Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bad Spring

WSBGMs is your official reporter of gloom and doom for everything Philadelphia Phillies related.  Due to the mandated reporting, the following must be divulged...

*Rankings Out of 116 Qualified Batters
AVG: Ben Revere - .149 (112th) and Cesar Hernandez - .086 (15th)
OPS: Freddy Galvis - .560 (101st), Cesar Hernandez - .362 (115th), and Ben Revere - .349 (116th)

*Rankings Out of 52 Qualified Pitchers
ERA: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 7.53 (50th)
WHIP: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 1.81 (51st)
L: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 3 (1st tied)
AVG: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - .385 (52nd)

As you can clearly see, two of the Phillies 8 regulars (Revere and Galvis) are struggling mightily at the plate, one out of options utility player has been practically nonexistent (Hernandez), and the only Phillies spending splurge in international waters is sucking ass (Gonzalez). 

Stay tuned for further face punches.

Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm a Fan of David Buchanan

Entering Spring Training, David Buchanan was unjustly vying for the 5th spot in the rotation.  As a rookie, he pitched fairly well, posting a 3.75 ERA/1.29 WHIP over 117.2 IP in 20 games started.  Outside of Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, the projected rotation was blah, so giving the young and still developing Buchanan the ball every 5th day on a rebuilding club seemed like a no-brainer.  However, he was being pushed into a competition with multi-million dollar bust Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and non-roster invitee Kevin Slowey.  Unfortunately, Lee is likely out for the season, but fortunately Buchanan is there to help fill the void. And, he's proving he belonged all along.

Buchanan Spring Stats:
5 G, 2-0, 16 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 1.69 ERA, and a 0.75 WHIP.  Boo-yah!

I'm not predicting a Cy Young-esque performance outta him, but 185+ IP and a similar 3.75 ERA to last season is well within reason.  I'm a fan, or better yet, PHAN.  Ha, see what I did there?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Phillies & Beer - A Needed Combination

As WSBGMs gears up for the 2015 season, I've been stockpiling some scrumptious suds.  Craft beer and the Phillies are my hobbies, so again this year I'll be reviewing some brews along with the series previews.  I look forward to talking Phils and Pils with ya (well, not just pilseners, but you know what I mean).

Friday, March 20, 2015

Offense Not Improving, Getting Worse

Just reporting facts here folks. No opinion, purely factual.

AVG - .225 (30th)
OBP - .281 (30th)
SLG - .316 (30th)
OPS - .597 (30th)
R - 63 (26th)
DBL - 19 (29th)
TRPL - 1 (28th)
HR - 10 (25th)
SB - 8 (19th)
BB - 37 (28th)
XBH - 30 (30th)

It's alright to worry.  Seriously, you better be worried.  No really, WORRY!

ERA - 3.99 (11th)
WHIP - 1.30 (9th)
K - 111 (19th)
OPS - .746 (18th)

*Rule 5 picks - Obudel Herrera .364/.794, 10 G, 6 R, 4 SB and Andy Oliver 2-0, 4 G, 6.2 IP, 13 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP.

*Chase Utley - 5 G, .500/1.105, the only projected regular batting over .265, but has yet to play second base.

*Ben Revere - .121/.361 in 33 at bats. 

*Bullpen hopefuls Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez, and the previously mentioned Andy Oliver all sporting nil earned run averages (collectively- 17.2 IP, 0 ER).

*Joely Rodriguez, acquired from Pittsburgh in Bastardo swap, has pitched well (9 IP, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP), but has never pitched above Double-A and just like in the minors is striking nearly no one out (only 1 K).

Monday, March 16, 2015

Half Way Through Spring

The Phillies are roughly half way through Spring Training and have played 14 games with an 8-6 record.  Below you will find their offensive and pitching team stats along with MLB rank.

AVG - .225 (29th)
OPS - .592 (29th)
R - 49 (24th)
DBL - 15 (28th)
TRPL - 1 (25th)
HR - 8 (21st)
SB - 8 (16th)
BB - 27 (29th)
XBH - 24 (28th)

ERA - 3.19 (9th)
WHIP - 1.25 (8th)
W - 8 (4th)
K - 82 (23rd)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Winning, But Barely Scoring

Astonishingly enough, the Phillies have a winning record thus far in Spring Training (7-4).  However, the bats are still in winter hibernation mode.  Despite being to the good 3 wins, the Phils have a negative run differential (-6), due to a poor performing offense.  Overall, the pitching has done well (3.8 runs allowed per 9 IP).  The offense has only mustered 3.3 runs per game.  Honestly, don't expect much more than that, because they'll likely fall right around that amount in the regular season too (they only averaged 3.8 a game last season).

And yes, I know it's only Spring Training.

Spring Tid-Bits:
*Brian Bogusevic is doing his best to make the team (a near impossible feat in my opinion, due to Revere, Brown, Sizemore, Ruf, and Herrera likely staking claim to the outfield jobs).  Through 9 games he's hitting .455/1.545 with 2 HR and 5 RBI.

*Phillies catchers (Ruiz, Rupp, Hill, and Garcia) have only 4 hits in 36 at bats (.111 average).

*The Phillies have hit only 5 homeruns this Spring, and only 1 of them has been by a player that will likely be a member of the 25-man roster (Howard).

*Joely Rodriguez has a sparkling 0.00 ERA through 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks.

*Kevin Slowey is twirling some magic too, also sporting a 0.00 ERA through 6 innings.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Phillies Hurting in Rotation

At the beginning of Spring Training, there was talk of competition for the 5th spot in the Phillies rotation.  Truth be told, that ain't the case anymore.  Lee has a bum elbow and Harang had been hunched over for too long, walking like an orangutan, that his back hurts.  That means two open slots.

Possible Rotation:
1. Cole Hamels
2. Jerome Williams
3. David Buchanan
4. Kevin Slowey
5. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

That is laughable and appalling.  Just like the Phils of yesteryear from my childhood.  In laymen's terms, they suck.

Of course miracles could happen.  Lee is able to pitch through the pain, Harang finds a therapeutic masseuse, and Chad Billingsley is ready by the end of April to bump someone for the rotation.  Hahahahahahahaha!!!