Sunday, May 31, 2015

End of May Stat Check

Record:
19-32 (28th) *On pace for a record of 60-102
Run Differential of -70, worst in baseball

Offensive Rankings:
R - 156 (30th) *On pace for 495 runs scored
AVG - .237 (28th)
OBP - .289 (29th)
SLG - .346 (30th)
OPS - .635 (30th)
DBL - 79 (21st)
TRPL - 13 (5th)
HR - 27 (30th) *On pace for 85 homeruns
SB - 24 (18th)
BB - 116 (27th)
K - 361 (11th)

Ranking By Position:
C - .240/.603 (22nd)
1B - .251/.805 (16th)
2B - .185/.549 (27th)
SS - .280/.672 (15th)
3B - .243/.657 (26th)
LF - .257/.638 (21st)
CF - .249/.631 (24th)
RF - .227/.604 (28th)
PH - .278/.756 (7th)

Pitching Ranks:
ERA - 4.15 (22nd)
WHIP - 1.40 (29th)
K - 349 (19th tied)
BB - 165 (30th)
QS - 27 (11th tied)
Relief WHIP - 1.54 (30th)
*In 148.1 innings, Phillies relief pitchers have allowed 228 base runners to reach base safely via walk or base hit.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Asche Up, Sizemore Out

Cody Asche has been summoned from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will be plugged into the Phillies lineup as their left fielder.  The converted third baseman was only batting .245/.632 before being temporarily demoted to learn his new position.  Hopefully he can get the stick going upon his return.  The Phils surely need the offense.

To make room on the 25-man and 40-man rosters, Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment.  No big loss.  He was signed to an unwarranted $2M contract in the offseason, but didn't even produce enough to deserve a minor league pact. In 39 games this season, he hit a completely empty .245 (a pitiful .584 OPS). 

The Rockies are in town for a 3-game set.  Both teams are awful, but at least Hamels and Harang with be pitching for the Phightins.

Enjoy the weekend.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Mets

Philadelphia Phillies (19-27, 4th) @ New York Mets (24-21, 2nd)
Game Times:
Monday, 1:10
Tuesday, 7:10
Wednesday, 1:10

Batting/Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Kevin Plawecki
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Lucas Duda
2B - Chase Utley vs. Daniel Murphy
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Wilmer Flores
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Eric Campbell
LF - Ben Revere vs. Michael Cuddyer
CF - Odubel Herrera vs. Juan Lagares
RF - Jeff Francoeur vs. Curtis Granderson
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf, Grady Sizemore & Andres Blanco vs. Ruben Tejada, Anthony Recker, Danny, Muno, Darrell Ceciliani & John Mayberry Jr.
R - Phillies 146 (30th) vs. Mets 162 (26th)
AVG - Phillies .241 (23rd) vs. Mets .234 (27th)
OPS - Phillies .651 (28th) vs. Mets .650 (29th)
HR - Phillies 26 (29th tied) vs. Mets 34 (23rd tied)
SB - Phillies 23 (16th tied) vs. Mets 15 (24th tied)

Pitching:
SP1 - Severino Gonzalez vs. Bartolo Colon
SP2 - Jerome Williams vs. Jacob deGrom
SP3 - Sean O'Sullivan vs. Noah Syndergaard
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Jeurys Familia
RP - Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia & Elvis Araujo vs. Carlos Torres, Alex Torres, Hansel Robles, Jack Leathersich, Sean Gilmartin & Erik Goeddel
ERA - Phillies 3.99 (15th) vs. Mets 3.37 (5th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.40 (29th) vs. Mets 1.16 (2nd)
K - Phillies 310 (21st) vs. Mets 353 (10th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-53) vs. Mets (-1)

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Co. - Rubaeus. I went in with the mindset of expecting not to like this beer, because I typically don't care for fruit beers.  However, to my surprise, it was really good. Definitely raspberry through and through, with nice carbonation, but the smell of malts are still there enough to remind you this is indeed a beer.  Well done.

