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Jimmy Rollins, SS12/10/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has reportedly been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Buster Olney of ESPN confirmed the move, however it is not known what the Phillies are receiving in return. Physicals will also need to be passed. Stay tuned.
A.J. Burnett, SP11/3/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Right-hander A.J. Burnett declined his $12.75 million player option with the Phillies, for 2015.
Insight: He will now become a free agent, and his agent said Burnett wants to continue pitching, preferably for a contender, during the upcoming season.
A.J. Burnett, SP11/1/2014 10:58:00 AM
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.
Grady Sizemore, OF10/23/2014 5:41:00 PM
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.
A.J. Burnett, SP10/9/2014 4:49:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP9/28/2014 4:08:00 PM
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.
A.J. Burnett, SP9/27/2014 10:21:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B9/27/2014 10:18:00 PM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RFHot9/27/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .435 hitter (10-for-23) with three homers against Braves right-hander Aaron Harang.
Insight: Byrd is on a modest six-game winning streak. He has a career-high 25 homers, and still has an outside chance to eclipse his career-mark of 89 RBI, set with Texas in 2009.
Cody Asche, 3B9/26/2014 10:06:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP9/26/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earned his 39th save of the season on Friday.
Insight: Papelbon returned on Wednesday from his suspension to record a save, and he did it again on Friday. Papelbon has converted 39 of his 43 save opportunities this season and has a 2.04 ERA.
Ben Revere, CF9/25/2014 10:09:00 AM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF9/24/2014 10:15:00 PM
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.
Kyle Kendrick, SP9/24/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick turns in one of his performances of 2014.
Insight: He went seven strong innings, allowing one run on two hits and one walk, while striking out two. Its been a rough year for Kendrick, but is now 10-13 with a 4.61 ERA.
Cole Hamels, SP9/23/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels took a tough-luck loss Tuesday versus the Marlins.
Insight: Same old story for Hamels. He pitched fabulously (7 innings, 2 runs, 4 strikeouts), but was given no run support. He heads into his last start of 2014 with a record 9-8 and a 2.47 ERA.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP9/23/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has served his seven games suspension and should be available for Tuesday's game against Miami.
Insight: He has 37 saves and posts a 2.10 ERA so should be back in all fantasy lineups.
Jimmy Rollins, SS9/21/2014 9:45:00 AM
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.
Ken Giles, RP9/20/2014 8:42:00 PM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF9/19/2014 2:29:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP9/15/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for seven games by major league baseball following his actions in Sunday's game.
Insight: Papelbon is not expected to appeal, so his suspension begins today. He has 37 saves and posts a 2.10 ERA.
John Mayberry Jr., OF9/15/2014 4:16:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP9/14/2014 6:32:00 PM
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.
Kyle Kendrick, SP9/14/2014 9:05:00 AM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP9/12/2014 10:25:00 PM
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.
Cody Asche, 3B9/12/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche hit a walkoff home run to defeat the Marlins, 3-1, on Friday.
Insight: Asche hit his homer in the tenth off Marlins reliever pitcher Dan Jennings. The bomb was Asche's 10th of the year. He is hitting .254 with 45 RBI in 362 at-bats.
Marlon Byrd, RF9/12/2014 12:28:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B9/11/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in the lineup on Thursday against the Pirates.
Insight: Right fielder Marlon Byrd returns to the starting lineup and will bat third. Catcher Carlos Ruiz also returns have not playing on Wednesday.
Marlon Byrd, RF9/10/2014 2:51:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP9/9/2014 10:16:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS9/9/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins pulled a hamstring and is expected to be out 7-10 days.
Insight: Rollins is hitting .243 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI this year, but was struggling in the first half of September.
Jimmy Rollins, SS9/8/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: Although it is a small sample size, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 0-for-9 against Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Rollins has also been slumping with just one hit in his last 13 at-bats. The shortstop is hitting .243 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI this year.
Marlon Byrd, RF9/7/2014 6:48:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B9/7/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley hits just .176 (3-for-17) against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez in his career.
Insight: Utley has had a decent season (.277, 11 home runs, 72 RBI) but stay away from him on Sunday if possible.
Marlon Byrd, RF9/7/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .167 hitter against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Byrd has been the most consistent hitter on the Phillies roster, batting .233 with 25 HR and 78 RBI.
Ryan Howard, 1B9/7/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is likely to be watching the action this Sunday.
Insight: Howard is hitless in 12 plate appearances against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez with six strikeouts. Expect Darin Ruf at 1B as he's a career .357 hitter (5-for-14) versus Gonzalez.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP9/6/2014 8:26:00 PM
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.
A.J. Burnett, SP9/6/2014 7:22:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B9/5/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley should be avoided in Friday's matchup against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Utley is just 3-for-22 (.136) over their career battles. He just a shell of the former Chase Utley who was a top-two fantasy seecond baseman, batting .276 with 11 HR and 71 RBI.
Ben Revere, CFHot9/3/2014 3:46:00 PM
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.
Maikel Franco, 3B9/3/2014 10:50:00 AM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS9/3/2014 9:40:00 AM
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.
Kyle Kendrick, SPHot9/2/2014 11:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick tossed seven shutout innings in a victory over the Braves on Tuesday.
Insight: Kendrick has won his last three starts with his best coming on Tuesday. On the season, Kendrick is 8-11 with a 4.77 ERA and 103 strikeouts iin 173 and 2/3 innings.
Maikel Franco, 3B9/2/2014 4:13:00 PM
Description: Phillies 3B prospect Maikel Franco will make his major league debut Tuesday night.
Insight: Franco, MLB.com's No. 25 prospect in baseball, has had an up-and-down season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hitting .257 with 16 homers, 78 RBI and a .727 OPS.
Ryan Howard, 1B9/2/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a lifetime .400 hitter with three home runs, eight RBI and a 1.400 OPS versus Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: Howard's home run (20) and RBI total (87) look respectable, but it's nowhere near what we used to get out of him.
Ben Revere, CFHot9/1/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: The five RBI Phillies center fielder Ben Revere had Monday represent 25 percent of his season total.
Insight: Revere had 15 RBI all season entering the game. He's batted .310 with 18 extra-base hits, 60 runs and 40 steals this year and he's been a .353 hitter since June 26.
Cole Hamels, SP9/1/2014 5:11:00 PM
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.
John Mayberry, LF8/31/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays acquired outfielder John Mayberry from the Phillies for infielder Gustavo Pierre.
Insight: Mayberry does not look poised to make a fantasy impact this year. He is hitting .213 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 122 at-bats this season.
A.J. Burnett, SP8/31/2014 8:32:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/31/2014 8:22:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CFHot8/31/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere was 2-for-5 on Sunday against the Mets. He also had a stolen base.
Insight: Revere went 3-for-14 in the weekend series. The center fielder has fallen to third in the National League in batting at .308 but is still only four points behind the leader Justin Morneau.
Jimmy Rollins, SSHot8/31/2014 4:47:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/31/2014 4:35:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/31/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .391 hitter (9-for-23) with six home runs and 14 RBI versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Howard isn't the same player he once was, but he still has 19 home runs this season with 84 RBI and a historically favorable matchup. He's worth a flier.
Chase Utley, 2B8/29/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley had two singles in a losing effort on Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Utley went 2-for-4 for the second straight night. He has, however, struggled overall in August, hitting .244 with just two home runs and 13 RBI in the month.
Jimmy Rollins, SS8/27/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has gone 10-for-29 with two homers, three RBI, six runs and three steals in his last eight games.
Insight: Rollins went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks Wednesday against Washington. He has 17 homers in 500 at-bats this season after hitting just six in 600 at-bats a year ago.
Ken Giles, RP8/26/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Phillies reliever Ken Giles struck out all three batters he faced and ended up getting his third win of the season Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: The hard-throwing Giles has a 1.38 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings this season. He's Philadelphia's closer of the future.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/26/2014 4:16:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B8/26/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals.
