Every time J.P. Crawford strikes out or makes an error, a chorus cries out. "This wouldn't have happened if Freddy was still here!" "Freddy was a defensive wizard. They should have held onto him." "J.P. isn't ready, Klentak and his analytics got this one wrong!" If you count yourself among these people, please - stop … Continue reading Week 6: Stop Missing Freddy Galvis
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?
The Phillies went 4-2 and looked pretty good, overall. Rhys Hoskins and Vince Velasquez were great! Carlos Santana and Adam Morgan....not so much. I wish I could have written more, but... We'll get it next week. Go Phils!
I like games. Do you like games? Good. Let's start this off with some fun, then. This game is called, "Guess the players!". It's called that because you have to guess who the players are from the presented stats, and also! because I lack ~cReAtIvItY~. Wow, whoever those two guys are, they certainly aren't tearing … Continue reading Week 2: The “J” Stands for “JCould Be Better”
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
For a number of years, the Phillies were blessed to have a talented core of players to build around. Players the team could depend on; players that fans could rally around and cheer for. Of the cheers (and occasional jeers) thrown toward those Phillies Phixtures, perhaps none were more iconic than the drawn-out, I'm-not-booing "Chooch" … Continue reading Phillies 2018 Preview: Catcher
I love baseball. I wouldn't be writing these articles if I didn't. I love the tradition and history, which connect us with generations that came before us. I love the quirks - weird superstitions, different shaped ballparks, rally caps. I love sitting in the stadium on a sunny day, beers and hot dogs at hand, … Continue reading Phillies 2018 Preview: 2B and SS
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