State of the Phillies: A State of Panic?

Going into this post, I really didn’t know what I wanted to write. So a fair warning: this is me babbling incoherently about how awful the Phillies are and how the fact the sky is falling. Ready, Go! I want to panic with the Phillies 31-37 record following a sweep in Toronto and 3-6 road … Continue reading State of the Phillies: A State of Panic?

Contreras to Give Comeback A Shot

It has been a frustrating last eight months for Jose Contreras. The 40-year-old reliever is set to have his second surgery since last September to repair a right elbow that has given him problems the last two seasons. It will be the second straight season-ending elbow surgery Contreras will have, this time repairing a torn … Continue reading Contreras to Give Comeback A Shot

Contreras Suffers Season-Ending Injury

UPDATE 2 — Jose Contreras’ season is done. Contreras tore the UCL and flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow and will be out for the rest of the season. UPDATE 1 — Phillies reliever Jose¬†Contreras had an MRI this morning and was revealed that he has a right elbow strain. Contreras is having bad … Continue reading Contreras Suffers Season-Ending Injury

Everything Clicks In Character-Building Win

Phillies 9, Cubs 2 WP – Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00) LP – Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43) CHICAGO — The Phillies played a complete, team game… and it may have been the type of game that could very well change the mindset of the team. A 9-2 character win over the Cubs in Chicago did more … Continue reading Everything Clicks In Character-Building Win

Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Facts are facts: this Phillies bullpen really sucks. Eight losses this season have been credited to the Phillies bullpen. That’s a 16-game swing. Winning half of those games would give the Phillies an 18-14 record and keep that firmly planted out of the cellar. Instead, it’s been a nightmare watching the last few innings of … Continue reading Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Ruiz Update; Contreras’ First Outing

The play at the plate on Thursday made a big impact, not only in the game but on Carlos Ruiz’s left wrist as well. The Phillies catcher missed last night’s 4-1 win over the Padres, ¬†a day after injuring his wrist when Will Venable collided with him on Thursday. Ruiz could miss today’s game as … Continue reading Ruiz Update; Contreras’ First Outing

Galvis Sparks Late Offensive Surge

Freddy Galvis was never meant to be safe on his bunt in the 7th inning. With runners on first and second, Galvis laid down a beautiful bunt down the third base line, legging it out and loading the bases. It set up Brian Schneider’s game-tying single with no outs to lead the Phillies to a … Continue reading Galvis Sparks Late Offensive Surge

Injury Updates: Utley, Contreras, Qualls, Howard

Just summarizing what Matt Gelb had to report today on the health of some of the Phillies… Chase Utley — There is nothing really new here. Utley is still out in Arizona working on strengthening his knee. There is still no timetable for his return, not even a comparison to the 43 games he missed … Continue reading Injury Updates: Utley, Contreras, Qualls, Howard

Contreras to start season on DL

Jose Contreras is just flat out not ready for the regular season. The 40-year-old right-hander had only been pitching in games the last two weeks and he’s shown signs of not being close to being ready, which is no shock. That is why Contreras will likely start the season on the disabled list. It isn’t … Continue reading Contreras to start season on DL