If you haven’t heard, the Eagles play the Seahawks in Philadelphia this Sunday for a shot at (likely) San Francisco in the divisional round. The intro is going to be short and sweet so we can dive into the numbers surrounding the matchup. For all those statheads out there, this is for you. Passing Eagles’ […]Read more "Crunching the Numbers: Do Eagles have an advantage over Seahawks?"
Before the start of the 2019 season, the Phillies had a handful of young question marks in their rotation. Everyone hoped Nick Pivetta or Zach Eflin would fulfill their potential and become a number 2 or 3 starter. People gushed as both Pivetta and Eflin threw complete games. It wasn’t rare to see #breakoutPivetta around […]Read more "Phillies’ Vince Velasquez is pushing to nail down 2020 rotation spot"
We’ve all seen Maikel Franco’s struggles and yesterday afternoon, the Phillies announced a couple of rather surprising roster transactions: The headline here, of course, is third baseman Maikel Franco being demoted to Triple-AAA after spending six consecutive seasons in the senior circuit. Franco has been apart of the Phils big league roster since he was […]Read more "The Maikel Franco third base era is over, but what does that mean for the Phillies?"
Nothing has been pleasant in Philadelphia since the Phillies fell out of first place in the NL East. No more are the times when “Gotta Fly Now” would ring out in the streets. Businesses couldn’t keep Phillies merchandise on the shelves. Now there is just a strong feeling of ‘meh’. The overwhelming dullness has even […]Read more "Phillies have to win their next two games if they are to make a playoff push"
The Phillies have lost another player to injury. On Tuesday night, Jay Bruce came out of the game mid-at bat against the Dodger’s Walker Buehler. After a checked swing, Bruce reached for his side. After a quick test swing, he reached for his side again and realized he had to come out of the game. […]Read more "Who will the Phillies turn to with Jay Bruce injured?"
Let’s rip this bandaid off quickly. Bryce Harper did not make the All-Star team in 2019 and didn’t deserve to. At the time of the All-Star break, Harper was hitting an OK .253, a good OBP of .370, and a pretty good SLG of .470. That’s good for an OPS+ of 117, good, but not […]Read more "Can Phillies’ Bryce Harper repeat his 2018 post-All-Star success?"
Heading into the All-Star break, the Phillies are not where they would like to be. They’re behind the Braves by a considerable amount and battling the Nationals for second place and a wild card, for now. Criticisms have shifted from Gabe Kapler to General Manager Matt Klentak for not improving the starting rotation. Starters outside […]Read more "How the Phillies quietly improved the bench ahead of the All-Star Break"
A player with negative WAR is someone who has performed worse than his replacement, a AAAA player. Scott Kingery was a negative WAR player in 2018, fetching a -0.1 WAR from Fangraphs and a -1.3 WAR from Baseball Reference. The young Phillie looked lost at the plate last year, slashing .226/.267/.338. His batting average was […]Read more "New and improved Scott Kingery is Keeping the Phillies afloat"
Jay Bruce has been on the Phillies for all of 2 days. In his first start, he loudly announced his presence in the National League with 3 extra base hits; a double, a two-run homer, and a grand slam. According to Paul Casella (@paul_casella), Bruce is the first player since Ryan Howard in 2011 to […]Read more "Phillies end 5-Game losing streak with help from ‘Bruce almighty’"
Two careers, two very similar players. Mike Moustakas will be a Brewer in 2019 while Maikel Franco will be a Phillie. There had been talk all winter about how if Manny Machado didn’t come to Philly, the Phightin’s should go after Moose to supplant Franco at 3rd base. Moose has better defense and could easily […]Read more "There’s a changing of the guard for the Phillies and it’s Franco’s time to Shine"