Monday, June 30, 2014

Roster Be Changin'

1. Ronny Cedeno was traded to Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Raywilly Gomez.  Cedeno played in 7 games, collecting 9 at bats, and no hits for the Phillies, so trading him for anything is an accomplishment. Gomez is a 24 year old, and is currently in Double A.  He's a career .286/.736 hitter over 526 minor league games, with solid on base skills, but no power.

2. Luis Garcia was up, then down for the doubleheader on Saturday.  He served as the team's 26th man, which MLB now allows for on such occasions.

3. Sean O'Sullivan started the nightcap of the doubleheader on Saturday and was then promptly designated for assignment to create a roster spot for utility infielder Andres Blanco.  He was hitting .241/.598 for the Iron Pigs this year, so don't get excited.  In fact, get pissed, because it's further proof Amaro does nothing right.

4. Carlos Ruiz hit the 7-day DL with a concussion and catcher Koyie Hill was summoned from Lehigh Valley to take his place.

5. Ethan Martin was sent packing back down to the minors and whipping boy BJ Rosenberg was recalled.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bullpen ERAs & Minor League Signings

Bullpen ERAs:
1. Ken Giles - 1.29 ERA, 7 G, 7 IP, 12 K, 0.71 WHIP
2. Jonathan Papelbon - 1.44 ERA, 32 G, 31.1 IP, 27 K, 0.96 WHIP
3. Justin DeFratus - 1.71 ERA, 19 G, 21 IP, 19 K, 1.00 WHIP
4. Mike Adams - 2.12 ERA, 19 G, 17 IP, 20 K, 1.18 WHIP
5. Mario Hollands - 2.20 ERA, 31 G, 28.2 IP, 23 K, 1.05 WHIP
6. Antonio Bastardo - 2.68 ERA, 35 G, 37 IP, 45 K, 1.08 WHIP
7. Jake Diekman - 4.25 ERA, 37 G, 36 IP, 48 K, 1.31 WHIP

This is a welcomed sign, as some of those arms are young and controllable. When Mike Adams comes back, that's a pretty solid bullpen.  Diekman's ERA might be high, but he still has value because of his strikeout rate.

Minor League Signings:
1. Grady Sizemore - was a beast in Cleveland until injuries derailed his career.  Missed all of 2012 and 2013.  Started the season with the Red Sox, but was released earlier this month after hitting .216/.612 in 52 games.  Lifetime he's put up far better numbers, .266/.819, 141 HR, 139 SB, in 944 games. The 31 year old is set to debut tonight for the Iron Pigs.

2. Jason Marquis - working his way back from a season-ending injury last year, he's been signed to add depth to the starting rotation. Makes his debut with the Iron Pigs tonight.  Career 121-114 record, with a 4.56 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP over 14 MLB seasons.

3. Russ Canzler - career .271/.700 hitter in 29 MLB games.  The 28 year old provides depth at corner infield and outfield.  In 11 minor league season, he's hit .274/.802 with 120 homeruns.  Was in the starting lineup for Lehigh Valley yesterday.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

10 Shutouts, I Kid You Not

Not even half way through the season and the Phillies have been shutout 10 times.  Yes, 10 times.  How many times?

The Philadelphia Phillies have been shutout 10 times!

That's all I've got to say. Shutout 10 freakin' times!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Phillies Need Antonio Alfonseca?

The Philadelphia Phillies have won 5 straight ball games.  Seriously, I'm not joking.  They remain 5 games under .500, but for now, baseball is fun again.  Can they win another one tonight in St. Louis to make it 6 straight? If so, Antonio "6-Finger" Alfonseca is gonna have to make a comeback.

*Ryan Howard is heating up...thank God!

*Chase Utley is leading the vote for NL second basemen in the All-Star game.

*Jonathan Papelbon is having a very good season.

*John Mayberry is garnering trade interest.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Baseball Lost a Good One- Tony Gwnn Passes Away

Phillies reserve outfielder, Tony Gwynn Jr., grew up watching his father, Tony Gwynn, wield the bat like a magician's wand.  He idolized his dad and aspired to be just like him. Yesterday,  Gwynn died the day after Father's Day at the age of 54 from salivary gland cancer (caused by his use of chewing tobacco).  The Hall of Famer was a lifetime .338 hitter over 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres. His brother Chris Gwynn also played in the Majors.  Condolences to the Gwynn family.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

*Reid Brignac isn't totally worthless.

*Mario Hollands is doing alright (26 G, 2.66/1.10).

*Just DeFratus has pitched well since being recalled (10 G, 11 IP, 0.00/0.64).

*Jimmy Rollins is the Phillies all-time hits leader, passing Michael Jack Schmidt in yesterday's ball game.

*Cody Asche is nearing his return from the DL.

*Ryan Howard's OPS is about to dip below .700 (currently .703).

*Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Phillies- The Wrong Kind of Leaders

I like to complain...

MLB Rank:
Strikeouts - Ryan Howard 82 (1st) & Marlon Byrd 76 (2nd)
OPS - Domonic Brown .572 (166th out of 169 qualified)
WAR - Domonic Brown -1.2 (tied for 1049 out of 1053)
Walks - AJ Burnett 43 (1st)
Runs - Phillies 244 (26th out of 30)
AVG - Phillies .241 (24th out of 30)
OPS - Phillies .679 (tied for 23rd out of 30)
ERA - Phillies 4.10 (tied for 22nd out of 30)
WHIP - Phillies 1.37 (26th out of 30)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Congrats Pap- Save #300

Congratulations to Jonathan Papelbon for collecting his 300th career save.  It was his first save opportunity since May 24th (shame on you Phillies).  He lowered his ERA to 1.48 and now has only been scored on in 2 of his 25 appearances this season.  His contract is much maligned, but he still gets the job done, so today we celebrate his career milestone.

