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Posted - Jun 4 2019 : 11:12PM
^ I certainly haven't heard that. I would bet he won't come close to Trout. He might be a nice player but I am not expecting anything from him this season. He isn't ready for the Bigs.
 
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Posted - Jun 4 2019 : 11:49PM
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LOL, sorry, I was being sarcastic. Haseley is actually the organization's 1st-round pick from the 2017 draft, so he's got potential, but it's not like he came into this season as a top-20 MLB prospect. He's 0-for-3 so far in tonight's game, but the Phillies are kickin' ass, thanks in large part to Jay Bruce: 3-3, double, 2-run home run, grand slam.

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Posted - Jun 5 2019 : 12:10AM
^ I did sense sarcasm but I'm not the best at picking up on it lol Yeah Bruce is single handly winning this game so if the bullpen doesn't explode Jay Bruce has already given the Phils a win. If he can do half of what he is doing tonight I will take that.
 
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Posted - Jun 6 2019 : 12:45AM
The Chicago Cubs are the team to finally snag reliever Craig Kimbrel, signing him to a 3-year, $43M deal tonight. It shouldn't be much longer now for a team to pull the trigger on a deal for starter Dallas Keuchel.
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Posted - Jun 6 2019 : 1:39PM
^ I think the Cubs will regret this deal. Too much money for a closer who is over the hill. The Phillies should consider Kechel. I hope he doesn't end up with the Braves cuz I've heard they are in the mix.
 
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Posted - Jun 6 2019 : 3:36PM
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Well, the Phillies might've gone for Kimbrel...if it weren't for the fact they already took a flyer on a relief pitcher over the age of 30 with a ton of innings pitched in his career when they signed David Robertson in the offseason. They got him for 2 years, $21 million (with a third year club option). Kimbrel gets the third year and higher average annual salary, but he is about three years younger than Robertson. As for Robertson, he pitched (poorly) in the first two weeks of the season and hasn't been seen since. Searching his name online right now, I find that he was moved to the 60-day IL about three weeks ago and that he might be back for the Phillies in July, after the All-Star break.

As for Dallas Keuchel, while the fans assume the Phillies are interested, I've heard no indication from media types that the team is seriously pursuing him. Looking at a new article online right now, it states that the Yankees and Cardinals appear to be the most serious candidates to sign him.


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Posted - Jun 6 2019 : 7:47PM
Friends -

Good day down at Petco Park yesterday. Well, good for me and the Phillies anyway. Great day, good seats, and my grown son at my side.

The Padres jumped out to a 5-1 lead early on as Arrieta was serving up gopher balls to the Pads hitters. And my son was enjoying giving me the business as he choked down hot dogs and cokes and nachos on MY dime. But then the Padre relievers came in with their gas cans and the Phils erupted in the 7th and 8th to win 7-5. Philllies take two out of three from the Padres in the series.

And SmartAssBoy gets to buy his old man dinner at a time and place of my choosing this weekend.

Sometimes Fatherhood works.

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Posted - Jun 6 2019 : 11:05PM
^ Glad you had a great time!

Just a few hours ago the Braves signed Dallas Keuchel. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet. If the Phillies don't aquire any better than decent pitching I think the Braves are the favorite to win the NL East. Seranthony Dominguez left yesterday's game so the bullpen could lose another piece. And I agree Mass the David Robertson signing was a bad one. He is too old so I wasn't a fan of it when it was announced. That being said still didn't want anything to do with Kimbrel.

 
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Posted - Jun 7 2019 : 12:00AM
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Huh, Atlanta gets Dallas. And all they had to give him was one year and $13M. Hard to imagine the Phils getting anyone of significance before the trade deadline. They really have nothing to offer when it comes to their farm system.

BSD, I'm glad the Phils came through for you in the end, despite another dud from Jake Arrieta. Between his lackluster results and how freakin' long it takes him to throw each pitch, I've now made it a point to avoid buying tickets for a game he's starting; two of the three games I've been to thus far have been started by him. Although, I figure it's just a matter of days or weeks before he lands on the IL.

