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Should the Phillies Consider Selling High On Brown?

Posted by Eric Seidman, Wed, September 18, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 31

Domonic Brown entered the season with the promise of regular playing time and promptly delivered all-star caliber production. He hit a robust .290/.326/.613, with 18 homers, during May and June and had a .274/.321/.545 batting line at the end of that stretch. He was finally delivering on his potential and showing why he was untouchable in past deals.

He took major strides forward offensively this season and could have approached 35 home runs if not for a couple nagging injuries. He sacrificed some patience for power, walking just 6.4% of the time, compared to 11.9% in 2011 and 9.9% last season. However, that trade-off was very much necessary, as injuries depleted the Phillies lineup and left him the only serious power threat for much of the year.

Despite his offensive improvement, Brown has only produced 1.7 WAR this year. He has never rated positively in the field and his -7 fielding mark eats away at his bat’s value. Switching positions and lacking consistent playing time in the majors from 2010-12 plays a role, but it’s hard to attribute all of his fielding woes to those circumstances.

He figures to play 140 games this season at 2 WAR. That equates to league average performance over almost a full season, which has value, especially considering his meager salary. He’ll be 27 years old next year, which is the point that players typically begin their peak, so he’s no longer a young prospect finding his way. Aside from that torrid stretch in May and June, he has hit similarly to his batting lines in 2011-12. That isn’t bad, in and of itself, but it invites the question of Brown’s true talent level.

As the Phillies look to retool their roster, it’s interesting to wonder whether Brown might benefit them more as a trade chip than as a building block. He is young and cheap enough to attract suitors and is major league ready. Retooling teams don’t often trade talented and cost-controlled assets, but in Brown’s case it’s worth asking whether the team would be selling high by pursuing a trade this offseason. If the answer is yes, should the Phillies consider unloading Brown while the iron is hot?

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Reports: Adams Done for Season with Shoulder Injury

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 25, 2013 08:11 PM Comments: 8

mike-adamsAfter signing him to what was thought to be one of the best deals of the winter at two years, $12 million, the Phillies assumed they’d put their 8th inning woes behind them by bringing in Mike Adams. Now, they’re searching for a stopgap again.

According to both CSN Philly and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Adams will likely miss the remainder of the season as an exam in Los Angeles showed three tears in his shoulder. He will either have surgery or go the rehab route, but regardless, his season is almost certainly over.

The Phillies thought they were paying for the best set-up man in the game, who had a 1.66 ERA in four seasons with the Padres, before being dealt to the Rangers. All they acquired was damaged goods.

After offseason surgery to have a rib removed and thoracic outlet syndrome relieved, Adams dealt with numerous injuries from the start of this season and has been a shell of himself.

Unfortunately, I noticed a stark change in his velocity during a seemingly easy outing in April. He was cruising, but his velocity numbers were off. From that point on, it was all downhill.

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No Run Support for Hamels Once Again

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, June 16, 2013 06:05 PM Comments: 24

The Philadelphia Phillies were defeated by the Colarado Rockies, 5-2.

Rough Seventh Inning for Hamels

Cole Hamels pitched well, but was tagged with the loss.  He finished after 7 innings. Hamels cruised through six innings allowing just a home run, but hit a bump in the road during the seventh inning.  The Rockies weren’t completely crushing the ball, but strung a few hits together, including some bloop hits and infield dribblers.

Hamels’ final line: 7 innings, 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts.

The Rockies added two runs in the eighth inning as Justin De Fratus gave up two runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Offense Woes Continue

The Phillies were shut down by Jhoulys Chacin, who almost threw a complete game shut out.  Chacin was an out away from the shut out before Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard drove in a run a piece. The Phillies only squiggled out four hits before the ninth inning.  Chacin had less than 80 pitches entering the ninth.  After Howard’s RBI, Chachin was pulled and Domonic Brown struck out to end the game.

Once again, the offense is to blame as they lacked support for Hamels.

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Phillies squander late lead en route to fifth straight loss

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, June 12, 2013 11:30 PM Comments: 35

The Phillies took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning Wednesday, but were unable to hold on as Minnesota surged back to win the ballgame 4-3.

The Phillies have now lost a season-high five straight games as they fall to 31-35 on the season.

Wednesday’s game was the same type of nightmare they experienced the day before. Their starting pitching was okay, but labored and could not go deep enough. The offense got the team out to a lead but fell silent in the middle and late innings, and the bullpen just could not get the job done with the lead.

Bullpen woes continue

Who can you count on? There seems to be a finite number of pitchers that keep getting opportunities to pitch in big spots and none can ever get the job done. With Cloyd leaving after five innings, the Phillies needed help from the bullpen and did not get it.

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Blown Call, Error, Lack of Offense Result in Third Straight Loss

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, June 01, 2013 07:58 PM Comments: 18

The Phillies dropped a very winnable game on Saturday against the Brewers after a late base running blunder (courtesy of a missed call by the umpire) combined with the usual lack of offense allowed Milwaukee to scrape out a 4-3 win. The loss guaranteed a series loss for the Phils, who have either lost or split each of their last four series.

