2012: A career defining season for Chase Utley

When Chase Utley broke into the majors, he was an instant hit. In fact, it was a hit that first enamored him to Phillies fans everywhere. In just the second game of his career, during only his 3rd Major League at bat, Utley recorded his first career hit when he blasted an Aaron Cook offering … Continue reading 2012: A career defining season for Chase Utley

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In defense of Kershaw over Halladay; Phillies fans need not fret

John Shields is a contributor on Team to Beat as well as a writer for The Philly Phans. Here is his latest up at TPP. Last night MLB announced the winner of the 2011 Cy Young in the National League. The recipient of baseball’s highest award for pitching this season? Lefty Clayton Kershaw of the … Continue reading In defense of Kershaw over Halladay; Phillies fans need not fret

Disappointing End: Carpenter, Cards bounce Phillies from postseason

For the second straight season, the Phillies season came down to Ryan Howard and, for the second straight season, Howard was retired for the final out of the Phillies season. A season, which was record setting, and just flat out thrilling to watch, ended in a flash at the hands of Chris Carpenter and the … Continue reading Disappointing End: Carpenter, Cards bounce Phillies from postseason

NLDS Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Cardinals

Arizona: 94-68; 1st in NL West Milwaukee:96-66; 1st in NL Central Schedule Game 1: Oct. 1, 2:07 PM – Yovani Gallardo (17-10 3.52) vs. Ian Kennedy (21-4 2.88) Game 2: Oct. 2, 4:37 PM – Shaun Marcum (13-7 3.54) / Zack Greinke (16-6 3.83) vs. Daniel Hudson (16-12 3.49) Game 3: Oct. 4 – Joe … Continue reading NLDS Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Cardinals

Howard’s early blast guides Phils past Brewers

A day after it took the Phillies 6 innings to get their offense going, Ryan Howard made sure that they got on the board earlier. Howard blasted a Shaun Marcum offering into the seats in right field, giving the visitors an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. It was a lead that they would … Continue reading Howard’s early blast guides Phils past Brewers