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
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 don't want to say the Phillies have had a disappointing season. They are, after all, on pace to win 83 games - a 17-win improvement over last season, and their first winning season since 2011. Even with the Phillies future looking brighter, I just can't shake this disappointment. Perhaps I had unreasonable hopes after … Continue reading Week 24: Pitching or Offense, Seldom Both
On August 16th the Phillies played a double header against the Mets, and to say that they started it off on the wrong foot would be an understatement. The "game" (scare quotes intended) was outlandish in many ways. Here are ten of them: The Phillies lost by 20 runs. It's only the third time they've … Continue reading Week 21: Ten Things About A Trouncing
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.
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.
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.