Week 4 Recap: The New, More Efficient, And Less Good Velasquez

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

Phillies Weekly Recap #2: Winless Weekdays and Weekend Warriors

Woof. What a difference a week can make in a season's outlook. After last Sunday's win evened their record up at 3-3, the Phils took the week off and went 0-4 during the work week. That brings their season record from Monday through Friday to an abysmal 1-7 (their one win on Opening Day). If … Continue reading Phillies Weekly Recap #2: Winless Weekdays and Weekend Warriors

Opening Week 2017: Jeanmar Gomez, Your Time Is Running Out (UPDATE)

What an up-and-down week the Phillies have had. For all that I've said about the Phillies having a "non-competitive" season, it's hard to remember how exciting games can be regardless of a team's talent level. A brief rundown of the games so far: Opening day: Win, 4-3. In spite of Jeanmar Gomez's best efforts in … Continue reading Opening Week 2017: Jeanmar Gomez, Your Time Is Running Out (UPDATE)

Phillies 2017 Preview: Starting Pitchers (Part 2)

The seemingly eternal spring training ends within a fortnight, and with that, the regular season roster is beginning to take shape. While the bullpen is still up in the air, several position players and potential rotation arms have been re-assigned to the minors. Among those demoted the past week is catcher-of-the-future Jorge Alfaro. This whole paragraph … Continue reading Phillies 2017 Preview: Starting Pitchers (Part 2)

Phillies 2017 Preview: Starting Pitchers (Part 1)

Snow has hit Philadelphia once again. Just when you thought spring was approaching and a faint echo resembling the crack of a bat starting tickling your eardrums, a layer of the white stuff blanketed the city and put a damper on the excitement. Make up your mind, lousy smarch weather. With each word I type (and … Continue reading Phillies 2017 Preview: Starting Pitchers (Part 1)