Posts Tagged ‘Horst’

Phillies Move 7 to Minor League Camp, Release Marson

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 14, 2014 01:32 PM Comments: 13

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/images/headshot_46384.jpgPer Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have moved seven Phillies’ players to minor league camp, optioning catcher Tommy Joseph, LHP Jeremy Horst, and outfielders Zach Collier and Tyson Gillies while re-assigning LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Ken Giles, and shortstop Andres Blanco. Additionally, the Phillies have released catcher Lou Marson and Sebastian Valle has been re-added to Major League camp even though he is no longer a member of the 40-man roster.


Trying to Untangle the 2014 Phillies Roster

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, September 05, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 62

The Phillies currently have 46 players on their 40-man roster. This in itself is not strange – with the advent of the 60-day disabled list (DL), teams can carry up to 25 active players and 15 players in the minors as reserve, with any player who is anticipated to miss 60 days or more not counting against the final 40.

The Phillies currently have six players on their 40-man who are on the 60-day: Mike Adams, Ryan Howard, Jeremy Horst, John Lannan, Jonathan Pettibone, and Michael Stutes. Adams and Howard have guaranteed contracts for 2014, while Horst and Pettibone have cheap, renewable contracts, and Lannan and Stutes are arbitration-eligible.

These six players will all count toward the Phillies 40-man sometime shortly after the World Series concludes, making the 40-man roster 46 deep. Uh oh.

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Horst to 15-Day DL

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, June 17, 2013 03:50 PM Comments: 3

In a bit of a shocker, lefty reliever Jeremy Horst is headed to the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. The corresponding move is the activation of starter John Lannan for tonight’s game against the Washington Nationals.

Analysis: This one came out of left field. On Saturday, I wrote that I anticipated Joe Savery to head back down to Lehigh Valley today. Instead, it is Horst heading to the DL. Horst’s effectiveness has varied this year: for instance from May 8 to May 27, Horst did not allow a run in ten appearances but from May 30 to June 15, Horst’s BAA was .429/.500/.679.

In his last outing, Horst threw 41 pitches in Saturday’s outing, the only time he has topped 40 pitches this year. The high pitch count likely played a big part in his strain.


Phillies fall short in another Coors Field hit-fest

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, June 15, 2013 07:25 PM Comments: 10

It was another standard Coors Field-type game on Saturday, one which featured 15 runs and 29 hits, but also a 10-5 loss for the Phillies at the hands of the Rockies. The Phillies tried to mount another comeback like they did on Friday, but fell short as they dropped the middle game of the three-game series.

Jonathan Pettibone was chased from the game after the third inning, as the Rockies jumped on him for seven runs. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood held the Phillies in check for his five innings, allowing just two runs and scattering seven hits.

Pettibone hit hard again

Jonathan  Pettibone struggled for his second straight outing, and was chased after allowing seven runs in three innings Saturday. (AP Photo).

Jonathan Pettibone struggled for his second straight outing, and was chased after allowing seven runs in three innings Saturday. (AP Photo).

Pettibone struggled mightily for his second straight outing on Saturday afternoon. He allowed a season high seven runs (six earned) on ten hits in just three innings of work. In his last two outings, he has allowed a combined 10 earned runs in just eight and one third innings. His earned run average has skyrocketed a full run over those last two outings, from 3.40 on June 4 to 4.40 after exiting the game today.

Middle of the Rockies order kills Phillies

I use ‘middle’ of the order loosely, it was really everyone but basically the very top and bottom of the order. The Rockies’ three through seven hitters went a combined 12-for-21 (.571) with a home run, triple, four doubles and eight runs batted in against Phillies pitching. When Carlos Gonzalez struck out in the fourth inning it was the first time he failed to reach base in the series.

Horst’s struggles continue, Brown cooling off

Jeremy Horst has never been the most dependable reliever, but lately things have been much worse for the left-hander. In his last six appearances (six total innings) Horst has allowed eight runs and has stranded none of his four inherited runners. He threw 41 pitches in his one inning of work, and only 21 of them were strikes.

Domonic Brown has been the backbone of the Phillies offense since the middle of May, but lately his production has started to taper off. Since going 2-for-4 with a home run on June 8, Brown has gone two for his last 21 (.095) with no extra base hits and just one RBI. In Saturday’s game he was 0-for-3, and his average is down from .293 on June 8 to .278.

