Gameday 81: Brewers vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Thu, July 02, 2015 04:05 PM Comments: 7

Milwaukee Brewers (32-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-53)

Milwaukee_Brewers_Alternate_Logo.svgAtlanta Braves

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Chad Billingsley, RHP (0-2, 6.75)
MIL: Matt Garza, RHP (4-10, 5.52)

Time: 6:35 pm
Weather: Cloudy, 75 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

Aaron Harang was placed on the 15-day DL list which makes room for our starter tonight, Chad Billingsley.

The Phillies will look to take one game of this horrendous series from Matt Garza who has had a rough year so far.  Garza will pitch opposite Chad Billingsley, who will get another look on the mound to see where he stands for the future and his capabilities.

The Phillies offense was able to collect 10 hits on the night, scoring 5 runs…too bad Aaron Harang was giving up hits to everyone, letting 8 runs score and giving up 14 hits to opposing batters.

Odubel Herrera gets the start in center field again today, along with the lead off spot on the lineup card.

Early start due to fireworks tonight, first pitch at 6:35 EST.


Herrera CF, Hernandez 2B, Franco 3B, Howard 1B, Brown RF, Asche LF, Galvis SS, Rupp C, Billingsley RHP


Report: Phillies Likely to Sign Dominican Power-Hitter Ortiz

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Thu, July 02, 2015 10:06 AM Comments: 5

According to Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, The club is expected to sign 16-year-old slugger Jhailyn Ortiz today, the first day of the international signing period.

The 6’2, 260-pound Ortiz is said to possess power that scouts “have not seen in years” from a player his age, and has the best raw power out of his entire class.

Scouts have called his home runs “legendary” and his line-drives into the outfield gaps “just as impressive.”This is great news, especially for an organization that is lacking serious pop in its farm system.

The slugger is currently listed as an outfielder, and while some scouts have worries regarding his athleticism, others believe he has the tools to stay there. First base is an alternative for Ortiz if the outfield doesn’t pan out.

The Phillies, who were hesitant to sign Cuban talents Yasmany Tomas and Yoan Moncada last winter, have a budget of $3,041,700 to allocate towards international prospects. They are expected to exceed that amount to sign Ortiz, which will make them unable to sign any pool-eligible player for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods, if they exceed their pool by 15 percent.

At 16, Ortiz will be a long-term project for the Phillies. The organization is in desperate need of a power transfusion, and hopefully Ortiz can develop into a solid power hitter for the team down the line.

UPDATE: Phillies are now finalizing estimated $4.2 million deal with Ortiz.



Five Fightins honored as Eastern League All-Stars

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, July 02, 2015 07:30 AM Comments: 4

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Brock Stassi, image- Jay Floyd

The Reading Fightins will be well represented at the 2015 Eastern League All-Star Game later this month in Portland, Maine when five members of the team head to the annual exhibition.  Shortstop J.P. Crawford, outfielders Cam Perkins and Roman Quinn along with starting pitcher Zach Eflin as well as first baseman Brock Stassi have been named to the Eastern Division roster for the game set to be played on July 15th.

Crawford, the Phillies’ top prospect, joined Reading just over a month ago and has posted a .267/.377/.405 slash line in 31 games with the Fightins.  The lefty batting 20-year-0ld was the 16th overall draft pick in 2013.

Perkins, who is currently on the disabled list with a back issue, has a .252 average with eight home runs and 33 RBI in 61 games.  The 24-year-old was the Phillies’ 6th round draft choice in 2012.

Quinn, also on the disabled list, sported a .306 average with four homers and 15 RBI along with a league-leading 29 stolen bases when he tore his hip flexor in mid-June.  The switch-hitting 22-year-old was the Phils’ second round pick in 2011.

Eflin, the prized prospect acquired in the Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles trade, has a 5-4 record with 2.88 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 14 games started.  The 21-year-old righty sports a 1.80 ERA over his last five outings. Continue reading Five Fightins honored as Eastern League All-Stars


Gameday 80: Brewers vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Wed, July 01, 2015 06:32 PM Comments: 6

Milwaukee Brewers (31-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-52)

Milwaukee_Brewers_Alternate_Logo.svgAtlanta Braves

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Aaron Harang, RHP (4-9, 3.56)
MIL: Kyle Lohse, RHP (4-9, 6.28)

Time: 7:05 pm
Weather: Partly Sunny, 89 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

After a delay for and hour and 19 minutes last night, the Phillies lost after Ken Giles gave up a bases loaded walk to score the tie-breaking run in the top of the 8th inning. Final score was 4-3.

Aaron Harang will look to turn things around after losing 7 straight starts, the longest of his career.

