Where did our Ace go? Fresh off a third place Cy Young finish, there was no reason to believe Aaron Nola would take any steps back. The first start of the season was more of the excellence that we'd become accustomed to. Since? Anything but that. The strikeouts have been there (20 Ks in 19 … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Week 3: Fixing Nola
The Phillies opened 2019 with a bang - their sweep of the Braves left them as the only undefeated team left in baseball (and the Braves as the only winless team left). They went on to split the series with the Nationals (and they'd still be undefeated if it weren't for an error and a … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Week 1: Power Primer
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
On May 26th, the Phillies entered the night 1/2 a game back from first place. It's something that had happened 16 times before this season. Those previous 16 times they had failed to overtake first place - either by their own shortcomings or the heroics of the team they were chasing. The 17th time they … Continue reading Week 9: For a Moment, First Place
Every time J.P. Crawford strikes out or makes an error, a chorus cries out. "This wouldn't have happened if Freddy was still here!" "Freddy was a defensive wizard. They should have held onto him." "J.P. isn't ready, Klentak and his analytics got this one wrong!" If you count yourself among these people, please - stop … Continue reading Week 6: Stop Missing Freddy Galvis
Two things happened when Carlos Santana was signed to a three year deal. The line up got better. The outfield defense got worse. Although #1 has yet to come to fruition, #2 has already proven to be true. The ever-evolving and always excellent MLB Statcast uses batted ball data to determine "catch probability" (how likely … Continue reading Week 5: It was the best of fielders, it was the worst of fielders.
The Phillies have a good record. Did they earn it?
Well, that escalated quickly. Gabe Kapler was never going to have it easy - there's too much distaste for the "analytics" he's demonstrated an affinity for - but it feels like he's leaning into the whole "trying too hard to be smart" thing. And boy, did it backfire. It all started with Opening Day. Aaron … Continue reading Week 1: #BeBold or #BeBad?
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.