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HBT Daily: The State of the Phillies

Jul 9, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

Are they buyers or sellers? Is Darin Ruf their savior? And what’s up with former Phillie Raul Ibanez?

  1. greymares - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Anybody else think Craig’s opinion on whether the Phillies will be buyers or sellers may have a touch of wishful thinking ? Now my opinnion is they will be sellers and buyers, i think they will sell easily replaceable pieces like M.Young, D Young, C.Ruiz with the hope of buying bullpen pieces.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    2005 – Phillies have a strong as an ox guy in his mid 20′s playing 1st in Triple-A, being blocked from the Majors by a huge salaried, oft injured slugger who may be past his prime. The slugger gets hurt, and on July 2nd against the Braves, the kid is called up – and wins the Rookie of the Year.

    2013 – Phillies have a strong as an ox guy in his mid 20′s playing 1st in Triple-A, being blocked from the Majors by a huge salaried, oft injured slugger who may be past his prime. The slugger gets hurt, and on July 5th against the Braves, the kid is called up – and….

    • therealtrenches - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Man….THAT would be nice, wouldn’t it? But hey…let’s not go crazy.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        No, lets go crazy! It’s all we have left!

  3. xmatt0926x - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I don’t necessarily buy the Phillies resurgence based on many factors. The one thing I will say is that the offense has actually turned it around for a nice stretch here. I forget what the graphic shown was exactly, but I think for the last month or so the Phillies offense has been near the top in the National league. I forget if it was batting average or something else, but bottom line is that it has in fact gotten better.

    The big reason appears to be the much improved play of Ben Revere. He’s hitting .300, OBP of like .350 in the last several weeks, stealing bases, etc.

    The big problem I see is the bullpen. Right now they have Pap to close and………..zzzzzzz…….maybe JC Ramirez and a somewhat almost ok Antonio Bastardo? I think if they do stand pat and try to compete that the bullpen is just going to keep biting them in the ass in close games.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      This this and this. If they can’t fix the bullpen, it doesn’t matter. And they can’t keep trotting guys out for 1 or 2 outs. Even Papelbon has been shaky. The Phils’ bullpen has been an issue for quite some time. Maybe its time to get a new bullpen coach out there. Billmeyer has proven for years he’s not good. They tried to justify Danys Baez on the roster by saying ‘he’s like a coach out in the bullpen!’… newsflash, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A COACH IN THE BULLPEN. He’s the bullpen coach!

    • bleedgreen - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      I also saw rumors of trying to trade Micahel Young and Chooch for Joba… but I’m not sure about all that.

  4. spudchukar - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    The State of the Phillies can be summed up in one word…Pennsylvania.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Nice one. Except that Pennsylvania is a Commonwealth ;)

      • spudchukar - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        It is also a state.

  5. areyesrn - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Future Hall of Famer Raul Ibanez = #FHOFRI

  6. therealtrenches - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Look…anybody who reads the comments under Craig’s posts on a regular basis knows that I’m a huge Phillies fan, and not a huge Craig fan.

    But I think he’s pretty much got it right in this case.

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