Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bullpen, We Have a Problem

With not much to look forward to this offseason, fans clamored about the blossoming Phillies bullpen.  Nearly everyone called it a strength and many thought it would be one of the best in baseball.  There are plenty of games remaining to be played, but in the early going, the Phils relief corps have been disastrous. 

Just how bad?  I'll tell you...

4 out of the 7 bullpen members' WHIP ranks in the bottom 20 of all MLB for relief pitchers.
*Rank out of 169
Jake Diekman - 2.44 (167th)
Dustin McGowan - 1.80 (155th)
Justin DeFratus -  1.78 (154th)
Jeanmar Gomez - 1.75 (151st)

Overall, Philadelphia relievers rank dead last in all of baseball in terms of WHIP (1.61).  They've allowed 106 baserunners via hit or walk in 65.2 innings.  This isn't just a problem, it's a PROBLEM!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Just Some Stuff

What the hell is wrong with Chase Utley?  He was amazeballs during Spring Training, but has been nearly the worst everyday player in MLB to begin the season.  Out of 192 qualified batters, Utley's .404 OPS ranks 189th. 

Want a crazy stat? Sure you do, and even if you don't, you're now gonna read it anyway...the Phillies bullpen has the 9th best ERA (2.98) but the worst WHIP (1.61).  So despite appearing pristine on the surface, the fact is it's despicably dingy underneath.

Who would have thought two of the Phillies best batters in the early going would be Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera?  I certainly did not.  Both are young and property of the Phils for the foreseeable future, so go get 'em boys!

With all these injuries happening around baseball and ineffective closers, Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang, and Jonathan Papelbon become more attractive to contending teams in need (see Blue Jays, Red Sox, Cardinals, Marlins).  Onward with the next chapter of the rebuild.

Domonic Brown's 20th and last day of rehab assignment comes today.  He's hit a limp-noodle .159/.573 in 15 games.  That's on-par with most of the Phillies current lineup, but apparently Ryne Sandberg thinks Dom would benefit from being optioned to the minors.  Ouch.  But I agree.

22 year old right-hander Severino Gonzalez makes his MLB debut tonight in St. Louis.  Over 5 minor league seasons, he's amassed a 25-23 record with a 2.99 ERA/1.05 WHIP in 415 innings.  Youth infusion!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Showdown- Phillies versus Cardinals

Philadelphia Phillies (7-12) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (12-5)
Game Times:
Monday, 8:15
Tuesday, 8:15
Wednesday, 8:00

Comparing Offenses:
*Highlighed Player/Group has the Advantage
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Yadier Molina
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Matt Adams
2B - Chase Utley vs. Kolten Wong
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Jhonny Peralta
3B - Cody Asche vs. Matt Carpenter
LF - Ben Revere vs. Matt Holliday
CF - Odubel Herrera vs. Jon Jay
RF - Jeff Francoeur vs. Jayson Heyward
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez, Grady Sizemore & Darin Ruf vs. Tony Cruz, Pete Kozma, Peter Bourjos & Mark Reynolds
R - Phillies 44 (30th) vs. Cardinals 63 (22nd tied)
AVG - Phillies .214 (29th) vs. Cardinals .260 (8th)
OPS - Phillies .588 (29th) vs. Cardinals .717 (11th)

Comparing Pitching Staffs:
*Highlighted Player/Group has the Advantage
SP1 - Cole Hamels vs. John Lackey
SP2 - Severino Gonzalez vs. Michel Wacha
SP3 - Aaron Harang vs. Carlos Martinez
SP4 - David Buchanan vs. Undecided
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Trevor Rosenthal
RP - Ken Giles, Dustin McGowan, Jake Diekman, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia, Justin DeFratus & Hector Neris vs. Matt Belisle, Randy Choate, Jordan Walden, Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness, Carlos Villanueva & Mitch Harris
ERA - Phillies 3.82 (16th) vs. Cardinals 1.99 (1st)
WHIP - Phillies 1.42 (28th) vs. Cardinals 1.06 (1st)
Run Differential - Phillies (-34) vs. Cardinals (+25)

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Co. - Porter & Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale.  Founders consistently make outstanding beer.  Hailing out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, this brewery knows how to make that taste buds tingle.