Insight: Utley is just 3-for-17 (.176) versus the Nats tough left-hander and 3-for-21 over the past five games, so this is certainly understandable.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/26/2014 10:33:00 AM
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.
Ben Revere, CFHot8/26/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is a career .438 hitter versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: The surprising Revere is batting .311 this season and .344 against left-handers. You still won't see much/any power from him, but he's collected 38 steals in 43 attempts.
A.J. Burnett, SP 8/25/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett struck out a season-high 12 batters and gave up one run on three hits in seven innings Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: Burnett lost his previous six decisions and had a 7.52 ERA in his previous five starts. The right-hander is 7-14 with a 4.30 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP and a 157/77 K/BB in 178 innings this season.
Jimmy Rollins, SS8/24/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: It was Rollins' first homer since July 30. While the veteran shortstop is hitting .238 with a .703 OPS, he also has 16 homers, 52 RBI, 70 runs and 26 steals.
Carlos Ruiz, CCold8/24/2014 11:48:00 AM
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.
Ben Revere, CFHot8/22/2014 10:57:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, CCold8/20/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is out of the lineup Wednesday against Seattle.
Insight: Ruiz is getting a break for a day game following a night game. Wil Nieves is doing the catching Wednesday. Ruiz is hitting .174 with two RBI in August.
Ben Revere, CFHot8/18/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere has had multiple hits and a steal in three straight games.
Insight: Revere has gone 72-for-191 (.377) with 16 steals in his last 46 games, raising his average from .270 to .315 in the process.
Jimmy Rollins, SS8/18/2014 4:08:00 PM
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).
Ryan Howard, 1B8/16/2014 7:49:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CFHot8/16/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere had his third four-hit game since July 31 Saturday at San Francisco.
Insight: Revere has hit .370 with 14 steals over his last 44 games, but just eight of his 67 hits in that span were extra-base hits.
Carlos Ruiz, CCold8/16/2014 2:51:00 PM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is out of the lineup Saturday against San Francisco.
Insight: Ruiz caught 10 innings Friday night, so he'll give way to Wil Nieves on Saturday. He has hit just .184 in August.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/16/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has gone 22-for-67 with three doubles, seven homers, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Howard is no longer a must-start player or even one you can start all the time against righties, but this is a matchup he dominates.
Cole Hamels, SPHot8/15/2014 2:17:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS8/15/2014 1:56:00 PM
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).
David Buchanan, SP8/11/2014 7:56:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/11/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: After a big series against Houston, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has returned to mediocrity, going 2-for-13 with one RBI in the first three games of the Mets series.
Insight: Howard is batting .218 on the season with 18 HR and 72 RBI. Apparently the Astros series was just a small uptick and not a permanent production level increase.
Chase Utley, 2B8/11/2014 10:35:00 AM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B8/11/2014 9:43:00 AM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF8/11/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .400 hitter with a 1.104 OPS versus Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Byrd has been the most consistent hitter on the Phillies roster, batting .273 with 22 HR and 66 RBI. He's 4-for-9 in the first three games of the series with the Mets.
Chase Utley, 2BHot8/10/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has gone 9-for-20 with a double, a triple, two homers and six RBI in his last five games.
Insight: Utley went 1-for-20 from July 30 to Aug. 5, but he's rebounded nicely. He went 3-for-4 with a triple, a homer, a walk, three RBI and two runs Sunday against the Mets.
Jimmy Rollins, SS8/9/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a .480 hitter (12-for-25) versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rollins remains a decenrt fantasy shortstop despite batting .239, because he has power (15 HR), can knock in runs (49 RBI), score runs (60) and steal bases (22).
Ryan Howard, 1B8/9/2014 11:08:00 AM
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.
A.J. Burnett, SPCold8/8/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett has allowed 17 runs (13 earned) on 22 hits in his last 12 2/3 innings.
Insight: Burnett gave up 11 hits and five runs in six innings Friday against the Mets. He leads the majors with 68 walks and is 6-12 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 157 1/3 innings.
Marlon Byrd, RF8/8/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd socked his 22nd homer of the year Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Byrd had three hits on the night and is hitting .274 with 65 RBI, 60 runs and an .803 OPS. His 22 homers rank third in the NL.
Grady Sizemore, OFHot8/8/2014 2:40:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1BHot8/8/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has exploded in the past three games, batting .357 with a pair of home runs and eight RBI.
Insight: Howard has faced Mets starter Bartolo Colon just eight times in his career, but has taken him deep twice. perhaps this hot streak will continue for another game.
Roberto Hernandez, SP8/7/2014 3:09:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B 8/6/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: Utley went 0-for-16 from July 30 to Aug. 3 and is hitting .281 with 10 homers, 59 RBI and a .777 OPS this season. His numbers have steadily dropped since May.
Ben Revere, CFHot8/6/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere has batted .381 (53-for-139) in his last 35 games.
Insight: Revere (.309, 50 R, 31 SB) went 4-for-5 with a triple, a steal and two runs Wednesday against Houston. He now has 122 hits this season but just 16 for extra bases.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold8/5/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Tuesday that first baseman Ryan Howard is no longer in a platoon, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Howard has started nine of the past 10 games, including Tuesday against a lefty, even though he entered Tuesday's game 1-for-25 with one RBI in his last seven games.
Domonic Brown, LF8/5/2014 8:09:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C8/3/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (.267, 2 HR, 16 RBI) is not in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off after a night game for the veteran catcher. Wil Nieves (.288, 1 HR, 4 RBI) willl get the start, but has little fantasy value.
Chase Utley, 2BCold8/3/2014 9:49:00 AM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF8/2/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is 3-for-17 (.176) against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Byrd (.271, 21 HR, 63 RBI) is the best hitter in the Phillies lineup, but this matchup should be avoided.
Marlon Byrd, RF 8/1/2014 9:40:00 PM
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.
Roberto Hernandez, SPHot8/1/2014 9:35:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CFHot8/1/2014 9:56:00 AM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP8/1/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee left Thursday's game with a left flexor pronator strain and has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Lee missed two months with the same injury before returning on July 21. He's likely done for the season.
Cliff Lee, SP7/31/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee left Thursday's game with a left flexor pronator strain, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Lee missed two months with the same injury before returning on July 21. He's likely done for the season.
Cliff Lee, SP7/31/2014 8:01:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/31/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is out of the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Howard is 0-for-11 with six Ks in his career against Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Marlon Byrd, RFHot7/31/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is in the lineup Thursday, according to beat writer Ryan Lawrence.
Insight: The Phillies can always scratch Byrd if he's traded before 4 p.m., but this could be a sign that he's not going anywhere.
Jimmy Rollins, SS7/30/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins had a pinch-hit solo home run Wednesday at New York.
Insight: Rollins has hit seven homers, driven in 17 runs and scored 19 in July despite batting a paltry .216. Rollins' 15 home runs rank third among shortstops in 2014.
Grady Sizemore, OF7/29/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Grady Sizemore hit his first home run since April 11 Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Since he joined the Phillies, Sizemore has gone 16-for-51 (.314), but with just two RBI, in 15 games.
Jimmy Rollins, SS7/29/2014 10:08:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B7/29/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a grand slam Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: It was his fifth career grand slam. Utley has had a solid season, batting .291 with nine home runs, 54 RBI, 55 runs and a .792 OPS, though his best two months came in April and May.
Cole Hamels, SPHot7/29/2014 9:58:00 PM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RFHot7/29/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game with the Mets.
Insight: Considering he's one of the few Phillies actually hitting the ball we're surprised, but it appears to be a routine day of rest. Byrd is batting .273 with 20 HR and 60 RBI.
Carlos Ruiz, C7/29/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is just 1-for-13 against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee.
