Posts Tagged ‘Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez’

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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September Call: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

August 29th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on September Call: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned this summer it’s that the bullpen is shifting from a liability to a strength. Led by young guns Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus, and Ken Giles, the bullpen is slowly but surely being filled with strikeout artists that paint with gas. With it becoming clearer by the day that Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo will be moved either by Sunday or in the off-season, the Phillies will have an opening in 2015. One nominee will most likely be Cuban import, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

Granted the Phillies could attempt to stretch out Gonzalez, or MAGs, in an attempt to add him to the rotation, but why not leave him in the position he’s succeeded in all season. MAGs has thrived in the bullpen so far. Granted the 27-year old has been feasting on more inexperienced competition over three levels to the tune of a 2.36 ERA, a 11:4 strikeout to walk ratio, and a WHIP just over 1.00. While he may not hit triple digits like Giles, MAGs has been sitting in the mid-to-upper 90s.

The Iron Pigs’ season comes to close on Monday, so it’s very possible MAGs could be a Tuesday addition. MAGs has two years of team control remaining after signing a 3 year, $12M contract last summer and it looks like his debut isn’t too far off.

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The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr. (Part 1: The Best)

October 6th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr. (Part 1: The Best) | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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The fall of 2008 was a happy time for Philadelphia Phillies fans. Jimmy Rollins’ prophecy of being the team to beat had finally come true, and Pat Gillick’s genius shined thru and brought the team’s second world title in franchise history. We were on top of the world. As the future Hall of Famer stepped aside from the game, Ruben Amaro seemed primed to be next in line to take over the reigning World Champions. Since then, Amaro returned the Phillies to the World Series, but luck (and health), has not been on the team’s side. In the meantime, let’s look at the top ten moves the current GM has made to keep this team successful. (more…)

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