Porter- Black with creamy brown thick head that lasts the entire glass. Chocolate and coffee in aroma and taste, that has a great bitterness to it. Probably the best porter I’ve ever had. Founders says it pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter.
RateBeer.com - 100

Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale- It's Founders flagship beer. Dirty Bastard is an absolute beautiful beer to behold. Dark ruby in color and brewed with ten varieties of imported malts this beer continuously lives up to its reputation as a bold and powerful ale. Dirty Bastard is complex in the finish with hints of smoke and peat paired with a malty richness, finalized with a good bit of hop attitude. This beer “ain’t fer the wee lads”.
RateBeer.com - 98

Friday, April 24, 2015

Showdown- Phillies versus Braves

Atlanta Braves (8-7) @ Philadelphia Phillies (5-11)
Game Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 7:05
Sunday, 1:35

Comparing Offenses:
C - Christian Bethancourt vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Freddie Freeman vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Alberto Callaspo vs. Chase Utley
SS - Andrelton Simmons vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Chris Johnson vs. Cody Asche
LF - Kelly Johnson vs. Ben Revere
CF - Eric Young Jr. vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Nick Markakis vs. Jeff Francoeur
Bench - AJ Pierzynski, Jace Peterson, Cameron Maybin, Phil Gosselin & Jonny Gomes vs. Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez, Grady Sizemore & Darin Ruf
Runs - Braves 60 (20th) vs. Phillies 41 (30th)
AVG - Braves .240 (17th) vs. Phillies .213 (30th)
OPS - Braves .694 (13th) vs. Phillies .593 (30th)

Comparing Pitching Staffs:
SP1 - Alex Wood vs. Aaron Harang
SP2 - Shelby Miller vs. David Buchanan
SP3 - Trevor Cahill vs. Jerome Williams
CL - Jason Grilli vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Sugar Ray Marimon, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Cody Martin, Brandon Conniff & Ian Thomas vs. Justin DeFratus, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Hector Neris, Jeanmar Gomez & Luis Garcia
ERA - Braves 3.89 (14th) vs. Phillies 3.99 (16th)
WHIP - Braves 1.33 (19th) vs. Phillies 1.48 (29th)

What To Imbibe On:
Deschutes Brewery- Black Butte Porter.  The quintessential porter, with just enough bitterness to help balance the roasted malt notes, semi-creamy head, and cocoa sweetness.  Low enough ABV (5.2%) to drink multiples.  It has many characteristics of a stout, but isn't as chewy/thick, leaving you with that full feeling.  Let it warm up a bit to thoroughly enjoy.  Good stuff.

Commercial Description- With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

RateBeer.com - 97

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ryan Howard with The Howard for 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.


Ryan Howard won yesterday's game for the Phillies.  How?  By committing his first Howard of the season, which essentially guarantees a victory for the good guys.  Howard may not connect for many homeruns anymore, but when he does, he makes them count when it comes to The Howard. It was his first longball of the year, and first error as well.

Other Stuff:
*Jonathan Papelbon has been nearly perfect this season.  Upping trade value?  6 innings, 6 strikeouts, no walks, no runs, and only 1 hit.  That's a 0.00 ERA and 0.16 WHIP.

*After watching Odubel Herrera more, I think the Phillies did well picking him up for essentially nothing in terms of today's baseball economics (only cost $100K).  He makes consistent contact, is young and athletic, has some speed, and at least has doubles power.  Not a star, but if he can hold his average around .285, he has worth.

*I'm still not sold on Freddy Galvis being a good hitter, but he's doing well in the early going (.319/.831).

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Showdown- Phillies versus Marlins

Miami Marlins (3-10) @ Philadelphia Phillies (4-9)
Pitching Matchups:
Tuesday, 7:05 - Dan Haren vs. Jerome Williams
Wednesday, 7:05 - Jarred Cosart vs. Cole Hamels
Thursday, 1:05 - David Phelps vs. Sean O'Sullivan

Comparing Offenses:
C - Jarrod Saltalamacchia vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Michael Morse vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Dee Gordon vs. Chase Utley
SS - Adeiny Hechavarria vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Martin Prado vs. Cody Asche
LF - Christian Yelich vs. Ben Revere
CF - Marcell Ozuna vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Giancarlo Stanton vs. Jeff Francoeur
Bench - JT Realmuto, Jeff Baker, Donovan Solano, Reid Brignac & Ichiro Suzuki vs. Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez & Grady Sizemore
Total: Marlins 8 - Phillies 1

