Sunday, September 27, 2015

One Week Remains

The 2015 season for the Philadelphia Phillies concludes next Sunday, one week from today.  7 games remain.  The pain is almost over.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Old Phriends- Blanton & Madson

Everyone remembers the World F'n Champions of 2008.  Those days are long gone, as the Phillies have been 7-22 since August 24th and are on the verge of 100 losses.  Maybe they could use a little magic from some old friends...or should I say "Phriends"?
 
Joe Blanton pitched so horrendously with the Angels in 2013, that he didn't have a job last season.  Ryan Madson hadn't pitched since he was with the Phillies back in 2011, having suffered through a rash of arms problems since then.  However, the Kansas City Royals were gracious enough to give each a minor league contract and have reaped the rewards every since.

Blanton began the season in KC, but is now with Pittsburgh.  He's been a nice multi-inning reliever, having pitched in 33 games, 4 of them starts, and has racked up 74 strikeouts over 71.1 innings with a 7-2 record, a 3.03 ERA, and a 1.15 WHIP. Also, it's pretty cool that he's now a Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco).  He'll turn 35 years old in December, but he's probably lined himself up for a 1 year pact in the neighborhood of $2M.

Madson, who just turned 35 in August, is back to being as dominant as ever.  He's appeared in 64 games and pitched 59.1 innings with 54 strikeouts, a 2.28 ERA, and 0.98 WHIP.  Due to his age and history of injuries, a 2 year deal is unlikely.  However, a team like Detroit, in desperate need of bullpen help, would be wise to give him 1 YR/$4M with an option year and plug him into the closer role.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cody Asche 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.

Cody Asche, third baseman turned left fielder, turned third baseman again hit a pair of homeruns in last night's victory over the Marlins.  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 Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson leading the way with 5.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Phillies are an Offensive Juggernaut

The world has taken notice and I hope you have too, the Phillies are an offensive juggernaut. Seriously, it's nearly impossible to get them out, they're lacing the baseball all over the diamond and over the fence.  Laser here, bomb there.  Oh my!
Over the past 5 games the Phillies have scored a grand total of 5 runs and reached base via hit 22 times.  For you math geniuses out there, that's an average of 1 run per game and 4.4 hits per game.  The game of baseball hasn't seen numbers that inflated since the heyday of PEDs.  It's a shame the 2015 season is coming to an end, because I for one, would love to see the fireworks continue.  Sad face emoji :(

Monday, September 14, 2015

Phillies Refill Chase Quota, Call Up d'Arnaud

If you watched the Phillies game yesterday, you knew Cesar Hernandez's season was over after seeing his effed up thumb from the collision with Anthony Rizzo.  He's been placed on the 60-day DL.  See ya in 2016.

This opened up a spot on the 40-man roster and the Phils have gifted that to Chase d'Arnaud.  He is the older brother of Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was once a top prospect in the Phillies system.  The Phillies have a long record of having the wrong brother, so this just continues that trend.  Travis is batting .296/.920 this season and is on his way to stardom.  Chase has played for Pittsburgh in parts of the 2011, 2012, and 2014 seasons.  He's a career .208/.507 hitter in 64 MLB games.  He's been better in the minors, having hit .268/.671 for the IronPigs this year, playing mostly SS, but is quite capably of playing almost any position on the diamond.  Possibly the only positive coming out of all this...he'll be a Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco).  This also fills their "Chase" quota, which has been lacking since Utley departed.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Cubs

Chicago Cubs (80-58) @ Philadelphia Phillies (54-86)
Game Times:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday - 7:05
Sunday - 1:35

Batting & Fielding:
C - Miguel Montero vs. Cameron Rupp
1B - Anthony Rizzo vs. Ryan Howard
2B - Tommy La Stella vs. Cesar Hernandez
SS - Addison Russell vs. Freddy Galvis
3B - Kris Bryant vs. Cody Asche
LF - Kyle Schwarber vs. Darnell Sweeney
CF - Dexter Fowler vs. Odubel Herrera
RF - Chris Coghlan vs. Aaron Altherr
Bench - Starlin Castro, David Ross, Austin Jackson, Matt Szczur, Jonathan Herrera, Javier Baez, Chris Denorfia & Quintin Berry vs. Jeff Francoeur, Carlos Ruiz, Darin Ruf, Andres Blanco, Brian Bogusevic & Erik Kratz
R - Cubs 584 (17th) vs. Phillies 537 (27th)
AVG - Cubs .243 (30th) vs. Phillies .252 (18th)
OPS - Cubs .718 (17th) vs. Phillies .687 (28th)
HR - Cubs 152 (8th tied) vs. Phillies 108 (28th)
SB - Cubs 80 (9th) vs. Phillies 76 (11th tied)

