Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Cole Hamels Trade

By now you've already read about the Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers trade at face value. So rather than rehash it, I'm simply going to breakdown the pros and cons of it all.

Pros:
1. Jake Diekman is no longer in the Phillies bullpen.
2. The Phillies just stocked their farm system with 3 of the top 100 prospects in MLB (Jorge Alfaro/C, Jake Thompson/SP, and Nick Williams/OF).
3. Two of the pitchers received in the deal are currently in Triple-A (Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher).

Cons:
1. Cole Hamels is a bonafide ace and would have looked really nice atop of the Phillies rotation for 4 more years.
2. All 3 pitching prospects the Phillies got in the deal are sporting 4.00+ ERA this season.
3. Matt Harrison was thrown in to help offset the money Texas was taking on.  He's guaranteed $28.4M over the next two seasons (includes $2M option buyout for 2018).
4. Jorge Alfaro suffered a serious ankle injury in June, and that's bad news for a catcher.

The rebuild is in full fervor. Ace traded. Elite closer traded. Minor league system stocked with prospects. It's all happening. Now it's a waiting game to see which prospects pan out. Youth movement is upon us.

Just think, in the very near future (2016/2017) we could have a team composed of some combination of the following:
SP - Aaron Nola, Adam Morgan, David Buchanan, Jesse Biddle, Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Severio Gonzalez, Mark Leiter, Nick Pivetta, and/or Jake Thompson
RP - Hector Neris, Elvis Araujo, Jeanmar Gomez, Ken Giles, Luis Garcia, Nefi Ogando, Dalier Hinojosa, Edubray Ramos, Colton Murray, Tom Windle, Stephen Shackleford, and/or Ryan O'Sullivan
C - Cameron Rupp, Gabriel Lino, Andrew Knapp, and/or Jorge Alfaro
1B - Brock Stassi
2B - Cesar Hernandez
SS - Freddy Galvis, JP Crawford
3B - Maikel Franco
OF - Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams, Roman Quinn, Kelly Dugan, Destin Hood, Cameron Perkins, and/or Brian Pointer
*All players listed above are either currently in the Majors or, Triple/Double-A.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Papelbon Out

One of the best closers of all-time switched teams yesterday, from the basement dwelling Phillies to the top rung of the ladder Nationals.  Jonathan Papelbon was as much of a Grade-A douchebag as he was a save machine.  Constantly running his mouth to the media, asking to be traded, grabbing his crotch towards the fan base, and what have you.  He leaves behind the franchise saves record of 123 saves in his tenure with the Phils. He did the job he was signed to do and did it well.  He now goes to a contender, will be handed the ball in the 9th, and still gets his millions guaranteed next season ($11M instead of $13M though).  Amaro agreed to gift Washington with $4.5M of his remaining salary for the 2015 season.
Jonathan Papelbon Career: 37-30, 630 G, 667 IP, 761 K, 342 SV, 2.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 23.7 WAR.

Jonathan Papelbon Phillies: 14-11, 234 G, 237.2 IP, 252 K, 123 SV, 2.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 4.5 WAR.

The player the Phillies received in return was the 10th or 12th (depending on who ranks) ranked prospect in the Nationals system.  Nick Pivetta is a 22 year old Canadian 6'5" right-handed starting pitcher.  Since being drafted in the 4th round in 2013, he's compiled a 21-15 record over 53 G, 50 GS, and 267.2 IP, to go along with 201 K, a 3.60 ERA, and 1.31 WHIP.  His fastball sits in the mid 90's and he was recently promoted to Double-A.  He seems like an okay kid, but I would have thought kicking in that much money towards Pap's contract, coupled with the fact the Pap is still an elite closer, would have brought back a better return. I'm only a wannabe GM though...
So who goes next? Jeff Francoeur, Cole Hamels, Ben Revere, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Blue Jays

Philadelphia Phillies (37-63, 5th) @ Toronto Blue Jays (50-50, 2nd)
Game Times:
Monday & Tuesday - 7:07