Up next…

The Phillies still have a chance to win the series on Sunday, with Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.45 ERA) scheduled to take the hill against the righty Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.52 ERA) for Colorado. First pitch is at 4:15 ET.



Mayberry’s 2 HR, Walkoff Grand Slam, Give Phils 7-3 Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 04, 2013 10:57 PM Comments: 18

John Mayberry Jr, take a bow. You are the hero tonight. Mayberry smashed a game-tying home run to lead off the 10th inning. He then walked off with a grand slam in the 11th, giving the Phillies a crazy, weird, unbelievable 7-3 win over the Marlins.

The last extra-inning, walkoff grand slam was by Dale Murphy August 6, 1991 vs. the Cubs in the 11th inning.

Historic. Wild. Weird.

A Weird Evening at the Park

In the eighth inning, things got weird. Bob Davidson clearly blew a call on an interference at second base, saying Ben Revere got in the way of second baseman Derek Deitrich. Davidson then called Michael Young out at first, resulting in a double play. Balkin’ Bob at it again! Yet, he still has a job.

Phillies fans booed for the remainder of the inning, even chirping “Bob, you suck!” Awesome. Davidson also whiffed on a caught stealing by Juan Pierre, who was safe in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins also may have been safe in the 10th inning as he tried to grab a base on a ball in the dirt.

Remember this?:

-Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco did not allow a hit until Michael Young skipped an infield single up the middle in the fourth inning.

-Domonic Brown had a chance to redeem himself after a one-pitch at bat in the second inning. With two on and two out, Brown flied out to left field in the fourth. There is a sense of anticipation in the park when he steps to the plate. It’s palpable, we’ll see how he handles it moving forward. He also swung on a 3-0 pitch in the ninth, grounding out.

-The Phils got two big runs in the seventh to get Jonathan Pettibone off the hook. Delmon Young and Erik Kratz both missed home runs by three feet combined. Weird moment, seeing Kratz sprint in from the bullpen where he had been warming up a reliever. He pinch hit for Humberto Quintero and nearly put one in the seats.

Pettibone Better, But Still Shaky

-It was not his finest performance, especially against a lousy Marlins squad. Jonathan Pettibone allowed two runs in six innings, so it’s hard to complain about that. However, he allowed seven hits, walked two, struck out just one, and got out of a few sketchy situations.

-Pettibone got into a jam in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. He calmly got Chris Coghlan to pop out to third base and induced a fly-ball out off the bat of Marcell Ozuna to end the threat. He did allow one unearned run in the frame, but minimized the damage. Other than that, the Marlins mostly singled him to death, but ran his pitch count high.

-Jeremy Horst entered in the seventh and entered having given up no runs or hits. A clean inning, only his second full, clean inning – the other came May 12. Mike Adams pitched the eighth and wasn’t crisp. He had runners at second and third with two outs and needed Freddy Galvis to make a sick sliding grab to throw out Casey Kotchman. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a great ninth and continues to have a ridiculous season.

-Antonio Bastardo allowed a run and is getting harder and harder to figure out. After a few mostly solid appearances through the end of may, he just can’t seem to keep the good times rolling. Bastardo allowed a run on two hits and two walks on Sunday, following it up with this clunker.


Phils Squander Lead, Lose 5-3 to the Pirates

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, April 24, 2013 10:45 PM Comments: 26

Another solid outing wasted

Roy Halladay continued to silence critics with another solid performance, as Corey predicted on this week’s PNTV.  His eight strikeouts and two walks were much closer to what we’re used to from Doc.  Although his strike ratio of 57/95 was still lower than normal, Halladay made it through 6 innings allowing just a single hit.  Unfortunately, that hit in the fourth did yield a run, as Halladay walked and hit a batter earlier in the inning as he tried to paint the inside corner on lefties.

Roy tee’d up the game for the Bastardo-Adams-Paplebon trio to close out the 3-1 lead.  Bastardo gave up a solo shot in the sixth but finished his inning without further damage.  Mike Adams subsequently allowed 2 walks, 2 singles and a run before yielding to Jeremy Horst.   Horst allowed one of his inherited runners to score – the winning run – before recording three outs.  He pitched the ninth and allowed another run, but by that point, the Phillies and the crowd were deflated.

Offensive spurts

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each hit second-deck home runs tonight.  The bombs were spectacular, not the least of which because they were off a lefty.  But of course, no one was on base and they were just solo shots.

