Friday, February 20, 2015

Cliff Lee Magic 8-Ball Interview


"I brought this to answer my hard questions." Cliff Lee said.

Questions like, "Phillies president Pat Gillick said the team would not contend until 2017."

"Hold on a second," Lee said, picking up the Magic 8 Ball. "Most likely." When asked more about the same issue, Lee responded, "Yes, definitely."

"Yes, definitely you want to be traded?"

"Let me see," Lee said. "That's another tough one. I don't know if I want to answer that." Lee looked at the ball again. "Very doubtful."

Savvy vet!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cole Hamels- Clap, Clap, Clap

WSBGMs wants to take this opportunity and platform to congratulate Cole Hamels on speaking his mind and the blunt truth.  We applaud you Cole!
"I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here. This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality." ~Cole Hamels


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentines Phlashback to Better Times


Hey, we still have Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, which means we're half as good as we used to be.  102 wins in 2011, 51 in 2015?

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Phillies Projected to be Worst Team in Baseball

*Courtesy of Fangraphs
Left- 2014, Right- 2015

As you can see from the graphic above, the Phillies are projected to be the worst team in Major League Baseball in 2015.  They'll score the fewest runs, have a poor pitching staff, and have the worst run differential. 

Projections aren't gospel, they're generated by computers for the most part.  Hell, Brien Taylor was once projected to be an ace.  However, in the case of the Phightins, I must agree with the prognosticators.  The Diamondbacks, Braves, and Rockies are shitty teams too, but the shittiest team resides in Philadelphia this season.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chad Billingsley Gets Guaranteed Money

From 2006-2013, Chad Billingsley was a solid MLB pitcher for the Dodgers.  Over 8 seasons, he won 81 games in 190 starts, with 1175.1 innings pitched, 1037 strikeouts, a 3.65 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP.  Problem being, his last MLB action was 2 games back in April of 2013, NONE in 2014.  Yet, the omnipotent Ruin Tomorrow Jr. decided to dole out a guaranteed $1.5M to him.  Must be nice to be a has-been on the mend and be rewarded handsomely.

Seriously though, perhaps Billingsley will be able to return to form.  He's only 30 years old. He has plenty of incentive to perform well.  It's a minimal risk, though, I totally thought it would be a minor league contract.

To create room for Billingsley on the 40 man roster, the Phillies designated Cesar Jimenez for assignment.  The 30 year old lefty has appeared in 35 games for the Phils over the last two seasons, posting a nice 2.73 ERA and 0.7 WAR.  He's nothing special, but he's sure as hell better than that no-talent ass-clown Canadian, Phillippe Aumont, who still owns a spot on the 40 man roster for some unfathomable reason.

All We Do Is Win(ce)

Graciously "borrowed" from Philly.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Still On The Market - Free Agent Squad

With Spring Training fast approaching (February 19th for pitchers and catchers), I thought I'd scour the free agent market to see who's feeling a bit lonely.  The bats are pretty much picked cleaned, but plenty of value is still awaiting to ink contracts in the pitching department, especially relief pitchers.  Below you will find a 25-man roster composed of remaining free agents.  Some would look good in a Phillies uniform under the right circumstance.


Catcher:
Wil Nieves - 36 G, .254/.614, 0.6 WAR
Jeff Mathis - 64 G, .200/.537

First Base:
Ryan Doumit - 100 G, .197/.553

Second Base:
Rickie Weeks - 121 G, .284/.809, 36 R, 19 DBL, 8 HR,  0.1 WAR

Shortstop:
Everth Cabrera - 90 G, .232/.572, 36 R, 13 DBL, 18 SB, 0.6 WAR

Third Base:
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 13 G, .362/1.029, 0.7 WAR

Outfield:
Eric Young - 100 G, .229/.610, 48 R, 30 SB, 1.1 WAR
Reed Johnson - 113 G, .235/.614, 15 DBL
Ryan Ludwick - 112 G, .244/.683, 20 DBL, 9 HR, 45 RBI
Nolan Reimold - 29 G, .232/.717, 0.1 WAR
Nate Schierholtz - 122 G, .195/.552, 32 R, 11 DBL, 7 HR, 37 RBI

Utility:
Ramon Santiago - 75 G, .246/.667, 0.6 WAR
Gordon Beckham - 127 G, .226/.618, 53 R, 27 DBL, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 0.6 WAR

Lineup:
1. Eric Young/CF
2. Rickie Weeks/2B
3. Ryan Ludwick/LF
4. Kevin Kouzmanoff/3B
5. Nolan Reimold/RF
6. Everth Cabrera/SS
7. Reed Johnson/DH
8. Wil Nieves/C
9. Ryan Doumit/1B

Rotation:
James Shields - 34 GS, 227 IP, 14-8, 180 K, 3.21/1.18, 4.3 WAR
Kyle Kendrick - 32 GS, 199 IP, 10-13, 121 K, 4.61/1.36
Chris Young - 30 G, 29 GS, 165 IP, 12-9, 108 K, 3.65/1.23, 2.0 WAR
Roberto Hernandez - 32 G, 29 GS, 164.2 IP, 8-11, 105 K, 4.10/1.39, 0.4 WAR
Kevin Correia - 32 G, 26 GS, 154 IP, 7-17, 79 K, 5.44/1.50

Bullpen:
Francisco Rodriguez - 69 G, 68 IP, 5-5, 73 K, 44 SV, 3.04/0.99, 1.4 WAR
Rafael Soriano - 64 G, 62 IP, 4-1, 59 K, 32 SV,  3.19/1.13, 0.7 WAR
Burke Badenhop - 70 G, 70.2 IP, 40 K, 2.29/1.26, 1.8 WAR
Joe Beimel - 56 G, 45 IP, 3-1, 25 K, 2.20/1.18, 1.1 WAR
Chris Perez - 49 G, 46.1 IP, 39 K, 4.27/1.36
Casey Janssen - 50 G, 45.2 IP, 3-3, 28 K, 25 SV, 3.94/1.18, 0.1 WAR
Dustin McGowan - 53 G, 8 GS, 82 IP, 5-3, 61 K, 4.17/1.38, 0.4 WAR

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tyler Greene not Tyler Green

The Phillies have attained the services of an old friend, in name only.  Tyler Greene, the former 1st round pick of the Cardinals, has joined the ranks on a minor league contract.  Tyler Green, the former 1st round pick of the Phillies, is still having nightmares of walking batters and serving up homeruns in retirement. 

Greene with a third "e" is 31 years old and can play all over the diamond.  His primary position is shortstop, but he's capable of playing 3rd, 2nd, and OF.  Over 5 seasons with the Cardinals, Astros, and White Sox he's hit .224/.645 with 17 HR and 28 SB in 288 games.  He's past prospect stage and it's highly doubtful he'll be a late bloomer.  In other words, organizational depth.  In 9 minor league seasons he's batted .273/.786 with 99 HR and 161 SB.

Now onto more pressing news...the Phillies and Brewers are in "serious talks" about Jonathan Papelbon.  I'm in favor of a trade because a crap team with a high priced closer is bogus.  The Phils will likely have to kick in some money to help offset Papelbon's exorbitant contract.  However, they should get an alright return. The facts- Papelbon is a douche.  Papelbon remains an elite closer.  Papelbon was the best relief pitcher in the NL in 2014 according to WAR (2.8).  Papelbon is owed $13M this year with a vesting option of the same for 2016 if he finishes 48 games.