Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed five runs and walked four batters in six innings against the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Hamels fell victim to the long ball again, allowing home runs to Yunel Escobar and Ryan Zimmerman. He did strike out seven batters, but the four walks cancels them out in any leagues with K/BB as a category. Hamels supports a 5.00 ERA in 18.0 innings this season.
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was 3-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Unfortunately, Asche didn't score or drive any runs in despite reaching base four times. He does, however, have hits in four straight games. In that stretch, Asche is 9-for-14 with a home run, but again, just one RBI and one run. Asche isn't fantasy relevant until he can get some help from the rest of the Philadelphia offense and produce some runs.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings in a start versus the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Hamels only allowed one run on two hits, but he did leave with a, 1-0, deficit. The Philadelphia offense finally scored in the eighth to get Hamels off the hook. He received a no decision. Hamels struck out five, walked two and allowed the run on a solo home run.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with an RBI-double in the, 3-2, walkoff victory over the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Howard scored the Phillies first run in the eighth with his double. It was his first RBI of the season. Howard is also batting just .188 and hasn't walked yet, so his on-base percentage is the same.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save of the 2015 season.
Insight: After Ken Giles got Philadelphia into some trouble in he eighth inning, Papelbon came in for a four-out save. Even if the Phillies are lousy as expected, Papelbon should reach at least 30 saves.
Description: Phillies starter Aaron Harang was fantastic in his team debut.
Insight: He baffled Red Sox hitters and did not face many issues until the seventh inning. He left with a 3-0 lead, and went 6 1/3 innins of two-hit ball. Harang walked one and struck out eight, while Jeanmar Gomez pitched Philadelphia out of trouble in the seventh inning, leaving Harang's inherited runners out to dry.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is a career .368 hitter against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Opening Day wasn't too kind to the Phillies as they lost, 8-0. Revere was 0-for-4, so perhaps the favorable matchup will get him going. Revere also has a triple, two RBI, two walks and four steals versus Porcello.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed four home runs to the Red Sox on Opening Day.
Insight: Hamels was pitching against what many fans are speculating is his future team. Well, Hamels likely did impressive the Boston faithful as he allowed four solo bombs in five innings. He also struck out six and walked three.
Description: Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick pitched seven shutout innings in the, 10-0, victory over the Brewers on Monday.
Insight: What a way to start the season for the former Phillies pitcher. He allowed seven hits in seven innings, but no walks and struck out six. Fantasy owners, however, should see how he pitches at Mile High before getting excited about Kendrick.
Description: Phillies right-hander Mario Hollands has been diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain, similar to teammate Cliff Lee and may end up needing the same season-ending surgery, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
Insight: Hollands doesn't have much fantasy value even when healthy. He posted a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 35 Ks in 47 IP last season.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has been diagnosed with moderate tendinitis of his left Achilles, according to beat writer Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Brown could miss up to a week, but with no structural damage, at the worst, he should be ready a little after Opening Day. After a 27 HR 2013, Brown disappointed fantasy owners last season hitting just .235 with 10 homers and 63 RBI. Expectations are much lower this season and he could be worth a late-round flier.
Description: The Phillies have placed starter Cliff Lee on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain.
Insight: Lee will attempt to rehab the injury yet again. He is postponing surgery, as his season would be over if he chooses that option. We find it very unlikely Lee will pitch in 2015, but no matter what, owners can leave him off their draft boards.
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee played catch again on Friday, but still felt discomfort in his elbow.
Insight: Lee and the Phillies are doing everything they can for him not to undergo season-ending, and possible career-ending surgery. However, with the pain not subsiding, Lee should definitely be left alone in regards to fantasy, and will likely be out for the season.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit his first homer of the spring.
Insight: Howard is just 5-for-25 at the plate this spring, but with him slimming down, there is a small chance at a rebirth. However, we would not invest anything more than late round pick in upcoming drafts.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed two runs over three innings Wednesday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: He was one out away from going three scoreless, but Jordy Mercer took him deep for a two-run shot in the third. Hamels will likely open the season up in Philadelphia, but will be a trade target up until the deadline, or until he is dealt.
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee told the Philadelphia Daily News that his elbow still hurt after throwing on Wednesday.
Insight: Dr. James Andrews says Lee has a tear in his flexor tendon in the left elbow. Lee is hoping the pain subsides, so he can pitch through the injury. It's possible that Lee could need surgery, and that would put him out for six-to-eight months.
Description: The Baltimore Orioles are "keeping an eye" on Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard this spring according to CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: The Phillies have been pretty much trying to trade Howard since signing him to his massive deal a few seasons ago. He is set to make $50 million over the next two seasons with a club option and $10 million buyout for 2017. If Howard is moved the Baltimore, Philadelphia will likely have to pay most of Howard's salary.
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee had an MRI on his left elbow.
Insight: It is the same elbow that forced him to miss much of last season. The results showed mild inflammation, which is not the end of the world, but the fact he had issues last season, makes him a very dicey play for 2015.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard said that he lost 15-to-20 pounds, and it showed during the Grapefruit League Opener.