The Phillies put together a rally in the ninth, but it was cut short when Kyle Kendrick was picked off second with one out in the inning. Upon replay it was evident that the second baseman did not catch the ball, less catch it and tag Kendrick out. Kendrick was pinch running for the injured Jimmy Rollins, and if he was on base he would have scored to tie the game on Cesar Hernandez‘s double, which immediately followed.

Milwaukee’s offense struck for four runs, led by catcher Jonathan Lucroy and center fielder Logan Schaeffer who combined to go 5-for-8 with two runs, a double, a homer and two RBI. It was Lucroy’s third homer through the first two games of the series.

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Hamels Shuts Out Marlins in 4-0 Win

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, August 13, 2012 10:04 PM Comments: 17

PHOTO: AP

Cole Hamels was stellar. He tossed his second straight complete game shutout, this time against yet another NL East opponent in the Marlins. He gave up six hits, one walk, and punched out five.  Here’s his line:  9.0 IP/6 H/0 R/0 ER/1 BB/5 K. Here are some other story lines from tonight’s game:

MARLINS WOES OVER?

The Phillies lost their last five against the Marlins, but snapped that streak tonight with the win.

Cole Hamels, who had three losses against the Marlins this year and a ERA in the 5′s, tossed a gem. Maybe the woes against the Marlins this year could be coming to an end.

GOOD SIGNS FROM BROWN AND PIERRE

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is keeping watch of Domonic Brown this year. He’s given him a spot and it looks like he may finally be on the MLB club for good. Tonight, Brown showed some good signs with two hits, a run and a walk. He also had an outfield assist.

Juan Pierre, who was losing playing time with the addition of Nate Shierholtz, was 3-5 with a triple, a run, and an RBI.

COLE. HAMELS.

I know I’ve mentioned his name a lot already, but he deserves it. He was outstanding for the second straight start. His ERA is now below 3 and is seriously looking like one of the top left-handers in MLB again. So far, that new contract of his is looking better and better. This was his 12th career complete game.

He’s never had more than two in a single season, and this is his second in a row. He did not allow an extra base hit until Giancarlo Stanton‘s double with two outs in the ninth inning. The second straight shutout extends his scoreless inning streak to 22 innings.

This man is on fire.

GAME NOTES:

The Phillies take on the Marlins again tomorrow at 7:10 with Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86 ERA) taking the mound for the Phillies and Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88 ERA) taking the mound for the Marlins.

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Power And Pitching Give Phils Win Over Nats

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, August 01, 2012 10:22 PM Comments: 22

With his performance tonight, Vance Worley gave the Phillies exactly what they needed. (AP)

Behind three solo home runs, including one from Nate Schierholtz, and a gutty pitching performance, the Phillies were able to grind out a 3-2 victory in Washington tonight. The win puts the Phils in position to sweep the first-place Nationals tomorrow with Cole Hamels on the mound. So far, this series has felt like better times.

NO WOES FOR WORLEY

- July was a cruel month for Vance Worley. In his five starts, he went 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA. He had a month to forget, and that’s something that hasn’t happened much to Worley since he became a fixture in the rotation last season. In fact, his July ERA was the highest Worley has posted in any month during his young career. He’s pitching with bone chips in his elbow, and it’s not unreasonable to suggest that is affecting him. He was also likely victimized by a season-high .427 BABIP during the month of July. Tonight, however, neither bone chips nor misfortune affected Worley’s results.

- After some first inning jitters, Worley would settle in nicely and provide the Phils with a solid effort. The final line: 7 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Both runs were unearned because of the Kevin Frandsen error and a couple other misplays in the first that led to them. After that inning, Worley was stellar. Perhaps most impressive about his outing is the fact that he recorded no strikeouts. That’s the first time he’s ever done that. I’m betting he wouldn’t have guessed that his first start without a strikeout would last seven innings, and he’d allow no earned runs. With a stagnant offense, Worley’s effort tonight was a big part of the victory.

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Phils Extra-Inning Woes Continue As They Fall To Jays

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, June 16, 2012 04:46 PM Comments: 65

It's June 16, and Cliff Lee is still without a win. (AP)

For the third time in a row, the Phillies were able to get a lead with Cliff Lee on the mound, and for the third time in a row, they’d end up losing the game. This time, it was a painful loss in extra innings, as the Blue Jays prevailed 6-5 in ten innings. Defense was the coup de grace today for a Phillies team that can’t seem to get things going back in the right direction.

It’s June 16th, And Cliff Lee’s Still Winless:

- I understand that wins are a virtually meaningless statistic for pitchers, but it’s June 16th, Lee has thrown very well, and he still doesn’t have a win. It’s getting a little ridiculous. It’s actually a perfect example of why the win statistic needs to be thrown out. Still, you can tell the guy is frustrated by it.

