Tuesday, June 30, 2015

And Your Official Phillies Manager Is...

When Ryne Sandberg quit managing the Phillies, Pete Mackanin was there to pick up the reins.  He, like Sandberg, has been dealt the shittiest hand imaginable, but for the remainder of the 2015 season, Mackanin will be sitting on his throne in the Phils dugout calling the shots.  Honestly, there's not much he can do to fix what's going on in Philadelphia.  He can play the young guys, use the bullpen better, and hope he doesn't get canned come October. Good luck with that Pete.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers (29-48, 5th) @ Philadelphia Phillies (27-50, 5th)
Game Times:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - 7:05
Thursday - 6:35

Hitting & Fielding:
C - Jonathan Lucroy vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Adam Lind vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Scooter Gennett vs. Cesar Hernandez
SS - Jean Segura vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Aramis Ramirez vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Gerardo Parra vs. Cody Asche
CF - Carlos Gomez vs. Ben Revere
RF - Ryan Braun vs. Domonic Brown
Bench - Martin Maldonado, Hector Gomez, Hernan Perez, Jason Rogers & Shane Peterson vs. Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco, Jeff Francoeur & Odubel Herrera
R - Brewers 283 (24th) vs. Phillies 256 (29th)
AVG - Brewers .238 (28th) vs. Phillies .242 (24th)
OPS - Brewers .670 (24th) vs. Phillies .650 (30th)
HR - Brewers 68 (15th tied) vs. Phillies 48 (29th)
SB - Brewers vs. Phillies

SP1 - Jimmy Nelson vs. Sean O'Sullivan
SP2 - Taylor Jungmann vs. Cole Hamels
SP3 - Kyle Lohse vs. Aaron Harang
SP4 - Matt Garza vs. Undecided
CL - Francisco Rodriguez vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Michael Blazek, Jonathan Broxton, Corey Knebel, Neal Cotts, Jeremy Jeffress & Will Smith vs. Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez & Elvis Araujo
ERA - Brewers 4.36 (27th) vs. Phillies 4.53 (29th)
WHIP - Brewers 1.35 (25th) vs. Phillies 1.46 (29th)
K - Brewers 606 (9th) vs. Phillies 564 (17th tied)
Run Differential - Brewers (-80) vs. Phillies (-123)

What To Imbibe On:
Weyerbacher Brewing Company's - Tarte Nouveau.  IPAs used to be all the rage in craft beer circles, now every brewery churns at least one out.  The new in vogue style is wild ales/sours.  Weyerbacher has been producing them for years now, and doing it very well might I add.  The term "sour" might be off-putting to some, but I assure you, it's well worth the adventure.  Tarte Nouveau is the perfect sour to start with, as it's not overly mouth-puckering or fruity.  It's the ideal beer for summer with a refreshing tartness, low ABV (only 3.9%), notes of lemon, apple, and apricots, wheat, vinegar, light earthiness, soft carbonation, and no hop bitterness (see, I'm not just a Hop Head). It gets its sourness from  lactobacillus added in the mash kettle and pours a pale yellow with fluffy white head.  Go get some!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

Series Showdown: Philly versus DC

Washington Nationals (40-33, 1st) @ Philadelphia Phillies (26-48, 5th)
Game Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 3:05
Sunday, 1:35

C - Wilson Ramos vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Clint Robinson vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Anthony Rendon vs. Cesar Hernandez
SS - Ian Desmond vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Yunel Escobar vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Michael Taylor vs. Cody Asche
CF - Denard Span vs. Ben Revere
RF - Bryce Harper vs. Domonic Brown
Bench - Danny Espinosa, Jose Lobaton, Tyler Moore, Matt den Dekker & Dan Uggla vs. Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco, Jeff Francoeur & Odubel Herrera
R - Nationals 323 (8th) vs. Phillies 244 (30th)
AVG - Nationals .259 (10th) vs. Phillies .241 (25th)
OPS - Nationals .731 (10th) vs. Phillies .650 (29th)
HR - Nationals 75 (8th) vs. Phillies 46 (29th)
SB - Nationals 24 (26th) vs. Phillies 38 (15th tied)

