Week 24: Pitching or Offense, Seldom Both

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

Week 5: It was the best of fielders, it was the worst of fielders.

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.

Week 25 Recap: The Phillies Are Already Better.

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.