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Phillies Player Review: Jake Diekman

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, September 30, 2013 06:00 AM Comments: 12

Diekman was one of few bright spots for the Phillies’ 2013 bullpen.

The Phillies wrapped up their 2013 season yesterday, finishing 27th in bullpen ERA, 28th in FIP (defined here), 28th in xFIP (defined here), and 29th in BB/9 IP. To say the bullpen was brutal would be an understatement. The 2013 Phils used 51 players, 21 of which were relievers.

Yikes.

To add insult to injury, the arms the Phillies had hoped to develop in 2013, including Phillippe Aumont, Michael Stutes, and J.C. Ramirez to name a few, spun out. Well, except for Jake Diekman.

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Phillies Season Ends with Ugly Loss to Braves

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 29, 2013 05:22 PM Comments: 46

The Phillies season ends at 73 wins, 89 losses after an ugly 12-5 defeat in the finale against the Atlanta Braves. It’s the most losses in a season since they hit 97 losses in 2000.

On the opposite end, the Atlanta Braves, winners of the NL East, finish the year 96-66.

On this day, the Phillies would be undone by the fact that their bullpen had to pitch the entire game again. Zach Miner started and allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Cesar Jimenez and JC Ramirez came in and gave up five more runs.

Erik Kratz hit his 9th home run of the season; Chase Utley had two hits.

The outcome of this game obviously meant nothing other than another notch in the win or loss column. What is does mean is that the Phillies are in a world of trouble heading into the 2014 season, unless Ruben Amaro Jr. can get crafty.

Looking ahead, it would appear many of the players currently on the roster would be back. Ryne Sandberg is already in place as the manager, but his coach staff is still relatively unknown. There is a belief that Rich Dubee could be on the way out as the Phillies transition to a new regime. But other than that, what moves can be made?

There’s always next year, as the old adage goes. All Phillies fans can look forward to is an offseason of hope and some nice player movement, and then Spring Training. See you in March.

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Phillies Nation TV: 2013 Season Finale

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 26, 2013 07:25 AM Comments: 0

Call your friends, this is the season finale of Phillies Nation!

Pat and Corey deliver year-end report cards to the entire Phillies team – lineup, bench, starting pitchers and bullpen – and give their thoughts on who will be back next season.

Eric Seidman joins the guys and offers an interesting idea to trade one the Phillies best players. He also explains why trading Ryan Howard is not an immediate possibility.

Natalie reports from the Citizens Bank Park parking lots before the final Phillies home game and asks tailgating fans their biggest disappointment of the 2013 season and also what they’re looking forward to most in 2014. The answers are all over the map.

Ryann Williams has the final round of reader questions before she heads off to vie for the title of Miss Pennsylvania this offseason. This week and every week the fan question segment is presented by the good people at BQ Basement Systems, experts at basement waterproofing.

Thanks for watching all season online and on Comcast. We always want to hear your feedback and ideas for the show, so please leave them here.

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Young, Frandsen Key Comeback Win For Phils

Posted by Alex Lee, Fri, August 30, 2013 05:34 PM Comments: 6

Michael Young provided the game-winning hit on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Michael Young provided the game-winning hit on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Phillies stormed back from a five-run deficit to beat the Cubs 6-5 at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon in Ryne Sandberg‘s managerial debut in his old stomping grounds.  Michael Young had the decisive hit, a two-out flare into right field in the ninth inning that scored Roger Bernadina and put the Phillies up for good.  The go-ahead single was the exclamation point on a great day for Young.  Starting at third, Young tallied four hits, two RBIs and scored a run.  It was the second time this season the Phillies have come from five behind to win, the first time being on June 14 in Colorado.

The Cubs jumped on a wild and ineffective Roy Halladay early to take a 5-0 lead.  The Phillies offense, behind two big Kevin Frandsen hits, came to life in the sixth and seventh innings while the bullpen shut down the Cubs over the game’s final four innings to seal the win.  Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his 23rd save of the season in the ninth.

DOC ALL OVER THE PLACE AT WRIGLEY

- In short, Halladay looked awful on Friday afternoon in an outing that was very reminiscent of the worrisome starts we saw from him in March and April.  For the day, Doc lasted only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks.  He lacked command with all of his pitches, and his fastball sat between 85-87 miles-per-hour throughout the start.  He threw 77 pitches, only 48 of which went for strikes.  Not good.