SP1 - Max Scherzer vs. Aaron Harang
SP2 - Gio Gonzalez vs. Adam Morgan
SP3 - Stephen Strasburg vs. Kevin Correia
CL - Drew Storen vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP -  David Carpenter, Casey Janssen, Felipe Rivero, Tanner Roark, Matt Thornton & Blake Treinen vs. Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin DeFratus, Elvis Araujo, Jeanmar Gomez & Luis Garcia
ERA - Nationals 3.69 (10th) vs. Phillies 4.58 (29th)
WHIP - Nationals 1.28 (14th) vs. Phillies 1.46 (29th)
K - Nationals 576 (13th) vs. Phillies 536 (18th)
Run Differential - Nationals (+28) vs. Phillies (-122)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Yankees

Philadelphia Phillies (24-47, 5th) @ New York Yankees (38-31, 2nd)
Game Times:
Monday & Tuesday, 7:05
Wednesday, 1:05

C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Brian McCann
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Mark Teixeira 
2B - Chase Utley vs. Stephen Drew
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Didi Gregorius
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Chase Headley
LF - Cody Asche vs. Brett Gardner
CF - Ben Revere vs. Chris Young
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Carlos Beltran
DH - Jeff Francoeur vs. Alex Rodriguez
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Cesar Hernandez, Andres Blanco & Odubel Herrera vs. John Murphy, Garrett Jones, Ramon Flores, Brendan Ryan
R - Phillies 220 (30th) vs. Yankees 326 (2nd)
AVG - Phillies .238 (27th) vs. Yankees .255 (15th)
OPS - Phillies .639 (29th) vs. Yankees .752 (3rd)
HR - Phillies 42 (29th) vs. Yankees 92 (2nd)
SB - Phillies 37 (15th tied) vs. Yankees 35 (18th)

SP1 - Kevin Correia  vs. Micahel Pineda
SP2 - Sean O'Sullivan vs. CC Sabathia
SP3 - Cole Hamels vs. Ivan Nova
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Delin Betances
RP - Justin DeFratus, Ken Giles, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia, Jake Diekman & Elvis Araujo vs. Chris Capuano, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Nick Rumbelow, Chasen Shreve & Justin Wilson
ERA - Phillies 4.43 (27th) vs. Yankees 3.95 (17th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.43 (29th) vs. Yankees .127 (15th)
K - Phillies 517 (18th) vs. Yankees 585 (5th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-122) vs. Yankees (+26)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Phather's Day- Phillies Style

Happy Phather's Day to all you Phillies Phan dads out there.  I'll be at the game today to watch Adam Morgan make his MLB debut. Phils are likely to be slaughtered again, but at least I get a 1960 retro hat out of the deal. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals (43-23, 1st) @ Philadelphia Phillies (23-45, 5th)
Game Times:
Friday & Saturday, 7:05
Sunday, 1:35

C - Yadier Molina vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Mark Reynolds vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Kolten Wong vs. Chase Utley
SS - Jhonny Peralta vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Matt Carpentar vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Randal Grichuk vs. Cody Asche
CF - Peter Bourjos vs. Ben Revere
RF - Jason Heyward vs. Domonic Brown
Bench - Jon Jay, Tony Cruz, Pete Kozma & Ed Easley vs. Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Odubel Herrera, Andres Blanco & Cesar Hernandez
R - Cardinals 255 (25th tied) vs. Phillies 206 (30th)
AVG - Cardinals .261 (7th) vs. Phillies .236 (27th)
OPS - Cardinals .716 (16th) vs. Phillies .633 (30th)
HR - Cardinals 50 (25th tied) vs. Phillies 39 (30th)
SB - Cardinals 26 (23rd) vs. Phillies 36 (14th tied)

