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Saw '12: Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5 (10)


I've never been a huge horror movie guy. When I was a kid, I was on the timid side, and they scared me; as I got a little older, I came to appreciate the original "Halloween" as a well-structured...

Blowing Up the 2012 Phillies: A Thought Experiment


So, this piece is what you think it is: a therapeutic exercise inspired in part by the unpleasantness of following the 2012 Phillies and in part by concern that the futility we're watching now is...

ZZZZ: Marlins 5, Phillies 1


I'm sure there's some Marlins fan out there who's cast The Avengers with players from his favorite team. Is there any doubt but that he's got Carlos Zambrano as The Hulk? Like the green-skinned...

Remember When: Padres 2, Phillies 1


On October 6, 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies faced baby-faced and power-armed starting pitcher Edinson Volquez at home, as they did again tonight on May 12, 2012. Four of the eight regulars in...

Fashion, Atrocity: Padres 6, Phillies 1


In the top of the first inning Sunday, the Phillies drew two walks, stole a base, and were the beneficiaries of two San Diego errors. They didn’t score a run, and the game got worse from there. In...

Rage Against the Dying of the Light: the Phillies in 2012 (and beyond)


One of the nice things about following the Phillies from afar is that I'm insulated from much of the day-to-day tsuris that overtakes the team when they're facing an adverse wind, as has been the...

2012 Phillies Player Preview: Phillippe Aumont


Baseball-Reference (minors) page A major component of the thrill and agony of following baseball prospects is how quickly things change. A year ago, it seemed a legitimate question whether P...

2012 Phillies Player Preview: CLIFF LEE


Player pages: Baseball-Reference, Fangraphs Considering that he was THE story of the previous winter, I guess it’s only right that Cliff Lee embodied the 2011 Phillies season. Like the team as a...

2012 Phillies Player Preview: Juan Pierre


Player pages: Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference When I told my wife one evening a few weeks back that the Phillies had signed Juan Pierre, she didn’t miss a beat. "You mean Juan F. Pierre?" Yes,...

Phils, Kendrick Sign Two-Year Deal


Rub your eyes if you want, but it's still going to be there: the Phillies will pay Kyle Kendrick $7.5 million to throw baseballs for them during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. If one really, really...


Idle Speculation: Oswalt and a Phillies-Angels Trade

Our own David Cohen highlights a rumbling that the assumed divorce between the Phillies and Roy Oswalt might not be as final as all that. I also saw on MLBTR that speculation is hot and heavy...

Ryan Madson: So Long, and Thanks for All the Wins


With the departure of Ryan Madson, the Phillies said farewell to arguably the greatest relief pitcher in franchise history. But did they get their bang for their buck with him?

Phillies Sign Laynce Nix


The Phillies continue to overhaul their bench this offseason, coming to terms with lefty outfielder Laynce Nix on a two-year deal. Nix joins earlier additions Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton among the...

Well, Crud: Astros to Fire GM Ed Wade


Agents of middle relievers everywhere are weeping into their beers tonight. Gotta figure Ruben Amaro is pouring one out right now for his former boss and favorite trade partner too. Astros president of baseball operations Tal Smith figures to leave as well.

The Utility Premium and the 2012 Phillies


At the outset of an off-season he probably has to get right if the Phillies are to claim a sixth straight NL East title in 2012, Ruben Amaro Jr. has to solve for two distinct but related problems...

Blink: Cardinals 5, Phillies 3


When the Phillies started their magical run in 2007, I was a consultant, and when October came, so ecstatic was I to see my favorite team in the playoffs for the first time since before I could...

Style Points: Phillies 4, Braves 3 (13)


So it was that in the last game of the season, facing an opponent living and dying with every pitch, behind a late-game lineup featuring Brian Schneider, Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez and a...

Roy Halladay’s Quiet Season of Greatness


As you know, Phillies ace Roy Halladay made his final start of the 2011 regular season on Sunday, tossing six scoreless innings against the Mets to help the Phils snap their eight-game losing...

Flatline: Cardinals 5, Phillies 0


Once Cole Hamels finished his warmup pitches, he performed pretty well in the game after the Phillies clinched their fifth straight NL East title, going seven innings and striking out nine....

FIVE: Phillies 9, Cardinals 2


The only real downside to the run of astonishing success that the Phillies have enjoyed these last few years is that there's some risk of becoming desensitized to just how friggin' great it is to...

Reinforcements: Phils add Brown, DeFratus, Kratz, Moss and Savery


You've probably heard by now, but following Lehigh Valley's elimination from the International League finals last night, the Phillies added pitchers Justin DeFratus and Joe Savery, catcher Erik Kratz and outfielders Domonic Brown and Brandon Moss to their active roster. All but Kratz have at least some chance to appear in the postseason, given uncertainty on the bench and bullpen, so it should be interesting to see if and how Charlie Manuel uses them over the remaining 13 games.

Really: Astros 5, Phillies 2


Maybe we should appreciate this. The almost universal excellence of the 2011 Phillies has meant precious few opportunities for a fan base long steeped in self-pity and paranoia to vent its fear and...

Miller Time: Phillies 5, Brewers 3


Admit it: you keep waiting for reality to offer up something to substantiate your fears that this Phillies team, obviously great though it is, might stumble when the stakes are highest. You're...

Vanimal in the Mist: Phillies 6, Braves 3


As the Braves and Phillies got underway Tuesday night following a rain delay of about two hours, television spectators saw something far out of the ordinary at Citizens Bank Park: empty seats. The...

How the Other Half Loses: Phillies 5, Marlins 3


There was a time when I loathed and feared the Florida Marlins. Say the names Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo in the same sentence, and I'll flinch like someone's about to punch me--because those two...

Recall Alert


Though no team would choose to run the gauntlet of 33 games in 31 days, running through the end of the season, that the Phillies will begin Monday in Cincinnati, in one sense the timing is decent:...

Losing Battles. Winning Wars?


This might not be saying much, but it’s probable the last week of play has been the least pleasant of the season for the Phillies in 2011. In addition to irritating rain delays and the even more...

My Roy-Friend's Back: Phillies 5, Nationals 0


Everyone can rest easy: the Phillies will not have a losing record in 2011. The team claimed its 81st victory of the season against a frequent foil, Nationals starter John Lannan, who fell to 1-12...

Better? Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 2


The Phillies are now playing at a level of excellence almost sufficient to stay ahead of their most neurotic fans' worst anxieties. One night after a loss to the suddenly-plausible playoff opponent...

Livan and On and On: Nationals 4, Phillies 2


How best to describe getting beaten by Livan Hernandez? Is it like rejection at the hands of a girl you went in thinking you're too good for? Drowning in a vat of room-temperature pudding? Trying...

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