The Phillies are relevant again. With that, people are hanging on every win and loss (and being Philadelphia fans, hanging more on the latter than the former). After every loss, a deluge of posts erupts from the geyser of bad takes that is the Phillies Official Facebook Group (which I am not-so-proudly a member of). … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Week 5: April Games DO Matter
The Phillies have a good record. Did they earn it?
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
I've been repeating the same message over and over the past few weeks - On a Monday-Sunday time frame, the Phillies hadn't won more than 2 games since the end of April. With every passing week, it was getting more ridiculous just how consistently bad the team was. That streak has come to an end … Continue reading Week 13 and 14 Recap: Ain’t the Sharpest Tools in the Sheds
The 2017 season began promisingly enough - 11 wins in their first 20 games was the team's best start since 2011. Amid the growing optimism, I still believed the Phillies would end up with a win total in the 70's, but it looked like they could finish closer to 80 wins than 70. The team … Continue reading Week 11 Recap: First Overall Pick, Here We Come
This offseason, as I looked at the lineup, there were several players more deserving of optimism than others. Among the recipients of my heightened expectations was Tommy Joseph, catching prospect turned major league first baseman. I wrote that he could "easily crest 30 home runs", based on his 21 homers in only 347 PA (which … Continue reading Week 7 Recap: Tommy Joseph Strikes Back
Vince Velasquez is changing. After his first two starts, he sported an otherworldly 38.6 K% but wasn't able to translate stuff to results, running up a 9.00 ERA. Velasquez said he was "terrible", and admitted he needed to change. The next two games he lived up to this promise, resembling a completely different pitcher. After combining … Continue reading Week 4 Recap: The New, More Efficient, And Less Good Velasquez
This time last week, the Phillies were 4-8 and it felt like we were potentially looking at a long season. Not technically any longer than a winning season, mind you. Just the kind of losing season that drags on longer than anyone wants, hanging around like the last party guest who would rather show you … Continue reading Week 3 Recap: .500! .500!
Woof. What a difference a week can make in a season's outlook. After last Sunday's win evened their record up at 3-3, the Phils took the week off and went 0-4 during the work week. That brings their season record from Monday through Friday to an abysmal 1-7 (their one win on Opening Day). If … Continue reading Phillies Weekly Recap #2: Winless Weekdays and Weekend Warriors