The Phillies’ Fall Instructs started this morning. Over 70 players took to Roberts and Schmidt Fields to perform required stretching and conditioning exercises around 10:45. When finished, they split up into smaller groups with position players staying on Roberts and Schmidt and pitchers going to Carlton and Ashburn for long toss to loosen their arms.
When ready, the groups remixed for drills on each of the four available fields. Seventeen coaches worked with pitchers, infielders, outfielders, and catchers on various fielding drills. These concluded with pop up drills. Then came batting practice.
Here are three shots of third baseman Alec Bohm during fielding drills. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 17, 2018 – Plus Roster →
The Phillies are down to 14 games remaining in the season, 10 against teams in their own division and 4 against the Rockies. This week they play three at home against the Mets (avoiding deGrom who pitched and lost today) and travel to Atlanta to play four games. Next week they travel to Colorado to play four games before returning home to finish the season with three against the Braves. All 14 games are crucial. They can’t afford to blow opportunities to gain on the Braves. Unfortunately, the Phillies finish the season without a off day or travel day. Oh, and then there’s that little problem that they suck against their East Division foes. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 17, 2018 →