Comparing Pitching Staffs:
SP1 - Haren vs. Williams
SP2 - Cosart vs. Hamels
SP3 - Phelps vs. O'Sullivan
CL - Steve Cishek vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - AJ Ramos, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris, Sam Dyson, Brad Hand & Jose Urena vs. Justin DeFratus, Luis Garcia, Jake Diekman, Dustin McGowan, Jeanmar Gomez & Ken Giles 
Total: Marlins 2 - Phillies 3

What To Imbibe On:
Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock - Best doppelbock I've ever tasted.  Slight bitter hoppiness that is counterbalanced by an array of malts that delight the palate. A slight booziness to it, that surprised me given its moderate ABV (6.7%). Liked the smokiness that comes through with the lingering full mouth feel. Loved it! Added bonus, comes with a goat charm on the bottle (goat is the beer symbol for a bock).

Commercial Description- Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a year’s aging. Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers make Celebrator great as a party drink with friends and family at celebrations. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.

RateBeer.com - 100 (top rated Doppelbock in the world)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stat Check

WSBGMs here with our mandated dose of gloom and doom...

Offense:
R - 26 (27th tied)
AVG - .213 (28th)
OBP - .274 (26th)
SLG - .314 (29th)
OPS - .589 (29th)
HR - 6 (25th tied)
DLB - 13 (20th tied)
BB - 28 (17th tied)
K - 87 (21st tied)
SB - 4 (19th tied)

Pitching:
ERA - 4.13 (20th)
WHIP - 1.44 (28th)
K - 79 (15th)
BB - 47 (30th)
K/BB - 1.68 (30th)
OPS - .742 (20th)
HR - 15 (29th)

The much ballyhooed relief corps has the worst WHIP in baseball (1.60). Allowing 24 walks in 35 innings is a large part of that.

As you can plainly see, this team is terrible.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thank You Captain Obvious

The Phillies have scored 24 runs in 10 games.  For you Stephen Hawking like geniuses out there, that's 2.4 runs per game.  I honestly think they'll set records for phutility.  See what I did there?

Despite all my bitching, I love the Phils.  Always have, always will.  I'm not delusional though.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Phans, Get Used To It...


On Sunday the Phillies had a winning record of 3-2, but have dropped 3 straight to fall to 3-5.  Get used to losing Phans, it's here to stay for at least a couple more seasons.

Thoughts:
*David Buchanan was awesome in Spring Training, but is floundering in the early going.  The kid is better than this, and the Phils have plenty of time to wait out this rough patch.

*Is the Odubel Herrera experiment worthy of an entire season?  Looks entirely outmatched.

*Nice to see Chase Utley's bat finally show up for the 2015 season.

*Ryan Howard sucks.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Showdown- Phillies versus Mets

Philadelphia Phillies (3-3) @ New York Mets (3-3)
Pitching Matchups:
Monday, 1:10 - Aaron Harang vs. Jacob deGrom
Tuesday, 7:10 - David Buchanan vs. Matt Harvey
Wednesday, 7:10 - Jerome Williams vs. Jonathan Niese

Comparing Offenses: 
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Travis d'Arnaud
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Lucas Duda
2B - Chase Utley vs. Daniel Murphy
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Wilmer Flores
3B - Cody Asche vs. David Wright
LF - Ben Revere vs. Michael Cuddyer
CF - Odubel Herrera vs. Juan Legares 
RF - Grady Sizemore vs. Curtis Granderson
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruff & Cesar Hernandez vs. Anthony Recker, John Mayberry Jr., Matt Reynolds, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada & Eric Campbell
Final Count: Mets 7 - Phillies 2

Comparing Pitching Staffs: 
SP1 - Harang vs. deGrom
SP2 - Buchanan vs. Harvey
SP3 - Williams vs. Niese
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Jeurys Familia
RP - Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin deFratus, Dustin McGowan, Luis Garcia & Jeanmar Gomez vs. Carlos Torres, Rafael Montero, Alex Torres, Buddy Carlyle & Jerry Blevins
Final Count: Mets 3 - Phillies 2


What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Co.'s year-round hopped-up lineup (All Day IPA, Centennial IPA, and Pale Ale).

