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.
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.
Well, I certainly took a hell of a couple weeks to fall behind. When I first started this article, it was going to be posted before July 31 and analyze the potential trade pieces. When Neshek and Kendrick were moved early, it caught me offguard and made the writing I had done obsolete. This was … Continue reading Week 17, 18, and 19 Recaps: Trades, Winning, and the Loss of a Franchise Icon