Posts Tagged ‘Joe Savery’

An Early Look at Phillies Pitching

February 19th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on An Early Look at Phillies Pitching | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

 By Amy McGinnis

You’d never guess it by stepping outside here in Philadelphia, but spring is right around the corner.  Spring Training is officially underway in Clearwater, and manager Ryne Sandberg held his first team workout today.  Pitchers and catchers reported last week, and there’s a familiar guest instructor at training: Roy Halladay.  It seems like a lifetime ago that Philadelphia’s pitching rotation boasted the likes of Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt, and Blanton, doesn’t it?

We’re still graced stuck with Jonathan Papelbon as closer, and Mike Adams (once he’s fully recovered from shoulder surgery) will be 8th inning setup man.  We’ll also most  likely see lefties Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman in the bullpen.  Joe Savery was claimed on waivers by the A’s; Philadelphia needed his spot on the roster for newly-acquired A.J. Burnett.  (If you’re wondering, Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million deal.)

Lefty Cole Hamels, who announced that he has had shoulder “discomfort,” is currently scheduled for his first bullpen session at Carpenter Complex next Tuesday.  Also experiencing shoulder issues is RHP Jonathan Pettibone, who is behind schedule with bullpen sessions (yes, it’s the same shoulder that landed him on the disabled list last season).

On the bright side, non-roster invitee Jesse Biddle has been working out in Clearwater.  You may remember the 22-year-old lefty’s name from the first round of the 2010 draft.  The 6’4″ lefty is a Germantown Friends School alum, and he’ll be pitching in Lehigh Valley this season.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he made an appearance or two in Philadelphia.


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Offseason Storylines

November 3rd, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Off-Season Storylines

The way that the new MLB CBA breaks down, the offseason starts bright and early Friday night/Saturday morning at midnight. The Phillies have some work cut out for themselves heading into 2013, with priorities set on centerfield, third base, and the bullpen. With over 135 million committed to just 10 players, the Phillies don’t have much wiggle room as far as big free agent signings can go. The Phillies definitely could/should be active on the trade front, but, as always, the biggest question is: “Who is available versus who is tradeable?”

So let’s take a look at some viable options for the Phillies heading into the 2012-2013 offseason. As we head into this, I’ll give you a little insight as to how I assess players:

  • NL/AL West: I rarely trust pitchers from the left coast. Too many pitcher’s parks that effect their stats, i.e. Chad Qualls.
  • Previous Team: Sometimes being the best player on a bad team doesn’t translate to success on a (potentially) good team.
  • Previous Year: Success and failure the previous year shouldn’t disguise the type of player you’re really getting.


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Herndon, Savery In, Valdes Optioned

April 4th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Herndon, Savery In, Valdes Optioned | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Raul Valdes sent to AAA

Despite out performing both David Herndon and Joe Savery, the Phillies optioned LHP Raul Valdes to AAA Lehigh Valley. Herndon and Savery will both head west to Pittsburgh to start the season, but who stays and who goes when Jose Contreras comes off the DL?  With Contreras scheduled to be ready around the 10th, both pitchers have just one series to make their case.

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Phillies News & Notes: Pierre, Bullpen, Victorino

April 2nd, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies News & Notes: Pierre, Bullpen, Victorino | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Twice in the last three exhibition games, not only did Juan Pierre start in left field, but he found himself at the top of the lineup. Both games feature Pierre at the lead off, and Jimmy Rollins in the three hole. Pierre is a combined five for eight and Rollins is a combined 0 for five with two walks. Does Manuel stick with long-time lead off man J-Roll or does he go with small ball definition Pierre?

Jose Contreras is looking to start the season on the disabled list. He most likely will be eligible to come of the DL right around Easter so the person to take his spot will most likely be David Herndon or Joe Savery, as both can be optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley once Contreras arrives.

In a piece by super prognosticator Ken Rosenthal, there is a feeling that Cincinatti Reds 2B Brandon Phillips could set the bar for what type of contract Phillies CF Shane Victorino could earn. Both play key defensive positions. Both are offensive stalwarts. Victorino has expressed his desire to remain in Philadelphia, even if it means leaving money on the table.

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Depth Perception

March 31st, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Depth Perception | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

It’s looking more and more like one or both of Jose Contreras and Michael Stutes will start the season on the disabled list. If that is the case, two of Raul Valdes, Joe Savery and David Herndon will be available to pitch next Thursday. Stats thru Saturday:

  • Valdes: 12.2 IP, .200 OBA, 0.95 WHIP, 7:1 K:BB ratio
  • Savery: 8.1 IP, .226 OBA, 1.20 WHIP, 3:1 K:BB ratio
  • Herndon: 15 IP, .271 OBA, 1.20 WHIP, 6:1 K:BB ratio

Valdes should make the team regardless of Contreras’ or Stutes’ status. So, who is more deserving: Savery or Herndon? Herndon and Savery have both been bass ackwards in their splits.


  • vs. LH: 2.2 IP, .333 OBA, 2.25 WHIP, 3:2 K:BB ratio
  • vs. RH: 5.2 IP, .158 OBA, 0.71 WHIP, 6:1 K:BB ratio


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Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 6 Days

March 30th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 6 Days | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

One of the major flaws facing this Phillies roster is their age. 60% of the 25-man roster is on the wrong side of 30. This also leads into a bigger problem, the length in which their tenure lasts. Instead of looking at it with doom and gloom on the horizon, let’s take a different approach to this. Let’s take a look at what may come to pass as we have less than a week for the marathon to begin. (more…)

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Relief In Sight

March 29th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Relief In Sight | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Lost in the migration were two complientary posts about relief options for the Phillies bullpen as Spring Training starts to wind down. With Scott Elarton and Jake Diekman being reassigned to the minor league portion of camp, the Phillies are left with four candidates vying for two, possibly three spots, in the bullpen. The candidates for the remaining positions are:

  • Michael Stutes: 9.1 IP, .325 OBA, 1.61 WHIP,  11:2 K:BB ratio
  • David Herndon: 13 IP, .260 OBA, 1.15 WHIP, 4:1 K:BB ratio
  • Joe Savery: 6.1 IP, .240 OBA, 1.42 WHIP, 8:3 K:BB ratio
  • Raul Valdes: 10.2 IP, .214 OBA, .0.94 WHIP, 11:1 K:BB ratio

With the success that Valdes is having this spring and the need for a second left handed pitcher in the bullpen, he seems to pretty much be a lock. That leaves Herndon, Stutes, and Savery battling for the final spot(s). With a week to go, expect to see a lot of these three, potentially the first relievers into a game after the starter is pulled.

The pen currently consists of Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Chad Qualls, and Kyle Kendrick. Jose Contreras is assured a spot, that is if he is healthy enough. Rumors are swirling that Contreras may be pitching in minor league games so that if he does start on the disabled list, it can be retroactive to March 25th. If he isn’t ready to go on April 5th, that will open a temporary spot for one of the remaining pitchers. It is also possible that Contreras doesn’t start the season on the DL, but just unavailable.


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