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A Crashburn Changeover

When I joined Crashburn Alley two and a half years ago, I had the pleasure of joining a writing crew of Michael Baumann, Paul Boye, Eric Longenhagen, Ryan Sommers and, of course, our bossman, Bill Baer. Over time I’ve watched as each of them has moved on and today, it’s time for me to do the same.
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Welcome to the Show, Alfaro and Quinn

So this is fun. #Phillies have recalled C Jorge Alfaro and OF Roman Quinn from Reading (AA). — Phillies (@Phillies) September 11, 2016 And as if that weren’t enough, Quinn will be in the starting lineup against the Nationals this afternoon batting second and playing center field. To date, the Phillies September call-ups have primarily been unexciting bullpen
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More Roster Reinforcements for the Phillies

Last night, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs were eliminated from the postseason and the newest batch of September roster reinforcements are headed to join the Phillies as a result. #Phillies have recalled OF Cody Asche, RHP Luis Garcia & RHP Phil Klein from Lehigh Valley. — Phillies (@Phillies) September 10, 2016 Additionally, INF Taylor Featherston has
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Vince Velasquez and Secondaries

Vince Velasquez‘s 2016 season is officially in the books and it’s hard to find much to complain about. Despite a brief trip to the disabled list in June and an early September shutdown, he set a career high innings total at 136 and crossed the 100 innings mark for the first time since 2013. He
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Crash Landing: The Enigma of Freddy Galvis

Favorite baseball players don’t come along very often, for me at least. A true favorite player is an emotional commitment and it takes time for that level of personal investment to build up. I can list dozens of players I love to watch play. I may even refer to some of them as favorites off-hand from time to
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September Call-Ups Have Officially Begun

What had been previously rumored is now official: #Phillies have recalled RHP Colton Murray, 1B/OF Darin Ruf & LHP Patrick Schuster from Lehigh Valley, & activated Andres Blanco off the DL. — Phillies (@Phillies) September 2, 2016

 

Crash Landing: Keeping An Eye On Ryan Howard and the Big Picture

I remember at some point last winter I declared that I was done writing about Ryan Howard only to go on to write about him often this season. This won’t even be my last post about him this year as I’m certain to want to use the occasion of his final game in red pinstripes as an opportunity
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September Call-Up Preview

Baseball has this absurd annual tradition of expanding rosters each September. It’s ludicrous that the final pushes for playoff positions occur with baseball being played under an entirely different set of rules than those used for the first five months of the season, but that’s baseball for you. It’s a quirky sport ruled by tradition and
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Crash Landing: Bidding Farewell to Chooch?

The waiver trade deadline is less than a week away and the Phillies have still declined to make a single in-season trade this year. It’s been leaked that both Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz have cleared waivers, however, which is a reminder that this inactivity could change at any moment. It’s not a surprise either
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Should The Phillies Try To Acquire Yasiel Puig?

Next week, Tim Tebow will hold a workout for major league teams and the Phillies are among the more than twenty teams expected to send scouts. Tebow just turned 29 and hasn’t played competitive baseball since he was in high school. The chances that he’s able to ever reach the major leagues are infinitesimally small and,
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Hector Neris Sure Looks Like An Elite Reliever

Entering the season, Hector Neris was in possession of one of those beautiful back-of-the-bullpen starter kits. He had the requisite devastating, whiff-inducing secondary pitch as well as a solid fastball off of which to work. However, as we have seen time and again, possession of a promising pitch arsenal does not an elite reliever make. The proof
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Crash Landing: Braves Celebrate the Future as Phillies Celebrate the Past

Last night, fans of the two teams at the bottom of the NL East had occasion to partake in standing ovations. In Philadelphia, fans got to their feet for the fourth time in two nights in order to welcome back an icon of the past. After all the joy he brought to the city, Chase
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Phillies Roster Moves Officially End Nola’s 2016 Season

Aaron Nola‘s 2016 season is officially over. #Phillies have transferred Aaron Nola to 60-day DL, optioned Elvis Araujo to Lehigh Valley, & selected the contract of RHP Frank Herrmann. — Phillies (@Phillies) August 17, 2016 It’s important to remember that moving players to the 60-day disabled list at this point in the season is more
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Once The Man; Always The Man

