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Friday, September 20, 2019

Gabe Kapler wasn’t people’s choice to lead Phillies, so owner John Middleton must not allow public opinion to decide manager’s future | Scott Lauber

Forget Kapler. Will Matt Klentak be the first of the new wave GMs to get canned?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2019 at 01:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dallas Keuchel calls out Phillies management after handcuffing Phillies hitters

Skipping ahead to the pertinent section:

The Phillies had starting pitching needs, not to mention a need for a left-hander, and were mentioned throughout the winter and spring as a potential landing spot for Keuchel. In actuality, however, the Phils showed little interest in Keuchel and he signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves, who have won 91 games and are days away from wrapping up their second straight NL East title.

After the game, Keuchel called out Phillies management when he was asked if the Phils’ lack of interest in him fueled any extra motivation leading up to the start.

“I mean, if you don’t come calling what is there for me to be mad about?” he said. “I think a lot of those guys over there in the front office are second-guessing themselves, and, I mean, I would too.”

Keuchel, 31, won the American League Cy Young Award with Houston in 2015 and was an All-Star in 2017. Despite his resume, he lingered on the free-agent market last winter as teams were leery of his declining strikeout numbers and rising hits totals.

So, what do we make of these comments?

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dallas keuchel, phillies

Monday, September 09, 2019

Rosenthal: Reasons the Phillies are floundering? Don’t overlook the front office’s ambivalence ($)

Klentak, the Phillies’ GM, was not necessarily exaggerating last February when, even before the addition of Harper, he described his team’s 2018-19 offseason as “objectively excellent.”

The Phils ended up not only with Harper, Realmuto and McCutchen, but also shortstop Jean Segura and relievers David Robertson and Juan Nicasio. They enabled Rhys Hoskins to return from left field to first base by parting with Carlos Santana in the Segura deal. And while they did not address their starting pitching, they figured they had compensated for any potential vulnerability by upgrading their bullpen, offense and defense.

The bullpen might have even been among the best in the NL if it had stayed healthy. The offense is improved – from 11th in the NL runs per game last season to sixth this season – though perhaps not by as much as the Phillies anticipated. The defense, too, is better, rising from 30th to ninth in defensive runs saved and 27th to 20th in park-adjusted defensive efficiency.

And yet, the starting pitching still proved to be a major flaw.

The Phillies overestimated the ability of their younger starting pitchers to take a step forward. And the development of those pitchers has not been helped by the change in pitching coaches from Kranitz to Young, who became a major-league coach for the first time in 2018. Young previously had worked as a scout for the Padres and Astros from 2010 to ’17.

Young players – pitchers especially – do not always follow a linear progression, forcing teams even with the best-laid plans to shift course. But with the exception of Ranger Suárez, a reliever, it’s difficult to find a Phillies pitcher who has improved from last season to this one.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2019 at 12:38 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sean Rodríguez calls Phillies fans ‘entitled’

Phillies utilityman Sean Rodríguez wasn’t performing so well for the Phillies entering Monday night’s series opener at home against the Pirates. He had a meager .659 OPS for the season and was 1-for-19 in August. However, he played the hero, belting a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

While it was a feel-good moment for Rodríguez, he couldn’t let go of the criticism he and slumping first baseman Rhys Hoskins in particular were hearing from Phillies fans. Many wondered why the team was letting him occupy a roster spot. Hoskins, batting just .164 with a .336 slugging percentage since the All-Star break, was regularly getting booed, especially after popping up with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

For his own struggles, Rodríguez explained that players like him tend to face the opposing team’s best relievers, and said it’s tough to stay sharp with limited at-bats. He said, via Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, “I’m just defending that position, not me as a player, per se. I think that’s the misconception a lot of people make. ‘Well, you can’t struggle. You can’t go that bad.’ Every hitter does it. The only difference is when someone is playing every day, there’s a chance that they’re going to sneak a hit here and there.”