Batting & Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Russell Martin
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Edwin Encarnacion
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Devon Travis
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Troy Tulowitzski
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Josh Donaldson
LF - Cody Asche vs. Chris Colabello
CF - Ben Revere vs. Kevin Pillar
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Jose Bautista
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco & Odubel Herrera vs. Dioner Navarro, Ryan Goins, Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia & Ezequiel Carrera
*Playing in AL park, so DH is in effect for this series.
R - Phillies 356 (27th tied) vs. Blue Jays 528 (1st)
AVG - Phillies .250 (22nd) vs. Blue Jays .262 (5th)
OPS - Phillies .673 (27th) vs. Blue Jays .772 (1st)
HR - Phillies 67 (29th) vs. Blue Jays 130 (3rd)
SB - Phillies 59 (11th tied) vs. Blue Jays 56 (13th tied)

Pitching:
SP1 - Adam Morgan vs. Felix Doubront
SP2 - Jerome Williams vs. RA Dickey
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Roberto Osuna
RP - Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez, Elvis Araujo & Hector Neris vs. LaTroy Hawkins, Liam Hendriks, Aaron Loup, Brett Cecil, Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Tepera & Bo Schultz
*Blue Jays just acquired Tulowitzski and Hawkins for Jose Reyes and prospects.  Someone from the bullpen will need to be demoted in order to make room on the 25-man roster.
ERA - Phillies 4.64 (29th) vs. Blue Jays 4.07 (23rd)
WHIP - Phillies 1.46 (29th) vs. Blue Jays 1.28 (18th)
K - Phillies 727 (18th) vs. Blue Jays 694 (26th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-139) vs. Blue Jays (+95)

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Company - Double Trouble IPA. Thank goodness I finally had this beer. Amazing Imperial IPA. Beautiful floral bouquet aroma with hints of pine and citrus.  Nice lasting finish.  Some sweet syrup-esque flavors from the malts that leave a sticky mouthfeel.  Well balanced and easy drinking for a 9.4% ABV. Golden straw color with solid head retention and lacing. Added bonus- very cool bottle art, flipping the image upside down gives you a different perspective.  Availability: July - September.

RateBeer.com - 99

Commercial Description - An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish. 86 IBUs.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Cubs

Philadelphia Phillies (34-63) @ Chicago Cubs (51-43)
Game Times:
Friday & Saturday - 4:05
Sunday - 2:20

Batting & Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Kyle Schwarber
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Anthony Rizzo
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Addison Russell
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Starlin Castro
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Kris Bryant
LF - Cody Asche vs. Chris Coghlan
CF - Ben Revere vs. Dexter Fowler
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Jorge Soler
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf & Odubel Herrera vs. David Ross, Taylor Teagarden, Jonathan Herrera & Chris Denorfia
R - Phillies 335 (28th) vs. Cubs 361 (24th)
AVG - Phillies .246 (23rd) vs. Cubs .239 (26th)
OPS - Phillies .662 (27th) vs. Cubs .688 (22nd)
HR - Phillies 63 (29th) vs. Cubs 81 (17th tied)
SB - Phillies 55 (13th tied) vs. Cubs 65 (6th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Jerome Williams vs. Jon Lester
SP2 - Cole Hamels vs. Jake Arrieta
SP3 - Aaron Nola vs. Jason Hammel
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Jason Motte
RP - Ken Giles, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Diekman, Justin DeFratus, Luis Garcia, Elvis Araujo & Hector Neris vs. Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez, Hector Rondon, James Russell, Rafael Soriano & Yoervis Medina
ERA - Phillies 4.71 (29th) vs. Cubs 3.32 (5th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.48 (30th) vs. Cubs 1.17 (1st)
K - Phillies 699 (17th) vs. Cubs 814 (3rd)
Run Differential - Phillies (-152) vs. Cubs (+14)

What To Imbibe On:
Coronado Brewing Company - Nineteenth Anniversary. Coronado celebrating its 19th year of brewing tasty treats for the masses, and the sure knocked it out the park on this one. This beer is a must have for hop-heads.  It is the quintessential West Coast IPA.  Dank, big tropical fruit flavors and aromas, juicy, semi-sweet malt backdrop, It pours a brilliant golden orange with frothy head that entices you from first waft of the hops.  Truly a great beer, best I've had from Coronado yet.  This Imperial IPA registers in at 9% ABV with 80 IBU. It's brand new on the craft beer scene, but it has gotten rave review thus fa, 4.02 out of 5 stars on Untappd.