Insight: Ruiz went 4-for-4 Monday at New York and has six hits in the past two games to raise his batting average to .272, but this is a poor matchup.
Jimmy Rollins, SS7/29/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a .500 hitter (11-for-22) versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rollins remains a decenrt fantasy shortstop despite batting .239, because he has power (13 HR), can knock in runs (46 RBI) and steal bases (19).
Ryan Howard, 1B7/29/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) with six home runs and 14 RBI versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Howard is just a shell of the player he once was, but he still has 16 home runs this season and a historically favorable matchup. He's worth a flier.
Carlos Ruiz, C7/28/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has gone 8-for-16 (.500) with four doubles in four games since he returned from a concussion.
Insight: Ruiz sat out close to a month with the injury. He went 4-for-4 Monday at New York and is hitting .272 with two homers, 16 RBI and a .757 OPS in 246 at-bats.
Marlon Byrd, RFHot7/28/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd had four singles Monday night against the Mets.
Insight: In his last 10 games, Byrd has gone 17-for-47 (.362) with two doubles and two home runs. He may be moved to a contender before the deadline.
Chase Utley, 2B7/28/2014 3:55:00 PM
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.
Roberto Hernandez, SP7/27/2014 5:02:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/27/2014 5:00:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF7/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SPHot7/24/2014 3:55:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C7/24/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Ruiz (.261, 2 HR, 14 RBI) is just back from a stint on the disabled list (concussion), but this is a routine day off after a night game.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/24/2014 10:03:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold7/23/2014 8:52:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold7/23/2014 5:44:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP7/21/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee allowed 12 hits and six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Monday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: It was Lee's first start in more than two months. The results won't do much to help his trade value. Lee will have one more start before the trade deadline.
Marlon Byrd, RF7/21/2014 10:55:00 AM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP7/21/2014 10:31:00 AM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF7/20/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 19th of the year, Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Byrd has proved that last season wasn't a fluke. Several teams, including the Mariners, Royals and Reds, are reportedly interested in trading for the 36-year-old.
Marlon Byrd, RF7/19/2014 10:46:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C7/16/2014 5:01:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP7/16/2014 2:08:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP7/13/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) is expected to start on July 21 against the Giants, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS 7/11/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins smacked a pair of home runs Friday against the Nationals.
Insight: Rollins had three RBI in the victory. He's followed up a 7-for-41 (.171) stretch by going 5-for-12 with three homers and seven RBI in his last three games.
Grady Sizemore, OF7/11/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Grady Sizemore will make his first start in center field Friday night versus Washington.
Insight: The last time Sizemore was relevant to fantasy owners was 2008 (.268, 33 HR, 90 RBI, 101 runs, 38 steals. He's been injured for most of the last six seasons.
Ben Revere, CF7/10/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup. Tony Gwynn Jr. will get the start.
Insight: Revere (.290, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 40 runs) has 26 steals to place him among the leaders. No injury that we know of, just a routine day off.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold7/10/2014 9:34:00 AM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SSCold7/9/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Rollins was in a 7-for-41 (.171) slump and 7-for-39 (.179) in his career against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, so he wasn't likely used in many fantasy leagues on Wednesday.
Chase Utley, 2B 7/9/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley entered Wednesday's game with a 4-for-27 career history against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, but he homered off the right-hander.
Insight: Utley has hit a homer in two of the past three games and picked up six hits, six RBI, three runs and a steal in that span.
Carlos Ruiz, C7/9/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: According to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activities.
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 shortly after the All-Star break.
Jimmy Rollins, SSCold7/9/2014 1:22:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 0-for-15 in his last five games and he won't get any relief Wednesday against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Rollins is 7-for-39 (.179) in his career against the Milwaukee veteran right-hander. He's also in a 7-for-41 (.171) slump, so avoid him Wednesday.
Chase Utley, 2BCold7/9/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley hasn't had success against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Utley is 4-for-27 (.148) lifetime against the right-hander. He was voted to start the All-Star game, but he's batted just .236 with three homers in his last 39 games.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold7/9/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has hammered Brewers starter Kyle Lohse for 11 hits, including two doubles and two homers, in 25 career at-bats (.440).
Insight: Howard is in the midst of a 4-for-40 (.100) slump but he may be worth using with Lohse pitching Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Cliff Lee, SP7/7/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) will make another rehab start Wednesday, according to beat writer Ryan Lawrence.
Insight: Lee threw two innings Sunday before a rain delay cut the start short. He'll be back shortly after the All-Star break, barring a setback.
Carlos Ruiz, C7/7/2014 9:34:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS7/7/2014 4:07:00 PM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF7/6/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with home run and two RBI Sunday against the Pirates.
Insight: With Chase Utley in a slump, Byrd is the only Phillies hitter doing anything (.266, 18 HR, 52 RBI). He might bring value in a traded deadline deal.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/6/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: Howard is leading the NL with 106 strikeouts and has hit just .163 over the past two weeks, but he does have 14 homers and 51 RBI this season.
Chase Utley, 2BCold7/6/2014 10:44:00 AM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS7/5/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is just 1-for-12 (.083) versus Pirated right-hander Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Rollins (.247, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 16 SB) might get the day off to rest. He's not the guy he was from 2004-2007, but he's still got game.
Domonic Brown, LF7/4/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have activated Domonic Brown from the paternity leave list.
Insight: Brown pinch hit in the ninth inning and grounded out to end the game. He missed the past two games.
Domonic Brown, LF7/3/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown (paternity leave) is not in the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Brown also sat out Wednesday after being placed on the paternity leave list. He has hit .225 with five homers, 39 RBI and a .600 OPS this season after making the All-Star team a year ago.
Domonic Brown, LF7/2/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown missed Wednesday's game due to paternity leave.
Insight: It's unknown if he'll be back in time for Thursday's game. Brown has hit .225 with five homers, 39 RBI and a .600 OPS this season after making the All-Star team a year ago.
Carlos Ruiz, C7/1/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Carlos Ruiz' concussion "is maybe a little more serious than we originally thought." SOURCE: philly.com
Insight: Ruiz suffered a concussion last Thursday 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.
Cliff Lee, SP7/1/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) will make a minor league rehab start Sunday if his elbow feels good Wednesday, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: Lee threw 60 pitches of live batting practice Tuesday and the team has to see how he responds. He last pitched on May 18.
Cliff Lee, SP7/1/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) threw 60 pitches of live batting practice Tuesday, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: If Lee's elbow feels OK in the coming days, he could be sent to make a rehab start in the minors.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/29/2014 4:59:00 PM
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).
Chase Utley, 2B6/29/2014 10:49:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/29/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .375 hitter with three homers and eight RBI against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Howard is leading the NL with 100 strikeouts, but he does have 14 homers and 51 RBI this season. Combined with Harang's faltering numbers and Howard is a viable fantasy option.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/28/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Ervin Santana and the Braves.
Insight: Rollins (.247, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 13 SB) is just 1-for-9 versus Santana, so this is a good opportunity to give the "old guy" some rest.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/28/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 6-for-33 (.182) with 10 strikeouts against Braves right-hander Ervin Santana.
Insight: The 36-year-old putting together some nice power numbers (13 HR, 34 extra-base hits), but this is another unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Ben Revere, CFHot6/27/2014 10:33:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/27/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz has been moved to the seven-day disabled list.
Insight: Chooch suffered a concussion in last night's win against the Marlins. Cameron Rupp (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will handle the catching duties during his absence.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/27/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: The 36-year-old putting together some nice power numbers (13 HR, 34 extra-base hits), but this is an unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Domonic Brown, LF6/26/2014 2:55:00 PM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/25/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right fielder Marlon Byrd contributed three hits Wednesday in a loss to Miami.
