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
I like games. Do you like games? Good. Let's start this off with some fun, then. This game is called, "Guess the players!". It's called that because you have to guess who the players are from the presented stats, and also! because I lack ~cReAtIvItY~. Wow, whoever those two guys are, they certainly aren't tearing … Continue reading Week 2: The “J” Stands for “JCould Be Better”
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
I love baseball. I wouldn't be writing these articles if I didn't. I love the tradition and history, which connect us with generations that came before us. I love the quirks - weird superstitions, different shaped ballparks, rally caps. I love sitting in the stadium on a sunny day, beers and hot dogs at hand, … Continue reading Phillies 2018 Preview: 2B and SS
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.
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
The Phillies 2017 season was not expected to be a competitive one, and thus far it's followed the script - 14-21 doesn't inspire the casual fan to do much more than shrug (and even that might be too much effort). That said, there were reasons to be excited before the season began - largely in … Continue reading Week 6 Recap: We Missed You, Chooch.
Spring training is about to begin as pitchers and catchers are just days away from reporting to Clearwater for the first official workout of the year. Sure, this is the least interesting part of spring training (which itself is the least interesting part of the baseball season), but it's something, and for starved baseball fans, … Continue reading Phillies 2017 Preview: Middle Infield