I’m in the business of words, but sometimes words simply aren’t necessary, so I’ll keep this short. When Chase Utley was traded a year ago, we ran a series paying tribute to our fondest memories of his Phillies career. You can find that series here — Utley Retrospective — if you want to read about
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Crash Landing: Alumni Weekend; Looking Backwards and Forwards

This weekend is one of my favorite annual events on the baseball calendar. Opening Day is a clear number one, but behind that is a cluster of events which are hard to separate. The World Series has the highest upside as an event, but can also be devastatingly disappointing due to a lack of consistency year to year.
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Another of the Phillies Young Starting Pitchers Hits the DL

Here we go again. #Phillies have placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 15-day DL with patellar tendinopathy in both knees. — Phillies (@Phillies) August 9, 2016 Of course this comes not even a week after the news of of Aaron Nola‘s trip to the disabled list. Freddie Mercury has a few thoroughly unwelcome thoughts on the matter.
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Aaron Altherr: The Best Extra-Base Hitter In MLB History, Sort Of

So here’s the thing about Aaron Altherr: he is the best* extra base hitter in major league history. (*Okay, sure, we’re going to need a few qualifiers here.) During his major league career, Altherr has stepped to the plate 199 times and recorded 40 hits. If you think that sounds like it should result in a low
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Crash Landing: Watching Howard One Last Time

As I’m writing about baseball more and more, I have fewer and fewer opportunities to sit down and watch a game as a fan. I don’t mean that to sound like a complaint — writing about baseball is a joy and I’m incredibly blessed to have the gigs I have — but it is a
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Baseball Is Bad, Again

Welp. #Phillies have placed RHP Aaron Nola on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain and recalled RHP Phil Klein from Lehigh Valley. — Phillies (@Phillies) August 3, 2016 Aaron Nola has been struggling on and off (mostly on) for two months now in ways that indicated something bigger was at play. The hope
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The Barber Shop Reopens: Bailey DFA’d and Garcia Recalled

It would’ve made for a great story, but Andrew Bailey‘s comeback attempt with the Phillies has come to a sadly predictable conclusion. #Phillies have designated RHP Andrew Bailey for assignment and recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley (AAA). — Phillies (@Phillies) August 2, 2016 Bailey began the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and found immediate success
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A Quiet Deadline In Philadelphia

A few weeks ago, I set up a “Who will the Phillies trade before the deadline?” poll on the sidebar. If you were one of the 6% who said “no one”, congratulations. The deadline has come and gone and the Phillies roster remains as is. Jeremy Hellickson will (presumably) make his next start in red
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Crash Landing: Trade Deadline Rumors Are The Worst

Things have been relatively quiet on the trade front over the past few days across baseball in general, but as it regards the Phillies, in particular. Jeremy Hellickson is still the only player generating much buzz and there haven’t been any particular salient rumors in the past few days. In fact, the only recent rumor
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Altherr Activated; Bourjos to the DL

In a bit of expected news, the Phillies officially announced this transaction: #Phillies have placed OF Peter Bourjos on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder sprain and reinstated OF Aaron Altherr from the DL. — Phillies (@Phillies) July 28, 2016 Peter Bourjos was injured when he Rowanded himself against the outfield wall during Tuesday night’s
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The Phillies’ Bad Offense Is Back With A Vengeance

Before the All-Star Break, the Phillies went on a wholly unexpected offensive tear. The offensive heroes were guys like Peter Bourjos, Cody Asche, Cameron Rupp, and Cesar Hernandez, so it’s hard to muster any surprise that the Phillies offense has crashed back to earth. The team entered play on Wednesday afternoon with a .208/.270/.317 team slashline
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Phillies Trade Rumor Roundup

We’re officially one week out from the non-waiver trade deadline. All deals must be completed by 4pm EDT next Monday, August 1st. (They pushed the deadline back one day from the typical July 31st because the 31st is a Sunday.) I must admit, I’m finding the pace leading up to this deadline to be much
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Zach Eflin’s Complete Games By The Numbers

Last week I provided a reasonably in depth analysis of the start of Zach Eflin‘s major league career. There’s the good — dude throws strikes — and the bad — dude never misses bats — but mostly there’s the unknown — dude’s just 22 and still learning. Overall, the analysis essentially called for tempering enthusiasm about Eflin,
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Andres Blanco Hurt, Could J.P. Crawford Get The Call?