Insight: Wednesday was Byrd's third three-hit game of the season. The 36-year-old is on pace for 27 HR and 95 RBI, which would both be career highs.
Domonic Brown, LFCold6/24/2014 8:26:00 PM
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.
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF6/24/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. has been activated from the restricted list.
Insight: He left the team to be with his family following the death of his father. Gwynn (.155, 0 HR, 3 RBI) is available off the bench tonight against Miami.
Grady Sizemore, OF6/24/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Grady Sizemore has agreed to a minor league deal with the Phillies. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: It's the best he could have hoped for. Sizemore (.216, 2 HR, 15 RBI) can opt out of his deal if he isn't called up by the All-Star break. He'll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/23/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 8-for-21 (.381) with a 1.099 OPS versus Miami right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Rollins (.244, 8 HR, 29 RBI, 11 SB) is no longer a top fantasy shortstop, but you can still pick and choose a few good matchups. This is one of them.
Ben Revere, CF6/22/2014 11:49:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/22/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is getting a breather Sunday versus the Cardinals. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: At age 35, Ruiz (.276, 2 HR, 13 RBI) requires more rest than he used to. Cameron Rupp will start behind the plate.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd will sit out Sunday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: It's a routine off day for the veteran. John Mayberry (.247, 5 HR, 20 RBI) will get the start in right field.
Cliff Lee, SP6/20/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday and didn't feel pain or discomfort, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: Lee's next step is probably a simulated game. He's targeting a return before the All-Star break.
Cody Asche, 3B6/20/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia has placed third baseman Cody Asche (hamstring) is back from the disabled list Friday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Asche has hit .258 with four homers, 18 RBI and a .771 OPS in 40 games this season. He missed nearly a month with his hamstring injury.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/18/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is now third in the NL with 47 RBI after driving home two runs Wednesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Howard went 3-for-5 with a double against the Braves and is on pace for 109 RBI. However, he's hitting just .238 with a .742 OPS.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/18/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right fielder Marlon Byrd went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Byrd started off the month with a 1-for-16 slump, but he's gone 14-for-49 (.286) with three home runs and 10 RBI in his last 12 games.
Ben Revere, CF6/18/2014 4:29:00 PM
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.
Kyle Kendrick, SP6/17/2014 10:22:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/17/2014 10:20:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP6/17/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session at "max effort" Tuesday, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Lee has been playing catch but hadn't been on a mound since he strained his left elbow. Lee is likely around three weeks away from returning to the rotation.
Chase Utley, 2B6/17/2014 4:28:00 PM
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.
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF6/16/2014 8:34:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/15/2014 3:36:00 PM
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."
Marlon Byrd, RF6/15/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia right fielder Marlon Byrd has been unable to do any damage against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Byrd has a .300 average, four homers and an .894 OPS in 60 at-bats against lefties this season, but he's 3-for-17 (.176) against Wood.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/14/2014 6:59:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF6/14/2014 6:28:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B6/14/2014 6:27:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B6/14/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is 6-for-11 (.545) versus Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Utley has rebounded from a couple of lean seasons to bat .309 with four homers, 31 RBI and 34 runs scored.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/14/2014 11:22:00 AM
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.
Reid Brignac, 3BHot6/13/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Utility infielder Reid Brignac will get at bats for a third straight day producing the game-winning hit the past two games.
Insight: Brignac has a double, homer and five RBI in the past two games against the Padres and will bat eighth and play 3B in the series opener with the Cubs.
Ben Revere, CF6/13/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: The 26-year-old is up to .290 after posting two hits on Thursday. Revere has 18 steals this season but he only has five walks, leaving him with a disappointing .306 on base percentage.
John Mayberry, LF6/12/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies 1B/OF John Mayberry delivered three hits including his fifth home run of the season Thursday in a victory over San Diego.
Insight: Mayberry has made the most of his limited playing time this season, driving in 16 runs in only 66 at bats. His .951 OPS is 211 points better than his career average.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/12/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz is getting a routine day off Thursday.
Insight: Just the normal day game off after a night game for a catcher. Ruiz is batting .279 with two homers, 11 RBI and 26 runs scored.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/12/2014 11:48:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/12/2014 11:20:00 AM
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.
Reid Brignac, 3B6/11/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Reid Brignac sent the Phillies home with a walkoff homer Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: It was Brignac's only hit of the night. Prior to Wednesday, Brignac hadn't homered since May 15, 2013. He was still playing for the Rockies back then.
Cole Hamels, SPHot6/11/2014 10:10:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP6/11/2014 3:51:00 PM
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.
A.J. Burnett, SP6/10/2014 10:38:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP6/10/2014 10:16:00 PM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP6/10/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) is "very close to picking up a ball," manager Ryne Sandberg said. SOURCE: philly.com
Insight: Lee has not thrown since May 19 due to a strained left elbow. He could need a month's worth of throwing and rehab starts before he returns to the rotation.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/10/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy with four strikeouts.
Insight: Although Howard is 6-for-20 (.300) over the past five games, it's without power (.633 OPS) and he's struck out nine to to raise his league-leading total to 80. Avoid.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/8/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd has gone 7-for-18 (.389) with two doubles and two home runs against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Byrd has nine homers and 34 RBI this season, one home home run and six more RBI than he had on this date last year. He ended up with 24 homers and 88 RBI in 2013.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/7/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: Rollins is up to eight dingers on the year, two more than he had all of last season.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/7/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Saturday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Byrd has nine homers and 34 RBI this season, one home home run and six more RBI than he had on this date last year. He ended up with 24 homers and 88 RBI in 2013.
Chase Utley, 2B6/6/2014 10:39:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP6/6/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels was in the zone Friday versus the Reds.
Insight: Hamels tossed 125 pitches over 7 2/3 shutout innings. He struck out seven while surrendering two walks. The 30-year-old has lasted at least seven innings in each of his last six starts.
Ben Revere, CF6/6/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: The 26-year-old is hitting .282 with 12 steals but has just six extra-base hits and four walks all season leaving him with a .295 OBP and a .630 OPS.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/6/2014 9:50:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/5/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz is getting a routine day off Thursday.
Insight: Just the normal day game off after a night game for a catcher. Ruiz is batting .279 with one homer, 10 RBI and 23 runs scored.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/5/2014 1:35:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B6/4/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is just 2-for-12 in his career against Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Neither hit went for extra bases. With Strasburg (4-4, 3.15 ERA) getting the ball for Washington on Wednesday, fantasy owners should look elsewhere for help at second base.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/4/2014 10:58:00 AM
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.
Darin Ruf, RF6/3/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Darin Ruf sprained his left wrist Tuesday while playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. SOURCE: Kevin Cooney, Bucks County Courier Times
Insight: He also injured his knee on the play. Ruf (.100, 1 HR, 1 RBI) has only appeared in seven games for the Phillies in 2014.
Jason Marquis, SP6/3/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have reached terms on a minor league contract with Jason Marquis. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Marquis had Tommy John surgery in August and is hoping to make it back before the end of the season. In 20 starts for the Padres last season, Marquis went 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA.
Cliff Lee, SP6/3/2014 12:12:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/2/2014 4:35:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF6/1/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown will get the day off Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Brown has had a rough season, hitting .201 with a .570 OPS. If he doesn't get off to a good start in the first 10 days of June, fantasy owners can drop him.
Chase Utley, 2B6/1/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is getting Sunday off with Jon Niese on the hill for the Mets.
Insight: Utley (.320, 4 HR, 27 RBI) has hit .290 against left-handers this season, but he's 3-for-28 against Niese and played 28 innings the last two days.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/1/2014 10:33:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/1/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has fanned 10 times in 21 at-bats against New York lefty Jon Niese.
Insight: Howard is just 3-for-21 (.143) against Niese. He's also struggled against left-handers his entire career and this year is no different.
Chase Utley, 2B 6/1/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has collected a meager three hits in 28 at-bats against Mets starter Jon Niese.