Regarding the fans, Rodríguez said, “Who’s looking bad and feeling entitled when you hear stuff like that? I’m not the one booing. I’m not the one screaming. I’m not the one saying pretty disgusting things at times. That seems pretty entitled. You’re just making yourself look pretty bad as an individual, as a person, as a fan. That’s tough.” He added, “There’s still a lot of good fans, though. Those are the ones I hear and pay attention to. The few that might be behind home plate and say, ‘Hey Sean, keep doing your thing. Don’t worry about it. Things will come around.’”

“Entitled” isn’t the word to use involving Philadelphia sports fans- “Psychotic”, on the other hand….

QLE Posted: August 28, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, phillies, sean rodriguez

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Jake Arrieta doesn’t expect to pitch again this season

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to bone spurs in his right elbow. It’s an issue he has been dealing with for most of the season and was diagnosed with last month. Arrieta will undergo an arthrogram on Thursday, per Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic, which will help the Phillies determine the next step which could involve surgery. For what it’s worth, Arrieta said he doesn’t expect to pitch again this season, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Arrieta, 33, posted an ugly 4.64 ERA with 110 strikeouts and 51 walks in 135 2/3 innings of work this season for the Phillies. He was inconsistent for much of the first half of the season, then couldn’t pitch deep into games once he was diagnosed with the elbow issue. In seven starts between the beginning of July and his most recent start on Sunday, Arrieta pitched into the sixth inning just once.

At this point, one suspects that Phillies management is cursing the new earlier trade deadline….

 

QLE Posted: August 15, 2019 at 04:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow, jake arrieta, phillies

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Manuel, 75, back in Phils’ dugout as hitting coach

The Philadelphia Phillies have hired former manager Charlie Manuel as the team’s new hitting coach after relieving John Mallee of his duties, the team announced Tuesday.

Manuel, 75, last managed the Phillies in 2013. He is the franchise’s winningest manager with a 780-636 mark, leading the team to a 2008 World Series championship and five straight division titles.

“The reason we did this today is because we have 44 more game remaining and we’re two games out of the playoffs,” general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday. “I know a lot of people are burying us, saying we have no chance and we haven’t played well.

“Part of that is correct. We have not played well. We have not hit well, especially since the All-Star break. But we are not buried and we are not out. It makes sense to try something different rather than continuing to do the same thing.”

I see several ways in which this could backfire- which one do you suppose will be most likely to become an issue?

 

QLE Posted: August 14, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie manuel, hitting coaches, phillies

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Monday, August 05, 2019

Pedro Martinez: Members of Phillies Had Swine Flu During 2009 World Series

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pedro Martinez said members of the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies World Series champions were dealing with the swine flu.

“It wasn’t told, but most of us were sick,” Martinez said, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Some of the guys had swine flu and had to be kept away. I caught some of the virus. We would just never say it. When I got home, I realized that I was really sick.”

Martinez said he was able to pitch Game 2 without problems but struggled in his second appearance in the series, which saw him last only four innings in Game 6:

“I had a little bit of an asthma attack in the middle of the game and I was having a hard time breathing. I was really sick. In any other situation, I wouldn’t be out there. But the team needed me. I held on as long as I could and I did that. I was really proud to have my last game with the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.”

I assume listening to Joe Buck wouldn’t have helped their stomachs any….

 

QLE Posted: August 05, 2019 at 03:07 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, swine flu, world series

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Pitcher erases run—from the outfield!

Don’t run on Vince Velasquez! Wait, what??

Velasquez wasn’t done, though. In the 15th, he nearly repeated his feat on a sharp single to left by Abreu with two outs and runners on first and second. Leury Garcia broke for home, and Velasquez’s throw reached catcher J.T. Realmuto just a moment late—confirmed by an umpire review—allowing Chicago to take a lead it would keep. This throw, according to Statcast, was even harder at 95.0 mph.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2019 at 07:04 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, vince velasquez

Sunday, July 21, 2019

SI: Stephanie Apstein: What Made Roy Fly

Roy Jr. taught Roy III to master two things. Many baseball fans know how the father searched for a house with a basement at least 60 feet, six inches long; charted the son’s velocity; honed his focus. They do not know that the father also passed on another, greater love: for flying.