Insight: Howard looked noticeably slimmer, and utilized a completely new batting stance. He went 2-for-2 with one RBI. It is way too soon to get excited, but Howard has come into camp looking to prove he still has it.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has been on the trading block for a while now, but it appears that four teams have made offers, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: None have been accepted at this point, which means the bidding war starts now. Hamels was 9-9 last season, starting 30 games with a 2.46 ERA, 1.148 WHIP and 196 Ks. He's likely to end up on a playoff contender and his fantasy value should skyrocket with a better chance to win games and playing in a more pitcher-friendly ballpark.
Description: Right-hander Chad Billingsley has signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia.
Insight: Billingsley (torn flexor tendon) has made just two starts in two years. Given the team he'll be playing with, it's hard to expect him to amass a high win total and his WHIP and ERA don't figure to be elite in the Phillies' hitter-friendly ballpark. It would probably be best to stay away.
Description: The Phillies and right-hander A.J. Burnett both declined their $15 million mutual options for 2015.
Insight: Burnett still has a player option for $12.75 million for next season, and will have a few more days to make that decision. If he does not retire, he probably would not fetch more than that on the open market.
Description: Outfielder Grady Sizemore signed a one-year, $2 million contract to stay with the Phillies.
Insight: The deal also has performance bonuses. The 32-year-old batted .253 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 176 plate appearances with the Phillies last year and will likely remain a part-time player.
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett is expected to pitch in 2015, according to Jon Heyman.
Insight: He has a $12.75 million player option with the Phillies, and will have five days after the World Series is completed, to decide whether or not to exercise it. Burnett led all of baseball with 18 loses, and combined with a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, he will likely not fetch as much money on the open market.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels goes eight innings, but loses.
Insight: Stop us if you heard this before. Hamels pitches great, but does not get the run support. Today, he allowed just two runs on three hits, while striking out seven. Hamels finishes 2014 at 9-9 and a 2.46 ERA.
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett finishes off season to forget.
Insight: He takes the loss and is now 8-18, making him the leaderi n loses for the National League. Burnett finishes 2014 with a 4.59 ERA. It will interesting to see if he retires or comes back for one more go-around.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has big night at plate Saturday versus Atlanta.
Insight: He was 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. Howard would have had his third RBI, but Chase Utley was thrown out at the plate in the fourth inning. Howard is a shell of his former self as he is hitting .223/.309/.448, but still provides power with 23 homeruns, and 95 RBI. His RBI total is actually fourth in the National League.
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was 2-for-4 with a double that led to a three-run sixth inning as Philadelphia came back to defeat Atlanta, 5-4.
Insight: Asche's double scored a run and put Freddy Galvis on third base. Galvis and Asche both scored later in the inning. Asche is hitting .255 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI this season. Asche will compete with Maikel Franco for the starting third base job next year and may have to switch positions.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is 6-for-12 against Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler in his lifetime.
Insight: Revere has fallen to fifth in the National League batting title race, so he will have to go on a tear to win the title, but he is still having a breakout season. Revere is hitting .307 with 179 hits, 13 doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 69 runs, and 47 steals in 584 at-bats.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd knocks in 84th RBI of the year.
Insight: In a year that many Phillies have disappointed, Byrd has been a pleasant surprise. He has a career-high 25 homers, and will have an outside chance to eclipse his career-mark of 89 RBI, he had with Texas in 2009.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been ruled out on Sunday due to a hamstring injury according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Rollins has been hoping to play in his hometown of Oakland this weekend, but he tested his left hamstring on Saturday and is not yet feeling well enough to return to action. It is unclear if Rollins will return at all this season, so do not count on him the last week.
Description: Phillies reliever Ken Giles earned his first career save against Oakland on Saturday.
Insight: With Jonathan Papelbon serving a seven-game suspension, Giles was in line for the save. He went three up and three down, with one strikeout. The flame-thrower is the future at the closer position for Philadelphia.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .091 hitter (1-for-11) against Oakland starter Jon Lester.
Insight: He is hitting .263 with 25 home runs and 79 RBI, but has just three home runs since Aug. 9. He is one of the few Phillies playing up to expectations this year, but this in an unfavorable matchup.
Description: Blue Jays' outfielder John Mayberry Jr. gets the start in right field tonight against the Orioles.
Insight: Mayberry only has four AB since being acquired by Toronto, from the Phillies, but has three hits (2 doubles) to show for. He is in the lineup as a result of his numbers against lefties (.276 BA, 5 HR, 14 RBI), and has a chance to produce against Orioles' pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. Consider Mayberry a cheap, interesting daily fantasy play.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon blew up in the ninth inning against the Marlins on Sunday, allowing four runs and taking the loss.
Insight: Papelbon has been great this year, so this is probably his worst appearance this year. Papelbon retired just three of the nine batters he faced. This is just Papelbon's fourth blown save this year. He is fifth in the NL with 37 saves and posts a 2.10 ERA.
Description: Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick allowed one run over six and 1/3 innings to defeat the Marlins on Saturday, 2-1.
Insight: Kendrick took advantage of the loss of Giancarlo Stanton to the Miami lineup, scattering seven hits, striking out six and walking one. A Garrett Jones solo home run accounted for the only Marlins run. Kendrick has won four of his last five starts. His next start will be on the road against the Padres.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels went seven innings, working around nine hits to allowed one run, struck out six and walked one in a no-decision against the Marlins.