UPDATE (Monday, 2:30 EDT): As expected, the Phillies have opted to recall Taylor Featherston. The 40-man roster remains at 39. #Phillies have placed Andres Blanco on the 15-day DL with a fractured left index finger and recalled Taylor Featherston from Lehigh Valley. — Phillies (@Phillies) July 25, 2016 In today’s edition of Baseball Is Bad… Andres Blanco
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Crash Landing: Fighting Pessimism, Looking Forward to Altherr’s Return

I have this habit of defaulting to extreme pessimism for injured players. It’s a deep-seated tendency due both to the innate pessimism derived from my upbringing in the world of Philadelphia sports as well as a learned habit from the recent pain of watching catastrophic injuries dramatically derail the careers of guys like Roy Halladay, Cliff
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Who Had The More Encouraging Game: Nola or Velasquez?

The biggest story of the start to the Phillies 2016 season was the emergence of their talented young rotation. Although Jerad Eickhoff has has his moments of greatness, the two biggest stars were Vincent Velasquez and Aaron Nola. Velasquez grabbed headlines across baseball with his 16-strikeout performance against the Padres in his second start of
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Crash Landing: All-Stars, Odubel, and A New Era

I have a trivia question for you — name all of the Phillies All-Star Game representatives who were born in the ‘80s. Take your time. I’ll even give you a hint, they’re all included on this list of All-Star representatives since 2007: Phillies All-Stars Since 2007 2016 Odubel Herrera (OF) 2015 Jonathan Papelbon (P) 2014
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Checking in on Zach Eflin

It’s been an up and down beginning to Zach Eflin‘s major league career — or, more precisely, a down and up beginning. His major league debut went about as poorly as a debut can go. He struck out the first batter (yay!), but from there it unraveled in almost historic proportions. His line that day: 2.2
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What We Learned About the Phillies in the First Half

Well, that could’ve been a whole lot worse. The Phillies hit the All-Star Break with a 42-48 record which places them ninth in the National League. The NL has been criticized since before the start of the season for a lack of parity. With very few exceptions, it was clear before the season began who would be contenders
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Crash Landing: Lessons From Peter Bourjos

Baseball fans of all different sensibilities are guilty of one near universally mistake: forgetting just how much talent the worst player on a major league roster possesses. Perhaps there are enlightened fans who are able to avoid this trap, but I know I’m as guilty of it as the next person. I’ve made more jokes at Michael
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Phillies Trade Deadline Preview

We’re less than a month away from the August 1st trade deadline — July 31st falls on a Sunday this year, so the league pushed the deadline back one day — and things are bizarrely quiet for the Phillies. Since trading Bobby Abreu in July 2006, the Phillies have been central figures in high profile
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Surprising Offensive Breakouts in June

Quick, name the Phillies top four performers in the month of June by wRC+. Exclude Edubray Ramos‘ one walk in one plate appearances and you’ll come up with a list of four that might not be terribly shocking if you watched the Phillies all month, but would shock the heck out of you if you
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Crash Landing: Brundage’s Irresponsible Mishandling of Nick Williams

A year ago, I was a vocal critic of Ryne Sandberg. It wasn’t a role I relished or enjoyed, but it’s one that I couldn’t escape. At the time, the reports from beat writers and the quotes from players painted a picture of clubhouse disarray which was directly attributable to Sandberg’s managerial style and impacted team performance. I
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Mark Appel’s Season Is Over

Pitching: It’s not good for you. Mark Appel had surgery today to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. His season is over. Expected to be ready for spring training. — Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 29, 2016 With young pitching being such an integral part of the Phillies current rebuild, it was all but
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First Impressions of Edubray Ramos

This weekend, right-handed reliever Edubray Ramos became the most recent in the seemingly never-ending parade of prospects to make their Phillies debuts. Given that he’s “just” a relief pitcher, he wasn’t nearly as highly regarded a prospect as recent call-up Zach Eflin or the Iron Pig teammates he leaves behind like Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford, and Jake Thompson.
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What’s Wrong With Aaron Nola?

