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Watch: J.T. Realmuto, umpire lucky to avoid being impaled by dangerous broken bat

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto and a home-plate umpire narrowly escaped disaster Tuesday evening.

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 8/11: Orioles at Phillies

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Win. Or else....

You know when the Phillies play bad teams, yet somehow still get the everlasting crap beat out them?

That’s the fear that exists right now with this three game set against the Baltimore Orioles. On paper this shouldn’t be a close one. The Phillies have the edge in almost every category you can think, but Baltimore has actually played quite well thus far this season. It’s the exact type of perfect storm that could see the team...

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Phillies designate former top prospect Nick Williams for assignment

Williams, 26, was considered one of the game’s 100 best prospects for several years but has yet to put things together in the majors.

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Blake Parker, Connor Brogdon: Come on up!

Rookie Connor Brogdon will try to cure what ails the Phillies’ bullpen | Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Phillies make some moves to hopefully improve their bullpen

The Phillies bullpen has been a disaster all season, and after the debacle that was Monday night’s ninth inning, the team has made some moves to hopefully remedy the situation.

#Phillies make a few roster moves:

- RHP Conor Brogdon and Blake Parker join bullpen
- RHP Nick Pivetta optioned
- OF Nick Williams DFA’d
-...

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Phillies Designate Nick Williams, Trevor Kelley For Assignment; Nick Pivetta Optioned

The Phillies announced a series of roster moves Tuesday, selecting the contracts of right-handers Connor Brogdon and Blake Parker. In corresponding 40-man moves, Philadelphia designated outfielder/former top prospect Nick Williams and right-hander Trevor Kelley for assignment.

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Surprisingly okay: Phillies vs. Orioles series preview

The Orioles may be better than expected, but Chris Davis has not been | Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

The Orioles haven’t been as bad as most predicted

Most people expected the Orioles to be awful this season. They were awful in 2019, and they didn’t have the type of offseason that implied that the team was ready to make a big jump. But instead of being awful, they have been downright mediocre, checking in with a 7-7 record. Not saying they should be planning parade routes or...

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Ethan Witte

In defense of Joe Girardi

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The decision to remove Aaron Nola was the correct one

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: the bullpen right now for the Phillies is bad. Very bad.

The #Phillies bullpen through 11 games has a 9.87 ERA (34 earned runs in 31 innings).

— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 11, 2020

This statistic right there is reason enough to desire that the team’s ace, Aaron Nola, at 89 pitches be able to finish a game in which he was cruising. It’s...

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Firing on (almost) all cylinders: Phillies 13, Braves 8

Aaron Nola pitched eight strong innings. Too bad the game was nine innings long. | Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

The first eight innings of this game were near perfection

After the disappointment of Sunday’s twin losses, the Phillies bounced back nicely on Monday night, defeating the division rival Braves by a score of...bear with me, folks, I turned the game off after the eighth in order to fire up the recapping laptop, so I didn’t see the last inning...13-8?

13-8??? They were...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 8/10: Braves at Phillies

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Is a split too much to ask?

Yesterday was pretty bad. Not only did the Phillies lose the doubleheader, but Spencer Howard’s debut was a dud. They also lost some valuable ground in their race for the playoffs (yes, we can start scoreboard watching). So tonight, we have the two teams going at it again, with the Phillies hoping for a split. Here is the lineup they send out:

#GeauxPhils | #RingTheBell

: @NBCSPhilly
: @SportsRadioWIP
:...

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John Stolnis

Spencer Howard must be in the Phillies rotation

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Moving forward without Howard in the rotation is insanity.

There are few things more exciting for a baseball fan than when a highly touted prospect makes their professional debut. Over the years, Phillies fans have enjoyed watching players like Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, Juan Samuel, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Aaron Nola, and Rhys Hoskins, among a slew of others, climb the ladder through the farm system and make their much-heralded first big...