And "LOL" at you and your son. You could've really stuck it to him and said: "Well, at least you have the Chargers. Oh, wait..."


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Posted - Jun 7 2019 : 12:53AM
^ Wow $13 million and Klentack didn't pull the trigger, what a joke. Maybe Maikel Franco could be trade bait but he won't fetch a top pitcher cuz you are right the farm system is bare. Gabe Kapler will be fired after this season and then Matt Klentack is on the clock.

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Edited by - matchmaker on 6/10/2019 9:35:39 AM

 
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I swear, each Phillies game I go to is worse than the last. I had the pleasure of watching them get shutout tonight; they had just 3 hits (1 double and 2 singles) which accounted for the total runners they had on base for the entire game. To make matters worse, Gabe Kapler chose this game to give Bryce Harper rest...nevermind that they have an off day tomorrow and he's on a 13-game hitting streak. Although, we were fortunate enough to see Bryce pop out in the 8th when he pinch-hit.

Oddly enough, the game did move remarkably fast. The final out was made at 9:21. I can't remember the last time I went to a 7 o'clock game that ended before 9:30.


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Posted - Jun 13 2019 : 1:31PM
^ You're a bad luck charm Mass lol With the Braves win late last night they are in first heading into a big weekend series in Atlanta. Each team is looking to send a message as to who will be the NL East favorite. Who knows which Phillies offense will show up. Ceaser Hernadez is 5 for his last 49 and his average has dropped from .301 to .268 and Makiel Franco is hitting .154 in his last 25 games. Btw the pitcher that shut down the Phillies last night is a 30 year old rookie that they made look like Cy Young.
 
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Posted - Jun 14 2019 : 12:23AM
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"You're a bad luck charm Mass lol"

Funny you should say that, since it was "Irish Heritage Night" and I was one of the fans there decked out in green gear. It's not just that the Phils have lost the last couple games I've attended, the big problem for me is that going to a game anymore is BORING. I think many fans are realizing this...and not showing up to the ballpark. Despite the Irish promotion and the great weather Wednesday night, the announced paid attendance was under 30,000. I've been saying it for over a month now when I talk about the Phils with people here...this team feels just like last year's team. It's kind of crazy to say, but a case can be made, especially if you compare the "power numbers" of this year's team with last year's squad. Just like last year's team, they're winning early in the season despite the batting lineup being near the bottom of the N.L. in categories like home runs and slugging percentage. Despite all the additions, they're still not hitting for power as a team. Like, we're going on two weeks since Bryce Harper last hit a home run and I can't even remember the last time Rhys Hoskins went yard. This has been a problem pretty much since the second week of the season, it's not something that just started after they lost McCutchen for the year. With the Braves getting hot (they're on a 7-game winning streak) and no signs of improvement from the Phils, Atlanta might build a good lead in the division by the time this month ends.

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Posted - Jun 14 2019 : 12:33AM
^ I agree with everything you said. I had a stretch of games I went to that were boring and my friend said I was bad luck lol I think the Braves will start to distance themselves this weekend. This team is boring and unwatchable. I won't be watching the games Friday or Saturday cuz I have softball and going to dinner with a friend. Even if I wasn't busy I still wouldn't wanna watch this team. If they are 7 games out once training camp starts I won't even bother paying attention anymore.

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Posted - Jun 14 2019 : 12:51AM
Ahhhh we have some Phillies fans on here. Guess who my MLB team is....

Should be a good series tomorrow evening!


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Posted - Jun 14 2019 : 2:05AM
^ For you at least...I won't be watching. I might catch some of Sunday's game.

