2019 Phillies Week 2: The Sad Tale of Chris Davis

Hello, Phillies fans. Generally, I use this space to talk about some weird statistical quirk or outlier that involves one of our beloved phightins. I started down that usual path, but stopped when I saw that history was made this week. Dubious history, but history nonetheless. Chris Davis is hitless in 53 straight at-bats, which … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Week 2: The Sad Tale of Chris Davis

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.