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
Let me start this by saying Jorge Alfaro has not been bad. His 1.2 fWAR ranks 9th out of 17 catchers (min. 300 PA). That's 8 above, 8 below - he's neither a strength nor a weakness. This is in spite of stats like this... https://twitter.com/CSeidmanNBCS/status/1029415313094438915 ....and this... https://twitter.com/SomaDaydream/status/1029426427261804544 ...and just to really emphasize it, … Continue reading Week 20: Vamos, Ramos
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.
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
For a number of years, the Phillies were blessed to have a talented core of players to build around. Players the team could depend on; players that fans could rally around and cheer for. Of the cheers (and occasional jeers) thrown toward those Phillies Phixtures, perhaps none were more iconic than the drawn-out, I'm-not-booing "Chooch" … Continue reading Phillies 2018 Preview: Catcher
The 2017-2018 off-season was a particularly tough one for avid baseball fans. The traditionally hot stove has run cold (for a variety of reasons that have been well covered, as there hasn't been anything else to cover), leaving us with little to snack on in between the meals of Actual Baseball Games. As such, the … Continue reading Phillies 2018 Preview: 1B and 3B
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