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News: Phillies outscored 28-13 since Friday

The Phillies had a tough weekend.

A BUNCH OF LOSSES: On Friday the Phils lost to the Blue Jays, 7-5. Saturday they lost to the Pirates, 13-8. And Sunday they lost to the Rays, 8-0.

The pitching? Not great from Cesar Ramos (six runs in one inning), Jeremy Hellickson (eight runs [five earned] in five innings), Joaquin Benoit (three runs in one inning), Joely Rodriguez (two runs in one inning), Aaron Nola (four runs in four innings) and Ben Lively (three runs in two innings).

As we near the end of spring training, we can start to see the staff take shape. Ramos and Lively aren’t strong bets to make it, and Rodriguez is on the bubble with switch pitcher Pat Venditte proving more than capable.

The hitting has been a little stronger, with Maikel Franco hitting a grand slam on Saturday, Aaron Altherr collecting four hits over the weekend, and Chris Coghlan staying above water. The bench battle continues to be tight, with Coghlan, Brock Stassi, Daniel Nava and Hector Gomez battling for two spots. Hard to say still who gets it, but I’d right now put my money on Coghlan and Stassi.

And then the Phils would have to drop two players from the 40-man roster.

DOLLAR FINE: Before Franco hit a grand slam Saturday, he lost a ball in the sun because he forgot to put on his sunglasses. Yeesh. So Pete Mackanin fined him and the clubhouse each $1, reports Matt Breen.

NO GAME: There is no Phillies game today, the guys getting the rare spring off day.

It’s not an off day for us, as we’ll give you our roster breakdown starting today.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Mike Fassano

    March 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I’m well aware that it’s only Spring training, but the pitching staff ERA is high, and that’s a concern. I thought it was odd the other day when Pete said that Eickhoff had to throw in the bullpen after his start. Why didn’t he let him pitch another inning? Hopefully, the staff will get down to business in the final 12 games.
    I suppose Herrera will be back in the lineup tomorrow. I’d love to see Pete put Quinn, Altherr, and Herrera in the field at the same time, and one, two, three in the batting order.

  2. bruce

    March 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I have the same concerns with the Phillies pitching. With less than two weeks remaining for exhibition games, it’s “show me” time for the starters in rotation as they increase their pitch count and innings. I’ll be watching closely Nola’s progress (or lack of it) in his final few outings. He has been simply awful with no sign of improvement and basically a “batting practice” pitcher for the opposition. He claims to be in “good health” so there is no excuse there for him. Personally, I see him on the “bubble’ for his chance to stay with the team or receive a one-way bus ticket to Lehigh Valley and try to find his groove and confidence in pitching for the triple A team.

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