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Posted - Jun 14 2019 : 2:09AM
^ I think y'all still have a good chance against us. The Braves rookie Austin Riley has been great and our batting/offense continues to be phenomenal, but our pitching is God awful. Our poor pitching is the ONLY part of our team that's holding us back from being a World Series contender. If you look at our 7 game win streak and our 4 game sweep over the Pirates, all of those were shootouts which we barely won. It's hard to believe that we're 2nd in the NL right now behind the Dodgers who are 5 games ahead of us, but none of us are ready for the Dodgers at all who are the defending 2 time NL champs.

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Posted - Jun 14 2019 : 2:29AM
^ Well you are in luck cuz the Phillies pitching is God awful as well. We make average pitchers (a 30 year old rookie the other day) look like Cy Young. The bullpen is a mess besides Hector Neris. Adam Morgan is hurt. Aaron Nola is not the same guy as last year. Zach Efflin has been good. Jake Arrieta is hit or miss. Nick Pivetta is crap. Jared Eickoff is garbage and was moved to the bullpen. It wouldn't surprise me if the Braves pitching shuts us down. Like I said before this Phillies team just is not a fun team to watch and I can rattle off at least 8 guys who I flat out hate. Pivetta is near the top of the list and Ceaser Hernandez is probably number one since Odbuel Herrera got arrested...don't even get me started on him. He is my most hated Philadelphia athlete of all time.
 
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Posted - Jun 14 2019 : 11:59PM
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Your boy, Pivetta, was actually pretty good tonight. Then, the bullpen took over. To think, the offense erupted for 8 runs - Harper and Hoskins both hit home runs! - but they still lost. Aaron Nola goes tomorrow...remember when we had no doubt about him everytime he took the mound? What a difference a year makes, huh?

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Posted - Jun 15 2019 : 12:09AM
^ Yeah I am with you about Mr Nola, now we don't know what we will get out of him. I didn't see the game until I got home and we were up 8-4 and I saw the 9th inning meltdown. Should be a 0.5 game out now 2.5 out. This is the beginning of the end of the season. And I disagree about Pivetta (didn't see him pitch) but his line kinda sucked...4 ER 3 HR. Not good enough...he can go back to Lehigh Valley...forever.
 
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Posted - Jun 15 2019 : 12:27AM
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Cut Nick some slack, they were only solo home runs.

Actually, that's one thing the Phillies have excelled at this season...giving up home runs. Seriously, the Phillies pitching staff has given up the most home runs in the National League, and it's not even close.


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Posted - Jun 15 2019 : 12:48AM
^ Hey at least we lead the league in something lol Ugh I hate Pivetta with a passion lol Oh and Hector Neris capped off his birthday blowing a save...not a happy birthday for him.

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Posted - Jun 15 2019 : 3:39AM
The Chargers and Broncos...er, Padres and Rockies throw an extra-innings football score up at Coors Field in an ugly display of baseball Friday night.
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Posted - Jun 15 2019 : 10:30AM
^^^^^
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I was just flipping through channels last night and when I stopped on the Padres they were losing 9-4 in the 8th inning. Back to MTV's Ridiculousness I went. Next thing I know it's 11-11 in the 11th, and the Pads wind up winning 16-12 in 12 innings.

And the interesting thing is that the game really wasn't all that ugly. The Padres and Rockies scored 28 runs in 12 innings, but there was only 1 error in the game. And only 8 walks. For a game that long with that many runs scored that is not unreasonable. No, I think it is indicative of what the game has become. Major League Baseball looks like company beer league softball now.

Last night the Astros, Indians, Pirates, White Sox, and Red Sox all scored double digit runs in nine inning games while no team in the majors had more than two errors in any of the games. So the games aren't being played that sloppy. It's just another night. These guys are all just pounding the ball. The Braves-Phillies 9-8 game last night is I guess what passes for a pitcher's duel now.

