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My MLB Postseason and World Series Predictions

October 4th, 2016 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on My MLB Postseason and World Series Predictions | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB

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Now that the season’s ended, the postseason begins, and less than a month from now, the Fall Classic will resume; since it ended last November 1st. Unfortunately for the defending World Series champion Royals, they won’t be returning to the postseason, after finishing at .500 this season. With the best record in baseball, the Cubs won 103 games, the fifth most in franchise history, and they’ll be making their second-consecutive appearance in the postseason. With all of that being said, here are my postseason predictions.

Postseason Predictions (the winning teams are on the far right)

October 4th- AL Wild Card- Baltimore @ Toronto– Toronto 

Like the other Wild Card game this week, this match-up tonight will be a hard-fought one. Both teams finished with 89 wins, Toronto has some of the best power hitters in the game, one of the best third baseman in the league, in Josh Donaldson (.284 average, 37 home runs, 99 RBIs), while Baltimore has a fellow AL MVP candidate, in fellow third baseman Manny Machado (.294 average, 37 home runs, 96 RBIs). Among American League teams, Baltimore ranked first in home runs (253), although they only had a team average of .256. Although it’s only one game, the problem this year for Baltimore was their pitching staff- or lack thereof.

Baltimore’s ace Kevin Gausman will most likely get the nod, although he only won nine games and had a 3.61 ERA. For Toronto, they’ll most likely hand the ball off to former Phillie J.A. Happ, who surprisingly won 20 games this year; with a 3.18 ERA to boot. I’m going with Toronto, based off Happ’s success this season, as well as the strong one-two punch of Donaldson and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion; who had 42 home runs this year.

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Following The 40: Bullpen

November 13th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Following The 40: Bullpen | Filed in Baseball, Phillies
Ken Giles: Will He Be In Red Pinstripes On Opening Day?

Ken Giles: Will He Be In Red Pinstripes On Opening Day?

In our previous entry, we looked at the starting rotation. So naturally, its sequel would follow the story of the bullpen. Every story has a theme. Whether it be the importance of family like in the Fast & Furious franchise or how every person has a face they show in public and a separate one shown in private like in just about every Batman film. The theme for the 2015 Phillies bullpen: Addition By Subtraction. I still don’t know how the Phillies completely bamboozled the Nationals front office into taking Papelbon.

So where does the Phillies bullpen go in 2016? One would think that the game will end with fireballer Ken Giles, but will he even make the Opening Day roster? Could the Phillies try to cash in on Giles’ ability and remaining team control? The Braves were able to turn Craig Kimbrel into a top 100 prospect in Matt Wisler and a competitive balance draft pick in addition dumping $80.35M while taking back just $24M. So could the Phillies turn a cost-effective closer into a substantial gain? It would definitely be worth considering. Ultimately, why would a team that would be fighting for a .500 record be planning on holding onto a potentially elite closer?

As addressed in the Off-season Primer, while there are a lot of candidates from the 2015 iteration, there are no real locks to return. All of the members of the bullpen on the final day of the season all have options remaining. So while there were some stand outs the final few weeks of the season, come Spring Training, it will be an all out competition for those final 6-7 roster spots on the pitching staff. With all the potential youth heading to the starting rotation, do the Phillies consider adding a starter to the bullpen as a swingman? The team currently lists Matt Harrison as the setup man on the team’s official depth chart (at time of writing).

The bullpen could easily be the biggest area of turnover heading into 2016. The Phillies have a lot of internal options, but will probably consider a couple of external ones too. Who should the Phillies considering targeting? Stay tuned to TSP for a free agent update on potential targets for the bullpen shortly.

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Breaking: Jonathan Papelbon traded to Nationals

July 29th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Breaking: Jonathan Papelbon traded to Nationals | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

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According to multiple reports, Jonathan Papelbon has been traded to the Washington Nationals. The news was first reported by Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Papelbon’s option for 2016 has been picked up by the Nationals, however, the deal has been restructured according to Ken Rosenthal of MLB.com.

There is no denying that Papelbon was arguably the best Phillies closer in history, and his numbers back that up. Papelbon converted 123 out of 138 save chances with the Phillies and leaves the team with a 2.31 ERA, 1.022 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9 IP as a Phillie. With Papelbon gone, it is expected that Ken Giles will take over the role as closer.

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Jonathan Papelbon Trade News

July 28th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Jonathan Papelbon Trade News | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies

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*Note: This page will strictly have updates regarding Jonathan Papelbon. 

Bookmark this page for all the latest Jonathan Papelbon trade news.

7/28/15 (11:31 AM):

According to Jim Salisbury, there is a growing confidence that Jonathan Papelbon will be traded.

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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.

Mets

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Time To Prove His Werth During National Concern

April 12th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Time To Prove His Werth During National Concern | Filed in General

Zimmerman is out. LaRoche is questionable. Can Werth pick up the slack?

As the Phillies enter game one of their three game series with the Nationals, news out of the nation’s capital doesn’t look good. Well, for the Nationals that is. Yesterday, the Nationals placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL with a slight abdominal strain. Zimmerman has been dealing with the strain since spring training. To make matters worse, 1B Adam LaRoche is questionable for tonight’s game with a slight labrum tear in his shoulder and left Sunday’s game against the Mets with a slight groin strain. While the groin strain isn’t believed to affect LaRoche too much if he does play, I would definitely think the shoulder injury will affect his hitting. So the Nationals are already down Zimmerman, losing LaRoche would definitely impede their ability to compete with Phillies. Looks like even more pressure will be on “premeire” off season acquisition Jayson Werth to succeed against the Phillies.

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Phillies at Nationals Preview

April 11th, 2011 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

The Phillies won their third consecutive series to open the 2011 season. The Phillies matched up very well against the Braves and could have swept if not for a dud in the first game in which they led 3-0 before giving up six unanswered runs and not being able to come back. Oswalt and Hamels shined in games two and three. After an off day on Monday, the Phillies will head to the nation’s capital for a three game series against Jayson Werth and the Nationals. The Phillies will send out Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee. The Nationals will counter with Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, and Jordan Zimmerman. (more…)

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