All Day IPA- This is possibly the best session IPA on the market, ranks right up there with Lagunitas DayTime. Super easy drinking, disappears quickly. Light mouthfeel, nice blend of malt and hops, moderate bitterness. Good stuff. The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatic and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.
RateBeer- 96

Centennial IPA- In love with this IPA, wish I had an entire case. Burnt orange in color, thin white head. Big hop aroma and that takes over the mouth and tongue. Great stuff! Selected as a benchmark for the Beer Judge Certification Program used in all American based beer judgings. Centennial IPA has quickly become the IPA of choice. Pour yourself a pint of this complex flavorful ale and bask in the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the immense citrus accents, achieved by the abundance of dry hopping. This ale’s sweet, malty undertones balance the hop character with a finish that never turns too bitter.
RateBeer- 99

Pale Ale- The hops are definitely flowery in this beer. Taste has slight sweetness with a crisp hop bite to it, not much though. Yellowish orange in color with thin head and some lacing. A testament to Cascade hops in a bottle. This medium-bodied pale ale has a distinctive floral hop aroma and refreshing citrus flavor. You’ll notice a slight malty sweetness with a balanced hop finish. Perfect to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
RateBeer- 86

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Phillies Have a Winning Record!


The Phillies have a winning record. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Showdown- Phillies vs. Nationals

Washington Nationals (1-2) @ Philadelphia Phillies (1-2)
Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:05 - Gio Gonzalez vs. Jerome Williams
Saturday, 7:05 - Doug Fister vs. Cole Hamels
Sunday, 1:35 - Max Scherzer vs. Sean O'Sullivan

Comparing Offenses:
*Highlighted player/group has the advantage
C - Wilson Ramos vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Ryan Zimmerman vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Dan Uggla vs. Chase Utley
SS - Ian Desmond vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Yunel Escobar vs. Cody Asche
LF - Tyler Moore vs. Ben Revere
CF - Michael Taylor vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Bryce Harper vs. Grady Sizemore
Bench - Jose Lobaton, Danny Espinosa, Clint Robinson, Matt den Dekker & Reed Johnson vs. Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, Adres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez & Jeff Francoeur

Comparing Pitching Staffs:
*Highlighted player/group has the advantage
SP1 - Gonzalez vs. Williams
SP2 - Fister vs. Hamels
SP3 - Scherzer vs. O'Sullivan
CL - Drew Storen vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Tanner Roark, Matt Thorton, Xavier Cedeno, Aaron Barrett, Craig Stammen & Blake Treinen vs. Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Diekman, Dustin McGowan, Cesar Jimenez & *Luis Garcia
*Garcia likely to be optioned to AAA when O'Sullivan is called up to start on Sunday.

What To Imbibe On:
Coronado  Brewing Co.'s lineup of India Pale Ales- Islander, Idiot, and Sock Knocker. 

Islander IPA- Named after Coronado Island, our original India Pale Ale is a liquid expression of hometown pride. Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus hops combine to provide an explosive burst of piney bitterness and lucioius notes of apricot, grapefruit, and mango that are sure to envoke imagery of swinging palms and sun-kissed shores. Orange/Copper color with fluffy white head. Tremendous hop aroma. A bit of sweetness comes through, along with all the hops. Very good IPA.
RateBeer.com - 95

Idiot IPA- Brewed with 8 different hops and dry hopped with whole cone Cascades. It's more powerful than their Islander IPA and even the most intelligent have become "idiot" after a few pints of this super hopped up beer! Cloudy orange pour with a fluffy white head. Big juicy grapefruit and citrus hop aroma. Very inviting. Lots of citrus at the start of the flavor with a mild and very dry pine resin in the middle. Bitter and citrusy finish. Very enjoyable.
RateBeer.com - 98

Sock Knocker Imperial IPA- Yum! Burnt orange pour with thin head and lacing and great clarity. Slightly sticky moutfeel upfront with prickly carbonated finish. Apricot, orange marmalade, pine, resin, dank bouquet for the nose. Dry at the end, big bitterness, sweet malts fall victim to booming hops quickly (fine by me!). Good stuff.  This a special seasonal release, so go grab some quickly.
RateBeer.com - 97

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Checking in on Old Friends

Just checking in on some phriends (see what I did there?) that played for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies.

