Saturday, July 30, 2011

Perform Howard, Win Game

Since the stat's creation prior to the 2009 season, the Phillies have committed 13 Howards. Chase Utley collected his second Howard of the year last night, and with that decisive victory over the Pirates, the Phils are now 10-3 in games in which The Howard is performed by a Phillie. That's a .769 winning percentage.

The Howard- a feat accomplished when a player hits a homerun, strikes out, and commits an error all in the same game.

Only 1 of the 3 criteria is something positive that would aid in winning a ball game (HR). However, WSBGMs has uncovered irrefutable evidence to prove that when a Phillie commits The Howard in a game it will inevitably end with a W for the good guys. The same cannot be said for the remaining 29 teams' players that commit The Howard, as it seems it's only Karmic retribution for the Phightins.

2011 Howards by Phillies:
Chase Utley - July 2, Phils over Blue Birds 5-3.
John Mayberry Jr. - July 6, Fish over Phils 7-6.
Cliff Lee - July 9, Braves over Phils 4-1.
Chase Utley - July 29, Phils over Buccos 10-3.

2010 Howards by Phillies:
Ryan Howard - April 7, Phils over Gnats 8-4
Ryan Howard - April 28, Phils over Giants 7-6.
Jayson Werth - May 6, Phils over Braves 7-2.
Chase Utley - May 14, Phils over Brew Crew 9-5.
Jimmy Rollins - June 23, Phils over Indians 7-6.
Ryan Howard - July 9, Phils over Reds 9-7.
Ryan Howard - July 27, Phils over DBacks 9-5.
Ryan Howard - September 2, Phils over Rox 12-11.

2009 Howards by Phillies:
Chase Utley - July 30, Giants over Phils 7-2.


GM-Carson said...

My reaction to Hunter Pence trade...

1. Hunter Pence helps this team now. The Phils stink against LHP, and he has a .290 career average against lefties with an .850+ OPS.

2. Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton are in Single-A. Far from guaranteed commodities. They may become stars, or they may never pan out. Pence is good now, will be good through 2013 and both Cosart and Singleton still might not even be in the Majors by then.

3. Joshua Zeid isn't a big loss. Whatever.

4. The Player to be Named Later (aka- PTBNL) is still up in the air. Doubtful it's a big time prospect or any contributor to the current Phillies 25-man roster.

5. Hunter Pence is under team control through 2013. Amaro just got 2 seasons and 2 months of an All-Star outfielder for Single-A prospects. That's awesome.

6. Ed Wade threw $1M the Phils way to help offset Pence's salary and the luxury tax threshold.

7. People bashing Pence's offense should STFU! Pence 2011 OPS- .828. Ryan Howard's 2011 OPS- .796. Not saying Pence is better than Howard, but he's sure doing well right now.

8. The Phillies minor league system still has plenty of pitching prospects (Austin Hyatt, Trevor May, Jesse Biddle, Brody Colvin, Michael Schwimer, Justin DeFratus, and more).

9. This is likely bad news for Domonic Brown though. Manuel loves his veterans and Ibanez is making a crap-ton of money, so he probably remains the starting LF for the rest of this season, despite Brown already being the better player. Dom probably goes to Lehigh Valley until rosters expand in September.

Proposed lineup:
1. Rollins/SS
2. Victorino/CF
3. Utley/2B
4. Howard/1B
5. Pence/RF
6. Ibanez/LF
7. Polanco/3B
8. Ruiz/C

Bob D said...

The Cliff Lee Howard as a pitcher was a phenominal fete.

Bob D said...

The 4th player is from a select low A list. Biddle hopefully isnt one of them. This team has a solid line up for the next 2 years. After next year the age thing may start to be an issue / But remember the 1983 Wheeze Kids?

GM-Carson said...

I don't get too worked up about Single-A prospects. I like to follow the Phils minor league teams (read box scores every day), but so many "can't miss prospects", end up missing. Pence is here, he's real, he won't miss.

Preserve Jon said...

Batting a hitter the caliber of Polanco 7th when (if?) he comes back truly is an embarrassment of riches. Rumors have the Astros switching leagues. WIth a lineup such as ours, I humbly put forward that it be our Fightins who should join the junior circuit.


Or was it?

ripjgarcia said...

Pence's first hit as a Phillie. Well not really. That was a piss poor call.

SirAlden said...

Braves give up NOTHING for Bourne.

Not good.

Aaron said...

If Polly is healthy we just added two .300 hitters to the lineup........that is good.

Nice move by the Braves....Wade is a complete chump.

ACSmitty79 said...

Howard goes 4-4 with a walk, with a real 5 hole hitter behind him. Imagine that...

Anonymous said...

2011/08/03-Howard for the Howard. Will the Fightins win?