The Phillies are relevant again. With that, people are hanging on every win and loss (and being Philadelphia fans, hanging more on the latter than the former). After every loss, a deluge of posts erupts from the geyser of bad takes that is the Phillies Official Facebook Group (which I am not-so-proudly a member of). … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Week 5: April Games DO Matter
On April 8th, the Phillies were 7-2. Their playoff odds peaked at 62.2%, the highest their odds have been in April going back to 2014. The pitching? Adequate. The offense? Rolling. The team, in short, looked unstoppable. Plot twist- they were stoppable. Since their hot start, the Phillies have recorded a not-so-nice 6-9 record. The … Continue reading 2019 Phillies Week 4: Don’t Panic
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
The Phillies haven't had the best August/September. This isn't new. To hammer the point home anyway, here are the standings since August 1st - Finding the Phillies in that list requires more scrolling than I would've liked. They've played better as of late, but the two-month long skid has the Phillies outside the playoff picture … Continue reading Week 25: Not Dead Yet
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
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
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.