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
If you were to flip a coin 10 times, what are the odds that it'd land heads every time? Pretty low, right? Maybe 1 out of 1,024 times you'll see that outcome - not something you'd like to bet on. But let's say you've already flipped the coin 9 times, and it's come up heads … Continue reading Tool: Live Odds for Super Bowl Squares
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.
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