National League East
After sweeping a weekend series from Miami to get back to .500 (6-6), the Phillies welcome the Atlanta Braves to town for a four game set, starting Monday night with Roberto Hernandez.
Phils’ general manager Ruben Amaro says the Phillies have to score between 650 and 700 runs this season to be contenders and make the playoffs—all with the second-highest payroll in the National League, an estimated $159-million, behind the $216-million bankroll of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ryan Howard snapped a seventh-inning tie with a pinch-hit double, Cole Hamels earned his first win of the season and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of a crucial Mets error to beat New York 5-1 on Sunday and finish a three-game sweep.
Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. hit consecutive home runs to break open a close game and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 9-4 on Saturday, sending Jonathan Pettibone to his first major league win.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon feels his team lacked leadership last season, and made it known to reporters on Friday.
Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones homered off Roy Halladay, and the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of the last-place Philadelphia Phillies with a 6-2 victory Sunday.
Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, leading David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Sunday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
What is wrong with the Phillies? Well, we can’t say “it’s early” anymore. We’re almost half way through the season and I don’t know how much worse it can get.
Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and Ty Wigginton drove in four runs, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-2 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.
Will the Phillies win another National League East title in spite of injury problems?
Cliff Lee allowed one run over four innings in his final Grapefruit League start, and the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves played to a 7-7 tie in nine innings on Sunday.
Before we predict the demise of the Phillies, let’s remember that Chase Utley missed nearly two months of the 2011 season and they still won 102 games.
The Phillies Nationa League East competition is tougher this year.
As the baseball offseason continues to roll on, the teams that have spent the past several years chasing the Phillies in the National League East have been keeping quite busy.
The Philadelphia Phillies begin a four game series at home against Florida on Tuesday night with a chance to put the slumping Marlins in the rearview mirror.