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Poll: Most Surpising Phillie

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 11, 2011 06:40 AM | Comments: 20
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After a 7-2 start to the season, the Phillies will look to continue their winning ways in Washington D.C. this week against the Nationals. Good to see you again,  Jayson.

The Phillies will be bringing their Jayson Werth replacement, Ben Francisco, to the Nation’s Capital on Tuesday. Francisco has started off the year with a bang, popping two home runs and driving in seven runs in nine games. But is he the most surprising of the bunch?

Perhaps you have Ryan Howard tabbed for that? After all, he did struggle mightily at the end of last season after injuring his ankle. Maybe you didn’t think Howard could come out swinging the way he has – to the tune of .361 with two homers and 11 RBI?

Shane Victorino is also on a tear. His .417 average leads the club.

Jimmy Rollins has been no slouch, either. J-Roll has just five strikeouts to go with four walks and a .324 average to kick off the 2011 year. Does his early turnaround surprise you?

The quietest of the bunch certainly has been middle-reliever Antonio Bastardo. Through 4 2/3 innings, “Tony” has not allowed an earned run or a walk and has fanned nine batters. Bastardo’s K/9 ratio is a staggering 17.36. That won’t last, but for now, he’s proving he belongs.

Vote now for the most surprising Phillies to begin the 2011 campaign:

Who has been the most surprising Phillie so far?

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  • Posts: 0 ED

    i wish this wouldnt have been multiple choice……..i knew Bastardo would be lights out, i figured Francisco would be good, But i didnt expect Oswalt to be our best starter thus far

     
  • Posts: 193 bfo_33

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    Rollins and Vic have had weeks like this. Jimmy taking walks is a new angle, but he had a similar start last before getting hurt. Again with Ben, he’s had success (maybe not quite to this level). I thought Bastardo had good stuff…. against lefties. I am very surprised how effective he has been against rhb. His splits against lefties and righties are nearly identical.

     
  • Posts: 911 betasigmadeltashag

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    I had to pick Vic. I had posted all off season how Bastardo would be the #1 lefty out of the pen can he could get RH and LH batters out and go complete innings, so no surprise there, I thought Benny Fresh would show he is a capable hittter behind Howard, nothing like an RBI single after Ryan gets the IW the other night. I also thought Jimmy would have a comback year at the plate. I did not see Vic having the ability to embrace the lead off roll, I did not think he had the change in him, but he has proved me wrong, I hope he keeps it up. I also like the aggresive base running, butting runners in motion.. I am also not surprisee at Ryans hot start, he is just being the Big Piece and doing his thing. I like how the first week panned out. But I can not say I am surprised at much of it, it was expected, but that is not to say I am not enjoying it, emensly

     
    • Posts: 36 Phillistein

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      I picked Vic too. He was what? 9 for 13 for the Braves series. Who would have thunk it?

      I went to Lee’s first start week ago Saturday. Vic made 3 outs on 5 pitches. That’s the Vic I know. (Not that he made 3 outs, but that his 3 at bats totalled 5 pitches)

      Bennie Fresh is frankly, not that surprising. Ok, I thought he’d do well, but maybe not THIS well.

       
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    I voted for Jimmy because I expected some regression from him moving out of the leadoff role and into the 3 hole but he’s performed admirably there. But otherwise, I don’t think anyone is really a surprise. We’ve seen stretches like this out of all of these guys… it just so happens they’re all doing it at the same time right now!

     
    • Posts: 36 Phillistein

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      The great thing about Jimmy right now is his OBP. Strange that a #3 hitter on this team doesn’t have an RBI yet.

      But – with his .400 OBP and being on base constantly they can’t put the overshift on Howard

       
      • Posts: 5020 Lefty

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        It’s odd, but Jimmy hasn’t had all that many chances to drive in runs, so he’s doing the right thing playing the 3 spot almost as if he’s a leadoff guy. Since Vic and Polly are tied for fourth in the league with 8 RBI each in front of him, it makes it tough to get them. And I agree it’s very important to keep that he’s keeping that shortstop behind/left side of the bag!

