Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's the End of the World as We Know It

In a span of 3 games the Phillies were no-hit and Ben Revere clubbed a homerun (first one of his career in 1,567 plate appearances/1,467 at bats).  Is this the Apocalypse?  Is this the end of the world as we know it?  If so, REM is wrong, because I don't feel fine.

*gif graciously stolen from FanGraphs.com

Monday, May 26, 2014

For the First Time in My Life...

For the first time in my life, the Philadelphia Phillies were no-hit. Last time it happened was way back in 1978 (I was born in 1979).  I can honestly say, I could have gone my entire life without seeing them no-hit and been completely content.

Now onto more pressing matters, the Phils have a 3 game set with the Rockies in Philly starting tonight.  Quick series preview- the Rockies are better than the Phillies.  Most MLB teams are better than the Phillies.  Amaro has ruined this club and idiots that still defend Ryan Howard's contract should be punched squarely in the throat to stop them from breathing long enough to feel that death might set in.  Baseball really does bring out the best in me...

Enjoy your Memorial Day.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

All the Phillies Need to Contend is...

Hey guys, look on the bright side! This team only needs a few things to contend!

-Two new Starters
-6 new Relievers
-A New First Baseman
-A New Left Fielder
-A New Center Fielder
-Two new backup Outfielders 
-A backup Shortstop/Thirdbaseman
-Several Consecutive Good Drafts
-$100 million in spending over the luxury cap

See, easy fix! I have no doubt this Front Office can fix the problem in no time!

*Thanks to loyal reader, Morak99, for the above "glass half full" post.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Beating a Dead Horse

You know WSBGMs loves to beat a dead horse. Of course, a horse corpse! Anyway, The following two players are first basemen that played for the Phillies in 2011. Player A is still with the Phils, while Player B unfortunately is not. The following stats are from 2012-2014.

Player A:
193 G, 84 R, 38 DBL, 32 HR, 123 RBI, .243/.752, -0.8 WAR, $65M

Player B:
274 G, 146 R, 52 DBL, 61 HR, 179 RBI, .274/.911, 6.5 WAR, $6.4M

2012 was the season the Ryan Howard (Player A) was set to hit free agency, before that schmuck Ruin Tomorrow Jr. inked him to a 5 YR/$125M extension. Meanwhile, Brandon Moss (Player B) went hitless in 6 at bats for the Phillies in 2011, thus he was released. Moss has went onto become a powerhouse in Oakland, while Howard struggles in every facet of his game. Oh hindsight, ain't it fun?!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cliff Lee to DL. Oh, Crap!

Hey, the Phillies are...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Let's Get It On- Marlins Series Preview

Philadelphia Phillies (19-22) @ Miami Marlins (23-22)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Tuesday, 7:10 - Sports Hernia Burnett vs. Rookie DeSclafani
Wednesday, 7:10 - KK vs. 100 MPH Eovaldi
Thursday, 12:40 - Cole Hames vs. Henderson Alvarez

Fish's Bats:
R - 204 (6th)
AVG - .263 (4th)
OPS - .746 (5th)

The offense is spearheaded by the man, the myth, the legend Giancarlo Stanton/RF (.318/1.017, 12 HR, 43 RBI). Reclamation project returning from Japan, Casey McGehee/3B is hitting .294/.745 with 28 RBI.  The rest of the cast include a bunch of guys hitting .260ish with OPS around .700, but collectively doing very well.

Fish's Arms:
ERA - 3.72 (14th)
WHIP - 1.30 (16th)

The Phils are screwed this series, a rookie they've never seen (automatic loss), Eovaldi's heater (loss), and Alvarez twirling magic (loss).  Oh, and AJ Ramos and Steve Cishek in the bullpen are freakin' nice too.

Prediction:
Marlins hit more than the Phillies and pitch better than the Phillies.  Make of that what you will...

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thanks for the Update ESPN

As if the Phillies losing wasn't enough, ESPN sent me this update via my cell phone after last night's loss...

The Phillies haven't scored in 20 straight innings and were shutout for the 6th time this season.

