Posts Tagged ‘Ben Revere’

Phils Fillet Fish in Season High Run Scoring Victory

April 22nd, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Phils Fillet Fish in Season High Run Scoring Victory | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Sports

The Phillies bats were well awake in tonight’s 7-3 win over the division rival Miami Marlins. This game saw many positives for the Phils. Seven runs on seven hits, the team was clearly effective at the dish and unlike many other games did not leave men stranded in scoring position.

Ryan Howard hit a 2-run bomb to straight away center in the 6th which put the Phils back on top of the Marlins 4-3. This home run was the “big piece’s” first of the season, ending a career high drought of 42 consecutive at-bats without going yard.

The team looked to add some insurance runs in the 7th, after Francoeur & Herrera reached base safely, Ben Revere wound up knocking both runners in as he slammed his first triple of the year into the right field gap giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. Chase Utley would later send Ben home on an RBI sac fly, which would be the last of the offense the Phillies would need to knock off the fish.

Phillies starting pitcher Jerome Williams had a rather decent outing going 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 of them earned) on 8 hits, collected 6 strikeouts and only allowed 1 walk. The bullpen did a great job to solidify the Phillies victory. Luis Garcia and Ken Giles only allowed for a combined 2 hits in each of their innings of work. Papelbon would later get the call to close in a non-save situation (when a team is up by 4 runs in the 9th, it is not viewed as a save situation per MLB rule).

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Deconstructing The Phillies: Outfield

November 30th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Outfield | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Finally, we make our way to the outfield. Where hopes and dreams have gone to die. Ben Revere must be Juan Pierre’s illegitimate child, without the bunting skills. Marlon Byrd had one of the best offensive seasons at a discounted rate, but has very little value due to his age. Then there is Domonic Brown. I had a lot of hope for Brown. Five years ago, Brown was hitting .320 with 20+ home run power. His defense was a little suspect, but the offense more than made up for it. Heck we had dealt with Pat the Bat and Rauuuuuuuuul, so why not one more. Yeah, so his defense didn’t get any better and his offense has gotten significantly worse. If you look at the numbers, 25% of Brown’s CAREER home run total came in May of 2013. 12.5% of his CAREER runs batted in total are also from the same month. Yes, they are glimpses of what could be/have been, but I doubt anyone expects that to happen again in red pinstripes. Let’s put this baby to bed, so that we can have one last look at how this team would be different if I was calling the shots. (more…)

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Deconstructing The Phillies: Relief Pitching

October 16th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Relief Pitching | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

In part two of our ongoing series on how to potentially fix the Phillies, we’ll address the bullpen. The bullpen was actually one of the bright spots in 2014. Where Papelbon lacked off the field, he did his best to make up for it on the field, converting 39 of 43 save opportunities. Only rookie Ken Giles was able to convert a save out of the remaining pieces of the bullpen. In my opinion, when people say pitching wins championships, they most likely are referring to relief pitching. Starters, elite or mediocre, have a day in and day out ability to keep teams in games thru six innings. If you have enough quality arms in your bullpen, you shorten that game. Don’t believe me? Just look back to the 2008 squad, they were as good a pen as you could hope for and we all know how that ended. So what should the Phillies do moving forward? Click past the jump for my recommendation(s).

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2014 AmyMac Awards

October 7th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on 2014 AmyMac Awards | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
The sun has officially set on the Phils' 2014 season.

The sun has officially set on the Phils’ 2014 season.

Here in Philadelphia, we might not have postseason baseball to enjoy.  We don’t have a legendary Jeter-like career to celebrate, or even a relief pitcher with whom we’d love to dance (looking at you, Tom Wilhelmsen).  We do, however, have some memories.  Welcome to the 2014 AmyMac awards.

 

Most Honest About Stealing Money from the Phillies:  Mike Adams

Least Honest About Stealing Money from the Phillies:  Antonio Bastardo

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Crucial Off-season Arrives For Amaro, Phils; Expect Some Major Changes for 2015

September 30th, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on Crucial Off-season Arrives For Amaro, Phils; Expect Some Major Changes for 2015 | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

After a second-straight 73-89 season and the franchise’s first last-place finish since 2000, the Phillies now embark on a crucial off-season – for the future of the team as well as for Ruben Amaro Jr. The general manager, who has one year remaining on his contract, will need to make some drastic moves – and have those moves pay dividends – if he’s to hold onto that job beyond next year.

The good news is that Amaro finally seems to realize that it’s not 2010 or 2011 anymore and that the team’s aging core of veterans isn’t suddenly going to discover the fountain of youth. He admitted the other day that some “significant” changes are warranted, saying “I think we need it. What we have on our roster right now isn’t working.”

Who stays, and who goes? While a lot of fans would probably love to see Amaro channel his inner Sam Hinkie, blow up the roster and start over, that’s unlikely to happen. The guess is that Chase Utley will be the Opening Day second baseman in 2015 and Jimmy Rollins will once again man the fort at shortstop. Both of them will soon turn 36 years old. Utley’s production trailed off significantly in the second half of the 2014 season, but he stayed healthy the entire year and still finished with a .270 batting average. Although Rollins hit just .243, he put up some decent power numbers with 17 home runs and 55 runs batted in, and even managed 28 stolen bases. He’s still one of the top-fielding shortstops in the game. But the rest of starting eight could look quite a bit different next April.

