Wednesday, August 01, 2012

What To Root For

From a 102 win season in 2011 to possibly a 90 loss campaign this year (.447 winning %) and with two of the team's starting outfielders traded away there doesn't seem much left to root for. Oh, but there is...

1) Figuring out the bullpen. Papelbon is the closer, but what else do they have heading into 2013? Newly acquired Josh Lindblom is 25 years old and has posted a 2.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through the first 75 appearances of his career. Those numbers seem solid enough to insert him into the 8th inning setup role for the remainder of 2012. Michael Schwimer, who has posted a 2.21 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over the past two months, seems to be progressing towards becoming a big league mainstay. Don't forget about lefty Jeremy Horst, courtesy of the Wilson Valdez trade, who has only pitched 10 innings, but has been impressive thus far (0.90 ERA/1.00 WHIP). Then there's the mysterious case of Antonio Bastardo who was one of the best relievers in baseball for the first few months of 2011, but has been wildly inconsistent and maddening ever since. Also, Justin De Fratus is toiling in Triple-A working his way back from injury waiting for the chance to show his stuff. By my count, that gives the Phillies 5-6 good relievers heading 2013, so Amaro may only need to spend money this offseason on 1 legit bullpen piece.

What To Root For- the young relievers to continue developing over the next two months and head into next season poised to be part of the Phillies return to supremacy. 

2)  Figuring out the rotation.  Halladay, Hamels, Lee, and Worley are set.  That's a pretty good top 4.  However, a 5th starter is needed, one that is better than Blanton or Kendrick.  Tyler Cloyd anyone? He is 13-1 in 21 starts and 134.1 innings with a 1.94 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 93 K. 

What To Root For- Blanton to be traded soon, KK to remain in the bullpen, and Cloyd to get a 8-10 start audition for the 5th slot in the 2013 Phillies rotation.

3) Figuring out the outfield.  Domonic Brown is going to get a chance to play and win an outfield job for next season.  Whether that be in LF, CF, or RF is yet to be determined.  I vote left field with a platoon of Mayberry/Schierholtz/Nix in right field.  John Mayberry has destroyed left-handed pitching during his career (.291/.901) while Nate Schierholtz (.265/.731) and Laynce Nix (.254/.750) have fared better against righties than Mayberry has.  All three of them are nothing more than 4th outfielders, so combine them into one starting outfielder.  That leaves center field open.  Hmm...

What To Root For- Dom to hold his own over the next 59 games and lockup LF.  Pierre to be traded so Manuel is forced to play Mayberry, Schierholtz, and Nix to see if they can be part of the outfield puzzle for 2013.  Amaro to sign Michael Bourn or Melky Cabrera to play CF for 5 YR/$75M.

4) Figuring out the infield.  Utley, J-Roll, and Howard are all back; older and still injury-prone.  Polly will be gone.  Who mans the hot corner and who are the utility infielders?  The free agent market looks bleak, but Amaro can get creative, just as I would (I should be a GM after all).

What To Root For- Polanco and Wigginton to be traded so Frandsen and Fontenot get the majority of playing time at 3rd and UTL for the the rest of the year (*Also, so Amaro isn't tempted to pickup Wiggy's 2013 option at $4M).  Amaro to sign Jeff Keppinger to play third base next season for 2 YR/$6M.  Depending on the play of Fontenot and/or Frandsen, look into signing Ryan Theriot, Marco Scutaro, or Maicer Izturis for UTL.    

