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Phillies Poll: How many games will they win in 2015?

April 17th, 2015 by Leo | Comments Off on Phillies Poll: How many games will they win in 2015? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, Polls

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The Phillies season is underway and after 10 games the Phillies are sporting a record of 3-7 and tied for last in the NL East.  Its been a slow start for sure with a lack of pitching and lack of hitting and many fans are saying the Phils will lose 100 games this year!

So TalkSportsPhilly is going to put this out to the fan base and ask “How many games do you think the Phillies will win in 2015?”    Take the poll below:

 

How many games will the Phillies win in 2015?

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The NL East Poll

May 7th, 2013 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Polls
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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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The Curse of the Phillies BIG Contracts and Renewals

April 28th, 2013 by Emily Phung | Comments Off on The Curse of the Phillies BIG Contracts and Renewals | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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by Emily Phung

I have always been an avid Philadelphia sports fan, but my frustration began in 2000 when I could not understand why the Philly teams were not winning any games especially the Phillies. That’s when I learned about the curse of Billy Penn. The gist of the story is that when Liberty Place was built in ’87, no Philly sports team won a championship from that point forward. The theory was that the losses were associated with the William Penn statue (which is affixed on top of City Hall). The statue was no longer the tallest object in the Philly skyline. In spring 2007, I decided to take matters into my own hands (what true sports fan wouldn’t?) and try to reverse the curse by setting up an incense-filled shrine filled with all my Philly sports bobbleheads, figurines, jerseys, and autographed pictures to rid of the bad demons that this curse held. That year, the Phils won the NL East after a 14 year draught! I was over joyous so I continued burning incense and building a Philly themed sports shrine the next few years. Coincidentally, for the following 4 years, the Phils continued to clinch the NL East division with one World Series win. I honestly think that the William Penn statue atop the Comcast Center did not reverse the curse, but I did (so I may be a bit biased). 2012 was a busy year personally so I never had the opportunity to hold this annual ritual. To my dismay, the Phils did not continue their winning streak. However, one thing is certain since 2012; the Phillies players have been struggling individually after renewal or extension of a bigger contract. Is the Curse of Billy Penn back?

I honestly think it is back and behind that curse is Rubén Amaro, the general manager responsible for those Phillies contracts. Bold statement you say, well let’s break down the circumstantial evidence in regards to the curse of the Big Phillies contract (aka version of the Curse of Billy Penn). First up is Ryan Howard, the Phillies home run king. 2004 he entered into the Philadelphia scene as a young promising player. He certainly was one of the best rookies that came into the Philly scene. After ’04, Howard began to be on ‘fire’. He was Rookie of the Year in ’05. Then MVP in ’06, contributing to the Phillies World Series in ’08, but after ’10 it seems like downhill. Ironically, 2010 was the year that Howard signed his extension. A whopping $125 million contract was rewarded to Howard, which many claim is too much for a continuously injured-hampered athlete (Achilles heel to groin injuries). Howard is not as an effective power hitter as before and that may be due to his recovery from prior injuries. Amaro threw down a big contract down to keep him, and now he’s stuck with Howard for a while. Is Amaro a bit upset? One might think so since Howard hasn’t had a long of game time and that means Amaro is not getting his money’s worth. It’s unfortunate, but that is the truth at the end of the day. Howard is a great player all around, but that big payday may be haunting Amaro.

The most recent of all contracts is this past summer’s resigning of World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. He has a 6 year contract with an average of $24 million dollars. That is the second highest in baseball after Yankees’ Sabitha. Amaro definitely found a rewarding way to thank Hamels for posting up some great pitching stats during the World Series playoff games. After Hamels signed on for a few more seasons, terrible pitching started to hinder him resulting in many surrendered runs and major game losses. Can Hamels dig himself out of this pitching deficit? I believe so, because it is still early in the season. Hamels is young and still has time to rebound back to his recognizable pitching self.

Cliff Lee was the hottest pitcher at the end of baseball season 2010. The Rangers and Yankees made lucrative contract offers to tempt Cliff to join on board. However, Cliff was ‘PHaith’ful to the Phillies nation, and came back to in December ’12 with a $120 million contract thanks to Amaro. After signing his contract, Lee began swallowing his pride a little bit since he was not posting up the results as prior years. Eventually, Lee got back to his momentum, but one must wonder was he cursed just a bit by signing Amaro’s big contract.

