Monday, July 31, 2017

Phillies find themselves on the winning side

Winning is refreshing isn't it? The Phillies have delivered some much needed wins in the last 11 games, if you're counting, it's 8 wins in 11 games. Today, the Phils face the Braves in a very rare 12:35 PM Monday PM game at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up a 4-game series.

What is behind the winning ways? Some may say it was Odubel's benching and spotlight that was thrown on him again for conduct that according to Pete Mackanin is an issue on this team. Maybe it was just a coincidence that this just happened around the same time. There's been a different player stepping up and coming through for the team in the past week.

In the first half of the season, the Phils were on the wrong side of just about every close game they were in. In May, the team somehow managed to turn in a 6-22 record that really set the tone for a long stay as the worst team in baseball. At 38-64, the Phillies are still at the bottom of all of baseball, but they have some contenders chasing them for that crown now. The San Francisco Giants are 40-66 all of a sudden, and the Reds are 42-63. Pythagorean theory has the Phillies team at 43-59 on the season, but that shows you that certain games the Phils were 'supposed' to win, they didn't. Unfortunately, that doesn't count.

There are 60 games left on the 2017 schedule with the Phils. If they can continue to stay competitive and reel in some more much needed wins, they may be able to salvage at least some respect for thsi team on the season.

Let's see what the month of July has looked like thanks to :

Team Game-by-Game Schedule
Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L W-L GB
Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L W-L GB
79Saturday, Jul 1boxscorePHI@NYML26-5320.0
80Sunday, Jul 2boxscorePHI@NYMW27-5320.0
81Monday, Jul 3boxscorePHIPITW28-5320.0
82Tuesday, Jul 4boxscorePHIPITL28-5421.0
83Wednesday, Jul 5boxscorePHIPITL28-5521.5
84Thursday, Jul 6boxscorePHIPITL28-5621.5
85Friday, Jul 7boxscorePHISDPL28-5722.5
86Saturday, Jul 8boxscorePHISDPL28-5822.5
87Sunday, Jul 9boxscorePHISDPW29-5822.5
88Friday, Jul 14boxscorePHI@MILL29-5923.5
89Saturday, Jul 15boxscorePHI@MILL29-6024.5
90Sunday, Jul 16boxscorePHI@MILW30-6024.5
91Monday, Jul 17boxscorePHI@MIAL-wo30-6125.5
92Tuesday, Jul 18boxscorePHI@MIAW31-6125.5
93Wednesday, Jul 19boxscorePHI@MIAW32-6124.5
94Friday, Jul 21boxscorePHIMILW33-6123.5
95Saturday, Jul 22boxscorePHIMILL33-6224.5
96Sunday, Jul 23boxscorePHIMILW34-6224.5
97Monday, Jul 24boxscorePHIHOUL34-6325.0
98Tuesday, Jul 25boxscorePHIHOUL34-6425.0
99Wednesday, Jul 26boxscorePHIHOUW35-6425.0
100Friday, Jul 28boxscorePHIATLW36-6425.0
Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L W-L GB
101Saturday, Jul 29boxscorePHIATLW-wo37-6424.0
102Sunday, Jul 30boxscorePHIATLW-wo38-6423.5
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Generated 7/31/2017.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hellickson, Kendrick, and Neshek are now gone from Phils, what now?

Jeremy Hellickson would have probably would have liked to be traded to a contender, but the Orioles still may be able to deal him to a contender in a better deal for them

Jeremy Hellickson was a game time scratch last night, a sure telltale sign that he was on the move from the Phillies as an imminent deal was in the cards for him. An unlikely team in the Baltimore Orioles picked him up, they really aren't in the pennant race the team is currently 6.5 GB in the Wild Card race, but they took Jeremy off of our hands.

What did we get in return for Hellickson (and cash)?  Not a whole lot. We get an outfielder, Hyun Soo Kim, a pitcher, Garrett Clevinger, and some money to sign international talent.

Howie Kendrick (and cash) went to the Nationals, I don't understand this trade too much. Why would we pay someone's salary that is doing good for the team and then trade him to a team in the same Division as the Phillies? We get McKenzie Mills, a minor league pitcher.

For Neshek, we got 3 players that featured one minor league player that has promise.

The Klentak era is getting more and more puzzling. We need Howard Eskin in there asking questions on these trades. What is happening to this Phillies team?

Well, the team won last night in a very much needed win again. This was the Phils 36th win on the year, they are now 36-64 still the worst team in baseball. Some teams are trying to catch up with the Phillies though for that crown.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Phillies find a refreshing winning streak and battle more in 2nd half

The team battled back last night, and has been playing a little more crisply in the 2nd half of the season

Just when you thought the Phillies season was over and everything was filled with losing, the team ventured on and finally found a nice winning streak. Even though, they lost last night in an epic game where they battled back to a 9-8 loss, the team seems to be really trying the hardest they have all season. The brief winning streak got some fans talking at least.

The Phillies will have to continue playing well to match the season high of a six-game winning streak which was set back in April.  It's great to see the teams wins total rise after what seemed to be forever anchored to the twenty something wins that the team has been mired on for some time. The Phils notched their 20th win on June 5th, and didn't get to 30 wins until July 16th.

This is just what Phillies fans needed to bring up the spirits and give us some faith that this team can indeed win ballgames. The Phil won their 3rd game in a row before a crowd of 17,550 on a humid Friday night against a team that is in first place in the NL Central.

The Brewers just got finished playing the Phillies in Milwaukee last week, with the Brew crew taking two of three there. The Phils are just 11-26 this year in 1-run games including last night where they clawed their way back in a 9-8 loss. The month of May was especially difficult for the Phillies, the Phils were 6-22 for the month. I would really like to know what went on to cause this to happen. I know the bullpen was imploding regularly, and the offense was sputtering very badly.

