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The Phillies are 22-16 after a 4-2 week. They took 2 of 3 in Atlanta and returned home to win 2 of 3 against Cincinnati. They have a 14-3 record in one-run games.
They now have the 3rd best record in the National League and are second in the division a half-game ahead of the Mets. They picked up two games during the week and trail the Nationals by one game.
The Phillies continue to get good starting pitching, good relief pitching, adequate defense, and timely hitting.
They are still playing much better than I expected. So, I’ll continue to enjoy and appreciate the good things that have happened to the Phillies so far this season.
Well, except for this. The Phillies finally called Tommy Joseph up to the big team. He played Friday, went 0-2 with a walk and 2 strike outs, and was replaced by Andres Blanco for defensive purposes in the eighth inning. Then he sat both Saturday and Sunday. I understand the anti-Ruf sentiment from most of you here, I but don’t understand how anyone can expect better from Joseph. He’s a first base only player (and not a particularly good defensive first baseman). He’ll get less opportunities than Ruf since he can’t play another position (Ruf got 6 of his 14 starts in left field). Joseph batted everyday in Lehigh and we don’t know how he’ll react to occasional starts in a platoon with the new aspect of pinch hitting duties tossed in. Hoping for the best, but color me skeptical.
Prior Week’s Transactions:
- Rosters are up to date here.
- 5/14 – Venn Biter assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- 5/14 – CF Carlos Duran assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 5/13 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated 2B Carlos Alonso from the 7-day disabled list.
- 5/13 – Sent LF Cody Asche on a rehab assignment to Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/13 – Optioned Darin Ruf to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/13 – Selected the contract of Tommy Joseph from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 5/12 – Jose Antequera sent to Extended Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/12 – Samuel Hiciano added to Clearwater Threshers from XST.
- 5/12 – Lakewood BlueClaws released RHP Mitch Gueller.
- 5/12 – Lakewood BlueClaws released RHP Anthony Sequeira.
- 5/12 – Edgar Garcia assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
- 5/12 – RHP Sutter McLoughlin assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 5/11 – Samuel Hiciano sent to Extended Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/11 – Andrew Pullin added to Clearwater Threshers from XST.
- 5/11 – Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent OF Andrew Pullin to a minor league contract.
- 5/11 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RF Christian Marrero on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 9, 2016.
- 5/9 – Sent RHP Michael Mariot on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/9 – Sent LHP Mario Hollands on a rehab assignment to Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/9 – RHP Matt Hockenberry assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/9 – Mark Leiter activated by Clearwater Threshers and assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
- 5/9 – Clearwater Threshers added Drew Stankiewicz to the 7-Day DL retroactive to May 7th.
- 5/9 – Jose Antequera assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.