Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bailey In, Russell Out

James Russell has been DFA'd and Andrew Bailey has been summoned from Triple-A.  Russell was beyond terrible, so Bailey is almost assuredly an improvement. In 7 appearances, Russell put together quite the ERA/WHIP combo (18.69/3.23).  If Jim Abbott lost his remaining hand, I'm pretty sure he would still fare better than that.  Meanwhile, Bailey amassed 10 strikeouts in 5 innings for the Iron Pigs.

Stuff:
*Stop batting Freddy Galvis leadoff.  The leadoff hitter is supposed to be the table setter for the top of the lineup (typically the team's best hitters), by getting on base via hit or walk. In 337 MLB games he has a batting average of .241 and a piddling on base percentage of .280 (he certainly ain't no Rickey f'n Henderson!).

*Andres "Whitey" Blanco needs to get more at bats.  He's done nothing but hit since donning a Phillies uniform in 2014.  Over parts of 3 seasons with the Phillies- 140 G, .293/.849, 29 DBL, 3 TRPL, 8 HR, 1.9 WAR.  Can he play 1st base, because Ryan Howard sure as hell can't (already 4 errors!).

*Check out this group of Phillies hitters (Hunter 3-34, Ruf 2-17, Goeddel 1-16, and Burriss 1-13). Don't worry, I'll do the math for you, that's a .088 batting average. Stephen Hawking could roll onto the field and post better stats.

*Tyler Goeddel has 1 hit in 16 at bats and has struck out 50% of the time (8 Ks).

*Odubel Herrera has become a patient hitter. 28 walks all of last season...14 walks already this year in only 15 games.

12 comments:

GM-Carson said...

And before anybody gets their panties in a bunch, I'm not making fun of Abbott or Hawking. Their amazing human beings that overcame handicaps to excel in their fields. I am, however, making fun of the Phillies...make no mistake about that.

Mike Myers said...

Ruff needs more at bats I think

GM-Carson said...

David Lough already better than Cedric Hunter.

Hector Neris has been excellent, Phillies best reliever.

ripjgarcia said...

My left nut says Galvis is back leading off in the one the two next 2 games. It's like Pete rewards him for a decent game by putting him back in that spot and then he sucks til they put him back in the order. This isn't elementary school with gold stars (or college football with all the silly helmet stickers) . This is a business, and Galvis does not perform well in the lead off spot. Period.

GM-Carson said...

Galvis is an alright SS overall, but should be batting 7th or 8th. It's as simple as that. He's not terrible, just a terrible leadoff hitter.

Bob D said...

I would actually question if the best SS is Blanco

rslitman said...

I got in the car the other night, and since I didn't know what station the Flyers game was on, I decided to listen to the Phillies for the 10-minute drive. The bottom of the 2nd was just beginning, and the Phillies were already down 2-0. Ryan Howard led off - 1-2-3 1st, I figured, although there could have been a double play, caught stealing, or pick off. Howard went down swinging on a 3-2 count. The announcer (and I don't know any of them except Larry Andersen anymore) said that Mets starter Colon had gotten swinging 3rd strikes on 3 of the first 4 hitters in the game. Yes, Howard's still batting cleanup.

But then Ruiz gets a single, and Galvis hits what sounds like a routine, catchable fly ball, except that it hoes out for a homer. Tied at two. David Lough then singles. Still only one out, with the 8th spot due up. But instead, it's the pitcher, Hellickson. Did I miss a quick out somewhere? The announcers said they got 3 hits in a row. Did the #5 hitter swing at the first pitch while I had to concentrate on the road? But Hellickson is bunting, so there is still only one out. He even gets it done with two strikes.

And now here comes Peter Bourjois or however it's spelled. I still think I miscounted and wonder why he"s batting leadoff. And then the announcers mention the LaRussa-like move than the Phils' manager has made - batting the pitcher 8th.

rslitman said...

I got in the car the other night, and since I didn't know what station the Flyers game was on, I decided to listen to the Phillies for the 10-minute drive. The bottom of the 2nd was just beginning, and the Phillies were already down 2-0. Ryan Howard led off - 1-2-3 1st, I figured, although there could have been a double play, caught stealing, or pick off. Howard went down swinging on a 3-2 count. The announcer (and I don't know any of them except Larry Andersen anymore) said that Mets starter Colon had gotten swinging 3rd strikes on 3 of the first 4 hitters in the game. Yes, Howard's still batting cleanup.

But then Ruiz gets a single, and Galvis hits what sounds like a routine, catchable fly ball, except that it hoes out for a homer. Tied at two. David Lough then singles. Still only one out, with the 8th spot due up. But instead, it's the pitcher, Hellickson. Did I miss a quick out somewhere? The announcers said they got 3 hits in a row. Did the #5 hitter swing at the first pitch while I had to concentrate on the road? But Hellickson is bunting, so there is still only one out. He even gets it done with two strikes.

And now here comes Peter Bourjois or however it's spelled. I still think I miscounted and wonder why he"s batting leadoff. And then the announcers mention the LaRussa-like move than the Phils' manager has made - batting the pitcher 8th.

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