Commercial Description - We are always looking for opportunities to get creative around the brewhouse, and the celebration of another year of passionate brewing is the best opportunity we can think of. As such, we revel in the challenge of coming up with a new and interesting brew each year under our "Anniversary" label worthy of both paying homage to our past and the new year of brewing that lays ahead

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Aaron Nola- The Phuture

Aaron Nola's MLB Debut - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, and 1-2 at the plate.  He threw 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes (67%). Well done kid!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I Love the 90's

One of the 1990's relics has recently retired from Major League Baseball; Bruce Chen debuted with the Atlanta Braves back in 1998. He played a couple seasons with the Phillies back-in-the-day. In honor of Chen's career, WSBGMs is going to take a moment to reflect on MLB veterans still in the game that made their debut in the 90's.  It is something to celebrate, because like it or not, players don't last as long nowadays due to PED testing and suspensions.
*Stats through July 18th, 2015

Alex Rodriguez - Seattle Mariners - 1994: 2652 G, 1969 R, 3022 H, 532 DBL, 31 TRPL, 673 HR, 2021 RBI, 323 SB, .299/.941, 118.2 WAR.

LaTroy Hawkins - Minnesota Twins - 1995: 74-94, 1022 G, 1449 IP, 968 K, 126 SV, 4.32 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 17.4 WAR.

Bartolo Colon - Cleavland Indians - 1997: 213-149, 460 G, 2895.1 IP, 2189 K, 3.99 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 44.4 WAR.

Torii Hunter - Minnesota Twins - 1997: 2315 G, 1273 R, 2408 H, 491 DBL, 39 TRPL, 345 HR, 1359 RBI, 194 SB, .278/.797, 51.0 WAR.

David Ortiz - Minnesota Twins - 1997: 2193 G, 1299 R, 2229 H, 562 DBL, 18 TRPL, 481 HR, 1576 RBI, .282/.919, 47.6 WAR.

Carlos Beltran - Kansas City Royals - 1998: 2239 G, 1413 R, 2385 H, 487 DBL, 78 TRPL, 380 HR, 1406 RBI, 311 SB, .280/.844, 66.8 WAR.

Adrian Beltre - Los Angeles Dodgers - 1998: 2495 G, 1294 R, 2678 H, 542 DBL, 33 TRPL, 402 HR, 1407 RBI, 118 SB, .284/.812, 79.9 WAR.

AJ Pierzynski - Minnesota Twins - 1998: 1927 G, 780 R, 1932 H, 383 DBL, 24 TRPL, 183 HR, 867 RBI, .281/.744, 23.4 WAR.

Aramis Ramirez - Pittsburgh Pirates - 1998: 2135 G, 1078 R, 2251 H, 482 DBL, 23 TRPL, 380 HR, 1383 RBI, .284/.836, 32.7 WAR.

AJ Burnett - Florida Marlins - 1999: 162-153, 427 G, 2686.2 IP, 2470 K, 3.95 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 30.6 WAR.

Buddy Carlyle - Colorado Rocikes - 1999: 13-13, 150 G, 292.1 IP, 232 K, 5.14 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, -1.4 WAR.

Tim Hudson - Oakland Athletics - 1999: 219-131, 473 G, 3095.1 IP, 2065 K, 3.49 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 56.6 WAR.

Joe Nathan - San Francisco Giants - 1999: 62-34, 777 G, 917 IP, 967 K, 377 SV, 2.89 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 26.1 WAR.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Philly Ready to Welcome Aaron Nola

A huge part of the future for the Phillies will be making his MLB debut in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Aaron Nola has zipped through the minor leagues and is ready to test his mettle against fiercer foes. Blessed with pinpoint control and a headstrong mentality, the 22 year old right-handed 2014 1st round pick is poised for success.

