Category Archives: Weekly Discussion

Open Discussion: Week of October 1, 2018

There still seems to be no necessity for me to recap the past week.  The over 300 comments indicate that you are perfectly able to generate discussion without me stirring the pot.

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Open Discussion: Week of September 17, 2018

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

Open Discussion: Week of September 10, 2018

The Phillies’ slide continued.  They are 4.5 games behind the Braves in the division and 4.5 games behind St. Louis for the second wild card.   The real gut punch this week, for me anyway, was when the Red Sox overcame a 7-1 deficit and defeated the Braves 9-8 on Wednesday afternoon.  The Phillies failed to take advantage losing 2-1 that night.

The Phillies still have 20 games remaining, 16 against teams in their own division and 4 against the Rockies.  Unfortunately, the Phillies have a losing record within their own division, and lost 4 out of 6 to the Marlins and Mets this week. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 10, 2018

Open Discussion: Week of September 3, 2018

The Phillies continued their slide out of playoff contention.  A week ago they were 3.0 games behind the Braves in the division race and 2.0 games behind the second wild card with the Rockies in front of them.  Now they are 4.0 games behind the Braves and 3.5 games out of the second wild card with two teams in between, the Rockies and Diamondbacks.

The Phillies still have 26 games remaining, 22 against teams in their own division and 4 against the Rockies.  Unfortunately, the Phillies have a losing record within their own division.  Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 3, 2018

Open Discussion: Week of August 19, 2018

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I attended the Phillies/Mets game on Saturday.  I don’t know where we stopped, when we got back on the road, or when we arrived home.  I expect that we will have driven about 14 hours on Sunday and that I will be arriving home in the early evening.  I’m sure that I will be in no condition to sit at a computer for a couple hours.

Hopefully, I’ll be at the Complex Monday, and Recaps will be back to normal Monday night.

As for the weekly discussion, hopefully the Phillies won on Saturday and Sunday.  And, the Rockies continued to beat on the Braves.

 

Open Discussion: Week of August 12, 2018

The Phillies went a disappointing 2-4 on their west coast trip.  But, they return home for a seven game homestand.  Although they start off with 2 games against the Red Sox, they then host the Mets for a rare 5-game series.

During the week, the Phillies bolstered their bench with the acquisition of Justin Bour.  The right-handed first baseman is having a down year, but he has impressive numbers against his East Division foes.  The cost was McKenzie Mills.  I’ve seen Mills pitch and liked what I saw.  But, if Bour can strength our bench and help us beat the Braves and Nationals a couple times, then the trade makes sense.  Even if he doesn’t make a measurable difference down the stretch, it’s good to see the front office make a well-thought out trade like this.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 12, 2018