April 1, 2014 |
WHEN WE'RE talking about the health of a rotation, the perfect season goes something like this: 33-33-32-32-32. That's 162 starts split among five players. It hasn't happened in the history of the National League. Last season, no team in the NL had more than three starters finish with 32 starts. Pitchers get hurt. That's what they do, because the body wasn't designed for throwing overhand. I'm guessing you see where this is going, so let's skip the pleasantries. The Phillies are one significant pitching injury away from disaster.
March 29, 2013 |
No current general manager in baseball played the game at its highest level more than Ruben Amaro Jr., and it molded how he evaluates talent. For eight seasons, he was a bench player. He earned $1.25 million in salary. Before that, he was a 23-year-old prospect at single-A Palm Springs. Amaro walked 105 times in 115 games during the 1988 season. He led the California League in walk percentage. "I don't care about walks," Amaro said in January. "I care about production. To be frank with you, I've said this all along.
April 7, 2014 |
CHICAGO - It's early, and the schedule makers and baseball gods have been kind to the Phillies in this first week of the season. And after a 2-0 win Saturday over the Chicago Cubs, they have an air of confidence. The luck showed up in Texas for opening day; instead of Yu Darvish's varied menu of dominant pitches, the Phillies faced a kid named Tanner Scheppers, who had trouble throwing strikes in his first major-league start. The Phils won by scoring two touchdowns on 17 hits.
January 13, 2014 |
This was a moment for the Phillies to keep pace with their competitors, David Montgomery said. But Montgomery, the Phillies president, oversees a team that encountered few financial threats in the National League until the Los Angeles Dodgers unshackled themselves from destructive ownership. The Phillies just signed a 25-year deal with Comcast SportsNet that will pay them more than $2.5 billion, and Montgomery used the occasion to say his Phillies should continue to rank in the top five of Major League Baseball's payrolls, as they have for each of the last four seasons.
July 10, 2011
We have reached the all-star break and the Phillies are on pace to win more than 100 games for only the third time in franchise history. The starting rotation, even with one of its four aces (Roy Oswalt) and the expected fifth wheel (Joe Blanton) on the disabled list, has more than lived up to expectations. The bullpen, despite being on its fourth closer (Antonio Bastardo), has far exceeded expectations. The lineup, rarely intact for the second straight season because of an assortment of injuries, continues its downward spiral from the height of its success, when the team won the World Series in 2008.
April 10, 2014 |
After a bleak, white winter straight out of a Russian novel, the Phillies got to finally play their home opener at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. Loud and loose, a sellout crowd of 45,061 luxuriated in the game's ritual rhythms unfolding in front of them. Never mind that winds snapped and rippled flags all day, or that the guys lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-4. The sun shone, the beer was cold, and a region that nearly had its spirit broken by snow, ice, and potholes could once again contemplate hardball and renewal.
March 24, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Eleven days ago, before starting at shortstop in a game in Disney World, where the Atlanta Braves call spring training home, Freddy Galvis rolled up his left pant leg and showed off a nasty cut. It wasn't an uncommon injury for a baseball player, as they slide hard into the ground routinely when trying to get to a base on offense or field a hard-to-reach grounder on defense. Galvis got this particular wound after sliding into third base one day. It was the reason he had briefly ditched his normal high-sock look.
March 21, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For $414,000, the Phillies apparently are willing to see what's left in Luis Castillo's 35-year-old body. The Phillies agreed to a minor-league deal with Castillo, the former all-star and Gold Glove second baseman who was unceremoniously cut by the Mets on Friday, according to a report by CSNPhilly.com, citing anonymous sources late Sunday night. Castillo is due $6 million in the final year of a four-year, $25 million deal, but the Mets will be on the hook for everything but the major-league minimum.
January 12, 2012
Here is Rich Hofmann's view on the Ryan Madson signing, posted yesterday on his blog, The Idle Rich, at www.philly.com/theidlerich . NOBODY WILL need to hold a benefit for Ryan Madson. If reports are accurate, he is in the process of doing a 1-year, $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He is safely in the 1 percent. Again, no tears. But how did this happen? How did he and agent Scott Boras miscalculate the market so badly? I still would love to know how the whole Phillies thing went down.
May 9, 2011 |
This was simply a night of missed opportunities for the Phillies. In a game when Atlanta's pitching appeared vulnerable, the Phillies couldn't take advantage of 12 hits in a 5-2 loss to the Braves Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. Braves righthander Jair Jurrjens pitched 61/3 innings and allowed one earned run on eight hits while striking out two. In other words, he wasn't his sharpest, but he kept getting out of jams. Jurrjens threw 91 pitches, just 54 for strikes, but he kept his team in the game.