Phillies Update – Week of September 5th
Apparently the Phillies really liked turning the page to September,
as they responded with the start of a new month by throwing a combined no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves, a team that is
right in the heart of the Wildcard chase in the National League. With Cole Hammels going six innings, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles
and Jonathan Papelbon took it from there, helping to complete a 7-0 win to get the month going in the right direction. Though
it hasn't all gone according to plan for the Phillies, this is a team that has shown recently that they have plenty of fight
left in the tank, giving fans optimism that they'll make their mark in the final month of the season.
had quite a few highlights, of course, as the Phillies took down series wins against some of the top teams in the league.
The Phillies took a series from Seattle, another from St. Louis and even swept the Washington Nationals, a team that has been
about as hot as any team in baseball over the last couple of months. With their ability to beat the toughest teams both in
the N.L. and the A.L., the Phillies have shown again and again that they have no intention of going quietly in the N.L. East.
of the most exciting contributors to the recent winning stretch has been Ben Revere, the speedy centerfielder who continues
to put major pressure on opposing defenses. With an average well above.300 to start the month of the September and 40 stolen
bases to boot, Revere is one of the top leadoff hitters in the game right now and is looking to keep up the momentum. Revere
also flashed his ability to do more than just set the table during the no-hitter against the Braves, as he went two for three
with five RBIs on the day to give him his most productive game of the season. With the Phillies looking to do some major winning
down the stretch against a stretch of tough teams, there is plenty of exciting baseball left to be played.
Update – Week of August 8th
With the Phillies looking to get back in the hunt of the N.L. East, anything can
happen from here, and the Phillies have shown in recent weeks that they can hold their own with the other top teams in the
division. Recently against the Nationals, the team that leads the N.L. East in the early part of August, the Phillies showed
what they are made of by lighting up Gio Gonzalez and delivering a 10-4 win in front of the Philly faithful. With Jimmy Rollins
and Ben Revere tallying seven hits at the top of the lineup, the Phillies jumped all over Nationals' pitching and got the
series off to a great start.
But it was the following night that the Phillies really flashed their potential. In a night
when Nationals' starter Doug Fister was dealing, it was Roberto Hernandez who came to the rescue, locking down the Nats' lineup
over eight shutout innings to hand-deliver a 2-1 victory over the Nationals. In the process, the Phillies even delivered a
rare loss to Fister, whose record was dropped to 10-3 on the season. Though not everything has been on the up-and-up some
far this season for the Phillies, they've also had plenty of bright moments as well and fans are confident that they can pick
up a little momentum coming down the home stretch.
The rest of the August schedule is also filled with challenges and
opportunities, as the Phillies will go up against some of the top teams in the league. After a four-game home set against
the Mets, it will be on to Los Angeles to play the Angeles and then San Francisco to play the Giants. The Phillies will then
end their West Coast road trip and host the Seattle Mariners and Cardinals before a highly anticipated series with the Nationals
– a three-game set that will be one of the biggest series of the second half of the season.
– Week of July 4
Even though things haven't gone exactly how the Phillies drew it up before the start of the
season, they've also had more than their fair share of amazing moments already, with a couple of familiar stars putting together
very nice seasons in the heart of the order. That, of course, would be Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, who lead the team in most
major offensive categories between the two of them, with Utley in particular having a major resurgent year. On pace for another
season with 100 RBIs, Ryan Howard is also back to tormenting pitchers from around the league, giving the Phillies a major
one-two punch in the process.
Also not to be overlooked has been the threat of Ben Revere, the speedster center fielder
who has been stealing bases left and right this season. With Revere putting significant pressure on opposing defenses and
some serious power to boot, the Phillies have also gotten a boost from Marlon Byrd, who is on pace to have a career year in
terms of hitting the ball out of the ballpark. Put it all together and the Phillies one of the top offenses in the N.L. East,
giving them a chance to get right back into the mix in the second half of the season.
