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!
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
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)
I know. I know. Last week I said I was finished with my preview series. After all, the last post was relief pitchers. How could that ever be topped? But I would be remiss to leave out the most consistent performer of the Phillies. Game after game, this person(?) contributes to the team in ways … Continue reading 2017 Phillies Preview: The Most Important Member of the Team
Before we continue with the 2017 preview series, let's take a moment to reflect. In 1903, the very first World Series was played. There were 16 teams in existence at that point. By 1980, 15 of those 16 teams had won a World Series. The exception? The Philadelphia Phillies. The infamous Cubs drought was a … Continue reading Phillies 2017 Preview: Relief Pitchers
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)