RateBeer.com - 91

Commercial Description - Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Nationals

Philadelphia Phillies (18-25, 4th) @ Washington Nationals (24-17, 1st)
Game Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 4:05
Sunday, 1:35

Batting/Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Wilson Ramos
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Ryan Zimmerman
2B - Chase Utley vs. Danny Espinosa
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Ian Desmond
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Yunel Escobar
LF - Ben Revere vs. Michael Taylor
CF - Odubel Herrera vs. Denard Span
RF - Jeff Francoeur vs. Bryce Harper
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf, Grady Sizemore & Andres Blanco vs. Jose Lobaton, Dan Uggla, Clint Robinson, Wilmer Difo & Tyler Moore
R - Phillies 136 (30th) vs. Nationals 205 (2nd)
AVG - Phillies .241 (22nd) vs. Nationals .261 (8th)
OPS - Phillies .652 (29th) vs. Nationals .751 (5th)
HR - Phillies 24 (30th) vs. Nationals 47 (5th tied)
SB - Phillies 23 (15th tied) vs. Nationals 11 (28th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Sean O'Sullivan vs. Max Scherzer
SP2 - Cole Hames vs. Stephen Strasburg
SP3 - Aaron Harang vs. Gio Gonzalez
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Drew Storen
RP - Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia & Elvis Araujo vs. Aaron Barrett, Matt Thornton, Blake Treinen, Tanner Roark, Sammy Solis & Matt Grace ERA - Phillies 4.09 (19th) vs. Nationals 3.75 (12th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.43 (29th) vs. Nationals 1.32 (20th)
K - Phillies 294 (18th) vs. Nationals 321 (13th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-56) vs. Nationals (+28)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Six Going On Seven?

Six Game Winnings Streak!!!
*Chad Billingsley is on the DL with a right shoulder strain.  He's out for at least a month.  In his absence, Severino Gonzalez gets another chance to impress.

*Proof that Amaro is a liar- “Ruben called me about a week after the season and said we’re going to go in a different direction, we’re going to go younger. And then he signs Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams. So I was like, huh. That’s the way it is. Honestly I think it’s just part of the game and wanted some different faces. That’s the way it goes," said Kyle Kendrick.  In Amaro's defense, both Harang and Williams have pitched better than KK to this point in 2015 and are signed cheaper.

*Minor Moves- 1) 31 year old, right-handed reliever, Chris Leroux was acquired from the Brewers.  He's seen action in 6 MLB season, posting a 6.03 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 71.2 innings.  He's been even worse in Triple-A this year, with a 8.15 ERA and 1.93 WHIP spanning 17.2 innings.  I know this is only a depth move, but it's a shitty one.  2) 25 year old catcher, Blake Forsythe also became part of the Phillies minor leagues this past week via Oakland.  He's currently stationed in Reading, having only appeared in 1 game thus far.  In 6 minor league seasons, he's a .226/.691 hitter.  Once again, a depth addition.

*It's that time of year again, when Ben Revere becomes a singles hitting machine and boosts his batting average up over .300 within a couple weeks.

*I'd like to give Ryan Howard a shout-out. Instead of sulking, he's attempting to have a bounce back season, and is currently hitting .252/.795 with 7 HR and 19 RBI.  Not earth shattering by any means, but perhaps good enough that a team will bite come Trade Deadline.  Of course the Phillies will still have to eat a large portion of his remaining contract, but also might get something semi-useful in return.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Series Shakedown: Phillies versus Rockies

Philadelphia Phillies (16-23) @ Colorado Rockies (13-21)
Game Times:
Monday, 8:40
Tuesday, 8:40
Wednesday, 8:40
Thursday, 3:10

