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Phillies can’t capitalize on Nola’s dominance

@ToddZolecki
12:25 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA – Aaron Nola knew the stakes before he stepped on the mound Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. He knew the Cubs won, which meant the Phillies needed to win to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race. He allowed just one run in seven innings, but

Top prospects honored; Neris talks warmup

@ToddZolecki
September 14, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Alec Bohm and Spencer Howard are arguably the Phillies’ two most exciting prospects in the farm system. Both could be in the big leagues next season. Not as many fans know about left-hander Ethan Lindow. But the Phillies named Bohm and Lindow the Paul Owens Award winners as

Looking at some crazy tiebreaker scenarios

@castrovince
12:16 AM EDT

Life is filled with unanswerable questions: If God made us, then who made God? Is there other life in this or another universe? Are all living beings capable of love? What happens if five or more teams tie in the Wild Card race? Clearly, the last of those questions is

Realmuto has been Phils' MVP with career year

@ToddZolecki
September 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies believed they acquired the best catcher in baseball in February. J.T. Realmuto has lived up to the hype. He hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning in Thursday night’s 9-5 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park to join Mike Lieberthal (31 home

Phils keep pace as Wild Card race tightens

Philadelphia slugs 4 homers to split series with Braves
@ToddZolecki
September 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody computed playoff odds in 2007, but everybody knew then that the Phillies had almost no chance to win the National League East. The Mets had a seven-game lead in the standings with 17 games to play, which meant the Phillies needed a miracle. Famously, the Phillies finished

Neris' new routine rankles rival manager

Extended bullpen warmup causes delays, frustration
@ToddZolecki
September 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- It happened Friday in New York. It happened again in Wednesday's 9-5 win over the Braves. The Phillies wanted to bring Héctor Neris into the game, but he kept throwing and throwing before he finally left the bullpen. The Phillies said Neris has a new bullpen ritual, which

These 15 pitching prospects boosted their stock

@JonathanMayo
September 12, 2019

One year does not make a career, and we’ve all seen players bounce back from down years to have big seasons and beyond. Conversely, prospects who have one big season don’t always continue on an upward trajectory. It is true that many who appeared on last year’s list of pitching

Here's each team's top AFL prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
September 12, 2019

Next week marks the beginning of the 2019 Arizona Fall League, with Opening Day scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18. With seven players from every organization comprising six different teams, the AFL is considered a stepping stone en route to the Major Leagues because it offers players a unique chance to

What everyone got wrong about the NL East 

@ToddZolecki
September 12, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Everybody enters every baseball season with a few things that you just know will happen. Like, these things are bet-your-life-on-them locks. But then -- poof -- they do not happen like you expected at all. Here is a look at something from every National League East team that

Harper's improved defense pays off for Phils

@ToddZolecki
September 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper heard the concerns and criticisms about his defense. He heard them throughout the offseason as he and Manny Machado chased record-setting contracts as free agents. But Harper’s defense has not been a problem this season. Far from it. He threw out Austin Riley at the plate

VOTE: Balloting underway for Clemente Award

Players to be recognized for community, philanthropic efforts; voting ends Sept. 29
September 12, 2019

Major League Baseball announced the 30 club nominees for the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prestigious individual award for Major League players. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and

Phillies powerless against Keuchel's stuff in loss

@ToddZolecki
September 12, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Thirty teams had the opportunity to sign Dallas Keuchel this summer. The Braves pulled the trigger. The Phillies never called. It was not lost on players in either clubhouse after Keuchel carved up the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Keuchel struck out eight batters in

Dickerson exits game with left foot soreness

X-rays negative, will undergo further tests Thursday
@ToddZolecki
September 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left fielder Corey Dickerson left Wednesday night’s 3-1 loss to the Braves at Citizens Bank Park with soreness in his left foot. X-rays were negative, but he will receive further imaging on Thursday. There is reason for concern because after Dickerson fouled a ball off the foot

Young accepts blame for pitching staff's troubles

@ToddZolecki
September 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies pitching coach Chris Young hears the criticism. He knows there is speculation about his job beyond this season. But he said Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park that he is keeping his focus on the Phillies’ pitching staff. The group has struggled. “I fully accept [criticism] with how

Inside-the-park HR leads way to Phillies win

@ToddZolecki
September 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Kingery crushed it. Ronald Acuña Jr. caught it. Well, he caught it ... until he dropped it. Acuña jumped at the center-field fence to rob Kingery of a home run in the third inning Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, but the ball slid out of his

Nola uneven, but Phils are sticking with the plan

@ToddZolecki
September 10, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Gabe Kapler had high hopes for Aaron Nola last month, when he said his ace would pitch every five days the rest of the season. Nola was built for this, he said. But the Phillies are winless in Nola’s starts since they adjusted his schedule. Nola

Updated look at potential Phillies playoff roster

@ToddZolecki
September 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies keep sending mixed messages. They won three in a row early last week against the Mets and Reds, but lost three in a row to the same teams. But after the Phillies won twice over the weekend against New York at Citi Field, they woke up

Utley, Rollins, now Franco: Phils who crush Mets

@ladsonbill24
September 8, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Phillies and the Mets found themselves locked in a slugfest at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon, and Maikel Franco, who has made a name for himself as a nemesis in New York, provided the knockout punch. When it was over after four hours and 29 minutes,

When was your team's last October win?

@williamfleitch
September 8, 2019

It is difficult enough to reach the postseason, and even harder, once you’ve made it there, to win. Postseason wins should never be taken for granted. Because you never know how long it will take you to get another one. So today at The Thirty, we step into the wayback

Phillies 'going to keep fighting' for postseason

@SlangsOnSports
September 8, 2019

NEW YORK -- “We know that we’ve been written off, and we don’t care. We’re going to keep fighting and clawing for every last inch.” That’s what Phillies manager Gabe Kapler had to say after the Phillies’ 5-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday night. The team

J.T.: 'We have to turn it around quickly'

@ToddZolecki
September 5, 2019

CINCINNATI -- J.T. Realmuto said the Phillies’ postseason pursuit has energized him, despite a heavy workload behind the plate. But can that feeling last? “It has a lot to do with playing for something and obviously the crowd and the adrenaline has something to do with it,” Realmuto said after

5 key questions for the NL East in September

@matthewhleach
September 5, 2019

It still feels like summer in plenty of the country, but believe it or not, the baseball season is winding down. Still, with just over three weeks remaining in the regular season, there are unanswered questions for every club in the Majors. Here’s a look at one key query that