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How many “on base machines” do the Phillies have?

The Phillies have some players who can walk. Some of them can hit. Is that allowed? During the gamethread for the final Phillies/Dodgers game of the year, an embryonic conversation started to develop around how nice it is that the Phillies may have an “on base machine” on their hands, or maybe even more than one. The first question I had was, “What is an ‘on-base machine’?” Using Baseball-Reference.com’s 2017 league hitting numbers as a starting point may help answer this. MLB...

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How many “on base machines” do the Phillies have?

The Phillies have some players who can walk. Some of them can hit. Is that allowed?

During the gamethread for the final Phillies/Dodgers game of the year, an embryonic conversation started to develop around how nice it is that the Phillies may have an “on base machine” on their hands, or maybe even more than one.

The first question I had was, “What is an ‘on-base machine’?”

Using Baseball-Reference.com’s 2017 league hitting numbers as a starting point may help answer this. MLB...

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Phils youth movement on full display vs. LA

Rhys Hoskins delivered the Phillies' biggest hit, Nick Williams launched his 11th homer of the season and J.P. Crawford showed a keen eye at the plate and a smooth glove at third base.

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Zeke Bonura - Who the heck was he, anyway?

Rhoys Hobbskins* keeps hitting. And driving in runs. And having the hot start of his career compared to...Zeke Bonura. Who was Zeke Bonura? First of all, Rhoys Hobbskins credit goes to EastonAssassin63. Rhys Hoskins didn’t come out of nowhere, but the start to his MLB career did. He never struck out the Whammer or got shot by a fan. He has walked tons, hit loads of homers, and driven in tons of runs. In the entirety of the long and storied history of Major League Baseball, nobody has come...

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Phillies’ Jesen Therrien Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Phillies right-hander Jesen Therrien underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week and could miss the entire 2018 campaign as a result, as Jeremy Filosa of 98.5 FM Sports in Montreal (Therrien’s hometown) first reported, on Twitter. [Related: Philadelphia Phillies depth chart] The 24-year-old Therrien made his Major League debut this season, appearing in in 15 games and totaling 18 1/3 innings. As Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes, his 92.6 mph average fastball in the bigs was...

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Zeke Bonura - Who the heck was he, anyway?

Rhoys Hobbskins* keeps hitting. And driving in runs. And having the hot start of his career compared to...Zeke Bonura. Who was Zeke Bonura?

First of all, Rhoys Hobbskins credit goes to EastonAssassin63.

Rhys Hoskins didn’t come out of nowhere, but the start to his MLB career did. He never struck out the Whammer or got shot by a fan. He has walked tons, hit loads of homers, and driven in tons of runs. In the entirety of the long and storied history of Major League Baseball, nobody has...

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Phillies, Braves set for final meeting of 2017

A pair of rookie starters will make their penultimate starts of 2017 when the Phillies and Braves open a three-game weekend series Friday night at SunTrust Park, as Philly righty Ben Lively will face off against southpaw Sean Newcomb as the teams begin their final head-to-head series of the season.

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Aaron Altherr is an All-Star player if he can stay healthy

The Phils’ right-handed slugger has had a breakout campaign in 2017, when he’s been on the field. There were a lot of doubts about Aaron Altherr at the start of the 2017 season. He missed almost all of 2016 with a severe wrist injury and struggled mightily when he did come back (.202/.304/.293 in 227 PAs). That convinced the Phillies to hit the trade and free agent market this winter, as they brought in Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders to man the corner outfield positions. Altherr...

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John Stolnis

Aaron Altherr is an All-Star player if he can stay healthy

The Phils’ right-handed slugger has had a breakout campaign in 2017, when he’s been on the field.

There were a lot of doubts about Aaron Altherr at the start of the 2017 season.

He missed almost all of 2016 with a severe wrist injury and struggled mightily when he did come back (.202/.304/.293 in 227 PAs). That convinced the Phillies to hit the trade and free agent market this winter, as they brought in Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders to man the corner outfield positions.

Altherr...

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J.P. Crawford’s talents coming to fruition

J.P. Crawford, the Phillies top draft choice in 2013, was mired in a .175 hole at the end of the May in his fourth full season as a professional. He was as advertised all the way through the system – a staple at the top of an order who gets on base and runs – until he reached triple-A. Though he was hitting .175, Crawford was getting on base at a .291 clip, which isn’t bad relative to his average. But still not good enough. At that point, mostly everyone started to worry – and if...