The Angels hit back to back to back homers in the game I went to last week. The next day the Nationals hit back to back to back to back homers against the Pads. Four homers on SEVEN pitches. This week we had guys hit for the cycle on consecutive nights. And then there was the 13 homer circus that the Diamondbacks and Phillies put on the other night. We are in the second week of June and there are 48 guys with 15 home runs already. And none of them are named Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who got all the money this spring. It looks like batting practice meets home run derby in these games. Meanwhile, strikeouts are up as well. People are either hitting them out of the park, or swinging and missing.

This is not your father's baseball.

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Posted - Jun 15 2019 : 1:24PM
Going into the 9th the Rockies had a 99.8% chance to win the game...whoops lol

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Posted - Jun 15 2019 : 1:27PM
^^ BSD...you are certainly right about baseball changing. Now we hear people talking about launch angle. I believe the Twins lead MLB in HRs. You are right...its a HR or a strikeout these days, all or nothing. And the stat you mentioned is crazy...48 guys with 15 or more HRs...niether the two big free agent pick ups. I wonder of the 48 how many are household names and how many you would say, "Who the hell is that!"
 
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Posted - Jun 16 2019 : 5:28AM
The way guys are hitting today, games tend to be either high-scoring slugfests or low-scoring snoozefests with no action (no runs, no hits, no walks), just one "1-2-3" inning after another. The problem is, those low-scoring snoozefests are taking just as long to finish as the slugfests. Despite all the home runs being hit these days, I feel like the problem with the game (and why so many are losing interest) is that there's just too much inaction in the typical MLB game nowadays. Fans check out in the ballpark (by fiddling on their cellphones) and at home (by changing the channel). I would also argue that the analytics takeover of the sport has done more to turn fans off then getting them to tune in.

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Posted - Jun 16 2019 : 9:15AM
Friends -

Padres and Rockies plate another 20 runs in a beer ball game last night in Denver. In the first three games of their weekend softball tournament the two teams have combined for 65 runs. With the final game of the series to play today. This hearkens back to the early days at Coors Canaveral.

There will be somebody from the two teams go on the injured list tomorrow with cramping or exhaustion from running the bases this weekend.

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Posted - Jun 16 2019 : 5:36PM
Friends -

Lessee...

So far today, Braves scored 15, Nationals scored 15, Blue Jays scored 12, Reds have scored 11, (and they ain't done yet), Yankees scored 10, and oh yeah, in Game 4 of their weekend pinball slugfest Rockies-Padres is 10-8. IN THE FIFTH INNING.

*Sigh*

BSD

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Posted - Jun 16 2019 : 8:14PM
Friends -

Padres win the final game of the series with the Rockies, 14-13. In 9 innings.

That's 92 runs in four games.

Somnebody, I don't know who, but somebody oughta be ashamed.

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Posted - Jun 16 2019 : 8:31PM
^ I feel like there's a trend in professional sports lately (maybe even college too IDK) where the offense has been extremely hot, breaking offense records throughout the season. Throughout the 2018 NFL season we had the highest scoring Monday Night Football game ever between the Chiefs and Rams, that 54-51 game, and there's been so many new NFL rules lately that favors the offense and makes the defense have to suffer, like the defense could just do a light push on the QB without trying and it's roughing the passer. The new challengeable PI rule coming up in 2019 isn't going to help at all. Like really? The hard hitting, hard nosed, blood beating defensive football that I remember back in the old days don't exist anymore. Sooner or later we'll be getting NBA scores in the NFL if the league continues this spiral, and speaking of the NBA, that's become more of an offense league too thanks to the Warriors being the class of the NBA the past 5 seasons (until the Raptors beat them of course), living and dying by the 3, and we had more 3 point attempts in the NBA the past few seasons than ever before, and a lot of high scoring affairs in the NBA as well. Hardly any defense at all.

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Posted - Jun 16 2019 : 11:03PM
Those are the most combined runs in a series since 1900 and also a whooping 131 combined hits.