There has been talk where some of the players on the Phils roster may be traded, that could be good for them as players. The Phillies management have shown the fans that this rebuild is very much in a state of flux so far. Matt Klentak has answered questions about the Phillies future with a lot of mumbo jumbo talk about this team. We're smarter than that in Philly, we don't buy into talk that we know is a bunch of double speak.

Howard Eskin asks a legitimate question to Matt Klentak and Matt gets mad that this press person is a real press guy, not a team 'party line' press person like most of the guys that sit up in the Phillies press box. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Williams gets first Grand Slam, who will the Phillies bring up next?

Nick Williams was touted as being the 4th best player in the Phillies minors. Who ever thought that must be onto something as Williams hit his first Grand Slam in a Phillies uniform yesterday to give the Phillies a decisive 5-2 win vs. the Brewers to avoid a sweep.

It seems that Nick has made a pretty smooth transition to the big leagues, now the Phillies organization has to keep on going and bring more players up that can make an impact on this team. Why wait till September? Well, there are only 25 roster spots as of right now, so that is the main reason.

In years past, it seemed like the Phillies let players languish in the minors forever. There are reasons for that as well, when the team was playing greatly, there was no space for the younger players to come up, but even with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, it seemed like the team waited way too long to bring them up.

There is new upper management here now though, it's no longer the old long time established group that use to be in charge of this team. Ruben Amaro Jr. had long time Phillies ties to the organization as did his predecessor, Ed Wade. Wade is still with the Phillies to this day as a special consultant. He really gave the Phillies some gifts after going to Houston, we got Brad Lidge and Hunter Pence from Houston and we all know what impact they have had on baseball.

So who will be the next player that the Phillies bring up? Rhys Hoskins is 24 years old, and the Phils have big plans for him. What not waive Tommy Joseph or trade him and bring him up?  It seemed like Maikel Franco was going to be protected for a long time by the team, but now with the revelation that no one is untouchable as far as trade. Perhaps the Phillies can get inventive with moving and acquiring players?

This team can't keep waiting to get better, it's been bad for a long time now. Recent moves by GM Matt Klentak have been puzzling. Mostly every move that's been made so far on this team has been wrong.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

What would Matt Stairs would say about Phillies hitting now

This season, Matt Stairs made the transition from the TV booth to the coaching staff of the Phillies. He's the Phillies hitting coach for 2017, but I am very curious to hear if he would critique this team the same now that he is in that role with the team.

The Phillies seem the worst that they ever have at the plate, they swing and miss by a mile, they don't look like they are up to the plate to get a hit, but they always look like they are swinging for the fences. What happened to the old fashioned theme of hits mean runs?

Unfortunately in front of our eyes this season, may be the worst Phillies team ever. They are on pace to lose well over 100 games. That is not fiction, it will be fact. Just how many games will they lose? It's a situation where the Phillies aren't the favorites very often. You can always check out the daily odds at live betting at to have an idea.

What is making this team so bad? A lack of hitting when it counts, lackadaisical base running, and just playing poorly. I don't see how people can say that Pete Mackanin is a good manager, we've seen plenty of mistakes day after day with this team. It's the kind of basics that major league players know well, but this team seems to violate this every game.

It's very difficult to watch, and very hard to believe that this team is this bad. It's going to make a very long rest of the summer for Phillies fans. My suggestion, don't let them bring you down. Don't stay glued to your televisions watching this game after game, check out the highlights (or lowlights) after it's all done. Get out there and get some fresh summer air, it's going to do much better for you and your health than watching this Phillies team play the rest of the summer.  

Phils hitting in 2017:

Team Batting
1CCameron Rupp52176213996151.222.313
21BTommy Joseph8430234741615431.245.307
32BCesar Hernandez# (10-day dl)582384066105146.277.336
4SSFreddy Galvis#8932633811710376.248.301
53BMaikel Franco8532732731613470.223.278
6LFAaron Altherr7927140782014445.288.359
7CFOdubel Herrera*863353487268325.260.297
8RFMichael Saunders*61200254196200.205.257
9LFDaniel Nava#61141174163151.291.386
10CAndrew Knapp#40124203153111.250.356
11UTHowie Kendrick (10-day dl)33126154482148.349.403
12IFAndres Blanco#51964142151.146.226
131BBrock Stassi*48735132270.178.286
14UTTy Kelly#40634116190.175.214
15OFNick Williams*12394102120.256.302
16OFCameron Perkins1637362020.162.200
17PJeremy Hellickson1831131020.097.176
18PAaron Nola1424210000.042.148
19PNick Pivetta1221220000.095.095
20PJerad Eickhoff1517110000.059.059
21PVince Velasquez (10-day dl)1118160010.333.333
22PZach Eflin (40-man)814120010.143.143
23PBen Lively (40-man)711120120.182.182
24PMark Leiter157010000.143.143
25PAdam Morgan*112010000.500.667
26PClay Buchholz* (60-day dl)22000000.000.000
27PRicardo Pinto61000000.000.000
28PPat Neshek#390000000
29PJeanmar Gomez180000000
30PLuis Garcia310000000
31PHoby Milner*50000000
32PHector Neris390000000
33PJake Thompson (40-man)30000000
34PJoely Rodriguez*270000000
35PEdubray Ramos (40-man)350000000
36PJoaquin Benoit390000000
37PCasey Fien (60-day dl)40000000
Team Totals8930223407281579132335.241.304
Rank in 15 NL teams131414912121413
Non-Pitcher Totals8928743317091569031735.247.310
Pitcher Totals891489191160.128.168
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Generated 7/16/2017.