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Just Who Is Jerome Williams?

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, August 25, 2014 07:00 AM Comments: 13

PHOTO: (AP/Chris Carlson)

PHOTO: (AP/Chris Carlson)

Jerome Williams is not a household name. Many Phillies fans are still wondering just who he is. And I don’t blame them. In the scorebook, he’s the guy who’s thrown three straight gems for the Phillies.

August 12: 5.1 innings and 2 earned runs against a tough Angels team.

August 18: 7 innings, one earned run against the Mariners.

August 24: 8 innings, one earned run against the Cardinals.

All together, that’s just four earned runs given up in 20.1 innings–a 1.77 ERA.

But who is he? The 32 year old grew up in Hawaii, and prior to coming to the Phillies, he’s played for (starting with most recent) the Rangers, Astros, Angels, Nationals, Cubs, and Giants.

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Gameday 130: Phillies vs Cardinals

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, August 24, 2014 12:05 PM Comments: 12

STK-MLB-PHP-P1992-01CardinalsPhiladelphia Phillies (57-72) vs St. Louis Cardinals (70-58)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Jerome Williams (1-0, 2.19 ERA)
vs.
STL: Justin Masterson (2-1, 6.30 ERA)

Time: 1:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Low 70′s, chance of rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:  Jerome Williams will make his third start for the Phillies, and he’s done pretty well in his first two. He’s thrown 12.1 innings and given up just three earned runs. (2.19 ERA). Prior to coming to the Phillies, however, he threw 57.2 innings for the Astros and Rangers, giving up 43 earned runs (6.71 ERA). The question is, what Jerome Williams will we see?

Lineup:

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Free Dom Brown (Again)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, August 24, 2014 11:00 AM Comments: 14

After last night’s 12-inning loss to the Cardinals, Domonic Brown made note of the fact that he hasn’t been playing every day. And he’s right–he’s had just 41 plate appearances and seven starts since July 30. He is dead last on the team with a -1.7 WAR (prior to last night’s game). He has a .613 OPS, and is hitting line drives at a lower rate than even Ben Revere.

It’s no question that he has struggled immensely this year. He’s looked horrid in the field at a new position and just as bad at the plate. The Phillies even brought in Grady Sizemore to help make up for Brown’s lack of production. Recently, we’ve been seeing Darin Ruf in left.

But that was a mistake.

Sizemore is 32, Ruf is 28, and they have no real future (Ruf might) with the ballclub. They are just stealing at-bats from Brown. Dom isn’t going to get out of this slump by sitting on the bench. He isn’t going to find his groove by pinch-hitting more often than he starts. He needs the at-bats, needs to see more playing time if the Phillies want to see any progression.

I’m not saying that his hitting and fielding slump is 100% on how he’s being managed, either. The blame goes all around. From Ruben Amaro Jr. to Ryne Sandberg, to Brown.

But unless the Phillies are ready to give up on him (and that is certainly plausible), he needs to be freed.

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Phillies Lose To Cards In 12

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, August 23, 2014 09:29 PM Comments: 5

Dave Buchanan gave up just two runs over five innings, but the Phillies spoiled his outing in the sixth. They came back in the eighth to tie it, but eventually lost it in the 12th, 6-5. The game took nearly five full hours. Here are a few notes:

- Jimmy Rollins collected his 450th stolen base of his career after he swiped a bag in the first inning. He stole another bag in the eighth.

- Ben Revere was held hitless, lowering his batting average to .312.

- The sixth inning was an abysmal one for the Phillies all around. Mario Hollands was on the mound, and gave up three runs with the help of two errors. Domonic Brown threw a ball past Cody Asche to allow a run, and then Asche threw a ball away to allow in an additional two runs 2 batters later.

- Ryan Howard hit his 19th home run of the year on a ball that barely cleared the left field wall.

- The Phillies bullpen came into tonight’s game at 2nd in the NL in K%. They continued to strike guys out, as they K’d eight in seven innings.

UP NEXT: The Phillies and Cardinals will play the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon, with Jerome Williams going for the Phils and Justin Masterson going for the Cardinals.

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Gameday 129: Phillies vs Cardinals

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, August 23, 2014 06:05 PM Comments: 9

STK-MLB-PHP-P1992-01CardinalsPhiladelphia Phillies (57-71) vs St. Louis Cardinals (69-58)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: David Buchanan (6-7, 4.25 ERA)
vs.
STL: Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.25 ERA)

Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Low 70′s, chance of rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: Youngster Dave Buchanan will get the start, and, despite his 4.25 ERA, he hasn’t been terrible. He’s mixed up his pitches well, and works fast–much like a Cliff Lee or Mark Buehrle. He’ll go against Shelby Miller, who coincidentally, has the exact same ERA as Buchanan and is making his first career start at Citizens Bank Park

Lineup: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Byrd RF, Brown LF, Ruiz C, Asche 3B, Buchanan P

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Galvis Called Up, Brignac DFA’d, Adams Update

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, August 23, 2014 03:26 PM Comments: 4

The Phillies made a roster move Saturday, calling up infielder Freddy Galvis, and designating Reid Brignac for assignment.

