Sunday, May 01, 2011
Phillies April Report Card
Record: 18-8 (best in baseball)
R - 120 (9th)
AVG - .261 (10th)
OBP - .328 (10th)
SLG - .390 (14th)
OPS - .718 (12th)
SB - 18 (14th)
C- Carlos Ruiz/Brian Schneider/Dane Sardinha batting a combined .180 (16-89). The trio has also only caught 18% of base thieves. Their game calling has been solid as always though. Grade- D.
1B- Ryan Howard .290/.911, 15 R, 27 RBI, 6 HR, and nary an error. Grade- A.
2B- Wilson Valdez/Pete Orr batting a combined .250 with only 5 walks and 4 doubles. Valdez has also hit into 4 double plays. Grade- D.
SS- Jimmy Rollins .285/.721, 17 R, 5 SB, 13:12 BB:KK. J-Roll is not a 3-hole hitter, but if he were batting leadoff, 2nd, or even 6th he'd be fine. Grade- B.
3B- Placido Polanco .398/.972, 18 R, 19 RBI. Polly is like Paula Abdul, straight-up hitter baby. Grade- A+.
LF- Raul Ibanez .161/.466. In the midst of an 0-30 and playing horrible defense. He's looking more and more like someone who shouldn't even be in the league, let alone starting. The man is like a Dyson, he never stops sucking. Grade- WTF?!
CF- Shane Victorino .288/.841, 19 R, 12 RBI, 4 HR, 5 SB. The little engine that could just does. Grade- A.
RF- Ben Francisco .266/.793, 10 R, 18 RBI, 4 HR. Hard to believe The Ben Francisco Treat's numbers are actually this decent. Batting behind Howard surely helps. Grade- B.
Others- John Mayberry .345/.941, Grade- A. Ross Gload .250/.500, Grade- D. Michael Martinez .176/.399, Grade- useless.
ERA - 3.18 (6th)
WHIP - 1.14 (1st)
BAA - .230 (4th)
QS - 19 (tied for 2nd)
BB:KK - 68:213 (1st)
1- Roy Halladay 4 W, 2.14/0.99, 46.1 IP, 7:47. Best pitcher in baseball. Grade- A+.
2- Cliff Lee 2 W, 4.18/1.05, 32.1 IP, 4:29. Honestly, I've been disappointed. He's not backing up the hype. Lucky for him, it was only April. Grade- C.
3- Roy Oswalt 3 W, 3.33/1.04, 27 IP, 7:21. Needs to give the Phillies more innings. Grade- B.
4- Cole Hamels 3 W, 3.13/1.11, 31.2 IP, 9:34. After a disastrous first outing has been great. Grade- B+.
5- Joe Blanton/Vance Worley 1 W, 4.75/1.45, 30.1 IP, 10:22. Blanton was half bad (really bad) and half good. Worley was great. Grade- D.
Jose Contreras 8 G, 8 IP, 5 SV, 0.00/1.00, 4:9. Too bad he's hurt. Grade- A.
Ryan Madson 10 G, 10 IP, 2 SV, 2 HLD, 2 W, 0.90/1.00, 3:12. If Mad Dog continues to pitch like this he's going to strike it rich this offseason. Grade- A+.
Baez Sucks 10 G, 10.1 IP, 1.74/1.26, 4:2. Seems to be getting lucky. Grade- B.
Kyle Kendrick 7 G, 10 IP, 1.80/1.10, 6:1. Horrible control, but is doing better than expected. Grade- C+.
Antonio Bastardo 10 G, 10.1 IP, 1 W, 1 SV, 0.87/0.77, 4:16. Best story of the Phils season thus far. Grade- A+.
David Herndon 11 G, 10.2 IP, 9.28/1.97, 7:3. Far too hittable with poor control. Don't understand why he has the most appearances and innings logged out of the pen. Grade- release him.
JC Romero 7 G, 4.2 IP, 3.86/1.29, 1:3. Why you gotta be hurtin'? Grade- C.
Others- Michael Stutes and Mike Zagurski did not pitch enough. Grade- incomplete.
Fielding: 11 errors (2nd fewest in baseball)