Posts Tagged ‘Jerome Williams’

Phillies Sign Williams

October 22nd, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies Sign Williams | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

According to multiple outlets, the Phillies and Jerome Williams have agreed to a deal for 2015. Williams, 33 in December, is guaranteed $2.5M with incentives that would max the deal out at $4M. While it has yet to be verified, the incentives are most likely based on innings pitched. Could it be a sign that A.J. Burnett will decline his option for 2015? Or is Williams just competition for guys like David Buchanan, Jon Pettibone, Adam Morgan, or even possibly Aaron Nola or Jesse Biddle?

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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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Jerome Williams: Fool’s Gold?

September 21st, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Jerome Williams: Fool’s Gold? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, TalkSportsPhilly

A wise man once said, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” With that being said, I thought we should take a minute to look at one of the few bright spots the 2014 Phillies have blessed us with: Jerome Williams. As a Phillie, Williams is 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA. Over eight starts, he’s averaging right around 6.1 innings per start with a slim 1.09 WHIP. He’s also limited opponents to a batting average just above the Mendoza line at .216. In fact, before Saturday’s start against the Athletics, Williams’ WAR as a Phillie, according to baseball-reference was at 1.1, his highest since 2005.

So what should that mean going forward? Williams is a free agent after the season and the Phillies will need arms until the likes of Nola, Biddle, etc. are deemed ready. So should the Phillies commit? Let’s look a little deeper. First off, Williams’ Fielding Independent Pitching, or FIP, is hovering right around 4.00, almost double his ERA. Secondly, opposing hitters’ Batting Average of Balls In Play, or BABIP, is .252, a career low. This tells us that opposing hitters have been very “unlucky”, hitting balls well within range of even our defensively challenged players.

While Williams has appeared to be more impressive than he actually is, we also need to take into account one other thing. Pitchers in general, tend to have more success when switching from the American League to the National League. They no longer have to face a designated hitter and, for the most part, they face hitters that they generally have little-to-no experience against. Don’t get me wrong, I totally appreciate everything Williams has done, but I don’t think he’s an “all in” option this winter.

I’d easily offer Williams a heavily incentive laden deal of one year at $3M. The incentives would be based on innings pitched, $1M at 125, 150, and 175 innings each. At 185 innings, a number Williams has never achieved, a vesting option for 2016 would kick in with a base of $5M with same incentives as 2015. That would max Williams out at two years and $14M if he were to hit all his incentives.

With that being said, I do think it’s very possible that National League teams look at his final ten starts or so, ignore the peripheral stats, and offer Scott Kazmir money (2 years/$20M). Hopefully Ruben Amaro Jr is not in place as GM, because you know he’ll end up in a bidding war with himself and end up being the fool parted with his money.

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Phils Off to Rough Start on West Coast

August 14th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Phils Off to Rough Start on West Coast | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
A.J. Burnett looks to split the series in Anaheim tonight.

A.J. Burnett looks to split the series in Anaheim tonight.

Jerome Williams, a right-handed pitcher claimed off of waivers from Texas, made his debut for Philadelphia last night in Anaheim.  The 32-year-old starter, whose pink glove is in honor of his late mother and her battle with breast cancer, tossed 5.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits.  His pitch count was only 72; however, it makes sense that Williams would appear tired after not having pitched for ten days.  (Sean O’Sullivan was designated for assignment in order to make room on the roster for Williams.)

With a 2-1 lead, one out, and a runner on first, Antonio Bastardo took the mound.  Surely, by now, we’ve all included “take a shot every time Bastardo walks his first batter” into our Phillies drinking games … and he delivered.  Bastardo walked Josh Hamilton on four pitches (not a typo), which prompted the downward spiral of the sixth.  After having pitched 0.1 inning and allowing five runs (again … not a typo), Ryne Sandberg called in Jake Diekman to stop the bleeding.  Mario Hollands pitched the seventh inning, and Cesar Jiminez handled the eighth without incident.  The damage, however, was already done: Bastardo earned the loss after a 7-2 final score.

What does this mean for Philadelphia’s pitching? For starters, Bastardo might need a one-way bus ticket to a little town called Out of My Sight Already.  As non-contenders, though, the Phillies could have certainly done far worse than Jerome Williams.  If he’s able to pitch a decently solid six or seven innings, with roughly 2/3 his pitches as strikes, I’ll be happy.  He’s not Cliff Lee, and you shouldn’t expect stellar performances.  At this rate, though, we’ll take what we can get.

Offensively speaking, there’s not much to say about last night.  Darin Ruf outhit DH Ryan Howard, and the Phils still have just three players (Byrd, Utley, and Revere) batting above .240.  You needn’t be good at math to realize that that’s a depressing statistic, and you needn’t know me personally to know that I hated typing it.  Philadelphia is bringing up the rear in a lackluster division – only Atlanta and Washington have records above .500 – and their record going into tonight’s game is a pitiful 53-67.  Q: What’s more depressing than being in the basement of the NL East? A: Being a full four games behind the Mets.  The Mets, folks.

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