Miguel Cabrera is on quite the run right now, but Jeremy Hellickson got him to take a rip at a strike three that fell harmlessly in the dirt far from Cabrera’s flailing bat. He is a fun dude who knows when to give respect when he gets owned, so he flashed Hellickson a cool thumbs up almost before Carlos Ruiz got a…
The Phillies’ pitchers this year are mowing down batters at a ridiculous clip. The staff averaged more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings through April, the first time that’s happened in Major League history. I know this because I checked out the coverage over at philly.com because of this facepalm of a headline:
With a full count on Bryce Harper in Sunday’s game, Phillies pitcher Jeanmar Gomez threw a sinker over the plate. The Nats outfielder put that pitch straight into the damn toilet.
Today in “Things Only The Phillies And Little Leaguers Do,” watch Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez get doubled off on a called infield fly.
Look at this goddamn dog chilling in his baby carrier at a Phillies spring training game. I have never been more jealous of another living being.
I don’t what baseball’s unwritten rules say or don’t say about challenging mascots to handstand contests, but I’d like to believe they’re encouraged.
Ruben Amaro, Jr. took over as Phillies GM right after they won the World Series in 2008, and for a few years maintained that success. But as the Phillies’ core aged, Amaro made a string of terrible moves, to the point where the Phillies were one of the worst teams in baseball the past three seasons, and the absolute…
We have ourselves a reverse Jim Tomsula situation: man leaves prominent position for a job he’s wildly overqualified for. Ruben Amaro was the Phillies GM up until last month, when the team declined to renew his contract. Now, according to a report from ESPN, Amaro will be taking over a position as the Red Sox’s first…
The Nationals really have no one to blame but themselves for probably losing their way out of a chance at the playoffs, and this play from tonight’s game against the 57-96 Phillies is a great example. Here’s Aaron Altherr driving home all three baserunners and himself thanks to a misplayed ball by Michael Taylor. It’s…
The Phillies have effectively fired Ruben Amaro Jr. as GM after seven seasons. His early moves were understandable—the team was still good enough that future-mortgaging moves to keep their window open were defensible—but he’s had more than enough time since then to rebuild and restock, and hasn’t successfully done so.
Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa was ejected in the seventh inning of tonight’s 6-5 loss to the Mets, and made sure to get his money’s worth as he threw a couple of F-bombs Daniel Murphy’s way and threatened him with a beaning.
The long-awaited Chase Utley trade has finally been consummated, with the Phillies announcing that he will be going to the Dodgers for minor leaguers Darnell Sweeney and John Richy, as well as cash considerations.
The Washington Nationals just made a trade that should help fix their biggest weakness—the back end of the bullpen—by bringing in Jonathan Papelbon to be the new closer. Papelbon will take the job from current closer Drew Storen, who will slide into a set-up role and give the Nats a great 1-2 punch at the end of…
Drake and Meek Mill are beefing because Meek claimed that Drake doesn’t write his own raps. This morning, Drake released his second diss track aimed at Meek, and it’s pretty good, as diss tracks go, but what I really like about it is the cover art:
For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Chicago Cubs have been no-hit after the soon-to-be-traded Cole Hamels struck out 13 en route to his first career no-no.
The baseball season is 162 games long and every possible number is tracked, leading to quirky statistical anomalies. These aren’t particularly insightful or important but they’re fun, and part of what make baseball, baseball.