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
Rhys "The Beast" Hoskins has had a roller coaster of a season. After a stretch in which he was arguably the best hitter in baseball, it seemed like the only thing he could hit was the skids. The days turned to weeks and still there was no end in sight for the slump. Adding injury … Continue reading Week 11 and 12: The Return of the Beast
Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote that the Phillies offense hadn't slumped thanks to a rotating cast of contributors. Since then, the offense has entered total free fall mode. Time makes fools of us all...just not usually so quickly (While I'm at it, other things that haven't happened yet - Aaron Nola perfect … Continue reading Week 10: Something is Broken
I could write about the recent struggles of Rhys Hoskins. The man who looked unstoppable to begin the season has come down to earth quite a bit, and there's a lot that I could unpack there. But I won't. Because as much as Hoskins carried the team to begin the season, the team hasn't missed … Continue reading Week 8: The Phillies Offense Has Not Slumped
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.
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
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.