To put it bluntly, they suck!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Let's Get It On- Reds Series Preview

Cincinnati Reds (18-21) @ Philadelphia Phillies (17-21)


Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 7:05 - Alfredo Simon vs. KK
Saturday, 7:05 - Homer Bailey vs. Cole Hamels
Sunday, 1:35 - Mike Leake vs. Cliff Lee

One of the 3 Primary Colors Bats:
R - 143 (28th)
AVG - .245 (23rd)
OPS - .698 (20th)

A vastly disappointing group.  The Reds have become accostumed to being near the top of the league in runs scored, but outside of Joey Votto/1B (.257/.859) and Todd Frazier/3B (.273/.850), the bats have fallen silent.  Wouldn't be surprised to see a few of them (Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton,
and/or Ryan Ludwick) light up the scoreboard this weekend against the Phils pitching though.

One of the 3 Primary Colors Arms:
ERA - 3.40 (8th)
WHIP - 1.20 (6th)

Johnny Cueto pitched last night, so that's good for the Phils.  However,  Simon (2.89/1.08) and Leak (3.09/0.99) have been solid. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sam LeCure have dominated and Aroldis Chapman is back from the DL.

Prediction:
Neither KK or Hamels have a win to their name yet this season, and I foresee that trend continuing.  Phillies stink.  True story.  Reds take at least 2 outta 3.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sad Story- Phillies Offense & Pitching


Offensive Ranks:
R - 144 (22nd)
AVG - .246 (22nd)
OPS - .682 (22nd)
DBL - 68 (18th tied)
TRPL - 11 (2nd tied)
HR - 25 (28th)
SB - 25 (14th)

By Position:
C - .279/.785 (10th)
1B - .245/.722 (23rd)
2B - .325/.923 (1st)
3B - .188/.596 (25th)
SS - .237/.690 (14th)
LF - .210/.573 (30th)
CF - .266/.595 (28th)
RF - .289/.805 (7th)
PH - .130/.472 (25th)

Pitching Ranks:
W - 17 (25th tied)
ERA - 4.18 (22nd)
WHIP - 1.41 (25th)
K - 299 (22nd)
AVG - .271 (28th)

Breakdown:
Starters - 3.95/1.43 (16th)
Relievers - 4.68/1.37 (27th)

As you can see, Dom Brown and Ben Revere have been colossal disappointments in the outfield.  First and third base have also been issues.  Once again, Ryan Howard is a total waste of resources (I love beating a dead horse), and Cody Asche is in over his head.  Basically, the only reason the Phillies offense isn't the worst in MLB is because it's currently buoyed by Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd.

The pitching staff has been underwhelming is all facets as well.  The bullpen crapfest has been well documented, with only Jonathan Papelbon pitching well.  The starting rotation hasn't lived up to its paycheck either though (looking at you Cole Hamels).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Let's Get It On- Angels Series Preview

Los Angeles Angels (19-18) @ Philadelphia Phillies (17-19)


Pitching Match-Ups:
Tuesday, 7:05 - Matt Shoemaker vs. Cliff Lee
Wednesday, 1:05 - Garrett Richards vs. Sports Hernia Burnett

Halos Bats:
R - 189 (5th)
AVG - .256 (10th)
OPS - .760 (2nd)

Rookie CJ Cron/1B has made a helluva first impression (8 G, .393/1.128). Howie Kendrick/2B (.311/.835), Albert Pujols/1B (.268/.868), and Mike Trout/CF (.272/.883) carry the offensive load. Meanwhile, Raul Ibanez/OF has struggled (.139/.515 while still qualifying for the batting title) to the point where his release might be coming soon.

Halos Arms:
ERA - 3.88 (18th)
WHIP - 1.27 (10th)

Richards (2.80/1.11) has finally started to fulfill some of his potential, but Shoemaker is making his first start of the season.  The Angels bullpen is a mess too, but not quite as bad as the Phils.

Prediction:
The Phils have the upper hand in the pitching match-ups and the Angels will also be batting without their DH.  Therefore, I'm feeling a 2 game sweep, with the Phils returning to .500!

