4-14-14: The Philadelphia Phillies closed this past week out nicely, earning a three game series sweep over the Miami Marlins to get to 6-6. Philadelphia wasn’t so lucky against the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in the week, however, as they has their first game postponed due to weather and went on to get rocked for 25 total runs in three straight losses. The Phillies haven’t been quite elite on offense this year, but at least are getting insane production out of Chase Utley, who is batting a remarkable .500 with three home runs and 10 RBI’s.
4-7-14: The Philadelphia Phillies are off to an okay start at 3-3 in 2014, but will have to pick up the pace considerably if they hope to do much damage in the highly competitive NL East, where they currently reside as the fourth best team. The Phillies got it all started with a bang on opening day, winning an insane 14-10 rockstar outing over the Texas Rangers, then proceeding to lose the next two close games. They then went up 2-0 in a series with the Chicago Cubs, but missed out on a sweep when the Cubbies stole the third game, 8-3. Chase Utley has been channeling a younger version of himself with a ridiculous .458 batting average and two homers through the first week, but Philly will need more consistency from the unit around him in order to push up the ladder in a strong division.
4-1-14: Baseball fans wanted offense on opening day, and boy, did they get it. The Philadelphia Phillies entered the 2014 MLB season red hot, smacking in 17 hits en route to 14 runs in an exciting 14-10 win over the Texas Rangers on opening day. Philly went up 6-0 before surviving a comeback bid by the Rangers, while starting pitcher Cliff Lee earned the victory despite giving up 11 hits and eight runs in just five innings.
3-27-14: The Philadelphia Phillies are giving Bobby Abreu gave a full look this spring and extended an opt out date from mid week until the day before the Phillies open the 2014 season, obviously with Abreu's permission. The Phillies ultimately decided that the former Los Angeles Dodger and New York Yankee would not make the club and was cut loose from spring camp. The Phillies already let 27 year old once promising arm Michael Stutes go after outrighting him off the 40 man roster and now completely cutting ties. The Phillies were busy clearing roster spots as well this week when they outrighted infielder Kevin Frandsen to AAA and then released him as they inch closer to finalizing a 25 and 40 man roster before Opening Day. Forbes also this week released that the Phillies are right on the cusp of being valued at $1 billion as the company has Philadelphia valued at a whopping $975 million, none of which will help them win a National League East division title in 2014.
3-20-14: The Philadelphia Phillies have one of the worst records in all of the Grapefruit League and in spring camp this year and tempers are flaring. Jonathan Papelbon threw at reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen as multiple batters were hit in a recent spring game with the Pittsburgh Pirates showing obvious frustration for the Phillies. Philadelphia also had to return Rule 5 draft pick Kevin Munson, 25 year old right handed starting pitcher and third pick overall in the draft, to the Arizona Diamondbacks recently after they could not find a 25 man roster spot to give him. With speculation swirling that Jimmy Rollins could be headed out of Philadelphia and headed to one of the New York teams this could make for a very interesting season for the Phillies. The only problem with that plan is Rollins is a 10 and 5 guy meaning he has 10 years of Major League service, five with the same team, and has full no trade protection and seems unwilling to waive his right and accept a trade unless the Phillies are out of contention come June or July. The Phillies have the worst record in the Grapefruit League this season
3-13-14: The Philadelphia Phillies have the worst record in all of the Grapefruit League and in all of Major League Baseball. The team is talented with the likes of Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, and new shiny toy AJ Burnett but they have not been able to put two and two together just yet. The Phillies added Marlon Byrd this offseason and have been showcasing him in the outfield this spring. With rumors of the Phillies being interested in the Yankees Ichiro Suzuki the whole 3,000 hit parade may be selling tickets very soon, something worth staying tuned for.
3-5-14: The news out of Philadelphia regarding starting pitcher Cole Hamels is good he said to throw a live batting practice next week. The Phillies also brought in veteran right-hander AJ Burnett on a one year deal worth $15 million. The deal includes an option for the following season or a one million-dollar buyout Burnett also has a limited no trade clause. After the retirement of Roy Halladay this bolsters their starting rotation.
3-4-14: The Phillies will be facing the Yankees' Tanaka for the second time this Thursday in Clearwater, Florida. Tanaka held the Phillies to scoreless inning in his pitching debut on Saturday. Tanaka struck out Domonic Brown in the sixth inning, who later claimed “He didn't get all that money for no reason."
1-24-14: Since winning the World Series in 2008 the Philadelphia Phillies have not been able to recapture the same kind of success they once had. Since the season ended for them the Phillies have made some quite moves such as signing Bobby Abreu and Ronny Cedeno.
1-7-14: With the retirement of Roy Halladay the Philadelphia Phillies two headed pitching monster of Halliday and Cliff Lee never won a title. The Phillies still have much of the nucleus that won the World Series in 2008 in tact. It will be interesting to see come midseason if they are independent race because if they are not look for them to be extreme sellers to some of their large heavy contracts.
12-9-13: The Philadelphia Phillies recently learned that they're starting pitcher Roy Halliday will retire from the game of baseball. The Phillies had a very good run between 2007 and 2009 but of late they have struggled and been out of contention after the All-Star break in the last couple of seasons. They still possessed household names on the roster but that old nucleus to carry them to back-to-back World Series has not performed up to their usual standard. They have also had to deal with injuries to Ryan Howard their biggest slugger. Howard should be healthy coming into the 2014 season and the Phillies will still have cole hamels and Cliff Lee at the top of the rotation. The National League East was supposed to be one of the most talented and competitive divisions last year but due to the Phillies underperforming and finishing in fourth place with only 73 wins the bottom half of the division was extremely weak. Look for the Phillies and their veteran nucleus to give it one last try before perhaps having to break up the unit.
8/21/13 - The Philadelphia Phillies are in fourth place in the National League East division with a record of 55 – 70. It is been a long year for the Phillies still contains the nucleus of their 2008 World Series title. Injuries and inconsistent play have been the bugaboo for the ballclub. Last night the Phillies lost at home by score of five – three to the Colorado Rockies. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins was 0-3 with one run scored. Outfielder Dominic Brown leads the team in homeruns with 27 on the year. After they finish the four-game set with the Colorado Rockies they will then holds the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend.
8/6/13 - Philadelphia Phillies are in third place with a record of 50 – 61. The Phillies have lost 5 straight and are 1-9 in their last ten games. This week they will square off at home against the Chicago Cubs.
Pitcher Antonio Bastardo was suspended 50 games for PEDs as part of the Biogenesis investigation.
7/18/13 - With the leader of their staff Roy Halladay on the 60 day DL the Phillies have struggle to find any sort of consistency this season. The Phillies are 48 – 48 And 6.5 games out of first place. Cliff Lee has been impressive with a 10 – 3 record and ERA of 2.86. He was also selected to the National League All-Star team. 34-year-old shortstop Jimmy Rollins is batting .258 with four home runs and 30 RBIs. After the break the Phillies will face the New York Mets in New York.
7/7/13 - Two Philadelphia Phillies were named 2013 National League all-stars. 10-game winner Cliff Lee will make his 4th ASG appearance. 25-year-old outfielder Domonic Brown will make his first ASG appearance.
6/12/13 - Losers of four games in a row, the Phillies are currently in 3rd place in the NL East division. This week they have an interleague matchup against the Twins in Minnesota. The Phillies can become a dangerous team at any point this season with the group of veteran position players and pitchers that they have. Domonic Brown leads the team in Home runs, batting average and RBI’s. Ryan Howard has not made much of an impact batting only .256 with just seven homeruns. Last year the Phillies had a slew of injuries and missed the playoffs.