SP1 - Tyler Lyons vs. Phillippe Aumont
SP2 - John Lackey vs. Aaron Harang
SP3 - Michael Wacha vs. Undecided
CL - Trevor Rosenthal vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Seth Maness, Matt Belisle, Randy Choate, Carlos Villanueva, Mitch Harris, Miguel Socolovich & Kevin Siegrist vs. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Elvis Araujo, Jeanmar Gomez & Hector Neris.
ERA - Cardinals 2.62 (1st) vs. Phillies 4.27 (27th)
WHIP - Cardinals 1.19 (4th) vs. Phillies 1.41 (29th)
K - Cardinals 535 (10th) vs. Phillies 489 (19th)
Run Differential - Cardinals (+67) vs. Phillies (-112)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Another Day, Another Game, Another Loss

Another day, another game, another loss is what Phillies baseball has become.  Same shit, different toilet.
*This team is so bad, it really doesn't matter if they play worse.  Trading any, or all of, Ben Revere, Jonathan Papelbon, Aaron Harang, Carlos Ruiz, and Ryan Howard makes sense. Papelbon is an elite closer, but rarely gets save opportunities.  Harang is a decent rotation piece, but he may bring something back of value.  Ruiz is nothing anymore, might as well let Cameron Rupp and Gabriel Lino split time behind the plate.  Revere is a nice player, but isn't part of the future with this club, so flipping him for a prospect would be wise.  Howard's contract is an albatross and I'm in favor of moving Kelly Dugan to first base and seeing if he can stay healthy and hit MLB pitching.

*Jeanmar Gomez has been a nice scrapheap pickup.  He's controllable through 2017 and is pitching well- 28 G, 32 IP, 1.97 ERA, and a 1.28 WHIP.

*Chad Billingsley is on the mend and will hopefully be able to rejoin the rotation soon.  The Phils are in desperate need of starting pitchers.

*I'd try to trade Jeff Francoeur right now for a low level minor leaguer, just to free up a roster space and playing time.  That way Cody Asche, Ben Revere, Odubel Herrera, and Domonic Brown would get the majority of at bats.  When Revere is traded, Brian Bogusevic is tearing it up with the IronPigs (.318/.822) and deserves a shot.

*I'm not in favor of rushing prospects before they're ready, but I'm hoping by season's end that Aaron Nola and JP Crawford are getting their feet wet in Philly, with the plan of having them start the 2016 with the Phillies.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Orioles

Baltimore Orioles (33-31, 3rd) @ Philadelphia Phillies (22-44, 5th)
Game Times:
Wednesday, 7:05
Thursday, 1:05

C - Matt Wieters vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Chris Davis vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Ryan Flaherty vs. Chase Utley
SS - JJ Hardy vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Manny Machado vs. Maikel Franco
LF - David Lough vs. Cody Asche
CF - Adam Jones vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Travis Snider vs. Ben Revere
Bench - Steve Pearce, Caleb Joseph, Jimmy Paredes, Nolan Reimold, Delmon Young & Chris Parmelee vs. Cameron Rupp, Cesar Hernandez, Andres Blanco, Jeff Francoeur & Domonic Brown
R - Orioles 288 (6th tied) vs. Phillies 200 (30th)
AVG - Orioles .260 (10th) vs. Phillies .236 (28th)
OPS - Orioles .740 (5th) vs. Phillies .633 (30th)
HR - Orioles 79 (4th tied) vs. Phillies 37 (30th)
SB - Orioles 20 (28th) vs. Phillies 33 (15th tied)

SP1 - Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Kevin Correia
SP2 - Bud Norris vs. Sean O'Sullivan
CL - Zach Britton vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Darren O'Day, Chaz Roe & Brad Barch & vs. Justin DeFratus, Ken Giles, Elvis Araujo, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia & Dustin McGowan
ERA - Orioles 3.74 (12th) vs. Phillies 4.35 (28th)
WHIP - Orioles 1.26 (13th) vs. Phillies 1.42 (29th)
K - Orioles 498 (15th) vs. Phillies 469 (20th)
Run Differential - Orioles (+35) vs. Phillies (-111)

Needs Improvement:
*The Phillies are the worst team in baseball.  They have the worst record (22-44) on pace for a full record of 54-108.  They have the worst offense, averaging only 3 runs scored per game, which translates into 486 over a full season.

