Posts Tagged ‘Horst’

Galvis Continues to Rake in Win over Rays

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, March 26, 2013 04:20 PM Comments: 12

On Sunday, the Phillies disposed of journeyman Yuniesky Betancourt because they have faith in Freddy Galvis. And on Tuesday, Galvis continued his spring tear, going 2-for-4 with a home run, his third of the spring, and three RBI in the Phillies 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Galvis now has 12 extra-base hits in 70 at-bats during Spring Training, good for a .905 OPS. Any worries about his back injury from last season should be gone. He also played left field today, clearly without incident. The kid can do it all.

Kevin Frandsen also did work today, going 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Domonic Brown finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and a RBI.

Brown’s spring average climbed to .373.

It was a bullpen game for the Phillies pitching staff with Raul Valdes leading off and going three innings, allowing one run, while fanning five. Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch, and Jonathan Papelbon went the rest of the way holding the Rays scoreless.


Phils Smash Five Homers, Bury O’s 13-4

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 23, 2013 04:35 PM Comments: 29

Richie Ashburn Award: The Offense

Chase Utley went deep twice, while Yuniesky Betancourt, Domonic Brown, and Ryan Howard chipped in with a long ball of their own as the Phillies move to 13-13 in Grapefruit League action with a 13-4 win.

The Good

The Phillies took advantage of this advantageous match-up against Chen in a big way with six extra base hits, five of which were home runs. Every starter had a hit in today’s game. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless inning.

The Interesting

Ender Inciarte once again came in as a late-inning, defensive replacement and raised his Spring average to .273 with a base hit. Freddy Galvis had a nice play in right field. Yes, Galvis saw the field in right.

The Areas of Opportunity

On a day where Roy Halladay wasn’t quite what we thought he’d be against a minor league squad, Aaron Cook was good but not great against a playoff team who played their entire starting nine against him. In 4 2/3 IP, he had one strikeout, no walks, and gave up two earned.

The Phillies Spring schedule continues tomorrow against the Red Sox at Bright House Field. Cliff Lee, Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, and Jonathan Papelbon are scheduled to pitch.


Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Pirates

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, March 14, 2013 12:30 PM Comments: 5

Pittsburgh Pirates  vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 57, Clear

TV: The Comcast Network, home of Phililes Nation TV, also on MLB Network on delay

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Aaron Cook will take the hill against the cross-state rival Pirates. Cook will look to continue his pursuit of the long-man spot in the Phils ‘pen. Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte will spell Ben Revere, who leads the team with 50 ST PAs.

Kyle Kendrick will throw in the Minor league game primarily to get extra work in.


1. Galvis – SS

2. Young – 3B

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Brown – RF

6. Ruf – DH

7. Nix – LF

8. Kratz– C

9. Inciarte – CF

Go Phillies!


Bullpen Allows Eight, Phils Fall 10-6

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, March 07, 2013 05:22 PM Comments: 7

The Phillies plated six runs by the third inning but it was not enough to defeat the Twins who overcame the early deficit to win 10-6.

The Good

Honestly, the offense performed about as well as you would have hoped and the Phillies received stellar contributions from back end of the line-up. The Phillies five through nine hitters (Michael Young, Dom Brown, Darin Ruf, John Mayberry, Erik Kratz) all had two hits each including a timely double by Ruf on an off-speed pitch out of the zone that netted him two RBIs. Joe Savery threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief.

Areas of Opportunity

The story today was the full on assault of Phillies pitching by Aaron Hicks. Hicks smashed three homers off of three different pitchers, including one off of Cliff Lee. Hicks made it easy to see today why both Denard Span and Ben Revere were tradable commodities for the Twins this winter.

