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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Passan: 10 Degrees: Cole Hamels’ trade value might be Phillies’ lone bright spot

I assume a ‘shop of Amaro looking like Derpy Hooves already exists, what with this being the Internet.

BTW, Harrison also leads the NL in Chadwick Ratio.

The latest reminder that the Philadelphia Phillies are an actual major league ballclub, as opposed to a Ruben Amaro Jr. fever dream in which he endeavors to lavish old, older and oldest ballplayers with contracts bad, worse and what were you thinking, came Monday afternoon. Four Phillies pitchers combined to no-hit the Atlanta Braves. It was a cool moment.

Particularly because it reminded the world that not only does Cole Hamels still exist amid the mountain of derp that is these Phillies, he is turning in one of his finest seasons at the perfect time for Philadelphia to cash in… Amaro told Philadelphia reporters Monday that he planned on overhauling his roster this offseason, which is all well and good in a fantasy land where opposing teams agree to pay full freight for the overpaid boondoggles with which he has saddled the Phillies….  if the Phillies want to start over – and they need to start over – they’ve got to trade Cole Hamels.

Anybody who performs so improbably well that he finds himself on an MVP ballot a year after logging fewer than 100 plate appearances deserves every bit of praise imaginable.

[Josh] Harrison’s selection into the All-Star Game this year got waylaid in this space as an overreaction to a small sample of productivity. All Harrison has done since the break is lead baseball with a .599 slugging percentage. Yes, 5-foot-8 Josh Harrison is outslugging Abreu, Big Papi, Giancarlo Stanton and every other leviathan who can punish a ball 500 feet.

In the six weeks since the break, Harrison has hit eight home runs in 167 at-bats. Over his first three seasons in the major leagues, he hit seven in 532 at-bats.

Matt Shoemaker… turns 28 at the end of September, and his major league career before this season consisted of one start at the end of last season.

He had journeyman written all over him, what with back-to-back seasons of palindromic 5.65 and 4.64 ERAs at Triple-A… Since joining the rotation June 17, Shoemaker is 11-3 with a 2.70 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 13 walks. Opponents are hitting .229 against him and getting on base 26.5 percent of the time. His current scoreless-inning streak is at 23, and he should be a lock for AL pitcher of the month in August, during which he went 6-1 with a 1.31 ERA and allowed just two home runs in 41 1/3 innings.

The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, cole hamels, josh harrison, matt shoemaker, phillies, pirates

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   1. The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 04:58 PM (#4784037)
I'll throw this in here.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Triple A

... The IronPigs finished the 2014 season in last place in the International League North with a record of 66-78.
Reading Fightin Phils – Double-A

... Despite ending the season on a seven-game winning streak, it wasn’t quite enough for the Fightin Phils to climb out of last place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. They finished the season with a 66-76 record.
Lakewood BlueClaws – Class A

.... the BlueClaws... finished with the worst record in the South Atlantic League at 53-84.
Williamsport Crosscutters – Class A-Short Season

... The Crosscutters were at the bottom of the New York-Penn League’s McNamara Division with a record of 33-43.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4784050)
Someone please explain Matt Shoemaker to me.
   3. McCoy Posted: September 02, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4784096)
Hey, it could mean they all are just really young for their league. I'm just sayin.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4784172)
Gillick -- who is of course in a strange position right now, being interim -- says both Amaro and Sandberg are back next year.
   5. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: September 02, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4784212)
Shoemaker pounds the zone, has a nasty splitter he is now throwing a lot - like 30% of the time and he has been getting pretty good run support. He has only had one or two weak outings, and has kept the team in all but one start. His return coincided with the Angel bats coming alive in June too. So, he was a bit lucky, but always faced the aces of the opposition.

And honestly, that one start last year was a scoreless outing, so he looked good that day, also. Maybe just getting out of the PCL bandboxes helped him also.
   6. JRVJ Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:51 PM (#4784289)
Did Passan just find out that the Phils will be in bad shape in 2015?

No secret there... (2016 is not looking so good, either, Jeff).

   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:23 AM (#4784303)
What did Jeff Passan ever do to you? There's nothing in this piece that suggests he was optimistic about the Phillies at any point.
   8. The Pequod Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:51 AM (#4784383)
Wow, rare to see a big national guy go so hard after a team/GM.

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