Thoughts:
The Phillies bullpen and bench are some of the worst in MLB.  Wouldn't it be nice to still have Kevin Frandsen (.267/.700 in 30 G)?  The combination of Mayberry, Nix, Galvis, and Gwynn has hit an unbelievably craptastic .134/.403 with 15 R, 2 DBL, 2 HR, and 9 RBI in 187 plate apperances.  Reid Brignac has replaced Galvis and Cesar Hernandez was just recalled to take the roster spot of Nix.  Some of the minor league free agent signings below would have helped!

The following players were signed to Minor League Contracts:
*Scott Atchinson/CLE - 13 G, 15 IP, 1.88/0.67
*Erik Bedard/TBR - 5 GS, 26.2 IP, 3.38/1.43
*Emilio Bonifacio/CHC/UTL - .312/.739, 22 R, 11 SB
*Kyle Farnsworth/NYM - 19 G, 17 IP, 3.18/1.41
*Sam Fuld/MIN/OF - 20 G, .232/.674, 4 SB
*JC Gutierrez/SFG - 16 G, 18.1 IP, 3.93/0.98
*Aaron Harang/ATL - 8 GS, 48.1 IP, 2.98/1.18
*Reed Johnson/MIA/OF - 27 G, .341/.898
*Jason Kubel/MIN/OF - 32 G, .267/.703
*Daisuke Matsuzaka/NYM - 10 G, 13.2 IP, 2.63/1.39
*Pat Neshek/STL - 19 G, 16.2 IP, 1.08/0.60 
*Mark Reynolds/MIL/1B/3B - 28 G, .235/.807, 8 HR

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Disappointment that is Domonic Brown

Domonic Brown was at one time ranked the 4th best prospect in baseball by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.  After a breakout season last year, many fans were looking for a follow up performance.  I wouldn't count on that.  Other than 2 great months in 2013, he's been a bust.  Rarely gets on base, plays horrendous defense, doesn't hit for average, and lacks power that was projected for him.  Don't believe me, see below...


2010 - .210/.612, 35 G, 62 AB
2011 - .245/.725, 56 G, 184 AB
2012 - .235/.712, 56 G, 187 AB
2013 - .272/.818, 131 G, 496 AB
2013 Breakdown:
May/June - .290/.939, 10 DBL, 3 TRPL, 18 HR, 35 R, 46 RBI, 8 SB
Rest of Season - .258/.724, 11 DBL, 1 TRPL, 9 HR, 30 R, 37 RBI, 0 SB
2014 - .223/.564, 31 G, 112 AB

Now, he is only 26 years old, so improvement can still come. How much, or if any, who knows?  When I was interviewed for a fantasy baseball site before the season started, I was asked who not to pick.  Domonic Brown was my answer, because outside of his 2 fluke months, he's been entirely mediocre at best for his entire career.

Another semi-disappointment has been Cole Hamels since signing his 6 YR/$144M mega-extension. Hamels has the 44th-best ERA (3.56) since the time his extension was signed, despite being the game’s sixth-highest paid pitcher.  Full article here. 

Monday, May 05, 2014

Let's Get It On- Blue Jays Series Preview

Toronto Blue Jays (14-17) @ Philadelphia Phillies (15-14)
and then
Philadelphia Phillies (?-?) @ Toronto Blue Jays (?-?)


Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday - JA Happ vs. KK
Tuesday - Drew Hutchison vs. Cole Hamels
*Both 7:05 starts in Philly
Wednsday - Cliff Lee vs. Mark Buehrle
Thursday - Sports Hernia Burnett vs. RA Dickey
*Both 7:07 starts in Toronto 

America's Hat Bats:
R - 147 (7th)
AVG - .254 (12th)
OPS - .748 (6th)

Jose Bautisa/RF is back with authority (.294/1.054 with 9 HR) and so is Melky Cabrera/LF (.336/.924).  The rest of the lineup, aside from Dioneer Navaro/C (.309 AVG) is struggling, but they still are dangerous with the long ball (Colby Rasmus/CF 7 HR, Brett Lawrie/3B 6 HR).  Scoring runs is not this team's problem.