Insight: Hamels has posted another great ERA this year (2.51), but it has not exactly resulted in a lot of victories. He is 8-7 with 178 strikeouts in 182 and 2/3 innings this season. He has not allowed more than three runs since May 26.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .538 hitter (7-for-13) against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: He is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season and is one of the few Phillies playing up to expectations this year. He's worth a shot even though only one of the seven hits was for extra bases.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Merely a regular off day for the Phillies right fielder. He is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season. Grady Sizemore will make the start in right, but with his .248 batting average and .691 OPS doesn't have much fantasy value.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 36th save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates.
Insight: Papelbon allowed an infield single to Gregory Polanco to start the ninth. Polanco reached second on a sacrifice bunt, but Papelbon induced a ground out from pinch hitter Andrew Lambo and struck out Josh Harrison to end the game. The Phillies closer has converted 36 out of his 39 save opportunties, has a 1.61 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings this year.
With all the trade rumors and talk of the closer's big contract, Papelbon's success this season has sort of fallen by the wayside. He is having his best season as a Phillie and maybe his best since 2008. Papelbon has blown just three saves out of 38 chances and has a 1.64 ERA.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 on Sunday in a loss against the Nationals.
Insight: Byrd came into the game hitting .167 in his career against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, but got the better of the matchup on Sunday. He also came into the game hitless in his last 15 at-bats, but Byrd snapped that streak. He is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 35th save of the season to shut the door on the Nationals Saturday.
Insight: With all the trade rumors and talk of the closer's big contract, Papelbon's success this season has sort of fallen by the wayside. He is having his best season as a Phillie and maybe his best since 2008. Papelbon has blown just three saves out of 38 chances and has a 1.64 ERA.
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings and allowed one run on six hits on route to beating the Nationals, 3-1.
Insight: The victory was Burnett's eighth of the season, but the right-hander has had a very disappointing season overall. He is 8-15 with a 4.29 ERA, 169 strikeouts in 191 innings this year. He has pitched better recently, going 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his last three starts.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere added three more hits to his total Wednesday afternoon and raised his batting average to .314 .
Insight: The .314 average makes him the NL leader grabbing the top spot from Josh Harrison
(.313) . Revere has stolen 42 bases, but despite the high batting average is a drain on OPS due to just 18 extra-base hits.
Description: Phillies 3B prospect Maikel Franco made his major league debut Tuesday night, but will get a chance to sit back Wednesday as he's not in the starting lineup.
Insight: Franco went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice RBI Tuesday night. He started slowly with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but ended up hitting 16 homers with 78 RBI before his call up. Franco and Cody Asche will likely split the at-bats at 3B the rest of the way.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 1-for-11 (.091) against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Rollins is hot having gone 8-for-19 (.421) in the last four games. Rollins is hitting .247 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI, 75 runs and 28 steals this year and is a viable fantasy option despite the low batting average.
Description: Phillies pitchers Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined to throw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon.
Insight: Hamels was removed after throwing 108 pitches over six innings. He struck out seven and walked five before Philadelphia's bullpen combined to strike out five over three perfect innings. After missing the first three weeks with a shoulder injury and recording a 7.02 ERA in his first three starts, Hamels has posted a 2.00 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a 151/45 K/BB over his last 152 2/3 innings while allowing three runs or less in 21 of his 22 starts during that span.
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched another subpar game, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings against the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Burnett did strike out eight and walk only one, but the 37-year-old has won just one of his last nine starts. Since July 28, Burnett is 1-6 with a 6.18 ERA. Don't start him if you can help it.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and a run in the Phillies' loss to the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Howard has obviously had another extremely disappointing season, hitting .227 and 20 home runs. His OPS is a meager .695. But occasionally, owners will get this kind of game from the first baseman.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 on Sunday against the Mets to continue his recent hot streak. He also scored twice and drove in a run.
Insight: Rollins is 15-for-42 (.357) in his last 11 games. He also has four extra-base hits, including two home runs, four RBI, four steals and 10 runs. Rollins is hitting .246 with 17 home runs, 54 RBI, 75 runs and 28 steals this year.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown recorded four hits, including a double and home run, and RBI in the 6-5 loss to the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Brown has been very disappointing this year, hitting just .235 with eight home runs and 58 RBI. He ranks second to last out of 20 eligible left fielders with a .636 OPS. If he is still in your lineup, it was nice to see him have a big game.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Howard simply has no clue against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. He's hitless in 11 at-bats with six strikeouts. Howard has somehow managed to continue to knock in runs this season (80), despite a .222 batting average and .688 OPS.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard should be avoided Tuesday in an ugly matchup.
Insight: Howard simply has no clue against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. He's hitless in 11 at-bats with six strikeouts. Howard has somehow managed to continue to knock in runs this season (80), despite a .222 batting average and .688 OPS.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is out of the lineup Sunday against St. Louis
Insight: Day game off following a night game is normal for the 35-year-old. Wil Nieves is doing the catching. Ruiz is hitting .265 with three homers and 20 RBI in 87 games which isn't going to make a fantasy starting lineup.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere ranks fifth in the NL with 145 hits.
Insight: Revere is second in the league with a .315 average, just five points behind leader Justin Morneau. He's in this position because he's gone 76-for-204 (.373) in his last 49 games, including 3-for-4 Friday night.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Rollins was just 1-for-11 over the weekend. He remains a decentlow-end fantasy shortstop despite batting .236, because he has power (15 HR), can knock in runs (50 RBI), score runs (65) and steal bases (24).
