July 19, 2013 |
THERE ARE a couple ways to look at the second half of the season. One, the Phillies are a collection of role players and stars past their prime. It is time to retool for the future. Two, the Phillies are still within 5 1/2 games of a playoff spot and 6 1/2 of the NL East lead with 66 games to go. If Chico Ruiz taught us anything, it's that 6 1/2-game leads are not insurmountable. From 2006-12, the Phillies have played an average of 16 games over .500 after the All-Star break.
July 12, 2013 |
ALTHOUGH IT'S July and not September, the Phillies are in the thick of the National League wild-card race simply because there is only one team in between them and the team currently holding the league's second card. That team happens to be the one at Citizens Bank Park this week: the Washington Nationals. The Phils entered play yesterday six games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the last NL wild card. The Nats were 4 1/2 back of Cincinnati. Regardless if they make their run within the division or for the wild card, the Phils have to leapfrog Washington at some point.
April 4, 2013 |
ONE GAME in and it's hard not to come to this conclusion: The Phillies are really not playing in the National League East this season. They're playing in a loosely defined subdivision that should be called TheRest. If either Washington or Atlanta do not play to their potential this season, that's great. It's happened before and it will happen again, but the idea both won't is a little too hopeful, even for early April. Yes, there is also that possibility all the question marks the Phillies begin the season with will be answered positively.
March 29, 2013 |
The Phillies went into the season two years ago with four aces and a sense that something special was about to happen. And they were right. The special wasn't quite as special as they had hoped, and they had no idea that Vance Worley, not Roy Oswalt, would be the fourth ace. Worley didn't even get to pose as one of the five aces when it was inexplicably decided that Joe Blanton should be the ace of something, too. Two years later, the...
January 7, 2013 |
LANDOVER, Md. - The right leg of Robert Griffin III buckled into the ground Sunday, unable to pivot with the rest of his body. The star rookie who led the Washington Redskins to their first NFC East title since 1999 already had issues with his knee, but this injury appeared more serious. It forced Griffin to leave the game in the fourth quarter, and the Redskins' hopes disintegrated. The Seattle Seahawks came away with a 24-14 win in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs. "I'm the quarterback of this team - my job is to be out there if I can play," Griffin said.
November 15, 2012 |
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is one of the more fascinating pianists of international stature because he meets the conservative world of dead composers halfway, but with an iconoclastic streak that promises a wild card - or three. At his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital Tuesday at the Kimmel Center, Aimard began by reversing the order of his program (the second half came first), and programmed an early work by oboist Heinz Holliger ( Elis ) that was particularly obscure and an encore by Elliott Carter ( FraTribute )
October 22, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants saved their season once more, pushing St. Louis to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NLCS. Turns out the defending champion Cardinals aren't the only team that's tough to put away in October. Vogelsong struck out a career-best nine in another postseason gem, and the Giants avoided elimination for a second straight game by beating St. Louis, 6-1, on Sunday night. Marco Scutaro delivered a two-run double and Buster Posey drove in his first run of the series with a groundout in the first inning as San Francisco struck early to support Vogelsong.
October 22, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants saved their season once more, pushing St. Louis to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NL Championship Series. Turns out the defending champion Cardinals aren't the only team that's tough to put away in October. Vogelsong, a former star at Octorara High and Kutztown, struck out a career-best nine batters in another postseason gem, and the Giants avoided elimination for a second straight game by beating St. Louis, 6-1, on Sunday night.
October 19, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - One more win and another bunch of wild-card Cardinals get their chance to repeat. Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and St. Louis roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. The defending World Series champions can wrap up their second straight pennant as a wild card with a victory at home Friday night in Game 5. Lance Lynn faces Giants lefty Barry Zito, and a Cardinals win would set up a 2006 World Series rematch with Detroit.