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Ryan Howard, Ben Revere, and RBIs

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, August 26, 2014 11:00 AM Comments: 76

It’s a been argued over and over again, especially in Philadelphia, where Ryan Howard–one of the best RBI men in MLB over the years (2nd overall to only Miguel Cabrera since 2006) calls home.

And no, I’m not talking about whether to refer to multiple runs batted in as “RBI”, or “RBIs” (I’ll be using the latter in this post). I’m talking about the meaning of the stat.

“RBIs don’t matter!”, say many believers in advanced metrics and Sabermetrics.

Those that disagree tend to favor, from what I’ve seen, all the more traditional statistics, like batting average, pitcher wins, and things of that sort.

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Can the Phillies Change their Approach in 2014?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, August 20, 2013 03:21 PM Comments: 20

Can J-Roll change? (MLB)

Can J-Roll change? (MLB)

It’s not hard to see a direct correlation between getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games.

Phillies Runs Scored:

2007: 892
2008: 799
2009: 820
2010: 772
2011: 713
2012: 684
2013: 464 (on pace – 606)

Phillies On-Base Percentage:

2007: .354
2008: .332
2009: .334
2010: .332
2011: .323
2012: .317
2013: .303 (as of 8/20)

Phillies Record:

2007: 89-73
2008: 92-70
2009: 93-69
2010: 97-65
2011: 102-60
2012: 81-81
2013: 55-69 (as of 8/20)

We know how each Phillies team, year-by year beginning in 2007, was constructed. From 2007 to 2009, they scored between 5 and 5.5 runs per game, while getting just enough pitching to go with the monster lineup. In 2010, the offense was still productive, but their pitching was stronger than in previous years.

In 2011, the pitching staff put up ludicrous numbers, allowing just 3.27 runs per game, while leading the club to 102 wins. It overshadowed a declining, yet just-about-good-enough offense. In 2012, it all began to fall apart. And here we stand, in 2013, with a team that has totally imploded.

On the offensive side of things, it’s plain to see what ails the Phillies. They can’t get on base, therefore they cannot score enough runs to keep up with the rest of the league.

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Gameday: Rockies (58-67) vs. Phillies (54-69)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, August 19, 2013 05:11 PM Comments: 32

Colorado Rockies (58-67) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (54-69)

Jeff Manship (0-2, 7.20) vs. Ethan Martin (1-2, 6.28)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 77, cloudy

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Rockies come to town for their usual August jaunt to Philadelphia, amid zero fanfare. Really, here’s what we have to look at tonight.

-How does Ethan Martin fair as a starter? He seems cut more from the cloth of a reliever.

-Can Jimmy Rollins heed the call from Ryne Sandberg and take more walks, raising his OBP?

-How does Carlos Ruiz fare hitting 2nd?

Lineup: Rollins SS, Ruiz C, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Wells RF, Martin P

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Phillies Recall Garcia, Option Aumont to AAA

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 09, 2013 04:29 PM Comments: 0

In somewhat of a surprising move, the Phillies have optioned RHP Phillippe Aumont to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for RHP Luis Garcia. In a corresponding move, Garcia was added to the 40-man roster by placing RHP Mike Adams on the 60-day DL. Since his return from Triple-A, Aumont has posted a 4.26 ERA, registering a hold but surrendering a .393 OBP-against.

Garcia, 26, began the year with Clearwater after spending 2012 with the independent Newark Bears. Garcia posted a 1.67 ERA in 31 MiLB appearances across Clearwater, Reading, and Lehigh Valley with 9.3 K/9 IP. His most recent stop was in Lehigh Valley, where he posted a 1.29 ERA in seven innings. Garcia was originally signed as an international free agent in 2006 at age 19 by the Dodgers and was traded to the Nationals organization for Ronnie Belliard in 2009. Garcia spent 2011 out of organized baseball.