Those moments in the air brought Roy III such pleasure, but knowing how it all ended, his mother, Linda, wishes he had never had them. She is angry with her son for whatever happened that day, for whatever he did that took him away from her. His sisters, Merinda and Heather, agree. “I’d rather he be here and miserable,” Heather says. Roy Jr. does not traffic in counterfactuals.

“I wish that he had been more careful,” he says, “But I’m not sorry for what he was doing, and never sorry that he was enjoying his life.”

I found this to be an article worth reading.  It was difficult to pick a quotable section as it’s not really that type of article.

It’s still sad to think of Halladay going too soon.

puck Posted: July 21, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, hall of fame, phillies, roy halladay

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

CBSSports: Dodgers’ Justin Turner defends Phillies pitcher who plunked him, telling umpire he shouldn’t be ejected

After Verdugo homered to make the score 12-1, Yacksel Rios hit Turner in the leg with an 84 mph breaking ball and was immediately ejected by legendary blowhard Doug Eddings. Turner started taking off his gloves and shinguard, then turned around and was confused to find Rios had been ejected. The batter (and at least one other Dodger in the dugout) joined Gabe Kapler, Realmuto et al in arguing with the umpire on the pitcher’s behalf!

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 17, 2019 at 01:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies, umpiring

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Friday, June 28, 2019

Phillies are overpriced as long as Bryce Harper is a shell of himself

“It’s possible baseball observers will have to accept that his fantastic 2015 season was a fluke.”

Harper fans can say, “Hey, it’s only half a season.”

Lest we forget Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, buyer's regret, fantasy, judd nelson, phillies

Friday, June 21, 2019

Phillies’ Maikel Franco has fallen out of Gabe Kapler’s favor for second straight year

“I think when he is performing like Maikel Franco is capable of performing, he’s a lot better than that. And right now he is still trying to find his way and we’ll look for opportunities to give him an opportunity to get going. Right now we have other guys we are going to see ahead of him,” Kapler said. “The value is directly related to his performance. Maikel Franco has a tremendous amount of value playing to his potential. Right now he’s struggling to reach that potential.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2019 at 09:10 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Tuesday, June 11, 2019



Wednesday, June 05, 2019

KYW Newsradio: Kenney, Wolf Join Campaign to Elect Dick Allen to the Hall of Fame

The Allen campaign is relentlessly driven by Mark “Froggy” Carfagno — a former Veterans Stadium groundskeeper who believes Allen was “the most productive offensive player from 1964 through 1974.”

“Better than Hank Aaron,” he continued, “Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Johnny Bench, Ron Santo — all Hall of Famers. They’re all in the Hall of Fame. Why isn’t this guy?”

 

DanG Posted: June 05, 2019 at 08:46 PM | 176 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, hall of fame, phillies

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Phillies’ Haseley headed to big leagues | MiLB.com News

After less than a week in Triple-A, Adam Haseley is heading to The Show.

Just five days after he was promoted to the Minor Leagues’ highest level, Philadelphia’s No. 3 prospect is set to join his big league club, according to MLB.com. Haseley is set to take the place of Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who appeared to injure his left knee in a first-inning rundown against the Padres on Monday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: adam haseley, phillies

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Phillies face depleted bullpen because of injuries

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies manager Gable Kapler could have draped a stethoscope around his neck in his office that seemed more fit for an urgent care.

“I have notes on injury stuff,” Kapler said Wednesday, not long before Philadelphia’s scheduled game against St. Louis went into a rain delay. “There’s some stuff to report.”

Just a few notes.

One reliever had surgery. Another went on the injured list. Three more relievers may not return until some time in June.

In retrospective, investing a fortune on a right fielder with a 110 OPS+ might not have been the brightest idea in the world….