After his contract extension in ’10, it has been somewhat a quick decline for Roy Halladay. Halladay, known as the overachieving double Cy Young winner and pitcher of the perfect game in ‘10, is not pitching like he used due to a shoulder ridden pain that occurred last year. He used to throw ‘fastballs’ and now can barely pitch faster than 90 mph. Roy even claims to be tired and worn out and admits that his strength is not where it used to be. Thankfully, other teammates such as Ruiz has been helping Halladay make some great defensive plays off the pitching mound. Halladay’s age may be showing, and Amaro has to make a decision if to keep Halladay after this season or it’s time to let him go.

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Countdown To Opening Day 2013: 4 Days

March 28th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2013: 4 Days | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
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Til opening day

Instead of focusing on the Phillies today, I’d like to focus on the rest of the division.  While the Phillies made changes that will have long-term ramifications, the rest of the division did too. Some for the better. Some potentially for the worse. So let’s make our way around the NL East.

Marlins

The Marlins may have secured themselves a guaranteed spot in the cellar of the NL East in 2013. After going “all in” for 2012, Mr. Loria went “all out” for 2013, and not in a good way. Basically, the only players most fans will probably recognize are Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison. The Marlins may have made moves that will help them contend in the future, but they appear to be contending for the first pick in the 2014 draft for now.

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Contenders Or Pretenders?

September 18th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Contenders Or Pretenders? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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With just sixteen days left in the regular season, and the Phillies making their playoff push, are they legitimately contenders, or just pretenders? They currently sit 3.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals, who occupy the second wild card spot. It may not seem like a huge obstacle to overcome, the Phillies will be score board watching as the Pirates, Brewers, and Dodgers are currently ahead of the Phillies in the wild card standings. So while many will recall being seven out with seventeen to play, how realistic is 3.5 out with fourteen to play?

The Phillies remaining schedule consists entirely of National League East opponents: The Mets (2), Braves (3), Marlins (3), and Nationals (6). The Phillies have already lost the season series to the Mets, having won just six of sixteen meetings. With two games left, it is very possibly the Phillies sweep, split or get swept. The same goes for the final Braves series, as the Phillies have won just five of fifteen meetings. The Phillies have played well against the Marlins this year, winning eight of fifteen meetings, but let’s be real, the Marlins have folded up for the winter and are making tee times. Ironically, the team the Phillies have played the best against have been the class of the league. The Phillies have won seven of twelve meetings against the Nationals, including six of the last seven.

With Atlanta basically locked in to that first wild card spot, the only real chance of the Phillies making the post season is to take that second spot. The Cardinals play their next nine games against NL Central cellar dwellers. Six against the Astros (6-3) and three against the Cubs (8-6). After an off day, the Cardinals close out the season with three against the Nationals (1-3) and three against the Reds (6-6). Despite their recent struggles, I can see the Cardinals winning nine of their last fifteen and finishing with a record of 86-76 on the season.

The Dodgers, who sit just one game out of a playoff spot, have a little tougher road to finish, but definitely have the talent to finish strong. Their biggest hurdle will be the loss of staff ace Clayton Kershaw, who is expected to be out until May of 2013. The Dodgers are really going to need Hurang, Capuano, and Beckett to step up if they are to finish strong. The Dodgers finish the season with three against the Nationals (3-0), three against the Reds (2-1), three against the Padres (9-6), three against the Rockies (7-8), and finally three against the Giants (6-9). The way they’ve been playing recently, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Dodgers lose every series minus the Rockies series. I’ll say the Dodgers fade losing eight of their final fifteen and finishing with a 83-79 record.

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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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Feliz Slams Phils to Within One

September 30th, 2009 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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Citizen’s Bank Park was rocking last night in what seemed like playoff atmosphere. Pedro Feliz hit the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning into the left-center field seats, putting the Phillies up 5-1, and providing the cushion they needed for the 7-4 win.

J.A. Happ was effective, allowing four runs — three earned — and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six. It was victory number 12 for Happ this season.

The Phillies win, combined with the Braves loss to the Marlins, pushed the Phillies magic number to one. With a victory, or a loss by the Braves, they’ll clinch their third consecutive NL East division title.

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