Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wednesday Wonderings & Wayward Wits
*Roberto Hernandez's start is being skipped this time through the rotation, and he appeared in relief last night.
*Cole Hamels chokes against the Mets, now 7-14 lifetime against them. After losing last night, he remains in search of his 100th career win.
* Ryan Howard has a higher batting average (.258) against lefties this season than righties (.254). Here's to hoping he continues the decent work against southpaws and starts crushing the right-handed pitchers. He'll have a monster season if so. On the other hand, his defense is currently ranked last in MLB for first basemen (-0.8 DWAR).
*Domonic Brown has 4 extra base hits so far (3 doubles, 1 homerun). This is not acceptable. Eat your Wheaties!
*What if the Phillies had at least average production from 3rd base and a bullpen that didn't suck?
*Chase Utley has the NL's 4th highest batting average (.355), 7th ranked OPS (.978), 3rd best WAR (1.5), and his 11 doubles are tied for 1st.
*After crapping the bed in Texas, Jonathan Papelbon has settled in nicely (10 consecutive scoreless appearances and 8 saves).
*Cody Asche or Freddy Galvis have the two lowest WARs of any third basemen in baseball, a collective -1.5 wins below replacement player.
*Ben Revere is ranked 3rd in MLB with 10 stolen bases.