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Post by Dunnzoo on Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:25 am

Here you go Bill, post away! I do believe we have some Phillies fans on here.

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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:53 am

Haha, thanks Janet, I appreciate it!
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:29 am

And for a first "official on-topic" post: Interesting move trading Ken Giles to Houston. There's no question a closer is a luxury you don't need when re-building and not expecting to compete for a playoff spot this year. And as a 25-year old coming off a great first season as a closer his value is high, allowing them to get four prospects. And the 4 prospects they got adds to what is an increasingly impressive depth of pitching prospects in the organization being accumulated over the past year, all of which may well pay dividends in the coming years. But . . . on the flip side, Giles is young and under club control for a few more years. If they do get good in another year or two, theoretically he could have been their closer when they're back in contention (and only age 27 or 28 at that). In that regard, exactly the type of guy you might want to keep while rebuilding and have as a more "experienced" yet young closer when it all comes together. It is new GM Klentak's first big move/gamble. And an interesting one that he may not be fully judged on for another three or more years.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:40 pm

On the last day of the NFL regular season, it is time to note: 45 days until pitchers and catchers report.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:17 pm

Two out of three on the road from a very good team. Good way to bounce back from a bad start in Cincy. This is going to a rough season but at this point in the project it's not about how many they win this year it's about how the young talent is developing/progressing and some of these guys are looking good - especially Velasquez last night.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by Math23x7 on Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:31 pm

I as a Met fan took a lot of heat over the last couple of months from others when I told them that the Phillies would win 81 games this year.  I think throughout the year, the 2016 Phillies will resemble the 2014 Mets, a team that was in transition mode a year before being a serious contender (which they were a year later).

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Post by billg315 on Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:29 pm

I will be thrilled if they win 81 this year. I have them at about 77 wins, which isn't too far off. But you are right that they are (hopefully for Phillies fans) about where the Mets were 2 or 3 years ago. They have really stocked up on young talent in the past year and have a pretty deep prospect pool right now. Perhaps most importantly long-term they have virtually no salary committed beyond next year, which means if these young guys produce, they will 1. Be able to lock them in early at s discount and 2. Dip back into the free agent market to fill holes. I think last year was the bottoming out, this year is the beginning of trying to - slowly - climb back up.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:22 pm

9 innings, 16 K's, no walks, CG shutout. 25 K's in 2 games. If this kid Velasquez is half as good as he's looked, it verifies the wisdom of the Giles move, and along with Nola provides an intriguing foundation for this young starting rotation going forward.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:51 am

Finally some offensive production. Franco picking right up where he left off last year, looks to be the real deal.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:58 am

There is no team right now I enjoy watching us beat more than the Nationals. What a distasteful bunch of arrogant people in that organization. Let's get the sweep today.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by Snow88 on Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:56 am

Please sweep the Nats

Terrible news for Phillies. Morton out for season.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:26 pm

Yeah bad news on Morton. We will do our best for a sweep once the rain ends. I know Phillies fans aren't supposed to want to help the Mets but I dislike the personalities on the Nats so much that I was actually rooting for the Mets down the stretch last year.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:05 pm

There's the sweep!
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by Snow88 on Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:11 pm

Thanks
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:16 pm

Back to back sweeps would be nice. Let's see how long the kids can keep this going.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Sat May 14, 2016 10:07 pm

This Phillies team doesn't know they're not ready to win yet. In some ways that makes them more dangerous. Good young pitching makes up for a lot of other shortcomings in baseball.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by Math23x7 on Sat May 14, 2016 10:23 pm

A lot of people laughed at me in early April when I told them the Phillies would win over 80 games this year. And over the last couple of weeks, a lot of my fellow Mets fans have laughed at me when I tell them this team could be a postseason contender. They keep telling me they will fall out. But when you have Nola, Vallazquez,and Hellickson in your rotation, you're set to stay in it for some time. Fortunately, my Mets will not face them again until right after the All-Star Break. Interestingly enough, they will face each other in seven of the last ten regular season games of the year, including the last three games from September 30th to October 2nd. Of course, given how poorly the Mets have been playing lately who knows if it will matter (They play the NL East leading Nationals for the first time next Tuesday). But if they are in contentions, the Phillies will be a scary team. I still have the crushing memories at how the Phillies destroyed the Mets down the stretch in 2007 and 2008.

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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Sun May 15, 2016 5:29 am

Math23x7 wrote:A lot of people laughed at me in early April when I told them the Phillies would win over 80 games this year. And over the last couple of weeks, a lot of my fellow Mets fans have laughed at me when I tell them this team could be a postseason contender. They keep telling me they will fall out. But when you have Nola, Vallazquez,and Hellickson in your rotation, you're set to stay in it for some time. Fortunately, my Mets will not face them again until right after the All-Star Break. Interestingly enough, they will face each other in seven of the last ten regular season games of the year, including the last three games from September 30th to October 2nd. Of course, given how poorly the Mets have been playing lately who knows if it will matter (They play the NL East leading Nationals for the first time next Tuesday). But if they are in contentions, the Phillies will be a scary team. I still have the crushing memories at how the Phillies destroyed the Mets down the stretch in 2007 and 2008.
I remember you saying they could win over 80 games and even I thought that was high at the time. I had put them at mid-to-high 70s in wins (and some people even told me that was crazy. I still think the lack of punch in the lineup brings them back down to earth at some point but they have the talent on the mound (with some more in the farm system) and pitching often makes or breaks you. If they could find a way to match up some offensive production with this pitching, they could definitely hang in the race a long time. Of course all young pitchers go through struggles during a long season and that's where they'd need bats to pick them up.
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Post by billg315 on Sun May 15, 2016 5:36 am

And the NL East as a whole (minus the Braves) seems like a pretty tough division this year. If the season ended today (granted we're only at the 1/4 mark) both wild cards come out of the East.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by dkodgis on Wed May 18, 2016 5:50 pm

And the Phillies beat the Marlins earlier so they are tied for first place. But there is still a long way to go. Their pitching has been good and their hitters are getting the hits at the right time. Gomez and Velasquez are doing great.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Thu May 19, 2016 5:26 pm

Well who knows, with the Braves coming in this weekend maybe we'll be back in first by Sunday.
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Re: 2016 Phillies Season

Post by billg315 on Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:52 am

When you have the pitching there's no hitting, when you have the hitting there's no pitching. Is there ever a more common complaint about a losing baseball club? Always seems to work that way.
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