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The NL East Poll

May 7th, 2013 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Polls

Who will win?

Well, as a new baseball season is underway TalkSportsPhilly asks the fans who will win the NL East in 2013?

Who will win the NL East in 2013?

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Halladay’s Struggles

April 11th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Halladay’s Struggles | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Roy Halladay is off to a rough start in 2013.

By Amy McGinnis

While at the Phillies – Mets game this past Monday night, I turned to my friend and said, “If someone had told me two years ago that Halladay would look like this in 2013 I would have called him a liar and punched him in the face.”  Phils fans everywhere are sort of scratching their heads and wondering, “What’s going on with Doc?”

Let’s look at the not-so-great (but painfully obvious) things first.  Halladay’s velocity has decreased, his command looks sloppy, he’s 0-2 for the season, his 2013 ERA is 14.73 thus far, and he has let up 12 runs in just 7.1 innings pitched. This might seem par for the course with an almost-36-year-old pitcher in his 16th season in the bigs.  He’s not getting any younger, after all.  While this all sounds (and looks) discouraging, it doesn’t need to mean that it’s the end for Doc.

Yes, Halladay’s velocity is down.  Years ago, Doc could throw upwards of 95 mph; in the past several seasons, his fastball has been in the 90-92 mph range.  Speed is only one part of the equation, though.  It’s easy to focus on it, because it’s quantitative and we baseball nerds love our data, but there are intangible factors that go into a pitcher’s performance.  When it comes to Roy Halladay, of course, it’s his discipline.  He has conditioned himself to be so focused that he will work out, run, and throw bullpen sessions in the snow if necessary.  He self-regulates himself so well that in the past few seasons, it’s hard to recall many times that Charlie Manuel visited him in the mound and didn’t have Roy send him back to the dugout alone.  Halladay has always trusted himself to know his own body, and that’s why I think that he will stay in Philadelphia’s rotation until he pulls himself out of it.


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Atlanta’s Abominal Tribute to Chipper Jones

October 6th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Is this how we say Goodbye?

By Amy McGinnis

Last night’s Wild Card Game at Turner Field is an outstanding example of what I’ve said for years: Chipper Jones deserves better.

Love him or hate him, Chipper Jones has had a career in MLB that speaks for itself.  In 1990, he was the Braves’ first pick in the first round of the Amateur Draft.  His first season in the bigs was 1993, and he has remained an Atlanta Brave ever since.  He was voted into eight All-Star Games, and earned the 1999 National League MVP award.  His career numbers – a .303 batting average, 2,726 hits, 1.623 RBIs, and a 0.930 OPS – make the future hall of famer a very big deal in Atlanta.  Or do they?  In 2012, Jones’s salary was $13M, less than half of what Yankees third baseman Álex Rodríguez made.  $13 million is no small chunk of change, but it makes me wonder if it could have been more if Braves “fans” would have bought tickets and shown up to games.  Jones  has been set to retire after the completion of his 2012 season, and last night, Chipper had his last at-bat.  Fans at Turner Field made sure that the game was memorable for Jones – and for the rest of us – with their display of disgusting behavior.


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Phils Win in Extra Innings

September 2nd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Phils Win in Extra Innings | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

A+ for effort, Chipper.

By Amy McGinnis

Last night at Turner Field, Roy Halladay and Mike Minor were the starting pitchers for what turned out to be an exciting game.  Here are some things I enjoyed on Friday …

It was a hot and humid night in Atlanta; Doc was sweating like a whore in church and it seemed as if he was spoon-feeding his sinker to batters.  I hate to say it, but I’m glad Halladay was as pissed off as he was.  It’s rare that we see him show any emotion, since he’s always so focused, and the anger he displayed showed that he cares.  When Charlie pulled him from the mound to allow Jeremy Horst to take over, Doc stormed through the dugout and kept walking.

Jimmy Rollins was back in the lineup after having apologized to Manuel for his lack of hustle.  I respect when a player takes responsibility for his actions, and Jimmy initiated the meeting, which shows some humility.  I also respect when a player hustles his ass no matter what, though, so we’ll see if Rollins flips that switch.


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TSP Poll: Who will win the NL East??

June 19th, 2012 by Leo | Comments Off on TSP Poll: Who will win the NL East?? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Polls

Which Team will Win??

With the Phillies having everyone scratching their heads this year, I began to wonder who would win the Division this year?  Hmmm, there a several teams I could see doing it and I haven’t excluded the Phillies yet either.  So I thought I would ask the Philly Sports Fan who they thought would win the NL East??


Who will win the NL East in 2012

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Phillies Could Be In Trouble

February 5th, 2012 by Commons8 | 6 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General

I took each position in the division and gave each Opening Day starter a number one to five, one being the best, five being the worst. The lower the team’s overall number, the “better” the team. Keep in mind, these are my personal rankings for each position. Discussion is suggested.

These types of rankings are never reliable forms of predicting the standings at the end of the year, but they do give you an interesting look at how the roster of a team was built. Even with these rankings, I still think the Nationals will give the Phillies a good run for 3rd Place this upcoming 2012 season.

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Let us know where you disagree on the rankings.


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Phillies at Braves Preview

April 7th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies at Braves Preview | Filed in General

The Phillies wrapped up their second series of the season with an 11-0 rout of the Mets. They also took the series, winning two of the three contests. Friday, they begin a weekend series with the Braves, which is the second of four straight series of NL East opponents. The Phillies could definitely separate themselves a little from the rest of the division by winning these next few series. Let’s take a look at how the Phillies match up against the Braves. (more…)

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