Howard & Co. Look Mystified at the Plate

Howard & Co. Look Mystified at the Plate

The big question for many Phils’ fans: Will Ryan Howard be back at first base? The funny thing is, a lot of fans said last spring they’d be quite happy if Howard could stay healthy and hit about 25 homers with 100 RBIs. Well, he got into 153 games and he belted 23 homers and knocked in 95. Not bad, right? Well, it’s not so good when you also realize he hit just .223, he led the majors in strikeouts with 190, and his .690 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging average) ranked near the bottom among major-league first basemen. Amaro will try hard to trade Howard, probably to an American League team, but the Phils will have to pay a significant chunk of cash to get a deal done; Howard, who soon turns 35, is owed $50 million in salary over the next two years, along with a $10 buyout clause for 2017. Ouch.

The Phillies will also look to upgrade the outfield. Any or all of the mainstays from 2014 – Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd – could end up elsewhere next season. A 2013 All-Star, Brown was the Phils’ biggest disappointment in the just-concluded season. He hit just .235 with 10 home runs and frequently looked lost or unsure of himself in left field. Center fielder Revere hit .306 – good for fifth in the National League – and finished tied for the lead in hits with 184, and he swiped 49 bases. But his defense was average at best, and his throwing arm is among the worst in the majors. In right, Byrd was pretty solid, and he put up better numbers than almost anyone could have expected – 25 homers, 85 RBIs and a .264 average. He could be attractive for a team looking for some pop from a corner outfielder or designated hitter.

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2014 Phillies Need Good Health, Good Luck (and a Fountain of Youth?) to Succeed

March 30th, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on 2014 Phillies Need Good Health, Good Luck (and a Fountain of Youth?) to Succeed | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

For baseball fans, it’s one of the best days of the year. Opening Day is Monday for the Phillies – the first of the games that count is an interleague matchup against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas – but there isn’t a whole lot of optimism about the 2014 Phils. And that’s understandable: There is very little margin of error for this club if it’s going to compete.

phillies1It seems like an eternity now, but it was just three years ago that the Phillies set a franchise record with 102 regular-season wins. However that 2011 postseason ended with slugger Ryan Howard crawling to first base in a disappointing first-round loss to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, having ruptured an Achilles tendon in that final at-bat. And neither Howard nor the Phils have been the same since: They won just 81 games in 2012 and 73 last year, costing the franchise’s winningest manager, Charlie Manuel, his job last August.

Well, Howard is 34 now, and – over the past two injury-shortened seasons – knee and calf issues followed that Achilles tear, along with a drop in his power numbers. Middle infielders Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins and catcher Carlos Ruiz are all 35, while newly reacquired outfielder Marlon Byrd is 36. And pitchers Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon are no kids, either.

So, for the Phillies to compete in 2014, they’ll definitely need some good fortune. Heck, if this aging group of core players can stay healthy, it’ll be something of a minor miracle. And those key veterans may also need to somehow shave a few years off their biological clocks if fans are to party like it’s 2008 again. Here are some “musts” if the Phillies are to make a return to the postseason this fall.

Ryan Howard needs to rediscover his power. The “Big Piece” seems to be healthy again for the first time since 2011, and he’ll have to again be a 30 home-run guy for the Phillies to have any hope of contending. A healthy Howard is probably the biggest key to the Phils’ prospects for success in 2014. Nearly as important will be the health of Chase Utley. The second baseman’s knees held up better than expected in 2013, and his offensive numbers weren’t bad; he’ll need to be at least as good this season.

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A Fork in the Road

July 25th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on A Fork in the Road | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
What are the chances that Ruben Amaro Jr. will choose the right path at the deadline?

What are the chances that Ruben Amaro Jr. will choose the right path at the deadline?

By Amy McGinnis

Things aren’t looking great for the Phils.  Sure, Philadelphia is in second place in the NL East, but we’ve also dropped the last four games.  Howard, Brown, and Revere are all injured, and the trade deadline is just around the corner.  The big question is: what will Ruben Amaro Jr. do?

Right now, Amaro is facing a fork in the road.  Clearly, something needs to change.  But what? Should we be buyers or sellers? If the Phillies were in good shape and needed to fill a specific roster spot, I’d support tossing some payroll at someone new.  That’s not the case, though.  The team’s various issues can’t be easily remedied with a new reliever or a bat added tot he lineup.  There are cracks everywhere, and it’s just a matter of time until the foundation collapses.  This team is aging – of Howard, Utley, Ruiz, Rollins, and M. Young, the average age is 34. Amaro has insisted in the past that he’s just “retooling,” which I think is his way of trying to keep fans from getting panicky.  The problem is, he’s prone to making big, flashy, and unnecessary deals for the sake of revenue.  Some people might think that I’m bailing on the Phils, but the opposite is true; I want what is best for the team.  It’s time to begin a new era of Phillies baseball, and we need to get back to basics.  I’m sure that my opinion isn’t popular, and I’m okay with that.  What we need right now is a fire sale, and I have three words for Amaro: blow it up.

I don’t actively dislike Amaro the way I dislike Manuel, but I don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth.  A good GM is able to balance the business aspect with the baseball realm, and Amaro stumbles when it comes to planning for a solid team in the future.  His goal is to sell tickets now and worry about the fallout later.  Bringing big names and big contracts to Philadelphia is great – if you’re okay with flushing the farm system down the toilet.  In short, I don’t trust that Amaro will do what’s necessary at the deadline, because he should be selling.

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