On April 8th, the Phillies were 7-2. Their playoff odds peaked at 62.2%, the highest their odds have been in April going back to 2014. The pitching? Adequate. The offense? Rolling. The team, in short, looked unstoppable. Plot twist- they were stoppable. Since their hot start, the Phillies have recorded a not-so-nice 6-9 record. The … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Week 4: Don’t Panic
Hello, Phillies fans. Generally, I use this space to talk about some weird statistical quirk or outlier that involves one of our beloved phightins. I started down that usual path, but stopped when I saw that history was made this week. Dubious history, but history nonetheless. Chris Davis is hitless in 53 straight at-bats, which … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Week 2: The Sad Tale of Chris Davis
What. An. Offseason. The Phillies ended 2018 with an 80-82 record - their most wins since 2012, but still a disappointment given how hard they slumped in September. Even with that improved outlook, they had several concerns- Rhys Hoskins was an unmitigated disaster in left field. Despite solid power and defense, Jorge Alfaro approach at … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Preview
The Phillies haven't had the best August/September. This isn't new. To hammer the point home anyway, here are the standings since August 1st - Finding the Phillies in that list requires more scrolling than I would've liked. They've played better as of late, but the two-month long skid has the Phillies outside the playoff picture … Continue reading Week 25: Not Dead Yet
Rhys "The Beast" Hoskins has had a roller coaster of a season. After a stretch in which he was arguably the best hitter in baseball, it seemed like the only thing he could hit was the skids. The days turned to weeks and still there was no end in sight for the slump. Adding injury … Continue reading Week 11 and 12: The Return of the Beast
It's opening day! The time for untethered optimism. The roster is set - and with the majority of the roster un-previewed, let's do a quick run-down of everyone who made it. Phans, this is your team! Infield J.P. Crawford - Shortstop of the future, and the future is now. His plate discipline is as good … Continue reading Phillies 2018 Preview: Opening Day Roster
It was a year.
Entering the season, there were several reasons to believe that the Phillies could play competent baseball. Not competitive, not contemptuous, but competent. Tommy Joseph's 2016 debut had been encouraging. Maikel Franco was coming off a down year, but the underlying numbers and his 2015 performance pointed to a potential rebound. Between that and the promising … Continue reading Week 25 Recap: The Phillies Are Already Better.
Sorry. I know. Rhyming "Alfaro" with "ball far-o" is a small sorrow. But how am I supposed to resist when the facts back up a dumb joke? Since his 2017 debut, Alfaro has hit 4 home runs, and they aren't wall scrapers - Alfaro's average home run distance is 423 feet. Among Phillies with at … Continue reading Week 24 Recap: Jorge Alfaro Hits the Ball Far-o
The baseball season is long, made interminable by an onslaught of demoralizing defeats. In that way, the Phillies season has been longer than that of any other team. While its hard to ever shake the feeling that wins and losses are what matter (and they are), it's important to celebrate the victories that won't show … Continue reading Weeks 20, 21, 22, 23 Recaps: Rhys “The Beast” Hoskins