Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Michael Martinez- Historically Horrible

Fear not Phans, Michael Martinez is back, but this time with the Pirates (Phucco!).  His shortcomings were lamented on WSBGMs aplenty when he played for the Phillies, so why stop now?  You know we love to beat a dead horse.

Since 1901, 4439 batters (non-pitchers), have been to the plate 400+ times (Martinez currently at 407 plate apperances).  He ranks 4427th with a .185 batting average and 4421st with a .492 OPS.  How the hell does this man continue to hold a job?  That is historically horrible.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ryan Howard First Basemen MLB Rankings

Let's check up on Philadelphia Phillies $25M first baseman Ryan Howard and his statistical rankings among qualified first basemen in MLB.  Warning- not good.  Actually awful.  Good job Amaro!

*Out of 24 qualified first basemen
AVG - .219 (20th)
OBP - .301 (22nd)
SLG - .378 (21st tied)
OPS - .679 (23rd)
R - 44 (11th)
DBL - 10 (21st tied)
HR - 15 (9th)
RBI - 58 (9th)
BB - 41 (9th)
K - 116 (1st)
WAR - {-0.5} (23rd)

Monday, July 14, 2014

All Star Break- Enjoy

Chase Utley is the Phillies lone representative in the 2014 All Star game. He deserves it. All others...meh. This team is about to be blown to smithereens. They deserve it.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Series Preview- The Phillies Will Lose

It doesn't matter if the Phillies were playing the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Bad News Bears, my former high school's junior varsity softball team, or my sons' t-ball team, they'll lose every damn time.  Dark times are upon us.  Dark times.  Haven't seen a team this shitty since the 90's, but that was with a minuscule/cheapskate payroll.  The current cast of Philadelphia Phillies are well paid, under performing has-beens and never-will-bes.  I don't dislike the players.  I root for them every game.  I dislike hate the management of this team, aka Ruin Tomorrow Jr.  WSBGMs has been saying for years that his stupid trades, contract signings, mishandling of the draft, and international signings would be the death of this franchise.  Guess what?  It was.  I fairly certain that the Phils won't have a winning season again until we're into the 2020's.  Pathetic. Sad. Infuriating.

By the way, they do open a series in Milwaukee tonight against the NL's best team, the Brewers.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Shutouts, Minor Updates & Other Stuff

The Phillies were shutout for the 11th time this season.  That's roughly an average of once every 10 games (13% of games played).  That's pathetic.  Be ashamed.

Jason Marquis is looking worthy of a promotion.  In 3 minor league starts he boasts a 0.50 ERA/0.83 WHIP over 18 innings with 19 strikeouts. Of course, should KK be traded, instantly a spot in the rotation opens for him.

Grady Sizemore is making a decent first impression too, batting .300/.867 in 5 games with the Iron Pigs.  I foresee Marlon Byrd being traded, opening a spot for a platoon in RF of Sizemore and Ruf.

The Phillies have the 4th worst record in baseball (36-48), 4th fewest runs (319), and the 2nd worst OPS (.669).  That's pathetic.  Be ashamed.

Mike Adams has been placed on the 60-day DL, so that eliminates any chance of him being traded before July 31.

*Above image stolen borrowed without consent from the lovely archives of Google images.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Roster Be Changin'

1. Ronny Cedeno was traded to Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Raywilly Gomez.  Cedeno played in 7 games, collecting 9 at bats, and no hits for the Phillies, so trading him for anything is an accomplishment. Gomez is a 24 year old, and is currently in Double A.  He's a career .286/.736 hitter over 526 minor league games, with solid on base skills, but no power.

2. Luis Garcia was up, then down for the doubleheader on Saturday.  He served as the team's 26th man, which MLB now allows for on such occasions.

3. Sean O'Sullivan started the nightcap of the doubleheader on Saturday and was then promptly designated for assignment to create a roster spot for utility infielder Andres Blanco.  He was hitting .241/.598 for the Iron Pigs this year, so don't get excited.  In fact, get pissed, because it's further proof Amaro does nothing right.

4. Carlos Ruiz hit the 7-day DL with a concussion and catcher Koyie Hill was summoned from Lehigh Valley to take his place.

5. Ethan Martin was sent packing back down to the minors and whipping boy BJ Rosenberg was recalled.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bullpen ERAs & Minor League Signings

Bullpen ERAs:
1. Ken Giles - 1.29 ERA, 7 G, 7 IP, 12 K, 0.71 WHIP
2. Jonathan Papelbon - 1.44 ERA, 32 G, 31.1 IP, 27 K, 0.96 WHIP
3. Justin DeFratus - 1.71 ERA, 19 G, 21 IP, 19 K, 1.00 WHIP
4. Mike Adams - 2.12 ERA, 19 G, 17 IP, 20 K, 1.18 WHIP
5. Mario Hollands - 2.20 ERA, 31 G, 28.2 IP, 23 K, 1.05 WHIP
6. Antonio Bastardo - 2.68 ERA, 35 G, 37 IP, 45 K, 1.08 WHIP
7. Jake Diekman - 4.25 ERA, 37 G, 36 IP, 48 K, 1.31 WHIP

This is a welcomed sign, as some of those arms are young and controllable. When Mike Adams comes back, that's a pretty solid bullpen.  Diekman's ERA might be high, but he still has value because of his strikeout rate.

Minor League Signings:
1. Grady Sizemore - was a beast in Cleveland until injuries derailed his career.  Missed all of 2012 and 2013.  Started the season with the Red Sox, but was released earlier this month after hitting .216/.612 in 52 games.  Lifetime he's put up far better numbers, .266/.819, 141 HR, 139 SB, in 944 games. The 31 year old is set to debut tonight for the Iron Pigs.

2. Jason Marquis - working his way back from a season-ending injury last year, he's been signed to add depth to the starting rotation. Makes his debut with the Iron Pigs tonight.  Career 121-114 record, with a 4.56 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP over 14 MLB seasons.

3. Russ Canzler - career .271/.700 hitter in 29 MLB games.  The 28 year old provides depth at corner infield and outfield.  In 11 minor league season, he's hit .274/.802 with 120 homeruns.  Was in the starting lineup for Lehigh Valley yesterday.