*Out of 107 qualified pitchers, Jerome Williams' ERA ranks 106th (6.43) and WHIP ranks 107th (1.70). Frankly, he's the worst pitcher in baseball.

*Out of 167 qualified batters, Chase Utley's average ranks 166th (.183) and OPS ranks 166th (.550).  Essentially, he's the worst everyday player in baseball.

*Out of 324 pitchers to have pitched 20+ innings this season, the Phillies have 4 pitchers ranked in the bottom 20 for ERA/WHIP: Jerome Williams 6.43/1.70 (308th/310th), Jake Diekman 6.75/2.02 (316th/323rd), Dustin McGowan 6.94/2.10 (319th/324th), and David Buchanan 8.76/1.91 (324th/322nd).

*Out of 1078 position players, the Phillies have 3 guys in the bottom 10 in terms of WAR: Grady Sizemore -1.0 (1068th), Chase Utley -1.1 (1072nd), and Cody Asche -1.1 (1073rd).

Clearly this team needs improvement in every facet of the game.  I recommend some legal performance boosters- Supps R Us offers different kinds of protein shakes.  Maybe some extra protein will get these weaklings playing better.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Worst

Expect the worst from the Phillies. Don't be delusional. This is the worst offense since the Deadball era and Amaro is the worst GM ever. No hyperbole, mere facts.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Series Showdown: Philly versus Pitt

Philadelphia Phillies (22-39, 5th) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27, 3rd) 
Games Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 4:05
Sunday, 1:35

C - Francisco Cervelli  vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Pedro Alvarez vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Neil Walker vs. Chase Utley
SS - Jody Mercer vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Josh Harrison vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Starling Marte vs. Cody Asche
CF - Andrew McCutchen vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Gregory Polanco vs. Ben Revere
Bench - Corey Hart, Sean Rodriguez, Chris Stewart, Jose Tabata & Jung Ho Kang vs. Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf, Jeff Francoeur & Cesar Hernandez
R - Pirates 244 vs. Phillies 194
AVG - Pirates .254 vs. Phillies .239
OPS - Pirates .696 vs. Phillies .645
HR - Pirates 50 vs. Phillies 36
SB - Pirates 44 vs. Phillies 28

SP1 - Jeff Locke vs. *Kevin Correia
SP2 - Garrit Cole vs. Sean O'Sullivan
SP3 - AJ Burnett vs. Cole Hamels
CL - Mark Melancon vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Tony Watson, Antonio Bastardo, Rob Scahill, Arquimedes Caminero, Jared Hughes & Vance Worley vs. Luis Garcia, Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jeanmar Gomez, Dustin McGowan & Elvis Araujo
*Correia officially become a Phucco when he fires his first pitch with the Phils
ERA - Pirates 2.97 vs. Phillies 4.30
WHIP - Pirates 1.23 vs. Phillies 1.41
K - Pirates 487 vs. Phillies 425
Run Differential - Pirates (+42) vs. Phillies (-88)

What To Imbibe On:
Coronado Brewing Co. - Senor Saison. This is a brand new specialty release, that is part of their Crown Series, so seek it out.  It comes in a bomber (22 oz.) and weighs in with a 6.5% ABV. It's the most unique saison I’ve ever had. Golden pour with tons of carbonation and 1-finger white head. The jalapeno presence is noticeable in the nose and carries over to into the flavor, but isn’t spicy, just a nice peppery taste that lingers. A unexpected slight sweetness helps counterbalance the pepper. There are some fruit esters, hops, and a faint spruce-like note. Quite enjoyable.