Insight: Utley (.320, 4 HR, 27 RBI) has hit .290 against left-handers this season, but Niese is one lefty he's never been able to figure out.
Carlos Ruiz, C5/31/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz won't start Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Just a routine rest day after a night game. Ruiz isn't back to his 2012 level, but he has a respectable .279 batting average with 22 runs scored and a .793 OPS.
Reid Brignac, IF5/30/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Phillies infielder Reid Brignac will make his first start of the season at third base.
Insight: Brignac has just five at bats this season. He was a part-time guy in Tampa Bay for a couple of years, but has never shown the ability to be an everyday player or fantasy worthy.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/29/2014 4:02:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CF5/28/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere hit his first career home run Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: He went deep off Boone Logan after 1,465 career at-bats without one. The 26-year-old is hitting .288 with 12 steals but has just four extra-base hits and three walks all season.
Maikel Franco, 3B5/27/2014 9:10:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF5/27/2014 2:47:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/27/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in Tuesday's starting lineup, according to beat reporter Matt Gelb.
Insight: Howard had a big day on Monday, but as a rule struggles against left-handers and 2014 is no different as he's batting just .212 against lefties.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/26/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBI Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: Howard entered Monday's game having gone 2-for-30 (.067) with 13 strikeouts over his last nine games. He's batting .236 with eight home runs and 30 RBI.
Cliff Lee, SP5/26/2014 7:58:00 PM
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.
Maikel Franco, 3B5/25/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Salisbury of csnphiladelphia.com, the Phillies are considering calling up top prospect Maikel Franco with third baseman Cody Asche going on the disabled list Sunday.
Insight: Franco, MLB.com's No. 25 prospect in baseball, has hit .301 with three home runs and an .871 OPS in May after struggling mightily in April.
Cody Asche, 3B5/25/2014 1:16:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia has placed third baseman Cody Asche on the 15-day disabled list. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a strained left hamstring. Cesar Hernandez (.167, 1 HR, 1 RBI) could move into an everyday role at third base while Asche is sidelined.
Ben Revere, CF5/24/2014 7:52:00 PM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RFHot5/24/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a lifetime .500 hitter (12-for-24) with a pair of homers and a 1.538 OPS against Dodgers right-hander Dam Haren.
Insight: Byrd has been everything the Phillies expected, batting a solid .291 with six homers and 29 RBI. We like this matchup.
Cody Asche, 3B5/23/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche will take a seat with tough left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers.
Insight: Asche (.258, 4 HR, 18 RBI) has been hitting much better lately, but the Phillies will try Cesar Hernandez at the hot corner.
Darin Ruf, RF5/23/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Phillies OF/1B Darin Ruf will make his first start of the season on Friday against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.
Insight: Ruf hit 14 homers in 251 at-bats for the Phillies in 2013. A roster spot became available Wednesday when Cliff Lee was placed on the disabled list.
Marlon Byrd, RFHot5/23/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a lifetime .545 hitter (6-for-11) against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: The bad news is that all six hits are singles. Byrd has been hot of late with eight hits in his last 21 at-bats, including a pair of homers and six RBI, in his last five games.
Carlos Ruiz, C5/22/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz won't start Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: Just a routine rest day after a night game on Wednesday. Ruiz isn't back to his 2012 level, but he has a respectable .770 OPS.
Darin Ruf, RF5/21/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: The Phillies have recalled OF/1B Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Insight: A roster spot became available Wednesday when Cliff Lee was placed on the disabled list. Ruf has hit .261 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in 12 games across two minor league levels this season.
Cliff Lee, SP5/21/2014 9:56:00 AM
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.
A.J. Burnett, SP5/20/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett has issued 30 free passes in 59 2/3 innings.
Insight: Burnett has otherwise been solid (3.32 ERA, 53 H, 5 HR, 50 K in 59 2/3 IP), but he has a 1.39 WHIP and is playing with fire by walking so many batters.
Jimmy Rollins, SS5/20/2014 10:39:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP5/20/2014 6:13:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CFCold5/20/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will sit out again Tuesday. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Revere missed the last three games due to a stomach virus and manager Ryne Sandberg has said he'll choose his center fielder based on matchup going forward.
Maikel Franco, 3B 5/18/2014 10:43:00 AM
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).
Cole Hamels, SPHot5/17/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels struck out 10 batters and allowed one run in seven innings for the second straight start Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: Hamels limited Cincinnati to three hits and walked two to pick up his first win of the season. He had a 7.02 ERA in his first three starts, but he's down to 4.40.
Cody Asche, 3BHot5/17/2014 10:02:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF 5/17/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and five RBI Saturday against Cincinnati.
Insight: Brown had just one homer all season entering the game and still has an OPS below .600 despite getting two extra-base hits Saturday.
Domonic Brown, LFCold5/17/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is 1-for-11 (.091) in his career versus Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Brown has done nothing all season (.214, 1 HR, 15 RBI) and considering the Phillies have gone 20 innings without scoring a run, you should probably avoid all of them on Saturday.
Ben Revere, CF5/16/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: John Mayberry Jr. will start in center field. Revere has yet to prove to be fantasy worthy, batting .268 with just two extra base hits (both triples) and 12 stolen bases.
Domonic Brown, LFCold5/14/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Going back to last season, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown has hit just one home run in his last 251 plate appearances.
Insight: Brown also has produced just 10 extra-base hits in that span. He's batting .221 with one homer, 15 RBI and 10 runs this season.
Ben Revere, CFCold5/14/2014 5:02:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP5/13/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee allowed four unearned runs in seven innings Tuesday in a loss to the Angels.
Insight: All four runs came in the sixth when the Phillies committed two errors. Lee (3-4, 3.23 ERA) is winless in his last four starts.
Roberto Hernandez, SP5/13/2014 9:13:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP5/13/2014 8:01:00 PM
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).
Ben Revere, CF5/13/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will make his first start since Saturday.
Insight: Revere got a few days off after batting just .212 over the past two weeks which dropped his average to .277.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP5/12/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Jonathan Papelbon should be available for the Phillies' next game on Tuesday.
Insight: Papelbon was not available Sunday after pitching back-to-back nights and it likely cost both the team and Cole Hamels a win. He's 0-1 with 11 saves, a 1.76 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
Carlos Ruiz, C5/11/2014 12:29:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/11/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is just 2-for-18 (.111) versus Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese.
Insight: The first baseman should be avoided in this unfavorable matchup despite yesterday's 4-for-5 day. As good as Saturday's matchup was, this is the opposite.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/10/2014 1:31:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS5/8/2014 9:55:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CF5/8/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will get a day off Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Revere's average is down to .277 after he went 4-for-26 (.154) in his last seven games.
Jimmy Rollins, SS5/8/2014 10:12:00 AM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS5/7/2014 4:27:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold5/7/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard will take a seat Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Left-hander Mark Buehrle is on the hill, so Howard will get a break. The first baseman has batted .188 with one homer and 15 strikeouts in his last 12 games.
Cole Hamels, SPCold5/6/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels has allowed 18 hits and 11 earned runs in his last two starts.
Insight: The Blue Jays had 10 hits and five earned runs off the left-hander in his six innings of work Tuesday night. He'll try to right the ship on the road against the Mets in his next start.
Cody Asche, 3B 5/6/2014 10:19:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS5/6/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (groin) is not in the starting lineup for the second straight game Tuesday against Toronto, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Rollins pinch hit Monday, but he's not ready to start. The shortstop is batting .271 with three homers, 15 RBI, 15 runs and five steals this season, a dramatic improvement from 2013.
Jimmy Rollins, SS5/4/2014 10:05:00 AM
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.
A.J. Burnett, SPHot5/3/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett has allowed one earned run in six innings of work against Washington.
