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Ethan Witte

A failure in fundamentals: Braves 5, Phillies 4

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A suspect defense costs the team the game

Heading into the season, the Phillies and their defense were discussed as a potential weak spot on a team that had playoff aspirations. Tonight, that fear of how much the defense could hurt them was manifested when a questionable decision in the eighth ended up being the decisive moment of the game.

Zach Eflin and Ian Anderson face off again only six days after they faced off in Philadelphia. Scheduling quirks meant they...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 4/10: Phillies at Braves

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Please do better tonight, offense

Well last night was a little bit of a dud, wasn’t it? Admittedly, a lot of the blame could be laid at the hands of the home plate umpire who....well, “struggled” might be a generous term.

Umpire: Carlos Torres
Final: Braves 8, Phillies 1#ForTheA // #RingTheBell#ATLvsPHI // #PHIvsATL pic.twitter.com/EClZeZG2Ji

— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) April 10, 2021

It’s not the fact that the top three calls were bad,...

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The Secret Apartment - TGP Book Review #5

Weird view of a weird building.

What would it be like to live in a stadium?

Veterans’ Stadium, the Vet, the Octorad, the dump, was notable for it’s awfulness. But, perhaps, it should be notable for another reason, too. While it had a transient population as high as 70,000, like most stadiums, it didn’t have a permanent population.

Or so we thought.

In The Secret Apartment: Vet Stadium, a surreal memoir, Tom Garvey explains that he, in fact, lived at the Vet from October 1979 to...

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Phillies’ Zach Eflin Returns to the Mound in a Saturday Night Game Against Braves

Last night, the Phillies opened up their first road series of 2021. We saw some of the worst play we’ve seen from them so far in the young season. Their bats were cold.

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Ugh: Barves 8, Phillies 1

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This Acuña guy is pretty good.

This wasn’t the Phils’ night, that’s for sure.

The Barves tagged the Phillies for 8 runs behind a Ronald Acuña, Jr. blast to dead center that left the bat at a whopping 114 mph, a Freddie Freeman two-run shot, and back-to-back Alec Bohm errors that set up an Ehire Adrianza pinch-hit three-run homer.

Ronald Acuña Jr. just HAMMERED this baseball pic.twitter.com/Xb5lYrREvx

— Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken) April 10,...

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Phillies Travel to Atlanta for First Road Series of the Season

After jumping out to a somewhat surprising 5-1 start, the red-hot Phillies are set to take on the Braves at Truist Park. This will be the second meeting

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 4/9: Phillies at Braves

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s open up this road trip with a win

The Phillies went down to Georgia,
They’re looking for a series to steal,
They’re in a bind ‘cause they’re trying to find
How to make this team a heel.

When they came across this good ol’ team
That had just won two in a row
The manager jumped up on the bus
And said, “Hey Zack, you’re gonna go.”

That’s it. That’s all I got.

The Phillies take on the Braves tonight...

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Connor Brogdon Could Be a Spark Plug out of Phillies Bullpen

When you think of reasons why the Phillies are off to such a hot start, many would point to a seemingly revitalized bullpen as one of the key factors. Following a season in which the bullpen plagued the Phillies all year long, costing them game after game, the relief efforts have been much better to begin this season.

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Rhys Hoskins Hot Start is Good News for the Phillies

Coming into the season, the Phillies were viewed as a bit of a dark-horse option to compete in a loaded National League landscape. There was no doubting that the team had potential.

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Ethan Witte

Who has the #BCIB? The Phillies do, that’s who

More of the good stuff from BreakingT

You know, it’s a little bit unfair to James McCann. Here he is in 2020, headed into free agency, looking to make the biggest financial score of his career. He’s coming off two very good platform seasons, ones that will make him very much in demand for those that are in need of a boost of production from behind the plate. He should be looking forward to this.

And yet....

He happens to enter the market at the same time as the Best Catcher In Baseball,...

