Sunday, October 25, 2015

Old ties help Klentak rise to Philies GM







The face of the Phillies is changing faster than you can order a cheesesteak and whoof it down before you sit down to watch the Eagles game tonight. Expected to be announced any day now as official, the Phils are expected to announce Matt Klentak as Phillies GM.

Gone are the 'family ties' type of operation that the Phillies organization has been running over the past 40 years or so, and now we find this team being run by people who were never here for most of their baseball careers, and have no real ties to the Phillies organization.

Yes, chalk it up to the 'modern' era of the way baseball is being run. Much different for Phillies fans that it's ever been for sure. The 'old' days of rising up through the ranks of the organization here in Philly have been replaced by the hiring of new team President, Andy MacPhail and now he's brought in a former employee of his from back in his Baltimore Orioles days to join the Phillies as the new GM, named Matt Klentak.

Klentak is only 35 years old, but he's a seasoned baseball exec in that he's worked for the Orioles up to 2011 and the Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels for the past 4 years. Angels GM, Jerry Dipoto resigned on July 1st from the Angels after a dispute with Angels owner, Art Moreno. Billy Eppler was named new GM for the Angels.

Maybe it will be good for the Phillies, the business of baseball is becoming more complicated as are the new rules with replay and other things. Time will tell if these moves were good for the team, but for now, these new Phillies executives are tapped to make some good things happen here.

They'll get to know Philadelphia, and we'll get to know them.


From today's twitter post, @toddzolecki says it will be announced by the team on Monday.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Phillies close their book on Dom Brown


Brown's career isn't over, it's just over with the Phillies




A name that we've heard many, many times in the Phillies organization is no more with the team. Domonic Brown had a ton of chances to make this team, except from some bright spots a couple years ago, really never lived up to what people thought he could be.

Back in 2013, which was a short time ago, Brown hit 25 HR for the Phillies, and it looked as if he had found his swing. The finding was brief though, the next season Brown had lost whatever he found previously and only managed to hit 10 HR in about the same amount of games for the season.

Other than the 2013/14 seasons, Dom Brown hasn't played full major league seasons for a team. He's been used in platoon roles, sent down to the minors, and generally just got lost in the Phillies mix over the last two years.

It doesn't mean his career is over though, with a proper amount of coaching, Dom Brown may just be a good addition to a team that can put him out on the field and let his talents develop on a team. The Phillies were a chaotic mess of lineups over the Ryne Sandberg era, it seemed like there wasn't a permanent spot for anybody with all of the platooning that went on.

Brown's time in Philly may be up, but don't be surprised if you hear his name again with another team, he's only 28 years old still, so if a team that knows how to properly utilize him and helps him regain what he lost in 2013, they may find they found a diamond in the rough.  

Monday, October 19, 2015

Phils need offseason pick up but where?


The Phillies got younger in 2015, but finished as the MLB's worst team. Where is the most improvement needed?



The Phillies offseason is in full swing, though it's not even Halloween, the hunt is on for a suitable GM and at least a free agent or two to compliment this young Phillies team that now all of a sudden appears to be too young.

Do the Phillies want to fit a reliable veteran into the mix and possibly take one of their prospects out of the lineup?

The Phillies need a pitcher that can step into the rotation and augment a young staff that includes Aaron Nola and Jared Eickoff. The team also needs a few reliable hands in the bullpen, an area that needed improvement all year.

Looking at the field, the possible improvement to the team can be right field, or second base. Granted, Cesar Hernandez did a good job at second, but his offense lacked for this team, only producing 1 HR and 35 RBI in 127 games. That isn't good enough to be successful in the long run.

Freddy Galvis showed a little more pop at shortstop with the bat in the last year with 7 HR and 50 RBI, that is a number that Hernandez should have strived for.

