Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Velasquez back to winning form, Greinke tonight



Herrera went 4-5 for the Phils last night in AZ


Vincent Velasquez returned to the form that we've seen from him since the beginning of the season with a win last night in Arizona. It was the 6th win of the year for Velasquez. Vince returned from a 15-day DL from a biceps issue. He is averaging 10.8 SO per 9 IP on the season.

The Phils bats lit up the Arizona night last night and Odubel Herrera went 4-5 wtih 1 RBI while Maikel Franco was 2-5 with 3 RBI as the Phils have seemed to rediscover a little offense. Cesar Hernandez hit 3-5 and 2 RBI on the night. The Phils won 8-0 in the first game against the Diamondbacks.

Tonight, it's Zack Greinke facing the hot Phils offense. I have never been a Zack Greinke fan, in his first 7 years with the Royals, he was 60-67. I don't know how he made the turn to become one of the better pitchers in baseball after 7 seasons, his overall record now is 152-96 so, he really found something great after being in the MLB for a few years and winning the Cy Young in 2009, prior to that he really wasn't that good.

Here's how Greinke has looked throughout his career:

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G Awards
2004 20 KCR 8 11 .421 3.97 24 RoY-4
2005 21 KCR 5 17 .227 5.80 33
2006 22 KCR 1 0 1.000 4.26 3
2007 23 KCR 7 7 .500 3.69 52
2008 24 KCR 13 10 .565 3.47 32
2009 ★ 25 KCR 16 8 .667 2.16 33 AS,CYA-1,MVP-17
2010 26 KCR 10 14 .417 4.17 33
2011 27 MIL 16 6 .727 3.83 28
2012 28 TOT 15 5 .750 3.48 34
2012 28 MIL 9 3 .750 3.44 21
2012 28 LAA 6 2 .750 3.53 13
2013 29 LAD 15 4 .789 2.63 28 CYA-8,SS
2014 ★ 30 LAD 17 8 .680 2.71 32 AS,CYA-7,GG
2015 ★ 31 LAD 19 3 .864 1.66 32 AS,CYA-2,MVP-7,GG
2016 32 ARI 10 3 .769 3.61 16
13 Yrs 152 96 .613 3.36 380
162 Game Avg. 14 9 .613 3.36 36
KCR (7 yrs) 60 67 .472 3.82 210
LAD (3 yrs) 51 15 .773 2.30 92
MIL (2 yrs) 25 9 .735 3.67 49
ARI (1 yr) 10 3 .769 3.61 16
LAA (1 yr) 6 2 .750 3.53 13
AL (8 yrs) 66 69 .489 3.80 223
NL (6 yrs) 86 27 .761 2.84 157
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/28/2016.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Phils show some fight in Battle on the Bay



The Phils roughed up Mad Bum, and Johhny Cueto on this West Coast road trip, as the fight in them has reappeared


The Phils showed a lot of why they are sometimes called the Fightin Phils. Yesterday in San Francsico, the team battled back to tie the game several times.

The game was tied 7-7 in the 9th when the Giants got a runner on second and then a hit to drive him home and win the game.

Carlos Ruiz had 3 RBI on the day, he got a hit to tie up the game at 7-7 in the 8th. The two teams combined for 28 hits on the day. Peter Bourjos batted 3-4 for the Phils, Cody Asche went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Odubel Herrera chipped in a solo HR in this game.

Angel Pagan went 4-5 for the Giants with 2 RBI on the afternoon and scored 3 of the Giants 9 runs. The Giants had 15 runners in scoring position in this game, they only converted 5 of those runners into scores and the Phils 4-9 with RISP in this entertaining game.

Johnny Cueto got roughed up in this game, giving up 6 R on 8 H in his 6.0 innings. Aaron Nola gave up 10 H and 5 ER on the day as both starting pitchers didn't figure in the decision for win or loss in this game.

Conor Gillespie, Giants third baseman, got the winning hit for the Giants, he said that the Giants have great chemistry on the field and it is a great team. Manager Bruce Bochy got his 800th win as the Giants manager with the win.

Next up on the west coast road trip is the Arizona Diamondbacks for the Phils. The Phillies would do well to try to pay back the Diamondbacks for the 4-game sweep that the team did on the Phils at Citizens Bank Park that started on June 17th at home for the Phils.

The Phils will face Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, his last 3 starts have resulted in 2 wins for him and the Diamondbacks.