Offense:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Nick Hundley
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Wilin Rosario
2B - Chase Utley vs. DJ LaMahieu
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Troy Tulowitzski
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Nolan Arenado
LF - Ben Revere vs. Chris Dickerson
CF - Odubel Herrera vs. Charlie Blackmon
RF - Grady Sizemore vs. Carlos Gonzalez
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf, Cesar Hernandez & Jeff Francoeur vs. Mike McKenry, Drew Stubbs, Daniel Descalso & Rafael Ynoa
R - Phillies 120 (30th) vs. Rockies 132 (28th tied)
AVG - Phillies .238 (25th) vs. Rockies .262 (8th)
OPS - Phillies .643 (29th) vs. Rockies .725 (12th)
HR - Phillies 22 (30th) vs. Rockies 34 (15th tied)
SB - Phillies 19 (16th tied) vs. Rockies 12 (25th tied)

Pitching:
SP1 - Cole Hamels vs. Jordan Lyles
SP2 - Aaron Harang vs. Chad Bettis
SP3 - Undecided vs. Eddie Butler
SP4 - Jerome Williams vs. Jorge DeLaRosa
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. John Axford
RP - Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia, Jake Diekman, Hector Neris & Elvis Araujo vs. Rafael Betancourt, Christian Bergman, Yohan Flande, Christian Friedrich, Boone Logan, Scott Orberg & Ken Roberts
*Chad Billingsley was placed on the DL, Neris was recalled.  A starter is needed for Wednesday's game, likely Severino Gonzalez.
ERA - Phillies 4.10 (17th) vs. Rockies 5.05 (30th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.43 (29th) vs. Rockies 1.53 (30th)
K - Phillies 269 (18th) vs. Rockies 227 (29th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-54) vs. Rockies (-47)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

We're Going Streaking!

The Philadelphia Phillies are winners of 4 straight games.  It's quite the accomplishment and should be celebrated.  We're going streaking!

Sunday Share:
*Andres Blanco should be recognized for being a decent bench player for the Phillies over the past two season.  In 45 games, he's hit .284/.766, providing 0.5 WAR, while playing quality defense at 2nd, 3rd, and SS.

*Joe Blanton is back in the Majors!  He basically took 2014 off after a disastrous 2013 with the Angels (6.04 ERA/1.61 WHIP, -2.0 WAR in 28 games/20 starts).  He signed a minor league pact with the Royals this season and worked his way back up the ranks, tossing 4 innings in yesterday's game for KC.

*Jayson Nix is back in the Phillies organization.  Having recently promoted Maikel Franco and converting Cody Asche to an outfielder, the upper minors were thin in the infield.  Nix began 2014 with the Phils, before being released mid-May.  The 32 year old utility infielder was only hitting .167/.388 before being purchased from the Orioles organization.

*Nix will join Domonic Brown at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Brown is attempting to make it back to the Phils, but is hitting a paltry .241/.587 in 26 games.  That's pathetic.  Brown was a flash-in-the-pan.  He has two great months back in 2013, but hasn't come anywhere close to that otherwise.  Considering he's making $2.6M, I'd like to see him flipped in a "change of scenery" move, where the Phils take on a similar contract of another struggling player.

*The Howard now has two official leaders (glance to the right-hand sidebar to view the entire list). The Joshes are keeping it real, with Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays and Josh Harrison of the Pirates with 2 apiece.

*Phillies 2014 1st round pick, Aaron Nola, is killing it for Double-A Reading.  Through 7 starts, he's pitched 45.2 innings, struck out 32 batters and walked only 5, has won 5 games, and has a sparkling 1.77 ERA/0.83 WHIP.  Looking good kid!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks (15-18) @ Philadelphia Phillies (13-23)