In the pitching rotation, the
Phillies have also gotten some very good performances this season, with plenty of them coming from team ERA leader Cole Hamels.
A.J. Burnett has also shown some major flashes as well, leading the team in wins roughly halfway through the course of the
regular season. Though the Phillies have some work left to do, the beauty of baseball is that there are always plenty of opportunities
to turn it around. With the Phillies looking to put it together and reach their potential, it looks like just about anything
can happen from here on out.
Phillies Update – Week of June 6
In one of the most wide open divisions
in the league, the N.L. East, the Phillies remain right within striking distance – even if things haven't gone quite
as planned just yet this season. But the Major League Baseball schedule is a long one for a reason, and the Phillies have
shown plenty of signs already this year and fans are expecting to make a big move up the divisional standings sooner or later
as the Phillies look to pull it together. Of course, one of the main reasons why fans have plenty of reasons for optimism
this season is because of Chase Utley, the former perennial All-Star who is having a nice resurgent season in the heart of
the order. After hitting.345 in April, Utley kept it rolling by hitting.291 in May and giving the Phillies some consistency.
Also contributing in a big way, unsurprisingly, has been Ryan Howard, who belted five homers and drove in 23 runs during May
to lead the way for the Phillies attack.
On the mound, the Phillies have also had plenty of contributors, with Jonathan
Papelbon showing that he's still as good as anyone in the league at slamming the door shut at the end of the game. In May,
Papelbon held a microscopic ERA of just 0.90 while nailing down five saves and bringing home a win as well. With Papelbon
showing that he can dominate at the back end of the bullpen and A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick both proving they can pitch
deep into the game against some of the top lineups in baseball, the Phillies have a lot going for them even as they look up
at the rest of the division so far this season. With a home stand against struggling N.L. teams Chicago and San Diego coming
up and an exciting road stretch against the Braves and the Cardinals later in June, the Phillies have lots of opportunities
to right the ship and get back into the thick of things in the N.L. East.
Phillies Update – Week of May
Thanks to series wins against the Cubs, the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks, not to mention a sweep of the Marlins,
the Phillies are off to a solid start in the N.L. East, putting them right in the thick of things in the division following
a 13-13 April. A big part of this, of course, has been the balance of their roster, with the pitching staff and the lineup
both showing signs of dominance in the early going. The Phillies ranked 12th in batting average in the first month for the
entire league and also 13th in quality starts, largely telling you how the Phillies have been able to get off to a decent
start to the 2014 season.
Leading the way has been the resurgence of Chase Utley, who has bounced back from injury by
hitting a team-high.355 in April with three homers and 14 RBIs. Ryan Howard is back to his old tricks again too, belting a
team-high six homers in April and continuing to be a major force in the heart of the lineup. Unsurprisingly, the Phillies
have also been a formidable force on the mound, with Cliff Lee having several incredible outings and A.J. Burnett leading
the team with a team-best 2.15 ERA. Lee also has led the team in strikeouts with 40 in his first six starts of the season.
the late-innings, the Phillies also have some powerful arms that have been carving up offenses, with Jonathan Paplebon locking
down eight saves in the early going to make him one of the top closers in the league so far this season. With that type of
balance, the Phillies are looking to take their game to the next level, though they'll have some major challenges to start
May, with a home series against the Nats before hitting the road to take on the Blue Jays and the Mets and then coming back
home for a stand against the Angels and the Reds.
2014 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule
Phillies are ready to go this season as they hit the field at Citizens Bank Park in 2014, a year that is sure to be once again
loaded with clutch base knocks, jaw-dropping catches and nail-biting moments that will have you talking a long time after
the final pitch. The Phillies are coming off a down year in 2013, and the team is looking to bounce back and return to contention
for the National League East Championship. There are going to be a lot of challenging opponents coming into Philly to try
to take down the Phillies, though, which is why this team needs the support of its dedicated fans for the biggest matchups.