The Phillies supplemented their paltry 2 walks in the game with 10 hits.  Still, it wasn’t enough as they left eight runners on base.  One particularly disheartening play occurred in the fifth inning as Michael Young grounded into a 6-4-2 double play.  Jimmy Rollins was nailed at home after unwisely attempting to sneak a run across.

Game Notes

Domonic Brown made a diving catch in the fifth (is it me, or are the Phillies racking up the Web Gems this season?)…Chase Utley followed his homer with an infield bunt single in the fifth inning…Michael Young’s consecutive game hit streak ended at 14.


It Should Have Been Adams

Posted by Eric Seidman, Tue, April 16, 2013 12:40 PM Comments: 19

The Phillies lost a pitchers’ duel on Monday in a very entertaining game that saw Cliff Lee and Bronson Arroyo throw very well and Ben Revere make one of the best catches in team history. Things fell off the rails for the Phillies in the eighth inning, however, when small ball and a defensive miscue broke the 2-2 tie and put the Reds ahead.

The Reds’ two runs in the eighth were credited to Jeremy Horst, who loaded the bases before exiting with one out. His performance drew the ire of many Phillies fans, as this isn’t the first time Horst has been plagued by poor results in a crucial moment this season. However, most of what happened was out of Horst’s control that inning and he shouldn’t even have been pitching in the first place.

In the eighth inning of an important game, with a fully rested bullpen and the starting pitcher removed, Mike Adams should be on the mound. In fact, one could argue that Adams should have been on the mound even if the Reds had a bunch of lefties due up. Adams has faced exactly 745 righties and lefties in his career and has no platoon split whatsoever. His career wOBA allowed to lefties is .260 and it’s .254 against righties. Both are exceptional numbers and, for reference, Antonio Bastardo‘s wOBA allowed to lefties was .254 in 2011-12.

Charlie Manuel said after the game that Horst was the only pitcher warming up because the Phillies trailed 2-0 heading into the eighth. That’s perfectly justifiable, but after Domonic Brown singled and the decision was made to pinch-hit with Chase Utley, Adams or Bastardo should have started warming up as at least a precautionary measure in case the Phillies tied the game or took the lead. Worst case scenario is they sit back down.

Manuel also mentioned that he was hesitant to use Adams because he had thrown in four of the last five games. Another valid point, however, it wasn’t as if Adams really overexerted himself. He threw three pitches to finish off Cliff Lee’s outing against the Mets on April 9. He threw 19 pitches on April 10 against the Mets. He threw 16 pitches against the Marlins on April 12, and another 11 pitches against the Marlins on April 13. Yes, technically, that’s four outings in five days, but we’re talking about an average of 12 pitches per game spread out over that span. These weren’t all consecutive games, and it’s highly unlikely that his arm needed more than a day to recover after throwing 11 easy pitches against Miami.

Mike Adams was signed for that type of situation, just like Jonathan Papelbon was signed for crucial late-inning situations, regardless of any other ancillary factors. The Phillies have not handled Papelbon optimally since acquiring him, and if Monday night’s game against the Reds was any indication, the team might not handle its setup man correctly either.

Horst may have given up the runs and taken the loss on Monday but he wasn’t to blame. To blame was the decision to bring him in over Adams regardless of the results. Even if Horst had thrown a 1-2-3 inning with three strikeouts on nine pitches, the right call in that situation is to use a rested and healthy Adams, as he presented the Phils with the best opportunity to keep the game tied.

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Going the Long Reliever Route on a Horst with No Name?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, April 10, 2013 05:00 PM Comments: 1

Horst has earned an opportunity to pitch in the seventh and eighth innings of close games, says Ian. Photo: AP

On the first part of the journey,
I was looking at all the life.
There were plants and birds. and rocks and things,
There was sand and hills and rings.

Horse With No Name, America (1972)

While many confused America’s 1972 number-one hit about a desert journey about a run in with elicit drugs, America maintains that the song was a rather-literal composite of a hypothetical journey. The open lines of the song always remind me of the beginning of the baseball season – plants blooming, birds chirping, sandy baseball fields, and runners running rings around the diamond. Continue reading Going the Long Reliever Route on a Horst with No Name?


