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Phillies Bench Struggles in 2011

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, November 29, 2011 08:24 AM Comments: 19

Martinez stuck with the Phillies all season. But did he deserve it?

We continue on with our player reviews. Today, we look at the bench parts of the Phillies roster from 2011.

Michael Martinez – Martinez came into the 2011 season as a 28 year-old who had yet to reach the majors and was one of the few players in minor league history to ever post a .000 ISO (SLG-AVG) when he did so in 2006. Despite the red flags, specifically positing a .223/.313/.298 triple-slash as a 27 year-old in Double A in 2009 or the aforementioned 2006 season where he hit a tremendous .172 in Single A, the Phillies took a chance on Martinez in the Rule 5 draft.

As part of the Rule 5 draft, the Phillies had to keep Martinez on their roster the entire season or offer him back to his original team, the Nationals. Martinez’s defensive reputation kept him on the Phils for the entire season;  according to UZR/150, Martinez excelled in limited playing time at 2B and SS but was horribly underwhelming in the outfield. Martinez didn’t walk a lot (7.7%) and put up a triple slash of .196/.258/.282. Why the Phils kept Martinez on the roster the entire season, I will never be sure, particularly considering they had Pete Orr, a stronger, faster, and comparable defender in the system.

Martinez did outfield Wilson Valdez position for position in 2011 but both Orr and Valdez are faster, stronger, and have better bats than Martinez. With the acquisition of Wigginton from Colorado, Martinez will likely start 2012 in Lehigh Valley.

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Papelbon/Lidge: Spending $12M in 2009 v. 2012

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, November 17, 2011 08:28 AM Comments: 37

Brad LidgeIn the middle of his magical 2008 season, Brad Lidge inked a three year extension instead of becoming a free agent at the end of the year from then GM Pat Gillick. While Gillick made several shrewd moves to pick up the likes of JC Romero, Matt Stairs, Chad Durbin, and Jayson Werth, Lidge’s contract is a gaffe in Gillick’s tenure only comparable to the minuscule return the Phillies received for Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle and his nearly unforgivable signing of Adam Eaton.

When discussing the Jonathan Papelbon contract, many Phillies Nation readers aptly pointed out that from 2009 through 2011, Lidge received nearly the same per year contract value that Papelbon will be paid. This is true. It is also true that even a cursory exploration of comparing the seasons leading up to both extension, Papelbon was leaps and bounds the better pitcher.

Using fWar from FanGraphs and a concept they introduced, when comparing nth best seasons, only Lidge’s stellar 2004 compares to how well Papelbon pitched in any of his first six seasons. To put things in perspective, Lidge’s stellar 2008 would only be good enough for a tie for Papelbon’s fourth best season.

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Werth “Selling” Nationals to Madson

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, October 17, 2011 09:33 PM Comments: 17

The hot stove is getting warmer. We haven’t even begun the World Series and already there is speculation as to what will happen once free agency begins.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Jayson Werth is attempting to “sell” the Nationals to soon-to-be free agent closer Ryan Madson. It’s unknown whether or not the Phillies will be able to retain Madson, who will likely look for a closer-type contract, pushing $10 million or more. Madson is also a Scott Boras client, meaning he’ll try and push the price as high as he can.

(In that same article, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres have offered Heath Bell a two-year deal worth $15-16 million)

Madson to Washington is an intriguing thought. They are trying to become the Phillies in more than one way. The pitching isn’t quite there, but they are attempting to build a solid offense with good homegrown talent combined with some free agents. Werth didn’t work out in Year 1 of his megadeal, but it can’t get any worse for him.

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Writer’s Roundtable: Will Rollins Return?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, October 14, 2011 07:58 AM Comments: 26

It’s been a hot topic of conversation and mirrors the Jayson Werth situation of a year ago. Will Jimmy Rollins return to the Phillies next season and into the future? He plainly stated that he wants a five-year contract, but that the Phillies are clearly first on his list of teams to play for. However, he is not limiting himself to just the Phillies and is not afraid to leave.

So, we asked all of our writers to chime in on this subject.

Q: Will Jimmy Rollins be a Phillie in 2012?

Pat Gallen: Can I cop out and say I really don’t know? Last year, Jayson Werth was not coming back and I think most people knew that. But both sides in this negotiation are in their own predicaments. The Phillies need a shortstop and have backed themselves into a corner because there are not many available. Jimmy is saying he wants five years, but has been prone to injury lately and may be pushing too hard for something he can’t get from many teams.

