Thursday, September 29, 2011

Phillies September Report Card

The regular season is over. How did our beloved Phils fair in the season's final month? Check below...

#/# = AVG/OPS

Carlos Ruiz/C .301/.750, 10 R, 10 RBI. Chooch is ready for the playoffs. Grade: A.

Ryan Howard/1B .290/.938, 10 R, 4 HR, 13 RBI. If not for an ankle injury, The Big Piece would have likely put up even bigger numbers. Grade: A.

Chase Utley/2B .205/.632, 9 R, 4 RBI. Utley did his typical late season swoon and looked tired. Grade: D.

Placido Polanco/3B .280/.693, 8 R, 9 RBI. Polly is weak, really weak. He only had 19 extra base hits the entire season. Grade: C.

Jimmy Rollins/SS .270/.686, 8 R, 5 RBI, 2 SB. This man is seeking a 5 year contract. C'mon. Grade: C.

Raul Ibanez/LF .258/.712, 10 R, 6 DBL, 3 HR, 17 RBI. The old man managed to bang in 84 RBI this season, so he's not completely done. Grade: B.

Shane Victorino/CF .186/.577, 14 R, 9 XBH, 8 RBI, 2 SB. Quite possibly the worst month of his career. Started the month batting .305, ended with .279. Grade: F.

Hunter Pence/RF .314/.871, 16 R, 8 DBL, 2 TRPL, 4 HR, 18 RBI. Imagining the offense without him is a scary thing. Grade: A+.

John Mayberry/OF/1B .305/.891, 10 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB. Mayberry starting RF in 2012? Grade: A.

Wilson Valdez/UTL .289/.720, 7 R, 4 RBI. Why is Michael Martinez allowed to get as many at bats as Valdez? Grade: B.

Michael Martinez/UTL .136/.510, 5 R, 3 RBI. He sucks! Grade: F.

Ross Gload/PH .321/.773. Good month, bad season. Grade: B+.

Brian Schneider/C .192/.442. Pretty much worthless. Grade: F.

Pete Orr/UTL .200/.450. He's Canadians, that's about the only cool thing about this guy. Grade: F.

John Bowker/PH 0-13 with 7 K. Shittiest of the shitty. Grade: GTFO.

#/# = ERA/WHIP & #:# = BB:K

Roy Halladay 3-1, 37 IP, 10:29, 1.70/1.05. Still the man. Grade: A+.

Cliff Lee 2-1, 38 IP, 2:40, 1.42/0.89. Worth the contract. Which means he's worth a lot. Grade: A+.

Cole Hamels 1-2, 38 IP, 9:32, 3.79/1.08, with 9 homeruns allowed. Not an encouraging month from the young lefty. Homers kill in the postseason. Grade: C-.

Roy Oswalt 3-2, 41 IP, 10:31, 3.51/1.17. If he gives the Phils 6-7 innings of 2-3 run ball in the playoffs, then we should all be ecstatic. Grade: B.

Vance Worley 2-2, 33.1 IP, 14:36, 4.05/1.56. There should be no debate the Oswalt belongs in the playoff rotation over The Vanimal. He was a good story all year long, but came back down to Earth this last month. Grade: C.

Kyle Kendrick 1-0, 13.1 IP, 0:12, 2.70/0.83. Definitely the team's most undervalued member. Grade: A.

Ryan Madson 13 G, 13 IP, 7 SV, 2:13, 0.00/1.08. Has not allowed a run since that 6 run blown save debacle on August 19th. Grade: A+.

Brad Lidge 12 G, 9.1 IP, 5 HLD, 4:11, 0.96/1.39. Still scares the shit outta us, but we can't deny his ability to make someone whiff. Grade: A.

Antonio Bastardo 10 G, 7.1 IP, 3 HLD, 7:8, 11.05/2.18. I miss the good Tony Bastard. Grade: F.

Michael Stutes 10 G, 12 IP, 5 HLD, 6:11, 3.00/1.25. Solid bounce back month from the rookie that will likely pitch some big innings in October. Grade: B.

