Monday, March 30, 2015


The Phillies are 0-5-1 since a victory last Tuesday against the Braves. They have been outscored 50-11 in that stretch. Sandberg has referred to their play as "unacceptable".

During the final week of Spring Training, teams are supposed to be fine tuning things and gearing up for the season.  The Phillies are NOT doing that.  They are pitching worse, hitting worse, and fielding worse. This team is worse than many think.  I fully expect 100+ losses, worst record in baseball, and the fewest runs scored.  No delusions of grandeur here, this team is horrible.

On offense they've averaged the fewest runs per game, and stake claim to the lowest batting average and OPS.  In the pitching department, they've surrendered the most homeruns, have the 26th worst ERA, and have allowed an .809 OPS to opponents.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

WSBGMs Birthday, Phillies Spring Update & Fantasy Baseball

We Should Be GMs is about to embark on our 10th season covering the Philadelphia Phillies and today marks our 9th "birthday".  It all started way back on March 28th of 2006.

With slightly over a week of Spring Training remaining before the 2015 MLB season starts, the Phillies haven't shown any improvement.

Offense Ranks:
AVG - .233 (29th)
OBP - .288 (29th)
SLG - .330 (30th)
OPS - .618 (30th)
R - 87 (27th)
DBL - 32 (29th tied)
TRPL - 1 (29th tied)
HR - 15 (27th)
SB - 14 (16th tied)

Pitching Ranks:
ERA - 4.50 (19th)
WHIP - 1.41 (23rd)
K - 165 (21st)

*There are 2 spots up for grab in the WSBGMs fantasy baseball league through Yahoo!  Email us if interested.  Draft is on Thursday, April 2nd.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bad Spring

WSBGMs is your official reporter of gloom and doom for everything Philadelphia Phillies related.  Due to the mandated reporting, the following must be divulged...

*Rankings Out of 116 Qualified Batters
AVG: Ben Revere - .149 (112th) and Cesar Hernandez - .086 (15th)
OPS: Freddy Galvis - .560 (101st), Cesar Hernandez - .362 (115th), and Ben Revere - .349 (116th)

*Rankings Out of 52 Qualified Pitchers
ERA: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 7.53 (50th)
WHIP: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 1.81 (51st)
L: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 3 (1st tied)
AVG: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - .385 (52nd)

As you can clearly see, two of the Phillies 8 regulars (Revere and Galvis) are struggling mightily at the plate, one out of options utility player has been practically nonexistent (Hernandez), and the only Phillies spending splurge in international waters is sucking ass (Gonzalez). 

Stay tuned for further face punches.

Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm a Fan of David Buchanan

Entering Spring Training, David Buchanan was unjustly vying for the 5th spot in the rotation.  As a rookie, he pitched fairly well, posting a 3.75 ERA/1.29 WHIP over 117.2 IP in 20 games started.  Outside of Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, the projected rotation was blah, so giving the young and still developing Buchanan the ball every 5th day on a rebuilding club seemed like a no-brainer.  However, he was being pushed into a competition with multi-million dollar bust Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and non-roster invitee Kevin Slowey.  Unfortunately, Lee is likely out for the season, but fortunately Buchanan is there to help fill the void. And, he's proving he belonged all along.

Buchanan Spring Stats:
5 G, 2-0, 16 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 1.69 ERA, and a 0.75 WHIP.  Boo-yah!

I'm not predicting a Cy Young-esque performance outta him, but 185+ IP and a similar 3.75 ERA to last season is well within reason.  I'm a fan, or better yet, PHAN.  Ha, see what I did there?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Phillies & Beer - A Needed Combination

As WSBGMs gears up for the 2015 season, I've been stockpiling some scrumptious suds.  Craft beer and the Phillies are my hobbies, so again this year I'll be reviewing some brews along with the series previews.  I look forward to talking Phils and Pils with ya (well, not just pilseners, but you know what I mean).

Friday, March 20, 2015

Offense Not Improving, Getting Worse

Just reporting facts here folks. No opinion, purely factual.

AVG - .225 (30th)
OBP - .281 (30th)
SLG - .316 (30th)
OPS - .597 (30th)
R - 63 (26th)
DBL - 19 (29th)
TRPL - 1 (28th)
HR - 10 (25th)
SB - 8 (19th)
BB - 37 (28th)
XBH - 30 (30th)

It's alright to worry.  Seriously, you better be worried.  No really, WORRY!

ERA - 3.99 (11th)
WHIP - 1.30 (9th)
K - 111 (19th)
OPS - .746 (18th)

*Rule 5 picks - Obudel Herrera .364/.794, 10 G, 6 R, 4 SB and Andy Oliver 2-0, 4 G, 6.2 IP, 13 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP.

*Chase Utley - 5 G, .500/1.105, the only projected regular batting over .265, but has yet to play second base.

*Ben Revere - .121/.361 in 33 at bats. 

*Bullpen hopefuls Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez, and the previously mentioned Andy Oliver all sporting nil earned run averages (collectively- 17.2 IP, 0 ER).

*Joely Rodriguez, acquired from Pittsburgh in Bastardo swap, has pitched well (9 IP, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP), but has never pitched above Double-A and just like in the minors is striking nearly no one out (only 1 K).

Monday, March 16, 2015

Half Way Through Spring

The Phillies are roughly half way through Spring Training and have played 14 games with an 8-6 record.  Below you will find their offensive and pitching team stats along with MLB rank.

