Monday, April 27, 2015

Can the Phillies climb ahead in the odds race?





It goes without saying that the Phillies have struggled out of the gate, losing 11 of their first 16 games to crash to the bottom of the NL East standings. The Phillies have already lost four of their first five series and there appears to be no end in sight to the Phillies’ woes.

Offense has been an obvious problem. The Phillies have swung the bat poorly in their opening five series, recording a team batting average of just .214, the worst mark in the entire National League. They are also at the bottom of the pile in the runs and RBI departments, posting just 49 runs and 47 RBIs through 16 games.

It’s tough enough to win with your offense out of sync it’s even harder when your pitching is struggling as well. Through their first five series in April, the Phillies’ pitching staff has walked a total of 66 batters, the highest in the majors this season. With problems engulfing the club left and right, it isn’t a surprise to see Philadelphia’s odds to win the championship tumble. Current MLB betting lines at TopBet show the Phillies are far from the favorite in 2015, sitting at +40,000 to capture the World Series this season.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though, for the struggling Phillies. Cody Asche has provided some glimmer of hope for the Philadelphia faithful with his excellent play this season. Through 15 games played, Asche is 18-of-59 with two homers, two doubles, three RBIs and four walks.


Asche can’t do it all by his lonesome, though. For Philadelphia to turn its season around, the veterans need to step it up and start contributing on the offensive end. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have been simply atrocious to start the season, batting .193 and .121, respectively, for the Phillies through their first five series. Howard has been miserable at the plate, striking out 18 times, while Utley only has seven hits in 58 at-bats.

Phils on the road vs. St Louis minus Wainwright



Wainwright is pictured after injuring himself in Milwaukee




The Phillies will open up a 4-game series tonight in St. Louis after taking two games from the Braves at CBP over the weekend.

Adam Wainwright won't be facing the Phillies on this trip and may be out for the season pending additional tests that he'll undergo today in the St. Louis area. His left ankle and Achillies are injured, and the Cards will be without him for a while in the least.

The injury could open the door for the Pirates and Cubs in the NL Central who are improving and looking to overtake the Cardinals hold on that division.

The Phils and the Cards square off at 8:15 PM EDT for Mon-Wednesday's games, and then a 1:45 PM business person's special on Thursday to finish up the series before moving on to May 1st and Miami for a weekend series there.

The Phils probable starters against St. Louis:

Mon: Cole Hamels

Tue: Severino Gonzalez

Wed: Aaron Harang

Thu: David Buchanan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Is this the last hurrah for Chase Utley?



Utley has had a mighty struggle in 2015 is it just the weather and a slow start?


With nearly a month of play in the books so far, you wouldn't expect Chase Utley to have done so poorly in that time.

Chase has had 56 AB and is batting an incredibly low .125 while scoring 3 R and striking out 11 times. Can this be the end of Chase's career?

Utley, who is 36 is currently in his 13th year in the MLB, and he has another 3 years on his contract for and additional $45M beyond the $15M he'll earn in 2015.

Some have to wonder is this just a very slow start for Chase or is his career in jeopardy of ending? With each game he goes out there and the results are disappointing, the possibility of an abrupt end to the career of this great Phillies player exists.

 Sometimes it happens fast, when all the skills the younger player had is now gone. Hopefully we're just seeing an early season struggle.



Phils eek out victory against error filled game by Braves in rare error walk off win



Galvis comes up with the winning run last night for the Phillies who sorely needed a win





The Phillies manager has continually said he is stressing the fundamentals. Ryne Sandberg has to keep on saying this in the first month of the season so far because the Phillies just can't seem to play baseball using the fundamentals. They've made plenty of throwing mistakes, errors, and assorted other fundmental parts of the game that they just don't seem to do well.

Last night, it was the Braves who looked like they didn't have it all together, and the Phillies waited until the 9th inning to get a run home, mainly on the efforts of Freddie Galvis, who seemed to take advantage of a lax Braves defense and scampered home on a hit to first base last night.

Again, Aaron Harrang kept the Phillies in this game that went scoreless until the bottom of the 9th inning.

The Braves scattered 4 errors in this game, to help the Phils earn the victory in this game. It was the first time since 1975 that the Phillies won the game on a walk-off error  when Freddie Freeman booted the ball that was hit to him by Ben Revere.

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Phillies welcome Marlins for first time in 2015


Haren goes tonight for the Marlins in Philadelphia




The Phillies welcome in the Miami Marlins for the first time this season to Philly tonight.


Recently, Marlins slugger, Giancarlo "Mike" Stanton said that the Marlins haven't been fiery enough for him. I wonder what he would say if he was on the Phillies?

The only team in the NL East not playing better than the Phillies is the Miami Marlins. They sit at 3-10 on the season and come into tonight's game trying to snap a 4-game losing streak.

