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07-11

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Painting the Black: Time for Phillies to Rebuild, or Refill?
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R.J. Anderson

07-05

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Manufactured Runs: Ruben Amaro and the Ryan Howard Reality
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Colin Wyers

06-05

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Fantasy Freestyle: Can (Domonic) Brown Do Enough for You?
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Jason Collette

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Pettibone
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

03-27

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6

Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Cautiously Optimistic
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Matthew Kory and Paul Sporer

03-01

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BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Philadelphia Phillies
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Mike Ferrin

02-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 144: 2013 Season Preview Series: Philadelphia Phillies
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-25

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Skewed Left: Ruben Amaro and the Rabbis
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Zachary Levine

01-11

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects
by
Jason Parks

12-06

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Skewed Left: How the Teams That Did Nothing in Nashville Did
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Zachary Levine

09-14

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Story of 2012
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Sam Miller

09-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 41: The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 40: The Phillies' Return to 500/A Modest Bullpen Proposal
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 33: The Least Likely Team to Win a World Series In the Next 10 Years/Does it Matter if Jimmy Rollins Jogs?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 6: Doorbell
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-19

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BP Unfiltered: The Two Teams Without Any Rookies
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-17

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The Process: Fixing the Phillies
by
Bradley Ankrom

05-07

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39

Overthinking It: Bryce Harper Takes the High Road
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-24

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Manager Narrative
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Dash Treyhorn

02-22

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Prospectus Preview: NL East 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Derek Carty and Michael Jong

12-14

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On the Beat: "Fixing" the Phillies
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John Perrotto

11-11

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Transaction Analysis: Paying for Papelbon
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R.J. Anderson

09-19

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Divide and Conquer, NL East: The Importance of a Strong Core
by
Michael Jong

08-04

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On the Beat: A Pence for His Thoughts
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John Perrotto

06-06

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On the Beat: Looking for Philly Firepower
by
John Perrotto

03-31

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42

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-20

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Ahead in the Count: A Pitch for Joe Blanton
by
Matt Swartz

12-15

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Checking the Numbers: Ranking R2C2
by
Eric Seidman

10-27

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Philadelphia Phillies
by
Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Five Projection
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Eric Seidman

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Four
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Ben Lindbergh

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Phillies vs. Giants
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Christina Kahrl

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview : Phillies vs. Reds
by
Christina Kahrl

09-24

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Checking the Numbers: Examining the Braves' Decision
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Eric Seidman

08-17

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Ahead in the Count: Only Two Games Worse
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Matt Swartz and Eric Seidman

08-10

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Expanded Horizons: The Benefits of Roy Oswalt
by
Tommy Bennett

07-05

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On the Beat: Monday Update
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John Perrotto

07-02

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Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
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Christina Kahrl

06-15

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11

Expanded Horizons: In the Red
by
Tommy Bennett

05-18

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12

Contractual Matters: Werth The Funds
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Jeff Euston, Eric Seidman and Matt Swartz

04-27

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Ahead in the Count: Ryan Howard and the New MORP
by
Matt Swartz

04-04

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29

Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-07

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13

On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

12-17

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26

Ahead in the Count: Anatomy of a Blockbuster
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Matt Swartz

12-17

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128

Prospectus Today: Of Unselfish Decisions and Restocked Systems
by
Joe Sheehan

12-08

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Ahead in the Count: Shifting in the Third-Base Market
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Matt Swartz

11-06

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Philadelphia Phillies
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Baseball Prospectus

11-02

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The Week in Quotes: October 26-November 1
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Alex Carnevale

10-29

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Prospectus Hit and Run: From One to the Other
by
Jay Jaffe

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview
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Jay Jaffe

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Why would the Phillies be looking at buying this trade deadline? R.J. runs down the possibilities.

Over the past week, the Phillies have taken series from the Pirates and Braves and at worst split a four-game set against the Nationals, thus improving their positioning in the playoff race by moving them to within 5 1/2 games of the second wild-card spot. Positive results tend to boost confidence, and that's exactly what's happened in Philadelphia. While our Playoff Odds Report says the Phillies have a 6 percent chance of making the postseason, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is flirting with the idea of adding a piece or two at the trade deadline.

Amaro's stated plans have, predictably, gone over poorly. Too many authors have penned too many pieces about why the Phillies should sell over the past 12 months for any other reaction. The arguments go like this: the Phillies are a mediocre, veteran-laden team with too many big-money, long-term commitments and too few worthwhile prospects; they aren't good enough to compete for a title, but not poor enough to bottom out and force a clearance sale. Amaro seemed to acknowledge this last July, when he traded Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, and even Hunter Pence, who had team control remaining. The stripping down stopped there, however, and in the time since the Phillies haven't done much to change their talent level.

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July 5, 2013 5:05 pm

Manufactured Runs: Ruben Amaro and the Ryan Howard Reality

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Colin Wyers

The Phillies can survive Ryan Howard's contract, but can they survive the GM who gave it to him?

Some baseball teams are disappointing by strange twists of fate. Some are disappointing by design. Not because they’re designed to perform poorly (although that happens, too), but because they’re given expectations contrary to reality, and when reality diverges from expectations, they continue to cling to the expectations.

