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Crossed Up: Good Starts

Russ Joy - May 9, 2019

Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ resurgent starting rotation, Cesar Hernandez’s hot streak, what to make of Bryce Harper’s struggles. Anthony reflects on David Montgomery, and Bob explains why he has been more measured this season.

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The Phillies Remember David Montgomery

Kevin Kinkead - May 8, 2019

Charlie Manuel, John Middleton and others are speaking down at Citizens Bank Park right now.

Watch live here:

Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Passes Away at Age 72

Kevin Kinkead - May 8, 2019

Sad day in town.

David Montgomery died this morning after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.

The Roxborough native went to Penn Charter and later the University of Pennsylvania. He grew up watching the Phillies and landed a job in the ticket sales office back in the early seventies. About 25 years later he took over as a part owner and team president.

I didn’t know the man or work the Phillies beat, but one thing I continually heard and read about him is that he always valued his employees, top to bottom, and that was a recurring theme in the articles and social media messages shared this morning.

Among them:

Jim Salisbury wrote up a really nice piece on Montgomery over at NBC Sports Philadelphia, and I think this passage really stands out, after the jump:

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There’s Plenty to Feel Good About After Big Games From Harper, Hoskins, and Nola

BWanksCB - May 8, 2019

A game after getting waxed in the series opener by the Cardinals, the Phillies flipped the script and bounced back with an emphatic 11-1 win in St. Louis last night. While you were understandably watching the Sixers’ season go south up north, many, many good things were happening for the local baseball team. Bryce Harper, who raised his OPS from .816 to .855 after a 2 for 3 effort that also included a walk, is the guy who grabs the headlines, so let’s start with him:

Sans sleeve, with muscle, and that, friends, is what a 396 ft. grand slam jumping off the bat at 102.5 mph looks like. By the way, this wasn’t the hardest ball Harper hit tonight. According to MLB Statcast, his fifth inning single left the bat at 107.7 mph.

No doubt it has been a rough go in recent weeks for Harper. He entered last night’s game hitting only .182 with a .662 OPS and 29.9 K% over his previous 18 games, which is cause for skepticism and maybe even some scattered boos, but I’ll go the other way on this one. The guy has been substandard for three weeks and is still 15th among NL hitters with a .374 OBP. Am I concerned about his career-high 53.7% pull percentage and increased soft contact percentage this season? A little bit, but he’s still on target for 32 HRs and 116 RBI. The man hasn’t even gotten hot for a prolonged stretch, which is probably going to happen based on his previous career performance, so perhaps–and just hear me out on this one–Harper’s season won’t be defined by the first 35 games.

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Phillies Promote Relief Pitcher Edgar Garcia

BWanksCB - May 6, 2019

The Phillies have promoted 22-year-old relief pitcher Edgar Garcia to the Major League 25-man roster.

Enyel De Los Santos, who pitched two scoreless innings yesterday’s in 7-1 win over the Nationals, was optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he will get more regular work. Garcia’s addition will give the team a fresh arm ahead of its three-game set with St Louis.

De Los Santos appeared in only two games with the Phillies since arriving at the end of last month. He was hit around in his first outing back on April 27 against Miami, yielding two hits and two earned runs in a one inning appearance, but was sharp yesterday. It won’t be the last we see of him at the Major League level this season.

As for Garcia’s promotion, baseball writer Antonio Puesan first broke the news on Twitter last night:

Yes, exactly. What he said.

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Woman Tries to Message Bryce Harper, Sends Photo to Kayla Harper Instead

Kevin Kinkead - May 6, 2019

Today in Instagram errors, we’ve got some model trying to slide into Bryce Harper’s direct messages.

However, “Jordan” accidentally slid into Kayla Harper’s DMs instead, which resulted in Kayla producing this #content via Instagram story:

Kayla:

“If you’re going to try and go after a married man, the least you could is be smart enough to message his Instagram account and not his wife’s”

Words for all of us to live by.

Consider this a lesson learned, Jordan.

Phillies’ Defense Falters, Bullpen Collapses In Ugly Loss

BWanksCB - May 5, 2019

Jimmy Rollins took the field at shortstop for the Phillies prior to tonight’s first pitch in front of a sellout crowd. For a moment, it felt just like old times. In the bottom of the seventh inning, it felt that way for more than just a moment when the Phillies ambushed the Nationals bullpen with a five-run explosion that erased a two-run deficit. Yeah, it definitely felt like old times.

And then it felt like 2015.

The Phillies and Nationals, ever so generous, spent the duration of the seventh inning trying to give the game to one another. In the top half, Washington scored its second and third unearned runs of the night without batting a ball out of the infield, spurred by a Juan Nicasio throwing error on a poor bunt attempt from Victor Robles. Not to be outdone, Washington reliever Joe Ross imploded, allowing four doubles in a stunning rally that gave the Phillies what was a seemingly commanding 8-5 lead. Seemingly.

With two outs and a runner on first in the eighth, Washington’s Spencer Kieboom singled to keep the inning alive. Gabe Kapler elected to remove Pat Neshek after 19 pitches in favor of Adam Morgan. That’s when all hell broke loose.

Morgan, who had not allowed a run in his first 16 appearances this season, elevated a changeup out over the plate. As is often the case when pitchers elevate changeups out over the plate, this happened:

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Here are the Highlights of Jimmy Rollins Retirement Night

BWanksCB - May 4, 2019

Jimmy Rollins talked to the media ahead of his retirement ceremony festivities this evening. It was pretty much the usual. He reminisced about topics such as the 2008 World Series, his dramatic walk-off double in Game 4 of the 2009 NLCS, and his first career hit during the nearly 20-minute session. Pretty much all of the topics you would expect to be covered.

He also compared championship rings with Howard Eskin, who was in attendance with his Eagles Super Bowl bling. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury captured the moment:

As usual, Rollins was thoughtful, honest, and articulate with his answers, but there was one that he gave in response to a question about the day he was drafted that stood out:

I got drafted, and I didn’t know much about city. I knew Mike Schmidt. I knew Veterans Stadium. I knew it wasn’t a good-looking stadium. And I knew not a lot of people came to the games. And I just told my mom, “You know what? When I get there, we’re going to win.”

Seems he was making good calls far before his 2007 team to beat prophecy.

As for ceremony itself, Dan Baker introduced some Phillies alumni, messages from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley were played on the video board, as was a tribute video featuring his classic moments.  Former Phillies managers, Larry Bowa and Charlie Manuel, then presented Rollins with a customized sculpted glove before addressing the crowd.

Finally, he took shortstop at Citizens Bank Park for one last time, which you can watch after the jump:

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