Saturday, August 13, 2016

Oh Hinojosa, Where Art Thou?

As the Phillies bullpen continues to struggle, one has to wonder...What the hell happened to Dalier Hinojosa? You know, the Cuban that came over from the BoSox last season via waiver claim that was lights out. The same guy that did alright to begin the season, but then landed on the DL. Since he hit the DL back in late April, he's been stuck in minor league purgatory even after fully recovering. Instead of continually having to suffer through Andrew Bailey (thank goodness that's over) or Luis Garcia or Elvis Araujo, why not give someone who's had nothing but success at the MLB level another chance?!
Dalier Hinojosa - 28 G, 34 IP, 29 K, 1.59 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 1.1 WAR since joining the Phillies in 2015.

It's a head scratcher.

Quick Hits:
Ryan Howard is hitting .386 with five home runs and 13 RBI since the All-Star break. I've done my fair share of Howard bashing over the season, perhaps even too much, but I still love watching him get ahold of a baseball and driving it deep into the night. It would be awesome if he continues this second half bounce back performance to end his Phillies career on a good note.

Jake Thompson not only picked up his 1st MLB victory last night, he also became on the 2nd pitcher in Phillies' franchise history to record 4 strikeouts in 1 inning.

I've heard the idea of moving Aaron Altherr to center field and Odubel Herrera to right field. I like it, Altherr is like a gazelle gliding over the grasslands of the outfield and Herrera's defense will likely improve with the shift as well.

Sixto Sanchez, an 18 year old pitcher for the Gulf Coast Phillies rookie ball team, is having himself one helluva season. 9 games started, 43 IP, 33 K, 0.42 ERA, and a 0.81 WHIP. He hasn't allowed an earned run over this last 6 appearances, spanning 30 innings.


Bob D said...

Sanchez is an interesting prospect who could shoot up the charts this winter. Throws upper 90's. Likely to enter Phillies top 30 prospect list and with a solid year next year could challenge to being top 10 prospect

rslitman said...

I've been waiting for Hinojosa to return. too. He is needed to be a birthday game qualifier with Jeanmar Gomez. This is based on a math principle that in any group of 23 people, there is a good chance that two share the same birthday. I play this game with 25-man rosters of baseball teams. With 25 instead of 23, the chances are even greater. Gomez and Hinojosa share the same birthday, February 10 (also Lenny Dykstra's birthday). Ryan Howard had a birthday game partner on the 2008 World Champions, Clay Condrey.

rslitman said...

The Phillies do have a pair if birthday game qualifiers: Cameron Rupp and Severino Gonzalez on September 28 and Michael Mariot (who?) and Tyler Goeddel on October 20.

GM-Carson said...

RSLITMAN - I love you birthday game qualifiers idea. Wanna do some post on here sometimes about stuff like that?

GM-Carson said...

The Nationals released Papelbon. Hahaha, couldn't have happened to a nicer asshole.

GM-Carson said...

Adam Morgan takes Eflin's spot in rotation.

Bob D said...

The ejection of Anderson last night was BS / too quick.

GM-Carson said...

Bob D- I agree it seemed awfully quick, and I was surprised by it. However, the umpire did his job, in that any time they suspect intent, they are to eject.

Anderson had very good control all night up to that point, the catch moved far inside and up towards Franco. Anderson made a gesture with his glove and began chirping at the Phils dugout instantly after the pitch. By all means, it looked intentional.

Bob D said...

D hernandez is frustrating. Strike out a lot of hitters but allows way too many Hrs and runs scored. He could have been closer this year or even a prime trade candidate.

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Bob D said...

Waiting for Florida to call Phillies for Darin Ruf as they need power, outfielder, and first baseman. He fits all despite being in minors most of the year. He has done well in AAA

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