Sunday, March 13, 2016

"It's Only Spring Training" Be Damned

"It's only Spring Training" be damned. The Phillies are winning, so let's celebrate while we can.
Record: 9-3-2

Offense:
R - 86 (1st)
AVG - .289 (8th)
OPS -  .868 (5th)
DBL -  33 (2nd)
TRPL - 6 (3rd)
HR - 19 (3rd)
BB - 51 (2nd)
SB - 8 (14th)

This is encouraging. They're getting on base via hit or walk and hitting for power as well. Big whoop if it's only Spring Training, this is exactly what the Phillies needed to do this preseason to be more competitive come time when the games matter.  I'd like to see the stolen base utilized a bit more and successfully.  They have been caught stealing as many times as they've recorded an outright theft.

Pitching:
ERA - 3.67 (4th)
WHIP - 1.35 (13th)
K - 118 (1st)

Once again, encouraging! Keeping the WHIP in the middle of the pack are the free passes the pitching staff has surrendered (48 BB in 125 IP).  If they can harness their control, this staff is looking even better.

Things I Would Like To See:
*Carlos Ruiz traded.  Both Alfaro and Knapp will be ready sometime this season and JP Arencibia can serve as backup to Rupp until then.  If the Phils eat most of Chooch's salary, they could get a low level "prospect" in return.

*Ryan Howard swing the bat better.  He's currently 1-15 with a .258 OPS, compared to Ruf's 1.218 (although Howard missed about a week with the flu).

*More of David Lough.  With Altherr out most of the season and Asche still mending, the Phils need another outfielder.  Lough could be that guy.

*Both Hinojosa and LaFromboise to make the team.  They have both looked outstanding this Spring, and Hinojosa looked outstanding late last season too.

*Luis Garcia to get his shit together.  In 3.1 innings, he's allowed 11 base runners (8 H, 3 BB).

*Aaron Nola to have a good start.  The kid has always had his head screwed on straight, but last thing we want is him developing self-doubt to continued fails in Spring Training.

*Jerad Eickhoff back on the mound.

4 comments:

Bob D said...

Encouraging signs on offense with Ruf 3 2B & 3 Hr, Franco 4 Hr and both with 10 RBI. Arencibia 3 2b and 2 Hr, and Rupp 1 2B, 2 Hr plus Hernandez, Goeddel, and Bourjos all hitting well even though very little power. Some of the minor leaguers who may be up later in year also have hit well most notably Quinn, Williams, Knapp and Stassi.

GM-Carson said...

Another day, another win. For a young team trying to prove itself, this matters.

GM-Carson said...

Maikel Franco is a M-F'in beast!

6 HR and 14 RBI now this Spring.

PatrickAbdalla said...

So I never said this publicly because I felt my eyes had to be deceiving me: Carlos Ruiz - bless his heart - was the fifth best catcher on the roster.
I don't see how he ends up with the team out of spring other than as a legacy contract.
That said, if you told me they were making him the manager in waiting, I don't think I'd mind.