Monday, October 27, 2014

Could Hamels be on his way to Boston? Would Red Sox deal Cespedes?

There was a report a couple days ago that Cole Hamels was fine tuning a list of teams that he'd be willing to be traded to. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause that he has updated to include a list of teams he didn't want to be traded to according to reports.

The Boston Red Sox seem to be a team in need of a star pitcher, and claimed Hamels last season in a waiver that was revoked by the Phillies, so the interest is there.

What could the Red Sox offer the Phillies?

Would the Red Sox offer up Yoenis Cespedes in a trade for the top caliber pitching offered by Cole Hamels? That would be about the only player on the Red Sox that would be of value to the Phillies, you could even package up Domonic Brown along with this deal and possibly get someone in the minors that has some value from the Red Sox as well.

Time will tell if Hamels will be dealt in an offseason that is very important to this team, but so far they've only signed a couple of players without making any major moves.

The idea is not to give away players like Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro, did with Hunter Pence. He practically gave an All-Star to the Giants for next to nothing. This trade mentality haunts Amaro and it shouldn't be repeated.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Phillies resign Sizemore for 1 year: Good move

The Phillies resigned Grady Sizemore for a one year contract for a bargain, $2M for the single season. This is what the Phillies have done now for consecutive days, resign a couple players that looked good for the Phils in the past season.

Can Sizemore get more playing time to get into a groove? That is the question of what will make the Phillies a better team.

With so many lineup changes in the past couple seasons, this blogger can only say that this has been one of the primary reasons that the Phillies haven't been as effective as they should have been. A team is a team for that reason. Don't start different players in different positions every game, that's a foolish way of trying to tweak a team from the bench on a daily basis. Make your position players just that, they've won the job and they should play.

Will the Phillies not contend for the next couple seasons as acting Phillies interim CEO, Pat Gillick has said? Hopefully he is wrong, the Phillies need to do better than that and can if properly setup by the management that has failed to do so in the past couple of years now. Off-season league updates: Ruf, Perkins, Quinn, Altherr Off-season league updates: Ruf, Perkins, Quinn, Altherr

Check out what the Phillies of the future are up to right now in other leagues from the blog.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Phillies signing Williams no surprise

One thing that we've learned from the current Phillies GM is that he'll spend wildly on a big 'named' player, but he really loves to bottom fish for a bargain priced player as well.

Jerome Williams is the latest 'bargain' that the Phillies have plucked from obscurity to sign to a small contract, if you can call a $2M contract small anymore.

Williams signing was a no-brainer, he stepped into a lineup that needed some stability. He provided a big amount of stability among a few other pitchers who were earning millions and somehow couldn't do better.

The season that Jerome Williams put in with the Phillies was only 9 starts but he finished up 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA. You have to wonder why Williams didn't stay with a team for any length of time in his major league career.

Williams is 48-54 for his career, and hasn't pitched too well with any team that he's been with. He pitched to a 9-10 record with a 4.57 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels in 2013.

Can Williams continue with his winning ways in '15 with the Phils? We'll see.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BBA Voting Awards season from the Philadelphia chapter

Awards season is upon us again for baseball and once again the BBA, Baseball Bloggers Alliance, is taking part in the process. Here's the list from the Philadelphia Chapter.

Connie Mack
Clint Hurdle

Don Mattingly

Matt Williams

Willie Mays
Jacob DeGrom

Daivd Peralta

Ken Giles

Goose Gossage
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
Mark Melancom

Walter Johnson
Clayton Kershaw
Johnny Cueto
Adam Wainwright
Cole Hamels 
Jordan Zimmerman

Stan Musial

Clayton Kershaw
Giancarlo Stanton
Andrew McCutchen
Jonathan Lucroy
Yaseil Puig
Buster Posey
Anthony Rendon
Anthony Rizzo
Johnny Cueto
Carlos Gomez

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Phillies Talk Podcast - End of season talk and some playoff notes

It's time for another edition of Phillies Talk Podcast with Rich and Jim. We're talking about how the Phillies did towards the end of the year and what they can do in the off season to fix some of the problems with the team. Also, some playoff talk, with who we think may end up in the World Series. Join us for the off-season as this show goes on year round with interesting interviews and topics that will keep the time passing well until Spring Training 2015.

The 2014 Phillies: Stats, stats and more stats for the season

Chase Utley played his normally tough game all year this season, some had worried his career was over but it didn't look that way this year

The Phillies season was not anything to get excited about, they finished last in the NL East for the first time since 2000, and really never got off the ground from the start of the season.

Here’s some of the player stats that was the 2014 season by the team:

Top player in 2014 (as measured by Wins Above Replacement player stat):

Cole Hamels  6.9

In 2013, this honor went to Cliff Lee who had a 7.5 score in that measurement

Most hits in 2014:

Ben Revere had the most hits in 2014, with 184. Revere only scored 71 times during the season though. Jimmy Rollins ended up with 78 runs scored with Chase Utley right behind him at 74.

Most RBI in 2014:

Ryan Howard was the Phillies leader in RBI in 2014 with 95. Marlon Byrd finished with 85 on the season.

