Singleton, d’Arnaud, Gose Among Amaro’s Mistakes

Hindsight is and always will be 20/20 for the viewer. A look back at four of the biggest trades Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has made will raise two opinions: 1) Amaro pulled some seriously big names from Cleveland, Toronto and Houston; 2) Amaro also depleted the Phillies farm system so much that it ranks … Continue reading Singleton, d’Arnaud, Gose Among Amaro’s Mistakes

Polanco’s 2,000th Hit A Special One

Only 268 other players in Major League Baseball history had done what Placido Polanco had done. But not many did it the way Polanco did last night. In the 8th inning of the Phillies 5-1 win over Houston, Polanco took Astros pitcher David Carpenter deep to left-center field for his first home run of the … Continue reading Polanco’s 2,000th Hit A Special One

Series Preview: vs Houston Astros

PHI: 16-19, 5th in NL East; HOU: 15-19, 4th in NL Central When: May 14-15 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA) Probable Pitchers Monday: Joe Blanton (3-3, 3.24) vs Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.58) Tuesday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 2.17) vs TBD Broadcast Info Monday, 7:05, CSN Tuesday, 1:05, CSN All Games on 94.1 FM

Mayberry Shines in Back-to-Back Opening Days

Since 2009 when John Mayberry got his first taste as a Phillie he knew that he would do whatever it would take to get back on the big league roster. A few seasons removed from that, Mayberry has found himself a lock for the Opening Day roster the last two seasons. And he’s starting to … Continue reading Mayberry Shines in Back-to-Back Opening Days

Season Preview: NL Central

Co-written by John Russo and Chris Bengel Expectations: No Pujols, no problem…. wait, you mean we have to rely on Matt Holliday now? Oh crap! Key Addition: OF Carlos Beltran (signed from San Francisco) Key Loss: 1B Albert Pujols (signed with LA Angels) Projected Record: 90-72 Summary: St. Louis knows they lost a huge bat in … Continue reading Season Preview: NL Central

Horst can’t hold extra-innings lead

I’ve heard Ricky Martin, Baja Men, Chicken Dance and the Cheers theme at Osceola County Stadium. Hell, indeed. — Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 13, 2012 –Even the guy in charge of the stadium music needs Spring Training.– Domonic Brown was having a helluva bad game defensively in left field. Clearly frustrated again this spring with … Continue reading Horst can’t hold extra-innings lead

Pitching didn’t show up in Phillies loss

Dontrelle Willis indicated his arm is tired and could step back from current program. “I was horseshit,” he said. — Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 7, 2012   Dontrelle Willis and Pat Misch have two things in common today: luck wasn’t on their side. The two lefties were shelled for a combined eight runs, five earned … Continue reading Pitching didn’t show up in Phillies loss

Phils, Pence avoid arbitration

The Phillies are going to head into the arbitration period without a thing on their mind. Hunter Pence became the last Phillie to avoid arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $10.4 million deal, according to Jim Salisbury. The Phillies avoided arbitration with Kyle Kendrick, Wilson Valdez (then traded him to Cincinnati) and Cole Hamels in the … Continue reading Phils, Pence avoid arbitration

The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

The phrase “what have you done for me lately” has become somewhat of an anthem for Philadelphia fans. And rightfully so it may seem, the sense of nostalgia and gratitude come to mind when referencing some of Philadelphia’s most notable athletes. A little over three years ago, though recent, hardly counts under “lately” but in … Continue reading The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

Phils hire Wade

The secret agent of the Philadelphia Phillies has returned home. Former Astros GM Ed Wade, who pretty much dealt three of the organizations top players at the time to the Phillies during his tenure, was hired by the Phillies. His role in Philadelphia will be a special consultant in the Phillies operations department. That will … Continue reading Phils hire Wade