Posts Tagged ‘Phillie’

Phillies Trade McDonald to Red Sox

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, August 31, 2013 08:43 PM Comments: 8

McDonald, seen here celebrating his only homer in 2013 as a Phillie with Chooch. Photo by AP.

The Phillies make a waiver-deadline deal!

Color me surprised. No really, this one is kind of shocking.

Ruben Amaro Jr. found a taker for Major League Baseball’s most statistically ineffective player (fWAR/PA) John McDonald, shipping the utility infielder he got for nothing for Nefi Ogando, a 24-year old reliever from the Dominican Republic in his fourth season in organized baseball. McDonald hit .174/.208/.304 with one homer with the Phillies. This nearly tripled his entire triple-slash line at the time the Phillies acquired him (.053/.163/.079).

From Sox Prospects, here is a scouting report on Ogando:

Dominican right-hander signed later in the 2009-2010 international signing period. On the older side for an international signee. Fastballs sits 92-93 mph and tops out at 94 mph in shorter bursts. Currently being stretched out to sharpen arsenal. Loses velocity as outings progress due to max-effort delivery. Does not easily generate velocity. Below-average fastball command due to inconsistent release point and lack of fluidity in delivery. Rough overall mechanics that must become smoother to enhance command. He may struggle to reach average fastball command. Also features an 83-86 mph slider with tight rotation. Plus potential and the ability to miss bats with the offering. Feels slider well, but does not mix well into sequences. Still learning how to pitch. Slider’s effectiveness is suppressed because of inability to consistently get ahead of hitters. Not much room left on his frame to fill out. Profiles as a reliever. Potential for considerable improvement if delivery can be cleaned up.

Analysis: At the time of the trade for McDonald, many crushed Amaro for trading something of value for the veteran infielder. Now? Without hurting the Phillies too much, Amaro was essentially able to turn a small amount of cash that went to Cleveland for McDonald into a minor league bullpen arm. Ogando has a live arm and is eligible for next year’s Rule 5 draft. The Phillies will have all of 2014 to get a good look at Ogando before deciding if they want to protect him.


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)

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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.

Continue reading Can the Phillies Change their Approach in 2014?


Gameday: Phillies (53-67) vs Dodgers (70-50)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, August 16, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 50

Philadelphia Phillies (53-67) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (70-50)dodgers_logo

Cliff Lee (10-5, 3.18 ERA) vs Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.21 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 88, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies return home from a rough 1-5 road trip Friday to open a three game set with the hottest team in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers, who own a six game lead in the N.L. West, have won eight straight ball games and nine of their last 10 and 13 of their last 14 games.

Cliff Lee will be on the hill for the Phillies, coming off a tough Phillies loss in Washington in which he gave up three runs in six innings of work but earned a no decision. Lee has not won a game since July 5, suffering losses in his last three decisions. The left-hander has faced the Dodgers six times in his career and has performed very well against them, posting a 2-1 record and 1.40 ERA. Earlier this year he went seven innings and allowed three runs while striking out 10 at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies will have to work through one of the hottest pitchers in the game in Zack Greinke. Greinke has won seven of his last eight decisions, and is coming off a terrific start against the red-hot Rays, in which he threw 6 1/3 shutout innings and struck out seven batters. In his career, Greinke is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA against the Phillies, but did allow four runs on 12 hits to them in his last start against them on June 27.

Michael Young has the most at bats of any Phillie against Greinke, posting nine singles in 36 at bats. Domonic Brown, Chase Utley and John McDonald have all gone deep once off the Dodger’s right-hander.

With Charlie Manuel out as Phillies manager, Ryne Sandberg has been named interim manager, and his first lineup is as follows:

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 1B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Lee P

download (1)Gameday Beer: Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier

This strange beer brings out the classic blackberry flavor with hints of citrus. The blackberry flavor is fairly strong and very unique, especially paired with coriander as opposed to traditional hops. When the team isn’t going too well maybe it is time to shake things up and try something unconventional.


Can Dom Brown Win Home Run Crown?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, August 15, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 10

http://l.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/kCGKm60NjGSfpkwDxu9kjA--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTg2MDtjcj0xO2N3PTY1NztkeD0yO2R5PTE7Zmk9dWxjcm9wO2g9ODU7cT0xMDA7dz02NQ--/http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20130405/8644.1.jpgWhen Domonic Brown was sidelined with a concussion after a diving catch attempt on July 23, a lot of the Phillies hopes went with down with him. The Fightins went 1-10 in the stretch without Brown, being outscored 67 to 24. Brown probably would not have been able to erase the 43 run differential all by himself but may have been able to help in the five one or two run games the Phillies lost in that run.

Amazingly, Brown lost almost no ground in the NL Home Run race during his injury. With his 27th homer last night, Brown sits just two homers behind the suddenly-smoking Paul Goldschmidt (8 HR in his last 19 games) and the Pirates’ consistent power threat Pedro Alvarez for the NL crown. In a season full of disappointments, Brown’s performance has not been one of them.