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard entered Saturday's game 22-for-67 with three doubles, seven homers, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Giants starter Tim Hudson, and he went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Insight: Howard didn't disappoint fantasy owners who started him against Hudson. The first baseman is hitting .221 with 18 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and a .676 OPS this season, so the only time you can use him is when he has an extremely favorable matchup like the one he had Saturday.
Description: His won-loss record doesn't show it, but no pitcher has been better than Phillies starter Cole Hamels over his past five starts.
Insight: Hamels has yielded a total of three earned runs in five games (37 IP) for an ERA of 0.729. Felix Hernandez has fielded five earned runs over his last 36 IP. Hamels is 3-1 with a no-decision over that span.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a .143 hitter (2-for-14) versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Rollins has not hit much at AT&T Park, but remains a decent fantasy shortstop despite batting .239, because he has power (15 HR), can knock in runs (50 RBI), score runs (62) and steal bases (24).
Description: Phillies starter David Buchanan has thrown four straight quality starts.
Insight: He gave up three runs on four hits and struck out five in six innings Monday afternoon against the Mets. The 25-year-old righty is 6-6 with a 4.40 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 49 Ks in 71 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is just 3-for-28 (.107) versus Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Utley is in the middle of a hot streak, 9-for-20 with a double, triple, two homers and six RBI in his last five games, but this is an unfavorable matchup. Update: Utley is not in the Phillies starting lineup. Andres Blanco will get the start.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .450 hitter (9-for-20) with six home runs and 14 RBI versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Howard went 0-for-3 in the first game of the series, but was 5-for-14 with a pair of homers and eight RBI in the just completed three-game set with Houston. He's worthy a flier in this favorable matchup.
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Grady Sizemore continues to get starts as he's played well since joining the club in July (.333 batting average, .817 OPS)
Insight: Sizemore's rise has dealt the end to any hope of getting value out of Domonic Brown. After creating a stir with 27 HR and 83 RBI last season, Brown has disappeared from fantasy radar screens by batting .229 with just seven homers and 50 RBI this season.
Description: Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Insight: Over his last four starts, the 33-year-old Hernandez has gone 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP despite striking out 2.51 batters per nine innings in that span. With the Dodgers he'll likely take over for injured Josh Beckett.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (illness) missed his fourth straight game Tuesday due to a throat infection.
Insight: Brown is feeling much better and should be back in the starting lineup either Wednesday or Thursday. Not that it will matter much to fantasy owners -- Brown is hitting .231 with seven homers, 50 RBI and a .620 OPS this season.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is just 3-for-19 (.158) in his career matchups against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Utley is hitless in his last four games, so could earn a sit on the bench. He has had a solid season, batting .282 with nine home runs, 56 RBI, 55 runs and a .774 OPS, though his best two months came in April and May.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at Washington.
Insight: Byrd (.271, 21 HR, 63 RBI) was on the trade block before Thursday's deadline, but Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. failed to get a deal done. It would have been good for Byrd's fantasy value if he landed in a better lineup. The veteran has a pitiful 130/26 K/BB in 455 plate appearances (28.6 K%, 5.7 BB%), so fantasy owners should prepare for an extended slump at some point during the final two months.
Description: Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez held the Nationals to one unearned run on five hits over eight innings Friday night.
Insight: Over his last four starts, the 33-year-old Hernandez has gone 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP despite striking out 2.51 batters per nine innings in that span. He's 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and a 75/55 K/BB in 121 innings this season.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is a career .389 hitter (7-for-18) against Washington right-hander Doug Fister.
Insight: Revere (.306, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 48 runs, 30 SB has four consecutive multi-hit games, including four Thursday night, to raise his average over the .300 mark. He's still a singles hitter, but right now he's getting a lot of them.
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee left Thursday's game with an apparent arm injury.
Insight: Lee threw a pitch and immediately reacted as if he knew something was wrong. He waved for the trainer and gestured toward his elbow, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com. Lee missed two months with a strained elbow before returning on July 21 and he likely aggravated the injury. The slim chance the Phillies had of trading Lee before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline probably just went out the window.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has batted just .208 in July, but he's also hit six homers, driven in 16 runs, scored 18 and stolen five bags.
Insight: That's been the story for Rollins this season. He's hit .239 but has 14 homers, 47 RBI, 55 runs and 19 steals. Rollins went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs Tuesday against the Mets.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels won his fourth straight decision Tuesday against the Mets with eight scoreless innings.
Insight: Hamels struck out eight, walked none and gave up six hits. Amidst all of Philadelphia's problems, Hamels has returned from a preseason shoulder injury to have a fantastic season. He's 6-5 with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 133 Ks in 130 1/3 innings. In his last 16 starts, he's posted a 1.90 ERA and 119 Ks in 113 2/3 innings.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Monday night's starting lineup versus Bartolo Colon and the Mets.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off for the 35-year-old after playing 10 consecutive games since the All-Star break. He's batting .291 with eight homers, 50 RBI and 54 runs. Reid Brignac will get the start and he's 5-for-12 (.417) against Colon.
Description: Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez beat the Diamondbacks Sunday for his fifth win of the season.
Insight: Hernandez has allowed six runs in 20 2/3 innings over his last three starts to lower his ERA from 4.48 to 4.14, but he struck out just five batters in that span and 10 in his last five starts.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has gone 3-for-8 with a homer, two RBI and two walks in two games since he returned to the lineup.