- Lee wasn’t his usual sharp self today. He  allowed five earned runs in 7+ innings, though three of them were probably more on the defense than Lee (more on that later). But it was a battle as he allowed a season-high twelve hits. He worked out of jams in the third, fourth, and sixth innings. In the third he was helped out by some poor baserunning by the Blue Jays and in the fourth a ground rule double prevented a run from scoring. It looked like he may be able to get to Jonathan Papelbon with the lead by himself as he entered the eighth inning, but then…

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Washington Nationals Preview

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, April 03, 2010 10:30 AM Comments: 8

Washington Nationals (59-103, last place in NL East)

There were not many positives for the Washington Nationals in 2009.  Their below average offense and pitching resulted in the worst record in baseball. 

Manny Acta managed 87 games before getting the boot.  Jesus Flores, Christian Guzman and others suffered injuries.  Adam Dunn looked lost in the outfield. The woes were endless.  Heck, they couldn’t even spell their name right.

The one bright spot for the Nationals was Ryan Zimmerman, who earned a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in 2009.  The 24-year old third baseman batted .292 with an .888 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Although it was very painful to watch the Nationals last season, there is reason to believe that the Nationals won’t be as terrible as they were in the past.

The 2010 Season

It’s so easy to write off the Nationals.  They aren’t going to contend this year, and perhaps not for a few more.  However, the Nationals always seem to be that pesky team that doesn’t quit and gives up a good fight — at least it seems that way when the play the Phillies.

The Nationals are young, but they added a veteran presence.  The Nationals signed Jason Marquis, Ivan Rodriguez, Chein-Ming Wang, and Adam Kennedy.  While none of these moves are hugely significant, they could change the vibe of the clubhouse, which no longer include Lastings Milledge or Elijiah Dukes.

The new veterans could certainly help out some of the younger and talented players.  Ian Desmond has a lot of potential, and earned the starting shortstop job this spring.  In addition, the speedy centerfielder  Nyjer Morgan is capable of stealing 50 bases, or more.

Although Stephen Strasburg did not break camp, there’s a great chance that he could be in the Nationals’ starting rotation by June.  Strasburg impressed this spring, and many said that they’ve never seen the ball explode out of a pitcher’s hand like Strasburg.

As of now, the Nationals’ one-two punch is Jason Marquis and John Lannan, who has improved throughout his career.

While Strasburg is the organization’s biggest pitching prospect, Drew Storen should not be overlooked.  The reliever has closer potential and could be called up this season. 

For now, the Nationals will go with Matt Capps as their closer, who will attempt to rebound from a poor season with the Pirates.

The Nationals aren’t ready for contention this year, but may in about two or three years.  And if they draft Bryce Harper in this year’s draft — look out!

Prediction: 69-93

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Top Moment No. 24: Utley’s Corner in NY

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, December 06, 2009 05:52 PM Comments: 8

Throughout the month, Phillies Nation will be counting down the Top 25 Phillies Moments of 2009.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_EcBfXMyQha4/SkWQ9O7ZLuI/AAAAAAAACok/CwOMSthcPJ4/s320/chase+utley.jpgTop Moment #24: Chase Utley’s 2 HR’s down the Mets at Citi

Before we really knew the extent of the Mets woes, the Phillies locked horns with their neighbors to the northeast during a seemingly important three-game set in mid-June.  At that point, the Phillies sat just two games ahead of New York for the NL East lead.  This game would serve as a back-breaker of sorts for the Mets, who would end the month 20 days later nine-and-a-half games out of first.

For six innings, the Mets offense played small ball, giving right-hander Mike Pelfrey a 4-1 cushion to work with. Pelfrey helped his own cause in the fourth by singling in a run, the first of three to cross the plate for NY in that frame.  Names like Omir Santos and Alex Cora were doing damage with the bat, while Pelfrey held his own on the hill.

Going into the seventh inning on June 10, Pelfrey stymied the Phils, going six strong while allowing just one lone run on a Chase Utley solo jack in the fourth. In that fateful seventh, Pelfrey would get lifted after the first three Phillies reached base, all via singles. They would all touch home, locking it up a four apiece.

The bullpen’s then combined to take the game into the 11th, paving the way for a spot in right field to be adorned with a new moniker.

New York turned to Bobby Parnell in the 11th, following two shutdown innings by Francisco Rodriguez.  On the second pitch from the new reliever, Chase Utley smashed the delivery about six rows deep into the bleachers for his second shot of the game.  The homer put the Phils up 5-4 and in the process, “Utley’s Corner” was born.

Two weeks later, with the Yankees visiting Citi Field, Brett Gardner blasted a ball into the same section as the Utley home run, prompting Mets announcer Gary Cohen to say: “Gardner lifts one down the right field line, back toward Utley’s Corner, near the wall…it’s outta here!” The rest is history.

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