Insight: Burnett has now gone five games giving up two runs or less to lower his ERA to 2.06. He's been worth every penny to the Phillies rotation and fantasy owners.
Cole Hamels, SP5/3/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels will not make his scheduled start Sunday versus Washington. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: He's out with the flu. Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.74 ERA) will start in his place with Hamels getting pushed back to Tuesday.
Kyle Kendrick, SP4/30/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: The Phillies will skip Kyle Kendrick's turn in the rotation after Wednesday's rainout, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Philadelphia will go with Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels this weekend against the Nationals.
Roberto Hernandez, SP4/29/2014 8:02:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/29/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard is 1-for-15 (.067) with seven strikeouts against Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Howard is averaging .245 with five homers and 14 RBI, but he's slumped 25 points over the past five games off a 4-for-24 stretch.
A.J. Burnett, SPHot4/27/2014 8:17:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, CHot4/27/2014 1:56:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF4/26/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown is 6-for-11 (.545) against Zrizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Brown hasn't shown much in the way of power this season after slamming 27 homers last season. He's batting .268 with one homer and 10 RBI.
Maikel Franco, 3BCold4/24/2014 9:51:00 PM
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).
Marlon Byrd, RF4/24/2014 10:20:00 AM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP4/23/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have officially activated left-hander Cole Hamels from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He'll get the start Wednesday night against Los Angeles. Hamels got a late start in spring training because of shoulder tighness. His next win will be the 100th of his major league career.
Ben Revere, CF4/23/2014 1:27:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2BHot4/22/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will get the night off Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: A lefty, Hyun-Jin Ryu, is on the mound, but Utley has two homers in four at-bats against him. Utley is hitting .391 with nine doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and 11 runs so far.
Ben Revere, CF4/21/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will get the night off Monday against the Dodgers. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: It's a routine off day for the 25-year-old. Tony Gwynn Jr. (.292, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will get the start in center field.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/20/2014 9:49:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/20/2014 8:49:00 PM
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).
Carlos Ruiz, CCold4/20/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: The Phillies will give Carlos Ruiz a break on Sunday.
Insight: Wil Nieves will catch Roberto Hernandez. Ruiz is hitting .204 with zero RBI in 14 games this season.
Cole Hamels, SP4/19/2014 5:33:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP4/18/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) could be back in the rotation next week as his rehab has gone well/
Insight: Hamels pitched seven innings of three-hit baseball at Clearwater and is in line for a Tuesdat start against the Dodgers. He's 3-1 in his career against the Dodgers with a 1.76 ERA and 0.882 WHIP.
A.J. Burnett, SP4/17/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K's) was outstanding in Thursday's no-decision against Atlanta.
Insight: Burnett's outing is even more impressive when you consider he's been pitching with a hernia for the past few weeks. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Carlos Ruiz, C4/17/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz will be given the afternoon off Thursday Atlanta.
Insight: The 35-year-old is just getting the normal day game after a night game rest. Ruiz has yet to produce with the bat, hitting .233 with zero homers and no RBI.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/17/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Howard gets to avoid the left-left matchup. Not a bad idea considering he's batting .176 this season against left-handers.
Cliff Lee, SP4/16/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee fanned 13 hitters Wednesday in a loss to Atlanta.
Insight: Lee's only mistake was allowing a solo home run to Evan Gattis in the fourth inning. After spotting Lee 14 runs in the season opener, the Phillies have scored two runs or fewer in each of Lee's last three starts.
Cody Asche, 3BCold4/16/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche is getting the day off Wednesday against the Braves, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Freddy Galvis is starting at third base for Asche, who has gone 4-for-33 (.121) with 13 Ks since he went 3-for-4 with a homer and four runs on Opening Day.
Ben Revere, CF4/16/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere (rib) will return to the lineup Wednesday at Atlanta, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Revere (.273, 7 R, 5 SB) last started on April 10 due to a rib injury but pinch hit on April 11, 12 and 13.
Ben Revere, CF4/15/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Ben Revere would have returned to the starting lineup had the Phillies played on Tuesday. SOURCE: Chris Branch, Delaware Online
Insight: Revere seems to have recovered from the rib injury that plagued him most of last week. He didn't get a chance to help fantasy owners Tuesday because of the rainout but Revere (.273, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5 SB) should be good to go Wednesday when the Phillies host Atlanta.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/14/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went yard for the second straight game Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Howard already has 18 Ks in 49 at-bats and is batting .224 with three HRs and seven RBI.
Domonic Brown, LF4/14/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday against the Braves.
Insight: The shot briefly gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead, but Jake Diekman allowed a grand slam to Dan Uggla in the ninth. Brown has a .304 average and eight RBI so far.
A.J. Burnett, SP4/14/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett will start Wednesday against Atlanta despite a hernia, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: He'll start for the Phillies but shouldn't be in any fantasy rotations at the moment. He has a 3.94 ERA but has walked 14 batters and given up 17 hits in 16 innings (1.94 WHIP).
Ben Revere, CF4/14/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will not start for a fourth consecutive game.
Insight: He remains on the bench with a bruised rib, though he has gotten an at-bat in the last three games (0-for-3). Tony Gwynn Jr. (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 runs) is getting another start in center field.
Chase Utley, 2BHot4/13/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Three more hits Sunday against Miami has Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley's average up to .500 (20-for-40).
Insight: He hit his sixth double and three homer Sunday and suddenly looks like vintage Utley. The 35-year-old has just two strikeouts so far.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/13/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: One day after Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 with a walk-off homer, he was 0-for-5 Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Rollins got his average up to .316 after Saturday's performance but he's back down to .279. He has good numbers -- two homers, 10 RBI, seven runs, two steals -- and is worth owning in 12-team leagues because shortstop is so shallow, but we aren't confident he'll keep this up after a horrible 2013 season.
Carlos Ruiz, C4/13/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz will be given the afternoon off Sunday against Miami. SOURCE: Phillies on Twitter
Insight: The 35-year-old had caught six games in a row prior to Sunday's day off. With only nine hits in 37 at bats, Ruiz (.243, 0 HR, 0 RBI) hasn't been of much use to fantasy owners this season.
Ben Revere, CF4/13/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will miss his third game in a row Sunday versus the Marlins. SOURCE: Phillies on Twitter
Insight: He remains out with a bruised rib. Tony Gwynn Jr. (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) is getting another start in center field.
Ben Revere, CF4/12/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is getting another day off to rest on Saturday.
Insight: Tony Gwynn Jr. will take his place in center field. Revere has a rib injury after making a diving catch, but should return to the lineup soon.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/11/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has taken five walks over his last four games.
Insight: Rollins went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks and a steal Friday and is up to .273 with eight RBI and two steals this season. He hasn't struck out since April 6.
Chase Utley, 2BHot4/11/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley had another two-hit game Friday against Miami.
Insight: Utley is hitting .469 with two homers, seven RBI and just two strikeouts in 32 at-bats.
A.J. Burnett, SP4/11/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett left Friday's start in the top of the fifth inning with groin soreness, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com. He was removed for precautionary reasons.
Insight: He threw 106 pitches, walked six batters and allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings before signaling for the trainer. However, he remained in the dugout after being removed from the game. The 37-year-old has 14 walks and 10 strikeouts in 16 innings this season.
A.J. Burnett, SP4/11/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett left Friday's start in the top of the fifth inning with an apparent injury.
Insight: He threw 106 pitches, walked six batters and allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings before signaling for the trainer. However, he remained in the dugout after being removed from the game. The 37-year-old has 14 walks and 10 strikeouts in 16 innings this season.
Ben Revere, CF4/11/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is getting Friday's game off to rest, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Revere has gone 12-for-41 (.293) with a triple, three RBI and seven runs this season, but he's coming off his first career three-K game. Tony Gwynn Jr. will take his place in center field.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/11/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has yet to produce a hit against Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Insight: Howard is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts against Fernandez. He's not alone. Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown and Chase Utley are also hitless. It would probably be best to avoid all Phillies hitters on Friday.
