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John Stolnis

Aaron Nola is the key to the Phillies’ playoff hopes

If the Phils’ ace right-hander doesn’t figure things out, the Phillies’ postseason chances could be sunk.

After a dispiriting series loss to the Atlanta Braves this weekend, it’s obvious the Phillies need some help in the starting rotation.

The bullpen game the Phils tried to play on Sunday (and it was not The Opener, it was a bullpen game) failed miserably and should never be tried again with the collection of Vince Velasquez, Cole Irvin or Jerad Eickhoff. In fact, bullpen games...

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The Good Phil of the Week 6/10-6/16

Could the Phillies have two NL Players of the week in a row? It’s possible.

In one of our biggest celebrations of the Philadelphia Phillies, every week the members of The Good Phight will be issuing one of baseball’s greatest achievements to date: The Good Phil of the Week Award. One MLB player and one MiLB player will receive the award each week and will be able to boast to their teammates that they are, in fact, a Good Phil.

Major League Good Phil of the Week: Scott Kingery

This one is...

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Jay Polinsky

Phillies MLR 6/14 - 6/16/19: JoJo Romero bounces back and Damon Jones is excellent in AA debut

Phillies Minor League Roundup for 6/14 - 6/16

Columbus 13, Lehigh Valley 6 (June 14)
Columbus 9, Lehigh Valley 1 (June 15)
Columbus 3, Lehigh Valley 1 (June 16)

Tyler Viza - 0.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, BB, 3 HR
Alexis Rivero - 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 5 K, 3 GB, 1 FB
Enyel De Los Santos - 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 6 K, 3 HR, HBP, 4 GB, 5 FB
Mitch Walding - 2 for 11, R, 2B, 2 BB, 6 K
Deivy Grullon - 4 for 13, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 K (3 passed balls & throwing error)
Jan Hernandez - 4 for 13, RBI, 6 K

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Watch: ATL 15, PHI 1 - Offense powers Braves to victory

6/16/19: Offense powers Braves to 15-1 victory

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Justin Klugh

Hey, you don’t have to read this: Braves 15, Phillies 1

Hey, man; that sucked, man.

The Phillies lost 15-1 today to the Braves, dropping a series in spectacularly incompetent fashion with a game in which Sean Rodriguez was the only Phillies pitcher to not allow a run. Instead of Jake Arrieta, the Phillies went with a bullpen game and got utterly shellacked by the team most able—and willing—to bury them in the standings.

The triumvirate of Vince Velasquez (2.1 IP, 4 h, 4 ER), Cole Irvin (3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER), and Jerad Eickhoff (1.0 IP, 6 H, 5...

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Phillies activate Pat Neshek from injured list

The Phillies welcomed Pat Neshek back from the 10-day injured list on Sunday, activating the veteran reliever after he missed three weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation.  Cole Irvin was also called up from Triple-A for his third taste of MLB action this season, while the Phillies optioned Edgar Garcia and Ranger Suarez back to the minors to make roster space for Neshek and Irvin. Neshek has a 4.67 ERA over 17 1/3 innings this season, though that number is a little deceptive....

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Justin Klugh

Game Thread 6/16: Phillies at Braves

Game three, everyone’s favorite game of a three-game series with the Braves.

Did you know, entering this series, that Jay Bruce was a .241 hitter with a .787 OPS against the Braves? You might have thought that with all the time he’s spent in the NL East, he might have racked up some great stats against them. But nope, it was just the Phillies he routinely crushed (.309 BA, .961 OPS). Fun!

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Justin Klugh

Exhale: Phillies 6, Braves 5

The Phillies lost a lot in a game they managed to win.

I’ll be honest, I was waiting for them to lose this game.

By the time Freddie Freeman came up with two outs in the ninth, facing the pitcher the Braves had walked off against the previous night, with only a one-run deficit to bash through, I could see it all happening too clearly. But Neris held strong with a rare 1-2-3 inning (and only seven pitches) and the Phillies won game two of their series in Atlanta, 6-5.

You could look at...

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Watch: Cesar Hernandez's go-ahead hit in 9th

Cesar Hernandez puts the Phillies on top with a single into left field, scoring Scott Kingery and Sean Rodriguez for a 6-5 lead in the 9th

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Watch: Braves' Sean Newcomb takes 102-mph liner off back of his head

Baseball fans in Atlanta were left holding their breath on Saturday night after Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb took a line drive off the back of his head against the Philadelphia Phillies. In the third inning, Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto lined a ball up the middle with a 102 mph exit velocity that hit Newcomb in the back of the head, then deflected off the netting and into Philadelphia’s dugout. Newcomb sat up moments after taking the direct shot to the back of his head...

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Justin Klugh

Game Thread 6/15: Phillies at Braves

As with every Nola start in 2019, we ask: Will this be the Nola start in which Nola turns it around?

