Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Trade Deadline 2013 ends at 4 PM today, Phils likely standing pat






The Phillies may have started too late in reference to retooling the Phillies by possibly moving a couple veterans or other players that just either have been on the Phillies too long now, or by bringing in some newer players in to help spur this team on better.

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline ends at 4 PM today, and there is a doubt that the Phillies will move anybody this year.

The bloated Phillies with their $165M payroll that is third in the league for the highest payrolls, have been a big disappointment all season long. The season started out with less than stellar play from Ben Revere, and players like John Mayberry Jr, and Delmon Young. Ryan Howard was having a terrible year as well long before his injury to his knee was known about. Phillies ace, Cole Hamels has had his worst year ever, and this team just continues to steam into the depths of the National League East.

The one player that a lot of teams wanted was of course Cliff Lee, and Lee could have been moved just for salary considerations, but it doesn't appear that a deal will be done for him, but we all all day today before that is known.

The Phillies moved salary last year, and didn't benefit one bit from it, losing Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence because they were due new contracts the following season. They way the Phillies have been spending payroll money in the last few years has been unprecedented and now it appears that the Phillies again will not be in playoff contention for the second straight year.

Apparently Michael Young, who has a no-trade clause, only wants to go back to Texas if anywhere, and despite the rumors, it appears that he will stay with the Phillies. He hasn't been all that bad for this team, it's a lot of other players that could be moved if the situation was right.

Ruben Amaro's reputation as a 'deal maker' is becoming more tarnished by the day. He has gone out with a unlimited checkbook for the Phillies and signed some big free agents, but nothing really has come of all of this as the Phillies last World Series appearance is now a far back 2009.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Changes from Top to Bottom: Is Papelbon right?





Jonathan Papelbon made some comments the other night that struck a bad chord with some people that are fans of the Phillies and probably ownership and management of the Phillies. Papelbon, who was signed to be the Phillies closer in November of 2011 has spoken, and people took note of what he said.

Jonathan Papelbon was brought to Philadelphia to help them have a better chance to close out games and win them. That hasn't been what has been happening all that much in Philadelphia this year or last year, which was Papelbon's first season with the Phils.

The Phillies have played very poorly this year, and last, and have been besieged by injuries as well. Ruben Amaro, Phillies GM, has assembled some very highly paid players on this team for many years now since the 2008 World Series win, but we have seen that money can't always buy success in baseball, as evidenced by the last few years with the Phillies and the last several years with the Yankees.

Is what Jonathan Papelbon said the other day in an interview have a ringing of truth to it?

Pap made it a point to say this ballclub needed changes from top to bottom, meaning that the change may be even as high as Amaro's office. Ruben Amaro has had a good run with the Phillies but the success of this team hasn't been up to what one would expect with all of the great players that have signed here. That is sometimes a measure of success that you can either bask in the sunlight if your players do well, or suffer the consequences of finding new employment if you players that you bring onto a team, with the high caliber type players the Phillies have signed, do poorly.

Let's be honest and look at this team without the notion from a fan's perspective, the team hasn't done all that well at all.

Phillies teams since 2010: (thanks to Baseball-Reference.com)

2010:

The Phillies followed up their 2009 World Series appearance by making it to the NLCS, only to lose to the San Francisco Giants by a 4-2 margin.


2011:

Phillies win the most games ever in the franchise history, but fail in the Division series, losing 3-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals.


2012:

This was the start of the very poor play and injuries that plagued the Phillies, but the lack of getting 'younger' and top prospects back into the Phillies farm system have started to haunt the Phillies. The team finishes 81-81 and are completely out of the playoffs. 2013 has been a mirror of the 2012 debacle season by the team. 


Of course Papelbon has a funny side to him and let's not forget the way he mocked his old manager Terry Francona, so you can't always believe what he says....








Monday, July 29, 2013

Seven Games Of Agony (now 8) - Phillies Talk Podcast





One of the longest losing streaks of the season now for the Phillies and we're talking about it on the longest running independent show on the internet that follows the Phillies. It's Rich and Jim from Phillies Talk Podcast, and 'Seven Games Of Agony' from Sunday, July 28th 2013.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Phillies face two toughest teams in baseball, and look horrible

Lee and Amaro in happier times


It's the double whammy. The Phillies road trip to St. Louis to visit the Cardinals and then onto Detroit to face the Tigers. We had hoped for them to play well during the remaining days of July, but the Phillies have come up empty.

Some good news in the mix as the Phillies have been named as a team that may land a top prospect, wow, why don't I have such a good feeling about this. The pitcher's name is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, and he has reportedly signed with the Phillies for what has been printed as much as $59M for 6 years. Why don't I feel so good about this?

Cliff Lee our top ace this year is sidelined with a stiff neck tonight against the Detroit Tigers, they usually do this only after a deal has been struck for a player of his caliber around the trade deadline, and this appears to be just that. Is Lee on his way out of Philadelphia?

