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Locked On Phillies 7/10: 3 things the Phillies taught us in the first-half



J.T. Realmuto was the Phillies lone All-Star in 2019. (Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

On the Wednesday July 10, 2019 edition of Locked On Phillies, Phillies Nation Editorial Director Tim Kelly looks at three things we were able to learn from the first-half of the 2019 Phillies season.

Specifically, Kelly looks at items pertaining to All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, the starting rotation’s woes and a bullpen that has been ravished by injuries.

Locked On Phillies is a daily Phillies podcast hosted by Tim Kelly that’s part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You can listen to and download Locked On Phillies on the new podcasting app Himalaya, as well as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

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  1. Ken Bland

    July 10, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Sometimes, the best posts you write, or even the best thoughts you think are for whatever reason never outwardly expressed. I laugh when one of my thoughts fails to come to fruition, but when a thought leans toward being right, if never said aloud, it’s best to stay within yourself, because developing an I told you so approach seems like it can be a dangerous practice, maybe even habit.

    Deviating from that practice in this instance, it is all too often in the first 3 months of the season that I recall thinking numerous times during the Harper/Machado chase that it would be most interesting to see over the long haul if the Phils would have been better going after Sonny Gray. Only short sighted fools judge trades on a 3 month basis, and personally, I actually am more pleased with Harper’s initial Phillie tenure than I expected, but Sonny Gray looks like he’s reminding the Phils and a lot of other clubs that he’s not the first player in history who was just plain misplaced in Yankee pinstripes for whatever reason.

    Gray came to the Bigs from good stock. VU is one of college baseball’s best prep environments, and possessive of a wicked curveball, he was impressive in Oakland early on. The Yanks gave up a bundle for him, and he doesn’t quite seem back to Oakland levels, but is certainly trending in that direction. Now, he’s similarly trending up with the Reds, has signed on for multiple years, and the Phillies are more desperate for pitching than measurement might define. Just as Jake Arietta would have been a fine pillow contract signee, longer term, it’s at least expected that Sonny Gray will earn more would have should have could have merits over the next couple to few years. Time will tell, but he is more on track for that than an incredible amount of people expected as evidenced by nary a rumor of Phillies interest rumored this past winter.

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