Game Times:
Friday, 7:05
Saturday, 7:05
Sunday, 1:35

Offense:
C - Tuffy Gosewisch vs. Carlos Ruiz
1B - Paul Goldschmidt vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Chris Owings vs. Chase Utley
SS - Nick Ahmed vs. Freddy Galvis
3B -  Yasmany Tomas vs. Maikel Franco
LF - Ender Inciarte vs. Ben Revere
CF - AJ Pollock vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Mark Trumbo vs. Grady Sizemore
Bench - Aaron Hill, David Peralta, Cliff Pennington, Danny Dorn & Jordan Pacheco vs. Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Cesar Hernandez, Jeff Francoeur & Darin Ruf
R - Diamondbacks 161 (8th) vs. Phillies 103 (30th)
AVG - Diamondbacks .269 (3rd) vs. Phillies .232 (26th)
OPS - Diamondbacks .741 (6th) vs. Phillies .621 (30th)
HR - Diamondbacks 31 (15th tied) vs. Phillies 19 (30th)
SB - Diamondbacks 27 (6th tied) vs. Phillies 16 (19th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Chase Anderson vs. Chad Billingsley
SP2 - Archie Bradley vs. Jerome Williams
SP3 - Josh Collmenter vs. Sean O'Sullivan
CL - Addison Reed vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Oliver Perez, Randal Delgado, Brad Ziegler, Daniel Hudson, Vidal Nuno, JC Ramirez & Enrique Burgos vs. Justin DeFratus, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia, Dustin McGowan & Elvis Araujo
ERA - Diamondbacks 4.29 (23rd) vs. Phillies 4.26 (22nd)
WHIP - Diamondbacks 1.34 (20th) vs. Phillies 1.45 (29th)
K - Diamondbacks 236 (23rd) vs. Phillies 249 (18th tied)
Run Differential - Diamondbacks (+13) vs. Phillies (-63)
*Roster moves will need to be made for each club when Arizona activates Archie Bradley and Philly does the same for Maikel Franco.
 
What To Imbibe On:
North Country Brewing - Stinky Hippie. Hailing from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania this brewery is bringing their tasty treats to the masses in the vessel of an aluminum can.  Stinky Hippie is a 6% pale ale that is an amber pour with a big fluffy head, with a nice balance of semi-sweet malts, moderate hop profile of citrus fruits, pithy, and slick mouthfeel. 
Commercial Description - Do I smell patchouli or is it hops? Bob thought this was a good name for a pale ale, so Sean created this beer with different, very pungent hops. Peace and love.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Chase Utley "Chasing" Batting Title

Chase Utley is riding high on a 4-game hitting streak.  After seeing his average dip to a MLB-low .099, he quickly turned things around.  With an amazing 4 hits in 4 games, Utley is now batting a lofty .127, I shit you not.  Dee Gordon better watch out, because Chase Utley is now chasing the NL batting title.  I forsee NL starting second baseman, Silver Slugger, and MVP of the 2015 season in his future.  He's on fire!  The King has returned.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Inside the Numbers & Roster Changes

Inside the Numbers:
*The Phillies current record of 11-22 translates into a 54-108 full season record.

*The Phillies have scored 94 runs in 33 games, for an average of 2.85 runs per game.  That translates into 461 runs scored over the course of an entire season.  Historically horrible.

*OPS Ranks by Position - Catcher .523 (26th), First Base .749 (20th), Second Base .473 (30th), Shortstop .728 (11th), Third Base .687 (19th), Leftfield .548 (27th), Centerfield .678 (22nd), Rightfield .641 (26th), Pinch Hitter .600 (17th).

*Pitching Staff ERA/WHIP Rankings - Starting Pitchers 5.14 ERA (25th) & 1.43 WHIP (25th).  Relief pitchers 2.82 ERA (7th) & 1.60 WHIP (30th).
 
Roster Changes:
*Cody Asche has been optioned to AAA so that he can learn to play leftfield.  This means Maikel Franco will likely be promoted to man the hot corner for the foreseeable future.  3rd base is now Franco's, all he has to do is play passable defense and hit a bit.

*Sean O'Sullivan has been activated from the DL to resume his spot in the rotation every 5th day.  This is a horrible plan, because he is a horrible pitcher.  Remember when the Phillies signed Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract to only back out of it due to his physical?  Well, Wandy is proving Amaro to be an idiot- 4 GS, 23.1 IP, 22 K, 2.70 ERA, 1.07 WHIP. 

*When Franco is called-up a member of the bullpen will need to be sent out/down.  My vote is for Dustin McGowan, but it will likely be Elvis Arauju.