The 2013 Phillies are a team modestly below .500. Given a preseason forecast of a basically .500 team, this shouldn’t be a terrible shock—baseball is a game filled with randomness, after all. But to view the Phillies as a real disappointment requires you to compare them to their run of excellence from 2007 through 2011, rather than the team they are now. General manager Ruben Amaro’s expectations, then, seem weirdly out of date, in more ways than one. When asked about the player who will most likely define Amaro’s career as a GM, he responded succinctly:

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June 5, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Can (Domonic) Brown Do Enough for You?

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Jason Collette

After a terrific May, Jason explains why owners might be wise to sell high on the Phillies' left fielder instead of simply enjoying the ride.

In his last game in the month of April, Domonic Brown earned a walk. In his first game of June, Domonic Brown earned a walk. Brown did not earn a single walk in the month of May, but fantasy owners are not complaining. Brown won Player of the Month honors in the National League, as he hit .303 in the month with a .688 slugging percentage—an outburst very few saw coming.

It was not that long ago that some wondered if Brown could maintain success with the swing he brought to the major leagues. Harold Reynolds did an excellent job breaking down that swing in late 2011:

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April 22, 2013 3:47 pm

The Call-Up: Jonathan Pettibone

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Phillies summon a replacement pitcher from the farm.

The Situation: Starter John Lannan was injured during his last start on Wednesday, forcing the Phillies to look to the minor leagues for support. With left-hander Adam Morgan having just pitched in Triple-A, the team will turn to their eighth-ranked prospect in right-hander Jonathan Pettibone.

Background: The Phillies gave Pettibone an aggressive $500,000 signing bonus as a third-round pick in 2008 and assigned the 17-year-old right-hander to the Gulf Coast League for one start in his debut summer. In 2009, Pettibone moved on to the New York-Penn League, where he tossed 35 1/3 innings with a 5.35 ERA as one of the younger players in the league. The Phillies continued to promote him a level at a time as he moved to Low-A in 2010 and put together his first truly successful season, posting a 3.49 ERA in 131 1/3 innings.

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The third installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the third-highest odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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Rebounds from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are critical to the Phillies' 2013 hopes.

Mike Schmidt was quick to point out that this Phillies team is younger—younger than the “Wheeze Kids” of 1983, whose average roster age was 32. This year’s group should average just a shade below 30, thanks to an outfield that most likely will feature a troika of 20-somethings.

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Ben and Sam preview the Phillies' season with Paul Sporer, and Pete talks to CSNPhilly.com Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury (at 19:27).



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January 25, 2013 12:00 am

Skewed Left: Ruben Amaro and the Rabbis

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Zachary Levine

Ruben Amaro said he consulted some rabbis before signing Delmon Young. Here's one way that conversation might have unfolded.

Ruben Amaro said he did a lot of background on Delmon Young, including speaking w Anti Defamation Lg in Phila and rabbi friends.

— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) January 22, 2013

(A small conference room in the executive wing of Citizens Bank Park, January 21, 2013. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has gathered Rabbi David Gross of Philadelphia, Rabbi Michael Rothman of Cherry Hill, and Rabbi Morty Gittelman of Elkins Park.)

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It's a thin system, but there are some players who offer reasons for hope.

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Some teams stood pat at the winter meetings, but not all of them were better off for it.

You know how they told you if you didn’t get off your ass and do something in life you’d be a loser? Not true at the winter meetings, where many of life’s rules seem not to apply—things like laws of human sleep patterns and normal snack pricing structures. Here at the winter meetings, you can do nothing at all and still be a winner in our books.

We’ve seen writing all week about who won and who lost various transactions—see, go-getters can be losers too—but here’s a look at the teams and people who notably did nothing at all (or hadn’t as we went to press) and how their week went.

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Erik Kratz is having a weird and wonderful season. Here is everything you need to know about Kratz, and several more things besides.

Last year was one heckuva year for individual storylines. Tom Wilhelmsen and Steve Delabar returned from retirements to make impressive big-league debuts in the Mariners' bullpen. Jerome Williams did a poor-man’s Ryan Vogelsong act. Ryan Vogelsong just did the regular-man's Ryan Vogelsong act. A dog played first base. Crazy year.

This year’s best stories have been mostly about teams: Orioles, Pirates, A’s. Lew Ford is a story, but more weird than inspiring. Tom Wilhelmsen is I guess still a story, because of how good he is now, but the backpacking-through-Europe part of it is no longer fresh. Miguel Gonzalez, whose comeback from injuries took him through the Mexican League, and who wears a glove given to him by former teammate Nick Adenhart, is certainly a good story. But the best story, I submit, is in Philadelphia. 

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Ben and Sam discuss the state of the Brewers, which is a lot like the state of the Phillies, then talk about Max Scherzer's long-awaited improvement and which team won the 2009 trade that brought him to Detroit.

Ben and Sam discuss the state of the Brewers, which is a lot like the state of the Phillies, then talk about Max Scherzer's long-awaited improvement and which team won the 2009 trade that brought him to Detroit.

Episode 41: "The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited"

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