Odubel Herrera gets the start in center tonight, with the announcement of Pete Mackanin staying on as Manager through the season, look forward to getting to know a new procedure over the next weeks.

First pitch at 7:05 EST.


Revere RF, Hernandez 2B, Franco 3B, Howard 1B, Asche LF, Ruiz C, Herrera CF, Galvis SS, Harang RHP


Reddit User Mistakes Cody Asche for Japanese Player

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Wed, July 01, 2015 09:46 AM Comments: 2

The Phillies do not have a Japanese player currently on their roster, but don’t tell that to Reddit user UnderscoresSuck, who submitted an inquiry to the subreddit r/phillies titled,“Who is ‘Kodeyashi’?”

UnderscoresSuck elaborated on his question by saying the following:

“I recently started listening to Phillies radio broadcasts when I’m in my car. I haven’t followed baseball in years but I’m trying to learn the players on the team, but I keep hearing commentators talking about a fielder named “Kodeyashi”. I don’t know if that’s how it’s spelled, but that’s what it sounds like. They never use his first name. I’ve tried googling, but haven’t found anything. Who the hell is this guy?”

In no time, other users began to comment on the thread. The top commenter wasn’t sure if this guy was serious, or just being a troll.

“I…I can’t tell if you’re being serious…
(Cody Asche)
P.s. Please don’t down vote me if I missed the joke”

UnderscoresSuck replied by saying, “Oh my god…I’m so F****** stupid. I thought he was a Japanese player. I wish I was joking.”

The OP, which refers to the original poster, was awarded Reddit gold for his post, which is the most prestigious compliment in the Reddit community. Users who are awarded Reddit gold are given access to additional features on the site for one month, such as the ability to disable ads.

This poor guy picked a pretty awful time to get back into Phillies baseball with the team sporting the worst record in baseball at 27-52.  Perhaps a quick glance at the Phillies’ 25-man roster would’ve been a good move. A little more homework could’ve spared him humiliation.


Gameday 79: Brewers vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Tue, June 30, 2015 03:26 PM Comments: 12

Milwaukee Brewers (30-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-51)

Milwaukee_Brewers_Alternate_Logo.svgAtlanta Braves

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Cole Hamels, LHP (5-6, 3.26)
MIL: Taylor Jungmann, RHP (2-1, 2.74)

Time: 7:05 pm
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 80 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

After a tough loss yesterday, the Phillies will look to get back on track against Taylor Jungmann, with Cole Hamels on the mound.  Cole had taken a loss in his last outing and looks to improve in his second game since he missed a start.

Teams are still interested in Cole and will look at this game tonight as a definitive moment before the trade deadline.  July is closing in, and rumors are still whirling, as Hamels came out a few days ago to state that he is ‘open-minded’ to any team trade.

Lineup stays the same today, minus pitcher and catcher.

Carlos Ruiz will look to expand his stats at the plate for the year where he has struggled.  Ruiz currently sits at a .218 average, which is hardly the worst on the team, but his worst since 2008.  Carlos has 188 ABs, with 37 hits and 12 RBIs.

First pitch at 7:05 EST.


Revere CF, Hernandez 2B, Franco 3B, Howard 1B, Brown RF, Asche LF, Ruiz C, Galvis SS, Hamels LHP


Phillies Fans Have Second Worst Grammar in MLB

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Tue, June 30, 2015 09:38 AM Comments: 7

A recent study has added insult to injury for Phillies fans. According to Grammarly, an automated proofreading company hired by The Wall Street Journal, Phillies fans have the second worst grammar in MLB.

The Wall Street Journal had this to say about the result:

“The second-most mistake-prone fan base belonged to the Mets’ NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies. These results should come as no surprise to anyone who has sat in the upper deck of a late-night Mets-Phillies game. Typically, by the seventh inning of these games, the rival fan groups have forgone the English language to grunt and throw peanuts at each other.”

The Wall Street Journal had previously employed Grammarly to evaluate NFL fans’ grammar usage. The study found that Eagles fans had the third best grammar in the NFL.

The only redeeming quality of this study is that Mets fans finished first in grammar mistakes, averaging 13.9 mistakes per 100 words. Phillies fans averaged 13.5.

The fan base with the best grammar belonged to Cleveland, who averaged just 3.6 mistakes per 100 words.

The reasons for these results are puzzling, especially since it’s assumed that most Eagles fans are Phillies fans. One would think that proper grammar usage would translate to baseball, but it obviously has not. The Phillies do have some tricky names on their roster. “Maikel” could be mistaken for “Michael,” and “Ryne” could definitely be mistaken for “Ryan.”

But hey, at least the Mets are still the worst.


