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Philler Up! One game (actually 2 for Howard and 4 for Lee) changes everything
by Scott Butler 4/22/14
One of the best parts of April baseball is the huge swings (no pun intended) in batting averages. That was never more evident than in Colorado on Sunday.
After scoring one run in two games against Atlanta, the Phils traveled to the best place not named the moon to hit baseballs and scored a total of two runs...in Colorado...against Tyler Chatwood...and Jordan Lyles. Needless to say, 3 runs in four games did some serious damage to batting averages. Here are the batting averages for the starting lineup before Sunday:
AVG Revere .250 Rollins .262 Utley .417 Howard .217 Byrd .242 Brown .254 Ruiz .209 Asche .196
Those be some hideous numbers.
What a difference 3 games makes
by Scott Butler 4/19/14
After scoring 5 runs in one inning on Monday, the Phillies have scored just 2 runs in 28 innings and amounted a total of 13 hits in three games.
As you can imagine, slightly over 4 hits per game for three games has taken its toll on the Phillies' batting averages. The below chart shows individual performances in the last three games and how their current batting averages compare to what they were just three games ago. Here's a look at the carnage.
Player H/AB Previous Current Difference Utley 2/11 .489 .429 -60 pts Howard 1/7 .224 .214 -10 pts Rollins 1/11 .283 .246 -37 pts Brown 1/9 .304 .273 -31 pts Byrd 1/9 .278 .254 -24 pts Ruiz 1/6 .225 .217 -8 pts Asche 1/4 .189 .195 +6 pts Revere 3/12 .273 .268 -5 pts
The team scoring has plummeted, as well. The Phillies were around the middle of the league in most categories a few days ago, but now they are creeping towards the bottom. Here are the current team stats and NL rankings.
Phillies Team Batting and Rankings Team R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB AVG OBP SLG OPS Phillies Totals 62 124 24 2 13 57 53 .273 .351 .420 .771 Rank 11 9 10 11 11 12 8 4 3 11 9
With nine game still remaining on the road trip, the Phillies better get their act together...and fast. I mentioned before how the Phillies bullpen is the worst in the league, the starters are fifth worst, and the team pitching overall is second worst. Combine that with a now below average offense and the Phillies may not survive this trip.
Phils finally own the worst bullpen in NL!
by Scott Butler 4/19/14
It took a little while, but the Phillies finally own the worst bullpen in the National League.
After allowing 4 runs in five innings yesterday during mop up duty for Pettibone's mess, the Phils finally pushed themselves to the top of the list with a 5.59 ERA.
It has been a total team effort and here are your updated individual reliever stats:
Player ERA G SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP Lincoln 11.57 2 0 0 2.1 5 3 3 1 0 2 .417 2.14 Manship 9 5 0 0 4 5 4 4 0 2 3 .294 1.75 Diekman 8.59 8 0 2 7.1 7 7 7 1 5 13 .259 1.64 Rosenberg 7.94 7 0 0 5.2 12 6 5 3 1 4 .429 2.29 De Fratus 7.2 4 0 1 5 5 4 4 2 1 2 .250 1.2 Bastardo 4.32 8 0 0 8.1 3 4 4 0 6 6 .120 1.08 Papelbon 4.26 7 4 5 6.1 5 3 3 0 3 7 .208 1.26 Hollands 2.45 8 0 0 7.1 6 2 2 0 3 4 .231 1.23 Adams 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 Garcia 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
The Phillies have five relievers with an ERA over 7 and, excluding Adams and Garcia who only pitched one inning, the Phillies have only pitcher with an ERA below 3 (Mario Hollands).
How clutch is Jimmy Rollins?
by Scott Butler 4/19/14
Jimmy Rollins' walk of home run last week was the second walk-off homer of his career. Rollins has always been a prime time player who loves hitting in the big moments. And his former manager and current coach Larry Bowa sure thinks so.
"Jimmy's a red-light player," Bowa said. "He loves when the game's on the line. He wants to be up there."
Rollins is generally viewed as a clutch hitter, but I thought I would test out the theory. Let's start by comparing Jimmy's career statistics against certain clutch stats based on figures by Baseball-Reference. One measure Baseball-Reference uses for a player's "clutchness" is splitting performance into high, medium, and low leverage situations (high meaning most pressure and low meaning minimal pressure). BR also has an algorithm for "Late and Close" situations which I also included. Note that the run, home run, and RBI totals are all prorated for Jimmy's career average of 739 plate appearances per 162 game season.
Let's begin by comparing Jimmy's regular season stats with "Late and Close" situations, prorated over a full season.
Jimmy Rollins Career vs. Late & Close R HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS Career Totals 104 17 70 .269 .328 .426 .754 Late & Close 97 12 70 .263 .338 .408 .746
Surprisingly, in "Late and Close" situations, Jimmy performs below his career averages in nearly all categories. The figures are all very close to his career totals, but they certainly do not indicate a player who rises to the occasion in the key moments.
But viewing Jimmy in high, medium, and low leverage situations tells a different story.
The Phillies love west coast trips, seriously!
by Scott Butler 4/18/14
The Phillies have embarked on a journey to a place where many baseball seasons have gone to die: the dreaded West Coast trip. These are the types of trips that can make or break a season. Plenty of bad Phillies teams have hovered around .500 just like the 2014 Phils, only to return from the west coast in the NL East basement, never to be seen or heard from again.
This is a crucial week plus for the Phillies. After a losing homestand with many empty blue seats, they cannot afford a bad trip out west if they expect any fans here when they return.
The good news is that the Phillies have fared well on their recent western swings. I went through all Phillies trips back to 2005 (Charlie's first season as Phils manager) to see their records in each season. I included all trips in which the Phillies played at least one series in a city on the west coast and counted all teams the Phillies played on that trip. So, if they played the Braves during the trip, they were included.
In 157 games from 2005-2013, the Phillies have an unbelievable 90-67 record. That obviously includes five NL East champion teams and all but one team had a winning record, but 23 games over .500 is remarkable.
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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