On a night the Braves lose, Phils fail to clinch

The Phillies magic number has dropped to one game, but it was not by way of victory. The Mets did their job, beating the Atlanta Braves, but the Phils failed to beat St. Louis and clinch the division. With their magic number now at one for the division and two for homefield, the Phils lost … Continue reading On a night the Braves lose, Phils fail to clinch

Series Preview: vs St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 97-51, 1st in NL East; STL: 81-68, 2nd in NL Central When: September 16-19 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA) Probable Pitchers Friday: Vance Worley (11-2, 2.92) vs Jaime Garcia (12-7, 3.68) Saturday: Roy Owalt (7-9, 3.88) vs Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61) Sunday: Cole Hamels (14-8, 2.71) vs Chris Carpenter (9-9, 3.80) Monday: Roy … Continue reading Series Preview: vs St. Louis Cardinals

Cards jump on Oswalt early; win easy

St. Louis and Roy Oswalt know each other way too well. And this time, the Cards were all too familiar with the Phils right-hander, too much to the liking of Oswalt as they hit him up early en route to a 12-2 win Thursday night. Oswalt’s night ended more abruptly than usual. He left after … Continue reading Cards jump on Oswalt early; win easy

Lee pitches second straight shut out

The unbelievable pitching of Cliff Lee has revealed itself in June and it’s not showing any signs of going away any time soon. Lee pitched his second straight complete game shut out as the Phils beat St. Louis 4-1 and evened the season series up at two games apiece with the final match up tomorrow. … Continue reading Lee pitches second straight shut out

Fold: Cards bullpen collapses in 8th

We’ve seen some¬† bizarre moments in this 2011 Phillies season. Tonight’s game was no different. The Cardinals sent five different relievers to the mound in the eighth inning against the Phillies.¬† They gave up nine runs as the Phillies cruised to a 10-2 victory. The eighth inning began looking very bleak for the Phillies as … Continue reading Fold: Cards bullpen collapses in 8th

Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 45-28, 1st in NL East; STL: 40-33, 1st in NL Central When: June 21-23 Where: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO) Probable Pitchers Tuesday: Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.56) vs Kyle McClellan (6-3, 3.96) Wednesday: Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12) vs Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88) Thursday: Roy Oswalt (4-5, 3.38) vs Chris Carpenter (1-7, 4.47) Broadcast Info … Continue reading Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

Berkman walks-off Phils

The end was inevitable as it unfolded before our eyes. Danys Baez loaded the bases and got one out in the bottom of the 9th before being replaced by J.C. Romero. But with Lance Berkman’s RBI single, the Cards pulled off the two-game sweep with a 2-1 win. The loss extended the Phillies’ losing streak … Continue reading Berkman walks-off Phils

Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 25-14, 1st in NL East; STL: 22-19, 2nd in NL Central When: May 16-17 Where: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO) Probable Pitchers Monday: Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.78) vs Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.92) Tuesday: Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33) vs. Jaime Garcia (5-1, 1.89) Broadcast Info Monday, 7:05, CSN Tuesday, 8:15, PHL 17 All Games on … Continue reading Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

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