinee game yesterday, the Phillies left town too, going out to Denver for a 4-game series to continue what I've said is a kind of strange schedule that the Phillies have had already this year. I don't remember the time when the team has been home for such short series and then right back out on the road again. Well, I guess we'll just have to play that famous song by Willie Nelson as we get ready for the Phils to start up a new series with the Rockies out in Colorado.

Nick Pivetta was optioned to AAA yesterday, that was kind of expected, he's not been too steady of late, and with the work he'll get in down in the minors, he'll be getting back to being consistent. Jake Arrieta improved to 3-1 on the season with the win yesterday, it was described as him 'getting back to MVP form'. That's a good thing, I was worried a little about Jake, he seemed to be a bit inconsistent at times as well, but apparently now he has found his groove again.

Phillies on fire are: Maikel Franco, still proving himself to the Phillies and fans who were ready to see him wave goodbye to the team. JT Realmuto has caught fire lately, he seems to be settling into his new home. Scott Kingery with 5 RBI the other night is saying, "I'm still here, and I can play."

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The Phils have to keep Arenado from hurting them in this series

What will happen in the Colorado series? I still have a lingering memory of late last season when the Phillies folded like a house of cards and played terribly in Denver. I hope they can look much better in this series.

Bryce Watch: Bryce hasn't been overpowering this team with offense so far lately, he's been chipping in, but not having the breakout games we've seen some other players having. He's still in a mode of being acclimated to his new team, yes, he's appeared calm and cool about the transition, but he's not completely settled in with this new team yet. He'll be having some of those multi-HR games that we are expecting from him. Hopefully.


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This picture is from the 85th All Star game in 2014 - who would have guessed in 5 years Cutch would be a Phillie?

Phillies get All-Star Game for 2026 - (from press release notes yesterday)

IN CONGRESS, JULY 2026: As announced yesterday by Commisioner Manfred, Major League Baseball has awarded the 2026 All-Star Game and accompanying All-Star Week events to the Philadelphia Phillies … Baseball’s Midsummer Classic will be held in Philadelphia for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of American independence and follows suit from 1976, when Veterans Stadium hosted the All-Star Game in the year of the nation’s bicentennial … The Phillies, who also hosted the All-Star Game in 1952 (Shibe Park) and 1996 (Veterans Stadium) are currently one of five teams who has hosted or will host an All-Star Game in three entirely different stadiums in the same city (not counting stadiums that changed names) … The Cincinnati Reds (Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium, Great American Ballpark), Minnesota Twins (Metropolitan Stadium, Metrodome, Target Field), Pittsburgh Pirates (Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium, PNC Park) and St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium, Busch Memorial Stadium, Busch Stadium) are the others … As the fourth All-Star Game hosted by the Phillies in Philadelphia, they will also become just the ninth team in history to host four games in the same city (CWS, CIN, CLE, DET, NYY, PIT, STL and the Washington Senators) … The Athletics also hosted an All-Star Game in 1943 at Shibe Park.

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