Commercial Description - Just south of our brewery, Baja California's burgeoning spirit of craft brewing reminds us a lot of our own with Mexican brewers looking to make a name for their region. We've enjoyed keeping an eye on the exciting new beers coming out of Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe, and celebrate the rise of craft beer south of the border with this reimagined farmhouse ale. Brewed with agave nectar and jalapeƱo peppers, it combines a touch of spice with fruity esters derived from Belgian yeast. Like the brews of our cross-border amigos, this cerveza takes craft to new and interesting places.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Additions- Correia & Gutierrez

Desperately in need of a 5th start, the Phillies turned to journeyman Kevin Correia, who recently opted out of a minor league deal with Giants.  The 34 year old righty is a veteran of 12 MLB seasons, having pitched for the Giants, Padres, Pirates, Twins, and Dodgers.  He owns a 76-95 record in 353 games, 1405.1 innings, with 892 strikeouts and a 4.59/1.42 ERA/WHIP combo.  He pitches to contact and gives up plenty of hits.  His first start for the Phightins is on Friday.  He's crap at the plate too, a .119/.290 hitter over 349 plate appearances, meaning he'll fit right in with the rest of the Phils hitters.  I'm doubtful he'll be of much value on the mound, but he's cheap and the Phillies really don't have many other options.  Of course, Wandy Rodriguez could be in the rotation, but Amaro effed that up.

Another veteran to recently have opted out of his minor league contract with the Giant is Juan Gutierrez, and he too signed with the Phils.  Juan's deal is still a minor league one, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him called up soon, seeing that Luis Garcia and Dustin McGowan have been putting in poor performances.  Gutierrez has pitched in the majors for 6 years with the Astros, Diamondbacks, Royals, Angels, and Giants.  He's made 264 appearances, going 286.1 innings, racking up 241 strikeouts with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.


Monday, June 08, 2015

Series Showdown: Philly versus Cincy

Philadelphia Phillies (22-36, 5th) @ Cincinnati Reds (24-31, 4th)

Game Times:
Monday & Tuesday 7:10
Wednesday 12:35

C - Brayan Pena vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Joey Votto vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Brandon Phillips vs. Chase Utley
SS - Zack Cozart vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Todd Frazier vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Skip Schumaker vs. Cody Asche
CF - Billy Hamilton vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Jay Bruce vs. Ben Revere
Bench - Tucker Barnhart, Brennan Boesch, Ivan DeJesus, Kris Negron & vs. Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez, Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur & Darin Ruf
R - Reds 218 (25th) vs. Phillies 186 (30th)
AVG - Reds .242 (22nd) vs. Phillies .236 (28th)
OPS - Reds .711 (15th) vs. Phillies .642 (30th)
HR - Reds 62 (7th tied) vs. Phillies 36 (30th)
SB - Reds 54 (1st) vs. Phillies 26 (19th)

SP1 - Mike Leake vs. Cole Hamels
SP2 - Anthony DeSclafani vs. Aaron Harang
SP3 - Jon Moscot vs. Jerome Williams
CL - Aroldis Chapman vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Burke Badenhop, Tony Cingrani, Nate Adcock, JJ Hoover, Manny Para, Pedro Vilarreal & Ryan Mattheus vs. Justin DeFratus, Elvis Araujo, Ken Giles, Dustin McGowan, Jeanmar Gomez & Luis Garcia
ERA - Reds 4.26 (23rd) vs. Phillies 4.15 (22nd)
WHIP - Reds 1.31 (18th) vs. Phillies 1.40 (29th)
K - Reds 396 (22nd tied) vs. Phillies 401 (21st)
Run Differential - Reds (-27) vs. Phillies (-74)

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Co. - Devil Dancer Triple IPA. An amber pour with flecks of red, semi-creamy ecru colored head leaving layers of lacing. Big, full-bodied mouth feel, almost syrupy. It has some heat/booziness from the high ABV (12%). Sweet malt backbone and bitter hop presence. Citrus, resin, pine, caramel in nose and flavor. It’s a fricken huge beer, not for the faint of heart.

