Phils “Second Inning” Report Card

Papelbon has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise horrible bullpen.

Papelbon has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise horrible bullpen.

In our April 21st blog we explained that Philly Sports Rant would be grading the Phillies every 18 games. Why 18? Because there’s nine 18-game “innings” in a  season.

The Phils had a chance to finish their second 18-game inning with a three-game sweep of the hated New York Mets Sunday. A win would have also meant a 10-8 record in the Phils 2nd inning and a .500 record on the season. After throwing a career high 133 pitches and only allowing one earned run, Cole Hamels deserved his first win of the year and 100th of his career. Continue reading

Phils vs Blue Jays Preview

Courtesy Philly.com

Courtesy Philly.com

The Phils just finished a seven game home stand that was abbreviated to six games due to last Wednesday’s rain out to the NY Mets. They went 2-4 on the home stand after being swept the final two games by the Blue Jays. Now they head north of the border to play two in Toronto. Continue reading

Phils vs Blue Jays Preview

Hamels goes for his first W tomorrow.

Hamels goes for his first W tomorrow.

As fans we’re a greedy bunch. I heard some people saying if the Phils hadn’t blown game one of the Nats series it would have been a sweep. Are these people lying? Nah, but there are lies of omission. It’s true the Phils had a 3-2 lead entering the 8th inning Friday night, but Mike Adams and Jake Diekman gave up three earned runs on 18 pitches to lose the game Lee had set them up to win. It was Lee’s 4th WG in seven starts this year. What the fans weren’t saying was how unlikely it was that Roberto Hernandez would out pitch Gio Gonzalez yesterday. Continue reading

Cliff Lee – Making Money the Old Fashion Way

Cliff Lee went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in postseason play for the Phils in 2009

Cliff Lee went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in postseason play for the Phils in 2009

Since signing a 5-year, $120,000,000 contract on December 15, 2010 Cliff Lee has made his money the old fashion way – he’s earned it. The veteran lefty just made his 100th start on his second go round with the Phils Friday night against the Washington Nationals. Lee has been a model of consistency, taking the ball every five days and giving the Phils a chance just about every time he goes to the mound. Continue reading

A Watershed Game

How long can Ryne Sandberg afford to stick with a struggling Dom Brown?

How long can Ryne Sandberg afford to stick with a struggling Dom Brown?

It happened again last night. Cliff Lee gave the Phils seven innings of four hit, one earned run baseball. Once again, as has happened so many times since 2012, Lee was jobbed out of a win by an impotent bullpen that wouldn’t scare a bunch of 19 year-old’s from single A.

Lee gave way to Mike Adams to start the 8th inning. In his four appearances before last night Adams had pitched effectively, allowing just one run in 4.1 innings of work. Last night Adams threw 12 pitches. He was done. Denard Span led off the inning with a double on an 0-2 count. He then stole third base off Adams, who paid little to no attention to Span. Off a 1-2 pitch Anthony Rendon laced a single to center scoring Span. Up came Jason Werth who had two of the four hits allowed by Lee, but made the costly error responsible for the Phils three-run 1st inning. He hit a 3-1 pitch back through the box and Adams night was done. He faced three hitters and gave up three hits as fast as you could blink. Continue reading