Odubel Herrera is a guy that got constant buzz from his hustle last year but looking at his season's ending numbers, he isn't a big production type of guy, with 8 HR and 41 RBI, looking at Herrera, Galvis, and Hernandez and you have a total of 126 RBI from three players. Ryan Howard had 77 RBI by himself in 129 games played last year.

This Phillies team needs to score more runs. That is obvious from the dismal finish in 2015, here is a chart that shows how the Phils did scoring runs in 2015, and the batter's average age, which is now one of the youngest in the league.

Tm #Bat BatAge R/G G AB ▾ R LOB
COL 51 28.0 4.55 162 5572 737 1016
ARI 50 26.6 4.44 162 5649 720 1153
WSN 44 28.4 4.34 162 5428 703 1114
PIT 46 28.2 4.30 162 5631 697 1166
SFG 48 28.9 4.30 162 5565 696 1130
CHC 50 26.9 4.25 162 5491 689 1165
NYM 49 28.5 4.22 162 5527 683 1098
LAD 55 29.6 4.12 162 5385 667 1121
LgAvg 48 28.2 4.11 162 5510 666 1106
MIL 49 28.1 4.04 162 5480 655 1026
SDP 46 27.7 4.01 162 5457 650 1028
STL 46 28.4 3.99 162 5484 647 1152
CIN 50 29.5 3.95 162 5571 640 1148
PHI 50 28.0 3.86 162 5529 626 1066
MIA 51 27.9 3.78 162 5463 613 1059
ATL 60 28.8 3.54 162 5420 573 1145
714 28.2 4.11 2430 82652 9996 16587
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/19/2015.



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Baseball tries to right the wrong, Utley suspension for slide





Eric Byrnes re-enacts the Utley slide, that was just about right, with Tejada out of the base path


Yes, we've heard from just about everyone in reference to the now infamous Chase Utley slide into second base or more correctly, into the NY Mets player, Ruben Tejada. Yes, this has been going on for a while in baseball, there is plenty of hard slides into second base to reference, but there are differences. All slides are not created equal.

Baseball's attempt to right the wrong late this afternoon, with the announcement of a pending suspension of Chase Utley, is an attempt to say, yes, we got this one wrong.

There is such a call as interference, it wasn't made on the field, and it wasn't made from the 'replay booth' in New York on game night when the Utley slide was fully reviewed.

But, now there is a precedent by the MLB, they don't want to see baseball turn into a game of bowling over the shortstop and second baseman in the future, if they aren't in the base path. A player should be sliding to the bag, not the player.

Appeal is the likely scenario from Utley, the MLB will make a determination, but the game is in the books, that won't be changed.  

Utley slides dirty in NLDS vs Mets








Chase Utley is a hard nosed player who plays very dirty at times. Last night Chase was breaking up a double play and went out of his way to slide body first into second baseman, Ruben Tejeda, instead of even sliding to the bag.

I wonder if we see someone like Puig take a slide into him at second base and see if he thinks that it is a legal slide.

That's what we've seen from Utley for years in Philadelphia, even when he was younger, but no one really said how dirty he is until now that he is off the team. He slid three feet off the bag and right into Tejada. If that isn't interference, I don't know what is.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Phillies Talk Podcast: Season end wrap up and 2015 Playoff Talk









The podcast takes a look back at the end of the season for the Phillies, we recap the season that we'd rather forget with the 99 losses. What can we expect from them next season?

Our focus turned to playoffs talk for 2015, and of course we give you our early playoff picks, so tune in to this show and remember we still produce shows all through the offseason. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Phillies 2015 - some ending numbers




Only a few die-hard fans could cope with the weather and doubleheader on Saturday night


99 losses stand out as perhaps the biggest number on the final statistics that spelled out the Phillies season for 2015. At least it wasn't 100 losses, but 99 is just as bad as the Phils finish up as the worst team in the whole MLB.

Looking over the stats, the offense really wasn't the problem as much this year as the pitching was. That being said, the Phillies struggled to score runs. The team scored 626 runs in 2015, that was 13th out of 15 NL teams. This team also didn't walk very much, the Phillies finished 14th of 15 team in the NL with 387 walks on the season.

