Sunday, May 19, 2013

Durbin's Track Record & System Updates

Amaro recognizes middle relief is a weakness on the 2013 Phillies.  However, he doesn't seem in a hurry to fix it.  He demoted Raul Valdes and called up possibly a worse pitcher and BJ Rosenberg.  He continues to beat the drum for offseason free agent signing, Chad Durbin.  Claiming his track record determines he should remain for the time being.   Thing is, Durbin's track record to which Amaro refers isn't good at all.

1) 35 years old
2) 14 MLB seasons
3) Career 5.00 ERA
4) Career 1.50 WHIP
5) Career WAR -0.3
6) Since 2007 he's flip-flopped between bad/good seasons, and 2013 puts him in line for a bad one.  Season/ERA (2007/4.72, 2008/2.87, 2009/4.39, 2010/3.80, 2011/5.53, 2012/3.10, 2013/8.10).
7) Career splits- versus RHB (.264/.794), vs. LHB (.286/.811), as starting pitcher (5.83/1.57), as a reliever (4.23/1.45), at home (4.26/1.43), away (5.88/1.60), 1st half (5.28/1.51), and 2nd half (4.64/1.50).  Essentially the only time you can hope for a mediocre performance out of him is at home, during the 2nd half of the season, facing a right-handed batter during a relief appearance in a year that ends with an even number.  Even then, it's nowhere close to being good. 

System Updates:
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs - Cesar Hernandez is making his presence felt, batting .327/.848 with 12 stolen bases.  He's about to turn 23 years old and plays 2nd base.  He has a future with the Phillies in some capacity.  Prospects Cody Asche/3B (.278/.757) and Darin Ruf/LF/1B (.267/.796) are the only other batters worth mentioning on an otherwise disappointing team.  The pitching has been atrocious outside of Justin DeFratus, who is now with the Phillies.

Reading Fightin' Phils - this team is in a horrible funk during the month of May with a 3-15 record.  On the offensive side of things, Jim Murphy/1B is belting the ball (.311/.966, 9 HR, 30 RBI).  Starting pitcher Jesse Biddle and reliever Mauricio Robles are striking out more than a batter per inning with ERAs below 3 and WHIPs below 1.15.

Clearwater Threshers - the only team in the system with a winning record. It's also the only rung along the ladder that has a good offense.  Cameron Perkins/OF, Carlos Alonso/2B, Maikel Franco/3B, Jose Mojica/SS, Kelly Dugan/OF, and Aaron Altherr/OF have a batting average of .292 or better.  Starting pitchers Perci Garner, Gabriel Arias, and Nick Hernandez have been solid.

Lakewood BlueClaws - this team doesn't have any decent bats, aside from Art Charles/1B, Chace Numata/C, and Zach Taylor/OF.  It's a relatively uninspiring group on the pitching staff too.


GM-Carson said...

Chooch hurts his hammy. Oh, my.

Ben said...

Lee of all people is sent in to pinch run, and proceeds to be picked off, which causes Kratz' homerun to only tie the game instead of win it. Quality Baseball.

Anonymous said...

Uplifting win. If we're looking for bright spots, the bench needs its due. Frandsen, Galvis, Nix--all strong hitters. If we sweep the Marlins like we should, we'll have a winning record!

Bob D said...

Chooch and Howard going for MRI's tomorrow.

Yeah Manuel should save Durbin just for that situation

Beer-a-Thon said...

Kratz and Galvis going back-to-back to end the game was awesome. Momentum?

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