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Posted - Jun 21 2019 : 1:18PM
Last season through 74 games the Phillies were 41-33 and only 1.5 games out of first with a below average roster. One year later with a supposed better roster the Phillies are 39-35 4.5 games out of first. Since they were a season high 11 games over .500 they are 6-13. Gabe Kapler will be fired at season's end...one can only hope. Tonight the Phillies will honor Chase Utley. It will be one of the last times the park is full. I will watch the pre game stuff with Utley but not the game. I am about to check out on this season. Once training camp starts the Phillies will be an after thought and probably nearly 10 games out by then.

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Posted - Jun 21 2019 : 4:28PM
^^^^^
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The Phillies have pretty much gone into the toilet since Andrew McCuchen went down a few weeks ago. They haven't had anybody who could be productive at the top of the order since then.

Additionally, McCuchen doesn't pitch so he couldn't help their major malfunction as of late anyway.

BSD


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Posted - Jun 21 2019 : 11:11PM
^ I do agree losing McCuthen has hurt big time. Since he went down the Phillies' lead off hitters are the worst in baseball. Even with him in the lineup the offense was in the toilet. Sugurea has been awful this month, Hoskins is MIA and Harper has been a massive disappointment. Speaking of the toilet...the noise heard round the Delaware Valley tonight is the Phillies season going down the toilet. I said if they lost tonight (which they did) the Marlins will sweep them and I am sticking to that. This team is crap and stupid ass Gabe Kapler needs to go. On a positive note the retirement ceremony for Chase Utley was incredible and capped off with him throwing to Mac from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia was epic.
 
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Hey, I don't like Kapler either, but let's be real, in this day and age managers are just taking their cues from the analytics-obsessed nerds in the front office. To think a managerial change would make this team any better right now is foolish. Nobody's more to blame for this team's underachieving ways than the everyday hitters, especially Bryce Harper. This lineup was supposed to be a slugging powerhouse, but instead, it's turned out to be one of the weakest in the National League, not to mention all of baseball. Harper's to blame for this shortcoming more than anyone else (Hoskins is right behind him in blame); I can't believe Harper has turned out to be even worse than I expected. The starting pitching has certainly been underwhelming, too, but I'd point to those front office nerds on that one. It was wishful thinking on their part to believe that Nick Pivetta and Vince Velazquez would be capable starters, nevermind that their past performance proved otherwise. And a little over a year after they acquired him, the Jake Arrieta signing still looks like a bad one. On the other hand, there's no one to blame for Aaron Nola's underwhelming performance this season other than the man himself.

When it comes to sports quotes, one of the more memorable ones for me is one I first heard Ray Didinger use on Eagles Postgame Live a couple years ago, it came to my mind this week with the Phillies' current woes: "The ship be sinking." (Doing a Google search right now, the quote is attributed to a former New York Knicks player by the name of Michael Ray Richardson in 1982.)

 
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You originally made this post a little over three weeks ago and I thought of it this week when this story came out:

The writer of that piece summed it up good in the second paragraph:

 
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^^
Phillies 4.5 games out of 1st place.They are chasing the Braves who aren't exactly the 2nd coming of the 27 Yankees. Phillies 0.5 games out of 2nd wildcard spot. Their home attendance numbers are good.As long as they can hang in the race, interest will remain. As for Harper, he was dreadful 1st half of last season & much better in the 2nd half. Hope for a repeat.
Michael Ray Richardson was a talented, but troubled player. Had some substance abuse issues. The "ship be sinking"line use to pop up on occasion in the NY Post when some local team hit the skids. It must have found its way down I 95.

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^ The Phillies are dead, I've already checked out on the season. They are downright unwatchable.

^^ Mass I think it would be so dumb to have them split between two cities. They should just move to Montreal or Vegas...actually the Marlins should move to Vegas. MLB and Florida is like oil and water.


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Phillies get swept, AT HOME, by the Marlins. That's pretty tough to do. Especially when you consider that we were in first place less than two weeks ago.

*Sigh*.