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The Smarty Jones

Can’t win in nine: Phillies vs. Braves series preview

Zack Wheeler hopes to dominate the Braves’ hitters again | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves have lost every nine inning game they’ve played this season - including three against the Phillies

While it was awesome that the Phillies began the season with a series sweep over the Braves, we know from recent experience that a season-opening sweep over their division rivals isn’t necessarily a bellwether of how the season will go. In other words, the Phillies would be wise to win...

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Phillies Kick Off Their Weekend at Atlanta With Wheeler Back on the Mound

The Philadelphia Phillies got back on the winning track Wednesday afternoon. After dropping their first (and only!) game of the season to the New York Mets on Tuesday night, the Phillies’ bats came alive on a beautiful afternoon.

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 4/9/2021

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get back to the winning ways

After an off day yesterday, the Phillies look to get to their winning ways today by heading to Atlanta and taking on the Braves. Another quirk in the schedule where they play their division rivals so soon after doing it the first, it gives the Phillies another chance to take some crucial division games right away. It’ll also provide their first road test of the season, something that should go a long way to see what kind...

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John Stolnis

The Phillies April schedule will tell us a lot about their chances

If the Phillies can get through April with a winning record, it will be a major accomplishment.

Maybe the Phillies shouldn’t be the ones scared of their schedule. Maybe their schedule should be afraid of the Phillies.

When the 2021 season began, the Phils faced an uphill battle. The season’s first month was brought with playoff teams, potential playoff teams, and division rivals. For a squad that failed to reach the postseason for the ninth straight year last year, it was not exactly a...

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Contextualizing the Phillies Sizzling Hot Start to the Season

The Philadelphia Phillies have been one fun baseball team so far this season. Through a very mere six games, they have put themselves at the top of the division with a 5-1 record.

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This Week in Phillies

Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

First impressions are everything

Today is the one-week mark of the season, and an off day to boot, so let’s take a drone’s eye view of the Phillies first week.

The Bad:

The offense is off to a bit of a slow start. They’ve been working counts and getting on base, but the power numbers aren’t there yet; coming into last night’s game they had a total of two home runs. That’s worked out to 4.3 runs per game, which...

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Ethan Witte

Let’s have some fun with season long projections

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The Phillies are hot and they are totally going to keep going at this clip all year long

Many people are rightly excited by the start the Phillies are off to. Going 5-1 over the initial homestand is cause for celebration, especially since it came at the expense of the Mets and Braves, two teams the Phillies will need to beat often if they want to return to the playoffs. Some of the Phillies are off to hot starts, some are off to alright starts, but that...

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 4/8/2021

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

An off day for the team to Master their skills

The Phillies have a well earned off day today after taking five of six games from their division rivals the Braves and Mets. Thanks to the early season scheduling magic of MLB, they’ll get a chance to play those teams right away, only on Georgia and New York turf. It’s amazing how uninspired MLB makes their schedule. Off days after a home opener, teams not playing on Sundays. It’s awesome. Well done,...

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The Smarty Jones

We got this, Aaron: Phillies 8, Mets 2

Alec Bohm provided the Phillies with early offense | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies’ offense and bullpen picked up the ace in a win over the Mets

On an afternoon when the Phillies’ staff ace wasn’t at his best, the non-Velasquez portion of the bullpen was once again strong, and the offense finally displayed some power. As a result, they prevailed over the Mets by a score of 8-2, improving their record to 5-1.

Despite their impressive record, the Phillies’ offense...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 4/7: Mets at Phillies

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Getaway day matinee

After a deflating loss last night, the Phillies look to rebound today in a matinee with the Mets. The soft underbelly of their bullpen - the long relievers - were exposed last night to the wrecking ball of the Mets offense. Vince Velasquez and David Hale showed why they’ll mostly be completing low leverage innings in 2021, creating messes for themselves that put the game out of reach. The offense for the Phillies continued their early...

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