Posts Tagged ‘Pedro Feliz’

Happy Pete Returns?

May 14th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Happy Pete Returns? | Filed in Baseball

The word on the street is that Pedro Feliz may be back in uniform manning the hot corner very soon. Don’t worry friends, it won’t be for the Phillies. Feliz may be playing third base across the waterfront at Campbell’s Field for the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League. It isn’t really all that much of shock to see him there as a lot of former players wind up there. Phillies AAA affiliate SP Nate Bump is a Camden alumnus. So is former first base prospect Michael Costanzo. Former big leaguers that may bring back memories are Mike Koplove, Toby Hall, and Mike Lamb are all trying to make a comeback in Camden. They of course are skippered by none other than Von “Mr. 5-for-1” Hayes.

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2010’s Least Valuable Player

September 18th, 2010 by Johnny G | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Usually when you think of the least valuable player in all of Major League Baseball, you think of guys like Eric Bruntlett circa 2009 or even this year’s Greg Dobbs. But guys like Dobbs and Bruntlett don’t get nearly enough at-bats and playing time to seriously impact a team’s season by being awful. You have to adjust your thinking to players that are really bad AND get too much playing time. Off the top of my head when I thought about this subject, the first guys to come to my head were Ivan Rodriguez (.267 BA 3 HR’s 13 BB’s and a .290 OBP), Casey Kotchman (.220 BA 9 HR’s 35 BB’s and .283 OBP), or Geral Laird (.202 BA 5 HR’s 18 BB’s and a .262 OBP). These guys are not even close to the actual LVP according to the saber metric stat WAR (Wins Above Replacement Player).
Without further ado 2010’s Least Valuable Player is……Pedro Feliz.

Pete Happy was actually acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Houston Astros to anchor third base for the remainder of the season because of the injury to David Freese. Why they would look to Pedro Feliz for help? I can’t really answer that. I would like to mention that this is one deal where Ed Wade was not absolutely raped, though. To really put Feliz’ season into perspective I will throw some numbers at you.

.218 Batting Average, .230 OBP (unheard of), .299 slugging %, and an insanely low 12 walks. There are seven starting pitchers in the Majors with a higher slugging percentage than Feliz, and 19 pitchers with a higher OBP. Feliz has walked in a whopping 3% of his plate appearances and his OPS+ is 46 ( league average is 100). That means Pedro has produced less than half of what the average major league player would throughout the course of a season. To top all of this off, by just penciling Feliz’ name into the lineup everyday, the Astros and Cardinals have LOST 2 games on the season according to Fangraphs.com.

With all that said, I’d like to congratulate….or console Pedro Feliz for his accomplishment.

What would your guess be for LVP?

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Phillies Offseason Outlook

November 30th, 2009 by Johnny G | 33 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

As the Eagles make their run for the postseason, as the Flyers struggles continue, and the Sixers continue to play pitiful basketball, the Phillies’ offseason is officially underway. Tweaking a team that has already proved it is the best team in its league after reaching the World Series for a second consecutive season is not easy. By declining Pedro Feliz’ option, Ruben Amaro must now find a replacement in the free agent market. Luckily, this free agent pool is stocked with legitimate talent at the hot corner with Mark DeRosa, Adrian Beltre, Placido Polanco, and Chone Figgins. The best fit at third would be Adrian Beltre. He is an extremely slick defender at third base, who may not be as sure handed as Pedro Feliz, but has much more range. His power potential in this ballpark could bring back memories of his 45 homerun days in Los Angeles, which would trump the 12 homeruns from Feliz.

Replacing Feliz’ numbers will be much easier than expected on the offensive side as his numbers were mostly inflated due to an unusually high batting average with runners in scoring position. As a .266 hitter overall on the season, he led the team while hitting with RISP. That is an anomaly and is unlikely to be a continuous trend. His power decline over the last several years is also concerning. Figgins has been a popular pipe dream with Philly fans but in reality will most likely command a contract in the four year, 50 million dollar range. That is entirely too much money for a slap hitting leadoff man even with his extremely high on base percentage.

