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Disappointment for the Phillies as MLB announces All-Star Game voting results

Disappointment for the Phillies as MLB announces All-Star Game voting results

There was a time when the Phillies could have reasonably believed that they would have more than one starter for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game. Today, we found out they’ll have none.

In a new method of All-Star Game voting, fans nominated players in a “Primary” over a span of three weeks and the top players at each position move on to a final vote. Well, no one on the Phillies is in that final vote.

Entering the final week of voting, guys like Cesar Hernandez, J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper had a shot, but with the recent run of poor form, they all fell out. 

The results will snap a streak of four straight All-Star Game starts for Harper, while Realmuto, Jean Segura and Aaron Nola were all reserves last season.

Here’s a look at who you can vote for to represent the National and American Leagues in the starting lineup.

Catcher

AL: Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees), James McCann (Chicago White Sox), Robinson Chirinos (Houston Astros)

NL: Willson Contreras (Chicago Cubs), Brian McCann (Atlanta Braves), Yasmani Grandal (Milwaukee Brewers)

First Base

AL: C.J. Cron (Minnesota Twins), Carlos Santana (Cleveland Indians), Luke Voit (Yankees)

NL: Josh Bell (Pittsburgh Pirates), Freddie Freeman (Braves), Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)

Second Base

AL: Tommy La Stella (Los Angeles Angels), Jose Altuve (Astros), DJ LeMahieu (Yankees)

NL: Ozzie Albies (Braves), Mike Moustakas (Brewers), Ketel Marte (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Third Base

AL: Alex Bregman (Astros), Hunter Dozier (Kansas City Royals), Gio Urshela (Yankees)

NL: Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Kris Bryant (Cubs), Josh Donaldson (Braves)

Shortstop

AL: Carlos Correa (Astros), Jorge Polanco (Twins), Gleyber Torres (Yankees)

NL: Javier Baez (Cubs), Dansby Swanson (Braves), Trevor Story (Rockies)

Outfield

AL: Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox), Michael Brantley (Astros), Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers), Aaron Judge (Yankees), Austin Meadows (Tampa Bay Rays), Josh Reddick (Astros), Eddie Rosario (Twins), George Springer (Astros), Mike Trout (Angels)

NL: Ronald Acuna Jr. (Braves), Albert Almora Jr. (Cubs), Cody Bellinger (L.A. 

Dodgers), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), Jason Heyward (Cubs), Nick Markakis (Braves), Joc Pederson (Dodgers), Kyle Schwarber (Cubs), Christian Yelich (Brewers)

Designated Hitter (AL)

Nelson Cruz (Twins), J.D. Martinez (Red Sox), Hunter Pence (Rangers) 

So, if the Phillies won’t have any starters in the All-Star Game, who can we expect to represent the team in Cleveland? Hector Neris has made a compelling case for the club to be selected as one of the pitchers for the National League; Scott Kingery is doing a tremendous job for the club as a utility man; and perhaps, J.T Realmuto at a rather thin position at catcher. Unfortunately — and shockingly, since fans aren’t factored into the vote for reserves — that might be it.

The starting lineups for the All-Star Game will be announced on June 27 and the rest of the team will be announced on June 30. The game is scheduled for July 9.

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Phillies reach deal with free-agent starter Drew Smyly, who could help ... a little bit

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Phillies reach deal with free-agent starter Drew Smyly, who could help ... a little bit

The Phillies have reached a deal with free-agent starting pitcher Drew Smyly, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury has confirmed. 

Smyly, 30, became a free agent Thursday when he opted out of his minor-league contract with the Brewers. 

While Smyly should help, he likely won’t be a savior. After not pitching in the majors in 2017 or 2018 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, the lefty struggled with Texas earlier this season before he was released in June. In 51 1/3 innings this season, Smyly had an 8.42 ERA, 1.909 WHIP and a 50.6 hard-contact rate. 

There was a time when Smyly would have been a much bigger get. From 2012 to 2016, with the Tigers and Rays, he went 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA in 156 games (85 starts). 

Here’s what Salisbury said yesterday about the Phillies’ desperation for starting pitching: 

It is well known that the Phillies are in the market for starting pitching. They have spoken to the Texas Rangers about Mike Minor, the Detroit Tigers about Matthew Boyd and the San Francisco Giants about Madison Bumgarner. They have also investigated the possibility of trading for Zack Greinke, Arizona’s high-priced right-hander.

In addition to inquiring about and gauging what it would take to get a top starter — the price is high and the Phils don't want to give up the multiples of top prospects that other clubs are asking for — the Phils have also considered marginal upgrades like Andrew Cashner, who was traded from Baltimore to Boston, and Homer Bailey, who went from Kansas City to Oakland.

Smyly appears to be one of those marginal upgrades. But it won't hurt to have him. 

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Hector Neris answers Dodgers' bombs with an F-bomb

Hector Neris answers Dodgers' bombs with an F-bomb

Phillies closer Hector Neris has been beaten up badly by the Los Angeles Dodgers in his career.

Neris has allowed eight home runs to the Dodgers in his career in just 12 2/3 innings. Most of the home runs have been spectacular shots that have cost the Phillies games, including two of them this season.

Two years ago, Neris gave up three homers in the ninth inning as the Dodgers rallied for a surreal win in Dodger Stadium.

Neris gave up another home run to the Dodgers on Thursday, but he managed to survive it and nail down the save in the Phillies’ 7-6 win.

It was an emotional victory for the Phillies — Gabe Kapler said as much afterward — and Neris’ emotions definitely got the best of him.

As Justin Turner’s game-ending fly ball nestled into right-fielder Bryce Harper’s glove, Neris turned to the Dodgers’ dugout and shouted, “F--- you!”

The Dodgers did not like it. From the dugout, several players stared down Neris. He stared back. Dodgers catcher Russell Martin could be seen inviting Neris to rendezvous in the tunnel for further discussion.

That was the extent of the drama on the field, but Dodgers slugger Max Muncy managed to get in a pretty good verbal lick on Neris during postgame clubhouse interviews.

“He looked right into our dugout, screamed at us, and yelled, ‘F--- you!’ " Muncy told reporters. "He’s blown about eight saves against us over the last two years. I guess he was just excited. He wants to act that way, good for him.”

Neris downplayed the verbal confrontation.

“It was nothing,” he said. “It's the emotion of the series, you know? It's a great win for my team. I just let my emotions get out. I'll just try to be focused on the next series. That's the only thing I have to say about that.

“Just the emotions. Just the game. I'm so happy, I'm so excited for my team to win that game. That's a good team. My team needed that win.”

Neris has given up homers in four of his last five appearances. He blew a save when he gave up a three-run homer in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. (The Phils came back to win in the bottom of the ninth.) After the home run, Neris plunked David Freese and was ejected. Neris received a three-game suspension from MLB. He is appealing it.

The season series between the two teams is complete. The Dodgers took five of seven games from the Phillies and out-homered the Phils, 23-7.

That's a lot of bombs.

And one F-bomb.

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