Monthly Archives: August 2020

Open Discussion: Week of August 31st

“We need to win nine out of ten.”  That Bryce Harper quote and a very short, 15-second comment behind closed doors by manager Joe Girardi may have turned the Phillies’ season around.  They went onto a 5-game wining streak and propelled themselves into the thick of the division and wild card races. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 31st

Open Discussion: Week of August 24th

Terrible week.  Seven games in six days.  Five losses sandwiched by two wins.  And their most effective relief pitcher went on the Injured List after taking a line drive to the groin and suffering a testicular contusion.


The Phillies made a couple trades aimed at bolstering their “worst-in-baseball” bullpen.  They added David Hale from the Yankees for Addison Russ.  In the “bigger deal”, they procured Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox for Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold.  They also received $815K plus a player to be named later (PTBNL).


Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 24th

2021 Phillies’ Top 30

There is always a moderate to phanatical interest among Phuture Phillies’ readers when baseball sites release prospect rankings and organizational strength rankings.

I find comparisons against other organizations by the various ranking groups very uninteresting.  Each site ranks prospects by their own criteria which can differ greatly.  The same can be said when they try to rank organizations.  But, one thing is certain, these rankings do generate discussion among avid baseball fans. Continue reading 2021 Phillies’ Top 30

Open Discussion: Week of August 17th

“Phillies notch first series win in mid-August.”  That would be a terrible headline any other season.  Fortunately, this year it just signifies mediocrity seventeen games into the season.  The Phillies started the week by closing out their 4-games series against the Braves with a win on Monday, continued by dropping a 3-game series to the Orioles, and finished the week by sweeping the Mets. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 17th

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.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 10th

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