If it seems the Phillies’ hitters have been less patient at the plate in recent years, that’s because they have. First, I’ll present the plate discipline indicators, as defined by FanGraphs.com. Then, I’ll show you a chart of 2013 National League averages for these indicators compared to how the 2013 Phillies stack up against the NL averages. Finally, I’ll illustrate how the Phils’ plate discipline has been a downward spiral.
Roy “Doc” Halladay won his 200th career game today in a 2 – 1 victory over the Miami Marlins. That’s good news for Phillies’ fans. More good news is that Phillies pitchers gave up a total of four runs in the three-game series, which the Phils took two games to one. Now for the bad news. They scored a total of six runs in the three games. Continue reading
The Philadelphia Phillies (8-11-1) take on the Tampa Bay Rays (12-7) in about 40 minutes or so. Here are some things I’ll be watching in today’s game:
John Lannan, who was signed as a free agent for the back of the rotation, is making his fourth start of the spring and second start against the Tampa Bay Rays. In his first outing against Tampa, he gave up four runs on five hits in four innings pitched. He struck out three batters and didn’t allow a walk. After his outing on March 9th, Lannan said he had some trouble working out of the stretch. If and when he has runners on base today, I’ll be looking to see if he works out of the stretch, how effective he is if he does, or if he just pitches out of the wind-up.
Let’s see if Ben Revere can continue his torrid spring. He leads the team in at-bats this spring (47) and he’s hitting .340, to go along with his four stolen bases. He was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the last game against the Rays. I like the way this guy plays the game. If he makes the same plays in this video in the regular season, he’ll be an instant fan favorite in Philly in no time.
Which bullpen will show up for the Phils today? The one that pitched four scoreless innings on March 8th, scattering two hits and walking one or the one that pitched five innings, surrendering five earned runs on 11 hits on March 9th? Over the last four games, the bullpen has pitched much better. They’ve given up five earned runs in 211/3 innings for an ERA of just over 2.00. I think that trend of good relief pitching from the bullpen will continue today against Tampa.
Prediction: Phils 8, Rays 3
What do you think? Will the Phils win the game? Who will be the player of the game? Leave a comment below.
In professional sports, as in any job, fans understand people play different roles within an organization: Scouts scout, players play, trainers train and so on. The general manager ultimately decides which personnel are or are not a fit in the organization’s system, based on age, budget, depth and other considerations. One of the most important and, at the same time, most thankless roles in professional baseball is the manager. With the Phillies’ pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training on Tuesday, the Phillies need the proverbial “total team effort” this season to get back to the playoffs, including better “play” out of its manager.
When it comes to filling out his team’s roster with depth, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro proves once again he’s too shallow to understand who has “the goods.” For the second consecutive offseason, he has overlooked a veteran presence in the clubhouse, a guy who can get on base, play a variety of infield positions well, is considered a “gamer” in the eyes of many MLB analysts and who, by the way, fits nicely in the Phillies budget.
As the Phillies were taking stock of their offseason plans – who to trade for, who to acquire via free agency – I’d imagine that at some point, Phillies President David Montgomery gave General Manager Ruben Amaro a directive with regard to the type of player the team needs on its roster: get younger!