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How much funner can it get? Altherr stars in big win

Ladies and gentlemen: the absolute best series of 2017. It’s time for a daily news report. Rocket man There’s a great nickname for Aaron Altherr: the Rhineland Rocket, given because he was born in Germany and because “rocket” is a good way to explain how he runs (he’s fast), how he fields (he’s fast to the ball) and how the ball zooms off his bat like said rocket. Well the ball Wednesday night didn’t necessarily zoom as much as blast off high into the stratosphere before...

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The Phillies, Pirates, and 1978: A Night to Remember

Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, Pirates fans were spoiled much like they were with the Steelers—a team that began a long trend of winning that started in 1972. Winning was common with the Pirates, with World Series triumphs in 1971 and again eight years later with the “We Are Family” team led by the late, great Willie Stargell. “Pops” was also a member of that 1971 championship team. A year before the Bucs won the 1979 World series, the Pirates were coming off a second-place...

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Joseph capitalizes on chance with big game

Tommy Joseph had started at first just nine times in the Phils' prior 22 games since Rhys Hoskins' outfield stint ended and the first-year slugger shuffled back to first base, where his long-term outlook shines bright. But in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the MLB-best but slumping Dodgers, Joseph started at first and his big seventh-inning homer gave the Phils the lead on their way to a third straight victory.

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No dodging this: Phillies 7, Dodgers 5

“It’s just nice to beat such a good team,” Pete Mackanin said. “My wife wants to smile more of the time, so I’m smiling.” “I’m gonna go right to the catch,” Pete Mackanin said to start the post game presser. But let’s start at the beginning. Jake Thompson induced two grounders and struck out Justin Turner to end the first inning. Then Jake Thompson showed up. Allowing a walk and a single to lead off the second, Thompson was bailed out by Rhys Hoskins retiring the Dodgers....

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Justin Klugh

No dodging this: Phillies 7, Dodgers 5

“It’s just nice to beat such a good team,” Pete Mackanin said. “My wife wants to smile more of the time, so I’m smiling.”

“I’m gonna go right to the catch,” Pete Mackanin said to start the post game presser. But let’s start at the beginning.

Jake Thompson induced two grounders and struck out Justin Turner to end the first inning. Then Jake Thompson showed up.

Allowing a walk and a single to lead off the second, Thompson was bailed out by Rhys Hoskins retiring the Dodgers....

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Altherr, Joseph rally Phillies past Dodgers

The Dodgers' vexing division clinching was deferred for at least another day with another bullpen loss to the last-place Phillies on Wednesday night, 7-5, extending the latest losing streak to four while the Nationals pulled to within 3 1/2 games of Los Angeles for home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.

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Liz Roscher

Game Thread 9/20: Dodgers at Phillies

Nope, nothing special happening here! ::whistles innocently::

Let’s do a quick recap: the Phillies faced the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw on Monday, and won. And then yesterday they squared off against Yu Darvish and also won.

I know what you might be thinking. That there’s something special here, right? Well there very well could be but I won’t be talking about it. You can’t fool me. Calling attention to it, not to say there is an “it,” would just ruin it. This is too much fun...

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Amid the excitement, don’t forget Nick Williams

The arrival and subsequent performance of Rhys Hoskins has caused a colossal tidal wave of excitement. That was followed by the hotly anticipated call-up of J.P. Crawford, long touted as the best Phillies prospect and one of the best prospects in baseball. Their mere presence seems to have invigorated the team and fanbase to believe the next generation of the Phillies is here and promising. But behind them in fanfare is the rookie that beat them both to the big leagues, and whose success is...

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The new Phillies, Rhys Hoskins and a double unlike any other

Rhys Hoskins / Photo by: Lauren McLaughlin Rhys Hoskins stands in with a 3-1 count. Pedro Baez fixes himself and readies what could be a decisive pitch for him, for Hoskins, for the Dodgers, the Phillies and, 200 miles away from Citizens Bank Park, my sanity. “My heart’s really pumping …” I say with a tinge of surprise while holding my tablet. My wife chuckles. A strike taken. I exhale. My heart continues to throb. It’s September 19. The Phillies are in baseball’s basement,...

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Phillies Fan Loses Wager, Hands Out Chicken Nuggets

The only thing better than a chicken nugget is a free chicken nugget. And the only thing better than a free chicken nugget is eating it while watching the Phillies beat up on the Dodgers for a second-straight game. A bunch of kids had that pleasure Tuesday night, thanks to a Phils fan who lost an online wager: Damon Miller Jr. made his bet last Thursday, which held up for all of two innings. Rhys Hoskins belted a 91 MPH fast ball out of the park in the bottom of the second, good for his 18th...

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