June 14, 2015
PITTSBURGH - The Phillies flew in town on Wednesday night and spent a day off in the City of Bridges. But when manager Ryne Sandberg filled out his lineup card for Friday's game against the Pirates, several names were missing. One day off turned into two for Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Freddy Galvis, and Carlos Ruiz. "I've got some guys in there that's swinging the bat," Sandberg said. "Rupp is one of them, Blanco is another one. Basically, just some other guys that needed at-bats. " Darin Ruf replaced Howard at first.
June 8, 2015 |
When the Phillies left for Colorado three weeks ago, Freddy Galvis was their hottest hitter. The shortstop was batting .347, nearly 70 points better than his career average. In the three weeks since, however, Galvis' performance at the plate has started to descend to its past level. Galvis went 0 for 3 in Saturday's 7-5 loss to San Francisco. He would have been lifted for Ryan Howard in the ninth if Cody Asche reached base with two outs. Galvis is hitless in his last 29 at-bats. It is the longest hitless streak by a Phillies position player since Raul Ibanez went 0 for 35 during the 2011 season.
June 5, 2015 |
IN FOUR days, the Phillies' rebuild will take an important step with the first day of the 2015 amateur draft. They have the 10th overall pick (Monday night), and then select again 48th and 83rd (Tuesday) in the 40-round draft, which extends through Wednesday. After failing to find quality future major leaguers in the first three rounds for the better part of the last decade, the Phillies are turning this year's draft over to Johnny Almaraz. He was hired this offseason to replace former amateur scouting director Marti Wolever.
June 3, 2015 |
The long major-league baseball season will consist of several ebbs and flows for rookie third baseman Maikel Franco. This most recent stretch of games has offered of a reminder of that. After a hot start following his much-anticipated May 15 season debut with the Phillies, Franco has cooled off over the team's season-worst seven-game losing streak. The promising 22-year-old Dominican enters the series opener Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds mired in a 2-for-27 slump. "It's a game of adjustments," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
June 2, 2015 |
Freddy Galvis will enter the series opener Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds in his biggest slump in an otherwise great first two months of the season. The Phillies' 25-year-old shortstop sat Sunday, his fifth day off in the season's first 52 games. A recent 12-game stretch dropped Galvis' batting average from .355 to .289 after the loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He had just seven hits in his last 52 at-bats and was hitless in his last 13. The ever-confident Galvis said he believes he is still hitting the ball well, just to the wrong spots on the field.
June 1, 2015 |
It was just a couple of weeks ago the Phillies were stringing together their longest winning streak in three seasons. Their recent struggles had already made that six-game stretch feel like a distant memory. Saturday's loss negated it altogether. A 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park was the Phillies' sixth consecutive defeat and dropped them to a season-worst 13 games under .500. They are the only major-league team with three losing streaks of five games or more, and the season has yet to enter its third month.
May 28, 2015 |
NEW YORK - There is no handy manual for when a major league manager should take out his starting pitcher, so the men who make the decisions must do so more on feel and gut than any strict guidelines. Jacob deGrom, reigning National League Rookie of the Year, didn't look like a pitcher anywhere near ready to leave the playing premises of Citi Field when he wrapped up his seventh inning of work against the Phillies last night. He retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced, nine via strikeout.
May 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - Stephen Strasburg needed just three pitches to dispatch Maikel Franco in the second inning Saturday. The power pitcher quickly threw two strikes past Franco when they met again in the third inning. The rookie had looked futile a night earlier against Max Scherzer. This seemed to be more of the same. Franco adjusted this time, sped up his swing, and met Strasburg's 0-2 fastball with a powerful stroke. He sent it over the right-center-field wall - the tallest fence at Nationals Park - for his second homer since rejoining the Phillies on May 15. It was a bomb, manager Ryne Sandberg said.
May 24, 2015
WASHINGTON - Freddy Galvis entered Friday night's game at Nationals Park with just three hits in his last 20 at-bats. This week's four-game series at Colorado was the shortstop's roughest stretch of the season. Galvis' reasoning for the slump was simple: It was cold. "Really cold," Galvis said. The Phillies played all four of their games against the Rockies in low 50-degree temperatures. Galvis' bat was just as chilled. He was happy to be in Washington, where Friday's forecast was 75 degrees at the time of the first pitch.
May 22, 2015 |
DENVER - On Wednesday night, Phillies manager and nine-time Gold Glove winner Ryne Sandberg used the word "unreal" when describing a play by first-year starting shortstop Freddy Galvis. The slick-fielding 25-year-old ranged in the hole that night, coming up with the ball and somehow letting loose on a strike to first base to record the out, despite the fact the throw came after Galvis was already airborne. Less than 24 hours later, Sandberg was pointing in the direction of his same sure-handed shortstop when asked about a seventh inning that began with a walk, unraveled with defense, and put the Phillies in a much more difficult position to rally in what was eventually a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.