The bullpen didn’t protect Lee’s (3.2 IP, 2 HR, 2 ER, 5 Ks) 6-2 lead. Zach Miner allowed four earned on three hits in 1/3 of an inning, while Jeremy Horst allowed one of Hicks’s homers for his earned run. Raul Valdes also allowed two earned via a Hicks homer. Miner, who I thought had a decent shot of making the team, particularly in light of the Michael Schwimer trade, hasn’t been able to put it together for the Phillies thus far in Spring Training. Somewhat surprisingly, Savery has pitched well and has yet to allow an earned run, albeit usually later in the games against lesser hitters.


Phils Split Sunday Afternoon Games

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 03, 2013 08:45 PM Comments: 6

In Clearwater, the Phillies defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 13-5 led by monstrous homers by Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown. In Sarasota, the rest of the Phils lost 12-3, where Kyle Kendrick (four) and Jeremy Horst (six) combined to give up 10 earned.

The Good

Well, Ryan Howard did this for the home squad:

And Dom Brown did this. Chase Utley reached base three times for the home squad, Jermaine Mitchell hit a two-run triple, Cody Joseph went 2-4 with a double, and Ender Inciarte went 2-3 with two runs scored and a steal. Kevin Frandsen may have had the most complete day however: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 1 RBI, 4 runs scored. The home squad also saw Justin De Fratus, J.C. Ramirez, and Joe Savery combine for four scoreless relief innings with Savery picking up three Ks.

The away team had fewer bright spots but John Mayberry went 2-4 and Michael Young and Freddy Galvis each hit a HR. Reliever Kyle Simon pitched a scoreless frame and Jake Diekman had five Ks in two innings.

The Areas of Opportunity

For the home squad? Not so many. Howard and Brown again man-handled lefty pitching, Utley looked like Utley, and Inciarte has the early makings of a keeper. For the away squad? The pitching completely fell apart. Horst just had an uncharacteristically bad day and struggled with command while Kendrick was the victim of two long balls.


Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Astros

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, February 23, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 35


Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Brighthouse FieldClearwater, FL

Weather: 80, 10% Chance of Rain

TV: The Comcast Network

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Baseball is finally here!

Cole Hamels takes the hill in the Phillies Spring Opener at Brighthouse Field against the American League’s newest punching bag, the Houston Astros. Scheduled to follow Hamels on the hill are B.J. Rosenberg, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, and Justin De Fratus. All of the relievers throwing today have a puncher’s chance to make the club out of Spring Training.

The Astros counter with Lucas Harrell, 27, on the bump. Harrell, a righty, was 11-11 with a 3.76 ERA last year for the Astros in his rookie season.

Revere – CF
M. Young – 3B
Utley – 2B
Howard – 1B
Ruf – LF
Brown – RF
Nix – DH
Betancourt -SS
Kratz – C

Go Phillies!


Phillies Eying Left-Handed Howell?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, December 19, 2012 05:48 PM Comments: 14

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/replicate/EXID44730/images/howell_sm.jpgPop quiz: Which lefty reliever would you rather have? (2012 stats listed, 2013 aged season listed)

- Player A: 52 IP, 14.02 K/9 IP, 4.50 BB/9 IP, 3.18 xFIP. Age 27

- Player B: 50.1 IP, 7.51 K/9 IP, 3.93 BB/9 IP, 4.17 xFIP. Age 30

- Player C: 27.1 IP, 11.52 K/9 IP, 6.59 BB/9 IP, 3.92 xFIP. Age 26

- Player D: 31.1 IP, 11.49 K/9 IP, 4.02 BB/9 IP, 3.24 xFIP. Age 27

- Player E: 31.0 IP, 10.16 K/9 IP, 1.45 BB/9 IP, 3.03 xFIP. Age 35

- Player F: 25.0 IP, 5.76 K/9 IP, 2.88 BB/9 IP, 4.48 xFIP. Age 27

There are a lot of players on that list – of the six, five are currently on the Phillies 40-man roster and one was reportedly a free agent target. Player F is the only player whose stats indicate that he is probably not as good as the other five. Player F is Joe Savery – let’s assume everyone is OK with moving on from Savery for the sake of this exercise and move on to exhibit B.

