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Phillies Sweep Brewers, 4th Straight on Final At-Bat

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, July 25, 2012 05:04 PM Comments: 23

They do it again! The Comeback Kids are back in the house. Credit Jimmy Rollins on the game-winning hit, but Erik Kratz and Carlos Ruiz set it up in the Phillies 7-6, 10 innings victory. It’s their first three-game sweep of the season.

Ty Wigginton had a costly error in the top of the 10th, but it mattered not. The Phillies survive on their final at bat for a fourth straight day.

WORLEY SO-SO

-This is just Vance these days. He was average, at best, working in and out of trouble, getting through just 5 1/3 innings. The 10 hits allowed is alarming, although he was able to combat that by holding the Brewers to just three runs. He did strikeout six. You have to wonder if he’s feeling the effects, even just a little, of the loose bodies in his pitching elbow. Worley has not been crisp in quite sometime and is unable to get past the fifth or sixth inning. His high pitch counts early on are killing his hopes of pitching deeper into games. Again, not a terrible job by Worley, just not overwhelming.

KENDRICK KEEPS ROLLING

-Get the lunchmeat because Kyle Kendrick is on a roll. (Really unacceptable pun there, I know). Kendrick has now gone 19 1/3 scoreless innings with 1 2/3 more today. Liking what I’m seeing from him in the bullpen; he seems most comfortable there.

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The Phillies Absolutely Shouldn’t Trade Rollins

Posted by Eric Seidman, Fri, July 20, 2012 09:40 AM Comments: 52

In sports, the term ‘anchoring’ refers to when fans develop an opinion based off of a specific series of events and hold steadfastly to that opinion regardless of what subsequently transpires. Most of the time anchoring occurs at the start of a season, when a hot or cold stretch can mislead fans into under- or overvaluing certain players. When preformed opinions join anchoring at the bar, lazy narratives are often born. Jimmy Rollins is another perfect example of why anchoring to early season struggles, especially when it supposedly helps confirm a preconceived notion, is folly in the world of analysis.

Yes, Rollins started off slowly. He posted a terrible .259 wOBA in April, with a poor .283 on-base percentage that was actually higher than his even worse .271 slugging percentage. His defense remained solid, but he looked mostly lost throughout his first 85 trips to the dish. Since he hasn’t exactly been an offensive juggernaut recently, and because he is past his prime, it became very easy to assume that Rollins was done; that he was washed up; that his new contract was a joke, because the Phillies were paying $11 million per season to the shortstop formerly known as Jimmy Rollins.

Don't even think about trading him.

Though many would readily admit that, under most circumstances, 85 plate appearances is far too small a sample off of which to base definitive conclusions, the mixture of anchoring to his early struggles and the preexisting belief — or fear — that he is rapidly declining, led to unnecessary widespread panic.

But then something funny happened — Rollins started hitting again. He posted a .289 wOBA in May, which, while still very poor, was an improvement. And he followed that up with a .396 wOBA in June. It may have taken him a while to get going, but Rollins has been tearing the cover off of the ball recently, and his seasonal line is right where we would expect it, even after a very poor two months to start the season.

Even before he started proving that he still has offensive talent in the tank, it would have been foolish to consider trading Rollins. Now that he has once again proven himself capable of hitting at a relatively high level, while flashing all-sport defense at the most important infield position, the Phillies shouldn’t even think twice about trading him.

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Is Mayberry Re-Opening Door for Dom Brown?

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, April 20, 2012 10:00 AM Comments: 63

PHOTO: AP

The Phillies offense is clearly struggling. As a team, the Phils are (out of 16 NL teams) 14th in runs, 16th in walk rate, 14th in OPS, and for you advanced metric fans, 14th in wOBA. They swing at pitches at a higher rate than all NL teams except the Pirates, and swing at pitches outside of the zone more than any other team. As evidenced by their 3rd-best strikeout rate, they can put the ball in play, but they can’t produce runs.

The one thing that stands out is the lack of power from John Mayberry Jr. Last year, his isolated power was .240, meaning that his slugging percentage was 240 points higher than his batting average. It was the highest on the team, and would’ve been top 10 in the NL had he qualified. Mayberry also ended the year with a .854 OPS, which was second on the Phillies only to Hunter Pence. He had a great year, and we all loved him for it, but so far this year he’s been sub-par.

