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.
Sorry. I know. Rhyming "Alfaro" with "ball far-o" is a small sorrow. But how am I supposed to resist when the facts back up a dumb joke? Since his 2017 debut, Alfaro has hit 4 home runs, and they aren't wall scrapers - Alfaro's average home run distance is 423 feet. Among Phillies with at … Continue reading Week 24 Recap: Jorge Alfaro Hits the Ball Far-o
The baseball season is long, made interminable by an onslaught of demoralizing defeats. In that way, the Phillies season has been longer than that of any other team. While its hard to ever shake the feeling that wins and losses are what matter (and they are), it's important to celebrate the victories that won't show … Continue reading Weeks 20, 21, 22, 23 Recaps: Rhys “The Beast” Hoskins
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
With all the Judge-mania (there has to be a better name for it than that), Giancarlo Stanton's own offensive exploits have been a bit overshadowed, but as of this post he's tied with Judge for the league lead with a 32 home runs. His strong year has - predictably - resulted in some interesting (albeit … Continue reading Week 16 Recap: Giancarlo Stanton in Philly?
It hasn't been pretty for the Phillies this season. They entered the year short on talent, and injury time has robbed the team of what little talent it had. Finally, it seemed as though the roughest was over - the underrated Cesar Hernandez was recalled from the DL. The good news was followed closely by … Continue reading Week 15 Recap: The Baseball God Giveth And Taketh Away
I've been repeating the same message over and over the past few weeks - On a Monday-Sunday time frame, the Phillies hadn't won more than 2 games since the end of April. With every passing week, it was getting more ridiculous just how consistently bad the team was. That streak has come to an end … Continue reading Week 13 and 14 Recap: Ain’t the Sharpest Tools in the Sheds
Matt Klentak made several moves this past offseason in an attempt to improve the team's future. Not in the more obvious ways of signing a franchise player or trading for a building block, but in acquiring short term, low risk players. The hopes were that at least a few of these players would assert their … Continue reading Week 12 Recap: Howie Kendrick Is Running His Value Into The Ground
The 2017 season began promisingly enough - 11 wins in their first 20 games was the team's best start since 2011. Amid the growing optimism, I still believed the Phillies would end up with a win total in the 70's, but it looked like they could finish closer to 80 wins than 70. The team … Continue reading Week 11 Recap: First Overall Pick, Here We Come
Last season, Jeremy Hellickson experienced a bit of a career renaissance. After running a 4.86 ERA from 2013-2015, Hellickson was able to record his lowest ERA since 2012. By the more advanced FIP statistic, 2016 was actually Hellickson's best year since becoming a full time starter. He accomplished this by keeping his home runs under … Continue reading Week 10 Recap: To Hellickson and Back