There was a time in Puerto Rico, perhaps for the generation and its sons that came after Roberto Clemente, when to be a ballplayer often enough was to be a catcher. Orlando Cepeda, a first baseman, was a Hall of Famer.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 1:00 pm
Phillies (34-64) vs. Astros (67-33) 7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App After being dominated by the AL-best Houston Astros on two consecutive nights, the Phillies attempt to avoid a sweep with their best pitcher on the mound. 1. Unstoppable offense As Nick Pivetta was cruising through the first five innings last night, retiring 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, you just knew the Astros’ offense wouldn’t be dormant for long. Sure enough, they put up a four-spot in the sixth and the game was over. Last night’s game was the 64th time the Astros have scored five runs or more this season. The league average is 45. The Phillies have done it just 34 times, fewest
Posted: July 26, 2017, 4:09 am
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin favors using honey over vinegar when trying to teach enigmatic Odubel Herrera the right way to play the game. But even Patient Pete has his limits. So when Herrera did not run out a dropped third strike in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s 5-0 loss to the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park (see Instant Replay), Mackanin yanked him from the game as part of a double switch, a remarkable move considering Herrera has been the club’s best hitter, batting .331 (58 for 175) since June 1. “It had something to do with it,” Mackanin admitted. “I’m going to talk to him tomorrow.” Herrera knows well the way to Mackanin’s office. He’s been called in front of the principal
Posted: July 26, 2017, 1:54 am
With the non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaching, SI.com’s baseball writers and editors weigh in with their predictions as to what will happen before 4 p.m. on July 31. 1. Which team will wind up with Sonny Gray? Having gone out on a limb recently by predicting Gray to the Astros, I’ll stick with that.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 7:38 pm
Thunder may only happen when it rains and Philly fans may only love these Phillies players when they’re … drinking. At least that was the case last night when the Phils got their butts whooped by the Houston Astros, 13-4, after a lengthy one-hour and 52-minute rain delay.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 2:46 pm
Scratch that, this Fisher is around for insurance, ready to go if George Springer (quad) needs a DL stint (or at least an extended absence). Remember, the Astros clinched the AL West around Flag Day. Marwin Gonzalez shifted to shortstop last week, taking over for the injured Carlos Correa.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 1:26 pm
A lot has changed since the Houston Astros last came to Philadelphia in 2014. Back then the Astros were a rebuilding team on their way to a 92-loss season after reaching triple-digit losses the previous three seasons. Now, the Astros’ rebuild is complete and they have the best record (66-33) in the American League and the second best in the majors after the Los Angeles Dodgers (68-31). The Astros have a powerhouse offense that ranks first in the majors in runs (594), hits (1,105), doubles (222), homers (165), batting average (.293) and OPS (.863). Those numbers burned the eyes of Phillies manager Pete Mackanin when he got a look at them before Monday’s game. “When I look at their stat sheet and
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:03 am