The Phillies have found the funk again, they can't get out of their own way, and have been losing more than one of the top contestants on The Biggest Loser. They have been stumbling and bumbling their way through baseball games now for about a week straight. Is there any end to this type of play?



  Teams are circling around the Phillies now like buzzards waiting to pick away at the best parts of this team. It's in a state of collapse as we chug into the end of July, and through it all, Cliff Lee, one player that has been garnering a lot of interest, likes his team, the Phillies. ESPN reports a lot of interest in him though, with a signing of a pitcher @ $50-$59M like it has been rumored to have happened does this make Lee expendable?

Here's what ESPN says:



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Phillies playing top team in NL in Cardinals






The Cardinals have been on a bit of a roll, they were the first team in the NL to reach 60 wins, that came with the victory against the Phillies on Tuesday night. The Cards have reeled off a record of 7-3 in their last 10 games prior to the start of Wednesday night's game.

It's no accident that the Cardinals are playing well, looking at their lineup they have a well balanced attack that features a lot of the line up in the .300 BA range or above:

Rk Pos Age AB R H HR RBI BA
1 C Yadier Molina 30 337 43 113 7 52 .335
2 1B Allen Craig 28 364 53 122 10 79 .335
3 2B Matt Carpenter* 27 373 76 121 9 48 .324
4 SS Pete Kozma 25 299 29 72 1 30 .241
5 3B David Freese 30 280 33 77 5 33 .275
6 LF Matt Holliday 33 310 64 83 13 47 .268
7 CF Jon Jay* 28 332 47 83 5 38 .250
8 RF Carlos Beltran# 36 341 53 104 19 55 .305
Rk Pos Age AB R H HR RBI BA
9 2B Daniel Descalso* 26 171 25 47 3 26 .275
10 1B Matt Adams* 24 146 19 44 7 26 .301
11 OF Shane Robinson 28 66 14 16 2 8 .242
12 UT Ty Wigginton 35 57 9 9 0 3 .158
13 C Tony Cruz 26 47 6 9 0 5 .191
14 LF Brock Peterson 29 5 0 0 0 1 .000
15 2B Ryan Jackson 25 3 0 0 0 0 .000
16 C Rob Johnson 30 3 1 1 0 0 .333
17 LF Jermaine Curtis 25 2 0 0 0 0 .000
Rk Pos Age AB R H HR RBI BA
18 P Adam Wainwright 31 45 2 5 0 2 .111
19 P Lance Lynn 26 30 1 3 0 2 .100
20 P Shelby Miller 22 32 1 2 1 1 .063
21 P Jake Westbrook 35 23 3 5 0 2 .217
22 P Jaime Garcia* 26 21 0 0 0 0 .000
23 P Joe Kelly 25 8 1 1 0 0 .125
24 P Tyler Lyons# 25 8 0 1 0 0 .125
25 P Michael Wacha 21 7 0 1 0 1 .143
26 P John Gast* 24 5 1 0 0 0 .000
27 P Trevor Rosenthal 23 1 0 0 0 0 .000
28 P Edward Mujica 29 1 0 0 0 0 .000
29 P Seth Maness 24 1 0 0 0 0 .000
30 P Fernando Salas 28 1 0 0 0 0 .000
31 P Maikel Cleto 24 1 0 0 0 0 .000
32 P Marc Rzepczynski* 27 1 0 0 0 0 .000
33 P Victor Marte 32 0 0 0 0 0
34 P Randy Choate* 37 0 0 0 0 0
35 P Mitchell Boggs 29 0 0 0 0 0
36 P Carlos Martinez 21 0 0 0 0 0
37 P Keith Butler 24 0 0 0 0 0
38 P Michael Blazek 24 0 0 0 0 0
39 P Kevin Siegrist* 23 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 29.0 3321 481 919 82 459 .277
Rank in 15 NL teams 13 1 1 12 1
Non-Pitcher Totals 29.1 3136 472 901 81 451 .287
Pitcher Totals 27.3 185 9 18 1 8 .097
Rk Pos Age AB R H HR RBI BA

Generated 7/24/2013.


The Cardinals are also riding high as of Wednesday afternoon, they were 23 G above .500 on the season which was their season high. The fact is that the Cardinals are just playing good solid baseball, and in contrast it shows a lot about the deficiencies of the Phillies and where they aren't doing well.

The Phillies will win a couple and then drop back and lose 4-5 games in a row to nullify their winning streaks, they just cannot find a a solid ground to build from.

If the Phillies do 'sell' in the next week without acquiring anyone who can help them, it is all for nothing. It's not going to serve the Phillies good now or in the near future to do that. To give and take but to get someone that is going to make an impact and help invigorate this team is what the Phillies need to do. They have plenty of trade bait, but does any contending team need the services of a well paid superstar that is in need of a new home? That is more the question, simply dumping salary doesn't make a team better, in fact it usually makes it much worse.