- While he only gave up one run in the first three innings – an Anthony Rizzo wind-aided home run in the first – Doc was more effectively wild than he was effective in the early going.  Eventually it would catch up with him, as Nate Schierholtz hit a screaming liner over the right field fence to lead off the fourth to make it 2-0.  The Cubs added five more hits and a walk in the next two innings – the biggest of which was a two-run Starlin Castro double – to make it 5-0 through five. Continue reading Young, Frandsen Key Comeback Win For Phils

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Phillies Crushed by Mets, 11-3

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, August 29, 2013 04:24 PM Comments: 20

Struggle

PHOTO: AP

The Phillies were absolutely crushed by the Mets Thursday afternoon. Ethan Martin lasted four innings while giving up three runs, but the bullpen lost control of the game in the later innings. The offense was only able to scrape one run across in the first seven innings (on a sac fly by Darin Ruf), and the Phillies lost 11-3.

STRUGGLING PITCHING

Ethan Martin is struggling. In his last start, he did not make it out of the first inning. Today, he allowed three runs in four innings. And it only got worse from there. He was relieved by Cesar Jimenez, who allowed three more runs in less than two innings. Justin De Fratus then relieved Jimenez, and he proceeded to allow four runs in one inning of work. And just for kicks, J.C. Ramirez gave up a run, too. It was tough to watch. The lone bright spot is that Martin looks like he can really rack up the strikeouts. He had nine today in four innings, which brings his total to 32 in 25.1 IP this year.

QUIET OFFENSE

With the exclusion of the Roger Bernadina home run in the eighth inning, the Phillies offense was REALLY quiet today. Doubles by Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz were the only other extra base hits. The team had seven hits total. They were facing a guy that, in his last appearance as a starter, was annihilated by the Washington Nationals. I would’ve expected more from the Phillies offense today.

UP NEXT:

The Phillies head to Chicago tomorrow for another day game with Roy Halladay and Jeff Samardzija getting the call.

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Exploring the DFA’ed Pat Neshek

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, August 26, 2013 05:30 PM Comments: 5

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site569/2012/1004/20121004__Neshek,%20Pat-bw_300.jpgPat Neshek was designated for assignment today by the Oakland A’s. Neshek, 32, was having a pretty pedestrian year for the A’s, posting a 3.58 ERA with 6.7 K/9 IP. As noted by MLB Trade Rumors, Neshek’s peripheral and advanced stats, namely FIP (4.57, defined here), xFIP (4.66, defined here), and SIERA (4.18, defined here) indicate that his 2013 performance in 37 2/3 innings has been based mostly in luck, but Neshek is worth putting a waiver claim in for.

Neshek, known for his side-armed delivery, has been absolutely dominant against right-handed hitters through his career, with a triple-slash-against line of .183/.256/.319, earning a strikeout against three out of every ten right-handed hitters he has faced. Neshek has also been successful against lefties, creating a career .203/.284/.361 line-against against all handed hitters, with a 1.134 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 IP. Continue reading Exploring the DFA’ed Pat Neshek

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Phillies Find Themselves Back in the Loss Column

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 20, 2013 11:59 PM Comments: 3

It was a nice winning streak while it lasted (a whole two games).  The Colorado Rockies defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday.

The Rockies got to Tyler Cloyd quickly.  Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario homered off him in the first and third innings respectively.  Cloyd lasted six innings, surrendering five earned runs.  Cloyd settled down after the third, but the Rockies provided the damage early.

The Phillies made some noise in the bottom of the third inning, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Jorge De La Rosa limited them to three runs (two earned).

The good news was that Zach Miner and Cesar Jimenez threw a combined three scoreless innings out of the Phillies bullpen.

Halladay Makes Rehab Appearance

Roy Halladay pitched six innings in Class-A Lakewood.  He allowed two runs (one earned) and seven hits.  He walked three and struck out four.   Halladay averaged 87 mph on his fastball, but touched 89 mph early on.  Out of his 90 pitches, 52 were strikes.

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Braves Get to Martin Early, Hold On to Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, August 13, 2013 09:41 PM Comments: 3

Rookie righty Ethan Martin got his second crack at the Braves Tuesday night and improved upon his first showing against his favorite team from his childhood. Martin threw five innings, giving up three runs, all earned, while striking out six and walking just two. Yet, the three runs Martin gave up early, one from a second inning Kris Medlen double and two more via a NL batting leader Chris Johnson homer were all the Braves needed to put away the Phils 3-1.

Medlen Crafty

Medlen went seven strong for the Braves, giving up just one run, earned, while scattering five hits and one walk. David Carpenter pitched a perfect eighth as a bridge to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. Kimbrel earned his 37th save of the year.