If you’re putting a gun to my head, and I’d rather you not, I’m leaning toward Jimmy coming back. But I give it a 55% chance. A guesstimate on a contract (wherever he goes) would be three years with an option for a fourth year that would be reached by incentives for about $38 million. Just don’t see anyone going five for J-Roll.

Amanda Orr: Yes. I think he will settle for less to stay in Philly. He says he wants 5 years, but that is smart of him. He wants the offers to say five years, but I think if he gets a reasonable offer to stay, he will take it. Plus, I can’t see Amaro not trying to re-sign him. He won’t let him go easily.

The only other teams I can see really trying to get Rollins are Boston and San Francisco. Boston hasn’t really had a big name shortstop in a while, and they would be a team to throw out the money. Being from the West Coast, a contract from San Fran could be tempting for JRoll.

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Rollins Straightforward in Free Agent Stipulations

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 12, 2011 08:24 AM Comments: 15

Where will Jimmy be in 2012?

Almost a year ago to the day, Jayson Werth sat on the stage in front of the hoard of media in the Phillies press conference room in the bowels of Citizens Bank Park. He gave the answers you thought he would, proclaiming he’d had a wonderful time in Philadelphia and will always love the fans. But there was always a sense that Werth would take the money and run. The Phillies were not willing to overpay for an outfielder, so it was pretty well known he wouldn’t be back.

As Jimmy Rollins took the podium on Tuesday, for what could be the final time as a Phillie, there was much more uncertainty regarding the face of the franchise than there had been with Werth in 2010. Manning shortstop since 2001 on a full-time basis, the Phillies wouldn’t feel like the Phillies without J-Roll. That infectious smile, that rocket arm, that big mouth that ruffled some feathers, but was the catalyst for a playoff berth in 2007; Rollins will have some suitors once free agency begins.

At 32, it’s clear Rollins is no longer the guy he was at 28, the age when he won the National League Most Valuable Player award and led the Phillies to the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons.

First off, his bat has slowed down. Rollins’ OPS took a leap this year, going from a career-low .694 in 2010 to .734 in ’11. The bad news: this year was the second lowest OPS of his career, although in fairness, numbers were down across baseball again this season.

On Tuesday, Rollins made it painfully obvious that he’ll test the waters in free agency and he won’t come out until he’s got cash the way he wants it.

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Phils Consistent Among Inconsistency

Posted by Corey Seidman, Tue, August 23, 2011 12:54 PM Comments: 10

The period from 2007-10 was incredible, but never did the Phillies experience a regular season like this. The Phils have been not only dominant but consistent.

Consistency is a word thrown around way too often in sports, and for the most part it doesn’t exist. Very few players — I’m talking less than ten — go through a season hitting .300 every month. Guys don’t do that. Teams don’t do it, either. Teams have good months, teams have bad months. Inconsistency and streakiness are more a part of sports — baseball in particular — than we would like to believe.

We call guys like Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez “streaky,” but in reality, Chase Utley is just as streaky. Only, Utley’s cold streaks are shorter in duration and his hot streaks are often more impressive. If you pour through Utley’s game logs, even in his best seasons he went through down periods.

Hell, Albert Pujols is the same way. If you go through each 10-game stretch of Pujols’ career, there are plenty where he hit under .200.

The 2011 Phillies, though? As a team, they have been unbelievably consistent, even in the short term. In their worst month (May), the Phils had a .552 winning percentage. The best has been August, in which the Phils are 14-5.

With today being August 23, let’s take a look back at the 23rd day of each month to prove this point more effectively.

Record Win Pct. NL East MLB Standing
April 23
14-6 .700 Led Marlins by 1.5 Best in baseball
May 23 29-18 .617 Led Marlins by 2.0 2nd best in MLB to Cleveland (30-15)
June 23 47-29 .618 Led Braves by 4.0 Best in baseball
July 23 63-36 .636 Led Braves by 5.0 Best in baseball
August 23 82-44 .651 Lead Braves by 6.5 Best in baseball

The Phillies have only gotten better as the season has gone on, improving each month from May 23-to-August 23.

Four out of five months, the Phils have been the best team in baseball on this day. I could have chosen practically day and that would have been the case.