Sunday, June 26, 2016

Phillies win against Giants only 2nd win in last 12 games




Jeanmar Gomez would be the only choice for a player on the Phillies to represent them at the All Star game this year 


The last few weeks have been brutal on Phillies fans. A 9-game losing streak and only a few wins sprinkled into the month, as the Phillies have only won 6 games in the month of June so far. The June record as of today before the final game in San Francisco on the road trip that continues to Arizona next, has the Phils with a 6-18 record for June. The Phils won in San Fran by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night.

What happened to this team?

Starting pitching which had been very good to start off the year deserted this team in the month of June. For some reason, it all went bad for Phillies starters, and the offense really was not ever producing well enough for this team early on or even now.

The Phils still have a ton of games coming up, the season isn't yet half over, but the opponents they will face soon have been on the upswing while the Phils are on the elevator down. You kind of had the impression that the new GM, Matt Klentak, had a magical potion with this team in the beginning of the year, but that has since been debunked and is nothing more than black magic at this point.

What can be done with this team? Little is being said by Klentak, and manager Pete Mackanin just goes through the motions of describing all of the bad play that we have been seeing on the field by this team. Should anyone be in the All Star game from this team? Maybe Jeanmar Gomez with the great job that he stepped up and has done, but no one else would probably qualify for All Star status.

All of the coaches whose players also underperformed in the last couple years are all still employed by the team as well, so the upper management apparently doesn't feel that they aren't doing a bad job either. So the Phillies are again at a status quo, have ever bad that quo seems to be.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What happened to Aaron Nola?



The Phillies are imploding again on pitching and hitting, but those coaches for each are still rock solid in their employment by the team? 


The scouting reports must be very detailed and accurate on Aaron Nola now, as last night he gave up 7 H and 8 R in only 3.0 innings. The Twins took advantage of a few misplays, one an error by Freddie Galvis, and another ball that looked like it was able to be caught in center by Obudel Herrera.

On a nightly basis, that team is starting to show that some players aren't probably every day players.

To the Phillies offense, they didn't give up in this game. The offense rallied back behind home runs by Cameron Rupp and to take the lead 6-4 but then the Twins rallied back to take this game by a 10-6 score.

Kurt Suzuki drove in 6 RBI on the night, his most ever in a Major League game. He went 4-5 on the night as well. Maikel Franco went 2-4 for the Phils with 4 RBI on the night. He looks like he may be out of his recent slump. Peter Bourjus added 3 RBI for the Phils last night. Ryan Howard went 0-5 in the DH spot.

You have to look at Aaron Nola and his pitching which has been not what we've expected to see in the last couple of starts. Looking at the chart below, Nola gave up 8 R in his start at home on June 16th against the Blue Jays and last night, he gave up another 8 R against the Twins. Maybe he is not getting his pitches where he needs to pitch them, or a combination of that and some bad luck in that hitters are getting a lot of wood on the ball and getting on base and then scoring.


Rk Date Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO
1 Apr 6 @ CIN L,2-3 GS-7 7.0 4 1 1 0 8
2 Apr 11 SDP L,3-4 GS-7 L(0-1) 7.0 6 4 4 0 9
3 Apr 16 WSN L,1-8 GS-5 L(0-2) 5.0 7 7 7 3 6
4 Apr 22 @ MIL W,5-2 GS-7 W(1-2) 7.0 4 1 1 2 7
5 Apr 28 @ WSN W,3-0 GS-7 7.0 2 0 0 1 7
May Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO
6 May 3 @ STL W,1-0 GS-7 W(2-2) 7.0 2 0 0 1 7
7 May 8 @ MIA W,6-5 GS-6 6.0 6 3 3 1 5
8 May 14 CIN W,4-3 GS-7 W(3-2) 7.0 5 2 1 1 9
9 May 20 ATL L,1-7 GS-7 L(3-3) 7.0 7 5 2 2 6
10 May 25 @ DET W,8-5 GS-6 W(4-3) 6.0 6 4 2 1 6
11 May 31 WSN L,1-5 GS-6 L(4-4) 6.0 5 2 2 1 6
June Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO
12 Jun 5 MIL W,8-1 GS-6 W(5-4) 6.0 8 0 0 2 9
13 Jun 11 @ WSN L,0-8 GS-4 L(5-5) 3.2 7 4 4 1 3
14 Jun 16 TOR L,2-13 GS-4 L(5-6) 3.0 8 8 6 3 5
84.2 77 41 33 19 93
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Generated 6/22/2016.