Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Series Preview: Giants at Phillies

So Matt Klentak didn't trade Jeremy Hellickson.
I don't think this was the screw up everyone else thinks it was, but I wish we knew what offers were made.
While everyone is pointing to the chances that the Phillies could get a draft pick if the right-hander turns down a qualifying offer this offseason as the main factor in the Phillies' decisions, I think another factor hasn't been talked about.
Just look at the previous highs in a season for the Phillies young hurlers compared to this year.

Aaron Nola: 187/111
Jerad Eickhoff: 184/132
Vincent Velasquez 124*/102.2
Zach Eflin 131/123.2
Jake Thompson 132/129
Ben Lively 143/74.1
* 2013

So, aside from Nola and Eickhoff, you're about to blow past the supposed innings limits on Eflin, Velasquez and Thompson.
I think there's a solid chance we see Ben Lively eat some innings in September. Maybe even Adam Morgan or Brett Oberholzer.
But having Hellickson around definitely eases any concerns. It's a lot easier on the young guys if he, Nola and Eickhoff shoulder the bulk of the upcoming innings.

That being said, with all the rumors that swirled around, it was a bit of a disappointment to not see something done.

As a professional journalist, the trade deadline bothers me. I see a lot of bad journalism out there. At one point, I saw two respected national journalists tweeting out conflicting reports on Hellickson. One said he was staying, the other said he was out the door.

Now I know a journalist is only as accurate as his or her sources. These two beat writers are being fed information and they parroted it out. I'm just not sure why. I don't get the point of the reporting. It doesn't make them more accurate. No one outside the industry gives a jolly damn about who got it first. Anyway, that's another discussion for another day.

Let's look at the Phillies first series in the dog days of August.

The games
Tuesday, Aug. 2: 7:05
Wednesday, Aug. 3: 7:05

The matchups
Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.09) vs Zach Eflin (3-4, 4.23)
Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.63) vs Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78)
Jeff Samardzija (9-7, 4.30) vs Vincent Velasquez (8-3, 3.32)

What we know about the Giants

It's an even numbered year and the Giants are again World Series contenders. Owners of the fourth best record in baseball, they don't get the attention the Cubs and Nationals do. But they are a force to be fearful of. The rotation is lights out. The lineup isn't spectacular, but there isn't an easy out in the bunch.

Best matchup

Madison Bumgarner is younger than Hector Neris. Think about that for a minute. Bumgarner is already a World Series legend, three time World Series Champion and four-time All Star. Dude has a 2.09 ERA, a 10-6 Record, a .987 WHIP and is allowing 6.7 hits per nine innings against 10.2 whiffs.
He pitches tonight against Zach Eflin, a kid who already has two complete games on his resume.
If that doesn't interest you as a baseball fan, I don't know what would.

What we can't wait to see
Aaron Altherr and Maikel Franco ended the Braves series on awful skids. Altherr was 0-9 with a walk. Franco was 0-17.
They're going to face some premiere pitching in this series and watching how the young sluggers respond will be interesting.


GM-Carson said...

Andrew Bailey finally DFA. Luis Garcia summoned to take his place.

GM-Carson said...

13 runs...that's a week's worth for the Phillies.

rslitman said...

And of course Neris gets the W in the Bumgarner start. (No decision for Bumgarner, but he did give up 8 runs, only to be let off the hook after the Giants tied it at 8.)

GM-Carson said...

Jeanmar Gomez on paternity leave, Mike Mariot up.

Aaron Nola to DL with elbow problem, Phil Klein set to take jis spot in rotation.

Very worried about Nola. Very!

ripjgarcia said...

uhhh.. Jake Thompson? sigh.

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GM-Carson said...

Dylan Cozens - .282/.962, 87 R, 31 DBL, 30 HR, 96 RBI, 18 SB. Wow!

Rhys Hoskins - .282/.934, 73 R, 24 DBL, 31 HR, 96 RBI, 4 SB. Wow!

I hope we aren't forced to wait until 2018 to see the duo.

GM-Carson said...

Thompson will get the start in LA likely. He was on 2 days rest if he would have been called up yesterday.

ripjgarcia said...

Tonight's lineup is a comedy.

GM-Carson said...

Another Phillies pitcher with a shitty debut. He'll be fine in the long run though.

I'm tired of this bullpen though. Ramos, Neris, and Gomez are the only things good in it. It's a shame none of the guys in the minors have taken hold of a spot. Mariot might end up ok, he was decent in minors this year. Garcia and Severino seem like duds though. David Hernandez is complete meh.

GM-Carson said...

I'm going to Lehigh Valley IronPigs game to scout. ;)

ripjgarcia said...

Eickhoff looks to have really nasty stuff today.

GM-Carson said...

Eickhoff got hit kinda hard though. Homeruns are killers most times.

Peter Bourjos looked like nothing special in Triple A today. Which is exactly what he is. He did wave to me and the boys today when we yelled his name out in right field though.

Just got home in time to see the Phils turn that triple play, awesome.

ripjgarcia said...

I got off the phone and sat down and that triple play happened.. Quite awesome.. Just watched the Carlos Ruiz interview.. Mad respect for that guy. Such a humble player.

GM-Carson said...

Carlos Ruiz has had a fine career. Nice bounce back season this year. He definitely has more left in the tank. The Phillies need to move on next season with Rupp and Knapp, but Chooch should latch on somewhere.

Bob D said...

Shout out to Reading Phillies now at 76-38 record best in all professional baseball. Leigh Valley Iron Pigs 70-45 are not too far behind and also to note strong play by Clearwater 66-44 in High A. The future is bright.