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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rhys Hoskins hits 17th homer in Phillies win over Marlins

The Phillies are trending up. Aaron Nola also has been pitching well.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: aaron nola, phillies, rhys hoskins

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   1. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: September 14, 2017 at 11:02 AM (#5531471)
2018

2B- Hernandez/Kingery
CF- Herrera
LF- Altherr
1B- Hoskins
RF- Williams
3B- Franco...
SS- Crawford
C- Rupp/Alfaro
P - Nola

That's a WC contending lineup right there. Now if they only had anyone to occupy that "P" spot on day two...
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 14, 2017 at 11:52 AM (#5531521)
JBRA, I'm liking what Williams is doing, he's come out from the other side of a slump, which hopefully is him adjusting to a torrent of breaking balls. I'm pretty down on Alfaro's defense, from what I've seen, and Rupp's isn't all that great either.

I wonder if Hernandez could bring a mid-level, not-too-old SP. So many of the "ready for the big leagues" pitchers that they have such as Eichhoff, Eflin, Thompson, look like Kyle Kendrick wannabes. I like what Ben Lively has been doing, but the FIP is about 1 run ahead of his ERA. Good control, low K, shucks, at least he looks like another Kyle Kendrick, rather than a wannabe, so there is that.
   3. Tim D Posted: September 14, 2017 at 12:04 PM (#5531531)
Agreed, Phils have gone from "re-building" to "will go as far as their pitching can take them."
   4. Covfefe Posted: September 14, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5531571)
I said so when they brought him in -- I think Andy MacPhail is a great hire for a rebuilding team. I think he does a really nice job clearing out the dead weight, getting the organization in shape, stockpiling talent, etc.

I'm less enthusiastic when it comes to his ability to then take a team on the rise to the next level, but he's done a really nice job in Philly.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: September 14, 2017 at 06:26 PM (#5531966)
Hoskins was a beast when the Cubs played the Phils a few weeks ago. I think he set the record for fastest to 10 HR in history (72 PA, 17 games). He hit HR in 5 consecutive games and is still cranking along at a 214 OPS+. If he was doing this at the beginning of the year and/or not on a crappy team, he'd have been recognized as the "next" Sanchez, Judge, Bellinger! It really is an amazing run ... when the Cubs left town he had a 1236 OPS and two weeks later it's dropped all the way to 1218.

So it was 10 HR in his first 72 PA then 7 in his next 71. His K-rate is UNDER 20% and he has nearly as many walks as Ks (and 2 HBPs and just 2 GDP). We have seen a lot of crazy good streaks by young players the last few years but usually there's a crazy high K-rate or 500 BABIP or something that we know is gonna collapse. This guy's got a 257 BABIP ... so yeah, some of those HRs will become doubles and fly-outs. But this is an incredibly impressive start with no scary peripherals.

I know, they'll eventually realize that he can't hit a fastball above the belt or is a sucker for low sliders and will spoil all our fun. But before they do, I'll declare this kid the next Frank Robinson while I still can.
   6. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 14, 2017 at 06:36 PM (#5531974)
Kid needs a nickname. The Welsh Whammer?
   7. Mans Best Friend Posted: September 14, 2017 at 07:08 PM (#5531995)
What about Bob?
   8. AndrewJ Posted: September 14, 2017 at 07:09 PM (#5531997)
He's the most fun Phillies prospect to come along in ages. That's enough of an accomplishment for the last few weeks of a season.
   9. AndrewJ Posted: September 14, 2017 at 08:30 PM (#5532034)
Make that 18 home runs in 34 games. It took Mike Schmidt 132 games to hit 18 homers in his rookie season. Rhys equaled that in essentially a quarter of the time.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: September 14, 2017 at 10:34 PM (#5532148)
Make that 18 home runs in 34 games. It took Mike Schmidt 132 games to hit 18 homers in his rookie season.

At that rate, if he plays as many games as Schmidt, he'll end up with 1,272 HR. I'm betting the over!
   11. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 15, 2017 at 06:58 AM (#5532238)
His K-rate is UNDER 20% and he has nearly as many walks as Ks (and 2 HBPs and just 2 GDP). We have seen a lot of crazy good streaks by young players the last few years but usually there's a crazy high K-rate or 500 BABIP or something that we know is gonna collapse. This guy's got a 257 BABIP ... so yeah, some of those HRs will become doubles and fly-outs. But this is an incredibly impressive start with no scary peripherals.


Walt, I remember you letting air out of the Ryan Howard balloon 10-11 years ago. I hated you for that. But you were right.

This guy is different. Tremendous plate discipline. SSS of course, but the announcers threw out a stat that with a 2 strike count, he hits a HR every 8 ABs. (8 for 64 at the time, IIRC). He has not chased on 2 strike counts. He'll go the other way when he has to, as well. Last night's HR was an opposite fielder -- line drive a number of rows deep in right center.
   12. eddieot Posted: September 15, 2017 at 08:35 AM (#5532252)
Add Otani in there as your ace and pinch-hitter extraordinaire and maybe an above-average free agent #3 starter (Cain? Cashner? Cobb? Eovaldi? Pineda?) and you may have something here.
   13. Leroy Kincaid Posted: September 15, 2017 at 10:53 AM (#5532347)
but the announcers threw out a stat that with a 2 strike count, he hits a HR every 8 ABs. (8 for 64 at the time, IIRC)


Was listening to the radio broadcast and they mentioned something similar...And he hit #18, on a 2 strike count right after.
   14. Bote Man Posted: September 15, 2017 at 11:14 AM (#5532370)
If he's such a great hitter, why is he even getting to 2-strike counts in the first place?? HUH??!!
   15. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 15, 2017 at 01:59 PM (#5532477)
If he's such a great hitter, why is he even getting to 2-strike counts in the first place?? HUH??!!


He's also a master psychologist!
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: September 15, 2017 at 09:20 PM (#5532831)
he lures you into a false sense of security with two swing-and-misses

then......... BLAMMO!
   17. Mans Best Friend Posted: September 15, 2017 at 09:53 PM (#5532840)
If he's such a great hitter, why is he even getting to 2-strike counts in the first place?? HUH??!!

Wade Boggs says hi.
   18. TomH Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:23 AM (#5532902)
he does that just to make it fair.
tomorrow, with his eyes closed, and one hand behind his back

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