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Starting pitcher from Freddy Galvis trade turning heads for Phillies

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Starting pitcher from Freddy Galvis trade turning heads for Phillies

WASHINGTON — Shortstop is one of several positions the Phillies haven't gotten much from through 30 games. Their shortstops have hit .238 with a .304 on-base percentage, numbers worse than what Freddy Galvis gave them last season. 

They've also committed five errors, all by J.P. Crawford on throws. Crawford, now on the DL with a right forearm strain, is the only SS in the majors with that many throwing errors.

Out in San Diego, Galvis has played well, posting the highest OBP of his career (.323) and making just one error in 121 defensive chances. The Padres have already grown accustomed to his defensive wizardry. 

"When you have someone like that that brings consistent defense at a very high level," Padres left-hander Clayton Richard said in April, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It alters the course of a game." 

Trading Galvis was a difficult decision the Phillies' front office deemed necessary with his free agency approaching and Crawford and Scott Kingery ready for regular roles in the majors. It was the kind of logical baseball move teams make all the time.

And while some fans (and members of this pitching staff) may miss Galvis' defense, the trade could still work out if Enyel De Los Santos continues to pitch like he has.

De Los Santos is the 22-year-old Dominican pitching prospect the Phillies got from San Diego for Galvis. On Friday, De Los Santos was named their Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April. He responded with six scoreless innings in an IronPigs win.

In five starts with Triple A Lehigh Valley, De Los Santos is 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA. He has 33 strikeouts and 11 six walks in 25⅓ innings without allowing a home run.

This after a successful 2017 season in the hitter-friendly Double A Texas League in which De Los Santos posted a 3.78 ERA and was taken deep just 12 times in 150 innings.

De Los Santos, like almost all pitching prospects, has a mid-90s fastball but it has been his commitment to his curveball that has enabled him to take a step forward early in 2018.

Could he be up with the Phillies later this season? It's a possibility if he keeps pitching well and the No. 5 spot remains in flux. He would have to first be added to the 40-man roster, but the Phils have a few pitchers on the 40 they probably wouldn't regret designating for assignment if it gets to that point.

In any event, just remember next time you're watching a Phillies game and thinking "Galvis would have made that play," that there is still a whole lot of value to be derived from that deal, whether or not Crawford hits in 2018.

It turns out Jeopardy host Alex Trebek isn't the biggest fan of the Phanatic

It turns out Jeopardy host Alex Trebek isn't the biggest fan of the Phanatic

Jeopardy has been home to some great moments regarding Philadelphia sports in the past.

 I wish this was another one of these moments ... but it's not.

 It turns out, the show's host host Alex Trebek isn't a big fan of the Phillie Phanatic ... I know, I'm hurt too.


 The Phillies are in disbelief, we all are.
 
 Of course, fans had quite the reaction to the video that surfaced on social media. After all, the Phanatic is the best mascot in all of sports (totally unbiased, of course).




 

I don't even want to know what he thinks about Gritty.

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Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Nationals playing in World Series without him

Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Nationals playing in World Series without him

Right around the time the Washington Nationals were clinching their World Series berth this week, a guy who left that team to come play in Philadelphia posted a cute photo to his Instagram story with his baby son. It included the caption, "cuddle time is the best time."

I made light of the juxtaposition of that photo with what Nationals players were currently doing in a tongue-in-cheek tweet, but it's hard not to think about Bryce Harper during this Nationals run.

We know exactly how Nationals fans down in DC feel about their former favorite slugger who departed DC for big time bucks. They won't stop telling us.

But what was Harper feeling? Thanks to a one-on-one interview Harper did with Jayson Stark of the Athletic, we now have a glimpse into Harper's mind during this unique time.

Stark says Harper was effusive in his praise of the city of Philadelphia during their chat. And the majority of Harper's answers are very savvy in a public relations sense. Harper is good at saying what you think he's supposed to say. But it doesn't come off as disingenuous.

Stark asked Harper if he was feeling any jealousy watching his old pals spray champagne in the locker room and his answer comes off as pretty honest. From the Athletic ($):

“No,” he said again, without a millisecond’s hesitation, “because like I said, I made my decision, and that was my decision. And it was the final decision that I made. You know, jealousy isn’t good. For me, it’s about having the gratitude to go out and do what I do each day and not having an attitude towards anybody else.

“I think it’s about being able to be the person that I am,” he went on, “and not saying to myself, `Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m not a National.’ Or, `Oh my gosh, those guys are doing what they’re doing. I can’t believe it. I’m so jealous.’ No. I’m so happy for them. You know how hard it is to get into the postseason and win games. For them to be able to put it together this year the way they have, it’s an amazing thing.”

There's plenty more to the piece worth diving into. Stark also spoke with former National/Phillie Jayson Werth, who knows a thing or two about both cities/clubs and also what it's like to play alongside Harper.

The Nationals' opponent in the World Series is yet to be set, but whether it's the Nationals, New York Yankees or Houston Astros who are spraying champagne at the end of it, you won't see Harper doing that. Unless he and his little baby pop up in his Instagram stories getting wacky.

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