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    We've had a good start to the season until game five. This is the place for posts about the season of the Phillies.
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    Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
    A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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    Off to a wonderful start with an exciting lineup. I wish them the very best this season. My favorite team in the National League. Actually saw more Phillies games at the stadiums through the years than any other major league team. Since 1955.
    The saddest day of the year is the day that baseball season ends.

    On October 8, 1956, in game 5 of the 1956 World Series, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees, threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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    • #3




      April 7: Phils top the Twins 2-1 on the strength of Rhys Hoskins 2-run homer in the sixth inning. It was one of those games where it was a shame that someone had to lose. The Twins' Jose Berrios had a shut out for the first five innings before yielding the game-winning home run to Hoskins. Berrios pitched a good game (2 ER in 6.0 innings), but the Phillies' Zach Eflin was just a little bit better today yielding just one run over 7 innings. Hector Neris got the save.
      The defensive highlight of the game was when Andrew McCutcheon fielded a base hit and threw out a Twins runner at the plate (McCutcheon to Realmuto).
      Last edited by philliesfiend55; 04-08-2019, 06:02 AM.

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      • #4
        The Phillies bullpen is proving too unreliable. David Robertson has got to stop being a part-time closer and go back to being an eighth inning guy. that's the role he has always flourished in. Pat Neshek is good for an occasional Cloe/Save, but he also is not a natural born Closer. Seanthony Dominguez seems to be regressing and he might even find himself demoted to AAA if this trend continues....and finaly Hector Neris' middle name is Inconsistency and he's not the man to fill the closer's job.
        SOLUTION: Back the Brinks truck up to his door and sign Craig Kimbrel....Whatever his salary demands are, he's probably worth it to a team that wants to contend for a division title and advance very far into the post-season this coming October!.

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        • #5
          It's a little odd that during the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season, the Phillies have not used a single player who was making his major leagues debut.

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          • #6
            April 24: Phillies shuffle roster: SS - Sean Rodriguez was brought to the major leagues as was RHP Enyel De Los Santos. Rodriguez went 1 for 4 and played great defensively at shortstop that night in the Phillies shut out victory over the New York Mets. . De Los Santos has yet to see any action in a MLB game this season. (He made his MLB debut last summer and pitched sporadically for the Phillies last year, while spending most of the season in AAA.. 3B-Mitch Walding was returned to AAA - Lehigh Valley as was RHP - Drew Anderson. Reliever James Pazos was designated for assignment.

            Catcher Drew Butera, who nearly beat Andrew Knapp out for the Phillies backup catcher job in Spring Training has caught on with a major leagues job as the #2 catcher for the Colorado Rockies. Catcher remains a position where the Phillies aren't deep once you get past all-star catcher, J.T. Realmuto.

            Cole Irvin, The 2018 International League Pitcher of the Year, picked up where he left off. He is currently 2-0, with a league-leading 1.14 earned run average for the (AAA) Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
            Last edited by philliesfiend55; 04-25-2019, 09:07 AM.

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            • #7
              The Phillies are getting good performances from a number of players who did not open the season on the 25 man roster, including Pitcher Jerad Eickhoff, Infielders Phil Gosselin and Sean Rodriguez and outfielder Roman Quinn. The Phillies' most notable players on the Injured list include SS - Jean Segura, CF - Odubel Herrera, Pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Hunter and super utilityman (INF & OF) Scott Kingery.
              Last edited by philliesfiend55; 04-25-2019, 09:20 AM.

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              • #8
                April 28: Former Phillies outfielder (1966 & 1967) Jackie Brandt had his 85th birthday this past Sunday.. Brandt had a solid eleven year MLB career (1956 to 1967, missing one year:1957. for military service. Brandt played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1956), New York Giants (1956), San Francisco Giants (1958-1959), Baltimore Orioles (1960 to 1965). Phillies 1966 & 1967 and his last stop in the major leagues was with the Houston Astros (1967). He was a Giant in their inaugural year in San Francisco (1958).

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                • #9
                  After not using any rookies for the first 5 1/2 weeks of the season two Phillies pitchers are making their MLB debuts within a week.
                  May 6: RHP - Edgar Garcia made his MLB debut. The reliever is 0-0 with a 3.00 E.R.A. in three appearances so far.
                  May 12: LHP - Cole Irvin will make his MLB debut today in a start against the Royals in Kansas City. He replaces Vince Velasquez who has landed on the Injured List. Irvin may make a minimum of three starts while Velasquez recovers from his injury.

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                  • #10
                    May 12: Lefthander, Cole Irvin makes the most impressive MLB Debut of any Phillies pitcher in many years. His numbers: 7.0 IP, 5 Strikeouts, 1 walk, 5 hits allowed, 1 run allowed (it was earned) and he kept the Kansas City Royals' lineup off balance all afternoons with a great example of control pitching. Irvin does not win with a blazing fastball. Almost alll of his sliders, curves and change-ups registered in the 80s. His fastest pitch of the day clocked in at 91 MPH. The Phillies erupted for a six run, fifth inning that insured that Irvin would be the winning pitcher in his major league debut. That was the only inning the Phillies scored in, but it was more than enough as the Phillies finished up their road trip with a 6-1 victory over the Royals in Kansas City.

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                    • #11
                      We won four games in last six games.
                      • 5/8. @ STL. W 5-0.
                      • 5/10. @ KC. L 5-1.
                      • 5/11. @ KC. W 7-0.
                      • 5/12. @ KC. W 6-1.
                      • 5/13. vs MIL. W 7-4

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                      • #12
                        May17: Another good outing by lefty, Cole Irvin. He is 2-0, 2.77 e.r.a. with 13 IP, in his first two major league starts.

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                        • #13
                          May 18: Bryce Harper hits one of the longest home runs in the 16-year history of Citizens Bank Park. He hit a pitch against the Rockies that traveled over the batting eye in dead center field that landed in Ashburn Alley. (measured at 466 feet from home plate). It turned out that the Phillies needed every single run, including Haper's solo shot as they defeated the Rockies 2-1.

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                          • #14
                            May 19: LHP - Curt Simmons, one of only two survivors of the 1950 "Whiz Kids", National League Champions, turns 90 years of age today. (Born: 5/19/1929). Simmons won 193 games, 115 as a Phillie (1947-1960) and he had a 20 year major league career, going on to more success with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s. He played from 1947 to 1967, except for 1951 (Military Service). If not for Simmons losing the final month of the 1950 season, all of the 1951 season and the first month of the 1952 season to military service, when his Army Reserves Unit was activated for 20 months during The Korean War, Simmons would have been a 200 game winner.

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                            • #15
                              May 19: The Phillies pitchers give up four home runs to Colorado, but the Phillies survive and win 7 to 5 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homer for the Phillies and rookie reliever, Edgar Garcia gets his first major league win. Jean Nicasio gets a Hold and Pat Neshek gets the Save.

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