But no matter who they have to face on the diamond, this is a well-rounded team that can do it in the batter's box, on the
mound and with the leather, giving you plenty of reasons to head out and get right into the middle of the action this season.
Phillies will be playing as hard as they can when the Atlanta Braves come into Citizens Bank Park in 2014. The Braves are
the reigning National League East champs, and the road to the 2014 division title goes through them. The Phillies have a lot
of offensive firepower, which could be enough to send the Braves back to Atlanta with their tail between their legs, but only
if the Phils remain focused with their eyes on the prize. Phillies-Braves matchups in 2014 should be great games for fans
to catch in person.
The Phils will have more big games on their hands every time the Washington Nationals come to town
to try and take home some wins back to the nation's capital. The Nats are one of the most talented teams in the National League,
and are not to be taken lightly. With a loyal crowd behind them, though, the Phillies can defeat any team in Major League
Baseball, and that's why the fans need to come out in big numbers for all the biggest games of the 2014 season. With a bevy
of big home games and road matchups, both against divisional foes and interleague matchups, there are plenty of different
possibilities this season as the Phillies look to make it happen on the diamond.
Philadelphia Phillies Team Info
Philadelphia Phillies play in the National League East division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the
Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, New York Mets and Miami Marlins. The Phillies have won the N.L. East many times, and
are looking to return to the top of the division standings in 2014. With a talented roster that features some quality veterans,
the Phils could be back in the hunt for the division crown before you know it. Thanks to veteran hitters like Ryan Howard
and Chase Utley, not to mention up-and-coming stars like Dominic Brown, the Phillies definitely know how to strike fear in
pitchers around the league, but they also have plenty of firepower in the rotation thanks to Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett and more.
With that kind of talent, this is a team that you definitely don't want to miss out on.
The MLB Experience
nothing that compares to the atmosphere at a Major League Baseball game, where you're surrounded by fans that are all there
to enjoy a great spectacle of sport. Seeing a game in person is really the only way to catch a game, as everything is much
more vivid and exciting when you're in the stands. The crowd is always abuzz and waiting in anticipation for the next pitch,
and the next pitch could always spell disaster or glory for either team. MLB games are always a good time, and being there
in a crowd of people that love the same team you do is an experience that every baseball fan should be a part of as much as
possible. Be there when the Phillies hit the field this season to see them take on a tough team and you'll end up seeing loud
and clear why Major League Baseball is one of those sports you have to see first-hand if you want to truly appreciate it.
Philadelphia Phillies History
The Philadelphia Phillies franchise was founded in 1883 and have played in the
City of Brotherly love for the duration of their existence. The Phillies have had some truly memorable seasons over the years,
and the fans of the team have some fond memories of Phillies success. The Phils have own the National League Pennant seven
times, and won the World Series twice, most recently in 2008. The Phillies reached back-to-back World Series in 2008 and 2009,
and are looking to get right back to the Fall Classic with another talented team loaded with promise. Over the years, the
Phillies have had no shortage of great players either, with guys like Mike Schmidt, Lefty O'Doul, Chuck Klein, Grover Cleveland
and more playing some of their best baseball in Philly, and you never know where the next legend is going to come from.
Philadelphia Phillies Trivia
Third baseman Mike Schmidt was one of the best players to every suit up for the
Philadelphia Phillies. How many home runs did he hit in his career?
The answer is 548, which granted him membership
in the famed 500 Club – one of the most exclusive lists in all of Major League Baseball.
of the many great things about going to a Major League Baseball game is the fans. These people love their baseball, and you
can see that for yourself when you're there in the stands with them. Cheer on the Phillies to a big victory this season with
the help of some of the most loyal fans around. Don't miss out on what will be a great day or night at the ballpark, as this
is a sport that really springs to life when you get a chance to watch the drama unfold before your very eyes with thousands
upon thousands of passionate fans all around you.