The Phillies haven't had the best August/September. This isn't new. To hammer the point home anyway, here are the standings since August 1st - Finding the Phillies in that list requires more scrolling than I would've liked. They've played better as of late, but the two-month long skid has the Phillies outside the playoff picture … Continue reading Week 25: Not Dead Yet
I don't want to say the Phillies have had a disappointing season. They are, after all, on pace to win 83 games - a 17-win improvement over last season, and their first winning season since 2011. Even with the Phillies future looking brighter, I just can't shake this disappointment. Perhaps I had unreasonable hopes after … Continue reading Week 24: Pitching or Offense, Seldom Both
Baseball fans are generally fans of teams first - grow up in Philly, you're a Phillies fan; in Seattle, you're a Mariners fan; in Florida, you're probably wondering why you're a Marlins fan. From there, you become a fan of whatever league your team of choice belongs to. National League fans generally extol the virtues … Continue reading Week 13: The AL is Very Good and Very Bad
On May 26th, the Phillies entered the night 1/2 a game back from first place. It's something that had happened 16 times before this season. Those previous 16 times they had failed to overtake first place - either by their own shortcomings or the heroics of the team they were chasing. The 17th time they … Continue reading Week 9: For a Moment, First Place
1964 holds a dubious place in Phillies history. When fans hear "1964", their minds will go to the infamous late season collapse in which the team blew a 6.5 game lead with only 12 games to go. After that, though, one of the highlights of 1964 happened on Father's day, when Jim Bunning threw what … Continue reading Week 8 Recap: Two Wins!
This offseason, as I looked at the lineup, there were several players more deserving of optimism than others. Among the recipients of my heightened expectations was Tommy Joseph, catching prospect turned major league first baseman. I wrote that he could "easily crest 30 home runs", based on his 21 homers in only 347 PA (which … Continue reading Week 7 Recap: Tommy Joseph Strikes Back
The Phillies 2017 season was not expected to be a competitive one, and thus far it's followed the script - 14-21 doesn't inspire the casual fan to do much more than shrug (and even that might be too much effort). That said, there were reasons to be excited before the season began - largely in … Continue reading Week 6 Recap: We Missed You, Chooch.
This time last week, the Phillies were 4-8 and it felt like we were potentially looking at a long season. Not technically any longer than a winning season, mind you. Just the kind of losing season that drags on longer than anyone wants, hanging around like the last party guest who would rather show you … Continue reading Week 3 Recap: .500! .500!
The seemingly eternal spring training ends within a fortnight, and with that, the regular season roster is beginning to take shape. While the bullpen is still up in the air, several position players and potential rotation arms have been re-assigned to the minors. Among those demoted the past week is catcher-of-the-future Jorge Alfaro. This whole paragraph … Continue reading Phillies 2017 Preview: Starting Pitchers (Part 2)