RateBeer.com - 99

Commercial Description - Founders most complex, most innovative, most feared and yet most revered ale produced. Massive in complexity the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alpha’s used to create this monster. More IBU’s than any brewery has documented, more than you would believe and dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil. We dare you to dance with the Devil. 112 IBUs

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Disgruntled Sunday Sampler

Wandy Rodriguez should be pitching for the Phillies. I'm going to bitch about this all season, or at least while it's still relevant.  He agreed to a minor league deal with the Phils, but it never became official because he failed his physical.  What did their due diligence get them?  Well, it certainly didn't get them a 4-3 record in 9 GS, 52.2 IP, 43 K, 3.25 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP on the cheap for the Rangers.  Nope, instead they settled for a more expensive shitfest from a combination of Chad Billingsley, Jerome Williams, and Sean O'Sullivan (4-11, 22 GS, 118.2 IP, 64 K, 5.61 ERA, and a 1.54 WHIP).  I leave David Buchanan and Severino Gonzalez out of the equation due to already being in the organization, young with upside, and cheap.

Some old friends of the 2008 WFC Phillies are having a Kansas City revival.  Ryan Madson and Joe Blanton were each signed to a minor league contract, but are giving major support to the Royals bullpen.  Together they've combined for 29 G, 37 IP, 35 K, 1.95 ERA, and a 0.97 WHIP.

Cody Asche does not appear to have what it takes to be an everyday MLB player.  His defense was never particularly good at 3rd base and he's still learning on the job in left field.  He lacks offensive tools as well, seeing that he doesn't hit for a high average, has a low on base percentage, and lacks both power and speed.  However, it's not like he's blocking any prospects, nor do the Phillies have better alternatives at the moment. Unless you wanna see Dom Brown suck on the regular.

Freddy Galvis by each month: April - .355/.829 (he can hit, he's an All-Star), May - .237/.560 (this is what we expected), June - .000/.000 (WTF?!).  Since May 27th - no hits in 28 at bats.  Wanna know what's really sad?  Galvis' .315 OBP leads the Phillies.  Odubel Herrera has had similar fate: April - .301/.763 (a Rule 5 steal!), May - .202/.522 (bench player at best), and June - .125/.375 (will he make it the entire season on the 25-man roster?).

And because I enjoy complaining so much, something completely unrelated to the Phillies...Stephen Drew is so f'n lucky!  He is horrible at his job, but is paid handsomely.  He ripped the Red Sox and Yankees off last season, and then turned around and did the same thing again this year to Yankees.  2014-2015: 136 G, .165/.553, 33 R, 24 DBL, 14 HR, 45 RBI, $16.1M.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Giants

San Francisco Giants (30-25, 2nd) @ Philadelphia Phillies (21-34, 5th)
Game Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 3:05
Sunday, 1:35

C - Buster Posey vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Bradon Belt vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Joe Panik vs. Chase Utley
SS - Bradon Crawford vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Matt Duffy vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Nori Aoki vs. Cody Asche
CF - Angel Pagan vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Hunter Pence vs. Ben Revere
Bench - Andrew Susac, Gregor Blanco, Justin Maxwell & Joaquin Arias vs. Cameron Rupp, Cesar Hernandez, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf & Jeff Francoeur
R - Giants 223 (17th tied) vs. Phillies 171 (30th)
AVG - Giants .271 (2nd) vs. Phillies .236 (28th)
OPS - Giants .733 (8th) vs. Phillies .635 (30th)
HR - Giants 43 (21st tied) vs. Phillies 30 (30th)
SB - Giants 28 (17th) vs. Phillies 25 (18th)