What is even more important to the Phillies will be solidifying their bullpen and starting rotation. At this point, the last spot in the rotation will be up for grabs between Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick, and whatever other players receive Spring Training invitations. As we have seen in the past though, it is not enough to go into a season with only five or six legitimate starting pitchers. While the Phillies can most likely not fit a top tier starting into their payroll such as John Lackey, they can pick up cheap, low risk options with high upside. Justin Duchscherer is coming off elbow surgery last season and spent the final two months of the 2009 season rehabbing in the minors. He could be an effective option if he can be had on a cheap, incentive laden contract. Brad Penny would be another similar option, who struggled mightily in the American League with more talented hitters and then proceeded to dominate the National League like the Cy Young contender we all remember from several years ago.

As we move along to the bullpen, we get to the real question mark with this club. Brad Lidge had arguably the worst season of any reliever in the history of baseball. Ryan Madson pitched well out of a set up role but largely struggled when he was asked to close in the ninth. Scott Eyre had a phenomenal season but just had off-season elbow surgery and may be retiring. Chan Ho Park was a nice surprise and performed well above expectations in a sixth and seventh inning role but he is now a free agent. J.C. Romero missed the final months of the season and the playoffs with an elbow injury and it could be a lingering injury that has yet to be corrected. It is fairly clear that the Phillies cannot bring in another high profile and expensive closer, as they have already committed a large sum of money to Brad Lidge. The only option at this point is to bring in a legitimate set up man who can step in to close if Lidge’s struggles continue. There are several free agents who fit this description, starting with Brandon Lyon. A former closer for the Diamondbacks who was then traded to the Tigers, he has an 88-91 mph fastball but has one of the best curveballs out of the bullpen you will see in the game. He would not command a long term or expensive contract and would be a nice option for the Phillies. Mike Gonzalez, from Atlanta would be another interesting option because of the fact he is left-handed and if he stays in a set up role could replace one of the open spots for a situational lefty with Eyre and Romero being question marks at this point. Although he struggles with his command at times, which can be frustrating, he has some of the best stuff in the big leagues and could be a very low risk, high reward opportunity. Finally, there is Billy Wagner….., well I guess we don’t have to waste much time speculating on that.

As this team is currently constructed the Phillies are still clearly the best team in the National League East and they are at minimum a top three team in the National League overall. If Amaro can find a legitimate replacement at a reasonable price for Pedro Feliz, patch the bullpen together with cost-effective options who can fill in for Brad Lidge if he struggles, and possibly find another starting pitcher for the back end of the rotation, there is no reason the Phillies cannot reach the World Series for a third consecutive season.

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Feliz Slams Phils to Within One

September 30th, 2009 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Pedro Feliz

Citizen’s Bank Park was rocking last night in what seemed like playoff atmosphere. Pedro Feliz hit the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning into the left-center field seats, putting the Phillies up 5-1, and providing the cushion they needed for the 7-4 win.

J.A. Happ was effective, allowing four runs — three earned — and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six. It was victory number 12 for Happ this season.

The Phillies win, combined with the Braves loss to the Marlins, pushed the Phillies magic number to one. With a victory, or a loss by the Braves, they’ll clinch their third consecutive NL East division title.

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Power Surge Continues

September 10th, 2009 by Christian | Comments Off on Power Surge Continues | Filed in General, Phillies

Jayson Werth

After hitting five home runs Tuesday night, the Phillies flexed their muscles again Wednesday night. Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz hit back to back home runs in the eight inning to break a 4-4 tie, and propel Philadelphia to a 6-5 win over the Nationals in Washington.

Cliff Lee pitched seven innings, giving up four earned runs on ten hits, while picking up the victory.  Ryan Madson got the save.

The Phillies have won the first two games of the series and go for the sweep tonight.

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