Ryan Howard led this team in offensive production with 23 HR and 77 RBI, the 35 year old played in 129 games for the Phillies this year to do that. Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco each had 50 RBI to finish second place in RBI production. Franco did that in a total of 80 games played for the team this year.


Phillies batters ranked best BA in 2015


Rk Pos Name Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA ▾ OBP
1 OF Ben Revere* 27 96 366 49 109 13 6 1 26 19 36 .298 .334
2 CF Odubel Herrera* 23 147 495 64 147 30 3 8 41 28 129 .297 .344
3 3B Maikel Franco 22 80 304 45 85 22 1 14 50 26 52 .280 .343
4 2B Cesar Hernandez# (60-day dl) 25 127 405 57 110 20 4 1 35 40 86 .272 .339
5 SS Freddy Galvis# 25 151 559 63 147 14 5 7 50 30 103 .263 .302
6 RF Jeff Francoeur 31 119 326 34 84 16 1 13 45 13 77 .258 .286
7 LF Cody Asche* 25 129 425 41 104 22 3 12 39 26 111 .245 .294
8 1B Ryan Howard* 35 129 467 53 107 29 1 23 77 27 138 .229 .277
Team Totals 28.1 162 5529 626 1374 272 37 130 586 387 1274 .249 .303
Rank in 15 NL teams 6 13 9 8 6 13 14 7 11 14
Non-Pitcher Totals 28.0 162 5261 609 1339 265 37 129 578 379 1154 .255 .310
Pitcher Totals 29.3 162 268 17 35 7 0 1 8 8 120 .131 .156
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2015.


To illustrate the Phillies troubles with runs this year, here's the number of games with runs scored, as you can see, the Phillies did very poorly in this department in 2015:

Runs Games Wins Loss W-L%
0 13 0 13 .000
1 21 1 20 .048
2 25 2 23 .080
3 19 6 13 .316
4 25 14 11 .560
5 23 11 12 .478
6 7 6 1 .857
7 16 11 5 .688
8 5 4 1 .800
9 2 2 0 1.000
11 3 3 0 1.000
12 2 2 0 1.000
14 1 1 0 1.000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2015.





Pitching as was stated was another matter, the team did very poorly in that department. The Phils finished 14 of 15 NL teams in ERA. The pitchers also gave up the most HR of any other NL team this season, allowing 191 this year.


Here's the stats as sorted by losses on the 2015 Phillies staff:


