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MLB Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies Update

July 24th, 2014 at 12:36 AM
By Andrew Waltz

The Philadelphia Phillies are definitely going to be sellers at the trade deadline, but it’s starting to look like no one wants to pay their price. Here’s a round up of the latest trade rumors surrounding the Phillies from a multitude of sources.

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Phillies Consider Releasing Ryan Howard Following 2014

Jim Salibury of CSNPhilly.com has reported that the Phillies have had internal discussions about releasing the struggling veteran first baseman Ryan Howard following the 2014 season. The Phillies have explored trades with several teams but there is no interest in taking on a substantial contract. The 34-year-old Howard is hitting .224/.305/.377 so far this season – all career low numbers.

Manager Ryne Sandberg and the Phillies appear much more willing to split time at first base between Howard and recent recalled Darin Ruf. Ruf got the start Wednesday against the Giants. While Sandberg wouldn’t commit to a platoon situation at first base, he said, “I think it’s important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward.”

Marlon Byrd Still Interests A Lot of Teams

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Gameday: Hunter Pence Nabs Jonathan Papelbon for Three Runs, Philadelphia Phillies Lose Seventh of Last Nine

July 24th, 2014 at 12:14 AM
By Andrew Waltz

On a rainy night in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants couldn’t seem to score any runs for the first eight innings. In the ninth inning, there were four total runs scored, but only one came from the Philly side of the plate.

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Runs weren’t the only premium of the night. The Giants only managed five hits total, but saw 13 base runners by adding six walks and two hit-by-pitches. The Phillies managed seven hits, but drew zero walks on the night. Ben Revere was back in the leadoff spot, stroking two singles. Marlon Byrd added an RBI single in the ninth inning. Carlos Ruiz had two hits in first game back from a concussion suffered on June 26th. Domonic Brown added the final hit for the Phillies.

Grady Sizemore got the night off, but pinch-hit in the eighth inning for Burnett. Newly recalled utility man Darin Ruf got the start at first base to spell Ryan Howard for a night, going 0-for-2 with a sacrifice.

Both teams were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies have been historically bad in that spot this season. The Giants have been slightly better, but couldn’t seem to get anything going in the rain.

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Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants Combine for 29 Hits, Cliff Lee Loses

July 22nd, 2014 at 12:20 AM
By Andrew Waltz

The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants combined for 29 hits, 26 of which were singles, Monday night. The Giants won the game and spoiled Cliff Lee’s return from the disabled list. The Phillies managed 14 of the hits, all singles, and went 4-15 with runners in scoring position. The Giants added 15 hits, 12 singles, and three walks, and went 4-10 with runners in scoring position.

Grady Sizemore contributed one hit from the leadoff position. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, and Cameron Rupp all added two hits. Cody Asche added the final three hits of the night. Former Phil Hunter Pence had three hits for the Giants, one of them a triple, from the leadoff position. Both teams combined to throw 300 pitches.

Neither starting pitcher performed well. Ryan Vogelsong only pitched three innings, giving up 11 hits and three runs with three strikeouts. Cliff Lee only lasted 5.2 innings, allowing 12 hits, six runs, a walk and three strikeouts. The Giants bullpen was able to pull out the win, though as Jeff Manship gave up a run in the eighth inning on the Hunter Pence triple. The Phillies were unable to manage a run after Vogelsong left the game.

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Philadelphia Phillies Drop Final Game to Atlanta Braves, Lose the Series

July 20th, 2014 at 7:41 PM
By Andrew Waltz

The Philadelphia Phillies lost their final game of three against the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Braves new starting second baseman Tommy La Stella continued to make quite the impression on the Braves and the rest of baseball with his bases clearing double in the third inning that put the game out of reach.

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Philadelphia started Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87 ERA) against Atlanta’s Alex Wood and the match-up wasn’t even close. Kendrick had a terrible third inning, walking B.J. Upton, hitting Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton with pitches, and walking Jason Heyward to make it 3-1. La Stella followed with his bases clearing double.

Kendrick has been awful in his last six starts, erasing any chance that he’ll be traded before the deadline as teams aren’t looking for a starter who can’t win ballgames. Kendrick gave up six runs, five hits and two walks in five innings. In his last six starts, he’s 1-4 with a 6.99 ERA.

In the middle of the sixth inning, the game was delayed for nearly two hours due to rain. As soon as the delay was over, Mario Hollands promptly gave up two runs on a Andrelton Simmons’ bases-loaded walk and Freddie Freeman single.

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Gameday: Philadelphia Phillies Beat Atlanta Braves Behind Cole Hamels and Grady Sizemore

July 19th, 2014 at 10:30 PM
By Andrew Waltz

The Philadelphia Phillies have not been kind to Cole Hamels this season. In 17 starts this season, Hamels has only managed to earn four wins. On a normal baseball team, that would be a pretty bad ratio for any pitcher. On the Phillies, it’s just another pitcher who doesn’t get very much run support.

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In Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, Hamels didn’t receive much run support again, but he didn’t need it. Hamels pitched seven strong innings, allowing four hits, one run, no walks and striking out nine batters on only 95 pitches – 71 of which were strikes. Ken Giles pitched a one-hit eighth inning, striking out two batters and Jonathan Papelbon earned his 23rd save of the season on only five pitches in the ninth.

Jimmy Rollins hit his 12th home run of the season in the seventh inning to give the Phillies the lead the rest of the way. Grady Sizemore continues to remind fans of the player we saw in Cleveland a few years ago. He brought his National League batting line to .400/.455/.500 with three hits and one walk in five plate appearances. Manager Ryne Sandberg can say that Ben Revere hasn’t lost the starting job all he wants, but I don’t believe him. If Marlon Byrd is traded in the coming weeks, don’t be surprised to see Revere, Sizemore, and Domonic Brown getting most of the reps in the outfield.

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