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
The calendar has flipped to June, and thus ends May, a.k.a. "hell month". Over the course of May, the Phillies won a mere 6 games - the last time the Phillies had won 6 or fewer games in a month was the June of 1997. The weekly recaps during this forgettable month bear a striking … Continue reading Week 9 Recap: The State of the Phillies is wOBA-some
1964 holds a dubious place in Phillies history. When fans hear "1964", their minds will go to the infamous late season collapse in which the team blew a 6.5 game lead with only 12 games to go. After that, though, one of the highlights of 1964 happened on Father's day, when Jim Bunning threw what … Continue reading Week 8 Recap: Two Wins!
This offseason, as I looked at the lineup, there were several players more deserving of optimism than others. Among the recipients of my heightened expectations was Tommy Joseph, catching prospect turned major league first baseman. I wrote that he could "easily crest 30 home runs", based on his 21 homers in only 347 PA (which … Continue reading Week 7 Recap: Tommy Joseph Strikes Back
The Phillies 2017 season was not expected to be a competitive one, and thus far it's followed the script - 14-21 doesn't inspire the casual fan to do much more than shrug (and even that might be too much effort). That said, there were reasons to be excited before the season began - largely in … Continue reading Week 6 Recap: We Missed You, Chooch.
When I was writing up the team previews, I was aware that with every prediction I made, I was opening myself up to being wrong. I certainly have been wrong at times, but rarely, occasionally, sometimes, I've also been right. When Howie Kendrick went on the DL with an oblique strain, he was the team's … Continue reading Week 5 Recap: Altherr-in’ Up My Heart
Vince Velasquez is changing. After his first two starts, he sported an otherworldly 38.6 K% but wasn't able to translate stuff to results, running up a 9.00 ERA. Velasquez said he was "terrible", and admitted he needed to change. The next two games he lived up to this promise, resembling a completely different pitcher. After combining … Continue reading Week 4 Recap: The New, More Efficient, And Less Good Velasquez
This time last week, the Phillies were 4-8 and it felt like we were potentially looking at a long season. Not technically any longer than a winning season, mind you. Just the kind of losing season that drags on longer than anyone wants, hanging around like the last party guest who would rather show you … Continue reading Week 3 Recap: .500! .500!