David Herndon 9 G, 12.1 IP, 14:8, 2.92/1.95. If the Phils would have lost last night, that would have marked 11 straights appearances by Herndon that ended with an L. His ERA is good, but that walk/strikeout ratio is horrible. Grade:D+.

Michael Schwimer 9 G, 9.1 IP, 5:11, 5.79/1.71. Hoping he shows more next year. Grade: D.

Joe Blanton 5 G, 7 IP, 0:11, 2.57/1.00. Originally I thought it was a crazy idea to have Blanton in the postseason bullpen, but now I'm not so sure. No walks with more than a K per inning. Sounds like a good relief pitcher to me. Grade: A.

Not Receiving Grades: Erik Kratz, Brandon Moss, Joe Savery, Domonic Brown, and Justin De Fratus.


Preserve Jon said...

An appreciation of Raul Ibanez courtesy of Joe Posnanski:

Years and years ago, back when I was in high school, my best friend challenged me to a contest. He said: “Let’s see who can tread water the longest.” It was summer, and it was night, and it seemed like something just stupid and dangerous enough to make 17-year-old boys feel like men. We treaded water for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes. There was no clock, there was nobody else at the pool, and after a while we were so tired that we stopped taunting each other. I can still remember how my body ached, my legs and arms barked, and more than anything I can remember the thought that kept echoing in my mind again and again: Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this?

I thought about this in the 12th inning of the Phillies-Braves game. The Braves had blown their one-run lead in the ninth. That was probably the first sign that this night would not be predictable. The Phillies had loaded the bases against Atlanta’s rookie closer, Craig Kimbrel, on a single and two walks, and then Chase Utley hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. The Braves had been 8 1/2 games up in the wild-card race just three weeks earlier, and baseball teams don’t often blow big leads like that. In baseball you can’t foul. You can’t stop the clock by going out of bounds. You can’t call timeout. Again: like life.

But this year the Cardinals started winning, and the Braves started fading, and more winning, more fading, more winning, more fading, until finally this crazy night, the Cardinals players sitting in their clubhouse watching the Braves play extra innings against Philadelphia. Suddenly, the math had been reduced to two possible outcomes: Braves win, a one-game playoff. Braves lose, Champagne in St. Louis.

And, 12th inning, Philadelphia’s Raul Ibanez came to the plate with a man on first and nobody out. Raul is 39 years old, though he seems older in the way of aging athletes. He did not get a real shot until he was 29 and in Kansas City, where the team was so bad that there seemed no harm in giving him a chance. He proved that he could hit, and he was the sort of man that every manager and teammate wanted to be around, and he became an every-day player, in Kansas City, in Seattle, in Philadelphia. He made an All-Star team. He piled up RBIs. He found his groove. And now, on the final day of the season, in a game that meant nothing at all to his team except that you always want to win, he started in left field. He played the whole game, inning after inning, he struck out a couple of times, he managed a hit, and in the 12th he came up with that man on first and he hit a ground ball to second, a double play grounder for sure. Atlanta’s Dan Uggla scooped it, flipped it to shortstop Jack Wilson, who threw it to Freddie Freeman at first. The ball beat Ibanez by a half step.

And on this wonderful baseball night, this wonderful thought struck me: Raul Ibanez at age 39, in the 12th inning of what was for him and his team a game without consequence, had run his heart out to first base, though the double play was almost certain.

Why are you doing this? Maybe it’s because sometimes, when it seems least likely, we might find the best in ourselves

GM-Carson said...

This is why I don't read many main stream writers. Preserve Jon, you may have liked that, but it was about 500 words of complete nonsense the could have been wrapped up in about 20.

Aaron said...

Here's how it's goin down.....
Tigers over Yankees
Rays over Rangers
Phillies over Cards
Brewers over Dbacks

Al and NLCS
Tigers over Rays
Phillies over Brewers

World Series
World fing champions over Tigers.

That's exactly how it's going down.

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Randy said...

Props to Raaa-uuul. It was a good run...not perfect, but good.

Is that ok, GM Carson?

GM-Carson said...

Well done Randy.