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Rise and Phight: 5/23/2023

Can the bullpen gang can pull off what Wheels couldn’t?

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Wheels struggled on the mound a bit last night, didn’t he? And the offense appeared more desperate than aggressive. Maybe facing Ryne Nelson (1-2, 5.48 ERA) tonight will give the Fightins’ bats an opportunity to find their bearings in the box and bring home the dub.

We’ll get ‘em tonight. Gotta keep the Phaith.

On to the links.

Phillies news

Help Wanted: starting pitcher, no experience necessary, sub-4.0 ERA preferred.

Jeff Hoffman was brought in to feed live pitches to Bryce Harper. Harper and the Phillies saw something new and promising in the 30-year old.

Mike Axisa shares the four things he feels the Phillies need to be truly competitive.

Philly Voice looks at some of the hottest prospects in the Phillies’ farm system.

MLB news

Verander needed only 98 pitches to get through eight innings. Are the Mets good?

The Athletic reveals the behind the scenes of what went on between the once great Madison Bumgarner and the Diamondbacks. If you don’t have access to The Athletic, here’s an interesting related story from NBC Sports.

Guess where the Fightins land in the latest MLB power rankings? Spoiler: it ain’t first.