Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Riddle Me This- Playing Time for Freddy Galvis

Ryne Sandberg has gone on record as to wanting to keep his bench bats fresh.  Not sure why when the bench consists of perennial duds like Jayson Nix, Freddy Galvis, and John Mayberry. But hey, I'm not a MLB manager.  The one that baffles me the most is Galvis, who is batting a robust .056 (1-18).  Through parts of 3 seasons he's a career .223/.624 hitter with atrocious on base skills.  His only value lies within his glove work and versatility.

Since activating Galvis from the DL on April 11th, Sandberg has plugged him into the game one way or another 7 times in 11 games.  WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!  Maybe Sandberg thinks he has upside.  After all, Freddy is still young (24), but he's never shown the ability to hit in the minors either (.245/.616 in 591 games).  Perhaps it's because Cody Asche is also struggling (.196/.579).  All I know is that Freddy Galvis sucks at hitting and I cringe every time he's at the plate.

Onto happier news...Cole Hamels makes his 2014 debut tonight in Los Angeles.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Let's Get It On- Dodgers Series Preview

Philadelphia Phillies (8-10) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7)
Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday - Cliff Lee vs. Paul Maholm
Tuesday - Sports Hernia Burnett vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
Wednesday - Cole Hamels vs. Zack Greinke
Thursday - KK vs. Dan Haren
*All games at 10:10 (Eff the West Coast)

Billionaires Bats:
R - 81 (9th tied)
AVG - .240 (19th)
OPS - .711 (14th)

Dee Gordon/2B runs as fast as his dad (Tom "Flash" Gordon) used to pitch, having already stolen 10 bases all while batting .367/.892.  Adrian Gonzalez/1B and Juan Uribe/3B are the only other two bats currently making noise (each batting .300+/.900+).  Showboaters Hanley Ramirez/SS and Yasiel Puig/RF haven't struck their matches yet, but wouldn't be surprised to see them do so in this series.

Billionaires Arms: 
ERA - 2.85 (5th)
WHIP - 1.21 (7th)

This is a great pitching staff, even without the services of the best pitcher in the Majors (Clayton Kershaw on DL).  Every starting pitcher in this series is doing well so far this season with the exception of Maholm (4.97/1.50). The other 3 all boast ERAs of 2.42 or below.  In the bullpen is a bevy of arms ready to clamp down leads (Chris Winthrow, JP Howell, Chris Perez, Paco Rodriguez, and Kenley Jansen).

What I'm Drinking:
Sierra Nevada's - Ovila.  I'm not sure why, but I've been on a saison kick lately, and this one is fantastic.  It's a Belgian style Abbey saison, done in collaboration with monks, and has Mandarin orange and peppercorn added to it. This unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there.  Serve in a tulip glass, 7.5% ABV, 94 on RateBeer.com.

Prediction:
Four games sweeps are difficult, so I'll go with the Phils sneaking one win away from the Dodgers out in LA.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Phillies Offense- So Very Bad

Ready for some disheartening stats?  Of course you are, that's why you're a WSBGMs reader.

Past 4 Games:
R - 3
AVG - .151
OPS - .302
XBH - 0
BB - 3
K - 21

Minus Chase Utley and his .417/1.153, the Phillies offense is complete shit.  Dom Brown's power stroke hasn't resurfaced, Ryan Howard has his typical low average with high strikeouts and diminished power, Marlon Byrd is old and is not going to come close to repeating his career year of 2013, Cody Asche seems over matched, Carlos Ruiz has been nonexistent, and Ben Revere might as well go to the plate with a feather in his hand.  Jimmy Rollins is doing okay, but 1 good player, plus 1 great player, plus 6 below average players is going to equal losing. Harsh reality people.