Minor league stats: 14-7, 30 G, 29 GS, 164.2 IP, 28 BB, 137 K, 2.57 ERA, and a 1.06 WHIP.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Papelbon Loves Philly

Jonathan Papelbon wants to remain with the Philadelphia Phillies for life, here's proof.
Seriously, he's an elite closer, one of the best ever, but he's also an asshole that runs his mouth far too often. I'm 100% positive the Phillies have been trying to trade Papelbon since the offseason, but haven't found the right deal yet. As soon as the proper offer comes along his ass will be shippd outta town. Until then, he should STFU!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Giants

Philadelphia Phillies (29-59, 5th) @ San Francisco Giants (43-43, 2nd tied)
Game Times:
Friday - 10:15
Saturday - 10:05
Sunday - 4:05

Batting & Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Buster Posey
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Brandon Belt
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Joe Panik
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Brandon Crawford
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Matt Duffy
LF - Cody Asche vs. Gregor Blanco
CF - Ben Revere vs. Angel Pagan
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Hunter Pence
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf, Odubel Herrera & Jeff Francoeur vs. Andrew Susac, Justin Maxwell, Joaquin Arias & Ehire Adrianza
R - Phillies 299 (28th) vs. Giants 350 (16th)
AVG - Phillies .245 (23rd) vs. Giants .265 (4th)
OPS - Phillies .657 (28th) vs. Giants .721 (10th)
HR - Phillies 56 (29th) vs. Giants 68 (23rd)
SB - Phillies 53 (10th tied) vs. Giants 39 (18th tied)

Pitching:
SP1 - Cole Hamels vs. Madison Bumgarner
SP2 - David Buchanan vs. Ryan Vogelsong
SP3 - Chad Billingsley vs. Chris Heston
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Santiago Casilla
RP - Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin DeFratus, Hecto Neris, Elvis Araujo, Jeanmar Gomez & Luis Garcia vs. George Kontos, Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Josh Osich, Yusmeiro Petit, Sergio Romo & Hunter Strickland
*One of the Phillies relief pitchers will need to be optioned to make room Buchanan, likely Neris.
ERA - Phillies 4.66 (29th) vs. Giants 3.85 (16th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.47 (29th) vs. Giants 1.26 (15th)
K - Phillies 634 (17th tied) vs. Giants 597 (24th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-142) vs. Giants (+8)

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Cesar Salad Days

"Salad days" is a Shakespearean idiomatic expression to refer to a youthful time, accompanied by the inexperience, enthusiasm, idealism, innocence, or indiscretion that one associates with a young person. More modern use, especially in the United States, refers to a heyday, a period when somebody was at the peak of their abilities - not necessarily in that person's youth.
Cesar Hernandez since June 19th: 17 G, 30-70 (.429 AVG), 15 R, 4 DBL, 1 TRPL, 10 RBI, 9 SB, 1.103 OPS.

Phillies fans have no need to worry about Chase Utley's contract vesting for next year, because not only is he injured, but Cesar Hernandez has firmly planted himself as the starting second baseman for this club for at least the remainder of 2015.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Dodgers

Philadelphia Phillies (28-56, 5th) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (46-37, 1st)
Game Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - 10:10

