Misunderstood: Scott Rolen Left a Lasting Impression On Philadelphia

Perhaps it was the clashing of personalities with manager Larry Bowa. Or maybe it was the comment made by front office member Dallas Green. Or maybe it was the desire to win that ended it all in Philadelphia. Whatever the reason was, Scott Rolen wanted out in 2002. For the next decade, Philadelphia fans would … Continue reading Misunderstood: Scott Rolen Left a Lasting Impression On Philadelphia

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Cozart’s 9th Inning Homer Leads Reds Past Phillies

Reds 5, Phillies 4 WP – Jonathan Broxton (3-3, 3.02) LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-5, 2.86) SV – Aroldis Chapman (30) PHILADELPHIA — It was Cincinnati that prevailed in the see-saw game. A Zack Cozart solo home run to lead off the top of the 9th spoiled not one, but two comeback attempts by the … Continue reading Cozart’s 9th Inning Homer Leads Reds Past Phillies

Revisiting the Rolen Trade

Scott Rolen was drafted in 1993 as a can’t miss prospect.  He was supposed to be the next great Phillies third baseman, and etch his name right next to Mike Schmidt in Philadelphia lore. However, it didn’t turn out as planned.  This summer will mark a decade since the player who was supposed to save … Continue reading Revisiting the Rolen Trade

Bruce’d ego: Madson blows up in 9th

Ryan Madson has the mind of a closer. Too bad he lost the mentality of a middle reliever in the process. Madson loaded the bases and handed the game over to Cincinnati in the 9th inning as the Reds won, 6-3. Raul Ibanez has continued his incredible hot run since snapping is 0-for-35 slump. His … Continue reading Bruce’d ego: Madson blows up in 9th

Faceoff: Who should we thank?

Question: Was Pat Gillick responsible for the Phillies current success as a franchise and perenial power in Major League Baseball? Writer Brian Jacobs decided challenge the rest of the Faceoff competitors with this question and John Russo, reeling from his loss to Christian Hetrick, wanted to get himself in the win column. Brian: Yes. The … Continue reading Faceoff: Who should we thank?

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

2010 Moment: #7 Hot as Cole

Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in game one of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. Roy Oswalt followed up with a less-than-stellar performance in which the Phillies bull pen out-pitched Cincy’s in game two. With the Phillies holding a 2-0 series lead, it was up to Cole Hamels to shut the door on Cincinnati in … Continue reading 2010 Moment: #7 Hot as Cole

Victorino Snags Only GG for Phils

Shane Victorino is the first Phillie to take home hardware his off season, winning his third career Rawlings Gold Glove Award today. Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, and Carlos Ruiz were all considerations for their positions but failed to take home the hardware. Former Phil, Scott Rolen, won his eighth career award and his firs as … Continue reading Victorino Snags Only GG for Phils

Luck Goes A Long Way

  Good teams will capitalize on the mistakes of their opponents. The Phils did just that with their bizarre 7-4 come-from-behind win on Friday to give them a 2-0 series lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS.   In a game filled with errors, the Reds four cost them a lot more than the … Continue reading Luck Goes A Long Way

NLDS Preview: Phillies vs. Reds

Phillies 97-65; 1st in NL East                                  Reds: 91-71; 1st in NL Central Pitching Probables Game 1: Edinson Volquez (4-3, 4.31) vs. Roy Halladay (21-10, 2.44) Game 2: Bronson Arroyo (17-10, 3.88) vs. Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.76) Game 3: Cole Hamels (12-11, 3.06) vs. Johnny Cueto (12-7, 3.64) Game 4*: TBA Game 5*: TBA Broadcast Game … Continue reading NLDS Preview: Phillies vs. Reds