*When Asche is deemed worth of regular playing time and is summoned from Lehigh Valley a bench player will get the axe.  With Cesar Hernandez being the only reserve playing well, it could literally be anyone other than backup catcher, Cameron Rupp. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Series Showdown: Pirates versus Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates (15-16) @ Philadelphia Phillies (11-21)
Games Times:
Monday, 7:05
Tuesday, 7:05
Wednesday, 7:05
Thursday, 1:05

Offense:
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. Cody Asche
LF - Starling Marte vs. Darin Ruf
CF - Andrew McCutchen vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Gregory Polanco vs. Ben Revere
Bench - Corey Hart, Sean Rodriguez, Chris Stewart, Steve Lombardozzi & Jung Ho Kang vs. Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Grady Sizemore, Jeff Francoeur & Cesar Hernandez
R - Pirates 117 (25th tied) vs. Phillies 91 (30th)
AVG - Pirates .237 (22nd) vs. Phillies .228 (28th)
OPS - Pirates .649 (28th) vs. Phillies .614 (30th)
HR - Pirates 23 (24th tied) vs. Phillies 17 (30th)
SB - Pirates 19 (12th tied) vs. Phillies 15 (19th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Gerrit Cole vs. Jerome Williams
SP2 - AJ Burnett vs. Sean O'Sullivan
SP3 - Francisco Liriano vs. Cole Hamels
SP4 - Vance Worley vs. Aaron Harang
CL - Mark Melancon vs. Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Tony Watson, Antonio Bastardo, Rob Scahill, Arquimedes Caminero, Jared Hughes & Radhames Liz vs. Luis Garcia, Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Jeanmar Gomez, Dustin McGowan & *Elvis Araujo
*Araujo likely to be optioned to AAA when O'Sullivan is activated from DL
ERA - Pirates 3.12 (3rd) vs. Phillies 4.35 (23rd)
WHIP - Pirates 1.25 (11th) vs. Phillies 1.51 (29th)
K - Pirates 259 (7th) vs. Phillies 219 (20th)
Run Differential - Pirates (+11) vs. Phillies (-60)

What To Imbibe On:
Neshaminy Creek - Blitzkrieg Hops. It's an English style double IPA and it comes through with the promise of hops. Burnt orange pour with thin semi-creamy head and slight lacing. A caramel/syrupy sweetness upfront is quickly subdued by booming bitterness to finish out. Pine, grapefruit rind, and hop resin in the nose. Decent representation of 2XIPA. It packs a 9% ABV with 98 IBUs and is only available through June, so go get some.  Love the Ramones reference too. Added bonus, comes in a pounder can (16 oz).


Commercial description - With the amount of IPAs brewed here in the States you’d think that there’s only one way to skin a cat. While the West Coast style has long dominated the style, there’s a world of IPAs you should explore, and Blitzkrieg Hops DIPA wouldn’t be a bad start. Blitzkrieg is a big, 9% ABV, juicy, earthy hopped English-style double IPA brewed entirely with English malts, hops, and fermented with an English ale yeast strain. Brewed with Maris Otter pale malt, and hopped with Admiral, Pilgrim, Phoenix, and Target hops; all big, juicy, high alpha English hops that we thought needed a lil’ love, each of which is over 10% alpha acid. Blitzkrieg Hops DIPA is our homage to the birthplace of the IPA as well as the band that inspired its name.

RateBeer.com - 85

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day & Stuff

Happy Mother's Day!  May the Phillies bring all the lovely ladies a win on this beautiful spring day.