Utley Earning Keep

Chase Utley had another three-hit game, his 24th multi-hit game of the season, to raise his average to .286, just one point off his career average. As Pat pointed out when Utley signed his extension, Utley is still a very good player. Utley now only trails Cardinals late-bloomer Matt Carpenter among NL second baseman in FanGraph’s calculation of the advanced stat WAR and currently ranks as the 37th best hitter in all of baseball by the same measure.

Small-Sample Silver Linings

Darin Ruf reached base twice with a single and a hit by pitch. In 125 PA, Ruf is hitting a respectable .274 with a slugging percentage of .515, which is second on the team, behind Domonic Brown. Bill Baer of ESPN’s Sweet Spot blog recently cautioned that Ruf likely isn’t a .300 hitter and that some of his success has been do to random chance and small sample. While I tend to agree with those sentiments, Ruf continues to be one of the lone bright spots on the Phillies offense and, despite never playing there, looks comfortable in right field. At least to the standards that Delmon Young set.

Phillies relievers Luis Garcia and Jake Diekman pitched the sixth and seventh and appear to be two of the salvageable pieces from the 2013 bullpen in small samples as well. Garcia continues to flirt with 95 and 96 MPH pitches, enough gas to let him challenge hitters. Garcia pitched a perfect sixth before getting into trouble in the seventh. Diekman bailed out Garcia with a double play. Both have struggled with keeping runners off base, particularly Garcia who, in 14.1 innings pitched, has a 1.40 WHIP, which would put him around 79th out of 103 if he had enough innings to qualify. Meanwhile, Diekman’s WHIP sits at 1.76, which would put him about 103rd. If either can control their walks, but have effective enough stuff to be contributing arms in the 2014 bullpen.

The Phils look to win the series tomorrow as John Lannan squares off against Brandon Beachy.

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Losses Keep Piling Up For Phils

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, August 10, 2013 09:57 PM Comments: 46

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Cliff Lee gave the Phillies a quality start tonight. Why would that be enough? (Photo: AP)

All the best metaphors and similes to describe a Phillies loss in which they blow an early lead have been exhausted over the course of this dreadful season. At this stage, you can only come out and say it: The Phillies were up 4-0 to start the third inning of tonight’s game. They’d end up down 8-5 by the time the ninth inning was over. It’s an outcome as predictable as the sunset at the end of a long summer’s day (Turns out there was one simile left). Charlie Manuel’s 1,000th win celebration will be delayed for another day, as his squad is not much in the business of winning presently.

THE OFFENSE GOES ONE AND DONE

- They’ve done it all year, so why should tonight have been any different? After putting up some runs early, the Phils shut it down, and the inability to tack on resulted in a loss.

- Darin Ruf stayed hot with a two-run homer in the second. The home run would spark a four-run inning for the Phils, with Lee and Jimmy Rollins accounting for the other RBIs. Ruf now has four home runs in the month of August and is posting a .984 OPS. He’s been a bright spot, for sure. The Phils were helped a bit by some sloppy Nats D, but they had done the necessary damage. Unfortunately, they would go cold after that. And that is understating it. Continue reading Losses Keep Piling Up For Phils

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Phillies Fall to Cubs, 5-2

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, August 07, 2013 10:23 PM Comments: 14

Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro got carted off after a collision with Chase Utley. (PHOTO: AP)

Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro got carted off after a collision with Chase Utley. (PHOTO: AP)

The big news of the night was the Chase Utley extension. He didn’t start the game, but nearly finished it in the seventh when he, as the go-ahead run–was thrown out at home after a collision with Dioner Navarro. The Phillies never got that go-ahead run in, and a three run home run in the top of the ninth by Donnie Murphy propelled the Cubs over the Phillies, 5-2. The good news is that Domonic Brown hit his 25th home run of the season.

GOOD OUTING FOR HAMELS

Cole Hamels had a solid outing. He gave up two runs over seven innings, while scattering six hits and striking out three. He didn’t get a decision, but this was definitely a good start for him. He lowered his ERA to 3.81 (down from 3.87). He threw 61 strikes to 21 balls.

His opponent, Travis Wood, (you might remember him for almost throwing a perfect game at Citizens Bank Park) had an equally good start. He threw 6.1 innings, gave up two runs, struck out seven and walked one.

BULLPEN BLOWS IT

The Phils got Hamels off the hook for the loss with an RBI single by Utley, but with the game tied in the ninth inning, Justin De Fratus erased all hopes for a win by giving up a monster three run home run. He was throwing well before leaving one down the middle. Luis Garcia started the mess by not being able to find the strike zone, with three walks in the inning. He also received the loss.

UP NEXT:

The Phillies and Cubs play one more tomorrow afternoon at 1:05, with former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija taking on Ethan Martin.

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