Phillies swat Nats

Phillies swat Nats

THE PHILLIES ARE UNDEFEATED!

Brett Myers had a real strong outing to lead the Phillies past the Nats tonight 3-2.  Myers went 6 2/3 innings and let up only 1 earned run to go along with 7 Ks.  Pat Burrell continued his torrid start by hitting a 2 run go a head bomb deep to left in the 7th inning.

The Phillies bats wear silent early but picked up when they needed too.  Zach Day pitched a solid outing for the Nats and seemed to have the Phil's number until Thome and Burrell got their bats going in the 6th.  I am real excited to see Burrell off to a hot start; hopefully he can keep it going.

Other notables include Chase Utley getting the start at 2B.  He had an absolutely nasty play early in the game which may help him get more games over Polanco.  (I took Chase in my fantasy league and was mighty pissed to see him sit on opening day.. then I sat him tonight and he does better than Ty Wiggington.. yeah yeah I went shitty at 2B)

Random aside: If you have been watching the Phillies games on CN8 you had to have seen the Phillies ad running where they say "you never know when something special is going to happen" and as they are saying it they show Thome hitting his 400th home run last year.  Coincidentally.. as Thome was hitting his home run I was walking into the Ball Park and didn't actually see it with my own eyes.. but I saw him celebrating afterwards and i heard it.. so you never know when something special is going to happen.  I still tell people I "was there."

F*CK: I started writing this little post before the game ended.. The Nats just took the lead 4-3.  damnit!  Thats what I get for writing about a game that is still going on.  EVERYTHING I TYPED BEFORE IS WRONG.  I think Tim Worrell is going to be a liability this year.  He just let up a HR to Jose Guillen.  Oh man they just yanked Worrell and he got some loud boos.

The loudest cheers of the night were when they showed Jeromiah Trotter on the Jumbotron followed by E-A-G-L-E-S chants.  You would think they could wait till May to do some Eagles cheers at the Phils games.

Abreu just bobbled a ball that could have saved a run..  Brad Wilkerson just hit for the cycle.  Phillies are losing 6-3..  Rollins grounds out.. Lofton Ks.. Abreu grounds out..  7-3 Nats..  Thome leads off the bottom 9 with a single.. Burrell grounds out.. out. out.

Phillies lose for real.

If it makes you feel any better BryanMKang says, "goddamn the mets suck," and added "goddamn they suck," and finished up with "goddamn."    You can read the full interview here.

Shady McCoy hung up on the Pittsburgh media after party question

Shady McCoy hung up on the Pittsburgh media after party question

Eagles fans likely yearn for LeSean McCoy's days in Philadelphia. Not only is Shady still beasting on the field for the Buffalo Bills this season, he's also entertaining per usual off of it.

The latest instance comes thanks to the Bills matchup this week with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the pro team in the city where Shady spent his formative years.

A Pittsburgh reporter, for some reason, decided to ask Shady about that infamous "females only" party he was going to host. You remember that one, don't you? The "no weird orgy thing" one?

Shady would eventually go on to cancel that party and plan another one DJ'd by Donald Trump -- the dude was ahead of his time.

But that doesn't mean he wants to talk about it all.

To be fair, who really wants to talk to the media anyway?

Phils lose LHP in Rule 5 draft, exit winter meetings balancing present with future

Phils lose LHP in Rule 5 draft, exit winter meetings balancing present with future

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The winter meetings ended Thursday morning with the Phillies sitting out the Rule 5 draft. The Phillies’ roster was at the 40-man limit and that prohibited the team from making a pick.

The Phils did lose one player in the draft as reliever Hoby Milner was selected by the Cleveland Indians. 

Milner, who turns 26 in January, is a left-hander who recently switched to a side-arm delivery. He had a 2.49 ERA in 49 games at Double A and Triple A in 2016.

Milner was eligible for the draft because he was not protected on the 40-man roster last month. The Indians selected him for $50,000. He must stay in the big leagues all season or be offered back to the Phillies for $25,000.

Andrew Pullin was a player the Phillies feared losing, but they hung on to the lefty-hitting outfielder. Pullin, 23, hit .322 with a .885 OPS between Single A and Double A in 2016. A late-season elbow injury prevented Pullin from playing in the Arizona Fall League and factored into the Phillies’ decision to leave him unprotected.

The Phillies selected one player, infielder Jorge Flores, in the minor-league phase of the draft. Flores had been in the Toronto system.

The Phils lost one player, 25-year-old pitcher Jairo Munoz, to Tampa Bay in the minor-league phase. Munoz pitched in the low minors in 2016.

With the winter meetings behind them, Phillies officials will head back to Citizens Bank Park to complete the construction of their 2017 roster. So far this winter, the Phils have re-signed starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and added outfielder Howie Kendrick and relievers Joaquin Benoit, Pat Neshek and David Rollins.

Remaining on the Phillies’ to-do list is adding a backup infielder – Andres Blanco could return – and deciding whether to pursue a veteran hitter to play a corner outfield spot or give an opportunity to a young tandem such as Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr. 

General manager Matt Klentak spoke often during the week about that balance he is trying to strike between improving the 2017 club while keeping intact long-range goals.

“Successfully balancing the present and the future is the single greatest challenge that a baseball operations department faces,” Klentak said. “We’ve talked about it all offseason. The decisions that we are making right now about giving playing time to a young player that has cut his teeth in Triple A and needs that opportunity to take the next step as opposed to a shorter-term solution from the outside – that’s one of the main challenges that we’ve run into this offseason.”

Time will tell which way the Phillies go on this matter.