Jimmy Rollins - 2 G, .375/1.319, 1 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR, 3 RBI, and 2 E.  Hit a game winning 3-run homerun in the Dodgers season opener on Monday.  Uncharacteristically committed 2 errors yesterday.

Kyle Kendrick - 1 W, 7 IP, 6 K, 0.00 ERA, and a 1.00 WHIP.  Was the Rockies Opening Day starter and did not disappoint.

Marlon Byrd - went hitless in Reds debut, striking out in 3 times in 4 at bats.

John Mayberry Jr. - walked in a pinch hitting appearance for the Mets on Monday.

Wil Nieves - is the Padres backup catcher and has yet to appear in a game.

Antonio Bastardo - in the Pirates bullpen, yet to pitch.

AJ Burnett - in the Pirates rotation, yet to pitch.

Roberto Hernandez - in the Astros rotation, yet to pitch.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Showdown - Phillies vs. Red Sox

Boston Red Sox @ Philadelphia Phillies
Pitching Matchup:
Monday - 3:05, Clay Buchholz vs. Cole Hamels
Wednesday - 7:05, Rick Porcello vs. Aaron Harang
Thursday - 7:05, Justin Masterson vs. David Buchanan

Comparing Offenses:
*Highlighted player/group has the advantage
C- Ryan Hanigan vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Mike Napoli vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Dustin Pedoria vs. Chase Utley
SS - Xander Bogaerts vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Pablo Sandoval vs. Cody Asche
LF - Hanley Ramirez vs. Ben Revere
CF - Mookie Betts vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Shane Victorino vs. Grady Sizemore
Bench - David Ortiz, Daniel Nava, Sandy Leon, Brock Holt & Allen Craig vs. Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez, Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur & Darin Ruf
Final Count: Red Sox 7 - Phillies 2

Comparing Pitching Staffs:
*Highlighted player/group has the advantage
SP1 - Buchholz vs. Hamels
SP2 - Porcello vs. Harang
SP3 - Masterson vs. Buchanan
CL - Edward Mujica vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, Anothy Vavaro, Robbie Ross Jr., Tommy Layne & Alexi Ogando vs. Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin DeFratus, Jeanmar Gomez, Dustin McGowan, Luis Garcia & Cesar Jimenez
Final Count: Red Sox 1 - Phillies 4

What To Imbibe On:
Weyerbacher's Merry Monks.  This is a highly acclaimed beer.  Michael Jackson, the world reknowned beer aficionado, not the dead King of Pop, says it is one of the best Abbey Tripels in the world.  That's some serious respect.  Weyerbacher, located in Easton, PA, describes the brew as "a Belgian Tripel without limitation. We use premium Pilsener malts, candi-sugar, and yeast strains- all imported from Belgium. To be true to the style, our Trippel is bottle conditioned. This means we add a bit of candi-sugar and yeast just prior to bottling. This imparts a special effervescence to the beer, a creamier carbonation, and also extends the shelf life. The on-going fermentation inside the bottle will change the character of the beer as it ages, and you'll find it becomes dryer with age. You may want to lay down a few bottles for future evaluation."

RateBeer.com - 88 out of 100
BeerAdvocate.com - 90 out of 100

Hazy and golden like an unfiltered wheat. Pure white head. Lovely candied sugar in both aroma and taste. This beer is sweet, but not cloying. Bubbly carbonation. Clove and banana notes. Very enjoyable. It’s strength will sneak up on ya too, with a nice punch at 9.3% ABV,   For those of you dabbling in craft brews, this is a great opportunity to try a new style that might just get you hooked on Belgians (or their American counterparts).

*My MLB 2015 predictions

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Phillies 2015 Opening Day 25-Man Roster

Behold the most uninspiring 25-man roster to don Phillies uniforms since the scabs of the 1994 strike.

Catchers:
Carlos Ruiz & Cameron Rupp

Infielders:
Ryan Howard/1B, Chase Utley/2B, Freddy Galvis/SS, Cody Asche/3B, Andres Blanco/UTL, Cesar Hernandez/UTL & Darin Ruf/1B/OF

Outfielders:
Ben Revere, Odubel Herrera, Grady Sizemore & Jeff Francoeur

Rotation:
Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang, David Buchanan & Jerome Williams

Bullpen:
Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Dustin McGowan, Cesar Jimenez, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia & Justin DeFratus

Notes:
*McGowan is the new kid on the block, no not Donnie Wahlberg.  He was released by the Dodgers last week, but quickly inked a MLB deal with the Phils.  He'll serve as the 8th man in the bullpen until a 5th starter is needed.  Dustin spent his entire career with the Toronto Blue Jays, racking up 25-27 record, 482.1 innings, 392 strikeouts, a 4.57 ERA, and a 1.38 WHIP over 7 seasons north of the border.

