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    2017 season thread

    The 135th season of Philadelphia Phillies baseball is almost upon us. First pitch next Tuesday at 4:10 PM at Cincinnati.

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    The Phillies announced their opening day roster late Thursday, There are 8 new players who have never played for the Phillies before. (a 32% roster turnover from 2016). Two of the 8 new players will be making their major league debuts.

    * Phillies Team debut in 2017
    ** MLB debut & Phillies debut in 2017.

    Starting Pitchers: Jeremy Hellickson, Vince Velasquez, Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Clay Buchholz*
    Relief Pitchers: Jeanmar Gomez (closer), Hector Neris, Edubray Ramos, Adam Morgan, Joely Rodriguez, Pat Neshek*, Joaquin Benoit*
    Catchers: Cameron Rupp, Andrew Knapp**
    Infielders: Tommy Joseph, Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis, Maikel Franco, Andres Blanco, Brock Stassi**
    Outfielders: Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Michael Saunders*, Howie Kendrick*, Daniel Nava*.

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    The schedule doesn't do the Phils any favors. Oh, the opening series against the Reds is okay, but they then get 12 games split between the Nationals and Mets. After 6 games split between the Braves and Marlins, the Phils then have 3 against the Dodgers and 4 against defending WS champ Cubs. Followed by 3 more against the Nats, 2 against Seattle and then 3 more against...the Nats again!

    Seriously. 12 of the first 36 games are against the Nationals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phils V. Pirates View Post
    The schedule doesn't do the Phils any favors. Oh, the opening series against the Reds is okay, but they then get 12 games split between the Nationals and Mets. After 6 games split between the Braves and Marlins, the Phils then have 3 against the Dodgers and 4 against defending WS champ Cubs. Followed by 3 more against the Nats, 2 against Seattle and then 3 more against...the Nats again!

    Seriously. 12 of the first 36 games are against the Nationals.
    The Mets face the entire NL East in April: Braves on opening day, the Marlins for three games (Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN), Phillies in Philadelphia, Marlins in Miami, Philadelphia at Citi Field, Washington at Citi Field, Atlanta at Citi Field and the Nats in Washington. The Phillies are lined up to face Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler from April 10th to April 12th.
    The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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    April 10: Manager Pete Mackanin is expected to make a change today by moving Jeanmar Gomez out of the closer's role. He should be more effective in a less critical role. He has given up 2 or 3 home runs already in the first week of the season, resulting in one blown save and one nearly blown save. His record now stands at an unlikely 1-0, with a 15.00 earned run average.
    Will Gomez's replacement be Juoquin Benoit, Hector Neris or Pat Neshek? Benoit and Neris are considered the most likely candidates. One reporter speculated that the new closer will be Benoit, who is an experienced closer and that Neris, with his strikeouts per 9 innings ratio standing somewhere between 10 and 11 is needed more for critical situations that often arise in the seventh and eighth innings.

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    While I would prefer a better start, I am impressed that the Phillies continue to fight when they fall behind. We could easily be 7-5 if the offense, besides Hernandez, had a pulse. The bats need to get going, especially Franco. The bullpen, which was responsible for the two losses in Washington, is a disaster, with the exceptions of Neris and Neshek.

    Next up: Three games series at the Mets tomorrow through Thursday.

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    Injury news: Clay Buchholz is out possibly for the year after having surgery Tuesday for a torn flexor tendon in his right arm. Acquired from Boston in December for prospect Josh Tobias, Buchholz was 0-1 with a ghastly 12.27 ERA in two starts.

    Howie Kendrick was placed on the 10 day DL with a strained right abdomen. Pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. was called up to take Kendrick's roster spot. Leiter Jr. is the son of former major league pitcher Mark Leiter, who pitched two seasons for the Phils in 1997 and 1998, and the nephew of former major league pitcher Al Leiter. If Leiter Jr. sees game action, the Leiter's will become, I believe, only the second father-son combination to play for the Phillies following Ruben Amaro Sr. (1960-1965) and Ruben Amaro Jr. (1992-1993, 1996-1998).

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    April 19: Besides Mark Leiter Jr. joining the Phillies today, pitcher, Ben Lively will also join the team temporarily as a replacement for Pat Neshek (Paternity Leave).
    Paternity Leave is usually just three days.

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    Phils bats come alive early as they take 2 of 3 from the Mets at Citi Field after a somewhat sloppy win tonight. Franco breaks a 0-22 slump by hitting a solo homer and driving in 2, while Tommy Joseph goes 3 for 4 with an RBI. Aaron Nola goes 5 innings, giving up 4 earned runs, 3 of the runs courtesy of a Neil Walker three run homer. Nola improves to 2-0, while Hector Neris pitches a flawless 9th for his 1st save of the year. The Phils improve to 6-9 on the young season.

    Next up: Atlanta, fresh off getting swept by Washington, comes to Philly for a three game set.

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    I can't even watch Phillies games anymore. Why do teams allow cable companies like comcast to limit their exposure?
    "I go all out. And I'm going to bring that to the table every day, in good times and bad times." - Eric Byrnes

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    Comcast is taking an advantage of a loophole in the FCC regulations. I'm not a political expert, but I believe Congress would have to pass a bill to close the loophole.

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    Cesar Hernandez sets the table by going 3 for 4, with 2 runs scored, and Jeremy Hellickson pitches 7 innings as the Phillies edge 73 year old Bartolo Colon and the Braves 4-3. Aaron Altherr, Maikel Franco, Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis account for the Phils 4 runs with an RBI apiece. Franco's RBI ground out in the 7th inning proves to be the difference as Hector Neris surrenders a run in the 9th.

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    April 22: Reliever, Pat Neshek returns from Paternity Leave. RHP - Ben Lively is returned to AAA without making a game appearance. He still hasn't made his major leagues debut.
    RHP - Mark Leiter Jr. has not debuted in the majors yet, but he remains with the Phillies. OF- Howie Kendrick may have to remain on the Disabled List longer than was originally expected.

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    A two out, two run single by Maikel Franco in the bottom of the 10th lifts the Phils past the Braves, 4-3. Atlanta trailed 2-1 with two outs in the top of the ninth before Brandon Phillips's solo homer of Edubray Ramos knotted it. The Braves took the lead in the top of the 10th courtesy of an RBI single by Adonis Garcia before Franco's heroics in the bottom frame.

    Before the game, the Phils acquired utility man Ty Kelly from Toronto for cash considerations. Kelly was 0-1 with the Mets this season before being claimed on waivers by Toronto. Last season, Kelly hit .241 with 1 HR and 7 RBI with the Mets. Kelly is expected to report in time for tomorrow's rubber match against the Braves.

    Former Phillie Ryan Howard made his season debut for the Triple A Gwinnett Braves tonight. The former Rookie of the Year and National League MVP was 2 for 2 with two singles, an intentional walk and was plunked by a pitch. Howard was signed by Atlanta to a minor league contract earlier this month, a far cry from the monster contract Ruben Amaro awarded him in April of 2010.

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    Nick Pivetta missed a chance to make his MLB debut when April 25th's game was rained out. He was tentatively scheduled to start the April 26 game, but when the 4/25 game was rained out that day's scheduled starter, Vince Velasquez was simply pushed back a day to the 26th. Now Pivetta may be making his first appearance with a start on Sunday, April 30 in Los Angeles.

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