This post has no theme, and if it did, it would be "randomness".
*Giancarlo Stanton has 21 RBI so far and is on pace for 227. I think that would be a record or something.
*Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis love the Phillies pitching. In a combined 150 games, they have 36 HR and 98 RBI. Not to mention, Uggla is a horrible defender, yet pulls Web Gems out his arse against the Phils.
*There's no denying some of the young arms in the Phillies bullpen have good to great stuff, but that doesn't translate into consistency or positive results. DeFratus, Rosenberg, and Diekman all have potential. Potential to be good or potential to be bad. The Phillies bullpen is currently ranked 29th in MLB with a 5.53 ERA. I applaud you Amaro. Dumbass.
*Mike Leake, of the Cincinnati Reds, is the first pitcher of 2014 to collect a Howard. Through the first two weeks of the season (roughly 14 games), there has been 14 Howards committed around MLB. Record breaking year?
*Mike Adams has been activated from the DL and Luis Garcia has been optioned down. Garcia didn't even appear in a game.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Atlanta Braves (8-4) @ Philadelphia Phillies (6-6)
Monday, 7:00 - Ervin Santana vs. Roberto Hernandez
Tuesday, 7:05 - David Hale vs. Cliff Lee
Wednesday, 7:05 - Julio Teheran vs. AJ Burnett
Thursday, 1:05 - Alex Wood vs. Jonathan Pettibone
R - 46 (21st tied)
AVG - .246 (16th)
OPS - .711 (14th)
They have Freddie Freeman/1B (.442/1.333) and Justin Upton/LF (.386/1.175) in the middle of the lineup, but the rest of the crew isn't anything spectacular. The group of Jayson Heyward/RF, BJ Upton/CF, and Dan Uggla/2B are off to slow starts (all batting below .200).
ERA - 2.44 (3rd)
WHIP - 1.18 (5th)
Pitching has been Atlanta's bread and butter for the past 3 decades, and continues to be the team's strength. Someone gets injured and they just plug someone in from the minors and never seem to skip a beat. Every starting pitcher going in this series has an ERA of 2.89 or less. Runs might be difficult to come by for the Phightins.
Tuesday's game will be washed out, turning it into a 3 game series rather than 4. As far as wins go, I have no clue.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
What else is good?
*Chase Utley is batting .500, word.
*Wil Nieves had more hits (3) in today's win then I thought he might get all season.
*Speaking of 3 hits, Tony Gwynn Jr. did the same today.
*Papelbon didn't blow a save this weekend.
*BJ Rosenberg hasn't allowed an earned run yet.
*Dom Brown has yet to hit a homerun, but is still hitting (.302).
Friday, April 11, 2014
Miami Marlins (5-5) @ Philadelphia Phillies (3-6)
Friday, 7:05 - Jose Fernandez vs. AJ Burnett
Saturday, 7:05 - Nate Eovaldi vs. Jonathan Pettibone
Sunday, 1:35 - Henderson Alvarez vs. KK
R - 50 (5th)
AVG - .269 (6th)
OPS - .742 (7th)
Giancarlo Stanton/RF drops bombs, Marcel Ozuna/LF is a Vlad Guerrero-esque free swinger, and young Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria may have finally discovered how to hit (.350 in 2014, .227 in 2013).
ERA - 3.72 (15th)
WHIP - 1.31 (18th)
Fernandez is Boy Wonder, Eovaldi brings it at 100 MPH, and so is basically Alvarez is the Phils only chance. Their bullpen is well stocked too, with AJ Ramos, Dan Jennings, and Steve Cishek.
Phillies continue to add to their losing streak, upping it to 6 before finally winning the series finale on Sunday.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Milwaukee Brewers (4-2) @ Philadelphia Phillies (3-3)
Tuesday, 4:05 - Kyle vs. Kyle, Lohse vs. Kendrick, KL vs. KK
Wednesday, 7:05 - Matt Garza vs. Roberto Hernandez
Thursday, 7:05 - Marco Estrada vs. Cliff Lee
Beer Makers Bats:
R - 21 (23rd)
AVG - .263 (8th)
OPS - .695 (16th)
Aramis Ramirez/3B, Kris Davis/LF, Jonathan Lucroy/C, and Carlos Gomez/CF are all off to solid starts, batting .320+/.870+. That lying sack of feces, Ryan Braun, is struggling and also has a banged up thumb. No sympathy here.
Beer Makers Arms:
ERA - 1.45 (1st)
WHIP - 0.93 (2nd)
The Brewers are fresh off a sweep of the Red Sox and it was mostly due to their pitching staff. The highest ERA of the entire group belong to Lohse and Zach Duke, a whopping 3.86. Francisco Rodriguez holds down the 9th inning.
Evil Twin- Ryan & the Beaster Bunny. This brew comes way of Denmark and is a saison style beer. Fruity esters, soft carbonation, lil' bit of funk, yeasty goodness. This is also known as a farmhouse ale. Scores a 96 on RateBeer.com and weighs in at 7% ABV.
Phils manage to sneak a win in against the Brew Crew with a 9th inning meltdown from K-Rod. Other than that, this series belongs to Milwaukee.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
*Saint Utley- still one of the best 2nd basemen in baseball.
*Chooch knows how to get on base.
*Howard is striking out, but he's getting base knocks too.
*Ben Revere is fast.
*Starting pitching, outside of Lee's Opening Day dud, has been solid.
*Have relied too much on Jayson Nix.
*Bullpen is not good. A healthy Mike Adams will help that.
*Not sure Cody Asche is an everyday player.
*Ben Revere has less power than a dead 9-volt.
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Saturday, April 05, 2014
Philadelphia Phillies (2-2) @ Chicago Cubs (1-3)
Friday, 2:20 Phillies won, 7-2
Saturday, 2:20 Cliff Lee vs. Jeff suh-MAR-jah
Sunday, 2:20 AJ Burnett vs. Carlos Villanueva
The Curse of the Goat's Bats:
Emilio Bonerface (.579/1.303) is off to a hot start, but honestly this team is void of any real offensive threat.
The Curse of the Goat's Arms:
They have some decent pitchers on their staff, but nothing star worthy. Today's start, Samardzija is the best they have to offer, but he may not even make it through the entire season with the Cubs (likely trade bait come July). Pedro Strop is good when he's good, but is bad when he's bad, much like Phils closer Papelbomb.
Today I'll be partaking in a bottle share of a plethora of craft beer styles (IPA, blondes, sours, Imperial stouts, etc.). Personally, I'm proud for one of my contributions to be Appalachian Brewing Co.'s Broad Street Barley Wine.
Given that the Phils already won the first game, I'm going to take a risk here and future forecast 1 win for the Phightins. Seriously though, sweep for the good guys!