Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sickening Staturday

Over the past 4 playoff series (2009 WS, 2010 NLDS, 2010 NLCS, and 2011 NLDS), Ryan Howard has struck out in 36 of his 75 at bats. That's nearly half of the time- 48% to be exact. To be fair, he did knock in 9 runs in those 20 games, but that's a piddling total for a cleanup hitter being paid to do just that. Batting average- .213, OPS- .662, and R- 5. Things weren't always this way. He used to be a good in the postseason, but his October struggles are a direct correlation of his regular season decline over that time frame.

To all the Howard apologists...ease down, I know your dander is up. He's not the only one at fault, or is he?

Other Phillies Over Same Span:
Chase Utley - .286/1.012, 20 R, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB, and 12 K.

Jimmy Rollins - .273/.694, 10 R, 6 RBI, 7 SB, and 10 K.

Shane Victorino - .231/.571, 10 R, 9 RBI, and 7 K.

Raul Ibanez - .246/.698, 4 R, 8 RBI, and 22 K.

Carlos Ruiz - .197/.687, 8 R, 4 RBI, and 12 K.

Okay, so clearly nobody aside from Utley has been stellar. However, remember Chooch is the 8 hole hitter and steady production isn't really expected of that spot in the lineup. Victorino's OPS is low, but he still produced more total runs. Howard has failed in the last 4 postseason series, plain and simple. And that makes for a sickening Staturday.


ripjgarcia said...

Surprised with the Chooch numbers. Seem to remember him having a clutch hit or 2 over the years.

SirAlden said...

The Phillies have the money for what they need to do. Blanton and Polanco also come off the books next year ($14.750 Mil)

Too bad there is not a 3B aside from Aramis. They have money for Reyes.

I hope they hold the Line on Jimmy at 24 Mil 3 years with a 4th year mutual option / 3 mil buyout.

I know this is blasphemy but Reyes would be really nice, and I believe if he was in the fold of focused winning players, any issues would be less.

SirAlden said...

Aramis Ramirez (34) - $16MM club option with a $2MM buyout; Ramirez can void.

Ramirez projects to be a Type B.
So if he is available the Phillies will not lose a Pick.

Madson and Rollins are Type A, so they will gain two picks and lose two for signing a top Closer and SS so it is a wash.

SirAlden said...

I have a question for everyone.

If you could sign Ramirez for 3B.

Honestly if it was not a money issue, and you could sign any Closer and SS who would it be?

For me I would add Papelbon and Reyes to Ramirez.

Rich said...

Reyes, Heath Bell, and Ramirez. I'm being wishful. I'd be shocked if we got any of them.

Aaron said...

I'd like to see the Phils sign....
Rollins for 3 years with a mutual 4th option
Madson, papelbon or Bell
Aramis Ramirez
Javier Lopez
Laynce Nix
Scott Hairston

Polly goes to the bench and gives Utley at least one day off per week .




Madson/Papelbon or bell

I'd be happy with that, and I don't think it's far fetched
Any thoughts??

Aaron said...

Fing spell correct....
Halladay not hallway and Kratz not Keats

Bob D said...

Hallway LOL

money no issue? Maybe Reyes since he is an ideal leadoff hitter. Rollins and good 2nd choice

Madson first mainly due to age over Bell, Papplebon worth consideration

For third base I would like to see a young player (Chase Headley/David Freeze type)with potental that could push Polanco to hit better and if not - push him to bench. Sorry I dont really see Ramirez being productive too much longer.

Kratz I feel can be a good B/U catcher with some offense in his bat.

I feel these young guys in AAA and made thier debuts this year have great potential for the pen. I would be comfotable just adding a closer or a closer and one other arm at the most. Savery, Bastardo, Schwimmer, Stutes, DeFrautus, Aumont, Herndon, Kendrick, with Deikman and Rosenberg waiting in the wings. A young pen but many of them have great potential - namely DeFrautus, Aumont, Schwimmer, Bastardo.

SirAlden said...

Good Bench Aaron.

GM-Carson said...

Aaron- I like your ideas. I really think the Phils should throw a big 2 year deal at Aramis Ramirez. 2 year $24-28M.

Javier Lopez would be a quality lefty for the pen. He's also be a Phucco if memory serves me right.

Scott Hairston is a very good utility guy because he can play everywhere (just like Michael Martinez), but can also hit (unlike Michael Martinez).

I also feel the Phils gotta keep Madson. 3 years $27M.