The 2016 Phillies were supposed to be a terrible team and lately they’ve been living up (or down) to that expectation. What was not expected, however, was the complete deterioration of Aaron Nola‘s early season success. Entering play on June 11th, Nola had a 2.65 ERA, but now, three starts later, that ERA has risen all
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Crash Landing: The Familiarity of Losing Baseball

I don’t mean to brag, but I’m really good at watching bad baseball. Outside of Royals, Pirates, and maybe Padres fans, it’s hard to find baseball lovers my age who have watched more bad baseball in their lives than people like me who are afflicted with the disease of reflexive Phillies watching. I’ve watched the
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Crash Landing: Tommy Joseph, The Information Gap, and Open Minds

I don’t know what to make of Tommy Joseph. I don’t know whether it’s more realistic to be optimistic or pessimistic. Without any real track record over the past four years, he’s as close to a baseball mystery as we get in the modern game. All I know to feel is excitement. Any dreams of a
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Phillies Pitching Roster Moves

As expected, Vince Velasquez is headed to the 15-day disabled list with an injury described as a right biceps strain. The immediate diagnosis is encouraging: Pete said Velasquez' MRI was pretty clean. Said shut down is precautionary. Phils will bring up starter for Tuesday game. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) June 10, 2016 Given Velasquez’s significant
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Crash Landing: The Dreams of Drafting #1 Overall and the Reality

The phrase “#1 overall pick” has a peculiar, almost mystical quality to it. As a concept a “#1 overall pick” is almost always Ken Griffey, Jr. or Alex Rodriguez or Chipper Jones. Maaaybe if we’re feeling reasonable “#1 overall pick” only means something like David Price or Stephen Strasburg or Justin Upton — merely All-Star level talents
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Baseball Is Bad

This is not good. Vince Velasquez just pulled from the game after throwing two 87 mph fastballs. Uh-oh. — Eno Sarris (@enosarris) June 8, 2016 The popular refrain around Vince Velasquez when he was a prospect was something along the lines of: “The stuff is excellent, but can he stay healthy?” And it looks like his
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So, Jerad Eickhoff Had Himself A Game

The Cubs are 40-17 with a +142 run differential so massive that the Cubs are actually underperforming their Pythagorean record — by four games! Their 44-13 Pythag record indicates they’re scoring and preventing runs at a rate in line with a 125-win full season pace. Or, more simply, the Cubs are a really stinkin’ good baseball team right
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Odubel Herrera Is Out Of The Lineup Tonight And That’s A Good Thing

I feel like every time I write something about the Phillies it starts with “hoo boy, that Phillies offense sure is bad, isn’t it?” I apologize for the repitition. I know you know the Phillies can’t hit. I know you know that if it weren’t for the Braves everyone would be talking about how historically
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Let’s Talk About Maikel Franco

Maikel Franco is not off to the start Phillies fans hoped to see. He’s posted a 91 wRC+ and his 0.2 fWAR ranks 25th of 26 qualified major league third basemen. Last night, he hit his ninth home run of the year and over his past ten games he’s batting .306/.350/.500; so, maybe a corner
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Rising from the Ashes: Asche Activated; Lough DFA’d

The changes keep on coming. Yesterday, the Phillies swapped Emmanuel Burriss for Jimmy Paredes and today the Phillies have made another change to their outfield composition. Today, the Phillies have finally activated Cody Asche who had been recovering from an oblique injury since the start of spring training. #Phillies have activated OF Cody Asche from
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Phillies Acquire Jimmy Paredes

UPDATE 3:27 PM ET: As expected, the Phillies have officially added Paredes to the 25-man roster and designated Emmanuel Burriss for assignment. It’s not much, but it’s something. After reportedly placing a waiver claim on Jimmy Paredes when the Orioles designated him for assignment, and then losing said claim to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Phillies
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Save $20 On Phillies Tickets With SeatGeek

With the weather finally warming up and the surprisingly successful Phillies at the start of a ten-game homestand, now is an absolutely fantastic time to get out to Citizens Bank Park. Crashburn Alley has partnered with SeatGeek on a great way to help you get to the park and save money while doing so! All you need
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