One of Phillies' main spring training focuses shows up in Game 1 win

The Phillies are not a team known for defense but they made plays all over the field on opening day — the routine ones and four flashy ones, all of which came at important times. In a 3-2, extra-inning win over the Braves, all of them mattered. Third baseman Alec...
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Meet the guy who pitched in and helped Connor Brogdon become a big-leaguer

Connor Brogdon's nerves were crackling like an exposed electrical wire when he was called into a tie game in the 10th inning by Phillies manager Joe Girardi on Thursday. Here it was, opening day, the year after the Great Bullpen Disaster of 2020, and Brogdon, still a rookie, had a man on second base with the reigning National League MVP due up and the league's reigning home run/RBI champ on deck.
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Phillies' J.T. Realmuto: Records two hits

Realmuto went 2-for-4 with one RBI and a double in Thursday's 3-2 win over Atlanta. Catchers rarely hit in the cleanup spot, but Realmuto, arguably baseball's biggest offensive threat at the position, appears comfortable hitting behind Bryce Harper in the four-hole. A thumb injury delayed Realmuto's spring debut and limited him to 18 exhibition plate appearances, but he looked up to game speed and primed for a productive season. Realmuto is paid like MLB's best catcher, and Opening Day suggested he's fully prepared to justify the five-year deal.
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The Phillies bullpen showed how good it could be on Opening Day

Yessir, that first Phillies victory of the 2021 season tasted pretty sweet on Thursday, with Jean Segura walking off the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in 10 innings. Aaron Nola shoved (well, right up until Pablo Sandoval shoved an 0-2 mistake fastball into New Jersey, anyway), the Phils made some sparkling plays in the field, specifically by Alec Bohm, Didi Gregorius, Roman Quinn and J.T. Realmuto, and at the end of the day, the Phillies are in FIRST PLACE IN THE NL EAST WHILE THE Atlanta Braves ARE IN LAST.

Three things we learned as Phillies walk off in victory to open 2021 season

If nothing else, Thursday's season opener at Citizens Bank Park was entertaining. With fans back for the first time in 18 months, the Phillies looked poised to cruise to victory over the NL East favored Braves before a tie game late set up an eventual walk-off single from Jean Segura for a 3-2 win on the last swing.

Revamped bullpen keys Phillies' walk-off win

PHILADELPHIA -- Connor Brogdon is a different pitcher in a different bullpen, which is why the Phillies believe 2021 can be different, too. He faced Freddie Freeman with Ozzie Albies -- the automatic runner to start the 10th inning -- on second base in Thursday's Opening Day game at Citizens Bank Park. Freeman won the National League Most Valuable Player Award last season. He has been a source of Phillies’ nightmares for years. But Brogdon got Freeman to ground out to send Albies to third. Brogdon then got Marcell Ozuna to hit a fly ball to center field. Roman Quinn caught it and threw a 96.3 mph strike to J.T. Realmuto at home plate for an inning-ending double play.

'Crabfries & Wooder Ice:' Bryce Harper narrates Phillies 2021 Hype Video

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Bryce Harper is hyped!. As are Philadelphia Phillies fans who have been waiting for this day to finally arrive. It's Opening Day 2021 and the Phillies start their journey to the World Series Championship. To get everyone set for Thursday's game against the Braves, the Phillies released...

How good are the Phillies going to be this season?

The thing about baseball — at least when it comes to Major League Baseball and the marathon 162-game season — is that it almost allows the cream to rise to the top. While in a sport like football a team might have a favorable stretch of schedule, or get hot and fire off 3 or 4 wins in a row to make the postseason, teams are much more subject to randomness or luck. Longer season sports reward consistency, and it's really hard for a team to cruise to the playoffs if it is not indeed one of the best 10 teams in the sport.
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The best Phillies opening day moments of the last 20 years

For the first time since September 29, 2019, there will be fans at a regular season Philadelphia Phillies baseball game. And not just any game, it’s MLB Opening Day. After a pandemic shortened season, we sit just one day away from the beginning of the 162 game marathon we all know and love. So, it feels appropriate to take a look back at some of the best of Phillies opening day over the last 20 years. In this time period from 2001-2020, the Phillies record in the first game of the season is 9-11, and they’ve won just two out of their last five. This will be the fifth time playing the Braves in the season opener, with the last being in 2019, which coincidentally starts our trip down memory lane.

Phillies Nuggets: Opening day lineup projection 3.0

No. 1 – Andrew McCutchen, Left Field. McCutchen is 34 now, but the five-time All-Star looked healthier this spring than he ever did a season ago. He’ll need to rebound defensively without the DH returning. Offensively, the Phillies need him to get on base at a clip much more like what he did in 2019 (.378), as opposed to 2020 (.324).

'He's done it': Neris named Phillies' closer

Héctor Neris will be the Phillies’ closer if they need one on Opening Day. Manager Joe Girardi made the announcement on Wednesday morning on a Zoom call with reporters. Right-hander Archie Bradley and left-hander José Alvarado will be Neris’ setup men. The Phillies open the season on Thursday afternoon against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

Baseball call or PR decision? Phillies leave Odubel Herrera off roster

Spring training is over and so is the biggest drama of Phillies camp. Odubel Herrera did not make the team. Roman Quinn and Adam Haseley prevailed in the much-watched competition for the team’s center field job. Quinn is a switch-hitter. Haseley bats left-handed. It sets up for an early-season platoon....
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2021 Phillies Over/Under/Never

Over/Under/Never is back! Following the formula carefully developed over the years by Phrozen, I’ve put together 30 questions about the Philadelphia Phillies’ 2021 season. Anyone is free to submit their guesses, and at the end of the year I’ll tally up the results and make a post to congratulate the winner. It’s always a fun game, but if you’re unsure about competing, here are some prizes that past winners have received: