Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Mackanin is a Comedian

"It's very tough. Even if I do stay with Joseph more often, I still have to keep [Howard] sharp and give him an opportunity to hit to do something for us."
~Pete Mackanin, Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Keep Howard sharp? He's about as sharp as a perfect circle. Howard is batting .150/.543 on the season. That's over 50 games and he's struckout in a third of his plate apperances (53 K in 162 PA). He's 36 years old and is coming off the worst month of his career (.101/.421 in May). The only thing Howard is going to do for "us" is make outs. On the flipside there's the 24 year old Tommy Joseph, batting .311/.903 in his first 19 MLB games. Things that make you go "Hmmm..."

17 comments:

aladou2 said...

Looking at fangraphs batted-ball stats, Howard is not hitting the ball any differently than he has in recent years.

There's really no reason he shouldn't revert to what he did in 2014-15, which is still not very good of course, but there's a lot of evidence to support the idea that the depth of his struggles so far are due in large part to bad luck.

ripjgarcia said...

Howard should take a page from Mike Schmidt's book.. Do the right thing and retire.

aladou2 said...

Retire? I'd be very disappointed in him for walking away from a contract that everyone agreed to in good faith.

rslitman said...

I could understand sitting Joseph and playing Howard if the Phillies were facing a pitcher against whom Howard had great career numbers or Joseph has struggled against. But this is not the case here.

GM-Carson said...

I hope Howard has a big night at the plate.

Doubtful though, his bat looks so slow.

I don't blame him for not retiring. He signed the contract, so the money is his. I also don't blame the Phillies if he never starts another game.

Joseph quite possibly could be the long-term answer at 1st base. Keep testing him this season and hope for a decent learning curve.

GM-Carson said...

Hahaha, Howard with a homerun.

I predicted he'd hit 2 tonight on Twitter.

ripjgarcia said...

you had to know that was going to happen.

Bob D said...

Eickhoff reminds me of Brett Myers - a workhorse with better than average stuff who can rack up strike outs but has a few flaws. And he is still young and with some coaching and experience he may just excell

ripjgarcia said...

Hector Neris has been having some issues lately...

GM-Carson said...

Neris has been pretty terrible of late actually.

Jeanmar with the 2 inning save! He's having a terrific season. Could be decent trade bait, or hold onto him, as he's still under control through next year.

ripjgarcia said...

I'd hang onto Jeanmar.. you never know when you get a Mariano River type on your hands.. The Yankees won and lost with Rivera for years.. Gomez looks to have a very good approach to the game.

Bob D said...

Neris threw all splitters except a 95mph FB and then an 89mph fastball, hope he's not injured

GM-Carson said...

Jeanmar's entrance music cracks me up. It's some Christian soft rock lady singing "Hallelujahs".

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