Insight: Howard was benched for three straight games and expressed frustration with manager Ryne Sandberg's decision on Thursday. The past two games, he's played like a man who doesn't want to go back to the bench.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, three RBI and two runs Friday night.
Insight: Brown hit 12 homers in May and six in June last season. This season, he has seven home runs in total and it's not like his home runs have turned into doubles. He has just 14 two-base hits in 337 at-bats.
Description: For the second consecutive outing and third in the last four, Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has yielded just one earned run.
Insight: Having thrown 116 pitches and leading 2-1 heading into the ninth inning the Phillies replaced Hamels with Jonathan Papelbon who finished the game 1-2-3. Hamels evened his record at 5-5. Other teams have asked about Hamels availability but he's not likely to be moved.
Description: Though reduced to a platoon role, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard should be in the lineup Thursday afternoon because of a favorable matchup. Unfortunatelty, Darin Ruf is apparently getting the start.
Insight: Howard is a career .328 hitter (22-for-67) with seven home runs versus Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Description: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that the first base position "will be a day-to-day thing," according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: The Phillies plan to get Darin Ruf playing time at first base in the coming weeks. "I'm interested to see what he can do," Sandberg said of Ruf. "I know what (Howard) can do. I've seen him for 100 games. I know what he can do. I think it's important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward." Howard has batted .141 over his last 21 games and his OPS is down to .682 on the year. He's still owed $60 million over the next three years.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants.
Insight: The Giants are starting tough lefty Madison Bumgarner, so Howard will sit while Darin Ruf starts at first base. Howard has picked up two hits in two straight games but hit .141 with two extra-base hits over his last 78 at-bats.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 2-for-13 (.154) against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Byrd (19 HR, 55 RBI) has proved that last season power numbers weren't a fluke. Several teams, including the Mariners, Royals and Reds, are reportedly interested in trading for the 36-year-old.
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) is expected to be activated from the 60-day disabled list for Monday's scheduled start against San Francisco.
Insight: Lee has been out since May 18 due to an elbow strain. He was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP prior to his injury. He's likely to get two starts before the trade deadline and could be pitching for a contender by August 1.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is 9-for-20 (.450) with three long balls versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: With Chase Utley in a slump, Byrd is the only Phillies hitter doing anything (.261, 18 HR, 52 RBI). He might bring value in a traded deadline deal, but in the meantime he should be a nice play Saturday night.
Description: According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday.
Insight: Ruiz (.257, 2 HR, 14 RBI) suffered a concussion on June 26 when he was hit in the head by a pitch. He should be back early next week at the latest provided he doesn't have a recurrence of symptoms.
Description: Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Dodgers are expected to pursue Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Insight: Papelbon has quietly had a terrific season, saving 22 games and recording a 1.21 ERA. a 0.86 WHIP and 33 Ks in 37 1/3 innings. If Los Angeles acquires Papelbon, it could move Kenley Jansen (27 saves, 3.49 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) to the eighth inning. Brian Wilson and Chris Perez have faltered as set-up men this season and Papelbon has more closing experience than Jansen. The Dodgers have also used lesser pitchers like Brandon League and Javy Guerra over Jansen in the closer role in the past even after Jansen had proven his dominance.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is hitless in 10 tries against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The best we can say about this matchup is that he's walked twice. Howard started the season decently, but his July has been a disaster, going 3-for-30 with no extra base hits and a .350 OPS. Keep looking.
Description: According to beat writer Matt Gelb, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will be out until after the All-Star break.
Insight: Ruiz (.257, 2 HR, 14 RBI) suffered a concussion on June 26 when he was hit in the head by a pitch. The veteran backstop missed 20 games in 2010 due to a concussion so the team will have to be extra cautious.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in Monday's starting lineup against Marco Estrada and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Insight: We don't think Rollins (.244, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 16 SB) is hurt, just a day of rest. Of course, with the trade deadline just around the corner, he might be out of the lineup because he's being dealt.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Utley opened the season strong, but May and June saw his numbers shrink and July has started very slowly. He's still hitting .287 with 24 doubles, three triples, six homers, 40 RBI, 46 runs and an .778 OPS, but has hit just .190 over the past week.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with two solo homers Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Byrd has hit eight homers this month and 15 on the year to go with a .268 average, 48 RBI and an .806 OPS. Byrd hit a career-high 24 homers with 88 RBI, a .291 average and an .847 OPS last year and he's ahead of where he was on this date a year ago (.259, 12 HR, 40 RBI, .803 OPS).
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is 12-for-26 (.462) against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Utley opened the season strong, but May and June have seen his numbers shrink. He's still hitting .295 with 24 doubles, three triples, six homers, 37 RBI, 45 runs and an .809 OPS this season. A favorable matchup on Sunday is worth a start.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere ripped three hits in Friday's loss to Atlanta.
Insight: That gives him six hits in his last two games. Revere (.282, 1 HR, 9 RBI) also picked up a stolen base, giving him 22 for the season. That's third-most in the National League behind Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon.
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown (.217, 5 HR, 37 RBI) is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: An All-Star last season, Brown has done almost nothing in 2014 with an OPS that hasn't surpassed .643 in any month. John Mayberry Jr. will get the start in left field and also has a low batting average (.229), but does have a respectable .798 OPS.
