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A commentary on character...and Ryan Howard by Scott Butler 4/16/14
Now that Monday's loss to the Braves has mostly scabbed over, I wanted to look back at the game through a different lens. Monday could have been a harbinger of things to come and a loss that will send the Phillies down an inevitable losing path or it could be used as a character builder. Supposedly high character teams would view such a devastating loss as an opportunity, exploiting it to create unity and developing the personality of the club. Low character teams would collapse and begin an early tailspin.
Let's continue the theme of character and examine the character of the Phillies.
The Phillies watched the Braves transform a 2-1 lead to a 5-1 lead in insulting fashion with back-to-back-to-back jacks and another close game was given away by a dreadful bullpen.
But the Phillies showed tremendous character in the following “shut down” inning. Gwynn worked a walk, Rollins lined a single to left, and Utley laced a single to right to load the bases with nobody out. When Ryan Howard struck out (more on him later), it took a little more air out of the balloon.
But Marlon Byrd displayed his character by picking up his teammate with a sharp single of his own to make the game 5-3.
Then Domonic Brown belted his first home run in the biggest of moments, giving the Phillies the lead and sending the fans to their feet. Brown showed character with the timing of his blast as well as the way he handled the big moment. There was no bat toss, no slow-motion trot around the bases, no showing up the pitcher, and no mocking his opponent. Dobo allowed the results speak for themselves, truly acting like he had been there before.
And the rest, well, this video should sum it up for you.
Phillies/Braves series deserves some hype
by Scott Butler 4/14/14
It is difficult to hype a series just 12 games into the season, especially with a Phillies team with low expectations. But if such a thing is allowed, this upcoming 4-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park is one to hype.
In many ways, this series could be a measuring stick for the entire season. After an embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Brewers, the Phils dug themselves out of a hole by sweeping the Marlins and worked themselves back to a .500 record at home and for the season as a whole. Now they face a Braves team who swept a Washington Nationals team who many feel should win the NL East.
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Phillies splits per inning and the 7th inning nightmare
by Scott Butler 4/13/14
The Phillies took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning of last night's game and left with the game tied at four. It was the sixth time in 11 games the Phillies allowed at least one run to score in the seventh inning and the Phils have surrendered a total of 10 runs in the seventh this season. With only 1 run scored on the offensive side, that puts the Phillies at a net loss of 9 runs in the seventh inning.
Four relievers have allowed runs in the 7th inning: Diekman (twice), Rosenberg (twice), Manship, and De Fratus.
These problems, of course, are not limited to the seventh inning. The Phillies have allowed 23 runs in innings 7-9 while scoring just seven.
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Bullpen and defense responsible for all Phillies losses
by Scott Butler 4/11/14
Why are the Phillies in last place after being swept in their first home series against the Brewers? The answer, without a doubt, is the bullpen and defense. Stop it right there. Don’t bother looking any further.
Here are a couple of the ugly numbers, courtesy of The Zo Zone:
--The Phillies lead baseball with 10 unearned runs. No other team in baseball has more than seven (Padres and Marlins).
--They are fourth in baseball with nine errors. Only the Dodgers, Marlins and Rangers have more with 11.
It goes much, much, further than pure statistics, however. The bullpen and/or defense has directly caused three of the Phillies’ six losses and had a major impact on every loss this season.
The best way to explain the extent of their impact is to go somewhat play-by-play through all six losses. I will take you through the specific plays involving the bullpen and defense in each painful loss followed by a brief overview. Feel free to read the details if you like, but you might be better off just skipping to the overview.
What to make of the Phillies through 7 games
by Scott Butler 4/9/14
The Phillies have played 7 games, which is less than 5% of the 162 games that make up a baseball season. Cole Hamels has yet to pitch, Mike Adams is still rehabbing, the Phillies have played just three teams, enjoyed only a single home game, and “hitting season” is still about a month away. In other words, it is early.
Seven games is hardly enough for any proclamations, but it gives an indication, if not a prediction, of what path this story will follow. In my opinion, there are more reasons for optimism than not.
Phillies rumors week of March 30-April 8
by Scott Butler 4/8/14
Here are the latest Phillies rumors from the week of March 30-April 8:
In our regular feature on Phils Baseball, here are the rumors from the past week from the guys at MLB Trade Rumors. They have a page devoted just to Phillies rumors (this is not a paid plug, honest) and all we do is put everything from the past week in one post.
With Ryne Sandberg, "Everybody hits! Wha Whoo!
by Scott Butler 4/6/14
Watching Ryne Sandberg in the first week of the Phillies season is kinda like getting a brand new wife. You can date a woman for a couple years and get to know her fairly well, but once you get married and she has you locked in, it is a totally different ball game (pun intended). Similarly with Ryne Sandberg, he managed 42 games last season as interim manager, but that was not the real Ryne Sandberg.
We have ascertained some information about the new Phillies skipper in the first week. We learned that he is not afraid to shake up the lineup, moving Howard out of the cleanup spot for the first time in forever (665 games to be exact). We also discovered that Ryno is willing to throw a young player into the fire, giving Mario Hollands his first big league opportunity in the ninth inning of a tie game. And Sandberg also showed that he has tremendous faith in Jake Diekman and zero faith in Brad Lincoln.
Sandberg also explained that he wants to use his entire roster, giving as much rest as possible for his regulars.
"I like to play the whole roster and get everyone in," Sandberg said. "Generally speaking, I believe it takes all 25 guys to get through a baseball season, and to keep everybody fresh and everybody healthy is always a plus to get through the season, especially with our group of core players. For us, we need that."
Sounds smart in theory, but how does it play out in reality?