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, injuries, phillies

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Phillies’ Odubel Herrera Arrested At Golden Nugget Hotel And Casino For Allegedly Assaulting Girlfriend, Police Say

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at an Atlantic City hotel and casino, police say. Herrera, 27, was taken into custody without incident at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino around 8:30 p.m. He has now been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball.

Atlantic City police officers responded Monday night to the Golden Nugget for a domestic violence incident report.

When they arrived, they found a 20-year-old woman, of Philadelphia, with visible signs of injury to her arms and neck after allegedly being assaulted by Herrera.


Odubel Herrera arrested in domestic violence incident

Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested Monday night after a report of domestic violence. The alleged incident involved his 20-year-old girlfriend and took place at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, according to a police report.

The police report also says the victim “had visible signs of injury to her arms and neck that was sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend, David Odubel Herrera, during a dispute.”


Saturday, May 25, 2019

MLB Rumors: Phillies, Yankees Scouted Giants’ Madison Bumgarner Recently

Some interested teams reportedly got a good look at Madison Bumgarner recently.

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees were among “several clubs” who scouted the Giants ace in his second-to-last start last Saturday, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday.  Bumgarner pitched 6 1/3 innings that day, striking out six and allowing four earned runs in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Phillies and Yankees both reportedly feel they could use a top-line starter, although both teams entered Friday in the top 10 in earned run average. Still, both teams are on Bumgarner’s no-trade list.

What might be a bigger deal to the Giants, however, is the quality of both team’s prospects.

Rather painful to watch in multiple regards- the dominant team in one of the largest and wealthiest metropolitan areas in the United States should never be in this position….

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: madison bumgarner, phillies, trade rumors, yankees

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


There was another miscommunication between the Phillies and Pat Neshek

Back in June 2017, then-manager of the Phillies Pete Mackanin and reliever Pat Neshek had some miscommunication. In a series against the Cardinals, Neshek worked a five-pitch eighth inning and it was believed he would come back out for the ninth inning, but he never did. Mackanin said Neshek said he didn’t want to pitch another inning. Neshek said he was never asked. There was also some miscommunication the game prior. Neshek thought he had the day off; Mackanin said Neshek said he wasn’t available to pitch.

Mackanin is no longer the Phillies’ manager, but the miscommunication between Neshek and the team apparently persist. Neshek was notably absent during the Phillies’ hard-fought 5-4 win over the Cubs on Monday night. The game featured a struggling Seranthony Domínguez pitching two innings, yielding three crucial runs in his second inning of work.

Manager Gabe Kapler called the bullpen and instructed Neshek to begin warming up to prepare to face Albert Almora, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Kapler rang the bullpen after Domínguez walked Jason Heyward, who batted ahead of Almora. Neshek wasn’t warmed up yet. Domínguez was able to retire Almora on a sacrifice bunt, which was reviewed and gave Neshek some extra time to get ready. He was ready for the next batter, Daniel Descalso, but at this point Kapler no longer wanted to bring Neshek into the game. Descalso lined a triple to left-center field, scoring two runs and came home himself when shortstop Jean Segura‘s throw caromed off of his foot out of play.

Given how much current managers lust over relievers, you’d think they could talk to them better- or is that the reason for the lust in the first place?

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: communication, pat neshek, phillies

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Andrew McCutchen’s league-best eye and extra work making the Phillies a better team

This was the Andrew McCutchen game.

The Phillies would not have snapped their three-game skid without his bat, his arm or his eye.

McCutchen was on the field at Citizens Bank Park around 3 p.m. Friday doing extra work. Specifically, he wanted to hit slow curveballs off the pitching machine to slow himself down, to force himself to stay back and utilize the whole field.

“Felt like I’ve been muscling up quite a bit on the ball as opposed to waiting,” he said.

Mind you, his offense performance is actually worse than it had been for the Giants last year, and remember how that ended….

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, phillies

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