According to Matt Provence, Garcia cut hair and worked as a mover in 2011 and parts of 2012, essentially giving up on baseball. He now throws in the high-90s and 26 of his 30 appearances have been scoreless affairs.


Dom’s Swingin’ Good

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 06, 2013 12:11 PM Comments: 9


(AP Photo)

Domonic Brown is not taking walks. Nobody seems to mind. Brown’s power has been off the charts, obviously, as he leads the National League in home runs. How is he doing it? A few ways.

According to Fangraphs, Brown is getting balls inside the zone at a rate two percent less than the average major leaguer. However, the percentage of pitches inside the strike zone that he’s swinging at is more than 11 percent better than average. What’s that say? Well, that Brown’s got a solid eye and is whaling on his pitches.

Outside of the strike zone, Brown is swinging at more pitches than the mean. The average MLB’er hacks at 29.9 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, while Dom swings at 33.6 However, with the keen eye he has shown this year, he actually has connected on 70.2 percent of those balls, whereas the rest of the league makes contact at 66.3 percent.

So, not only is Domonic Brown burying mistakes left out over the plate, but he’s using his confidence and plate coverage ability to destroy pitches out of the zone too. He’s seeing less than usual inside the zone, but is making just about everyone pay when it the baseball is in that area.

This is the evolution of Domonic Brown. He’s always had solid plate discipline, which previously meant a good amount of walks and solid OBP without tearing the cover off the ball. Now, the difference is his plate discipline is still present, despite the lower walk rate and OBP. Dom’s discipline has morphed into solid plate coverage, and he’s benefiting greatly from it.


Mini Mart Back to the Bigs

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, May 24, 2013 08:47 AM Comments: 57


Michael Martinez has been recalled from Lehigh Valley to take the roster spot of Chase Utley, who hits the DL with an oblique strain. Yes, that Michael Martinez.

No, we still will not see Darin Ruf, or even the young second baseman Cesar Hernandez, take the place of Utley.

I thought we had seen the last of Martinez last season, but apparently not. As Corey Seidman so eloquently puts it:


That’s really all you need to know. It’s a head scratching move, to say the least.


To Chooch or Not to Chooch

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 22, 2013 09:10 AM Comments: 21

Ruiz set career-highs in 2012 in eight offensive categories. Did Adderall aid that?

Ruiz set career-highs in 2012 in eight offensive categories. Did Adderall aid that?

Once the season ends, or perhaps even at the July 31 trade deadline, the Phillies will be forced to deal with harsh realities. Several players who were integral parts of the teams’ run to the 2008 World Series could be on the move. It’s not out of the question to think the 2014 Phillies could be without Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Carlos Ruiz.

Let’s focus on Ruiz. He’s was slowly working his way back to normalcy after a rough start following a 25-game suspension to begin the year. Then, he blew a tire going first-to-third in a game against the Reds last weekend and is now on the DL for 3-to-4 weeks.

The use of Adderall, for which he was suspended, tells me one thing; that he’s slowing down.  And inevitably, when a catcher slows down, it usually isn’t pretty. Ruiz was looking for an advantage and felt he could get one with the use of this banned substance. Without that aid, what does the future hold for Chooch?

For one, he’ll be 35 when next season rolls around. His .325 average last season appears to be an aberration, but we’ll know more about that after the year is complete. With 16 games and 51 at-bats under his belt this year, Ruiz is hitting .235. One thing Chooch has been known for is his ability to get on base and not strike out. His .361 career OBP is fantastic and would be sorely missed in a lineup that struggles with that idea. Even if his bat slows a bit, he still has shown to have a solid grasp of the strike zone.

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Exploring Revere’s Rocky Start

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, May 03, 2013 11:05 AM Comments: 9


Things can’t get much worse for Ben Revere at the plate right now. Photo: AP

On December 6 of last year, the Phillies traded Vance Worley and top-prospect Trevor May to the Minnesota Twins for an exciting, young, free-swinging centerfield with a proclivity for putting the ball in play, finding ways to get on base and, once on, creating havoc with his blazing speed.

