May 4, 2016 |
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies' starting pitching - which had carried the team for the last week - finally gave way Monday night. Fireworks boomed from the Busch Stadium scoreboard five times, celebrating each Cardinals home run. They illuminated the night sky as the Cardinals lit up the Phillies in a 10-3 win. Jeremy Hellickson was responsible for three of those displays as he was tagged for six runs. Hellickson has allowed four runs or more in three of his last four starts. He was relieved by Brett Oberholtzer, who helped trigger two fireworks shows en route to three runs.
May 1, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - A white No. 66 St. Louis Cardinals uniform hung in the locker stall sandwiched between those belonging to Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez. Tim Cooney arrived at Busch Stadium on Wednesday in time to take batting practice with the other pitchers and live the life of a major-leaguer. Cooney, a 24-year-old from Collegeville and Malvern Prep, will make his big-league debut Thursday afternoon against his hometown team. The 6-foot-3 lefthander was promoted from triple A to take the rotation spot of Wainwright, the Cardinals' ace who suffered a season-ending Achilles tear on Saturday.
April 29, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - Outside the home dugout at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon, minutes before the Cardinals took batting practice, a herd of reporters gathered. General manager John Mozeliak announced that longtime ace Adam Wainwright had a complete tear of his left Achilles' and would miss the remainder of the season. Across the way, inside the visiting clubhouse, Ryan Howard felt for his fellow competitor. "You never want to see anyone go down with injury, especially one like that," Howard said.
April 29, 2015
The season-ending Achilles injury to Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright could lead St. Louis to enter the Cole Hamels sweepstakes. Here are five prospects in the Cards' farm system the Phillies could target in a potential deal for their ace lefthander: LHP Marco Gonzales: The Cardinals would be more than reluctant to part with Gonzales. The 23-year-old lefthander with a touted change-up was the team's 19th overall draft pick two Junes ago and is already major-league ready. If he weren't on the seven-day disabled list, he might start against the Phillies on Thursday in Wainwright's place.
April 28, 2015
The Phillies have had a plan for shortstop Freddy Galvis since the beginning of spring training, and the results in the early part of the season have been encouraging. The plan was for Galvis to hit the ball more on the ground, use the entire field and not have him go for the big blast. After going 3 for 3 and scoring two runs Sunday in a 5-4 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves, Galvis is hitting .361. Considering he hit just .176 in 119 at-bats for the Phillies last year, this is real progress.
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The moment was staged for TV. Red Sox manager John Farrell instructed White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to wait until Fox returned from a commercial break between the third and fourth innings of Tuesday's 85th All-Star Game. Ramirez stepped onto the field at 8:31 p.m. Central time. A lone cameraman trailed him. Frank Sinatra crooned over the loudspeakers. Derek Jeter, a reluctant participant for this national farewell, acted as if he were surprised. But Major League Baseball, in conjunction with Fox and Jeter, plotted the celebration details before Tuesday's first pitch because the Yankees shortstop loathes gratuitous attention.
July 16, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Brandon Moss batted six times for the 2011 Phillies, a team that established a franchise standard with 102 wins. The Phillies offered Moss, then 28 and unspectacular, another minor-league contract. So, too, did Oakland. There was familiarity with the Phillies, who watched Moss bash 23 homers at triple-A Lehigh Valley. But the end, when John Bowker was afforded a better opportunity at a Phillies bench job than Moss, stung. "They had kind of shown I probably wasn't the guy they were looking for in the organization," Moss said.
June 24, 2014 |
"Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today And don't worry 'bout tomorrow" - "Let's Live for Today," The Grass Roots AH, WHAT THE hell . . . Go for it. I mean, I'd love to believe the Phillies could flip some of their veterans in the next month and get some future stars. But I don't. They could deal Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels, or even Chase Utley, but I've seen the fruits of the first Cliff Lee deal and the second Hunter Pence deal and well, this administration has fared much better trading for veteran stars than dealing them.
June 23, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels was pitching - and hitting - adeptly, but his work on the mound was not enough to keep the Phillies' road roll going. Afterward, Hamels had nothing to say about his performance at the plate or on the mound. On this steamy day in St. Louis, the Phillies ace finally met his match in St. Louis Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright. Mixing speeds and working both sides of the plate, Wainwright went eight strong innings during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Phillies before 44,789 at sold-out Busch Stadium.
September 18, 2013 |
CLIFF LEE'S salary for 2013 is only half as large as the Marlins' $50 million payroll, but last night he was better than the whole team. In one of those games that sometimes happens this time of year, the Phillies' lefty sparked a 12-2 blowout on the mound and at the plate, striking out 14 over eight innings while going 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. "It was basically his show," manager Ryne Sandberg said after the Phillies improved to 70-80....