You don’t need me to tell you that the Phillies have been really, really good. If you’re at this site, you know it.

But here’s something I found remarkable, after thirty minutes of tedious research through game logs…

The Phillies have had 117 ten-game stretches this season. (Games 1-10 count as one, and then 2-to-11, 3-to-12, 4-to-13, etc.)

In only twelve of those 117 ten-game stretches (or 10%) have the Phillies lost more games than they won, and not once this season have they had such a stretch worse than 4-6.

This doesn’t happen too often.

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Madson Owes Kendrick A Solid Next Time

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, August 20, 2011 01:18 AM Comments: 16

Rain should of stayed. Phillies suffer tough loss.

Mother Nature tried to do it.  She rained and rained but gave after two hours before the Phillies and Nationals finally got back under way after two outs in the first inning.

Kyle Kendrick was called on for the ‘spot’ start after the rain delay.  Kendrick pitched well in his six innings of work allowing only two runs on five hits.  His ERA is actually down to a respectable 3.24 with over 97 innings pitched this season.

The Phillies scored their four runs in the third inning with a run scoring triple from John Mayberry and an RBI double from Chase Utley.  Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz added RBI singles to put the Phils up 4-0.

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Gameday: Nationals (56-61) vs. Phillies (77-40)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, August 12, 2011 06:25 PM Comments: 39

Washington Nationals (56-61) at Philadelphia Phillies (76-40)

Livan Hernandez (6-11, 4.41 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.53 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
CSN
Weather: Sunny, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cole Hamels will look to continue to boost his Cy Young credentials tonight against the Nats. He has given up 2 runs or less in 13 of his last 14 starts. He missed a shutout by one pitch last weekend against the Giants. He’ll have another opportunity for one against the Nats offense that has a team OPS of just .688 on the season. And, they’ll likely be without slugger Mike Morse who is dealing with a bruised arm after taking a pitch off it.

On May 3, Hamels tossed a complete game against the Nationals, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out six. He owns them.

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Hunter Pence and Jayson Werth

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 04, 2011 07:00 AM Comments: 31

It seems like yesterday Jayson Werth sported red pinstripes. Philadelphia has many fond memories of Werth, but he has been placed in the rear view mirror. Losing Werth to free agency left many fans upset, the Phillies were without a strong right-handed bat. In addition, it left a gap in right field and questions as to whether Domonic Brown was ready for the everyday job. Brown got hurt, Ben Francisco did little with the job, and for two of the first three months of the season the Phillies got little from the corner outfield.

A drastic move at the trade deadline was necessary, even despite the Phils having the best record in baseball. Hunter Pence was acquired from the Houston Astros in exchange for top prospects Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and two minor leaguers.

The Phillies offense had been streaky all season, but Pence’s addition has immediately improved it. Batting fifth, he enabled Ryan Howard to see more pitches in the strike zone. He initially took over the role that Jayson Werth once had.

In any sport, there are ongoing debates as to which players are superior. Whether using stats or intangibles, there are several ways to measure those similarities and differences. That leads to the question: who is the better option? Hunter Pence or Jayson Werth?

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Head To Head: Milt Thompson Vs Greg Gross

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, July 06, 2011 09:00 AM Comments: 15

It’s been almost a full year since Milt Thompson was relieved of his duties as hitting coach and Greg Gross was called upon to fill his shoes. July 22 to be exact.

Since Gross took over, the Phillies have posted a record of 102-51, easily the best in the league. However, it could be just pure coincidence. Hitting coaches may or may not have any significance in offensive success, especially with a team stacked with veteran hitters like the Phillies.

Think of it like an established chain restaurant. If the ownership changes, does it really affect the quality of the food? There may be some subtle differences, but overall things would stay the same.

Both Thompson and Gross have been around the game of baseball for a long time. Thompson was drafted by the Braves in the 1979 draft, while Gross was drafted by the Astros in the free agent draft in 1970. Thompson began coaching in 1997, Gross in 1995. There is no doubt that both of these men know the game of baseball and are qualified for the job.

To figure out if the Phillies were a better hitting team under Milt Thompson or Greg Gross, or at least more responsive to one, let’s take a look at the Thompson era vs the Gross era in three areas. Of course, the Gross era is a significantly smaller sample size and has been mostly without Jayson Werth – one of the Phillies best hitters under Thompson.

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