Knowing that four of the five are already available on the Phillies 40-man, and that the Phillies have limited salary available headed into 2013, here are the estimated commitments for each of the players above:

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Phillies Claim LHP Robles From Mariners

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, December 14, 2012 03:30 PM Comments: 19

http://st.snimg.com/image/mlb/headshots/8899-robles-mauricio_large.pngThe Phillies claimed left-handed pitcher Mauricio Robles from the Seattle Mariners today. Robles, 23, has a career 4.15 ERA in seven seasons, which includes stops in Triple-A Tacoma in each of the last three years. Robles has struggled in 15 games at Triple-A, 6.71 ERA, but strikes out batters at a 9.4 K/9 IP over his career. Robles was placed on waivers by the Mariners last week and now occupies the 37th spot on the Phillies 40 man roster, not including the suspended Carlos Ruiz.

Credit: Matt Gelb

Analysis: Some folks may remember Robles as the key piece in the deal that landed the Detroit Tigers Jarrod Washburn. It is worth noting that Robles spent the majority of his career as a starter before having much success as a reliever in Double-A last season. Robles struggled with injuries in 2011, including Spring Training surgery to remove loose bodies in his elbow, but was healthy for most of 2012. Robles struggled with command but maintained his velocity.

Robles is a nice insurance policy should the Phillies believe that one of their left-handed relievers won’t be ready for 2013 – he will compete with Antonio Bastardo, Jeremy Horst, Raul Valdes, Jake Diekman, and Joe Savery to round out the ‘pen from the left side. Robles likely will spend the year, however, in Lehigh Valley.


Phillies Player Review: Jeremy Horst

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, October 23, 2012 09:00 AM Comments: 10


Jeremy Horst came to the Phillies via the Wilson Valdez trade with Cincinnati, and wasn’t really expected to contribute all that much in 2012–but to the surprise of almost everyone, he ended up having an outstanding season for the Phils out of the bullpen.

He was down in the minors until June 28 when he and Brian Sanches were called up after Chad Qualls was designated for assignment and Joe Savery was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Even though he wasn’t with the big league club until the end of June, he tossed 31.1 innings, and posted a team-best ERA of just 1.15. And if you like advanced stats, he posted an FIP of 2.39 which was good for second on the team among relievers. He had a career-high strikeout rate (11.5 K/9), and an ‘OK’ walk rate (4 BB/9)–and together that have him a 2.9 K/BB ratio. He held opposing batters to a .191 average, which was a career-best.

Another thing he did well was keeping his opposing HR rate down. His opposing HR rate (0.3 HR/9) was the lowest in the Phils bullpen among guys that threw at least 15 innings.

Overall, Horst’s 2012 was a pleasant surprise for the Phillies. The Wilson Valdez trade is looking like a great move and a steal by Ruben Amaro Jr.

Horst may be that 8th inning guy the Phillies need to get to Jonathan Papelbon. Antonio Bastardo was up and down all year, and I think Horst could really challenge him for the set-up man role next year.

Grade: A … In a season where the Phillies bullpen was possibly their weakest part of the team, Horst did exceptionally well, especially for a guy they got in a trade for Wilson Valdez.

Read the rest of the 2012 Phillies Player Reviews here.


Phillies Nation TV: 2012 Wrap Up

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, October 09, 2012 12:29 PM Comments: 4

On our final edition of Phillies Nation TV for the 2012 baseball season, Corey and I discuss the year and how it ended up the way it did. We go through the whole roster; from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley missing the beginning of the season, all the way down to Jeremy Horst and the bullpen.

The free agent market for the outfield and third base is not great, so we talk about the names and who is a reality for the Phillies.

We also answer a few reader comments and questions about the team.

Thanks for watching all season! Enjoy, and we’ll see you during the Winter Meetings.

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