1. Why Darin Ruf Won't Start the 2013 Season in Philadelphia

    Many fans are intrigued by the possibilities of what Darin Ruf could bring to the 2013 Phillies . Virtually an unknown prior to his breakout 2012 season, Ruf took the Eastern League by storm, bashing 38 home runs and driving in 105 runs...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 388 reads 38 comments

  2. Analyzing the Philadelphia Phillies Outfield Options

    The Phillies just put on one of their worst offensive performances in years. In fact, they scored fewer runs in 2012 than any Phillies team since 1997—Scott Rolen’s rookie year...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 678 reads 11 comments

  3. 5 Things the Philadelphia Phillies Need to Fix

    With free agency upon us, rumors have begun circulating everywhere, speculation about which player ended up where have been rampant. Phillies fans know what their club needs: an outfielder (maybe two), a third baseman and dependable relief help...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 2,127 reads 11 comments

  4. Philadelphia Phillies: B.J. Upton Is Not Worth the Cost of First-Round Pick

    Now that the Tampa Bay Rays have extended a qualifying offer to B.J. Upton , is it any less likely the Philadelphia Phillies pursue him? Probably not. But it should be...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 1,247 reads 0 comments

  5. Free Agent Frenzy: Predicting the Landing Spot of 10 Top Free Agents

    Like any offseason, there are bound to be surprises in the free agent market this winter. Hardly anyone correctly predicted the landing spot of many free-agents last offseason. How many saw Albert Pujols leaving St...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 573 reads 0 comments

  6. Philadelphia Phillies: The Top 5 Players They Should Avoid This Winter

    The Phillies have a number of holes on their team and a lot of money to spend this offseason. They can upgrade through free agency or trades and add multiple players if they choose...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 1,462 reads 22 comments

  7. Darin Ruf or Domonic Brown—For the Philadelphia Phillies, That Is the Question

    Domonic Brown or Darin Ruf . It seems obvious that at least one of them, and most likely only one, will be in the Phillies starting lineup in Atlanta come April...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 166 reads 10 comments

  8. Philadephia Phillies: 5 Less Outside-the-Box Trade Ideas

    Earlier this week I wrote an article suggesting some very outside-the-box, crazy trade ideas. Most centered around well-known players with expensive contracts, and I understood that all were unlikely to occur...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 8,228 reads 63 comments

  9. Philadelphia Phillies: The Best and Worst Things They Can Do This Offseason

    No one knows for sure what the Phillies will do this offseason. Will they be aggressive and make big, splashy moves? Or will they play it conservative and attempt to both better ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 3,823 reads 23 comments

  10. Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Unlikely Trades to Alter Baseball in South Philly

    The Philadelphia Phillies have a payroll bordering on the obscene: They owe tens of millions of dollars in guaranteed contracts to players who are unlikely to ever live up to them, ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 7,496 reads 81 comments

  11. A Realistic Look at the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies

    After finishing the 2012 season with a disappointing 81-81 record, the Phillies enter perhaps their most chaotic offseason in recent memory...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 6,959 reads 24 comments

  12. Offseason Advice to Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro: Stand Pat

    This offseason, Ruben Amaro needs to do something he’s never done before: proceed with caution...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 461 reads 0 comments

  13. Philadelphia Phillies: Why Philly WILL Target Free Agent BJ Upton

    While Ruben Amaro has been coy about his offseason plans, even telling Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he has no clear “number one priority” for the offseason, the Phillies GM has made no secret about his desire to upgrade the club...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 1,958 reads 31 comments

  14. Philadelphia Phillies: Predicting Their Offseason

    Regardless of how the Phillies' season ends—whether they finish off this miraculous run or they go home when the regular season ends—Ruben Amaro and company have a lot of work to do...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about almost 2 years ago 755 reads 12 comments

  15. The Philadelphia Phillies Can't Possibly Pull off Another Playoff Run

    Once again this Philadelphia Phillies team has come through and put together yet another amazing late-reason run when it mattered most. Fans have suddenly gotten back into the game and there is a rekindled electricity at Citizens Bank Park these days..

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 2 years ago 1,208 reads 7 comments

  16. Detroit Tigers: 5 Steps to Winning the Pennant

    The Detroit Tigers currently sit as the eighth-best team in the American League, ten games behind Texas and with only a 30.2% chance of making the playoffs ( http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings/_/group/5 ) as of September 12, 2012...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 2 years ago 2,305 reads 16 comments

  17. Fixing the Philadelphia Phillies: 4 Steps Back to Dominance

    Despite being one of the few remaining fools refusing to give up on the 2012 season until the door is actually slammed shut, I also realize this this Phillies team has glaring holes that need correcting this winter...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 2 years ago 3,131 reads 42 comments

  18. Shutting Down Stephen Strasburg on the Brink of Brilliance Is a Mistake

    The decision has been officially made. Stephen Strasburg will be shut down—”sat down” according to National’s General Manager Mike Rizzo—following his next start...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 2 years ago 398 reads 9 comments

  19. MLB Playoffs 2011: Each Postseason Contender's Most Pivotal Player

    As we head into the final stretch of the season, each MLB team knows whether or not it has what it takes to be a real contender. Teams like the Pirates and Mets , both feel-good stories of the 2011 season, have started to fizzle...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 214 reads 0 comments

  20. Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Steps to the Division Title

    With the calendar turning to August, it’s now officially the “Dog Days of Summer” for baseball teams. Just as the case has been the previous several years, the Philadelphia Phillies appear to be hitting their stride...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 121 reads 1 comments

  21. MLB Trade Deadline Analysis: 6 Most Shocking Storylines

    Each year at the trading deadline there are players who are absolute locks to be traded somewhere, and some teams who are absolute certainties to acquire those players...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 683 reads 7 comments

  22. MLB Trade Deadline: Winners and Losers as the Clock Ticks Down

    As another July comes to a close we once again have many teams who have upgraded their rosters, and thus their chances of making the playoffs and winning a World Series...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 5,910 reads 59 comments

  23. MLB Trade Deadline: After Landing Hunter Pence, Whom Will Ruben Amaro Target?

    Do you have any friends who you absolutely adore, but hate talking to? I know I do. Whenever they call, I can’t seem to get off the phone fast enough...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 1,459 reads 4 comments

  24. MLB Trade Rumors: Hunter Pence to Philadelphia Phillies?

    The Phillies got the first glimpse of Carlos Beltran in a San Francisco Giants uniform (going 0-4 with two strikeouts in his Giant debut), but now that the switch-hitter is off the ...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 1,281 reads 10 comments

  25. MLB Trade Talk: Beltran Doesn't Fit in Philly, Deal for David Wright Instead

    The Phillies and Mets make great trade partners this year. The franchises are going in different directions and each might have players the other covets...

    Tom Mechin Written by Tom Mechin about 3 years ago 728 reads 26 comments