Pitching:
SP1 - Jake Arrieta vs. Adam Morgan
SP2 - Kyle Hendricks vs. Alec Asher
SP3 - Dan Harren vs. Jerad Eickhoff
SP4 - Jason Hammel vs. Aaron Harang
CL - Hector Rondon vs. Ken Giles
RP - Pedro Strop, CJ Edwards, Trevor Cahill, Justin Grimm, Tommy Hunter, Yoervis Medina, Neil Ramirez, Fernando Rodney, Clayton Richards, Zac Rosscup, Travis Wood, & Tsuyoshi Wada vs. Justin DeFratus, Luis Garcia, Colton Murray, Adam Loewen, Jeanmar Gomez, Dalier Hinojosa, Nefi Ogando, Hector Neris, Ken Roberts & Jerome Williams
ERA - Cubs 3.56 (6th) vs. Phillies 4.86 (29th)
WHIP - Cubs 1.20 (5th) vs. Phillies 1.47 (29th)
K - Cubs 1197 (3rd) vs. Phillies 980 (24th)
Run Differential - Cubs (+44) vs. Phillies (-183)

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Expanded Roster & 6-Man Rotation

With September upon us and the minor league seasons coming to a close, the rosters have expanded.  Erik Kratz/C, Colton Murray/RP, Dalier Hinojosa/RP, Nefi Ogando/RP, David Buchanan/SP, Ken Roberts/RP and Brian Bogusevic/OF are the lucky group to be summoned to the active MLB roster.

Buchanan will step into the rotation and take the ball every sixth day.  Yep, the Phillies are going to a 6-man rotation in order to protect their young arms.  Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Aaron Harang, Adam Morgan, and David Buchanan will be toeing the slab for the remainder of the 2015 season in the starting rotation.

Domonic Brown's Phils career may be over.  He suffered a concussion on an errant attempt at a catch last week and is likely done for the season.  He's making $2.6M this season and is due for a raise next year, but he's unproductive and probably won't be tendered a contract.

Maikel Franco recently tested out his ailing wrist and it didn't respond the way he had hoped.  His rookie season is likely over, with Asche and Blanco manning 3rd base to close out the year.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Red Sox

Philadelphia Phillies (53-81) @ Boston Red Sox (61-72)
Game Times:
Friday - 7:10
Saturday - 4:05
Sunday - 1:35

Batting & Fielding:
C - Cameron Rupp vs. Blake Swihart
1B - Ryan Howard vs. Travis Shaw
2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Brock Holt
SS - Freddy Galvis vs. Xander Bogaerts
3B - Andres Blanco vs. Pablo Sandoval
LF - Cody Asche vs. Jackie Bradley Jr.
CF - Odubel Herrera vs. Mookie Betts
RF - Jeff Francoeur vs. Rusney Castillo
DH - Somebody vs. David Ortiz
Bench - Darin Ruf, Aaron Altherr, Darnell Sweeney, Carlos Ruiz & Erik Kratz vs. Randy Hanigan, Sandy Leon, Allen Craig, Josh Rutledge & Hanley Ramirez
R - Phillies 520 (26th) vs. Red Sox 602 (5th)
AVG - Phillies .2j53 (15th) vs. Red Sox .265 (7th)
OPS - Phillies .690 (26th) vs. Red Sox .737 (7th)
HR - Phillies 105 (28th) vs. Red Sox 129 (15th tied)
SB - Phillies 74 (11th tied) vs. Red Sox 59 (22nd)

Pitching:
SP1 - Adam Morgan vs. Joe Kelly
SP2 - Alec Asher vs. Wade Miley
SP3 - Jerad Eickhoff vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
CL - Ken Giles vs. Jean Machi
RP - Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Garcia, Dalier Hinojosa, Adam Loewen, Colton Murray, JeromeWilliams, Justin DeFratus, & Hector Neris vs.  Craig Breslow, Ryan Cook, Heath Hembree, Tommy Layne, Alexi Ogando, Noe Ramirez, Robbie Ross Jr. & Junichi Tazawa
ERA - Phillies 4.80 (29th) vs. Red Sox 4.52 (26th)
WHIP - Phillies 1.46 (29th) vs. Red Sox 1.38 (25th)
K - Phillies 943 (24th) vs. Red Sox 982 (18th)
Run Differential - Phillies (-163) vs. Red Sox (-44)

What To Imbibe On:
Stegmaier Brewing Company - Cellar Series: Grand Hoppa. The Lion Brewery (aka - Stegmaier) is stepping up their game and out of their previously conceived comfort zone with the release of this Double IPA.  Registers in at 8.9% ABV and 110 IBU, so it's big and hoppy to say the least. Deep gold pour with semi-sticky head. Ripe citrus zest, hop spice notes, herbal, and pine round out the hop profile, while the malt bill comes in with just the right amount of sweetness.
Commercial Description - Grand Hoppa Double IPA is a hop lover’s delight. Our Master Brewer artfully balanced this masterpiece by combining the finest barley and specialty malts to form an impeccable malty backbone strong enough to support a massive amount of domestic and imported hops. Dry hopped with MOSAIC, CITRA, and GALAXY hops, this Double IPA bursts with a distinctive aroma that perfectly intermingles with the spicy and tropical fruit characteristics of SUMMER and COLUMBUS hops to create a truly ONE OF A KIND BEER! ABV 8.9% and IBU’s 110.