         
  • Posts: 426 Publius

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    Gotta be Ben Frank. I mean, I expected him to be better than his past lines indicate, but not THIS much better (also note: I highly doubt he sustains this)

     
  • Posts: 193 bfo_33

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    We’ve had a feast or famine offense since 2007, with 2010 being the most erratic of the bunch. We’re not going to have 7 regulars bat over 0.300 (may not have any for that matter), but all will duplicate this week more than a few times through the season. My biggest concern is that Vic hit a homer yesterday. Going by memory, so I could be way off, but seem to remember that was almost always a precursor for him to get overly aggressive, start swinging for the fences, lots of pop-ups to 2nd base. I’m much happier when he lines doubles to the gap, sprinkled in with a few infield singles.

     
  • Posts: 2974 Chuck A.

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    I’m not surprised by any of these choices…or others that could have been on this list,

     
    • Posts: 5020 Lefty

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      I agree with Chuck, I fully expected all of these guys to play well. Here’s my reason:

      Very few outside Philly recognized that Charlie Manuel deserved to be manager of the year last year. He took a team full of injuries / replacements, and managed them to the best record in all of baseball. He clearly is an excellent hitting teacher, recognizing what guys need to change to get better against various styles of pitching. His patience, which drives most of us crazy at times, is a virtue and it does help the guys confidence. I expect a Charlie Manuel team to compete and play hard at all times. Will they be this good all year? No- There has never been a team that played .778 baseball, that would be almost 130 wins. But it’s not unreasonable with this pitching staff to think they can win 6 out of every 10 games they play, and that’ll put us back to 97-98 again.

       
    • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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      Hey Chuck, sorry about the other day. We got to the park just as Cole was puking. We spent a little too much time at Fado’s before hand – we went there after the game Thursday, after the pasting, it was much more enjoyable =)

       
      • Posts: 2974 Chuck A.

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        No problem. It was almost too cold to walk around anyway. Another time…

         
  • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

    I’m surprised by all these guys really, in that while I expected them to do pretty well (because, you know, they’re awesome) I could not have expected it to THIS well.

    However, the one guy that really is blowing me away is Ben Fran. I mean, even after a pretty stellar Spring, and Dom Brown’s injury, people were still sort of assuming he wouldn’t be the everyday RF. He’s stepped up in an enormous way, much to my pleasant surprise.

    Here’s looking forward to the future purchase of a Ben Fran “shirsey” ha ha.

     
  • Avatar of Dropped Strike Three

    The best part about Ben Francisco’s game right now is how hard he’s hitting the ball. The batting average will plateau, but with warmer weather, some of those warning track balls will land in flower beds at CBP. It’s a very encouraging sight.

     
    • Posts: 5020 Lefty

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      Excellent point. Let’s hope he’s still locked in like this in the warmer weather.

       
  • Posts: 5020 Lefty

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    I voted for “Glorious Bastardo”. There is a hitch or something in his delivery that always bothered me, and made me feel he didn’t have what it takes. It may be that same hesitation or herky jerky thing that is bothering opposing hitters too!
    I’m very pleased with him thus far.

     
  • Posts: 0 lerhodes67

    I chose Bastardo because everyone else is doing what I thought they would!!!

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    I chose Bastardo as well. Even though we know these balooned stats cannot last for a season, I think AB has the stuff that make up a terrific closer if Jose falters.

    My key to the season was Jimmy doing well and Howard wiping up. But I also counted on a closer and I just dont have that much confidence in Jose.

    Benny is riding a wave now, like everyone else and I think he’ll leverage out to a decent, not great season. A dissappointment I have is not seeing more of Mayberry – why not rest up Ibby and put Big John in there, frequently. If Vic can keep hitting these line drives, the leadoff spot is his for good.

    I love what this team has done so far. 3 series all three won. The offense has proven that we don’t always have to have our pitchers at the top of their games – I know, so far!

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Francisco, hands down.

    Statistically, he’s producing at an elite level. Never expected that to start the season. Bastardo isn’t really that surprising (the guy has been a K machine throughout his career); I jumped on his bandwagon when he struck out Giambi in a tight spot in the 2009 NLDS.

    Other than that, I’m EXTREMELY pleased with Shane and Jimmy –both batting in unusual places in the lineup. It’s working so far! If they keep it up for another month, then I’ll be really surprised with these two!

    Oh and Howard? Freakin beast! But he’s shown us that he’s been able to get hot like this in the past, so it’s not THAT surprising.

     
 
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