Best Batting Average in 2014:

Ben Revere led the best batting average for the team in 2014, he finished with .306 and in the top 10 in the NL, the Phillies team BA was .242 which was tied for 24th (with the Houston Astros) in the MLB out of 30 teams or 10th in the NL out of 15 teams.

Here's how the starting 8 looked for BA:

Rk Pos Name Age G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA ▾
1 CF Ben Revere* 26 151 601 184 13 7 2 28 49 .306
2 2B Chase Utley* 35 155 589 159 36 6 11 78 85 .270
3 RF Marlon Byrd 36 154 591 156 28 2 25 85 185 .264
4 3B Cody Asche* 24 121 397 100 25 0 10 46 102 .252
5 C Carlos Ruiz 35 110 381 96 25 1 6 31 60 .252
6 SS Jimmy Rollins# 35 138 538 131 22 4 17 55 100 .243
7 LF Domonic Brown* 26 144 473 111 22 1 10 63 91 .235
8 1B Ryan Howard* 34 153 569 127 18 1 23 95 190 .223
Team Totals 31.1 162 5603 1356 251 27 125 584 1306 .242
Rank in 15 NL teams 2 10 13 10 9 12 10
Non-Pitcher Totals 31.1 162 5303 1313 245 27 125 575 1178 .248
Pitcher Totals 31.3 162 300 43 6 0 0 9 128 .143
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2014.

The Strikeout and Walk:

The Phillies ended the season with a team total of 1,306 strikeouts. This was the 8th most out of 30 MLB teams. The team with the fewest was the Kansas City Royals with 985 on the season. Two Phillies players, Ryan Howard (190) and Marlon Byrd (185) finished with a combined total of 375 SO with just two players.

Interestingly enough, the Royals also ended with the least walks (380) by any MLB team this season, the Phillies finished 18th in that category with 443.

Most wins by a pitcher for the Phils in '14:

Kyle Kendrick led the Phillies with 10 wins on the season. Cole Hamels had 9 and AJ Burnett finished with 8 on the season.

Most strikeouts for the Phils:

Cole Hamels finished with 198 SO and AJ Burnett was right behind him with 190. The Phils as a team were 14th in the MLB at 1,255 total strikeouts on the season. That total was 9th in the NL, the best in the NL were the Dodgers at 1,373.

Longest / Shortest streaks:

Wins - 5 in a row

Losses- 6 in a row

Fans in the stands:

The Phillies home attendance was 10th out of 15 NL teams this year for a total of 2,423,852

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Phillies: Howard Eskin reports erroneous information on Phils

The news from Howard Eskin, a local sports reporter, the other night on a local news broadcast apparently sounded real enough for the Phillies to dispute it.

The Eskin news article stated that the Phillies ownership was in flux and the Middleton family had tried to seek control of the team in order to change the make up of the team and shake things up. Eskin reported that David Montgomery was going to be 'pushed out' of ownership so that the Phillies could make certain trades and take the team in a different direction.

The Phillies issued a statement following the report that this information was false and not credible.

It's just another weird twist in the career of Howard Eskin when it comes to covering the Phillies. If you remember some years ago, Eskin and former Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel got into a verbal argument about what was wrong with the team back then.

For the recor though, Eskin released a comment that he stands by his story. We'll see.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Phillies ownership shocker: Asking all the coaches to stay after '14 disaster

The first announcement of the Phillies willingness to keep the coaching staff has Ruben's name written all over it

It was supposed to be a time of change. The Phillies put in a clunker of a season. Things had to change, it was a last place finish and the Phils looked bad a whole lot on the field this year.

One of the first announcements from Phillies ownership just a couple days after the season of misery came to an end was they asked all of the coaches to return.


When something isn't working, the first spotlight is shown on the coaching staff. They didn't get something right. It's commonplace for a team to get some new coaching in so that things might change. That didn't happen just days after the Phillies turned in a really bad season.

An offense that ranked near the bottom of the NL, and pitching that was 20th in the MLB of 30 teams for the top few catagories and this is the first announcement in the off season?

If anything, Ryne Sandberg and the coaching staff didn't get enough blame for this season. Charlie Manuel used to get ragged in the press and from the fans for less but little has been said or written about with the style of Sandberg, and his coaching staff which includes Larry Bowa.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Revere finished with .306 but not much else

Howard finished with 95 RBI on the season, in contrast with just 28 all season from Revere

Ben Revere finished in the top 10 in Batting Average for the 2014 season and he was great in the outfield on defense. Is there much more a player can do for a team?

Well, Ben's offense stopped at the BA stat, if it wasn't for this nice top 10 finish, there would be much to say about his season.

In a stat measured called Isolated Power, Revere was not very good at .055 and rated the lowest of any top 10 batting average finisher - his 28 RBI was lowest total of any center fielder in the National League as was his HR production.

Revere's total on the season of 22 extra base hits is also the lowest among all NL center fielders.

You gotta like the way Revere approaches the game, he has a great attitude and has fun out there, but the Phillies need more production and this is one area in which they lacked good offensive numbers.