// Philadelphia Phillies

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 8

At the end of May, Minnesota is still right there with the Yankees, and there are finally two 30-game winners in the National League, but somehow those two teams are San Diego and Cincinnati. And the NL East is surprisingly still a logjam, with the Phillies only 0.5 games ahead of the Braves and 4.0 […]

SoB MLB Power Rankings 5-24-10

It’s time for the second installment of the MLB Power Rankings, and it’s a good one. You have the Dodgers and Tigers threatening, and Cincinnati and St. Louis are too close to call. On the other hand, the Yankees are falling farther and farther behind the Rays, and are even losing ground in the Wildcard […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 7

May’s almost done, which means Interleague Part One has passed. Ever since 2004, the AL has won the season Interleague series, but the NL is up 22-20 so far, with every series going 2-1, except for the Bay Bridge Sweep of Oakland over San Francisco. The Dodgers have come surging forward in the last week […]

The Doc is Out; the Sox Are in

In a contest that could reasonably be assumed to be lopsided, it was, but is was the other team doing the damage, as Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox took down Roy Halladay and the Phillies 8-3. It didn’t take long for Boston to draw first blood, when Kevin Youkilis led off the 2nd inning […]

Dice-K Flirts With No Hitter, Sox Win in Ellsbury’s Return

Daisuke Matsuzaka has mostly had a bad season. He entered Saturday night’s game in Philadelphia with a 7.89 ERA in four starts after his return from the disabled list. The numbers would be much worse if you take out his outstanding performance against the Blue Jays two turns ago (7 IP, 1 ER, 9 Ks). […]

Hamels, Howard Lead Phillies Past Red Sox

The Philadelphia Phillies lineup has been called American League caliber and they showed what they can do against John Lackey, beating the Red Sox 5-1. The struggling righty allowed four runs in five innings taking the loss and bringing his record to 4-3 on the season. Giving up six hits and five walks in just […]

Hey Lowell, Why the Long Face?

Over the past week or so, it’s been made abundantly clear that Mike Lowell is no longer happy in Boston.  It’s sad, but who can blame him?  Lowell has been fighting injury and giving his all to the Red Sox since 2006, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed.  There’s a reason Red Sox Nation […]

The Couch Potato Report: Hoops, Cards, and Balls-a-Plenty!

Well, we’re down one hometown team, after the Bruins’ epic collapse last weekend. But have no fear, my tube-watching pals, as this weekend brings forth yet another tasty menu of TV nutrition for your eyeballs to feast on. That’s right, it’s time for another installment of “The Couch Potato Report,” C.P.R. for your sports-lovin’ heart. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 6

May is halfway over, and the unexpected beginnings are still going strong. The Padres are still on top, the Red Sox still suck, and the Reds are now ahead of St. Louis after taking two of three. Even the Nationals were in the Wildcard slot for about the amount of time it takes a frog […]

SoB MLB Power Rankings 5-10-10

With the three other leagues possessing power rankings of their own, it’s time for baseball to get its due. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the topic, every second Monday KC and I, and hopefully more as we get our mojo working, will select our picks for the best 10 teams in baseball, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 5

May is here in force, and the Red Sox are not. At this point, the Sox are less entertaining than the episode of “Flavor of Love” where the girl made stool on the floor. It really happened; google it. Anyhow, the season’s progressing quite nicely, and once again the American League is much better than […]

Ryan Howard: Albert Pujols’ New Best Friend?

This week Ryan Howard became the newest star to be locked up for the long-term. Twenty-five million dollars a year for a player likely to be more suited as a designated-hitter than a first baseman within a year or two. The question becomes then, how much should a true first baseman, and better hitter to […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 4

April is in the books, and the Red Sox have an elimination number of 131. When it goes down by about one per day, you’re in trouble. But things are are still getting closer in the pennant race; three divisions are led by 0.5 games, two by 1.5 games, and the Cardinals are leading the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 3

After the third week, the 8-11 Red Sox are already 6.0 games out of the division, and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card. Oakland is still ruling the roost out West, as is San Diego, which few saw coming. An eight-game win streak this early will do that. Washington is somehow above .500, and […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2

After another week, things are starting to become normal again. Starting. The Yankees are back in charge, followed closely by Tampa. Though, Boston is only 2.5 games away from being the league’s worst team. Pittsburgh is only 0.5 games out of the wild-card slot, and Oakland is still running away with their division. We’ll see […]