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Kendrick to Colorado

February 6th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Kendrick to Colorado | Filed in General, Phillies

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Free agent Kyle Kendrick has signed a one year, $5.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

The 30-year-old RHP first signed with the Phillies in 2003, and his MLB debut was June 13, 2007.  After eight seasons and 1138.2 innings pitched for Philadelphia, Kendrick has 622 strikeouts.  For those of you who don’t enjoy math, that boils down to 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings (compared to, say, Cliff Lee’s career 7.6 K/9).  Combined with a 4.22 career ERA and a 74-68 win-loss record, it’s a wonder to me what Colorado was thinking.

Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always liked KK.  He was part of Philadelphia’s 2008 championship team, and he’s always been happy to do whatever is asked of him – whether that has been in the starting rotation or as relief from the bullpen. While I continue to detest some of Kendrick’s professional friendships (looking directly at you, Brett Myers), it’s undeniable that his attitude has always been positive and team-centric. I also maintain that Kendrick spent much of his time in Philadelphia as an underrated pitcher – it would be difficult not to be, though, in the company of Halladay, Lee, and Hamels.

Just as Kendrick has spent time being unappreciated, I’ve spent time defending him.  It hasn’t always been easy – his tendency to give up multiple runs in the first inning or two last season made it tough – but KK has grown from the kid whose only decent pitch was a low-90s sinker.  To be fair, his other pitches – curveball, changeup, and cutter – aren’t exactly stellar; however, he earned my respect for taking the time in the minors to develop them.

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Deconstructing The Phillies: Starting Pitching

October 7th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Starting Pitching | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

After yet another horrendously obvious season, the Phillies finally know that something needs to change. Whether they act on that knowledge is a different story. As we wait to see how the winter unfolds for the Phillies, I thought I’d post some of my own ideas of how to “fix” this team. Along the way, other contributors will throw in their two cents as well. In the first week we’ll address the starting pitching. So for some drastic ideas, read past the jump. (more…)

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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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Why is Kyle Kendrick still in the major leagues?

July 20th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Why is Kyle Kendrick still in the major leagues? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Despite the overwhelming lack of talented prospects stacked among the Phillies’ minor-league systems the past couple of seasons, due to shipping away young talent in return for older and more established players, there has got to be a better pitcher and player for the team in the minors than Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick’ll turn 30 in a month from now (August 26th) and yet, in eight major-league seasons thus far, he’s failed to show the team anything impressive on the mound.

Don’t let wins and losses fool you, like they never should when it comes to starting pitchers, Kendrick’s a sub-par, inconsistent, atrocious pitcher that somehow has still managed to remain atop the major-league level and on the team’s roster. On top of that, he’s in the big leagues somehow without being traded yet either by the team since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 MLB amateur draft. Since his debut in June of 2007, he’s gone 68-64 for his career, with a 4.41 ERA and more average hits allowed/innings pitched (203/187).

Kendrick placed fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in ’07, as he went 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA. Despite his impressive .714 winning percentage that year, he allowed 129 hits to 121 innings pitched, all while striking out batters only 49 times; a strikeouts/9 rate of just 3.6. Of course, he wasn’t predicted to be, and hasn’t been since, known as a strikeout pitcher, but regardless, it’s worth noting how very little he does so anyway.

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Of course, many will correctly point out that, many below-average pitchers have been in the majors over the years (e.g. Kendrick’s former teammate, Joe Blanton); and some for quite a few years at that. Let’s make this clear though, in relation to that: most of those aforementioned below-average pitchers on other teams are pitching in the big leagues in the first place due to their respective teams’ lack of overall talent on the field. Yes, the Phillies are performing poorly this season — and beyond that, the past couple of years — but Kendrick started his career with Philly when they were competing and a good team. So that needs to be remembered, and considered, when making the argument that Kendrick belongs here due to how poor we are at the moment.

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2013 AmyMac Awards

October 10th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on 2013 AmyMac Awards | Filed in General, Phillies, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
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AmyMac Awards

Well, folks, we all know what October means: postseason baseball.  And for those of us in the City of Brotherly Love whose team isn’t participating (again) this year, it’s time for some awards.

Best First Career Home Run   Cody Asche

Saving Grace   Domonic Brown (specifically, in the month of May)

Biggest Reason for My Heart to Break into Pieces   Watching Roy Halladay struggle

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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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A Win For Cole as Phils Sweep Fish

June 5th, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on A Win For Cole as Phils Sweep Fish | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies
Hamels records his second win for the season.

Hamels records his second win for the season.

By Amy McGinnis

I never thought that I’d sit at my computer and type this, but after thirteen starts, Cole Hamels finally nailed down his second win for the 2013 season.  With a 2-9 record and a 4.56 ERA, Cole’s numbers thus far look as though they belong in the back end of the rotation.  While that’s a tough pill to swallow, it helps that Kyle Kendrick (6-3 with a 3.12 ERA) has been dominant thus far this season.  Watching KK pitch a complete game is exciting; however, I’m just as thrilled when I don’t have to set eyes on the likes of Antonio Bastardo.  The Phils’ bullpen, with the exception of Papelbon, continues to look like garbage.  Any night without extended “relief” from our ‘pen is a good night.

Philadelphia’s pitching certainly paid off this week with a series sweep.  Yes, I realize it was Miami … I can still be happy about it.  The exciting part is that the Phils are managing to match quality pitching with productive offense.  Domonic Brown has been blowing up the scoreboard, but his hitting has proven to be contagious.  Obviously, as a fan of Brown’s, I’m thrilled for his NL weekly and monthly honors (not to mention the fact that he leads the NL with eighteen dingers).  It’s the big picture that counts, though, and it seems that Dom Brown has brought our offense back to life.  We have a four game winning streak on our hands, kids.  What’s more, we’re finally treading water at .500.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Major League Baseball, threats of suspensions loom over the heads of players such as Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and about twenty others associated with the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.  This can’t possibly come as a surprise to anyone, and I remember watching Brewers games last summer and saying, “Seriously … someone give him a cup to piss in.” Braun’s first positive test for PED use didn’t stick, thanks to the mishandling of testing procedures by MLB. Throwing sportsmanship to the wind, he had the audacity to accept the 2011 National League MVP award.  Ryan Braun, I sincerely hope that your suspension exceeds the number of remaining games in 2013.  You, sir, continue to be a disgrace.

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