Open Discussion: Week of August 10th

The Phillies are 4-6 .400, 3.5 games out of first place with 7 games in hand.  They split a four-game series with the Yankees and dropped two of the first three games in a four-game series with the Braves.

This week they close out the series with the Braves, then play three-game series against the Orioles and Mets.  That will end a stretch where the Phillies could have played 16 of their first 17 games in CBP.

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Open Discussion: Week of August 3rd

The Phillies are 1-2 .333, 2.5 games out of first place, but with 7 games in hand.  They are scheduled to resume the season with 4 games against the Yankees, 2 there, 2 in CBP, then 4 games against the first-place Braves at CBP.  Season on the line.  In fact, if the schedule remains intact, they are at home until August 16th with the Orioles and Mets coming in for 3 games each. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 3rd

Open Discussion: Week of July 27th

The Phillies are playing intrasquad games at their Allentown location.  They last about four innings and coaches are filling a lot of positions in the field.  Saturday, Romero, Llovera, Parker, and Arano pitched.  Sunday, the “teams” were made up of four hitters each.  Coaches again had to fill in on defense. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of July 27th

Open Discussion: Week of July 20th

Four more days!  The baseball season restarts this Thursday.  The Phillies play their home opener on Friday, July 24th against the Miami Marlins.

The Phillies played three intrasquad games (winning all three) before playing scrimmages against the Nationals and Orioles over the weekend.  They beat the Nationals and Max Scherzer soundly and then lost to the Orioles and Tom Eshelman.  So, the Marlins will probably be a tough challenge, again.  The Phillies play another scrimmage at Yankee stadium Monday night.


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Open Discussion: Week of July 12th

The countdown to the start of the Phillies’ 2020 baseball season is inside two weeks.  They open at home on Friday, July 24th against their nemesis, the Miami Marlins.

The Phillies are playing intrasquad games, but will play scrimmages against the Nationals, Orioles, and Yankees on July 18-20.  All at 6:05 PM, Nationals and Yankees on the road, Orioles at home. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of July 12th

Open Discussion: Week of June 29th

Sunday evening, several hours after the submission deadline, the Phillies published their 60-man player pool.  It includes 53 active players.  Seven slots remain vacant.

If you think like I think, this list did not come as a surprise.  The Phillies are a team that expects to compete for a division title.  Their player poll reflects that with a number of older, experienced players filling out their pool.  The only surprise is that there are only three catchers in the pool.  But that may change. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of June 29th

Random Draft and NDFA Info

I gathered some selection and bonus information for the six drafts I tracked for Phuture Phillies.  Rather than toss it, I’m sharing it here.

The drafts start with 2015 and run through this year.  I’ve included the number of top ten picks, who our first round pick was (this is a reference point for me, hopefully not a discussion on the merits of the picks), the total number of picks, the total number signed and not signed. Continue reading Random Draft and NDFA Info

Open Discussion: Week of June 22nd

Baseball is again on hold.  Five Phillies’ players and three staffers tested positive for Covid-19 at the Phillies’ Clearwater Complex.  Other organizations have released infection numbers and as many as 40 players and staff across baseball have been confirmed positive while teams await further results. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of June 22nd