Phillies win fourth straight to climb to .500

Six weeks ago, the Phillies season began against their 2012 season with zero wins and zero losses, an even amount of each that symbolized (at the time) a clean slate and the start of a new beginning for the team.  Six weeks and 38 games later, the Phillies wins and losses are once again even, but no longer does the mark show a clean start, but the hope that the team can begin to start living up to the expectations that were set for them at the beginning of the season. Continue reading

Phillies sign Dontrelle Willis to one-year deal, hope to bolster bullpen

Just when you thought that the Phillies couldn’t sign any more big-name (for the record big-name and good are far from the same thing) pitchers, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. brought former Rookie of the Year, and runner-up in Cy Young voting to Philadelphia.

This big-name former Rookie of the Year, is none other than Dontrelle Willis, the man who made himself a household name with a crazy wind-up and a 22 win season in 2005 with the Florida Marlins. Continue reading

After a Seven Game Roadtrip, Phillies Come Home to Face Atlanta

By: Greg Frank

Overview:

The road trip in Cincinnati and Florida got off to a great start as the Phillies were 5-0 after the Reds series and one game of the Marlins series.  However, plagued by some late-inning bullpen trouble the Phillies came up empty handed in the final two games of the series in Miami and head home for three games with the Braves before heading back on the road to Milwaukee and Houston.  The Phillies dropped a game to Atlanta on Sunday and head into this series with the Braves holding seven and a half.  The only way the Braves can get back in the divisional race would be with a sweep to move to within four and a half and with three games left against the Phillies.  Let’s hope the Phillies can all but lock things up in the division the next three games. Continue reading

Left to Scratch Their Heads in D.C, Phillies Head Home to Face the Mets

By: Greg Frank

Overview:

The Phillies rolled into Nationals Park with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games and a 7-4 record against the Nationals for the season and had no reason to believe that they wouldn’t be able to continue in their winning ways. A couple of blown saves later, one by Ryan Madson  and another by Antoino Bastardo with a win sandwiched in between,  left the Phillies to ponder why they couldn’t close the door on what could have been a sweep, but turned out to be a series loss. Factor in the fact that they lost the series on a hit batter in the bottom of the 10th inning of Sunday’s game and you’ll realize that although they won the middle game 5-0, it wasn’t a very good weekend.  Nevertheless the Phillies return home to Citizens Bank Park  to play a struggling New York Mets team.  The Mets got swept this weekend by the Milwaukee Brewers  and have lost 9 of their last 11 games.  The Mets sit at 60-66 on the year, good for 4th in the NL East, and it’s clear that they’re looking to the future as they moved closer Francisco Rodriguez and Center Fielder Carlos Beltran prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.  For the Phillies, the future is now as they look to rebound in the middle three games of this 9-game NL East stretch. Continue reading

Phillies Get Delayed Again, But This Time They Fall in the 9th to the Nationals

There are some things that rain can be great for.  Take watering plants as an example.  When it rains, there is no need to go out and water plants, making your life that much easier.  Baseball, however, is not something that goes well with rain, as games are easily delayed or even cancelled due to precipitation.  However, the weather has not been cooperative lately, and for the second straight night in a row, the Phillies have had a game delayed by rain.  Tonight’s game started, but the rain came shortly after, allowing the teams to complete less than half an inning before a two hour and twenty four minute rain delay. Continue reading