Chase Utley, 2B4/11/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is hitless in six at-bats against Miami ace Jose Fernandez.
Insight: The two games Utley missed due to illness didn't cool off his bat as he added two more hits to raise his average to .464. This unfavorable matchup might.
Marlon Byrd, RF4/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Byrd has two homers, 11 Ks and a .263 average in 38 at-bats. He hit .291 with a career-high 24 round-trippers last season, but we're skeptical that he'll duplicate those numbers at age 36 after hitting more than 12 HRs in a season just once before last year.
Cole Hamels, SP4/10/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) could be back in the rotation on April 22, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Hamels might need just two more rehab starts after his turn on April 12.
Chase Utley, 2B4/10/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is back in the lineup on Thursday after missing a couple of days due to illness.
Insight: Cesar Hernandez (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) started at second base while Utley was sidelined. Hopefully, Utley will be as hot now as before he got ill (.458, 2 HR, 6 RBI).
Cody Asche, 3BCold4/9/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche (hamstring) doubled during a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday night against Milwaukee.
Insight: Asche was out of the starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring, but it must not be too serious. The third baseman went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and four runs on Opening Day but he has managed just four hits in 18 at-bats since then while striking out seven times.
Cody Asche, 3BCold4/9/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche is not in the starting lineup Wednesday because of a tweaked hamstring, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Asche went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and four runs on Opening Day but he's managed just three hits in 18 at-bats since then while striking out seven times.
Chase Utley, 2B4/9/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley won't be available Wednesday against the Brewers. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: He's still battling the flu. Cesar Hernandez (.375, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will grab another start at second base. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in yesterday's game.
Carlos Ruiz, C4/8/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will bat in the No. 3 hole with Chase Utley sidelined by illness.
Insight: Over his career, Ruiz has only batted third two times. He's batting .235 through the first five games.
Chase Utley, 2B4/8/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will miss Tuesday's game due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Utley is pounding the ball this spring, batting .458 with a pair of homers through the first two series, but is just a .148 lifetime hitter against Tuesday's starter right-hander Kyle Lohse. Hopefully he won't miss more than a day or two.
Domonic Brown, LF4/8/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has the power to take Brewers hurler Kyle Lohse deep, but he's just 1-for-9 (.111) in their matchups.
Insight: Brown (.272, 27 HR, 83 RBI) last season is off to a solid start, batting .381 through six games, but has yet to go yard. A warning track fly ball in right field could leave the park today, but the matchup is unfavorable.
Chase Utley, 2B4/8/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is just a .148 lifetime hitter against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse (4-for-27).
Insight: Utley is pounding the ball this spring, batting .458 with a pair of homers through the first two series. Fantasy owners would probably like to put him out there given the wind blowing out to right on Tuesday, but his lack of success against Lohse makes that a gamble.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/8/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has a career .455 batting average with a pair of homers and a 1.311 OPS versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Howard has hits in five of six games this spring, but he's still striking out too much (9 times in 25 at-bats). We'll take a flier on him Tuesday with a strong wind blowing out to right field at Citizen Bank Park.
Chase Utley, 2BHot4/5/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has homered in two straight games against the Cubs.
Insight: Utley has collected at least one hit in all five games this season and is 10-for-21 (.476) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and just one strikeout.
Cliff Lee, SP4/5/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee allowed 10 hits but didn't walk a batter and struck out six over seven scoreless innings Saturday at Chicago.
Insight: It was a nice bounce-back effort for Lee after he gave up eight earned runs over five innings in the opener at Texas. The left-hander won that game anyway and is now 2-0.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/4/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is back in the lineup for Friday's game against Chicago, according to Philadelphia staff writer Matt Gelb.
Insight: Rollins left the club for the birth of his baby. Once a top-five fantasy shortstop, Rollins' numbers have faded to the level of a low-end starter. He can still steal 20-plus bases, but the days of 20 HR and 40 SB are long gone.
Cole Hamels, SP4/2/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) will start his rehab assignment on Sunday, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule due to a shoulder problem and fell further behind when it didn't feel right early on. The team gave him time off and now its a matter of building up his innings. He could be back April 26 if he makes four rehab starts or May 1 if he makes five.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/2/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in Wednesday's line and has headed home to be with his wife for the birth of his child.
Insight: Once a top-five fantasy shortstop, Rollins' numbers have faded to the level of a low-end starter. He can still steal 20-plus bases, but the days of 20 HR and 40 SB are long gone. Jayson Nix will replace him against Texas on Wednesday night.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/1/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is likely to miss a game or two this week with his wife expected their second child any day now.
Insight: Rollins hit the 200th homer of his career in the season opener. Once a top-five fantasy shortstop, Rollins' numbers have faded to the level of a low-end starter. He can still steal 20-plus bases, but the days of 20 HR and 40 SB are long gone.
Ben Revere, CF3/31/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere had three hits, three RBI, two runs and a steal in the season opener Monday at Texas.
Insight: Revere was hitting .305 with 22 steals last year when his season came to an end in July due to a broken right foot, and he batted .294 with 40 steals in 2012. Just 45 of his career 374 hits went for extra bases, however.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/31/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit a grand slam in the top of the second inning Monday for his 200th career home run.
Insight: Rollins didn't have a hit in his other five at-bats, but it's good to see some power out of him after he dropped from 23 in 2012 to six last year.
Marlon Byrd, RF3/31/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Marlon Byrd made a good first impression Monday by hitting a solo homer in his Phillies debut.
Insight: Byrd had a career-high 24 home runs with 88 RBI, 75 runs, a .291 average and an .847 OPS last season as a 35-year-old. He won't repeat the batting average -- it was the result of a .353 BABIP -- but should launch at least 20 homers due to the Phillies' favorable home park.
Cody Asche, 3B3/31/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche had a big day at the plate in the season opener Monday, going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, two RBI and four runs.
Insight: Asche was unimpressive as a rookie, hitting .235 with five home runs and a .691 OPS in 162 at-bats after batting .295 with 15 homers in 404 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He also hit just .170 this spring, but his struggles were washed away Monday.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/31/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will start Opening Day against Texas. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Rollins left the team to see the birth of his second child but arrived in Arlington just in time to suit up for Monday's season opener. We had him ranked 21st among shortstops in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/30/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: According to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Rollins' wife is due to give birth to the couple's second child. The 35-year-old hit just .252 with six home runs, 39 RBI, 65 runs, 22 steals and a .666 OPS in 160 games last season and has had his leadership abilities questioned this spring.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is iffy for Monday's season opener against the Rangers because his wife is due to give birth, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Rollins has every right to be with his wife, but it's poor timing to miss Opening Day after his leadership ability was called into question during spring training. The 35-year-old hit just .252 with six home runs, 39 RBI, 65 runs, 22 steals and a .666 OPS in 160 games last season and should only be drafted as a late-round flyer in deep fantasy leagues.
Jayson Nix, SS3/29/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay traded Jayson Nix to Philadelphia Friday for cash considerations.
Insight: Nix hit .270 for the Rays in 37 spring training at bats. He gives the Phils a solid backup option in case Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins gets hurt this season.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP3/27/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
Insight: Gonzalez signed with the Phillies last August after defecting from Cuba. He's only pitched twice in spring training, allowing five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He can be avoided for now in fantasy, as there's no guarantee he'll join the big league rotation immediately upon his return to full health.
Cole Hamels, SP3/27/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) threw two innings in a minor league game and was pleased with how he felt, according to espn.com. The Phillies placed Hamels on the 15-day DL Thursday.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule due to a shoulder problem and fell further behind when it didn't feel right early on. The team gave him time off and now its a matter of getting innings and building arm strength. Figure a return in early May at the latest.