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown sat out Tuesday and could miss even more time as manager Ryne Sandberg tries to give him a "mental break." SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: An All-Star for the Phillies last season, Brown hasn't been able to find his stroke in 2014. John Mayberry (.232, 5 HR, 20 RBI) is starting in left field tonight and could see regular at bats there if Brown (.218, 5 HR, 37 RBI) doesn't get his act together soon.
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is back in action Sunday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: Revere had missed the Phillies' previous two games because of a swollen knee. Though not a power hitter (one homer in 406 career games), Revere hits for a high average and steals lots of bases.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere was kept out of the starting lineup for the second straight day Wednesday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: Revere, who has been bothered by knee issues, did make a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth inning. There's a sense of cautious optimism that he'll be able to start Thursday against St. Louis.
Description: Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick has won two straight starts for the first time since last July 11 and 19 of 2013.
Insight: Kendrick didn't win a game from Aug. 6, 2013 to May 26, 2014, but he's gone 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA in his last five starts. He threw seven innings and allowed two runs while fanning six batters Tuesday in a win over Atlanta.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard homered for the second straight game and the 13th time this season Tuesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Howard has 45 RBI this season, putting him on pace for 31 homers and 106 RBI. However, he's hitting .231 and has a .727 OPS because he's picked up just 21 extra-base hits even with the 13 home runs.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup versus Ervin Santana and the Braves.
Insight: Utley opened the season strong, but May and June have seen his numbers shrink. He's still hitting .301 with 24 doubles, three triples, five homers, 32 RBI, 36 runs and an .837 OPS this season.
Description: The Phillies have placed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. on the bereavement list.
Insight: Gwynn's father, Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, lost his battle with cancer earlier today. Gwynn (.155, 0 HR, 3 RBI) gives Philadelphia some outfield depth behind starters Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown and Ben Revere but he isn't a fantasy option.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins insisted during spring training that he would not waive his no-trade clause but now he seems a little more open to it. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Rollins (.250, 8 HR, 26 RBI) recently passed Mike Schmidt to become Philadelphia's all-time hits leader. Though Rollins' preference is to remain with the team that drafted him in 1996, he acknowledged that there's always a chance the last-place Phillies could "blow everything up."
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins became the Phillies' all-time hit leader Saturday with a single in the fifth inning.
Insight: Rollins has 2,235 hits, one better than Mike Schmidt. The shortstop has had a solid season, hitting .249 with eight homers, 26 RBI, 34 runs and 11 steals. He refused to waive his no-trade clause at the trade deadline last year because he said he wanted to set some Phillies records. Now that he's Philadelphia's all-time hit king, perhaps he'll waive his no-trade this season.
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is on pace to drive in 86 runs even though he's only batting .218 with five homers and a .598 OPS.
Insight: Just five players since 1901 have driven in at least 80 runs while posting an OPS of .650 or worse. Brown could become the sixth. The outfielder went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Saturday against the Cubs.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: Utley has picked up just three extra-base hits in 44 at-bats this month after collecting 29 in his first 203 at-bats this season. He's hitting .308 with 24 doubles, three triples, five homers, 32 RBI, 35 runs and an .856 OPS this season.
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 5-for-9 (.556) with a pair of home runs against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Rollins tied Mike Schmidt for the Phillies all-time hit record (2,234) on Friday night and should break the record in this favorable matchup on Saturday. He's batting .249 this season with eight homers, 26 RBI, 33 runs and 10 steals. That's certainly fantasy worthy.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is 2-for-2 with two homers versus Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
Insight: That statistic is completely out of character for Howard, who normally can't hit left-handers at all. He's batting .206 against southpaws in 2014 with a .680 OPS. It's probably best to ignore the two at-bats. Plus there is a 70 percent chance of rain in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Update: Howard is not in the starting lineup.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is 2-for-2 with two homers versus Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
Insight: That statistic completely out of character for Howard, who normally can't hit left-handers at all. He's batting .206 against southpaws in 2014 with a .680 OPS. It's probably best to ignore the two at-bats. Plus there is a 70 percent chance of rain in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels stayed hot with a brilliant outing Wednesday against the Padres (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 11 K's, 1 BB).
Insight: The Phillies waited until the ninth inning to score, leaving Hamels (2-3, 3.07 ERA) with yet another no-decision. He hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts, fanning 18 hitters with just three walks over that span.
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) played catch Tuesday, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Lee had not thrown since May 19 due to a strained left elbow. He said he barely felt any soreness Tuesday, but Lee could need a month's worth of throwing and rehab starts before he returns to the rotation.
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett enjoyed one of his best outings of the season Tuesday against San Diego.
Insight: Burnett looked much better than he did in his previous start (6 IP, 10 H, 8 ER Wednesday against the Nationals), allowing just three hits and two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber again Sunday versus the Cubs.
Description: Tuesday's save against the Padres was the 300th of Jonathan Papelbon's career.
Insight: That puts him at No. 24 on the all-time list. Papelbon (1-1, 1.48 ERA) has been one of the best closers of the last ten years, compiling a 2.37 ERA over 585 1/3 career innings. He's converted 14 of his 15 save chances in 2014.
Description: Philadelphia right fielder Marlon Byrd cranked his tenth home run of the season Tuesday in a win over San Diego.
Insight: Byrd drove in four of the Phillies' five runs. The 36-year-old has been a consistent source of power in an otherwise listless lineup. Byrd (.264, 10 HR, 38 RBI) will look to extend his hitting streak to five games on Wednesday night.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley collected three hits in Friday's win over Cincinnati.
