Thursday, August 02, 2012

Go Ahead and Like Erik Kratz

Is there any less thankless job on a MLB 25-man roster than the backup catcher?  Nah, don't think so.  For the past few years Brian Schneider has been cast in that role for the Phillies, but an injury opened the door for Erik Kratz this season. 

Kratz is making the most of the opportunity.  He had a 2 game debut with the Phils in September last year and has only played in 12 games so far this season, but the results are promising: 14 G, .357/1.201, 5 R, 4 DBL, 3 HR, and 6 RBI.  Solid defense is another thing he offers, having caught 47% of base thieves.  Baseball-Reference.com rates both his offense and defense positively in terms of WAR (Wins Above Replacement). This is all in a small sample size, but it shouldn't preclude you from rooting for the guy and liking him.  Don't going getting too excited though, he's our 2012 version of Chris Coste (The 33 year Old Rookie), because Kratz ain't no spring chicken at 32 years old.  I'd also like to throw this out there- he's pitched 6 relief innings in the minors, so maybe we'll be lucky enough to also have another Wilson Valdez-esque secret bullpen weapon.

Other Stuff:
*Ryan Howard is really good.  Really good at striking out. 2012 has not been kind- 27 K in 63 AB and 19 K over his last 9 games.  Awesome contract Rube, pure genius.

*Michael Martinez is back on the Phillies 25-man roster.  Why?  Amaro and Manuel say because of defense.  Screw that!  He's horrible.  He sucks.  He is worthless.  None of that is hyperbole, it's fact.  Mike Fontenot was designated for assignment to make room for Mini-Mart.  Lets take a look at the numbers: F- 7 MLB seasons, M- 2. F- .265/.734, M- .185/.513.  F- 4 WAR, M- (-)0.5.  Yeah, this move made total sense...NOT!!!  If Martinez appears in a game then I believe the Phillies are playing to lose.  I've never disliked a Phillie more (No-Hit Nunez, Eaton, and Bell are breathing a collective sigh of relief).  It's not that Fontenot is something special (he's not), it's the fact that Martinez is pure crap and doesn't deserve to displace him and wear a MLB uniform.  It's a disgrace.  Amaro is a buffoon. 

2 comments:

Reverend Paul Revere said...

I don't know how anyone can hate anyone more than Adam Eaton or David Bell, but that is some good hate right there.

Also, seriously, Mitch Williams is No. 1 on my hate list. No. 1 forever and ever. He (and Fregosi's insistence on using him no matter what) ruined my childhood.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

Damn, I guess I hate someone more than Eaton and Bell. I'm an idiot.