That battle began as a four-man scrum among the righty/lefty incumbent pair of David Buchanan and Adam Morgan, and the righty/lefty newcomer pair of Vincent Velasquez and Brett Oberholtzer.Buchanan was knocked out early, as his Grapefruit League performances only served to remind everyone that he is a mediocre big league option at best. The club decision-makers then made the choice to … Continue reading Phillies Settle on Vincent Velasquez as 5th Starter
The Philadelphia Phillies will have an interesting, competitive battle in spring training for the 5th starter role in the pitching rotation.As pitchers and catchers begin their first workouts this morning, the working assumption among all of the experts and insiders that follow the team closely is that the first four spots in the 2016 starting … Continue reading Brett Oberholtzer Favored in Phillies 5th Starter Battle
To fashion the worst Philadelphia Phillies season since 1972, a deficiency in talent and results from the 2015 starting pitching rotation was a key element. However, mixed in with those deficiencies were a few notable bright spots.Fifteen different pitchers took the mound at the start of a game for the Phillies this past season. Thirteen of those made … Continue reading Phillies 2015 Report Card: Starting Pitchers
Phillies Winter Banquets coming in late January 2015The Phillies Winter Banquet circuit takes players, coaches and staff on a tour around the various minor league affiliates as an opportunity for fans in those locales to meet the big leaguers. It is also an important fund-raising charitable opportunity.Phils manager Ryne Sandberg leads the contingent this time around, … Continue reading Phillies 2015 Winter Banquet Circuit
After JRoll trade, Amaro still has a lot of work ahead of himThere are two main things that we know for sure about the Phillies. First, they have publicly stated that they want to shed high-salaried and aging veterans, move on from the 2000’s core, and rebuild.Secondly, the Philadelphia Phillies have to fill a roster … Continue reading What Will Ruben Amaro Do Next?