Sorry.  Happy Easter.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Let's Get It On- Rockies Series Preview

Philadelphia Phillies (7-8) @ Colorado Rockies (8-9)
Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 8:40 - Johnny Pettibone vs. Tyler Chatwood
Saturday, 8:10 - KK vs. Jordan Lyles
Sunday, 4:10 - Roberto Hernandez vs. Juan Nicasio

Purple Mountains Bats:
R - 82 (4th)
AVG - .286 (1st)
OPS - .780 (2nd)

Four members of their lineup are batting over .300, but everyone is producing 1 through 8.  Charlie Blackmon/CF is tearing it up (.411/1.023) with Troy Tulowitski/SS, Justin Morneau/1B, Michael Cuddyer/RF, and Carlos Gonzalez/LF all boasting .900+ OPS.

Purple Mountains Arms:
ERA - 4.47 (27th)
WHIP - 1.31 (17th)

Old man LaTroy Hawkins is holding down 9th inning duties and set-up man Adam Ottavino is becoming one of the best in the business.  The starting pitchers going in the series aren't anything special, but they're completely capable of shutting down the Phillies offense.  Of course, the love child of Jose Mesa and Adam Eaton could probably shutdown the Phils offense too.

Prediction:
One team will score at least one run more than the other team in all three contents.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunch of Baseball Stuff

This post has no theme, and if it did, it would be "randomness".


*Giancarlo Stanton has 21 RBI so far and is on pace for 227.  I think that would be a record or something.

*Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis love the Phillies pitching.  In a combined 150 games, they have 36 HR and 98 RBI.  Not to mention, Uggla is a horrible defender, yet pulls Web Gems out his arse against the Phils.

*There's no denying some of the young arms in the Phillies bullpen have good to great stuff, but that doesn't translate into consistency or positive results.  DeFratus, Rosenberg, and Diekman all have potential.  Potential to be good or potential to be bad.  The Phillies bullpen is currently ranked 29th in MLB with a 5.53 ERA.  I applaud you Amaro.  Dumbass.

*Mike Leake, of the Cincinnati Reds, is the first pitcher of 2014 to collect a Howard. Through the first two weeks of the season (roughly 14 games), there has been 14 Howards committed around MLB.  Record breaking year?

*Mike Adams has been activated from the DL and Luis Garcia has been optioned down.  Garcia didn't even appear in a game.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Let's Get It On- Braves Series Preview

Atlanta Braves (8-4) @ Philadelphia Phillies (6-6)


Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday, 7:00 - Ervin Santana vs. Roberto Hernandez
Tuesday, 7:05 - David Hale vs. Cliff Lee
Wednesday, 7:05 - Julio Teheran vs. AJ Burnett
Thursday, 1:05 - Alex Wood vs. Jonathan Pettibone

Braves Bats:
R - 46 (21st tied)
AVG - .246 (16th)
OPS - .711 (14th)

They have Freddie Freeman/1B (.442/1.333) and Justin Upton/LF (.386/1.175) in the middle of the lineup, but the rest of the crew isn't anything spectacular.  The group of Jayson Heyward/RF, BJ Upton/CF, and Dan Uggla/2B are off to slow starts (all batting below .200).

Braves Arms:
ERA - 2.44 (3rd)
WHIP - 1.18 (5th)

Pitching has been Atlanta's bread and butter for the past 3 decades, and continues to be the team's strength.  Someone gets injured and they just plug someone in from the minors and never seem to skip a beat.  Every starting pitcher going in this series has an ERA of 2.89 or less.  Runs might be difficult to come by for the Phightins.

Prediction:
Tuesday's game will be washed out, turning it into a 3 game series rather than 4.  As far as wins go, I have no clue.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Howard with a Howard, Oh Yeah!


You know it's a good day when Ryan Howard notches a Howard.  That's right, the stat's namesake earned himself his first strikeout, error, homerun game of the season and naturally the Phillies won.  Not only did the Phillies win, they swept the series from the Marlins and are now 6-6 on the year.

What else is good?
*Chase Utley is batting .500, word.
*Wil Nieves had more hits (3) in today's win then I thought he might get all season.
*Speaking of 3 hits, Tony Gwynn Jr. did the same today.
*Papelbon didn't blow a save this weekend.
*BJ Rosenberg hasn't allowed an earned run yet.
*Dom Brown has yet to hit a homerun, but is still hitting (.302).