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2014 Spring Training

Phillies End 2014 Grapefruit League Play with a Loss

The Philadelphia Phillies will head back to Citizens Bank Park this weekend for an exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Before they return north, the Phils had one final game in Clearwater, in which they lost to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

A.J Burnett faced one of his former teams in his final tuneup before the regular season, and looked fairly strong.  He pitched five innings, allowing one run.  He allowed three hits, a walk, and struck out six.  With Cole Hamels temporarily out with an injury, Burnett is currently slated as the Phillies’ #2 starter for the regular season.

Jonathan Pettibone made his 2014 Spring Training debut, as he is recovering from inflammation in his right shoulder.  In two innings, he gave up two hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Pettibone will start the season on the disabled lis, but his appearance is a good sign that he is healthier.

Jonathan Papelbon also pitched in relief, tossing a scoreless inning.  He turned some heads as he wore a Carlos Ruiz jersey while he pitched.

The offense has struggled all spring, and Thursday was not any different; the Phillies only managed one hit off starter Drew Hutchinson and the Blue Jays’ bullpen.

The Phillies finished Grapefruit League play with a dismal record of 9-17.  They will return to Philadelphia for two days before heading to Texas to kick off the regular season.



  1. Skylar0201

    March 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    You think our spring was dismal, wait for the regular season when we are facing major league pitching every game…

  2. schmenkman

    March 27, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Here are 3 teams’ Spring rankings:

    A) 29th in average, 28th in OBP, 30th in runs per game
    B) 29th in average, 30th in OBP, 29th in runs per game
    C) 30th in average, 30th in OBP, 28th in runs per game

    Team A is your 2014 Phillies
    Team B is the 2014 Red Sox
    Team C was the 2008 Phillies

    We know the Phillies won’t hit like the ’14 Red Sox or ’08 Phils. But it goes to show how unreliable spring results can be.

    • Abel

      March 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Yea ive never really understood why people make such a big deal about st. As long as the pitching holds up the phils will be fine theres teams thay have won a world series with below average offense. Having said that i dont expect them to go to the world series but u should be in the running for a playoff spot

      • Chuck A.

        March 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

        Who cares?

      • wbramh

        March 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

        I agree that ST means nothing but the results of last season do mean something.

        If there was a Herculean effort to substantially improve this team in the off-season, it escaped me. Coupled with diminished offense is their below average defense and only partially repaired with the additions of Byrd and a full season of Asche – and the latter is still something of an offensive and defensive question mark. Plus, the Phils still have suspect depth behind a starting lineup composed of injury-susceptible 35-year-old starters. Add to that mix a young center fielder who is coming off a season-ending foot injury and an injury-prone young left fielder who remains a 1-month star until he can prove otherwise.

        Sure, the Braves are suffering from pitching issues but the Phils aren’t really competing to jump over the Braves this year. Their more realistic expectation is to outlast the Mets for 3rd place. But with a shaky, shallow and wounded rotation, an “80%” setup man and an enigmatically struggling closer (each throwing 85+ mph fastballs), even surpassing the Mets may turn out to be a Herculean task.

        By October the Phillies could superficially resemble their next door neighbor Sixers, an emergency patchwork of D-leaguers trying their hardest to be noticed and maybe invited back to camp next Spring. But unlike the Sixers, the Phil’s will have zero cap room with which to sign star free agents and no high lottery picks to suggest a brighter future… And lucky Sam Hinkie only has to find five legitimate starters.

        I think it’s going to be a difficult next few years. Hopefully not as endlessly grueling as the enfeebled 30-year and18-year droughts experienced since 1950. Still, it’s likely to be especially tough on us high-expectation fans following the team’s unique run of exciting and successful seasons.

        I can’t tell you how much I hope I’m dead wrong.

      • wbramh

        March 29, 2014 at 5:25 am

        Make that “30-year and 15 year droughts.” Math wasn’t my best subject.

  3. Scotty Ingerton

    March 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    We’re looking at 65-70 wins. It won’t be pretty, but I’ll be there. I’ll see you guys at CBP on April 7!

  4. photoFred

    March 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Here’s what counts about ST: we seem to have made it through without any crippling injuries. We all know that for this team even to have a sniff of the wild card they need nearly everything to go right.

    • photoFred

      March 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

      And thanks for those numbers, schmenkman. That helps!

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