For the 2016 Opening Day roster the Phillies have a whole new look with no one from last season among the five man rotation.
USA Today's Steve Gardner reviewed why the Phillies rotation is better this season and had high praise for Vincent Velasquez and Aaron Nola:
"(Aaron) Nola is a guy that can throw strikes and be effective...
An inside-the-park home run. A power failure that blacked out the TV audience. Crazy bounces, great plays and key errors.
The longest World Series opener ever had a little bit of everything. And more than five hours after they began, Alcides Escobar and the Kansas City Royals also had just enough energy to outlast the New York Mets
Chase Utley is appealing his two game suspension and thus will be eligible to play in Game 3 tonight.
MLB tried to expedite the appeal before tonight's game but was unable to do so.
Utley issued a statement at Citi Field prior to the game and reiterated the "terrible" feeling he has for Ruben Tejada's injury:
“The Players Association and my agent are handling the appeals process...
Safe at second base - and suspended for two games.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley was banned for two playoff games by Major League Baseball on Sunday night following his late takeout slide that broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's right leg
The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings have kicked off in Dallas. I’ll write a piece each night on the major and minor news of the day, especially involving the Philadelphia Phillies.
The most interesting rumor of the Major League Baseball off-season isn't a big contract being offered in Miami, the lack of urgency after a non-championship season in New York, or where the best player in the sport will land. The big, intriguing idea brought forth thus far? Ruben Amaro Jr. pulling the trigger on a deal that would send Cole Hamels out of Philadelphia.