Insight: Utley is now hitting .320, good for fifth-best in the National League. He's on pace for 195 hits this year, which would be his most since 2006. It would be a mild upset if Utley isn't invited to his sixth All-Star Game later this year.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd sat out Thursday, but should be available on Friday in a favorable matchup.
Insight: Byrd is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12) with a home run and a 1.560 OPS against Reds starter Johnny Cueto. The Phillies outfielder has struggled of late, batting just .189 over the past four weeks, including 0-for-11 the past three games, so may not be able to take advantage of this matchup.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Byrd is batting a solid .264 with eight homers and 32 RBI, but after a fast start has hit just .143 the past two weeks. This appears to be just a routine day off. John Mayberry Jr. (.255, 3 HR, 11 RBI, .876 OPS) will get the start.
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been useless against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Rollins (.252, 6 HR, 22 RBI) has two hits in 20 at bats versus Strasburg with eight strikeouts. That doesn't bode well for Wednesday's matchup. Hopefully you have a backup shortstop you can use in place of Rollins.
Description: Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) is eligible to return from the disabled list today, but still hasn't been cleared to start throwing. Source: Matt Lombardo, NJ.com.
Insight: Philles manager Ryne Sandberg said he's hopeful his left-hander (4-4, 3.18 ERA, 61/9 K/BB) will be able to begin a throwing program at some point during Philadelphia's current six-game road trip.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in Monday's starting lineup against the Mets.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. Rollins is batting .251 with six homers. 22 RBI, 28 runs and seven steals. Cesar Hernandez will get the start, but with a .156 batting average has no fantasy value.
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz has picked up eight hits in 23 career at-bats against Mets starter Jon Niese.
Insight: Ruiz didn't start Saturday after catching 14 innings Friday night, but he pinch hit in the ninth inning and ended up catching the final five innings of what turned out to be another 14-inning game. He has gone 10-for-22 with two doubles in his last six games and should be considered for your fantasy lineup Sunday if he starts for the Phillies.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard gave fantasy owners a glimpse of the past with a huge series against Colorado.
Insight: Howard went 5-for-9 with a pair of homers and nine RBI in the three-game set with the Rockies. Next up is the New York Mets. He's batting .444 against them this season (8-for-18) and .266 with 38 HR and 108 RBI in 131 games over his career.
Description: According to mlb.com's Todd Zolecki, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday that top prospect Maikel Franco is "not really ready to be a big-leaguer yet."
Insight: Franco, MLB.com's No. 25 prospect in baseball, has had an up-and-down season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hitting .232 with four homers, 19 RBI and a .666 OPS. He has batted .289 with three homers in May after hitting .172 with one dinger in May, however. With Cody Asche on the disabled list, Cesar Hernandez has been playing third base.
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown will take a seat on Tuesday as the Phillies load up their lineup with right-hand hitters against the lefty Jorge de la Rosa.
Insight: Brown has actually hit left-handers better than right-handers this season (.262 vs. .188), but he's been a disappointment no matter who is on the mound. After blasting 27 homers last season he's totaled just three to date with a .206 batting average and a .567 OPS.
Description: According to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com, Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow) hasn't been cleared to throw yet.
Insight: Lee was evaluated Monday and will be checked out again in three days. He's on the disabled list with a mild flexor strain in his elbow. It doesn't look like he'll be back when he's first eligible.
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere exploded for four hits Saturday in a win over the Dodgers.
Insight: He reached base in all four trips to the plate. Revere's average is up to an impressive .289 for the season but he's done it with just six RBI and four extra base hits. He's tied for sixth in the majors with 12 steals.
Description: Cliff Lee's MRI revealed a strained left elbow. SOURCE: Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News
Insight: It's doesn't sound like anything serious but Lee will be placed on the disabled list. David Buchanan (5-1, 3.98 ERA for Lehigh Valley) could be called up from Triple-A to start in Lee's place Saturday against the Dodgers.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins already has as many homers this season as he hit all of last year.
Insight: Rollins (.268) went deep for the second straight game and the sixth time this season Tuesday against the Marlins. He's displayed much more plate discipline and has a career-high 13.3 BB%. He's scored 25 runs, driven in 20 and stolen six bases.
Description: Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee underwent an MRI on his left elbow Tuesday, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee has been dealing with discomfort for past three weeks. The left-hander has posted a 3.18 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and a 6.78 K/BB this season. He's pitched even better than his ERA but has a .341 BABIP.
Description: Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco has hit .338 with two home runs and a 10/9 K/BB in May.
Insight: Franco, Philadelphia's top prospect and MLB.com's No. 25 prospect in baseball, struggled out of the gate, hitting .172 with 18 Ks in April, but he has come around lately. The 21-year-old hit .320 with 31 home runs, 103 RBI and a 70/30 K/BB in 581 minor-league at-bats last season (Double-A and Class-A Advanced).
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBI and two runs Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: Asche didn't have a hit in six of his last 10 games, but he went 11-for-16 with four doubles, a homer and eight RBI in the other four during that span and has batted .318 with an OPS north of .950 in May.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere went 0-for-4 Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Revere has gone 8-for-45 (.178) since April 29 and is batting just .268 this season. The Phillies have discussed using Marlon Byrd in center field and Darin Ruf in right when Ruf comes off the DL.