If Brown can make up the two homer deficit, he would be the first Phillie since Ryan Howard in 2008 to win the National League home run title. Brown would join eight other Phillies who have won the NL Home Run crown if he could achieve the feat. Can Brown join the ranks of Mike Schmidt, Chuck Klein, and Jim Thome?

According to my projections, the winner would require about 40 homers to win it, meaning Brown would need to hit 13 in the final 42 games, or one every three games which is certainly a doable pace. Thoughts?


Young Refuses Assignment, Released by Phils

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, August 14, 2013 05:23 PM Comments: 17

Delmon Young refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and was released by the Phillies today. Young hit .261/.332/.397 for the Phillies with just eight homers in 291 plate appearances. Young’s release comes just nine plate appearances shy of him achieving an additional $150 K bonus.

Analysis: Casper Wells, who was added to replace Young, will make less than $150 K to finish the season as a Phillie. But make no mistake: this was by no means a cost-cutting move. Young, in under half of the plate appearances he had in 2012, managed to be even more detrimental to his team in 2013 according to FanGraph’s version of WAR. Extrapolated across 600 PA, Young would have cost the Phillies two full games. Young posted a career high in K% and had nearly an identical season to that of which he had last season in terms of wOBA and wRC+ while playing worse defense in right field.

Young may now sign with any team but I’m not sure he will have many suitors lined up. Among the 40 players who have 250 or more PA in right field, Young ranks 38th in WAR, ahead of only Endy Chavez and Jeff Franceour, 28th in wOBA, 28th in wRC+, and was the 36th best defender, just ahead of John Mayberry


Gameday: Phillies (51-62) vs Cubs (50-63)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, August 08, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 22

Philadelphia Phillies (51-62) vs Chicago Cubs (50-63) 39212-cubs

Ethan Martin (0-1, 12.46 ERA) vs Jeff Samardzija (6-10, 3.78 ERA)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 90, chance of storms

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies have another crack at a series win on Thursday afternoon when they take on the Cubs in the rubber match of their three game series.

Rookie right-hander Ethan Martin will be making just his second career in the big leagues. Martin allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his debut against the Braves, but did show some encouraging signs. Martin allowed only one run in the first four innings before the Braves roughed him up for five in the fifth. His fastball was touching 96-97 and he racked up six strikeouts despite his short outing.

Martin will be opposed by Jeff Samardzija, who has been solid all year and exceptional of late. Samardzija has gone 13 innings in his last two starts, and has allowed only three combined runs while striking out 16 batters. However, the former Notre Dame football standout has not fared well against the Phillies in his career, posting a 9.00 ERA in seven games (one start).

Despite his lack of success against them, no current Phillie has especially enjoyed facing Samardzija. Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins all have an RBI off him, but are a combined 3-for-16 with four strikeouts. Today’s lineup definitely has a different feel to it, as Ruiz has moved up to the two spot,  Michael Martinez is playing in place of Rollins at short and Kevin Frandsen is leading off and playing first after Michael Young was scratched due to hamstring tightness.

Lineup: Frandsen 1B, Ruiz C, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Martinez SS, Martin P

Gameday Beer: Yuengling Lager

You know it, and you know it well. You call for it simply by saying “I’ll have a lager.” It’s a staple of the Philadelphia region and really never lets you down. From time to time I’ll order one if a beer list isn’t tickling my fancy. It’s just there. It never wows you. It’s like the Juan Pierre of beers. He won’t blow you away, doesn’t hit for power, but always gives a decent showing when you need him. -Pat Gallen




Pros and Cons of Chase Utley Extension

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 08, 2013 09:39 AM Comments: 45


1. He’s still good:

Although injuries have kept him off the field for large chunks of three of the last four seasons, Chase Utley still performs when healthy, as you’re seeing this year. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs had a fantastic tweet last night, noting Utley is still 27th in baseball over the last three seasons with an 11.7 WAR. That’s better than Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder, Carlos Beltran, and Hanley Ramirez, among many others. Since the beginning of 2012, he’s ranked 5th in WAR among all second basemen.

2. They still need power:

You’re definitely seeing Utley begin to decline, but the numbers are still solid. He’s hitting for power in a lineup that mostly lacks it with 15 home runs. If Utley had enough plate appearances to qualify, his .505 slugging percentage would rank 15th in the National League.

3. It’s fair market value:

If you asked every GM around baseball whether or not they would ink Chase Utley to a two-year, $27 million deal, the overwhelming answer would be “yes.” And over the next two seasons would you rather have Chase Utley at $13.5 million or Robinson Cano at $23.5 million? Because that’s what it would cost to get Cano, except you’ll have to tack about four more seasons on the contract. If the third season was guaranteed I would have a major issue with it, but Amaro seemingly held firm. Plus, money really isn’t an issue with this team anyway with a massive TV contract just up the road.

