Blanton edges Herndon; NLDS roster set

And that settles it. Herndon, who posted a 1.55 ERA in 29 innings, lost the final roster spot to Blanton, who pitched seven innings since coming off the DL with elbow problems. Blanton can barely throw 90 MPH and Herndon closed out the Phillies 102nd win of the season. For the full playoff roster, it’s … Continue reading Blanton edges Herndon; NLDS roster set

ALDS Preview: New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

New York: 97-65; 1st in AL East Detroit: 95-67; 1st in AL Central Schedule Game 1: Sep. 30, 8:37 PM – (C.C. Sabbathia vs Justin Verlander) Game 2: Oct. 1, 8:37 PM – (Ivan Nova vs Doug Fister) Game 3: Oct. 3, 8:37 PM – (Freddy Garcia vs Max Scherzer) Game 4*: Oct. 4, _PM – (TBD vs … Continue reading ALDS Preview: New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

ALDS Preview: Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays

Texas: 96-66; 1st in AL West Tampa Bay: 91-71; 2nd in AL East (Wild Card winner) Schedule Game 1: Sep. 30, 5:07 PM – (C.J. Wilson vs Matt Moore) Game 2: Oct. 1, 7:07 PM – (Derek Holland vs James Shields) Game 3: Oct. 3, 5:07 PM – (TBD vs TBD) Game 4*: Oct. 4, _PM – (TBD … Continue reading ALDS Preview: Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays

The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

How do you recap such an incredible night of baseball? Records, drama, comebacks, chokes. It’s all a part of what makes the game of baseball special, and that all happened in one night. Atlanta, GA: The Philadelphia Phillies trail the Braves, 3-2, in the top of the 9th. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel was three strikes … Continue reading The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

Once more, Phillies grace the SI cover

First it was the starting rotation. Then it was Carlos Ruiz. For the third time during this baseball season, the Phillies will have a couple of players posted on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Starting pitcher Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson are featured on this week’s regional cover with the tagline “Brotherly Lovefest.” The side … Continue reading Once more, Phillies grace the SI cover

Switch. Flipped: Phils offense explodes in Atlanta

That magical switch that I talked about yesterday is officially on. And hopefully, no one goes near the damn thing for another month. The Phils blasted the Atlanta Braves, who are clinging onto a second straight Wild Card berth by only one game, in a 7-1 route.  Their 101st win tied the franchise record set … Continue reading Switch. Flipped: Phils offense explodes in Atlanta

The Natch: Still the best team ever?

It’s almost that time of year. The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping and the Philadelphia Phillies are playing in the post season. That last part wasn’t always true about autumn – seeing the Phillies play past September – but in the last five years, Phillies baseball has almost become synonymous with the word … Continue reading The Natch: Still the best team ever?