Philadelphia Phillies news, rumors and injuries
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:24:13 -0700
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies C Cameron Rupp (head) did not show signs of sustaining a concussion Saturday, July 23, after being hit in the head by a 91-mph fastball from Pittsburgh Pirates SP Tyler Glasnow in the third inning, according to trainers from both teams.
Fantasy Tip: Consider Rupp day-to-day. Carlos Ruiz could see several starts behind the plate in his absence and he makes a solid value play for daily fantasy games. He is 9-for-18 (.500) with a double and two RBI during the month of July.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:06:32 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies SP Aaron Nola (5-9) allowed six runs on six hits over four innings in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, July 23, with two walks and five strikeouts. The team may consider sending him to Class AAA Lehigh Valley in the next few days to work on command of his fastball and focus on pitching more aggressively.
Fantasy Tip: The 23-year-old right-hander has struggled mightily since June 11, posting a 10.61 ERA in seven starts, and he has failed to make it past the fifth inning while allowing four or more runs in six of those outings. If he is not demoted, his next start will come against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, July 28, although he is not a recommended option in any fantasy format right now.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:39:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Carlos Ruiz could see a few extra starts in the next few days, and he's actually 7-for-15 (.467) this month with hits in five straight games. He's a matchup play in DFS.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:07:53 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco (wrist) is not in the starting lineup Saturday, July 23. 3B Andres Blanco will take his place at third base and bat third against Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Glasnow.
Fantasy Tip: Blanco is a capable replacement for Franco in the heart of the lineup. He has hit better on the left side, too. Blanco is a decent starting option at a lower-than-usual price for a starter batting third in the lineup.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:20:26 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco (wrist) was removed from the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates for precautionary reasons in the fourth inning Friday, July 22, after getting hit in the left wrist by a pitch from SP Gerrit Cole in the first inning.
Fantasy Tip: Franco singled in his only other plate appearance Friday, and should be considered day-to-day. The 23-year-old is batting .257 with 18 home runs and 55 RBI through 92 games this year.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:05:10 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rupp is batting .292 with three home runs and 10 RBI through 48 at-bats this month and makes a solid catching option in all fantasy formats.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:54:47 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies SP Zach Eflin (3-3) allowed three hits and struck out six batters in a shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, July 22. It was his first career shutout and second career complete game.
Fantasy Tip: Eflin has posted a 2.08 ERA in his last seven outings, with five walks and 24 strikeouts over 47 2/3 innings, and has tossed six consecutive quality starts. He should be viewed as a decent option for NL-only and cavernous mixed leagues, although his tendency to pitch to contact won't result in high strikeout totals.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:18:27 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS/3B Jung Ho Kang is starting at third base and batting seventh against Philadelphia Phillies SP Zach Eflin Friday, July 22. Pirates 1B/3B David Freese is not in the starting lineup Friday.
Fantasy Tip: Kang is struggling in July (.176 batting average) and has some legal concerns hanging over his head. In shallower setups, it isn't out of the question to move on from Kang, especially since Freese continues to see consistent playing time. Sub out Freese where you can in seasonal leagues. He remains a viable option in all deep mixed and NL-only leagues and sits with a solid 42 runs, 10 home runs, 40 RBI and .285/.364/.460 slash line.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:13:08 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mercer receives a nice fantasy boost hitting atop the lineup, but he remains nothing more than a low-end option in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues. He could be worth a longer look than usual in daily contests Friday, though. Harrison is reeling along a 31-for-153 run at the plate since the calendar flipped to June. You can consider replacing him outside of cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:57:25 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Altherr is quickly making up for lost time, as he hit .375 in 32 plate appearances between his previous two stops. He was a modest breakout candidate this season before enduring his wrist injury back in spring training, so he'll definitely be someone to watch, at least for deeper formats, as he continues to progress in his rehab. Altherr definitely flashed some notable potential last year as a rookie.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:46:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Joseph is likely just taking a day off. He's been scorching hot this month, hitting .378 with five home runs and eight RBI after a cold stretch. He's been up and down in his rookie year but should be owned in most deep mixed and NL leagues for his power. Howard has similar power (13 homers) but an ugly .158/.218/.364 slash line. He's an under-the-radar sleeper pick in DFS in a good matchup.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:35:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Goeddel snapped a hitless streak of 16 at-bats with Wednesday's performance and is now batting .216 with four home runs and 16 RBI through 162 at-bats. He should be viewed as little more than outfield depth for NL-only seasonal leagues.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:30:51 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hellickson is 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA over his last seven outings and only increased his trade value with Wednesday's gem. If the 29-year-old right-hander doesn't get moved within the next few days, he will make his next scheduled start against the Marlins Monday, July 25, in Miami.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:55:21 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies OF Odubel Herrera has gone just 2-for-13 with a walk and four strikeouts during the team's three-game losing streak. Manager Pete Mackanin felt Herrera needed a rest Wednesday, July 20. Herrera is also 4-for-36 (.111) in the last nine games and has hit .247/.300/.380 in 43 games since June 1. However, Mackanin isn't particularly worried just yet. Herrera has just eight walks in his last 40 games in the last 6 1/2 weeks after drawing 38 free passes in his first 54 games through the first two months.
Fantasy Tip: In the grand scheme of things, Herrera owners shouldn't be terribly concerned. After all, he's still sporting a very nice .285/.369/.416 slash line with 10 long balls, 33 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He's already set career highs in homers and will surpass his 16 steals from last year. However, keep an eye on him as he's slumping and consider benching him if he doesn't snap out of it soon.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:22:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rupp is putting together a respectable fantasy campaign with nine home runs, 26 RBI and a .278/.321/.484 slash line. He's a viable starter in cavernous mixed, two-catcher and NL-only leagues. The 37-year-old Ruiz is playing sparingly at this stage of his career and is nothing more than a desperation flier in daily contests Wednesday.
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