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Posted - Jun 23 2019 : 7:55PM
Damn, the Phillies got swept by the Marlins out of all teams! The Braves are now 6.5 games ahead of the Phillies while the Nationals are only 2 games behind the Phillies.

The Braves just got their 5th straight series win against the Nationals (who I believe will be our biggest threat until further notice).

This Braves team reminds me of the 90's Braves from my early childhood but a high scoring team rather than an old fashioned low scoring team with a strong bullpen and pitching.

Those Dodgers are in our way tho, they are so good I still don't think we're ready for them anytime soon.


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Posted - Jun 23 2019 : 11:19PM
Phillies got swept by the Marlins...just as I said. I am done with this team, not watching anymore...well I haven't watched them much lately. Idt the Nationals are a threat at all and the Braves will do nothing in the playoffs like always.
 
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While the Phillies' Bryce Harper and Padres' Manny Machado are both underperforming since signing their mega deals, Mike Trout continues to be Mike Trout, even after signing his new, record-breaking contract. It's not just that he's as good as he's been in the past, it's that he's actually continuing to get better! I enjoyed this new article on The Ringer by Ben Linbergh detailing Trout's continued excellence, not to mention the Angels' remarkable mediocrity through it all:

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^^^^^
MASS -

Having an emotional, and vested, interest in all three of the situations, (I've paid to get into Padres, Phillies, and Angels games this season), I feel confident in saying that Machado is a better player, and should be a better deal than Harper. Machado is going to hit, and he has been magnificent defensively at a much more important position than Harper. And as incendiary a talent and personality as Harper is, he goes through these soul crushing slumps that actually make him a liability in the lineup. That has never been Machado's issue, and that is not what we've seen from him so far this season. He's just a better player. His offensive production has been fine, just not $30 million dollars a year fine. Yet.

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. Period. In my opinion.

In other Padres misadventures... After last weekend's record breaking scoring orgy with the Rockies in Denver, the Pads made another ignominious entry into the MLB records yesterday in Pittsburgh. They became the first team in 90 years to blow a three run lead in the 9th inning, then blow ANOTHER three run lead in the 11th inning to lose the game.

Oh yeah, that completed a Pirates sweep of the Pads.

Lord, when does football start?

BSD

 
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"Having an emotional, and vested, interest in all three of the situations, (I've paid to get into Padres, Phillies, and Angels games this season), I feel confident in saying that Machado is a better player, and should be a better deal than Harper. Machado is going to hit, and he has been magnificent defensively at a much more important position than Harper. And as incendiary a talent and personality as Harper is, he goes through these soul crushing slumps that actually make him a liability in the lineup. That has never been Machado's issue, and that is not what we've seen from him so far this season. He's just a better player. His offensive production has been fine, just not $30 million dollars a year fine. Yet."

All of which was obvious to any baseball fan. See, but the problem is, a lot of your fans today just know about their own team, they're clueless when it comes to the rest of MLB. I mean, the average Phillies fan really believed that Harper and Machado were essentially the same player. Heck, you go to CBP right now and the average fan will probably tell you that Harper is just as good as Mike Trout. When I think back on the Harper signing, I really do think what ended up happening was that brash guy in the ownership group, John Middleton, just overruled the front office guys like Matt Klentak. I can't believe that those front office dorks would've approved of the signing, especially when they calculated such a low valuation for Machado. And when it comes to Harper and Trout, I will always wonder...would the pride of South Jersey (Trout) have come home to play for his boyhood team if the Phillies never signed Harper (or Machado)?

Oh, by the way, here's a new piece from The Ringer on the Phillies' struggles:


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The last three wins over the Mets do not excite me cuz let's face it the Mets are a complete dumpster fire and their bullpen might be worse than the Phillies'. I'll be impressed when they beat better teams.
 
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The Detroit Tigers signal a desired for continued failure by giving GM Dave Dombrowski-lite a two-year extension.
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