Stuff:
*JP Crawford began his 2015 season this past week with Clearwater and he's killed it in his first 4 games (.533/1.400).  It won't be long before one of the top rated prospects in the game is promoted to Reading.
*The Phillies might have a late bloomer in the system.  Art Charles is a 24 year old first baseman, currently mashing in Reading.  Over 6 minor league seasons, he's a .245/.799 batter, so he's not been horrible, but clearly isn't lighting the world on fire either.  However, he's found his groove in 2015 (.373/1.179).  He came to Phils via the Michael Schwimer trade with Toronto.
*I think it's time to call-up Maikel Franco and plug him in at 3rd base permanently. Cody Asche is in a tailspin at the plate and Franco is booming with the bat at Lehigh Valley (.339/.891). 
*Upon Franco's promotion a roster move will need to be made and I nominate Grady Sizemore hitting the waiver wire, because he sure as hell isn't hitting anything else.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Series Shakedown- Mets versus Phillies

New York Mets (18-10) @ Philadelphia Phillies (10-19)
Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:05 - Matt Harvey vs. Cole Hamels
Saturday, 7:05 - Jonathan Niese vs. Aaron Harang
Sunday, 1:35 - Dillon Gee vs. Chad Billingsley

Offense Outlook:
R - Mets 109 (21st) vs. Phillies 82 (30th)
AVG - Mets .236 (22nd) vs. Phillies .227 (27th)
OPS - Mets .658 (25th) vs. Phillies .612 (30th)
HR - Mets 19 (25th tied) vs. Phillies 15 (29th)
SB - Mets 10 (22nd tied) vs. Phillies 12 (21st)

Pitching Parameters:
ERA - Mets 2.90 (2nd) vs. Phillies 4.46 (24th)
WHIP - Mets 1.11 (2nd) vs. Phillies 1.53 (29th)
K - Mets 220 (14th) vs. Phillies 199 (18th)
Run Differential - Mets (+23) vs. Phillies (-28)

What To Imbibe On:
Coronado Brewing Co.- Mermaid's Red Ale. This is a very good representation of an amber ale. Reddish/brown in color with thin head. Some notes of orange and grass, as well as caramel malts in nose and flavor. Very well balanced, medium bodied, and easy drinking. Dig it.  I definitely am hop head, but good beer is good beer, and this fits the criteria of one.

Truth of the matter, Coronado has been brewing some quality stuff and was awarded the The Champion Mid-Size Brewery and Brewer at the 2014 World Beer Cup. Go get some!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Positives for Phillies

Searching for some positives for the Phillies is a difficult task this season.  They're terrible, no other way to put it.  There have been a few, literally, only a few, bright spots though.
Pheeling Positive:
*Odubel Herrera - he was essentially free (cost only $50K) and he looks to be a useful piece heading forward. He's batting .286/.699 with 11 R, 9 RBI, and 5 stolen bases, having played in every game thus far.
*Freddy Galvis - we knew the defense was decent, but his stick has been great so far. He's batting a lofty .330/.764 while providing a 0.8 WAR.
*Aaron Harang - signed to only a 1 YR/$5M contract makes him quite alluring come the Trade Deadline. Through 6 games started he's posted a 2.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, good for a 1.5 WAR. 

Feel free to add to the list, in the comments section, if you see fit.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

PSA- Time to Release McGowan

Walks have plagued the Phillies pitching staff all season long.  Dustin McGowan is the ringmaster of the circus, having issued 16 bases on balls in a mere 14 innings.  Averaging over a walk per inning is a difficult thing to do and keep your spot on the active roster.  Thus, McGowan needs to be released from his contract.  Let go.  Waived.  Given the ol' heave ho.  Thrown out on his arse.  Fired.  Made unemployed.  You get the hint.  

Overall, McGowan has a 2.14 WHIP, having allowed 30 base runners in 14 innings.  He must go.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Quick Series Preview- Phils & Braves

Philadelphia Phillies (9-17) @ Atlanta Braves (12-13)
Pitching Matchups:
Monday - Aaron Harang vs. Alex Wood
Tuesday - Chad Billingsley vs. Shelby Miller
Wednesday - Jerome Williams vs. Mike Foltynewicz
*All Games at 7:10

Offense Outlook:
R - Phillies 72 (29th) vs. Braves 107 (12th)
AVG - Phillies .221 (29th) vs. Braves .249 (15th)
OPS - Phillies .600 (30th) vs. Braves .705 (15th)
HR - Phillies 14 (28th tied) vs. Braves 21 (14th tied)
SB - Phillies 12 (18th tied) vs. Braves 11 (21st tied)