Batting/Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Yasmani Grandal
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Adrian Gonzalez
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Howie Kendrick
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Jimmy Rollins
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Justin Turner
LF - Cody Asche vs. Andre Ethier
CF - Ben Revere vs. Joc Pederson
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Yasiel Puig
Bench - Jeff Francoeur, Odubel Herrera, Andres Blanco, Darin Ruf & Cameron Rupp vs. AJ Ellis, Alberto Callaspo, Enrique Hernandez, Alex Guerrero & Scott VanSlyke
R - Phillies 285 (28th) vs. Dodgers 345 (13th)
AVG - Phillies .246 (23rd) vs. Dodgers .252 (16th)
OPS - Phillies .659 (28th) vs. Dodgers .757 (3rd)
HR - Phillies 52 (29th) vs. Dodgers 104 (4th)
SB - Phillies 49 (12th) vs. Dodgers 17 (30th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Sean O'Sullivan vs. Eric Surkamp
SP2 - Chad Billingsley vs. Brett Anderson
SP3 - Adam Morgan vs. Clayton Kershaw
SP4 - Kevin Correia vs. Zack Greinke
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Kenley Jansen
RP - Ken Giles, Justin DeFratus, Jake Diekman, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez & Elvis Araujo vs. Pedro Baez, Daniel Coulombe, Yimi Garcia, JP Howell, Adam Liberatore, Juan Nicasio & Joel Peralta
ERA - Phillies 4.60 (29th) vs. Dodgers 3.30 (3rd)
WHIP - Phillies 1.47 (29th) vs. Dodgers 1.20 (5th)
K - Phillies 611 (18th) vs. Dodgers 720 (2nd)
Run Differential - Phillies (-133) vs. Dodgers (+57)

Sunday, July 05, 2015

100 Losses, Here We Come!

Philadelphia Phillies current record: 27-56
Philadelphia Phillies projected record: 52-110

Friday, July 03, 2015

Series Showdown: Philly versus Atlanta

Philadelphia Phillies (27-54) @ Atlanta Braves (38-41)
Game Times:
Friday - 7:35
Saturday - 7:15
Sunday - 1:35

Batting & Fielding:
C - Carlos Ruiz vs. AJ Pierzynski
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Kelly Johnson
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Jace Peterson
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Andrelton Simmons
3B - Maikel Franco vs. Juan Uribe
LF - Cody Asche vs. Eury Perez
CF - Ben Revere vs. Cameron Maybin
RF - Domonic Brown vs. Nick Markakis
Bench - Cameron Rupp, Jeff Francoeur, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco & Odubel Herrera vs. Ryan Lavarnway, Pedro Ciriaco, Chris Johnson, Jonny Gomes & Joey Terdoslavich
R - Phillies 275 (28th) vs. Braves 311 (21st tied)
AVG - Phillies .244 (22nd) vs. Braves .255 (13th)
OPS - Phillies .655 (28th) vs. Braves .681 (25th)
HR - Phillies 50 (29th) vs. Braves 47 (30th)
SB - Phillies 46 (12th) vs. Braves 39 (16th)

Pitching:
SP1 - Adam Morgan vs. Julio Teheran
SP2 - Kevin Correia vs. Alex Wood
SP3 - Cole Hamels vs. Shelby Miller
CL - Jonathan Papelbon vs. Jason Grilli
RP - Justin DeFratus, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez & Elvis Araujo vs. Jim Johnson, Nick Masset, David Aardsma, Luis Avilan, Jake Brigham & Dana Eveland
ERA - Phillies 4.63 (29th) vs. Braves 3.96 (19th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.48 (30th) vs. Braves 1.34 (25th)
K - Phillies 590 (17th) vs. Braves 567 (21st)
Run Differential - Phillies (-132) vs. Braves (-28)

What To Imbibe On:
Founders Brewing Co.- Curmudgeon Old Ale. Vermilion reddish orange pour. An intensely complex beer with a rich, sweet malt profile. Alcohol is evident, gives an embracing warmth. Fair amount of bitterness, but it melds well with the sweetness of the malts. Flavors of molasses, caramel, butterscotch, candied sugar, hop spice essence, faint raisin, toffee, woody (oak). Lovely array of flavors smoothing over your palate with a loving finish. One of the best Founder’s beers I’ve had, and I’ve had a lot, and a lot have been very good, so that ’s saying something.

RateBeer.com- 98

Commercial Description- This Old Ale conjures up thoughts of classic sea fairing ports, there local pubs and the weathered fisherman that frequent them. In traditional style Curmudgeon is brewed with an intense focus on the malt bill creating a very strong, rich, malty characteristic and a sweetness indicative of its cousin the barleywine. We are especially proud of the balance in this beer making it deceptively smooth and drinkable at 9.8% alcohol by volume.