Houston is a problem for Phils once again

I don’t know what it is about the Phillies playing Houston but it sure ain’t pretty. Cole Hamels fell victim to the Astros’ black magic as the Phils lost 5-1 Tuesday night. He was less than good, not including the fact that home plate umpire Joe Reynolds was awful, and that was the story of … Continue reading Houston is a problem for Phils once again

Series Preview: at Houston Astros

PHI: 94-49, 1st in NL East; HOU: 49-97, 1st in NL Central When: September 12-14 Where: Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX) Probable Pitchers Monday: Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.72) vs Brett Myers (4-13, 4.66) Tuesday: Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60) vs J.A. Happ (5-15, 5.77) Wednesday: Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) vs Bud Norris (6-9, 3.78) Broadcast Info … Continue reading Series Preview: at Houston Astros

Blast Off: Howard blasts ‘Stros to complete sweep

It only took 19 innings for the first ball to leave Citizens Bank Park. And it was delivered to the season by none other than Big Brown. Ryan Howard smoked a three-run homer in the first inning and fell a triple shy of the cycle as the Phillies completed the sweep of the Houston Astros … Continue reading Blast Off: Howard blasts ‘Stros to complete sweep

As if he never left

November 2, 2009 was the last time fans in Citizens Bank Park saw Cliff Lee throw a pitch. One year and five months. 516 days. That’s a helluva lot of time. But the reunion was magical. Fans stood for minutes, greeting Lee with a standing ovation he will never forget. “These fans have a knack … Continue reading As if he never left

Season Preview: NL Central

Cincinnati Reds Expectations: Aroldis Chapman throw a 373 MPH fastball. Key addition: Edgar Renteria Key loss: Orlando Cabrera Projected record: 92-70 Summary: The Cincinnati Reds were among one of the biggest surprises in baseball. In 2010, the young Reds overtook the reigning NL Central champion Cardinals and made their first postseason appearance since 1995. They … Continue reading Season Preview: NL Central

Grading the Phillies: Starting Pitching

The starting pitching was the sole reason the Phillies were so good despite a heavily inconsistent offense and and injury-plagued season. Resting on the backs of the Big Three, the Phils were carried to their fourth straight NL East championship and boasted the best record in baseball for the first time years. Roy Halladay, Cole … Continue reading Grading the Phillies: Starting Pitching

Ex’s Shine In Win

J.A. Happ was good and Michael Bourn’s only hit was the one that mattered. The lefty shut down his former team and Bourn’s solo shot in the sixth was key as the Astros beat the Phillies for the third straight time this series by a score of 3-2. Happ went 6 1/3 innings while allowing … Continue reading Ex’s Shine In Win