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Gameday 105: Diamondbacks at Phillies



Arizona Diamondbacks (45-59) at Philadelphia Phillies (45-59)

Starting Pitchers:
ARI: Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.78 ERA)
PHI: Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 4.25 ERA)

Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

This may the last time some Phillies suit up in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Howard 1B / Byrd RF / Ruf LF / Asche 3B / Nieves C / Hernandez P



  1. guest

    July 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Question. Is it because the Phillies are no good that we no longer get game recaps. I know it might be disheartening to write about losses all the time but I like reading what happened in every game no matter the outcome. Any thoughts?

    • BROOKS

      July 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Guest, I dont think there has been a weekend post game comment in quite a while, win or lose.

  2. DavidE

    July 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Rollins can probably fetch the most. Solid year and I believe this year is the last on his contract. He has looked great recently. Even if he has an option for 2015, he could generate interest. Brignac has looked good when he has played. A.J. Burnett has looked sharp but his injury status is questionable. Papelbon had a bad week and his contract is expensive for a closer. I doubt Cliff Lee can be traded this year because its not clear that he can help a team that much this year. If Roberto Hernandez looks good today, he might be traded. Bastardo has hurt his value in the last week. Marlon Byrd could be traded and has value although the option for 2016 probably hurts his value. As crazy as it sounds, Grady Sizemore might fetch something for someone looking for a 2014 solution. Will Nieves could be traded. Regarding Hamels, he has looked really good since his first few starts this year. If the Dodgers offer the top prospects, then he could be traded.

  3. PaMikeyDC

    July 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    @guest- the excellent writers give up their free time to do this. And do not get paid for this either. So perhaps they are busy.

    But w that being said I do agree w u- where have the recaps been? I’m still a die hard even if they stink real bad. A few good seasons- won’t help me forget so many of the horrible ones.

    • guest

      July 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      I understand they give up their free time for this and might be busy but when the Phillies were winning 5 division titles and a world series they never missed a game preview or recap. They were also a lot more indepth then these two line previews. Something has changed.

  4. BeyondInfinity

    July 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    If the Phils are going to wait any longer with trading their players nobody is going to need them and we’ll be screwed, I’m going to lay down and cry a bit I think

  5. Terry

    July 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Score 6 runs last night and can’t q in. Score 8 re und the night before and barely hang on. Solvers get rid of the guys for prospects and keep the lousy bullpen pitching. Go Bastardo

  6. Tracey

    July 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    OH BABY!!! How long has it been since RyHo hit a home run? Too long! Good to see again!

    • BROOKS

      July 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      “even the blind squirrell finds the nut once in a while”

      • schmenkman

        July 27, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        The blind squirrel is having a terrible year but he has still found more nuts than all but 12 NL’ers. And more RBIs than all but 5.

  7. Hogey's Role

    July 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    The big piece says: message recieved..

    • schmenkman

      July 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      What message is that though? He was coming off back to back two-hit games before he got benched.

      It is nice to see a homer in any case.

  8. Tracey

    July 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Deja Moo: the strange feeling I’ve seen this bull before.

  9. Tracey

    July 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Oh goodie, another plate blocking play. I hate this rule

    • Tracey

      July 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      They don’t want to give it to him because the ball was way ahead of him, but they’re picking apart this rule. Either it’s a rule or it isn’t.

    • Tracey

      July 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Whoa!!! They gave it to him! Woo hoo!

    • Tracey

      July 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      There’s no question that the rule applies to that one. The catcher was practically doing a split across the baseline before Inciarte even released the ball.

  10. Tracey

    July 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!! Run scores when TWO different players drop the ball on the same play!

  11. Tracey

    July 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm


  12. Tracey

    July 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I like the post-game comment about this new collision at the plate rule. “You don’t want your catcher to get hurt? Put him at first base.”

  13. Tracey

    July 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Even with a win, Ryno sounds broken.

  14. Hogey's Role

    July 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Awaiting trades….

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Do not hold your breath, I enjoy reading your posts too much.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

        Haha, thanks DTD… I know I’m getting that feeling that it will come and go this year and nothing will happen again…. Idk if it’s our front office or if no other teams want any of our players…. It’s kinda sad at this point

      • BROOKS

        July 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm

        I believe it is this front office – and am pretty sure there will be no trades.

  15. Double Trouble Del

    July 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I’ve defended some of RAJ’s moves in the past to the extent that not every single one of his deals was a clunker but I strongly suspect that the GM is incapable of making a non-acquisition move. Also, I am beginning to wonder if there is a disconnect between Amaro and Sandberg. Some of Sandberg’s managerial moves appear to have created a drop in value of some of our trade assets, particularly Papelbon and Bastardo.

    • schmenkman

      July 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      There is still lots of time yet until the deadline. Most deals happen in the last 2-3 days.

    • psujoe

      July 27, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Many won’t like to hear this, but the team will be able to sell returning assets for better talent next year at the deadline when there isn’t as much left on their contracts. They won’t get squat this year especially since Byrd is balking at the teams that actually want him. They should’ve kept Buchanon up as a starter and put Kendrick in the Pen were he does OK. The he would’ve been tradable.

      • schmenkman

        July 28, 2014 at 12:21 am

        Statistically, Kendrick’s relative success in the pen looks like a fluke. His numbers are good there because less than 3% of the fly balls he’s allowed have landed in the seats as home runs. That compares to about 12% of his fly balls when starting, which is closer to what you would expect. Chances are that if he spent enough time in the bullpen, that HR/FB rate would normalize to around the 12% number, and his ERA would be even worse than it has been as a starter.

        As for next year’s deadline, you may well be right, but I still expect at least a couple of deals by Thursday at 4.

  16. Bruce

    July 27, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Nice win for the Phillies. It’s one of those “feel good” moments for the players and fans. Howard must certainly feel good in hitting the long ball, an opposite field HR that we have not seen for awhile (since June). However, I’m even more pleased that he helped his team get a win and raised his RBI total to 62 which put him among the top five RBI leaders in the NL. Remember, run production along with pitching is the name of the game.

    Also pleased to see Papelbon get his 25th save in 28 attempts and lowered his ERA to an outstanding 1.83. He has to feel good too (smile). He now has passed Goose Gossage on the all-time saves list at #21 with career save #311. By the way, Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008. It made me think that Papelbon, with a few more years of continued quality pitching as closer, can be a prime candidate for the Hall of Fame. Too bad he won’t be wearing a Phillies cap for the introduction to the HOF.

    I still see some of the young “fans” impatiently waiting for trades to be made by the Phillies front office like kids looking for Santa Claus bearing gifts (smile). A few desired to see the team be completely dismantled and devastated. I wonder what these fans expect in return? Who would replace the players that have been productive for the team this year .. Byrd, Lee, Papelbon, Rollins .. names mentioned in rumors? Perish the thought of what the future may bring in relying totally on unproven prospects to join the Phillies in the near future,

    However, the Phillies do need to “restock” their farm system with talented players, so I do think a trade or two may happen now or after the season is over. I don’t like it but Byrd and/or Lee may go for talented prospects.

  17. Psu joe

    July 28, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Paps is the best trade bait as long as we eat salary and we should. Giles, Deekman + are the strength of this teams future. That 3rd year vesting for Byrd is hurting his value. I’d roll the dice and keep him if I couldn’t get value. Panic trades don’t work, see Pence deal.

  18. bacardipr05

    July 28, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I would just hold on Fausto he wont fetch us anything. His contract is cheap and we still need 5 starters to pitch. Lee is just fresh off injury and who knows if he will go down again. Aj is the one that should be traded.

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