Thursday, July 31, 2014

Are you f'n kidding me?!

Ruben Amaro Jr. failed to trade any of the Phillies players today before the 4 PM Trade Deadline.  I am flabbergasted.

Trade Chips:
Antonio Bastardo
Cliff Lee
Marlon Byrd
AJ Burnett
Carlos Ruiz
Jonathan Papelbon
Ryan Howard
Roberto Hernandez
Kyle Kendrick

I don't include Utley, Rollins, and Hamels because I wouldn't have traded them.  Brown isn't included because he has absolutely no value currently.  I'm not suggesting it's an easy task to find a taker for any of them, but I saw plenty of deals going down today and none by the Phillies.

Amaro is the worst GM in Major League Baseball, and that is not hyperbole.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Don't Trade Cole Hamels!

Cole Hamels made his MLB debut in 2006.  Since that time he's become a Top 10 starting pitcher.  Check out his MLB ranks.

Cole Hamels' MLB Ranks Since 2006:
Minimum 1000 IP
W - 104 (14th)
GS - 262 (9th)
CG - 13 (11th)
SHO - 6 (11th)
IP - 1719 (9th)
K - 1633 (4th)
ERA - 3.33 (10th)
WHIP - 1.14 (5th)
WAR - 33 (9th)
*Courtesy of

He's 30 years old and under team control through 2018 with an option for 2019.  He's part of the future should the Phillies plan on contending.  He's a proven commodity.  Why trade him for a bunch on unknowns?  We saw how that worked out with Amaro's Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence trades.   I know I've made fun of him in the past, but honestly, he's awesome.

The only players I care about not being traded, other than Cole, are Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.  Yes, I'm a sucker for nostalgia.  Truthfully though, Rollins won't get much of a return anyway, and Utely is still very productive.  Both have a slight chance at the Hall of Fame, and I'd like them to end their careers as Phillies.

Your opinion?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jake Fox Next Brandon Moss?

Remember when Brandon Moss went hitless in 6 at bats back in 2011 with the Phillies?  He was released that offseason and the shrewd GM of the A's, Billy Beane, inked him to a minor league contract and watched him blossom into one of the game's best run producers.  Moss has hit .268/.887 with 171 R, 58 DBL, 74 HR, 210 RBI, and a 7.6 WAR in 324 games over the past 3 seasons with Oakland.  Needless to say, that's better than Ryan Howard, and Moss is doing it at a fraction of the price.  Might the Phillies be wasting a similar talent in their minor league system?

Jake Fox just turned 32 years old, bats right handed, and can play 1B, 3B, LF, RF, and C.  In parts of 4 MLB seasons with the Cubs, Orioles, and A's, he hit .237/.714 in 193 games from 2007-2011.  He's been bouncing around the minors, Mexican League, and Independent Baseball since.  This year for the Reading Fightin Phils, he's batting .343/1.103 with 10 DBL, 14 HR, and 42 RBI in only 38 games.  Combine his Mexican League stats, and he's batting .321/1.042 with 70 R, 26 DBL, 30 HR, and 88 RBI in 95 games in 2014.  He's an old man in Double A, but with eye popping stats like that, he needs to be given a look with the Phillies, especially given their anemic offense.  Maybe he's a late bloomer just like Brandon Moss...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Michael Martinez- Historically Horrible

Fear not Phans, Michael Martinez is back, but this time with the Pirates (Phucco!).  His shortcomings were lamented on WSBGMs aplenty when he played for the Phillies, so why stop now?  You know we love to beat a dead horse.

Since 1901, 4439 batters (non-pitchers), have been to the plate 400+ times (Martinez currently at 407 plate apperances).  He ranks 4427th with a .185 batting average and 4421st with a .492 OPS.  How the hell does this man continue to hold a job?  That is historically horrible.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ryan Howard First Basemen MLB Rankings

Let's check up on Philadelphia Phillies $25M first baseman Ryan Howard and his statistical rankings among qualified first basemen in MLB.  Warning- not good.  Actually awful.  Good job Amaro!

*Out of 24 qualified first basemen
AVG - .219 (20th)
OBP - .301 (22nd)
SLG - .378 (21st tied)
OPS - .679 (23rd)
R - 44 (11th)
DBL - 10 (21st tied)
HR - 15 (9th)
RBI - 58 (9th)
BB - 41 (9th)
K - 116 (1st)
WAR - {-0.5} (23rd)

Monday, July 14, 2014

All Star Break- Enjoy

Chase Utley is the Phillies lone representative in the 2014 All Star game. He deserves it. All others...meh. This team is about to be blown to smithereens. They deserve it.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Series Preview- The Phillies Will Lose

It doesn't matter if the Phillies were playing the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Bad News Bears, my former high school's junior varsity softball team, or my sons' t-ball team, they'll lose every damn time.  Dark times are upon us.  Dark times.  Haven't seen a team this shitty since the 90's, but that was with a minuscule/cheapskate payroll.  The current cast of Philadelphia Phillies are well paid, under performing has-beens and never-will-bes.  I don't dislike the players.  I root for them every game.  I dislike hate the management of this team, aka Ruin Tomorrow Jr.  WSBGMs has been saying for years that his stupid trades, contract signings, mishandling of the draft, and international signings would be the death of this franchise.  Guess what?  It was.  I fairly certain that the Phils won't have a winning season again until we're into the 2020's.  Pathetic. Sad. Infuriating.

By the way, they do open a series in Milwaukee tonight against the NL's best team, the Brewers.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Shutouts, Minor Updates & Other Stuff

The Phillies were shutout for the 11th time this season.  That's roughly an average of once every 10 games (13% of games played).  That's pathetic.  Be ashamed.

Jason Marquis is looking worthy of a promotion.  In 3 minor league starts he boasts a 0.50 ERA/0.83 WHIP over 18 innings with 19 strikeouts. Of course, should KK be traded, instantly a spot in the rotation opens for him.

Grady Sizemore is making a decent first impression too, batting .300/.867 in 5 games with the Iron Pigs.  I foresee Marlon Byrd being traded, opening a spot for a platoon in RF of Sizemore and Ruf.

The Phillies have the 4th worst record in baseball (36-48), 4th fewest runs (319), and the 2nd worst OPS (.669).  That's pathetic.  Be ashamed.

Mike Adams has been placed on the 60-day DL, so that eliminates any chance of him being traded before July 31.

*Above image stolen borrowed without consent from the lovely archives of Google images.