AVG - .225 (29th)
OPS - .592 (29th)
R - 49 (24th)
DBL - 15 (28th)
TRPL - 1 (25th)
HR - 8 (21st)
SB - 8 (16th)
BB - 27 (29th)
XBH - 24 (28th)

ERA - 3.19 (9th)
WHIP - 1.25 (8th)
W - 8 (4th)
K - 82 (23rd)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Winning, But Barely Scoring

Astonishingly enough, the Phillies have a winning record thus far in Spring Training (7-4).  However, the bats are still in winter hibernation mode.  Despite being to the good 3 wins, the Phils have a negative run differential (-6), due to a poor performing offense.  Overall, the pitching has done well (3.8 runs allowed per 9 IP).  The offense has only mustered 3.3 runs per game.  Honestly, don't expect much more than that, because they'll likely fall right around that amount in the regular season too (they only averaged 3.8 a game last season).

And yes, I know it's only Spring Training.

Spring Tid-Bits:
*Brian Bogusevic is doing his best to make the team (a near impossible feat in my opinion, due to Revere, Brown, Sizemore, Ruf, and Herrera likely staking claim to the outfield jobs).  Through 9 games he's hitting .455/1.545 with 2 HR and 5 RBI.

*Phillies catchers (Ruiz, Rupp, Hill, and Garcia) have only 4 hits in 36 at bats (.111 average).

*The Phillies have hit only 5 homeruns this Spring, and only 1 of them has been by a player that will likely be a member of the 25-man roster (Howard).

*Joely Rodriguez has a sparkling 0.00 ERA through 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks.

*Kevin Slowey is twirling some magic too, also sporting a 0.00 ERA through 6 innings.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Phillies Hurting in Rotation

At the beginning of Spring Training, there was talk of competition for the 5th spot in the Phillies rotation.  Truth be told, that ain't the case anymore.  Lee has a bum elbow and Harang had been hunched over for too long, walking like an orangutan, that his back hurts.  That means two open slots.

Possible Rotation:
1. Cole Hamels
2. Jerome Williams
3. David Buchanan
4. Kevin Slowey
5. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

That is laughable and appalling.  Just like the Phils of yesteryear from my childhood.  In laymen's terms, they suck.

Of course miracles could happen.  Lee is able to pitch through the pain, Harang finds a therapeutic masseuse, and Chad Billingsley is ready by the end of April to bump someone for the rotation.  Hahahahahahahaha!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WSBGMs Phantasy League 9

It's that time of year again where all the baseballs gurus come out the woodwork and attempt to lead a team to the promise land.  The promise land equaling a virtual trophy and bragging rights. 

WSBGMs is back for a 9th season of fantasy phantasy baseball.  It is a competitive 16 team, head-to-head league.  No money involved, just pride.  It is run through Yahoo! Email us for invite, or leave your email address in the comments section. 

*Invites have already been sent to last year's participants.

My team names over the years:
2015 - Harangatangs
2014 - Sandberg's Turds
2013 - Delmon's AntiSemites
2012 - Bowker's Bowels
2011 - Wheeler's BFF
2010 - Lidge Ledge Leapers
2009 - Hoochie Cooches
2008 - Eaton LoveFest '08
2007 - No-Talent-Ass-Clowns (In honor of Danny Sandoval)

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Surprise, Surprise, Phillies Can't Hit

It's only Spring Training. Blah, blah, blah.

36 hits in 168 at bats is all the Phillies have mustered through the first 5 Grapefruit League games.  That's a .214 batting average.  Of those 36 hits, only 8 were of the extra base variety (7 doubles, 1 homerun).  They're averaging 2.8 runs per game.

In an offseason where there they traded away their top 2 offensive contributors from the season before (J-Roll & Byrd), from an offense that already ranked as one of the worst in baseball (23rd in runs, 27th in OPS), one has to wonder, "How bad is this offense gonna be?"
"We've had a tough time swinging the bats. That's a work in progress. It's not happening as a group right now. It's something we have to work on. Something we have to get better at." ~Ryne Sandberg, Philadelphia Phillies Manager

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Phillies Got Better End of Revere Trade

On December 6th of 2012, the Philadelphia Phillies sent a package of pitchers Vance Worley and Trever May to the Minnesota Twins for center fielder Ben Revere.  Let's check up on each player, shall we...

Revere with the Phils: 239 G, .306/.688, 108 R, 22 DBL, 10 TRPL, 2 HR, 45 RBI, 71 SB, 1.1 WAR (brought down by poor defense, his oWAR is 3.9).

Worley in 2013 with Twinkies: 1-5, 10 GS, 48.2 IP, 7.21/1.99, -1.2 WAR. Purchased by the Pirates last season.

May in 2014 with Twinkies: 3-6, 10 G, 9 GS, 45.2 IP, 7.88/1.77, -1.2 WAR. Chance at 5th spot in the rotation this season with the Twins.

Combined: 4-11, 20 G, 19 GS, 94.1 IP, 7.54/1.89, -2.4 WAR.

Surprise, surprise, Amaro actually did well here.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Updated 2015 Phillies Projections

After yesterday's embarrassing loss to the Division II University of Tampa, baseball gurus around the globe went back to their trusty computer programs and rehashed the Phillies 2015 projections.  Many were already picking them to be the worst team in baseball, but it appears they'll be even worse than originally believed.

Updated 2015 Philadelphia Phillies record: 2-160.  

The omnipotent minds over at foresee Cole Hamels leading the Phils to an Opening Day victory against the Red Sox, then promptly being traded to them the following day.  The other lone win of the season is predicted for August 4th against the Dodgers.  It will be a pitching duel between Clayton Kershaw and Jerome Williams, with the only run of the game being scored, ironically enough, on a Jimmy Rollins error.  Jerome tosses a perfect game.

Excited for the season yet?!