*Jeff Francoeur does not belong on a MLB roster.  Over the past 2 seasons with the Royals, Giants, and Padres he's posted a .511 OPS (ranked 439 out of 442 MLB players with 250+ plate appearances from 2013-2014).  Frenchy didn't exactly light it up during Spring Training either (.227/.523).

*Another player that has no business on a MLB roster is Cesar Hernandez.  He's out of options, so the Phils would risk losing him, but he only hit .143/.482 this Spring (8 for 56).  Yikes!

Spring Training Statistical Leaders

Spring Training is over.  The 2015 MLB season officially begins tonight with the Cubs taking on the Cardinals.  Let the phun begin. See what I did there?  Before we leave the Cactus and Grapefruit League action a faint memory, let's check in on the the statistical leaders.

Offense
Batting Average:
1. Jose Abreu/CWS - .508
2. Curtis Graderson/NYM - .442
3. Mike Trout/LAA - .441

Runs:
1. Mike Trout/LAA - 22
2. Billy Burns/OAK - 21
3. Eric Young Jr./ATL - 17

Doubles:
1. CJ Cron/LAA - 11
2. 8 Players tied for 2nd with 8 apiece

Triples:
1. Jordany Valdespin/MIA - 4
2. 8 Players tied for 2nd with 3 apiece

Homeruns:
1. Kris Bryant/CHC - 9
2. Mike Zunino/SEA - 7
3. 8 Players tied for 3rd with 6 apiece

RBI:
1. Eduardo Escobar/MIN - 20
2. Albert Pujols/LAA & Mark Trumbo/ARI - 19

Stolen Bases:
1. Eric Young Jr/ATL, Odubel Herrera/PHI & Dee Gordon/MIA - 7

OPS:
1. Mike Trout/LAA - 1.362
2. Mike Zunino/SEA - 1.287
3. Curtis Granderson/NYM - 1.243

Pitching
Wins:
1. Jacob DeGrom/NYM, Daniel Norris/TOR & Taijuan Walker/SEA - 4

ERA:
1. Kevin Graveman/OAK - 0.36
2. Taijuan Walker/SEA - 0.67
3. David Phelps/MIA - 0.95

Innings:
1. Jason Marquis/CIN - 31
2. Angel Sanchez/DET - 30
3. Anthony DeSclafani/CIN - 29.2

Saves:
1. Luis Garcia/PHI - 4
2. 6 Players tied for 2nd with 3 apiece

Strikeouts:
1. Angel Sanchez/DET - 31
2. Daniel Norris/TOR - 30
3. David Price/DET - 29

WHIP:
1. Taijuan Walker/SEA - 0.56
2. Jacob DeGrom/NYM - 0.73
3. Kevin Graveman/OAK - 0.75 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

No Power, No Wins- 2015 Phillies

Ruben Amaro recently said the Phillies have no power in the outfield and no power in the infield.  True story.

Projected Opening Day Starters' 2014 Homeruns:
Ryan Howard/1B - 23
Chase Utley/2B - 11
Freddy Galvis/SS - 4
Cody Asche/3B - 10
Carlos Ruiz/C - 6
Ben Revere/LF - 2
Odubel Herrera/CF - 0
Jordan Danks/RF - 2
Total - 58 Homeruns

Even if you plug eventual right fielder Dom Brown into the mix, he only adds a net gain of 8 homeruns for a total of 66.  Pathetic.  Eff you very much Amaro!

What Amaro failed to mention is that the rotation will also be lacking wins.

Projected Starting Rotation's 2014 Wins:
Cole Hamels - 9
Aaron Harang - 12
David Buchanan - 6
Jerome Williams - 6
Seaon O'Sullivan or Chad Billingsley - 0
Total - 33 Wins

Ladies and gentlemen, shit is bad.  For reals.  This team is destined for 100+ losses.  Thinking different is foolish.  This is no April Fools joke.