Description: The Phillies will skip Roberto Hernandez' next turn in the rotation, according to mlb.com.
Insight: The Phillies have Thursday and Monday off, so they can get by without a fifth starter for the next 10 days. Hernandez is scheduled to start on May 23. He has a 4.08 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 39 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Jonathan Papelbon will be available if the Phillies need him on Tuesday. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: He sat out Sunday's game because of a sore neck. Papelbon has been outstanding this season, compiling a 1.76 ERA across 15 1/3 innings. Only Francisco Rodriguez, Sergio Romo and Kenley Jansen have converted more saves than Papelbon in 2014 (11 saves in 12 chances).
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz won't start Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: It's Wil Nieves' turn to start behind the plate as Ruiz gets a day of rest. Ruiz is batting .279 with an .813 OPS while Nieves is a .261 with a .609 OPS. Stay away from Nieves in fantasy lineups.
Description: Look in the dictionary under "owning a pitcher" and you will see Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: The first baseman is 7-for-15 (.467) with six homers and 14 RBI versus Gee. After a fast start, Howard has lost his stroke, batting just .136 over his last five games. This extremely favorable matchup may help his find it.
Description: Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg isn't sure when Jimmy Rollins will be ready to play shortstop again. SOURCE: Phillies.com
Insight: Groin issues have limited him to DH duty over the past few days. Unfortunately, the Phillies won't have that luxury when they return to National League play on Friday. Rollins is 50-50 to play in tomorrow's series opener against the Mets.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has a 1.012 OPS in his career against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Rollins has gone 7-for-23 (.304) with three doubles, a triple and a homer against the knuckleballer. The shortstop went 0-for-3 in his return to the lineup Wednesday after sitting out a couple of days due to a groin injury.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (groin) will serve as the DH Wednesday at Toronto, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Rollins didn't start the last two games, but the Phillies have the ability to use a DH with Wednesday's game taking place in an AL park. The shortstop is batting .271 with three homers, 15 RBI, 15 runs and five steals this season, a dramatic improvement from 2013.
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche went 4-for-4 with a double and a grand slam Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: After going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and four runs on Opening Day March 31, Asche didn't have a multi-hit game or a home run in all of April. He's started off May 7-for-14 with two multi-hit games, two doubles and two homers.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins pounded four hits in Saturday's win over the Nationals.
Insight: It was his first four-hit game since June 12th of 2012. Before breaking out on Saturday, Rollins had been 1-for-14 with four strikeouts over his previous four games. He's hitting .272 for the season, which is pretty consistent with his career average of .269.
Description: According to csnphilly.com, the Phillies are likely to skip Roberto Hernandez' next start.
Insight: With Monday and Thursday off this week, Philadelphia will be able to keep their first four starters on normal rest and use Hernandez out of the bullpen until next week. Hernandez has gone 1-1 with a 5.81 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP this season and hasn't been a good fantasy option since 2010.
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett has allowed two earned runs and posted an 18/3 K/BB in 21 2/3 innings since he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia.
Insight: Burnett has been pitching with the hernia for a few weeks and started out with a 3.94 ERA, and a 10/14 K/BB in his first 16 innings. After throwing up an 8/0 K/BB and allowing no runs on five hits in eight innings Sunday at Arizona, Burnett suddenly has a 2.15 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz won't start Sunday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com
Insight: It's Wil Nieves' turn to start behind the plate. Ruiz has slugged 11 hits in his last six games to bring his average from .204 to .296. It's possible we could see Ruiz appear as a pinch-hitter later on.
Description: Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco is hitting .153 with 17 Ks and zero homers in 72 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.
Insight: Franco is Philadelphia's top prospect and MLB.com's No. 25 prospect in baseball, but he hasn't played like it so far. The 21-year-old hit .320 with 31 home runs, 103 RBI and a 70/30 K/BB in 581 minor-league at-bats last season (Double-A and Class-A Advanced).
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a lifetime .476 hitter (10-for-21) with a pair of homers against Dodgers starter Dan Haren.
Insight: After homering on Opening Day, Bryd has not done much. He hit .291 with a career-high 24 round-trippers last season, but we're still skeptical that he can match those numbers this season. He's batting .238 through the first 21 games with two homers and 12 RBI.
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is one of the rare hitters who actually likes facing Zack Greinke.
Insight: We don't actually know if he "enjoys" facing Greinke (3-0, 2.42 ERA) but we do know that Revere has six hits against him in 14 lifetime at bats (.429 AVG). That makes him worthy of a start on Wednesday.
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins belted three hits in Sunday's win against the Rockies.
Insight: Rollins has been surprisingly effective this season with 13 RBI and a .292 average through 16 games. Last April he hit just .260 with seven runs driven in. We'll see if he can stay hot Monday when the Phillies travel to Chavez Ravine to begin a four-game set with the Dodgers.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard delivered a monster effort Sunday in a win over Colorado.
Insight: His four hits were a season-high. Howard certainly isn't the player he once was but at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, he can still strike fear in opposing pitchers. Howard's average for the season is now up to .262, which is very close to what he hit last season (.266 in 80 games).
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) has been cleared to make his 2014 debut Wednesday against the Dodgers, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: Hamels came to camp behind in his throwing program after dealing with shoulder discomfort in the winter and he suffered a setback during spring training. However, he's ready to rejoin the rotation.