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Rich Wilkins
Easton, PA
Interests: Sports, politics, music, culture, pictures.
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Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Cole Hamels threw eight shutout innings tonight. He has a 2.55 ERA this season. He's one of the best pitchers in baseball. Apparently he's not even being discussed seriously in any trades. This is making some people doubt anyone will be traded. If I had... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Philliedelphia
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I've ripped Ruben a lot of late. Why? Because his baseball team sucks, and he's doing very little about it. The natural reaction of some is, "what would you do then?" It's fun to think about that, so here is what I would be doing in his shoes. Cole Hamels-... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Philliedelphia
Most Phillies fans spent the 1990s hating Tom Glavine, and with good reason. The dude was really good, and the Braves kept winning our division, even past the 1990s. We got a small measure of revenge for those years when Glavine lost the final game of the 2007 season for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
The Phillies completed a 3-4 week, and remain hopelessly behind in the NL East, in last. By contrast, the last place AL East Boston Red Sox, the reigning world champions, traded Jake Peavy today. The Phillies just stood still. Cole Hamels is "barely available," Cliff Lee isn't really back yet... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Philliedelphia
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Phillippe Aumont is back in the majors. Why? I have no idea. I watched him just over a week ago stop no inherited runners from scoring in relief of Barry Enright in the fourth inning of an IronPigs game, then saw him back in Philadelphia a couple of days ago.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. I've been watching Cole Hamels since he came up. I've seen him win some big games, and lose a few too. He's won a World Series MVP award, made some All-Star teams, and become the ace of the staff. He's under contract through 2018 at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Philliedelphia
The Phillies are considering releasing Ryan Howard this off-season. That makes total sense. Ryan Howard is hitting .224 with a .682 OPS. You can take the 60 RBI's, and to a lesser extent the 15 homers, and shove them as far as I'm concerned, they don't nearly make up for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. If the 2014 Phillies are a failure, one has to hope it's limited to 2014. After all, the 2012 and 2013 Phillies were already bad teams that shed some talent. Looking ahead to 2015 though, it's hard to shed the entire roster. Two starting pitchers,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. I re-start the trade candidate profiles with a change-of-scenery candidate in Dom Brown. The Phillies left-fielder has struggled mightily this year, and is probably undoing any positive vibes from his strong month 2013 season. Teams that could want him- There's no team that's going to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. It's the All-Star Break. We're going to hear a lot about trades. The Phillies won't be buying this year, but they may be looking inward to see what they have. In my view, these are their top prospects. If a player is on the MLB... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Tonight, Chase Utley will play in the All-Star Game for the sixth time in his career with the Phillies. The 15th pick in the 2000 draft is second to only Mike Schmidt in All-Star game appearances for Phillies position players. It's been three years off for Utley at the mid-summer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Following last night's loss, we're all back thinking about trades again. If we're thinking about trades, Marlon Byrd's name almost has to come up. To me, he should have some very high value right now, and if he doesn't, he might be worth keeping. I'll explain more later. Yesterday we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Yesterday I profiled Jonathan Papelbon. Previously I profiled Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Today we move on to A.J. Burnett. The veteran righty has been solid this season for the Phillies, and could retire or return after this season. Given that he signed for geographic reasons,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. So far I've chronicled the trade candidacies of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Today, we go to probably the most no-brainer candidate to consider, closer Jonathan Papelbon. The never-shy closer has closed out World Series wins before, and was expected to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Earlier today I wrote about the possibility of trading Chase Utley. Before that was Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. I'll stay on the offensive side for today and take Chase's double-play partner, Jimmy Rollins. Jimmy is the all-time hits leader in Phillies history and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Earlier today I wrote about the possibility of trading Chase Utley. Before that was Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. I'll stay on the offensive side for today and take Chase's double-play partner, Jimmy Rollins. Jimmy is the all-time hits leader in Phillies history and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Last Fall, we all watched our old buddy Shane Victorino celebrate a World Series with the Boston Red Sox. This year, the Red Sox are a mirror of the Phillies at 40-51, and in last in the AL East. They've had lots of injuries, including Victorino, and they just aren't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Cliff warms up for his first spring start in 2011. So Cliff Lee did throw a baseball game last night in Clearwater, which is good news to Phillies fans who want to see him back sooner than later (either to stay or be traded). The good news is that Cliff... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
The on-deck series Chase.... So far I've profiled Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels as potential trade chips, so I've decided to change it up a bit, and go offensive today, and pick out Chase Utley. Chase has been the heart-and-soul of the organization through it's greatest run, and will represent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Higher value from good health, less money to move, vastly diminished expectations for the 2015 season.
Yesterday I profiled Cole Hamels as a trade candidate, so naturally today I profile Cliff Lee. This seems almost unbelievable to me, as I remember watching his first Spring Training start in 2011 in Clearwater and thinking this is the beginning of a great run that will lead to more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. I'm going to profile some trade candidates between now and the deadline that the Phillies could shop around to buyers. At the top of everyone outside of Philadelphia's list will be Cole Hamels, a 30 year old ace lefty who is healthy and throwing well... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Philliedelphia
At 37-51, the Phillies are on a runaway train to nowhere, and ain't coming back. That's not promising for the future. The system is actually kinda barren in the minors too, which is also not too promising. That doesn't mean there's nothing to watch, or no one to watch though.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Philliedelphia
If Ruben and Co. are telling the truth, get ready for a lot more bad ball. So the Oakland A's decided to go all in a few days ago, and pull a mega-trade with the Cubs. They went ahead and traded for Cubs' ace Jeff Samardzija and solid starter Jason... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Philliedelphia
Well, the Phillies stink. We all know that, but I continue to mention it daily so that those that are not accepting reality have it sink in eventually. This means the Phillies, with a $189 million payroll, should be sellers and not buyers at this deadline. If they are sellers,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Philliedelphia