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Phillies Sign IF Fontenot to Minor League Deal

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, April 13, 2012 05:05 PM Comments: 6

It’s official – the Phillies announced they will add some infield depth by signing free agent infielder Mike Fontentot. He will report to extended spring training in Clearwater.

Fontenot, 31, was let go by the Giants on March 30. He’s a career .263 lifetime hitter with a .332 on-base percentage and a .406 slugging percentage.

This seems like nothing more than a depth move as Fontenot represents a slight upgrade over a guy like Pete Orr.

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Prospect Nation 2012: #21 1B Cody Overbeck

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 23, 2012 12:00 PM Comments: 3

Cody Overbeck has proven himself to be an impact slugger after slamming 48 total homeruns and driving in 154 runs across three levels of the Philadelphia developmental ranks from 2010-2011. Throughout his time in the Philadelphia system, Overbeck, who is regarded for his quick hands and his ability to drive the ball, has been valuable to every lineup he has swung a bat for.

Formerly a third baseman through his first three seasons in the minor leagues, Overbeck, a 6-foot-1-inch 200-pounder, dabbled in the outfield and was primarily a first baseman in 2011 with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The experience for Overbeck increased his versatility. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #21 1B Cody Overbeck

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Shane Victorino’s 2011: Solid

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, December 12, 2011 08:10 AM Comments: 23

Victorino's excellent 2011 raises more questions than gives answers. (Photo: AP)

Not one thing stood out about Shane Victorino’s 2011 season and, in many ways, that is a good thing. Victorino has consistently put up very good numbers at a premium position for the Phils for six-full seasons now and is about as complete of a position player that the Phillies currently have on their roster.

Victorino’s exceptional first-half play earned him a trip to Arizona to represent the Phillies in the All-Star Game, but for most casual fans, he went unnoticed. With column after column devoted to debating the worth of the Big Piece, the excitable Flyin’ Hawaiian was in contention for the batting title entering September,   posted a career high slugging percentage 44 points higher than his previous best, and his defense returned to career best levels that helped him win the Gold Glove in 2008.

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Polanco’s Promising April And His Subsequent Decline

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, December 10, 2011 10:42 AM Comments: 64

We continue on with our 2011 Player Reviews with Placido Polanco.

Placido Polanco started off the 2011 season in a  great way. He was the best Phillies hitter in the month of April, even earning the MVP for that first month by many bloggers and reporters. He hit .398/.447/.524 in his first 26 games, and drove in 19 runs while striking out just five times.

But we all know what happened next. It was as though he simply fell off a cliff with no warning, as he quickly became one of the Phillies worst hitters in the month of May. He hit .248/.289/.294 in 28 May games, and struck out more (11) than he had RBIs (10).

He was bound to bounce back, right? Wrong. Things didn’t get any better for Polanco for the rest of the year, as from June to September, he posted a .241/.310/.284 slash line, again having more strikeouts (28) than RBIs (21).

He was even demoted in the batting order at times, as he recorded 93 plate appearances in the bottom of the order by the time the season was over.

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Phillies Ink Laynce Nix to 2-Year Deal

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, December 04, 2011 06:00 PM Comments: 43

Nix brings an added element to the bench. (PHOTO: AP)

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he Phillies have inked outfielder Laynce Nix to a 2-year deal, pending a physical.

Nix hit .250 with 16 home runs in 366 plate appearances with the Nationals in 2011. He posted a respectable .750 OPS as a platoon/bench player last year and from 2009-11, has a 3.4 WAR. His addition to the Phillies strengthens the bench and brings a solid defender. This also likely means the end of Ben Francisco with Nix and Ty Wigginton in the fold.

Nix did post a negative UZR in the outfield last season, but for his career has a 15.4 UZR total and has only four errors in the outfield in the last three seasons.

Overall, seems like a solid move, as Nix is just 30. He can hit for some pop and is left-handed, giving the Phillies more options off the bench. Nix could also be part of some platoon if the Phils feel John Mayberry Jr. is best suited splitting some reps.

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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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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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