Pitching Parameters:
ERA - Phillies 4.28 (22nd) vs. Braves 4.21 (20th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.51 (30th) vs. Braves 1.35 (21st)
K - Phillies 183 (17th tied) vs. Braves 172 (19th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-50) vs. Braves (-7)

What To Imbibe On:
Evil Genius- Turtle Power. Grapefruit...kapow!!! Seriously, light body, hopped up, big grapefruit action. Easy drinking and juicy. A nice twist on the overplayed pale ale.  Evil Genius, hailing from West Grove Pennsylvania, describes it as Grapefruit Pale Ale brewed with pale and crystal malts. Hopped with Warrior and tons of Citra.  In other words, yum.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Pittsburgh Pirates Look To Ride A Solid April To The Postseason

When you look at the Pittsburgh Pirates, they are going to finish the month of April above .500. No, they are not going to be in the driver’s seat as far as the National League Central is concerned. In fact, they are not even technically a playoff team right now. However, they are right where they need to be to try to make their 3rd consecutive trip to the postseason. They have a long 5 months ahead of them, but they have to feel confident with the way they’re playing.

The 2015 season started off slowly for Pittsburgh, as they were below .500 and not really getting a lot of help from their star player in daily fantasy baseball. Andrew McCutchen is still struggling to live up to expectations right now, but others are picking him up. Neil Walker, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte have probably been the most consistent so far this year at the plate, but they would not be anywhere near the playoff race if not for the hot starts of a trio on the mound.

Throughout the history of Pittsburgh, pitching has always been a bit of an issue. This year, Gerrit Cole, AJ Burnett and Francisco Liriano are looking to change the narrative. Burnett and Liriano are veteran pitchers going out there and providing great value. They have a combined ERA around 2.00, and his people in daily fantasy sports like the fact that they are picking up strikeouts as well. However, the most impressive starting pitcher so far has been Cole. Not only does he have the lowest team ERA at 1.76, but he is 4-0 while striking out 10.27 batters per nine innings. He looks like he is developing into that true ace they have been looking for.

St. Louis is always going to be a huge challenger in the National League Central. Right now, it looks like the Chicago Cubs will be in the mix as well. All they can continue to do is win games and stay close enough to make a push for October. Through one month, things are looking pretty solid after a somewhat slow start.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Quick Series Preview- Phils & Fish

Philadelphia Phillies (8-15) @ Miami Marlins (10-12)
 
Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:10 - Jerome Williams vs. Tom Koehler
Saturday, 4:10 - Cole Hamels vs. Dan Haren
Sunday, 1:10 - Sean O'Sullivan vs. Jarred Cosart

Offense Outlook:
R - Phillies 63 (30th) vs. Marlins 97 (12th tied)
AVG - Phillies .223 (29th) vs. Marlins .264 (8th)
OPS - Phillies .609 (30th) vs. Marlins .690 (17th)
HR - Phillies 13 (26th tied) vs. Marlins 13 (26th tied)
SB - Phillies 10 (19th tied) vs. Marlins 13 (9th tied)

Pitching Parameters:
ERA - Phillies 4.28 (21st) vs. Marlins 4.01 (17th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.49 (29th) vs. Marlins 1.21 (11th)
K - Phillies 162 (16th tied) vs. Marlins 141 (27th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-46) vs. Marlins (+10)

Turd is the Word:
The Phillies bullpen atrocities are alarming.  With the exception of Papelbon, the rest of the Phils relievers rank near the bottom in terms of WHIP in all of baseball.

WHIP Rank Out of 172 Relievers:
Jake Diekman - 2.38 (170th)
Luis Garcia - 1.76 (158th)
Dustin McGowan - 1.71 (155th)
Justin DeFratus - 1.66 (152nd)
Ken Giles - 1.61 (146th)
Jeanmar Gomez - (138th)

Relief (definition) - alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress, oppression, etc. Help or assistance, as to the poor, needy, or distressed.

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