Monday, March 02, 2015

Updated 2015 Phillies Projections

After yesterday's embarrassing loss to the Division II University of Tampa, baseball gurus around the globe went back to their trusty computer programs and rehashed the Phillies 2015 projections.  Many were already picking them to be the worst team in baseball, but it appears they'll be even worse than originally believed.

Updated 2015 Philadelphia Phillies record: 2-160.  

The omnipotent minds over at foresee Cole Hamels leading the Phils to an Opening Day victory against the Red Sox, then promptly being traded to them the following day.  The other lone win of the season is predicted for August 4th against the Dodgers.  It will be a pitching duel between Clayton Kershaw and Jerome Williams, with the only run of the game being scored, ironically enough, on a Jimmy Rollins error.  Jerome tosses a perfect game.

Excited for the season yet?!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Burrell Finally Gets His Due

Pat "The Bat" Burrell was WSBGMs first inductee into our Hall of Fame.  Here's a snippet of our first ballot from back in 2009.

Pat Burrell - Burrell is my favorite Phillie of all time, so this is a sentimental pick for me. But he has some WSBGM's Hall cred, too. Possibly no other player has been as analyzed and scrutinized as often and as severely as Pat Burrell. But his on-field performance is only part of what makes Pat Burrel fascinating. Homeruns made Burrell a favorite, but stories of womanizing, boozing, Marlboro smoking have made him a legend.

Burrell posts - There are soooooo many Burrell posts, I can't begin to narrow them down. Just search for Burrell on the blog search on the right toolbar if you are so inclined. You'll find posts marking the end of the Burrell era (two years ago...), posts touting him for an All-Star spot, and MVP award or the Triple Crown, and posts arguing that he should play more and play less. So, in lieu of specific posts, I'll put up a few of my favorite Burrell photos.

Well, he's already been inducted into both the WSBGMs Hall of Fame and his alma mater's at the University of Miami.  And now, he gets the recognition he deserves as a member of the Phillies, becoming a member of their Wall of Fame in 2015.  Congrats!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cliff Lee Magic 8-Ball Interview

"I brought this to answer my hard questions." Cliff Lee said.

Questions like, "Phillies president Pat Gillick said the team would not contend until 2017."

"Hold on a second," Lee said, picking up the Magic 8 Ball. "Most likely." When asked more about the same issue, Lee responded, "Yes, definitely."

"Yes, definitely you want to be traded?"

"Let me see," Lee said. "That's another tough one. I don't know if I want to answer that." Lee looked at the ball again. "Very doubtful."

Savvy vet!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cole Hamels- Clap, Clap, Clap

WSBGMs wants to take this opportunity and platform to congratulate Cole Hamels on speaking his mind and the blunt truth.  We applaud you Cole!
"I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here. This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality." ~Cole Hamels

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentines Phlashback to Better Times

Hey, we still have Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, which means we're half as good as we used to be.  102 wins in 2011, 51 in 2015?

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Phillies Projected to be Worst Team in Baseball

*Courtesy of Fangraphs
Left- 2014, Right- 2015

As you can see from the graphic above, the Phillies are projected to be the worst team in Major League Baseball in 2015.  They'll score the fewest runs, have a poor pitching staff, and have the worst run differential. 

Projections aren't gospel, they're generated by computers for the most part.  Hell, Brien Taylor was once projected to be an ace.  However, in the case of the Phightins, I must agree with the prognosticators.  The Diamondbacks, Braves, and Rockies are shitty teams too, but the shittiest team resides in Philadelphia this season.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chad Billingsley Gets Guaranteed Money

From 2006-2013, Chad Billingsley was a solid MLB pitcher for the Dodgers.  Over 8 seasons, he won 81 games in 190 starts, with 1175.1 innings pitched, 1037 strikeouts, a 3.65 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP.  Problem being, his last MLB action was 2 games back in April of 2013, NONE in 2014.  Yet, the omnipotent Ruin Tomorrow Jr. decided to dole out a guaranteed $1.5M to him.  Must be nice to be a has-been on the mend and be rewarded handsomely.

Seriously though, perhaps Billingsley will be able to return to form.  He's only 30 years old. He has plenty of incentive to perform well.  It's a minimal risk, though, I totally thought it would be a minor league contract.

To create room for Billingsley on the 40 man roster, the Phillies designated Cesar Jimenez for assignment.  The 30 year old lefty has appeared in 35 games for the Phils over the last two seasons, posting a nice 2.73 ERA and 0.7 WAR.  He's nothing special, but he's sure as hell better than that no-talent ass-clown Canadian, Phillippe Aumont, who still owns a spot on the 40 man roster for some unfathomable reason.

All We Do Is Win(ce)

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