SP1 - Tim Lincecum vs. Jerome Williams
SP2 - Madison Bumgarner vs. Severino Gonzalez
SP3 - Ryan Vogelsong vs. Sean O'Sullivan
CL - Santiago Casilla vs. Jonathan Paplebon
RP - Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo, George Kontos, Javier Lopez, Jean Machi & Hunter Strickland vs. Justin DeFratus, Ken Giles, Elvis Araujo, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez & Jake Diekman
ERA - Giants 3.78 (12th) vs. Phillies 4.12 (21st)
WHIP - Giants 1.26 (13th) vs. Phillies 1.39 (29th)
K - Giants 378 (21st) vs. Phillies 380 (20th)
Run Differential - Giants (+5) vs. Phillies (-73)

What To Imbibe On:
North Country Brewing - Bucco Blonde. It's a blond ale that pours a brilliant gold with a pillowly white head. Super easy drinking, as neither hops or malts are overly pronounced, lending to a noninvasive balanced ale on the palate. Subtle malt sweetness and a faint hops. Soft carbonation, a bit soapy and floral. Give it credit for being crisp and refreshing and donating proceeds to Make A Wish foundation through the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage.  Sessionable at 4.9% ABV and perfect for the warm summer weather.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Maikel Franco with The Howard, Phillies with the Win

The Howard- when a player strikes out, commits an error, and hits a homerun all within the same game.  Lovingly named after the Philadelphia Phillies slugger, Ryan Howard.

Rookie third baseman, Maikel Franco, collected the first Howard of his career in yesterday's come from behind victory against the Reds.  As loyal readers of WSBGMs know, nearly every time a Phillies player performs The Howard the game will be won by the good guys. 

The full list of The Howard standings can be found on the right sidebar, with Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado leading the way with 3. 

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Dellin Betances is Freakin' Amazing

This might be sacrilegious coming from a Phillies blogger, but since I have the forum, I'm going to do it anyway- New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances is amazing!

The big imposing righty stands 6'8" and weighs in at 265 pounds.  Pitching for the Yankees seems like what he was meant to do, seeing that he was born in New York City.  The 27 year old has pitched in part of 4 seasons, but it's his last 2 that I want to focus on, as there has not been a more dominant reliever in baseball over that time.

Dellin Betances 2013-2014:
9-0, 96 G, 119.1 IP, 184 K, 2 SV, 33 HLD, 1.06 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and a 5.5 WAR.

He has not allowed an earned run this season, meaning he's sporting a sparkling 0.00 ERA into the month of June. 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Reds

Cincinnati Reds (22-27) @ Philadelphia Phillies (19-33)
Game Times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all 7:05

C - Brayan Pena vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Joey Votto vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Brandon Phillips vs. Chase Utley
SS - Zack Cozart vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Todd Frazier vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Marlon Byrd vs. Cody Asche
CF - Billy Hamilton vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Jay Bruce vs. Ben Revere
Bench - Tucker Barnhart, Brennan Boesch, Skip Schumaker, Kris Negron & vs. Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez, Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur & Darin Ruf
R - Reds 191 (27th) vs. Phillies 157 (30th)
AVG - Reds .241 (22nd) vs. Phillies .237 (28th)
OPS - Reds .709 (16th) vs. Phillies .634 (30th)
HR - Reds 58 (6th) vs. Phillies 27 (30th)
SB - Reds 49 (1st) vs. Phillies 24 (18th)

SP1 - Johnny Cueto vs. Sean O'Sullivan
SP2 - Mike Leake vs. Cole Hamels
SP3 - Anthony DeSclafani vs. Aaron Harang
CL - Aroldis Chapman vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Burke Badenhop, Tony Cingrani, Jumob Diaz, JJ Hoover, Manny Para, Jason Marquis & Ryan Mattheus vs. Justin DeFratus, Elvis Araujo, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Jeanmar Gomez & Luis Garcia
ERA - Reds 4.24 (25th) vs. Phillies 4.12 (22nd)
WHIP - Reds 1.32 (20th) vs. Phillies 1.39 (29th)
K - Reds 350 (25th) vs. Phillies 358 (22nd)
Run Differential - Reds (-25) vs. Phillies (-73)