Phillies Nation TV Episode 21: Deal or No Deal

For the second week in a row, I join my partners in baseball banter Pat Gallen, Corey Seidman, and Jay Floyd to discuss the 2012 Phillies Trade deadline moves on Episode 21 of Phillies Nation TV!

Phillies Nation TV Episode 20: Darin Ruf and Troy Hanzawa

Had a lot of fun out in Reading, PA, also known as Baseballtown, with my colleague Pat Gallen from Phillies Nation to check out the Eastern League All-Star Game. I caught up with first baseman Darin Ruf and shortstop Troy Hanzawa and got their thoughts on the AS Game, playing in front of their hometown crowd,…

New at PN: “Take Back the Park” Has Intended Effect

New over at Phillies Nation: The Washington Nationals stirred up some publicity earlier this morning by beginning the sale of single-game tickets for one singular series, May 4-6 versus our beloved Fightin’ Phils. It wasn’t the odd practice of only releasing one series’ worth of tickets to the general public that caught headlines, it was…

Is Antonio Bastardo the best closer in the NL East?

  Antonio Bastardo leads all Major League pitchers at the All-Star Break with an .82 ERA and only trails the Padres’ Mike Adams and the Orioles’ Koji Uehara for the Major League lead in WHIP. With Tuesday’s trade of Fransisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers, there was one less, at the very least, once-dominant closer…

Exploring Bastardo’s All-Star Chances

It was June 2, 2009. The Black Eyed Peas were in the beginnings of a 26-week stranglehold of the number one American Billboard spot. Up was number one at the box office with the Hangover debuting the coming Friday. The Phillies entered the day a half game behind the Marlins, winners of four-in-a-row, and were…

Don’t Look Now: David Herndon Has Been Effective

Since being demoted for the first time in 2011 to make room for J.C. Romero, David Herndon has not allowed an earned run and has an 8 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. Herndon, who has been used primarily in mop-up situations, was optioned to regain command of his slider, according to David Hale of…

Chase Utley’s Return = More Runs, Wins

Inspired by:   This may be one of the more obvious posts I have made on my blog. The return of five-time All-Star Chase Utley to the Phillies line-up has added a much needed spark. In 21 games, 20 starts, Utley has hit .275/.383/.500 with 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 3 SBs, and 12 walks with…

J.C. Romero = .400 oOBA, DFA’ed

Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki Tweeted shortly after the completion of today’s game that J.C. Romero was designated for assignment to make room for Vance Worley, who will be starting Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Romero’s designation comes as little surprise to many Phillies’ fans who saw Romero struggle with control and was unable…

Brian Gordon signs with New York Yankees, I Am Sad

I attended the Saturday match-up between the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and the Louisville Bats to see Brian Gordon pitch, who I had previously written about here. Gordon is a 32-year old pitcher, a converted outfielder at age 28, who achieved his dream of making the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Texas Rangers. Gordon…