It's Not 2008 Anymore

2008 - World Series: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies
2014 - Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies worst teams in baseball, at least according to ESPN.

That's how bad things have gotten.  The Phillies are bad getting badder.  It's just a sad state of affairs in Philly.  Way to go Amaro! 

Series Preview: San Diego Padres camp out for a 3 game set.  Padres don't hit that much, but that doesn't really matter because neither do the Phils, and their pitching staff is superior.  Meaning, Phillies continue to lose.  Yeah!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Rollins with the Howard, Phillies with the Win

Congratulations to Jimmy Rollins for cranking a homerun, striking out, and committing an error in last night's win over the Reds.  You sir, just collected your first Howard of the season.  Let's be honest, this season is a lost cause for the Phillies, so these are the type of things we need to celebrate, because otherwise it's all just pointless.

Check out how bad the Phillies organization is this year.  The Iron Pigs and Fightin' Phils are the the only teams playing remotely close to mediocrity.

Philadelphia Phillies: 25-34
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs: 31-31
Reading Fightin' Phils: 30-28
Clearwater Threshers: 12-48
Lakewood BlueClaws: 23-37
Organization Total: 121-178 (.405%)

Friday, June 06, 2014

Phillies are Good at Losing

*Quick Cincinnati Reds series preview: the Phillies will run out 3 starting pitchers with a combined 4 wins this season, while the Reds counter with 3 guys who collectively have 18 wins.  'nuff said.

*Cesar Jimenez has been designated for assignment to make room for utility infielder Ronny Cedeno.  Apparently the Phillies don't like it when relievers actually prevent runs, because all Jimenez did was pitch 2 shutout innings and as a "thank you" they kicked his ass to the curb.  Meanwhile, Cedeno .286/.694 at Lehigh Valley, so naturally he needs to be summoned to fix the Phils offensive woes.

*The Phillies now have the 3rd highest payroll, but 4th worst record in all of baseball.  Only the Cubs, Rays, and Diamondbacks suck more.

*Kyle Kendrick has 1 win in his last 19 starts.  Um, wow.  Futility?

*John Mayberry is quietly putting up good numbers as a 4th outfielder (36 G, .255/.905).  Trade chip?

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Pence Trade Revisited (AKA - Amaro is Dumb)

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton/1B made his MLB debut yesterday for the Houston Astros and collected The Howard as well.  2 errors, 2 strike outs, and 1 homerun.  Way to go kid!

Singleton was sent to Houston in a 4 player package for Hunter Pence.  Jarred Cosart was the first of the four to reach the Majors, and he's now made 24 starts since mid-2013 with a 3.07 ERA,  a 5-5 record, and a 3.4 WAR (he'd look nice in the Phillies rotation!).  Joshua Zeid also made his MLB debut last season and has made 32 relief appearances with a 3.89 ERA and 0.5 WAR (he'd look good in the Phillies bullpen!).  Domingo Santana/OF is the only one that hasn't reached the Majors, but he's currently killing it in Triple-A (.298/.869 as a 21 year old).

I think it's fair to say Amaro got ripped off in this trade, much like he did in the Cliff Lee trade to the Mariners, the Victorino trade to the Dodgers, and the Pence trade to the Giants.  He's a shitty GM, and I feel the need to constantly point that out.  The Phillies have the 3rd highest payroll in baseball, but 5th worst record (2nd worst run differential at -48).  Seriously, how does this moron have a job?  He took over a team at the top and has consistently driven them further down in the standings, year after year.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I Still Love You Bobby!

Bobby Abreu versus Phillies in 2014:
7 G, .400/1.071, 4 R, 3 DBL, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Ruben Amaro Jr. has ruined the Philadelphia Phillies!!!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

As a Phillies Phan, I Pheel the Need to Complain

Who Would You Rather Have?
Bobby Abreu - 29 G, .320/.897, 0.4 WAR
Tony Gwynn Jr. - 45 G, .171/.481, -0.7 WAR
*Both were property of the Phillies in Spring Training

Hurting for Viable Arms:
Jeff Manship pitched 4 impressive innings (6 K, 0 H, 0 BB) in extra frames yesterday, but fell victim to a strained quad and had to be removed in the top of the 14th.  Then that bastard Bastardo blew it.  I've had enough of Bastardo's inconsistency (20 BB in 25.1 IP), but sadly Sandberg doesn't really have much to work with in the bullpen.  Since the Phillies have played in back-to-back 14 inning games, I would think Manship might visit the DL, while a fresh arm is summoned from the Iron Pigs.

On a more positive note, rookie lefty Mario Hollands is doing well (22 G, 20 IP, 17 K, 3.15 ERA, 1.10 WHIP).

***********WARNING- BEATING DEAD HORSE***********
Ryan Howard's MLB Rank Among Qualified First Basemen:
*25 qualified
*.230 AVG (21st)
*.304 OBP (22nd)
*.425 SLG (16th)
*.729 OPS (18th)
*26 R (12th)
*7 DBL (20th tied)
*10 HR (7th tied)
*37 RBI (6th tied)
*67 K (1st)
*18 XBH (16th)
*-0.2 WAR (22nd tied)
*-0.7 DWAR (24th)
All of this for the bargain basement salary of a measly $25M per year.  Bravo Amaro, bravo!