Posts Tagged ‘Juan Pierre’

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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Phils Take 2 of 3 Against Cards

August 14th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Phils Take 2 of 3 Against Cards | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Olivia continues to protest the Pence trade.

By Amy McGinnis

This past weekend, the Phils hosted the Cardinals for a three game series at Citizens Bank Park.  Friday night was essentially the Roy Halladay Show, when Doc showed us that when he’s healthy, he’s still a beast.  After the 3-1 win, Chase Utley said, “We wouldn’t have been in that situation if Roy hadn’t pitched the way he did.  The Cardinals have a very good offensive team.  For him to pitch like that against those guys, it tells you something.”  It surely does – it tells us that Doc must be feeling better.

Cliff Lee pitched on Saturday, when the Phils lost 4-1; Lee remains winless at home in 2012.  It seems that 2012 is to Cliff Lee what 2009 was to Cole Hamels (I wonder if the media and fans will get a chance to crucify him for an “I want this to be over” remark.) My favorite part of Saturday’s game, though, was Howard’s at bat in the first inning, and I loved it for a few reasons.  1) He scored Dom Brown, and I’m happy to see #9 back in Philadelphia, 2) Howard is really showing some hustle on the basepath, and 3) Chase Utley slid into second base, effectively making Furcal stumble for a second.  Watching Utley break up a double play like that shows that he really knows how to take control of a play.

On Sunday, I took my three daughters (Ella is 8, Ava is 6, and Olivia is 4) to the afternoon game.  Olivia is still bitter about the events on July 31, so she wore her Pence shirt … and took a nap during innings three through six.  Ella has gotten over Victorino’s move to LA and is currently vying for the position of president of the Dom Brown Fan Club.  As we walked into Citizens Bank Park, I told them that the Phillies should try to be especially aggressive  in the first inning, because Lance Lynn would be most likely to let up runs then.  At the end of the first, after the Phils had tacked on three runs, Ava said, “Thank you for teaching us about baseball, Mommy.  You’re smart about it.”

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Phillies Fire Sale coming?

July 3rd, 2012 by Robert Fetsick | Comments Off on Phillies Fire Sale coming? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Phillies Fire Sale!!

With Jim Thome being traded to the Orioles on Saturday, then Chad Qualls being traded to the Yankees, the Phillies are now engaging trading Cole Hamels.  With the Marlins sweeping us three games recently it almost seems impossible to make playoffs now.

I think trading Hamels wouldn’t be such a bad idea because of who we might get in the trade for him, being that he is a premiere player.  Then, if Phillies can’t re-sign Hamels in free agency to comeback, they would probably get two 1st round picks with the team that would sign Hamels because he will be a Type A Free Agent.  Could Shane Victorino be next too?  Yes,  there is good chance Victorino could be traded because right now he’s not doing good, but whoever trades for him he may get better because it could be a good change of scenery for Victorino. There would be a bunch of teams lined up to call the Phillies about Victorino, because earlier this season the Blue Jays and a bunch of other teams called the Phillies about Victorino.  In my opinion, if Victorino was traded then Juan Pierre would be our everyday center-fielder this year.

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The Summer Heat

June 13th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Summer Heat | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Should Charlie Manuel be replaced?

As we head into the dog days of summer, the temperature is rising, and I’m not talking about the weather. While Charlie Manuel isn’t on the hot seat, he definitely should be noticing the temperature of the seat getting warmer as each day goes by. The Phillies are in the NL East cellar at 29-33, 8.5 games back of the division leading Nationals. This time last year, the Phillies were 39-26, two games up on the second place Braves.

Under normal circumstances, you’d definitely attribute the loss of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard as sticking points in giving Charlie a pass on the team’s struggles, but the decisions made, or lack there of, have not been beneficial to the team. Charlie’s always been considered a player’s manager and has alway been loyal to his players to a fault.

Jimmy Rollins to date, is hitting .250 as the lead off hitter. Meanwhile, Juan Pierre, who for some reason can’t be considered an everyday player, is hitting .322 with over sixty less at bats.  Yet, because Charlie is loyal to his guys, Rollins remains at the top of the order while Pierre may or may not even be in the lineup.

Another example is the use, to be read misuse, of Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon on the season is 0-2 with a 2.22 ERA. He’s 16 for 16 in save opportunities. He has a 0.945 WHIP and a strike to walk ratio of 7:1. While that seems very good, it should be a lot better. Papelbon is bipolar in regards to the situation he is pitching in. In a save situation, Pap is perfect with no blown saves and a 0.00 ERA. His K:BB ratio bumps up to 7.5:1 and his WHIP drops down to 0.625. Opponents are hitting .148/.179/.148 off of Pap. With that being said, let’s now look at his non-save situation stats, which have been approximately one-third of his use. That sparkling ERA spikes up to a Chad Qualls-esque 6.49. His WHIP more than double to 1.560. Opponents are hitting .306/.342/.667.

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Phillies Notes: Injury Updates, Gonzalez, Nix

April 24th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies Notes: Injury Updates, Gonzalez, Nix | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Injury Updates!

The Phillies were embarrassed at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in a 9-5 loss. A game that was a lot worse than the final score appeared. The bright spot on the night wasn’t a rally in the ninth against a pitcher whose season ERA started in the 20s, but that Chase Utley joined the team for early batting practice. So let’s look at a couple of potential points of interest:

  • While a rehab assignment is still not in sight, Utley did take batting practice and some light fielding before Monday’s shellacking in Arizona
  • Hunter Pence was out of the line up with a hurt shoulder that he injured diving for a ball in the series finale in San Diego. He is considered day-to-day.
  • Despite the check up, there was no news on the status of Ryan Howard. As we have found out with the Phillies, no news is bad news.
  • Super Agent Scott Boras was recently quoted that free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez has been throwing bullpen sessions and “should sign in the next ten days”. While not previously connected with the Phillies, Gonzalez should be on their radar. While the “Cobra Commander” has not been effective in the American League over the past two seasons, Gonzalez holds a career 2.57 ERA and a 110:43 K:BB ratio in seven seasons in the National League.
  • With fellow lefty Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes both being ineffective/possibly injured, Gonzalez could be a welcomed addition to the bullpen.
  • Through 17 games, Laynce Nix has played in just nine games and has only started four of those nine games due to the play of Juan Pierre. Originally signed to platoon with John Mayberry Jr., Nix’s two-year deal is starting to look even more like inefficient spending than originally thought.

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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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Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 10 Days

March 26th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 10 Days | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

So close yet it seems so far away. The Phillies will be heading home next weekend for one last tune up in front of the Philly faithful. Then a week from Thursday, we’ll see Doc square off against the Pirates for  game 1 of 162 for what hopes to end in another parade down Broad St. for the Phillies. Today, in “countdown”, I wanted to look at the remaining offensive jobs left to be filled for the Phillies. The offense isn’t what the fans, or the front office, expected it to look like this close to Opening Day, so let’s take a look at what we have to start 2012. (more…)

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