Ricky Bottalico

At The Yard Podcast: What to do with Maikel Franco? Are Braves pulling away from the Phillies?

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At The Yard Podcast: What to do with Maikel Franco? Are Braves pulling away from the Phillies?

On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman and Ricky Bottalico discuss the surging Braves. Are they the team to beat in the division now?

Should Maikel Franco's days in the lineup be numbered? Is Bryce Harper batting lead-off a realistic option for Gabe Kapler?

Also, do the Phillies need to make not one, but maybe multiple big trades to be a legitimate contender?

1:00 - Braves are on fire. Has that changed the division outlook?
4:30 - Phillies' bullpen appears to be getting healthier. Does it still need upgrading?
10:00 - Should Franco's days in the lineup be numbered?
15:30 - Try Bryce Harper at lead-off?
20:00 - How to pitch to Freddie Freeman.
24:30 - Season outlook now. Do the Phillies have to make a big trade?

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At The Yard Podcast: How much will Jay Bruce play? An interview with Chris Young

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At The Yard Podcast: How much will Jay Bruce play? An interview with Chris Young

On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman and Jim Salisbury discuss how much Jay Bruce will play and if he is a big enough upgrade for the Phils' bench.

In the big picture, what does this mean for Nick Williams? And what would be best for his career?

Don't expect the organization to be finished looking to make upgrades. Also, Jim chats with pitching coach Chris Young. How has Vince Velasquez adjusted to his bullpen role?

0:30 — How much will Jay Bruce play? Is he the upgrade the Phillies need?
4:00 — What does Jay Bruce mean for Nick Williams' future in Philadelphia?
8:00 — Phillies not done making upgrades. More trades to come.
13:00 — Bad defensive series in L.A. Maikel Franco is playing with little confidence.
16:00 — Jim chats with pitching coach Chris Young about Vince Velasquez's transition to the bullpen and more.

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At The Yard Podcast: Best team in the NL; where do the Phillies rank? Mounting bullpen injuries

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At The Yard Podcast: Best team in the NL; where do the Phillies rank? Mounting bullpen injuries

On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman and Ricky Bottalico discuss who the best team in the National League is and where the Phillies rank.

The bullpen injuries continue to pile up as Adam Morgan is the latest to go on the IL. Can the starting rotation step up?

Also, Ricky shares the keys to handling a batter charging the mound.

0:30 - Best team in the NL. Where are the Phillies in there?
8:00 - Previewing the series in Los Angeles.
10:00 - Best yet to come for the offense? How many wins will the Phillies end up with?
13:00 - More bullpen injuries.
21:30 - Starting pitching needs to step up.
24:00 - What to do when a batter charges the mound?

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