As of this post, that player has yet to arrive in Philadelphia. Instead, the player the Phillies acquired has been a nightmare at the plate.

To say it has been a poor start for Ben Revere in Philadelphia would be putting it extremely mildly. Ask any Phillies fan how Revere has played through his first month in red pinstripes, and you’d be certain to hear a much more colorful description of his play.

Rightfully so. There are not enough negative superlatives in the English language to adequately describe Revere’s offensive output. Sure, he’s displayed his fantastic speed. The only problem is, he never gets to show it off because he is never on base.

His .245 OBP currently ranks 24th among the 26 qualifying centerfielders in baseball, and is nearly 100 points lower than the .333 mark he posted last season. His .471 OPS ranks 25th. So far this year, Revere has combined a complete lack of power with a complete inability to get on base. It’s a rare and costly combination.

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Phillies Should Find a Spot for Borbon

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, April 11, 2013 08:20 AM Comments: 5


Borbon, 27, is young and talented enough to get calls from several teams. The Phils should be one of those teams calling. Photo: ESPN

Every once in a while, a team becomes so deep at a particular position that they simply run out of room for a talented player. Last year, the Phillies felt they had enough depth to let Brandon Moss pursue other opportunities and the A’s had the ability to scoop him up and let him simmer in Triple-A until an opening arose. Once called up, Moss hit 21 HR with a triple-slash line of .291/.358/.596, providing more value than any first baseman or outfielder the Phillies had on the roster last season.

This year, the Texas Rangers have seemingly given up on Julio Borbon, a key contributor to their 2010 run to the World Series and they designated him for assignment yesterday. In 746 MLB PA with the Rangers, Borbon has hit .283/.324/.358 with 7 HR and 40 SBs. Just 27 years old, Borbon is a talented outfielder who has plus skills in most tools and would be an upgrade over Ezequiel Carrera and Laynce Nix as a left-handed half of a right field platoon. Borbon has hit .293/.333/.370 v. righties where as Carrera has hit just .254/.297/.367 and Nix .253/.297/.447.

Borbon’s designation comes as a relative surprise as all four outfielders kept on the Rangers’ roster not named Borbon have lower career MLB batting averages and Borbon has comparable OBP to the center fielders who are replacing him (Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin). Borbon fielded center field well, meaning a transition to right could improve his value and he was a plus-base runner in his time in Texas.

Jon Heyman thinks that the Mets and Astros are good fits for Borbon, but in reality, Borbon, at just 27, is a player who still has a lot of potential who could help a lot of teams. His 2012 was spent proving he could still play in Triple-A after a 2011 ankle injury. He would be a definite upgrade for the Phillies and would be worth a flier starting in right field against righties at the very least.


Prospect Nation 2013: #16 OF Zach Collier

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 07, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Last year, outfielder Zach Collier finally made the kind of impression the Phillies had long hoped for since they made him their supplemental 1st round draft choice (34th overall) in 2008. As a member of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Collier put forth exceptional output and followed up the regular season with a tremendous campaign in the highly competitive Arizona Fall League, to display the type of skills that earned him high praise and a hefty professional signing bonus as a high school talent.

Following his 2011 season, it was announced that the 6-foot-2 185-pound Collier had tested positive for amphetamines and would have to serve a 50-game suspension to kick off the following season. That down time didn’t hold the Carson, CA native down, however. In the Florida State League last year, Collier, who once got a signing bonus of over $1 million from the Phillies, posted career highs in OBP (.333) and slugging percentage (.399). Despite missing time due to the suspension, Collier sported a .269 average with six home runs, 32 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 78 games for Clearwater.

In order to make up for some of that time missed, the Phillies sent Collier to play with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, where he slapped four doubles, laced three triples and stroked four homers while placing in the league’s top five in batting average (.371) and OPS (.993).  Collier feels the time spent in the AFL was advantageous to him and he is grateful for the experience. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #16 OF Zach Collier

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