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Déjà Vu: Braves 8, Phillies 0

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Spencer Howard’s MLB debut didn’t go as hoped

After losing the first half of the double header against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies officially brought up top pitching prospect Spencer Howard to start the second game. Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher JoJo Romero put it best:

TFW it’s Spencer Howard day at CBP pic.twitter.com/y39U15pG7Q

— Jojo Romero (@jojothejet6) August 9, 2020

Wearing number 48, the former second round draft pick was lucky...

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Gamethread: 8/9 (Part 2): Spencer Howard time!

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The Phillies’ top pitching prospect will make his major league debut

It’s finally here! The moment that just about every Phillies fan has been waiting for: The debut of pitching prospect Spencer Howard. Howard and the Phillies will attempt to salvage the second game of today’s doubleheader after falling 5-2 to the Braves in the opener.

Spencer Howard Day
MLB debut today in game 2

I asked him if he will he be less nervous with no...

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Familiar: Braves 5, Phillies 2

Vince Velasquez couldn’t make it through the fifth | Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Phillies’ bullpen was handed a lead. The Phillies lost the game.

You’re going to find what I’m about to write very easy to believe: Vince Velasquez started for the Phillies and did not pitch deep into the game. Nonetheless, he handed a lead (albeit a slim one) to the bullpen, and the bullpen did not preserve that lead. The result was a 5-2 loss to the Braves in the opening game of a...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 8/9: Another double dip

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The Phillies and Braves go at it twice today

Another attempt to fulfill the 60 game season obligation today, as the Phillies and Braves will play a doubleheader. It’s a big day for the team in game two, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is a game one to play first, so let’s look at the lineups for that one.

For the Phillies:

Let's play two in powder blue. #RingTheBell

: @NBCSPhilly
: @SportsRadioWIP
: https://t.co/7M7oNitezi //...

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Ethan Witte

It’s Spencer Howard Day!

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At long last, the top prospect in the system gets his time to shine

While the team didn’t explicitly say his name, it’s looking likely that today is the debut of the Phillies’ top prospect Spencer Howard. Manager Joe Girardi mentioned the initials “S.H.” when asked who would be starting the second game of today’s doubleheader, so unless Scott Hartnell has suddenly developed a curveball, we can be pretty safe in our...

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Kyle F.

Recap: Phillies win 5-0, get back to .500 vs. Braves

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Dingers and dominant pitching, you love to see it.

After a “just okay” kind of performance in New York, Jake Arrieta took the mound for his second start of the 2020 season against the Atlanta Braves, a team in which he has a career 3.27 ERA against.

Arrieta bolstered those numbers in the early going looking like the pitcher we thought we were getting back in 2018. He began the game with four scoreless innings and picking up six strikeouts along the...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 8/8: Braves at Phillies

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Let’s try this again

You know what, I didn’t really even want to watch the Phillies last night anyway. Had some reading to catch up on (an Eisenhower biography about only the presidential years), finish up a movie or two. You know, the standard stuff.

So today I’ll be ready. Here are the lineups. For the Phillies:

Let's try this again. #RingTheBell

: @NBCSPhilly
: @SportsRadioWIP
: https://t.co/7M7oNitezi // https://t.co/vgbMhIMsON...

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Report: Spencer Howard to make major-league debut vs. Braves

According to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Phillies intend to call up top pitching prospect Spencer Howard to make his first big league start against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

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The Phillies have two pitchers with 80 grade pitches

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Nola’s curveball and Neris’ splitter are great pitches

As baseball fans, we are in the middle of a battle between the old school fan that relies on his eyes and gut to make decisions about a player’s worth and the new, more analytically inclined fan that uses data to make a more informed decision about the same player. Debates rage about using stats like WAR and its usefulness to help compare players across eras have been heated and argumentative....

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 8/7: Braves at Phillies

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Another test for the Phillies in the early going

Tonight, weather permitting, the Phillies face an early season test as the Braves come into Philadelphia for a four game series. The Braves have been pretty good thus far in the season, but suffered a major blow this week when they lost ace Mike Soroka for the season to an Achilles injury. As long as the storms hold out, tonight they’ll open the series against each other (and the fans outside the...

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