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:
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GM-Carson said...

Kevin Correa signed to be 5th starter.

Juan Gutierrez signed as triple-a relief depth.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Chase Utley is having a rough, rough season. Ding, fries are done.

Bob D said...

1st 2 picks so far are interesting.
Randolph at 10 was a reach since he was rated as 19th best prospect. But he can hit and sounds like Phils will try him in LF. Makes great contact, smart hitter, great coordination, and was compared to Tony Gwynn as a hitter - not bad. His other tools are not considered above average. He was considered the best HS player available by some. My thought here is they are looking to sign under slot to pay a lower pick over slot to bait away from college. Not a bad move, but he will be a couple years away.
Kingery is another hitter with a great eye but one that can field well too at 2B. He could move quickly to majors he was ranked as 42nd best prospect and pick with the 48th pick. So a good move here could be someone to take over for Utley.

Neither one has good home run power, but will pop an occasional one with line drive type of hitter that will hit for average. Its a good move as I'm tired of seeing someone hit 230-260 with low OB%.

GM-Carson said...

If the Phillies lineup in a few seasons is filled with good batting average hitters like Quinn in CF, Crawford at SS, Randolph in LF, Kingery at 2nd, and Franco at 3rd, they'll be scoring a lot of runs.

If the pitchers keep developing in the minors, the future will be bright- Nola, Lively, Liebrandt, Eflin.

This is why I don't want Hamels traded. If the Phils can contend in 2-3 years, Hamels will still be needed to front the rotation.

I'm really crossing my fingers Papelbon is traded for some decent prospects.

Andrew said...

Agree 100% Carson. Barring any unforseen injury, Hamels WILL still be good and dominant over the next 2-3 years. We have much coming up the pipeline in 2-3 years and every good team needs a solid veteran presence and usually trade for one down the stretch (Jamie Moyer...) Hamels would be the ideal person since he is a hometown favorite, WS champion, and ace pitcher. Teams swing back and forth so quickly from worst to first sometimes (look at Boston) and I think it would be a good idea to keep Cole around. Also keep Chase around to be a vet and to school his own replacement. Who better to do so than the best 2B in franchise history and a WFC?

GM-Carson said...

I also don't want Hamels traded, while the Phils eat a portion of his contract, and then get shit prospects back in return (see Cliff Lee trade to Seattle). Prospects are great, but they're entirely unproven at the level it matters the most (majors).

Bob D said...

Quinn is much like Rollins as a hitter. Hits well with pop and good average but will strike out.
Crawford has great upside as he hits for average with pop and a great eye with low strike outs. I think he still has more walks than strike outs (he did last week).

Hamels can be kept for next 4 years and will only be in mid 30's. A veteran Ace, why not keep him and build around. No NEED to trade him, but if someone offered up a Kris Bryant or Carlos Correia along with other good prospects then maybe just maybe. But has to be at least that one very good player to start a trade

GM-Carson said...

Amaro will eff up any trade involving Hamels, guaranteed.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Shoulda traded Harang 2 starts ago while he still had value. He's looked horrible past 2.

Bob D said...

Harang's value will drop some after 2 poor starts. I agree Beer a Thon!!!!

I really like the Kingery pick even more. A number of scouts think he was 1st round material.

A couple of lower picks need to be signed at a higher price to keep them from college commitments. Probably the reason why they took Randolph as 1st pick when he was project to go around 20th. Sign him to lower amount and sign others with more $$$

Beer-a-Thon said...

They need some fast-track bats.

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