Phillies Analysis

The beginning of the end of the Ryan Howard story

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He was never as great as his accolades or contract indicated, but he was our middle-of-the-lineup MVP slugger, and he helped bring us the greatest run of Phillies baseball ever. Last night's lineup...

Phillies Rumors: Papelbon Struggles Burnett Shines

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While starter A.J. Burnett helped his trade stock on Wednesday night, Jonathan Papelbon has struggled.

Phillies Rumors: Trading within the division

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Among the nine teams NOT on Cliff Lee's no-trade list are all four NL East teams. Would the Phillies dare consider dealing him within the division?

Phillies Rumors: Cliff Lee shows rust in return

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Cliff Lee pitched his first game since May last night, and it sure looked like it.

Phillies Rumors: On A.J., Utley, Byrd & Bastardo

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The rumor mill is really starting to crank up now, people.

Phillies Rumors: Burnett & O's, Hamels talk

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Fox Sports' Jon Morosi spent much of Saturday churning the Phils' rumor mill, and ESPN's Jim Bowden weighed in with imaginary Cole Hamels deals.

The steady decline of the Phillies offense

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How are the Phillies doing versus the league average for their position? And how has that changed over time? Quick answers: not very good, and not in a good way.

Phillies Rumors: Mariners moving on from Byrd?

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There are reports the Mariners are targeting David Price and Ben Zobrist, as talks with the Phils have cooled.

Where have all the errors gone?

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MLB has seen a big drop in errors over the years. Why?

Phillies trade rumors: don't trade Cliff Lee yet

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Trading Cliff Lee seems like a no-brainer, but it makes more sense to wait a little while longer.

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Is Cliff Lee ready to return to the Phillies?

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The left-hander was shelled in his final rehab start with Clearwater last night.

Phillies All-Star Break offensive grades

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I'm not gonna lie to you. There aren't a lot of honor roll students in here.

Phillies rumors: Amaro says team is realistic

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Despite winning five in a row (before losing last night to Washington), Ruben Amaro says the team will take a realistic approach to the trade deadline.

Phillies rumors: Yankees targeting Cole Hamels?

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Fox Sports' Jon Morosi says a deal between New York and the Phillies centering around Cole Hamels could make sense. But does it really?

Phillies rumors: Market trending Phils' way

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Also, Jonathan Papelbon wants to go, while Chase Utley wants to stay.

Can Domonic Brown Pull A Pat Burrell?

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The embattled left fielder finally had a good game on Tuesday night. Can the Phillies be as patient with him as they were with another left fielder, about a decade ago?

Phillies Trade Rumors: Amaro Says Changes Coming

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Also, the Phils are hot to move Papelbon, Marlon Byrd ain't sweatin' it, and are the Yankees interested in re-acquiring A.J. Burnett?

Phillies Baseball Hasn't Been This Bad Since . . .

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The Phillies are playing terrible baseball right now. But is it historically noteworthy?

The 1996 All Star Game, the Vet, and Depression

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Chase Utley joins a litany of former Phillies who were their teams' lone representatives to the All Star Game. And even though it won't be a chipper affair, there's no way it can be worse than 1996.

Why A's-Cubs Trade is Different From Hunter Pence

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Here is why Billy Beane's overpay for Jeff Samardzija & Jason Hammel is different than the ill-fated 2011 deal for Hunter Pence.

Phillies Trade Rumors: Potential Destinations

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If the Phillies are willing and able to unload some of their key players on contenders this month, here are the most likely landing spots for some of the team's most trade-able assets.

Phillies Midseason Report: Ryne Sandberg

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The first-time manager has had an interesting first half as the Phils' skipper.

Dear Phillies: It's Over.

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The Phils' string of solid play last week against Atlanta and St. Louis was nice, but reality smacked them hard in the face this weekend.

I Need Your Sleazy Replica Jersey Ideas

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Crowdsource me an awesome jersey, TGP readers. I know you can do it.

Papelbon leads bullpen, is somehow likable

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Stop making me like you, Jonathan Papelbon.

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