Galvis, who hasn’t appeared in a game for the Phillies since May 8, was hitting .267/.322/.452 for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. After being optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley (he had just two hits in 42 ABs for the Phils) back in May, he broke his collarbone just a few days after reporting.

He returned to the IronPigs on July 19.

Brignac had been a less-than-stellar bench player for the Phillies. He was hitting .222 in 91 plate appearances in 2014. He hadn’t appeared in a game since August 16. Assuming Galvis won’t be hitting .048 this time around, he should be an upgrade to the bench.

In other news, reliever Mike Adams is scheduled to begin his rehab on August 26 with the IronPigs. He’s been sidelined since June 7 with shoulder issues.

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Can Ben Revere Win The Batting Title?

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, August 23, 2014 11:10 AM Comments: 12

All Placido Polanco Ben Revere does is hit. He’s been a hit machine recently, and has pushed himself up to 2nd in the NL in batting average, only behind Justin Morneau of the Rockies.

But can he pass Morneau? Revere has been on an outstanding hot streak since June, leading MLB in average over that span. He also hasn’t struck out or walked much, either.

Why he will win it

Revere has finally settled into his groove. He’s seeing the ball extremely well, and his lack of patience is made up for with his stellar ability to make contact. Only Denard Span of the Nationals makes contact at a higher rate than Revere.

He’s on a hot streak right now, and his confidence at the plate is at a season high. He’s making it look easy.

Morneau, on the other hand, hasn’t been as good lately. If (a big ‘if’) Revere doesn’t cool off, he’ll win the batting title easily.

Why he won’t

While Revere undoubtedly can make contact with the ball at an extremely high rate, the contact he makes isn’t necessarily good. He leads MLB in contact %, but also ground ball %, and obviously ground ball/fly ball %. He doesn’t hit many solid line drives, as most of his hits are ground ball singles.

He doesn’t walk, and doesn’t hit for any kind of power, which means his plate appearances usually end in either a single or an out. Out of 477 plate appearances so far, only 29 have not ended in either a single or an out.

He can easily be dealt with by having pitcher sort of “pitch around” him, knowing he will still swing. Although he doesn’t chase balls out of the zone too much, he hardly ever sees pitches out of the zone. He’s seeing the most in-the-zone pitches in all of baseball according to Fangraphs. However, he’s 6th in MLB in the rate at which he makes contact with pitches outside the zone. If pitchers pitch around him more, I think Revere will struggle a ton.

There’s also the injury factor to consider. He is often limping around the field after his PAs.

Verdict

I don’t think he’ll do it. I would love to see it, but I just don’t think he will stay this hot through September. I think he’ll cool off and finish in the top 3 in the NL in average. He just doesn’t make enough solid contact to sustain such a high average, in my opinion. However, he’s been fun to watch these last few months, a rarity with this current Phillies team.

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Gameday 128: Phillies vs Cardinals

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 22, 2014 06:05 PM Comments: 38

STK-MLB-PHP-P1992-01CardinalsPhiladelphia Phillies (55-71) vs St. Louis Cardinals (69-57)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.90 ERA)
vs.
STL: Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.40 ERA)

Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: NBC
Weather: Low 70′s, chance of rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: Kyle Kendrick has been dreadful lately. He has a 6.80 ERA over his last eight starts, and has been having tons of issues in the first inning. However, Kendrick has surprised us many times in the past with a great outing. Could he pull one of those off tonight? He’ll need it, as the Phillies are going up against arguably the best right-hander in the NL in Adam Wainwright. Also, reminder that tonight’s game is on NBC, not CSN. Also, it’s Star Wars night at the ballpark.

Lineup: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Byrd RF, Brown LF, Ruiz C, Asche 3B, Kendrick P

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Changes Coming To Phillies Organization

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, August 21, 2014 01:15 PM Comments: 30

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies will be making many changes throughout the entire organization. He was on 97.5 The Fanatic yesterday with Mike Missanelli, and talked about the state of the Phils organization. He mentioned that, in addition to the changes, he believes that GM Ruben Amaro Jr is unsafe, despite David Montgomery saying that Amaro was not on the hot seat. Listen to the full interview here.

I think the Phillies need to change a lot of things (obviously), and the rumors that Stark is hearing could definitely be a step in the right direction. What do you think?

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Gameday 127: Phillies vs Mariners

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, August 20, 2014 12:05 PM Comments: 16

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1305Philadelphia Phillies (55-71) vs Seattle Mariners (68-57)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.44 ERA)
vs.
SEA: James Paxton (3-0, 2.20 ERA)

Time: 1:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Low 80′s, Partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: The Mariners got their first ever win at Citizens Bank Park last night, and will go for a series win today with their stellar rookie James Paxton on the mound. But Cole Hamels stands in their way, and he sports a 1.60 ERA since June. The Phillies have lost six of their last eight games, and only four teams in all of baseball have fewer wins.

Lineup: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Byrd RF, Ruf LF, Nieves C, Blanco 3B, Hamels P

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