I miss the real Aaron Nola. I do. I know he’s in there somewhere, but I miss having a reliable guy in the rotation, and I miss that guy being specifically Nola; a young arm on the rise, having established himself as a verifiable threat to the NL East. The top of the Phillies pitching staff, a product of their farm system, and whose presence makes Jake Arrieta’s mediocrity look better just...

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The Smarty Jones

Neither horseshoes nor hand grenades: Braves 9, Phillies 8

The Phillies came close to winning, but close does not count

The Phillies came as close as you can get to a feel-good series-opening win over the Atlanta Braves. Sadly, they were neither playing horseshoes nor throwing hand grenades on Friday night. Instead the Braves won their eighth game in a row, while the Phillies were left reeling from a gut punch of a 9-8 loss.

The Phillies’ offense has received justified criticism for not hitting enough home runs, but that wasn’t a problem on...

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Watch: Bryce Harper unloads on 113-mph, go-ahead HR

While Bryce Harper might not be having his best season with the Philadelphia Phillies, he remains one of the game’s most dangerous hitters when he steps into the box. He proved it again on Friday with an incredible, go-ahead home run against the Atlanta Braves. In the third inning of a 1-1 game, Harper took a 94-mph fastball and obliterated it into the evening sky. The 431-foot blast screamed off the bat at an incredible 113.3 miles per hour, according to StatCast. The two-run blast gave...

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Justin Klugh

Game Thread 6/14: Phillies at Braves

Here it is. The first of 26 straight NL East games.

I hope you like the NL East, because you’re about to see a lot of it. Sure, going 3-3 in two series with the middling-to-bad Reds and Diamondbacks makes the point that any division is dangerous for the Phillies to play in when they’re not functioning. But now, with the Braves having overtaken first place, it’s a lot easier to get buried in the division. Hold onto your hats and settle for nothing less than a sweep. Let’s get...

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Seranthony Dominguez will attempt to rehab UCL injury

Phillies righty Seranthony Dominguez has avoided Tommy John surgery — for the time being, at least. He instead will rehab through an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament after receiving a platelet-rich plasma treatment, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports on Twitter. Dominguez is expected to receive four to six weeks of rest before trying to ramp back up. That means he could have a ball in his hand by late July, potentially making him an option down the stretch for the Phils. It’s...

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Phillies select contract of infielder Brad Miller, designate Phil Gosselin

The Phillies announced today that they have selected the contract of recently acquired infielder Brad Miller. In a corresponding move, Phil Gosselin was designated for assignment. Just added in a low-cost trade, the 29-year-old Miller will take his next crack at the majors as a Philadelphia reserve. He’ll help to balance an otherwise all-righty infield mix while also bringing much more potential pop than the man he’ll replace. Miller produced at a just-below-league-average rate...

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The Smarty Jones

Welcome to Hotlanta: Phillies vs. Braves series preview

The red-hot Braves have found their way to first place. The Phillies want to make it a short stay

For the first time since April, the Phillies find themselves trailing in the National League East race. Conveniently, the team ahead of them in the standings is the next one on the schedule.

Atlanta Braves

Record: 40-29, First place in National League East

The last time they met

It was the first series of the season, and the Phillies’ offense was clicking. They systematically dismantled the...

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Jay Polinsky

Adonis Medina highlights a great day of pitching performances

Phillies Minor League Roundup for 6/13/19

Weekend Probables:

LHV: Tyler Viza, TBD, Enyel De Los Santos
REA: JoJo Romero, David Parkinson, TBD
LWD: Kevin Gowdy, Ethan Lindow, TBD

Gwinnett 5, Lehigh Valley 4 (11 innings)

Ramon Rosso - 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 9 K, 4 GB, 4 FB (throwing error)
Mitch Walding - 0 for 4, BB, 2 K
Deivy Grullon - 0 for 4, BB, 2 K (fielding error)
Jan Hernandez - 1 for 5, R, RBI, 2 K
Malquin Canelo - 0 for 1, K

That’s a heck of a AAA debut for Ramon...

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Ethan Witte

Phillies add the best shortstop in the American League*

*from 2014, if you believe certain people

Moving to shore up the bench a little bit, a bench that has done virtually nothing at all, the Phillies made a small trade on Thursday, getting utility guy Brad Miller from the Yankees farm system.

The #Phillies have acquired INF Brad Miller from the Yankees for cash considerations. Miller is expected to join the Phillies this weekend in Atlanta.

— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 13, 2019

It doesn’t amount to much, really, since Miller will...

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Phillies add some bench depth with acquisition of Brad Miller

The Phillies have announced they have acquired veteran utilityman Brad Miller from the Yankees for cash considerations. Miller will be joining his fourth team this season, following an offseason minor-league contract with the Dodgers, and then subsequent minors pacts with the Indians and Yankees. Miller appeared in 13 big-league games for the Indians, and has been tearing up Triple-A pitching in the Yankees’ farm system with a .994 OPS over 163 plate appearances for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre....

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