Saturday, March 28, 2015

WSBGMs Birthday, Phillies Spring Update & Fantasy Baseball

We Should Be GMs is about to embark on our 10th season covering the Philadelphia Phillies and today marks our 9th "birthday".  It all started way back on March 28th of 2006.

With slightly over a week of Spring Training remaining before the 2015 MLB season starts, the Phillies haven't shown any improvement.

Offense Ranks:
AVG - .233 (29th)
OBP - .288 (29th)
SLG - .330 (30th)
OPS - .618 (30th)
R - 87 (27th)
DBL - 32 (29th tied)
TRPL - 1 (29th tied)
HR - 15 (27th)
SB - 14 (16th tied)

Pitching Ranks:
ERA - 4.50 (19th)
WHIP - 1.41 (23rd)
K - 165 (21st)

*There are 2 spots up for grab in the WSBGMs fantasy baseball league through Yahoo!  Email us if interested.  Draft is on Thursday, April 2nd.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bad Spring

WSBGMs is your official reporter of gloom and doom for everything Philadelphia Phillies related.  Due to the mandated reporting, the following must be divulged...

*Rankings Out of 116 Qualified Batters
AVG: Ben Revere - .149 (112th) and Cesar Hernandez - .086 (15th)
OPS: Freddy Galvis - .560 (101st), Cesar Hernandez - .362 (115th), and Ben Revere - .349 (116th)

*Rankings Out of 52 Qualified Pitchers
ERA: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 7.53 (50th)
WHIP: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 1.81 (51st)
L: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - 3 (1st tied)
AVG: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez - .385 (52nd)

As you can clearly see, two of the Phillies 8 regulars (Revere and Galvis) are struggling mightily at the plate, one out of options utility player has been practically nonexistent (Hernandez), and the only Phillies spending splurge in international waters is sucking ass (Gonzalez). 

Stay tuned for further face punches.

Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm a Fan of David Buchanan

Entering Spring Training, David Buchanan was unjustly vying for the 5th spot in the rotation.  As a rookie, he pitched fairly well, posting a 3.75 ERA/1.29 WHIP over 117.2 IP in 20 games started.  Outside of Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, the projected rotation was blah, so giving the young and still developing Buchanan the ball every 5th day on a rebuilding club seemed like a no-brainer.  However, he was being pushed into a competition with multi-million dollar bust Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and non-roster invitee Kevin Slowey.  Unfortunately, Lee is likely out for the season, but fortunately Buchanan is there to help fill the void. And, he's proving he belonged all along.

Buchanan Spring Stats:
5 G, 2-0, 16 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 1.69 ERA, and a 0.75 WHIP.  Boo-yah!

I'm not predicting a Cy Young-esque performance outta him, but 185+ IP and a similar 3.75 ERA to last season is well within reason.  I'm a fan, or better yet, PHAN.  Ha, see what I did there?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Phillies & Beer - A Needed Combination

As WSBGMs gears up for the 2015 season, I've been stockpiling some scrumptious suds.  Craft beer and the Phillies are my hobbies, so again this year I'll be reviewing some brews along with the series previews.  I look forward to talking Phils and Pils with ya (well, not just pilseners, but you know what I mean).

Friday, March 20, 2015

Offense Not Improving, Getting Worse

Just reporting facts here folks. No opinion, purely factual.

AVG - .225 (30th)
OBP - .281 (30th)
SLG - .316 (30th)
OPS - .597 (30th)
R - 63 (26th)
DBL - 19 (29th)
TRPL - 1 (28th)
HR - 10 (25th)
SB - 8 (19th)
BB - 37 (28th)
XBH - 30 (30th)

It's alright to worry.  Seriously, you better be worried.  No really, WORRY!

ERA - 3.99 (11th)
WHIP - 1.30 (9th)
K - 111 (19th)
OPS - .746 (18th)

*Rule 5 picks - Obudel Herrera .364/.794, 10 G, 6 R, 4 SB and Andy Oliver 2-0, 4 G, 6.2 IP, 13 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP.

*Chase Utley - 5 G, .500/1.105, the only projected regular batting over .265, but has yet to play second base.

*Ben Revere - .121/.361 in 33 at bats. 

*Bullpen hopefuls Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez, and the previously mentioned Andy Oliver all sporting nil earned run averages (collectively- 17.2 IP, 0 ER).

*Joely Rodriguez, acquired from Pittsburgh in Bastardo swap, has pitched well (9 IP, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP), but has never pitched above Double-A and just like in the minors is striking nearly no one out (only 1 K).

Monday, March 16, 2015

Half Way Through Spring

The Phillies are roughly half way through Spring Training and have played 14 games with an 8-6 record.  Below you will find their offensive and pitching team stats along with MLB rank.

AVG - .225 (29th)
OPS - .592 (29th)
R - 49 (24th)
DBL - 15 (28th)
TRPL - 1 (25th)
HR - 8 (21st)
SB - 8 (16th)
BB - 27 (29th)
XBH - 24 (28th)

ERA - 3.19 (9th)
WHIP - 1.25 (8th)
W - 8 (4th)
K - 82 (23rd)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Winning, But Barely Scoring

Astonishingly enough, the Phillies have a winning record thus far in Spring Training (7-4).  However, the bats are still in winter hibernation mode.  Despite being to the good 3 wins, the Phils have a negative run differential (-6), due to a poor performing offense.  Overall, the pitching has done well (3.8 runs allowed per 9 IP).  The offense has only mustered 3.3 runs per game.  Honestly, don't expect much more than that, because they'll likely fall right around that amount in the regular season too (they only averaged 3.8 a game last season).

And yes, I know it's only Spring Training.

Spring Tid-Bits:
*Brian Bogusevic is doing his best to make the team (a near impossible feat in my opinion, due to Revere, Brown, Sizemore, Ruf, and Herrera likely staking claim to the outfield jobs).  Through 9 games he's hitting .455/1.545 with 2 HR and 5 RBI.

*Phillies catchers (Ruiz, Rupp, Hill, and Garcia) have only 4 hits in 36 at bats (.111 average).

*The Phillies have hit only 5 homeruns this Spring, and only 1 of them has been by a player that will likely be a member of the 25-man roster (Howard).

*Joely Rodriguez has a sparkling 0.00 ERA through 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks.

*Kevin Slowey is twirling some magic too, also sporting a 0.00 ERA through 6 innings.