Cole Hamels, SP3/24/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw another bullpen session Sunday and away "thrilled," according to beat writer Matt Gelb.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule due to a shoulder problem and fell further behind when it didn't feel right early on. The team gave him time off and now its a matter of getting innings and building arm strength. Figure a return in late April.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold3/23/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has fanned 20 times in 50 at-bats this spring.
Insight: We've heard that Howard is healthier than he's been in years, but he just isn't the same hitter he was two or three seasons ago. He has struck out in at least 30 percent of his plate appearance the past two seasons and had a career-low 14.9 percent HR/FB last year. His career HR/FB is 27.7 percent.
Freddy Galvis, 2B3/21/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Freddy Galvis has a staph infection and will begin the year on the DL. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Galvis saw some time last year while Chase Utley was on the DL but never emerged as a legitimate fantasy option. The Phillies haven't announced a timetable for when he might be back.
Darin Ruf, RF3/21/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Darin Ruf has been diagnosed with a strained oblique. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: He'll miss 4-to-6 weeks. Marlon Byrd (.291, 24 HR, 88 RBI in 2013) will handle things in right field while Ruf is out.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP3/20/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was given a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Thursday. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Gonzalez signed with the Phillies last August after defecting from Cuba. He's only pitched twice in spring training, allowing five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. We'd be hesitant to add him in fantasy, especially while his shoulder is giving him trouble.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/19/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins isn't willing to waive his no-trade clause. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: He's been in Ryne Sandberg's doghouse all spring and this show of defiance certainly won't ease the tension between the two. As a player with 10-5 rights, Rollins has veto power over any trade. After hitting just .252 across 600 at bats last season, Rollins is no longer a must-own fantasy player.
Cliff Lee, SP3/17/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will be the Opening Day starter.
Insight: There really wasn't any question with Roy Halladay retired and Cole Hamels injured. Lee went 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.010 WHIP in 2013. There is no reason he can't pitch just as well in 2014, the real question is whether the Phillies can score enough runs for him to win. Lee lost five game last year while yielding two earned runs or less.
Cole Hamels, SP3/14/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and came out clean so he'll try again on Sunday.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule due to a shoulder problem. He can be ruled out for the first two weeks of April, even if he avoids a setback going forward, and there's a chance he won't pitch at all in the first month of the season.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/13/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is expected to play Friday after missing the last three games, according to beat writer Matt Gelb.
Insight: Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg has kept Rollins out of the lineup, possibly to send him a message about his lack of hustle. Rollins hit just .252 with six homers, 22 steals, 65 runs and a .666 OPS last season in 160 games.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP3/13/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: Although the Phillies signed the Cuban right-hander to a three-year, $12 million deal, he's expected to begin the season in the minors.
Insight: Gonzalez has been unimpressive so far this spring and should not be on any redraft fantasy rosters. He's pitched 2.2 innings with a 16.87 ERA and a 4.50 WHIP.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/12/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be out of the lineup a third straight game Thursday against the Yankees even though manager Ryne Sandberg says Rollins is "fine." SOURCE: csnphilly.com
Insight: Sandberg may be sending Rollins a message about his lack of hustle, something old manager Charlie Manuel put up with. Rollins hit just .252 with six homers, 22 steals, 65 runs and a .666 OPS last season in 160 games.
Cole Hamels, SP3/11/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule after experiencing shoulder discomfort in November and he began experiencing arm fatigue last week after initially making good progress. He can be ruled out for the first two weeks of April, even if he avoids a setback going forward, and there's a chance he won't pitch at all in the first month of the season.
Cole Hamels, SP3/9/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels doesn't feel pain in his left shoulder but says his arm is "fatigued out," according to mlb.com.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule after experiencing shoulder discomfort in November, but he made good progress and was only expected to miss one or two starts. He didn't exactly suffer a setback, as his shoulder is structurally fine, but the fatigue means he'll have to slow his throwing program again. The Phillies hope that the cause of the fatigue is Hamels pushing himself too hard, too fast.
Cole Hamels, SP3/6/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) was expected to face hitters Thursday but a setback has put his spring training on hold.
Insight: Hamels was already expected to miss Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but now we have to start worrying about his season-long fantasy value. It's possible he won't be ready until May, so adjust your rankings accordingly.
Cody Asche, 3B3/5/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche (bruised hand) is expected to play Wednesday, accordin to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Asche was hit by a pitch during Sunday's spring training game and tests were negative. Asche is expected to serve as the Phillies' starting third baseman this season after batting .295 with 15 home runs, 11 steals and an .837 OPS at Triple-A last season.
Cole Hamels, SP3/4/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) is expected to face hitters Thursday and could make his Grapefruit League debut next week, according to csnphilly.com.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. He's no longer experiencing soreness but is behind schedule in his throwing program. Draft him as you normally would in fantasy.
Cody Asche, 3B3/2/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche has been diagnosed with a bruised hand, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: Asche was hit by a pitch during Sunday's spring training game. His preliminary ultrasound was negative. Asche is expected to serve as the Phillies' starting third baseman this season after batting .295 with 15 home runs, 11 steals and an .837 OPS at Triple-A last season.
Cody Asche, 3B3/2/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche exited Sunday's spring training game against Pittsburgh after a pitch hit his hand. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philly Inquirer
Insight: Asche (.235, 5 HR, 22 RBI) was in obvious pain and now Phillies fans are left holding their breath. We should have an update as soon as Asche's X-rays become available.
Cole Hamels, SP2/26/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday and will throw another one Saturday, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. He's no longer experiencing soreness but is behind schedule in his throwing program. Draft him as you normally would in fantasy.
Cole Hamels, SP2/23/2014 3:09:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) says he has made "tremendous progress" in his recovery from shoulder tendinitis, according to csnphilly.com. He's better now but the injury set him back in his throwing program.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. "I'm feeling like my body is ready to make a big jump," he said Sunday. "I feel right where I usually am about Feb. 1 going into spring training. That’s about the time I’m usually ready for my first ‘pen. I’m happy where I am." He'll throw his first bullpen session Tuesday.
Carlos Ruiz, C2/19/2014 2:59:00 PM
Description: According to philly.com, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz received an exemption that will allow him to use Adderall in 2014.
Insight: Ruiz served a 25-game suspension for Adderall use at the start of the 2013 season. Ruiz is believed to have been using the substance when he hit .325 with 16 homers, 68 RBI and a .934 OPS in 372 at-bats during the 2012 season, by far the best statistical year of his career.
Cole Hamels, SP2/19/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: The Phillies expect starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) to throw off a mound next Tuesday, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. He's better now, but is slightly behind schedule in his throwing program.
Cole Hamels, SP2/13/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: The Phillies expect starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) to pitch sometime in April, according to philly.com.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. He's better now, but is behind schedule in his throwing program by roughly two weeks.
A.J. Burnett, SP2/12/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have come to terms with righthander A.J. Burnett on a new one-year contract. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Burnett will earn $16 million in 2014. He figures to be Philadelphia's No. 3 starter behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Burnett has gone 3-3 with a 4.71 ERA in eight career games at Citizens Bank Park.
Cole Hamels, SP2/12/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia lefthander Cole Hamels expects to miss the start of the 2014 season. He's been limited by shoulder tendinitis this offseason. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: The good news is, he should be ready to throw a bullpen session in about a week and a half. If all goes according to plan, Hamels (8-14, 3.60 ERA last season) shouldn't have to miss more than a start or two in April. The injury seems minor enough that it won't affect his draft position.
John Mayberry, LF1/17/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has agreed to a one-year deal avoiding arbitration.
Insight: Mayberry Jr. will be stuck as the fourth outfielder behind Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd, thus his fantasy value will be minimal. He batted .227 with 11 HR and 39 RBI in 353 at-bats last season.


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