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Odubel Herrera doubles

Fri, May 26th 10:44pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma


Odubel Herrera went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Phillies' 5-2 loss on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Herrera entered the game having gone 13 straight starts without a run scored or driven in. He hit leadoff tonight but has not deserved starting status in fantasy leagues through the first two months of 2017.

Cesar Hernandez is not in the Phillies lineup Friday. (Source: Todd Zolecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It looks to be a routine day off for Hernandez. Andres Blanco is playing 2B and batting second in his place.

Hector Neris pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Phillies in a tie game on Thursday, a game they would go on to win in the 11th. Neris threw all 10 of his pitches for strikes, did not allow a baserunner, and struck out one of the three batters he faced.

Fantasy Impact: This was the fourth straight scoreless appearance for Neris, who is trying to separate himself from the pack in the closer committee in Philadelphia. He lowered his ERA to 3.22 and his WHIP to 1.07. He has just four saves on the year but, at least for now, he seems to have the inside track for the closer job.

Vincent Velasquez struck out seven Colorado Rockies and allowed just one run on Thursday, but he lasted just five innings and did not factor into the decision. He allowed eight hits and walked one batter but managed to limit the damage during his time in the game.

Fantasy Impact: The good news is that Velasquez limited the damage, continued to strike people out at a high rate, and gave up only one run. The bad news is that he was once again inefficient and lasted just five innings while allowing too many baserunners. While he lowered his ERA to 5.55, his WHIP actually went up to 1.46. His next start is against the Marlins in Miami.

The Phillies snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Rockies on Thursday. Tommy Joseph provided the offense, going 2-for-5 with a home run and walk-off single in the 11th inning. Joseph now has seven home runs and 22 RBI for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Joseph now has nearly identical numbers in terms of batting average and OPS from last season. He's on pace to reach 30 doubles and 27 home runs, which would make him one of the better fantasy first basemen in the National League.

Aaron Altherr struggled in Thursday afternoon's win over the Rockies, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Altherr's average is now down to .295 on the year, which isn't bad, but it has fallen considerably over the past couple of weeks. Regression was inevitable for the 26-year-old but unless he heats up soon fantasy owners may be justified if they start losing patience.

Jeremy Hellickson allowed seven runs on eight hits through only five innings as he took the loss for the Phillies against Colorado on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: The Phillies are a bad baseball team right now. Hellickson is 5-2 with a 4.28 ERA, but the Phillies are 8-2 when he starts. Hellickson will continue to draw trade speculation. Don't be surprised if he is moved to a better team this summer.

Michael Saunders hits fifth homer

Wed, May 24th 10:34pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma


Michael Saunders hit a two run homer in Wednesday night's 7-2 loss to the Rockies. Saunders also added a walk and a run but the homer was his only hit of the night.

Fantasy Impact: Saunders isn't much of a fantasy factor this season since he's hitting just .229, however, there is pop in his bat so he's capable of putting up a hot streak at some point. For now fantasy players can do better.

Andrew Knapp homers

Tue, May 23rd 10:51pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma


Andrew Knapp went 1-for-3 with a home run, two strikeouts, and a walk in Tuesday night's loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Knapp fulfilled all three true outcomes in this one. He has some pop in his bat but is nothing more than a real life backup catcher for now.

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies lineup on Tuesday. Andres Blanco will start in Franco's place and bat fifth. (Source: Ryan Lawrence on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Just a day off for Franco, who has hit safely in eight of nine games. Expect him back in the lineup tomorrow.

Jerad Eickhoff took the loss in the 8-1 defeat to the Rockies on Monday. Eickhoff tossed six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

Fantasy Impact: Eickhoff has allowed at least four runs in four of his last five starts, suffering losses in each of those starts. His 8.19 K/9 rate is solid but with a 4.70 ERA and 1.43 WHIP he is only a viable fantasy option in deep mixed leagues and NL-only leagues. Eickhoff's next start is scheduled for Saturday when the Phillies host the Reds.

Aaron Nola allowed one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings on Sunday. He struck out five but unfortunately lost the game as the Pirates went on to beat the Phillies 1-0.

Fantasy Impact: It was encouraging to see Nola so effective and efficient while making his first start since April 20. His velocity looked solid and he needed less than 90 pitches to get through seven innings. He is set to face the Reds in his next start.

The Phillies enjoyed a 10-hit attack in a 7-2 win over the Pirates. Freddy Galvis has a good night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. He raised his batting average to .248 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Galvis has 14 extra-base hits in 141 at-bats. His on-base percentage remains under .300, a solid indication that he needs to be more selective at the plate. Fantasy owners should be impressed with his 24 RBI, which projects to 100 for the season.

The Phillies improved to 15-24 with a 7-2 win over the Pirates on Friday. Cameron Rupp add insurance runs in the ninth with a three-run home run. It was Rupp's fourth home run of the year and is now batting .255 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Rupp has homered three times in the last nine games after only one home run in the first 18. He has a solid .343 on-base percentage and .811 OPS.

Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after going 0-2 in four starts this season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Pivetta was far off the fantasy radar during his stint with the big-league club. This move also makes room for the return of Aaron Nola in the rotation.

Brock Stassi got a rare start, playing in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. He had a solid night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Stassi raised his batting average to .229 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Stassi is 4-for-7 over his last three games and has a respectable .739 OPS. He only has 48 at-bats this season and will likely start only occasionally at first base and be used as a pinch hitter.

Joaquin Benoit entered a tie game in the seventh inning and went on to allow five earned runs in 1/3 of an inning as the Phillies lost to the Mariners 11-6.

Fantasy Impact: This was Benoit's worst appearance of a season in which he has a 5.79 ERA out of the bullpen. He is part of a Phillies' bullpen that is struggling mightily right now and really has no defined structure two weeks into May.

Zach Eflin allowed three runs on nine hits as the Phillies lost to Seattle 11-6 on Wednesday afternoon. Eflin struck out five and walked one in a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Eflin left the game tied at three after six innings. The Phillies bullpen went on to allow eight runs. In five starts, Eflin still has yet to record a decision with not much onus on himself. His ERA is 2.81 with a WHIP of 1.00.

Jeanmar Gomez to DL

Wed, May 10th 8:32am EDT
By Blaine Blontz


Jeanmar Gomez was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined due to the ailment.

Fantasy Impact: Gomez lost fantasy relevance when he was ousted from the closer role. His numbers have been ugly (7.94 ERA, 1.76 WHIP), and the struggles could be due to this elbow injury.

The Phillies game back from a 2-1 deficit in the eighth inning to overtake the Mets, 6-2 in 10 innings. Andres Blanco had a key pinch hit, knocking in a run with a double in the eighth inning. Blanco raised his batting average to .429 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Blanco continues to be an extremely productive player when given the opportunity. He has a double and a home run in seven at-bats, posting a slugging percentage of 1.000 and OPS of 1.429.

Clay Buchholz had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn flexor tendon. The Phillies announced that his recovery time is estimated to be between four and six months, meaning his season is likely over. (Source: Jim Salisbury on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz was a low risk/high reward candidate for fantasy owners heading into 2017. The hope was that a change of scenery (and a shift from the American League East to the National League East) and a healthy season (always a question mark for Buchholz) would yield promising results. Unfortunately, Buchholz is now likely done for the year after two disappointing starts. This will likely not hurt fantasy owners much, as Buchholz was a taken as a late-round flier or grabbed as a free agent pickup in deeper leagues.