Gameday 78: Brewers vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Mon, June 29, 2015 05:33 PM Comments: 11

Milwaukee Brewers (29-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-50)

Milwaukee_Brewers_Alternate_Logo.svgAtlanta Braves

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Sean O’Sullivan, RHP (1-5, 5.34)
MIL: Jimmy Nelson, RHP (4-8, 4.34)

Time: 7:05 pm
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 80 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

The Phillies will look to keep the wins going against a team just ahead of the Phillies in the overall standings on win-losses.

Jimmy Nelson will face the Phillies after the offense picked up 16 hits against the Nationals in game 2 of the double header.

Cameron Rupp will be behind the plate, and Ben Revere will get the start in center again, even after Odubel Herrera had a successful game yesterday  (I have seen some Seattle scouts still lingering the halls).

First game of the series at 7:05 EST.


Revere CF, Hernandez 2B, Franco 3B, Howard 1B, Brown RF, Asche LF, Rupp C, Galvis SS, O’Sullivan RHP


Mackanin Manager Through Rest of Homestand

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 29, 2015 05:13 PM Comments: 3

Within the Andy MacPhail unveiling came a bit of interesting news. Pat Gillick would not commit to keeping Pete Mackanin as the interim manager past this four-game homestand against the Brewers. Gillick said a resolution should be had later in the week on who the manager will be for the remained of the year.

Mackanin spent four years as the Phillies bench coach under Charlie Manuel and stuck around under Ryne Sandberg, also playing the role of third base coach. He has publicly stated he no longer has the desire to be a major league manager, so it’ll be interesting to see who the Phils turn to for this job.


MacPhail Introduced as New President; Middleton Speaks for First Time

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 29, 2015 05:05 PM Comments: 4

On Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced former Baltimore Orioles GM/President Andy MacPhail as their new President, effective at the end of the season.

MacPhail, 62, has not been with a major league ballclub since he left the Orioles in 2011.

Also present was Phillies owner John Middleton, who you’ve heard of but never actually heard from, until today. Middleton will assume a more public role with the organization than in years past.

Middleton said this about the hiring of MacPhail, who will take over for Pat Gillick at the end of the 2015 season:

“Andy brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking.  Old school because he has been building winning teams for over three decades.  In 1986, Andy was the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when he served in that role for the Twins.  The following year, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series title. When the Orioles hired him eight years ago, Andy became the first president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball.  During his tenure in Baltimore, he greatly expanded the use of statistical analysis in player evaluations.  That’s the new age thinking.  These qualities, combined with his positive leadership style, make him the ideal candidate to lead the Phillies organization.”

Here are a few thoughts/comments from the press conference today:

-MacPhail eluded to being out of the game for four years quite a few times. It gives him a fresh start and perspective, but is also worrisome. He also mentioned how the game has evolved a few times over since his departure. Can the 62-year-old keep up with the rest of baseball after being away so long? I was sort of taken aback by how often he mentioned being out of baseball. His reasons were personal in nature, saying he needed to be with his father who was late in life at that time, and that if he wasn’t going to be 100 percent in, then he wouldn’t be in at all.

-Ruben Amaro is safe until the end of the season, but I think it’s safe to say he has to be a goner. Middleton and MacPhail put great emphasis on sabermetrics and analytics being at the forefront of the Phillies climb back to respectability. Amaro, and cohorts like Scott Proefrock, have publicly dismissed this side of the game in the past. That won’t bode well for their futures, nor should it. The team was far to lax in that area, and Amaro and his assistants will likely pay for it at the end of the year.

-Middleton spoke of a new analytical system being built in-house for the Phillies. They’ve finally caught up to the rest of the league. How they will utilize it remains to be seen, but with the emphasis being put on it, they’ll need to get down and dirty with it. It seems that is coming, if you are to take MacPhail’s words as gospel:

“I can assure you, as you probably already know, sabermetrics is something of intense interest to ownership. When it comes to that sort of thing, I believe you look at everything, absolutely everything. Why would you exclude any information? You’re gonna try to do every piece of homework you can to push the odds of being successful in your favor — every stat, every formula.”

-MacPhail declined to put any sort of timeline on the rebuilding process, however, he mentioned that he’ll take the next three months to learn about the organization and its inner workings. He didn’t call it an evaluation process, and actually steered away from that term. Let’s be honest – that’s what it is.

-Pat Gillick seems and sounds like a worn-out man. However, he will assume the role of President until the end of the season, meaning he and Ruben Amaro will be in charge of the major deadline moves that are soon to occur. MacPhail won’t necessarily have say, although he will be part of the process should Gillick and Amaro want him to be. This is key. The old regime will make perhaps the largest trade in team history when they [possibly] deal Cole Hamels before July 31.

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