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
You cannot deny him. Once the subject of derision, Carlos Santana is now the team's hottest hitter (picking up the slack for a suddenly slumping slugger in Left). After bottoming out at a .532 OPS on April 18th, he's put up a .908 OPS to bring his season total into respectable territory. Such a drastic … Continue reading Week 7: Was Carlos Santana Walking Too Much?
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.
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
With all the Judge-mania (there has to be a better name for it than that), Giancarlo Stanton's own offensive exploits have been a bit overshadowed, but as of this post he's tied with Judge for the league lead with a 32 home runs. His strong year has - predictably - resulted in some interesting (albeit … Continue reading Week 16 Recap: Giancarlo Stanton in Philly?
It hasn't been pretty for the Phillies this season. They entered the year short on talent, and injury time has robbed the team of what little talent it had. Finally, it seemed as though the roughest was over - the underrated Cesar Hernandez was recalled from the DL. The good news was followed closely by … Continue reading Week 15 Recap: The Baseball God Giveth And Taketh Away