August 18, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - The Phillies' lineup was missing its two best hitters on Sunday afternoon. It seemed to be without much of a pulse, too. The team's offense was lifeless in a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Chase Utley was given the day off as trade rumors continued to swirl. Maikel Franco missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist. Both players should return to the lineup Tuesday, unless Utley is traded. The Phillies struck out 11 times. Their lone run came on a ninth-inning homer by Andres Blanco.
August 16, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - As the trade rumors continue to swirl around longtime Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, the 36-year-old again found his name written in atop the team's lineup card. And he continued to show teams interested in his services that he can maybe still hit a little in the majors. Utley went 4-for-5 with a double and three singles, including an RBI single in the ninth. Outside of Utley, however, the Phillies offense was listless in a 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers last night, wasting a strong outing by starting pitcher Adam Morgan.
July 3, 2015 |
Teams around baseball will use at least part of this month to decide if they are buyers or sellers. The Phillies have known their category since October, and they can only hope their tradable assets stay healthy and perform effectively. Aaron Harang, who five weeks ago boasted a sub-2.00 ERA, has lowered his trade value over his last six starts. The 37-year-old righthander's post-May regression continued Wednesday night in a 9-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park.
July 1, 2015 |
After the Phillies officially hired Andy MacPhail to become the team's president after the season, the new executive saw firsthand how much work needs to be done. Trailing by 4-1 through four innings, the Milwaukee Brewers came back to defeat the Phillies, 7-4, on Monday night in a battle of baseball's loss leaders before 18,423 at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies (27-51) have lost four of the last five since their three-game winning streak last week. MacPhail will serve as a special assistant to president Pat Gillick for three months before he takes over, and his main task will be to determine how many true keepers the Phillies have.
May 7, 2015 |
The Phillies are going to lose around 100 games this season, and will do so on merit. The presence of the Milwaukee Brewers might keep them from being the worst team in the National League, but that thin comfort won't spare them a single step of the long, depressing march to October. None of this qualifies as surprising. The Phils, with perhaps one notable exception, were expected to be exactly this bad. The exception, however, happens to be a player who ranks among the franchise's top 10 for career at-bats, hits, runs, total bases, runs batted in, extra bases, and home runs.
February 6, 2015 |
ALTHOUGH THE TALKS concerning Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels and first baseman Ryan Howard have quieted as the hot-stove league winds down, Jonathan Papelbon's name continues to populate the trade-rumor mill. Are trade talks dead or alive? Will he stay or will he go? Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said throughout the last month that he expects both Hamels and Howard to be with the team when the season opens at Citizens Bank Park on April 6. But does he expect Papelbon to be in Clearwater, Fla., when pitchers and catchers hold their first workout of the spring on Feb. 19?
January 25, 2015 |
A $13 million-per-year closer, no matter how effective or how controversial, is a superfluous asset on a rebuilding team whose strength is its young bullpen arms. It is no secret the Phillies have long sought suitors for Jonathan Papelbon, entering the last of the four-year, $50 million deal he signed in November 2011, the richest for a major league relief pitcher. Less than four weeks before the start of spring training, they may have found one. The Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers, according to Yahoo Sports!
January 25, 2015 |
SIX MONTHS AGO, Jonathan Papelbon sat in his locker stall in the visiting clubhouse at Milwaukee's Miller Park and held court with reporters. The subject: the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. The summary of Papelbon's stance: Get me the heck out of here. Perhaps Papelbon finally will get his wish, and, coincidentally, find a new home in the city where he voiced his opinion last summer. Yahoo Sports reported early yesterday morning that the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have had "serious discussions" about a Papelbon trade.
July 11, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - For the third day in a row, the Phillies looked like a winning team, from their timely hitting, bullpen pitching and overall play. All that said, their closer would like to find a new home at some point in the next 3 weeks. Following the Phillies' 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last night, their third straight win over the team with the National League's best record, Jonathan Papelbon expressed his desire to move from the last-place team to a contender before the July 31 trade deadline.
July 7, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - It was the best of times, it was the wurst of times. One minute I'm high-fiving cheering people in the stands, and the next thing I know, I'm a bum. Ah, the life of an athlete - or at least one wearing a giant foam costume for a day. Klement's, the well-known Milwaukee sausage maker, sponsors the nightly "Sausage Races" at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, always in the middle of the sixth inning. This night, I was in it. With one out in the sixth, I donned "Frank," the Hot Dog outfit.