America's Hat Arms:
ERA - 4.65 (26th)
WHIP - 1.46 (27th)

Pitching is this team's problem.  Dickey is far removed from his Cy Young season (5.01/1.48) and Happ (4.15/1.85) doesn't really have the magic working for him that he did when he was with the Phils.  However, Buehrle remains a wizard (2.25/1.25), on his way to a 14th straight 200+ IP season.  The youngster Hutchison (3.82/1.27, 38 K in 33 IP) is performing well too.  The bullpen is a mess and they have no established closer.

Prediction:
Series split, with each team taking one in each city.  Lots of runs scored, with both teams' bullpen showcasing their atrocities.

*Little known fact, the Phillies were once known as the Blue Jays from 1943-1949.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Asche with the Howard, Phillies with the Win

Typically when a Phillies player is talented enough to pull off the Howard (K, E, HR all in the same game), the Phils go onto win that game. Well, it held true last night with Cody Asche performing the coolest 1 game stat other than tossing a no-hitter or hitting for the cycle. Congrats Asche, this may have bought you a little more time to prove yourself.


Minor Notes:
*Willians Astudillo is the anti-Howard. He hits for average, is an extreme contact hitter, and has no power. The stocky (5'9" 182 lb.) 1B/C/DH is currently playing for the Lakewood BlueClaws and is a career .318/.773 batter over 5 minor leagues seasons. The amazing stat is that he's only struck out 26 times in 795 at bats. Ryan Howard dos that in a month. 

*There could be some hope for the bullpen in the farm system. Luis Garcia is tossing zeros for the Iron Pigs and Ken Giles is making batters look silly in Reading. Garia made his MLB debut last year with the Phillies and had one relief appearance early this season. In 2013, he post a 1.51 ERA in the minors and this year he's rocking a 0.00 ERA through 12 innings pitched. Time to give him a recall and demote Manship. Giles has struck out 27 batters in 14 innings to go along with 7 saves and a 1.29 ERA.

*19 year old shortstop JP Crawford has done nothing but hit since being drafted last year (.305/.809 in 79 games), and that's good news for Phillies fans, as he could be ready to be J-Roll's replacement come 2016.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Let's Get It On- Nationals Series Preview

Washington Nationals (16-12) @ Philadelphia Phillies (13-13)


Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 7:05 - Stephen Strasburg vs. Cliff Lee
Saturday, 7:05 - Tanner Roark vs. Sport Hernia Burnett
Sunday, 3:05 - Gio Gonzalez vs. Cole Hamels

Gnats Bats:
R - 126 (8th)
AVG - .259 (9th)
OPS - .743 (5th)

Harper out.  Zimmerman out.  Werth/RF (.288/.845) in.  LaRoche/1B (.312/.907) in.  Anthony Rendon/3B (.316/.896) in. Danny Espinosa/2B (.288/.828) in.  This lineup is well balanced and not to be taken lightly, even with the absences of their top two stars.

Gnats Arms:
ERA - 3.16 (6th)
WHIP - 1.27 (14th)

Some fantastic pitching match-ups this series.  Roark is the surprise of the group, posting a 2.76 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.  Strasburg is striking batters out with high frequency (53 K in 34 IP).  Gonzalez is just consistently good.  Bullpen is decent too, with closer Rafael Soriano yet to allow a run and the group of Aaron Barrett, Drew Storen, and Ross Detwiler all sporting ERA south of 2.00.  And then there's workhorse Tyler Clippard, up to his usual shenanigans (14 G, 12.2 IP, 18 K, 2.84 ERA).

What I'm Drinking:
Yuengling Lager.  I'm not really a fan of this beer, as I don't care for lagers much, especially those with a sweet caramel malty profile.  However, I'm at a wedding on Saturday and it's between this and Coors Light, so I'd rather go local than drink piss water.

Prediction:
Tough fought series, but Hamels is still rusty and the Nationals seem to have the Phillies number over the past couple seasons, so I'm going with only 1 win for the good guys over the weekend.