Philadelphia Phillies 2016 grades: Bullpen

The Phillies bullpen exited spring training with no clearly established closer, had one emerge and received strong early work from the relievers, but have seen that bullpen group collapse as the season draws to a close.After the latest collapse on Tuesday night, when the pen surrendered all of a 6-1 lead following a rain delay … Continue reading Philadelphia Phillies 2016 grades: Bullpen

My Phillies 2016 season crystal ball

The rebuilding plan finally and belatedly got underway back on December 19th, 2014. That was the day that the club dealt away longtime franchise iconic shortstop Jimmy Rollins. He was the first of the remaining 'Core Five' from the glorious 2000's-era World Series winning club to be dealt.At the trade deadline a year ago, it was Cole Hamels turn to … Continue reading My Phillies 2016 season crystal ball

Phillies 2016 Closer options

With the trade of Ken Giles to Houston, the Philadelphia Phillies have a few options for the 2016 closer role.Giles was always considered the heir apparent to Jonathan Papelbon, took over that role when the veteran was dealt to the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline this past season, and succeeded as most evaluators believed he would.In fact, … Continue reading Phillies 2016 Closer options