Harvey Dominates, Doc Sputters in 7-2 Phils Loss

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, April 08, 2013 10:04 PM Comments: 87

The wheels again fell off for Doc in his second start of the season. Photo: AP

The young Matt Harvey was impressive in seven innings, striking out nine while scattering five base runners, setting up a 7-2 Mets win. Harvey is the second Mets pitcher with consecutive starts of 7+ IP and 3 or fewer hits to start a season. The other was Nolan Ryan in 1970.

Halladay Hits the Wall

In his second start of the season, Halladay fell off track early again, allowing a three-run home run to John Buck in the third. Halladay threw 99 pitches, just 59 for strikes, allowing three walks, six hits, and seven runs, all earned. Hitters routinely took advantage of hitters’ counts and Halladay exited the game in the fifth with runners on first and third. Doc’s fastball sat around 89 for most of the night but left it over the plate too often.

Durbin Was Durbin

Chad Durbin entered the game in a tough spot, with two runners on, but allowed both to score. My favorite fictitious baseball player ever is Wally Bunting, the Quad-A type player who Rick Moranis’s wife leaves him for in the 1990 film My Blue Heaven. In the movie, a radio announcer very calmly says “Fans, what are we going to do with Wally Bunting?” I’m starting to get this feeling regarding Durbin – you don’t want to penalize him for allowing the inherited runners to score in a tough spot but Durbin compounded his situation by walking Lucas Duda. Ruben Tejada sealed the deal by singling in a pair and closing the book on Doc.

What are we going to do with Chad Durbin?

Did Howard Leave His Bat in Clearwater?

Ryan Howard went 0-3 with 2 Ks, lowering his average to .154. The progress Howard made in Spring has seemingly been erased – Howard chased one up the ladder near the letters and down and out of the strike zone.

Were There Any Positives?

There were a few – Michael Young fielded his position about as well you could ask for and Jeremy Horst had two solid innings. Raul Valdes also threw two scoreless innings.

The Phils are in action again tomorrow against the Mets and have Cliff Lee taking the hill.


Royals Destroy Phillies Home Opener Plans

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, April 05, 2013 07:22 PM Comments: 10

In what began as a beautiful day – sun shining, fans rocking – ended as a complete disaster thanks to a pitching staff that fell apart at the seams. The Kansas City Royals fell behind 4-0, but scored 13 unanswered runs, destroying the Phillies in the home opener at Citizens Bank Park, 13-4.


-The Phillies hit the ball well through the first three games. The problem was getting the runners in. Not an issue in the first three innings today. Ryan Howard brought home Jimmy Rollins on a single to right field to kick it off in the first. Domonic Brown got in on the fun with his first homer of the season, a launch to right field. Erik Kratz roped one out to left field two batters later. Kyle Kendrick just missed a homer of his own, coming inches short on the wall in left.  The Phillies would tack one more on in the third and accumulate nine hits through the first four innings.

-Wade Davis was pounded in those four innings, giving up the four runs on nine hits. Davis was decent out of the bullpen last season with the Rays, but the Royals flipped him back to a starter and start No.1 didn’t go well thanks to a Phillies lineup that worked long at-bats.

-After tallying four runs in three innings, the Phillies didn’t manage a hit after Michael Young’s single in the third inning. Only John Mayberry reached base with a walk. The Royals bullpen retired 19 of the final 20 batters that stepped to the plate.


-Kendrick’s cruised through the first four innings allowing only two hits. Eric Hosmer got the Royals on the board in the fifth with a bases-loaded, two-run single to cut the Phils lead in half. KK didn’t make it through the sixth. He was yanked after loading the bases giving way to Jeremy Horst, who cleared ‘em. Alex Gordon roped a three-run triple to the right-center alley to put KC ahead. With one pitch Kendrick went from good day to bad day.

-Kendrick had retired 13 of the first 16 batters that stepped to the plate, but could only get four of the next 11. Not good. After four promising innings from the offense and starter, the air was sucked from the stadium to that point. It got worse.

-Following Horst’s disaster was Chad Durbin’s mess and Raul Valdes’ batting practice showing. All told, the Royals cranked 19 hits on the day.  All told, the Phillies as a team have given up 31 runs in four games, the most in baseball. Their bullpen has surrendered 14 runs in 12 innings, not counting inherited runners that have scored. It’s early, but very soon that will have to be corrected.


-Pretty wild scene in the ninth inning. In a clear sign of sarcasm, the remaining 10,000 fans stood and waived their towels together basically until the final out. At least they went down swingin’.


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