Season Preview: NL East

Before I begin my NL East season preview, I’d like to take a few sentences to thank John Russo for not assigning me the AL West this year. That division is almost as exciting as a glass of milk. Key word being “almost.” Milk can spoil and that’s exciting. Expectations: Will lead the league in … Continue reading Season Preview: NL East

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The Quest For Six: The Phillies are still favorites this season, but the competition is steeper than ever

I don’t have a lot in common with the Philadelphia Phillies. I can’t throw a 90 MPH fastball. I can’t hit a homerun. I can’t even hit the ball.But for all our differences, there is one thing the Phillies and I have in common – we’re both going to die. Gives you a warm, fuzzy … Continue reading The Quest For Six: The Phillies are still favorites this season, but the competition is steeper than ever

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?

Immediate Impact

Since becoming the General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies back in November of 2008, Ruben Amaro Jr. has proven one thing; his only concern is on the immediate future. Trades for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Roy Oswalt have taxed the Phillies’ farm system, sacrificing the team’s long term future for immediate success. Last Friday’s … Continue reading Immediate Impact

The Natch: Objections and Ejections

TTB staff writer Christian Hetrick also runs and operates “Taking the Ride.” Here is his most recent column featured on the site and TTB. Baseball, a sport that’s all about the numbers, may have to add a new column to the box score. Right next to At-Bats, Runs and Hits, baseball may soon have to … Continue reading The Natch: Objections and Ejections

It’s not you Bautista, it’s me.

With one swing of the bat, Jose Bautista sent his 27th baseball into the seats on Sunday. With one swing of the bat, Bautista gave his Blue Jays a 5-4 lead over the Phillies in the bottom of the eighth inning. And with one swing of the bat, Bautista instantly put one thought in my … Continue reading It’s not you Bautista, it’s me.

The Natch: Roy Halladay Has Been Better Than Advertised for the Phillies

TTB staffer Christian Hetrick also operates “Taking the Ride.” Here is his newest piece on Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay is one rich dude. He makes $60 million over three years through 2013 and has a vesting option for another $20 million in 2014. But the way he has been pitching since joining the Phillies, it … Continue reading The Natch: Roy Halladay Has Been Better Than Advertised for the Phillies

The Natch: The Designated Fence Sitter

It’s the most wonderful time of year, but this isn’t Christmas. It’s that time of the baseball season when the Phillies are in Seattle, the Yankees are in Wrigley, and Ben Francisco is a designated hitter. Ah, Interleague play, my favorite time of year. The only time of year that almost breeds as much anger, … Continue reading The Natch: The Designated Fence Sitter

Lee shuts out Marlins 3-0 to complete series sweep

For the third straight start, Cliff Lee was on his game. Lee provided a complete game shutout, and the offense provided enough run support to give the Phillies the 3-0 win. The win completes a four game sweep of the Marlins and extends the Phillies’ winning streak to seven games. The Phillies finished this most … Continue reading Lee shuts out Marlins 3-0 to complete series sweep

Rare Polly blunder, Madson BS costs Phils the game

Phillies fans at the ball park and on the couch stayed up through the rain delay and through extra innings, hoping for another memorable extra-inning game. But a rare throwing error by Placido Polanco allowed Tyler Colvin to score in the 11th to give the Cubs a 4-3 win. Fans have named every fifth day, … Continue reading Rare Polly blunder, Madson BS costs Phils the game