Dan Haren is pitching for the Marlins tonight and here's how his career has looked over his 13 season in the big leagues:

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS IP Awards
2003 22 STL 3 7 .300 5.08 14 14 72.2
2004 23 STL 3 3 .500 4.50 14 5 46.0
2005 24 OAK 14 12 .538 3.73 34 34 217.0
2006 25 OAK 14 13 .519 4.12 34 34 223.0
2007 ★ 26 OAK 15 9 .625 3.07 34 34 222.2 AS
2008 ★ 27 ARI 16 8 .667 3.33 33 33 216.0 AS
2009 ★ 28 ARI 14 10 .583 3.14 33 33 229.1 AS,CYA-5
2010 29 TOT 12 12 .500 3.91 35 35 235.0
2010 29 ARI 7 8 .467 4.60 21 21 141.0
2010 29 LAA 5 4 .556 2.87 14 14 94.0
2011 30 LAA 16 10 .615 3.17 35 34 238.1 CYA-7
2012 31 LAA 12 13 .480 4.33 30 30 176.2
2013 32 WSN 10 14 .417 4.67 31 30 169.2
2014 33 LAD 13 11 .542 4.02 32 32 186.0
2015 34 MIA 1 0 1.000 2.08 2 2 13.0
13 Yrs 143 122 .540 3.76 361 350 2245.1
162 Game Avg. 14 12 .540 3.76 35 33 215
ARI (3 yrs) 37 26 .587 3.56 87 87 586.1
OAK (3 yrs) 43 34 .558 3.64 102 102 662.2
LAA (3 yrs) 33 27 .550 3.52 79 78 509.0
STL (2 yrs) 6 10 .375 4.85 28 19 118.2
LAD (1 yr) 13 11 .542 4.02 32 32 186.0
WSN (1 yr) 10 14 .417 4.67 31 30 169.2
MIA (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 2.08 2 2 13.0
NL (8 yrs) 67 61 .523 3.94 180 170 1073.2
AL (6 yrs) 76 61 .555 3.59 181 180 1171.2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/21/2015.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Phillies offense needs serious tuning


Ryne Sandberg has got to find the answer to the lack of Phillies scoring runs



The Phillies offense hasn't been all that good this season. You can kind of figure that out without look too closely at stats.

But a closer look at some stats bring this astonishing fact to light better. The Phils run scoring is 14th of 15 teams in the NL, the offense has only managed 31 runs in the first 12 games.

From all the stats, this one is particularity relevant to the lack of Phils offense as well. The team is batting .213 which is 15th out of 15 NL teams so far.

Some players that have struggled the most are:

Darin Ruf - BA .107
Chase Utley - BA .119
Grady Sizemore - BA .136
Ben Revere - BA .158
Ryan Howard - BA .167

On the plus side Chase Utley is sitting with 8 RBI on the year. Cody Asche is also hot at .361 so far.

The Phils have hit 6 HR on the year and have had 16 HR hit against them. The RBI have been scattered so far, so to improve there would be a great plus as the Phillies have had plenty on base to drive home, but so far it's been a very difficult thing for the Phils to do. The Phillies face Steven Strasburg this afternoon in Washington.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Phils face 'Dark Knight' Harvey and the Mets tonight



Matt Harvey 'The Dark Knight' is on the mound for NY




The Phillies have the non-envious job of facing Matt Harvey aka The Dark Knight as they call him in NY tonight in game two of the series in New York.

This Phillies need a turn around with their offense fast if they are going to have a chance at winning this ballgame and for the last game in the series.

The Phils have many starters that are under the Mendoza line of .200 and that has hurt the team despite the team is 3-4 on the season.


Here's how the offense has looked through 7 full games:


Rk Pos Name G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA
1 C Carlos Ruiz 5 16 1 5 0 0 0 1 4 .313
2 1B Ryan Howard* 6 24 0 4 3 0 0 1 8 .167
3 2B Chase Utley* 7 22 1 2 0 0 0 3 6 .091
4 SS Freddy Galvis# 7 25 2 10 1 0 0 1 2 .400
5 3B Cody Asche* 6 18 1 8 0 0 0 1 5 .444
6 LF Ben Revere* 7 28 2 4 0 0 0 0 5 .143
7 CF Odubel Herrera* 7 18 1 4 1 0 0 2 3 .222
8 RF Jeff Francoeur 6 18 1 4 1 0 1 3 3 .222
Rk Pos Name G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA
9 OF Grady Sizemore* 5 15 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 .133
10 UT Darin Ruf 5 13 2 1 0 0 1 1 4 .077
11 2B Cesar Hernandez# 6 10 2 2 0 0 0 2 3 .200
12 3B Andres Blanco# 4 8 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 .375
13 C Cameron Rupp 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Rk Pos Name G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/14/2015.