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Expansion

August 28th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Expansion | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Who should we take a look at??

Saturday marks the changing of the calendar to September and with that, major league rosters expand to include the remainder of the 40-man roster. The AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs are 1.5 games out of the wild card spot with seven games left to play. If they fail to make the playoffs, it’s all but a lock that pitchers Michael Schwimer, Joe Savery, Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman, and infielder Hector Luna are called up, but what about reliever J.C. Ramirez, 2B Cesar Hernandez, and C Sebastian Valle?

All three are currently on the 40-man roster, but Hernandez and Valle have both struggled since being promoted to AAA. Ramirez has been extremely hittable since being added to the IronPig bullpen. All three could be used in a limited capacity, but will probably not see action until the Arizona Fall League.

At AA Reading, the R-Phils are hanging on to a playoff spot, so the possibility of seeing outfielder Tyson Gillies is pretty much a longshot at this point. It would have been nice to see if Gillies roaming center field for the last couple of weeks this season. Gillies has played admirably when healthy this season, but his health has been a major concern for the last few years and that diminishes his value. It’s very interesting to see who will be here come Saturday’s game in Atlanta.

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Phils Fightin’?

August 28th, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

It's not over yet!

After sweeping the MLB-best Nationals, the Phillies sit at 9.5 games out of a playoff spot. The way this season has unfolded, why would any fan realistically expect the rest of this season to be anything more than internal auditions for 2013? While most have written off 2012, the Phillies still have the slightest of chances. In fact, the Cardinals were exactly 10 games out of a playoff spot this time last year and we all know how that ended. While it may not be very probable, the truth of it is that it is still possible.