Nobody was concerned about the Phillies pitching and everybody was concerned about the Phillies hitting. If games were played on paper, nobody would have been shocked if the Phillies won 130 games on pitching alone, winning games 1-0. Without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the line-up would be even more anemic they said.
Well, as sad as it is, if these two games are any indication of things to come, the nay-sayers and skeptics may be right, as the Phillies have shown nothing but dominant pitching and dormant bats. In their first two games, a win and a loss, the Phillies have scored one run, giving up two runs, neither of which are surprising. Game two even took extra innings to complete, both teams only able to score one run in nine innings (whether it was because of the Phillies’ pitching brilliance or the Pirates’ hitting incompetence, the world may never know). Continue reading →
He’s been one of the cornerstones of the Phillies offense since 2005. He’s been a fan-favorite, not afraid to say what’s on his mind, even if it isn’t exactly “appropriate” to say on television. But quite frankly, the past two years he’s been nothing but average.
Five-time all-star Chase Utley was once a guy who won four straight Silver Slugger awards, constantly hit 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, and was able to hit five home runs in a losing World Series effort. But now, Utley is a frequently injured, sub .260 batter that, despite still showing flashes and streaks of brilliance, simply lacks the consistency to be considered an elite second baseman. Continue reading →
The image is unforgettable. It’s one that has been painfully ingrained into the brains of every Phillies fan. It of course, is the image of Ryan Howard painfully crumbling to the ground after losing the 2011 NLDS, in what seemed to be a microcosm of the Phillies’ season. But now, as the 2012 season quickly approaches, the Phillies and all of their fans are forced to deal with the repercussions of the play– not only going all winter without a parade down Broad Street–but also losing Ryan Howard to a torn Achilles heel, sidelining him until at least May, and leaving a very big gap at first base. Continue reading →
With Christmas coming tomorrow, and Hanukkah already well underway, most people are
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asking for something this holiday season. While the Phillies’ presents come from April to October next year, it’s never too early to join the club and start making a list. So without further ado (except clicking “continue reading”), here is the Phillies’ holiday wish list. Continue reading →