Rk Pos Name Age W L ▾ W-L% ERA G GS IP H
1 SP Aaron Harang 37 6 15 .286 4.86 29 29 172.1 189
2 SP Jerome Williams 33 4 12 .250 5.80 33 21 121.0 161
3 SP David Buchanan 26 2 9 .182 6.99 15 15 74.2 109
4 SP Cole Hamels* 31 6 7 .462 3.64 20 20 128.2 113
5 SP Adam Morgan* 25 5 7 .417 4.48 15 15 84.1 88
6 RP Luis Garcia 28 4 6 .400 3.51 72 0 66.2 72
7 Sean O'Sullivan 27 1 6 .143 6.08 13 13 71.0 94
8 Alec Asher 23 0 6 .000 9.31 7 7 29.0 42
9 RP Ken Giles 24 6 3 .667 1.80 69 0 70.0 59
10 Jerad Eickhoff 24 3 3 .500 2.65 8 8 51.0 40
11 Severino Gonzalez (40-man) 22 3 3 .500 7.92 7 7 30.2 44
12 RP Jeanmar Gomez 27 2 3 .400 3.01 65 0 74.2 82
13 Chad Billingsley (60-day dl) 30 2 3 .400 5.84 7 7 37.0 53
14 Kevin Correia 34 0 3 .000 6.56 5 5 23.1 37
15 SP Aaron Nola 22 6 2 .750 3.59 13 13 77.2 74
16 Hector Neris 26 2 2 .500 3.79 32 0 40.1 38
17 Dustin McGowan 33 1 2 .333 6.94 14 1 23.1 29
18 RP Justin De Fratus 27 0 2 .000 5.51 61 0 80.0 92
19 CL Jonathan Papelbon 34 2 1 .667 1.59 37 0 39.2 31
20 Elvis Araujo* (60-day dl) 23 2 1 .667 3.38 40 0 34.2 29
21 Jake Diekman* 28 2 1 .667 5.15 41 0 36.2 40
22 Colton Murray 25 0 1 .000 5.87 8 0 7.2 11
23 Phillippe Aumont 26 0 1 .000 13.50 1 1 4.0 5
24 Dalier Hinojosa 29 2 0 1.000 0.78 18 0 23.0 15
25 Adam Loewen* 31 1 0 1.000 6.98 20 0 19.1 20
26 Kenny Roberts* 27 1 0 1.000 10.38 6 0 4.1 9
27 Cesar Jimenez* 30 0 0 0.00 3 0 3.1 1
28 Jeff Francoeur 31 0 0 9.00 1 0 2.0 1
29 Nefi Ogando 26 0 0 9.00 4 0 4.0 7
30 Seth Rosin 26 0 0 22.50 1 0 2.0 7
Team Totals 28.7 63 99 .389 4.69 162 162 1436.1 1592
Rank in 15 NL teams 15 1 14 10 15
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2015.




In the stats for the Phils 2015 season, there are plenty of players that were only signed through this year, and the Phils balloon payroll of previous years has floated back down to earth as we head into next year's 2016 schedule

Name 2015 2016 2017 2018
Ryan Howard $25M $25M $10M [FA-*] FA
Cliff Lee $25M $12.5M [FA-*] FA
Matt Harrison $13.2M $13.2M $13.2M $2M [FA-*]
Carlos Ruiz $8.5M $8.5M $500k [FA-*] FA
Aaron Harang $5M FA
Domonic Brown $2.6M Arb Arb FA
Jerome Williams $2.5M FA
Chad Billingsley $1.5M FA
Jeff Francoeur $950k FA
Andres Blanco $850k Arb FA
Jeanmar Gomez $800k Arb Arb FA
Erik Kratz $532.5k Arb Arb Arb
Justin De Fratus $528k Arb Arb Arb
Ken Giles $519k Pre-Arb Pre-Arb Arb
Cody Asche $517.5k Pre-Arb Arb Arb
Darin Ruf $515k Pre-Arb Arb Arb
Freddy Galvis $513.5k Arb Arb Arb
Mario Hollands $512.5k Pre-Arb Arb Arb
David Buchanan $512.5k Pre-Arb Pre-Arb Arb
Jonathan Pettibone $510k Pre-Arb Arb Arb
Cesar Hernandez $510k Pre-Arb Arb Arb
Luis Garcia $509k Pre-Arb Pre-Arb Arb
Cameron Rupp $508k Pre-Arb Pre-Arb Arb
Adam Loewen Arb Arb
Brian Bogusevic Arb Arb
Jordan Danks Arb Arb
Chase d'Arnaud Arb Arb
Maikel Franco Arb
Aaron Altherr Arb
Hector Neris Arb
$1M
$4M
$3.67M $4.67M
Name 2015 2016 2017 2018
Signed *23 3 1
Dollars Committed *$100.8M $63.9M $23.7M $2M
Contract Options 1 2 1
Option Values $27.5M $27.5M $13.25M
Arb Eligible 0-0-6-0 0-0-14-0 0-0-19-0
Arb Costs $23.58M $55M $74.7M
Other Players 16 10 6
Other Costs $10.56M $6.6M $3.96M
Payroll (no options) $98M $85.3M $80.6M
Payroll (options) $124.8M $111.5M $93.2M
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2015.