2013 Lineup:
1) Bourn/CF or Rollins/SS
2) Rollins/SS or Cabrera/CF
3) Utley/2B
4) Howard/1B
5) Ruiz/C
6) Mayberry/Schierholtz/Nix RF
7) Keppinger/3B
8) Brown/LF

2013 Roster:
1) Ruiz/C
2) Kratz/C
3) Howard/1B
4) Utley/2B
5) Rollins/SS
6) Keppinger/3B
7 & 8) Scutaro, Theriot, M. Izturis, Fransden, or Fontenot UTL
9) Brown/OF
10) Bourn or M. Cabrera CF
11) Mayberry/OF
12) Schierholtz/OF
13) Nix/OF
14) Halladay/SP
15) Hamels/SP
16) Lee/SP
17) Worley/SP
18) Cloyd/SP
19) Papelbon/RP
20) Bastardo/RP
21) Lindblom/RP
22) Schwimer/RP
23) Horst/RP
24) De Fratus/RP
25) Kendrick/RP

17 comments:

Nick Reilly said...

No Diekman love?

Ben said...

I wouldn't say title contender, but on paper, that team should probably make the playoffs.

Aaron said...

I agree with everything you said except right field. A 3 man platoon of 4th outfielders ain't hackin it. We need a legit everyday right fielder.

GM-Carson said...

Aaron- not enough money to sign 2 free agent outfielders that r actually worth a damn.

Should have included to hope Brian Schneider gets traded so Kratz gets more familiar with the pitching staff.

Aaron said...

Fontenot DFA,d. Minimart recalled.
WTF is the point of that move? Why are they so in love with Minimart?????

Anonymous said...

I know you can't get enough of the Sarge!

Follow him on Twitter @ the_sarge36

Oh My!! It's cadillac time!!

chase trillo said...

http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120801&content_id=35939826&vkey=news_phi&c_id=phi

I WANT TO BREAK SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!

Ben said...

I want to see Jamie Moyer back on this contract:

1) League Minimum
2) Can only pitch when the Phillies are down by 5 or more runs
3) Whenever he pitches, he must wear a Super Grover costume, to reflect his role: enthusiastic, never gives up, and not particularly effective at what he does.

I kid, of course, but how cool would it be if we all shouted SUUUUPER MOYER whenever he came out of the 'pen?

Anonymous said...

Chase Trillo,

I just read that 2 minutes ago. Unbelievable. Can not the GM say to Charlie,'No.. We're not bringing that guy back up.'

GM-Carson said...

I am ashamed to be a Phillies fan right now. Mike Fontenot, although not all that great, is 100% better than that piece of shit Michael Martinez.

Ruben Amaro Jr., I hate you.

GM-Carson said...

Michael Martinez outranks Abraham No-Hit Nunez, Adam Eaton, and David Bell as my most hated Phillies player of all-time.

Complete disgrace he's on this team right now.

I'm about to go old school Carson up on the blog and rip Amaro and Mini-Mart a new one.

chase trillo said...

GM Carson said:

Michael Martinez outranks Abraham No-Hit Nunez, Adam Eaton, and David Bell as my most hated Phillies player of all-time.

I agree 100%! I didn't think it could get worse than Nunez, but somehow Martinez has managed to do just that!

GM Carson said:


I'm about to go old school Carson up on the blog and rip Amaro and Mini-Mart a new one.

Please do! Way to eff with the good karma from yesterday Amaro!

Ben said...

I'm angry that Mini-Mart is up, but it's worse that they sent away the wrong guy. Wigginton has -1.9 WAR this year. WE STATISTICALLY WOULD ACCTUALY HAVE BEN BETTER OF PLAYING WITH 24 MEN THAN PLAYING WITH WIGGINTON THIS YEAR. He's my most hated Phillie right now.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Trade Wiggiton for anything. Hell, give him away.

Lets go Vanimal. Keep it rolling tonight and get back on the winning side of things.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Small sample size yes, but Erik Kratz is showing he should have been the Phils backup catcher for the past 2 seasons.

Aaron said...

Scherholtz with a sliding catch, two knocks including the game winning homer.
Our new reliever looked ok.
Joseph went 2 for 3 at AA.
Dom Brown looked good in the field.
Victorino 0 for his Dodger debut.
Pence 0 for 3 so far including a pop out to first swinging at a ball with two men on. And striking out on a wild pitch, later in the game.
Rube is a genius I tell ya!
Ps...I love Kratz!

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