4. Second Base is ugly:

Over pretty much every other second baseman that would be available to the Phillies, he pushes them closer to being a winning team in the short term. Save for Robinson Cano, there isn’t much available in free agency. And say what you want about Cesar Hernandez, but he too is an unknown. I, as much as anyone, wants to see what Hernandez can do. But does it make sense to risk that position on an unknown when you have something that works there right now? My colleague Eric Seidman posted a fantastic tweet on the subject stating that even with Utley playing 110 games and Hernandez/Galvis filling in for the rest, the Phils would probably still get 4.5 WAR from that position, which would be among the tops in the game. So even if Utley is in the fold, Hernandez can give positive contributions. Continue reading Pros and Cons of Chase Utley Extension


Chase Utley Extended by Phils

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, August 07, 2013 07:31 PM Comments: 42

CHUTLEYJim Salisbury is reporting on Twitter that a Chase Utley extension is completed, which means the 34-year old second basemen and fan favorite will remain a Phillie beyond 2013. And he celebrated by nearly killing Dioner Navarro tonight.

The deal will likely be a two year extension, worth $25-$30 million, with multiple vesting options.

Utley’s contract status (along with his ability) was a big question mark coming into this season, and reports that the Phillies wanted to keep him trickled out here and there. But now it’s official. Utley remains a Phillie for at least two more years.

He’s having a very good year, and Ruben Amaro Jr. getting this deal done should be (barring outrageous contract details) a check in the win column for him as GM. There’s risk to the move, as with any, considering Utley’s injury history and age. But I think it’s a reasonable deal, and a healthy Utley is a top-5 2B in baseball.

What do you think about the extension?


Phillies (51-61) vs Cubs (49-63)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, August 07, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 8

Philadelphia Phillies (51-61) vs Chicago Cubs (49-63) 39212-cubs

Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.87 ERA) vs Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 81, chance of rain

Media: Twitter and Facebook

One night after the offense lashed out for nine runs, the Phillies will attempt to take an early series victory over the lowly Cubs Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Lefty Cole Hamels will get the ball for the Phillies, coming off his best start of the season. He tossed eight innings of shutout ball against San Francisco, and was able to lower his ERA to under four (3.87) for the first time this year.

Hamels has seen the Cubs six times in his career, and has gone 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA against them. His last start against them was in 2010, when he gave up just a run in seven innings of work.

The Phillies will be facing All-Star Travis Wood, who just had his worst outing of the year. On Friday against the Dodgers he allowed five runs on seven hits and five walks in just 3 1/3 innings. Wood has seen the Phillies twice, and not since 2011. In 2010, the southpaw came close to a perfect game against the Phillies, throwing eight perfect innings before Carlos Ruiz broke it up in the ninth.

Ruiz, in fact, is the only current Phillie to even have more than one hit off Wood in his career, going 2-for-5 with two doubles.

Lineup: M.Young 3B, Frandsen 2B, Rollins SS, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, D.Young RF, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Hamels P


Gameday Beer: Otter Creek Copper Aledownload

This medium bodied beer is a very versatile and refreshing brew that goes well with all types of ballpark food, especially stuff off the grill. It’s got a sweet, toasty, crisp taste that is perfect for either a chilly night or hot summer day watching the game. It’s tough to go wrong with a good ale.



Glanville Gives Thoughts on Dutch, Schilling, Trade Deadline

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 07, 2013 11:01 AM Comments: 4

Glanville was one of the few reasons to watch the Phillies during the late-90s. (AP)

Over the weekend, I got the opportunity to speak with former Phillies outfielder – and current ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst – Doug Glanville. A Phillie from 1998-2002 and again in 2004, Glanville is one of the smartest, freshest minds at ESPN. We discussed several topics from the trade deadline to Riley Cooper.

Glanville told me he was surprised the Phillies did not make any moves at the deadline, saying it seemed like the perfect time to unload some veteran players. However, Glanville did say it probably came down to other teams not wanting to part with much, especially for larger commodities like Cliff Lee or Chase Utley.

In regards to the deadline itself, Glanville said players can’t help but notice what is going on around them. We tend to think of players as pieces of a puzzle, but for them, there is so much uncertainty around July 31 date and beyond, that it is noticeable. Glanville reminds us to think of everything going on outside of the rumors; family being involved, kids being uprooted, etc.

We also discussed alumni weekend. Glanville called Curt Schilling one of the fiercest competitors he ever had the privilege of playing with. The former centerfielder also gets to work with Schilling and John Kruk at ESPN, and said it’s just like hanging out in the locker room at the Vet.

His memories of Philadelphia were recalled fondly. Glanville spoke glowingly of the city, saying he loved his time here, mentioning Harry Kalas as a a man that certainly stood out. Continue reading Glanville Gives Thoughts on Dutch, Schilling, Trade Deadline

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