Monday, September 19, 2016

2 More Weeks, 12 More Games

The 2016 Philadelphia Phillies season in winding down. Two weeks and twelve games remain. At 67-83 a winning record or even .500 is unattainable. However, there is still reason to care about the waning moments...

Saying farewell to one of the best sluggers in Phillies history, Ryan Howard.

Getting a further look at Alec Asher and Jake Thompson in the rotation.

Seeing more out of Michael Mariot and Joely Rodriguez in relief.

Playing Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera, and Roman Quinn in the outfield together in preparation for that trio moving forward in 2017.

Getting some more at bats for Jorge Alfaro.

Seeing who wins the Phillies homerun crown for the year: Ryan Howard and Maikel Franco at 22 apiece and Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis each with 20.

Jerad Eickhoff gets 3 more starts and possibly racks up 200 innings (currently with 180.1).


Bob D said...

Howard's 22 Hrs this year has been a pleasant surprise. I wish his average and OB% was higher but he has done OK. He is my prediction to win HR race. Franco has been stuck on 22 like forever. Joseph keeps plugging away but may only get 1 or 2 more HRs. Galvis could surprise us all and hit 3 or 4 more - now that would be crazy!
Final Prediction:
Howard 23
Galvis 23
Franco 22
Joseph 21
Rupp 16
Herrera 16

Anonymous said...

I can't help but wonder what the franchise' fortunes would be like if he avoided that first injury.

GM-Carson said...

I think the Phillies may have made the playoffs 1 more year had Howard not torn his Achilles and possibly could have been traded to help out the team too.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Odubel Herrera is back!!!

Bob D said...

Yes Herrera is having a strong finish, so is Galvis and Hernandez

Bob D said...

Oh yeah a lot of people fuss about Herrera and his league leading 9 errors in CF, but he has 11 OF assists and a tied for league lead 4 double plays. So even with the errors he has made up for some with double plays and assists.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Herrera is still an excellent CF because of his fantastic range.

Tommy Joseph is having a helluva rookie year. He's still young, 25, and relatively new to first base, so I'm hoping he can improve a bit defensively.

GM-Carson said...

Jerad Eickhoff had been good. Nice to count on him moving forward.

Roman Quinn will be something special if he gets on base enough and remains healthy.

ripjgarcia said...

All you need is Chris Sale pitching to him every game and he'll get on base plenty..

GM-Carson said...

Gomez now has an 11.20 ERA (17 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings) in 17 appearances since Aug. 14. He has allowed 25 hits, six walks and three home runs in that span. Opponents have hit .391 against him.

Why does that idiot Mackanin keep putting him in closing situations then? Neris is the future closer anyway, let him get his feet wet now!

ripjgarcia said...

it's simple. Mackanin is not a real major league manager. If they were gonna clean house when they got Klentak, they should have done so. Instead the entire coaching staff is just a rehash of the past.

GM-Carson said...

My major complaints with Mackanin:

*Continuing to start Howard too much for nostalgia.
*Pulling starters too early in games
*Bad bullpen matchups
*Questionable pinch-hitting calls
*Not changing closer despite a clear issue

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