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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bullpens, injuries, phillies

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   1. JRVJ Posted: May 30, 2019 at 03:27 PM (#5846879)
Neshek and Hunter are getting US$7,750,000 (w/ a US$750K 2020 buyout) and US$9MM respectively this year.

Add to that that Juan Nicasio (who's contract was part of the cost of getting Jean Segura) is getting US$9,250,000 this year and that David Robertson (who hasn't pitched much or effectively) is getting US$10MM this year, and I'd say the biggest problem with the Phillies bullpen is that pitchers who aren't that good (Nicasio) or are injured (Neshek, Robertson & especially Hunter) are getting almost US$36MM in 2019.

Having said that, the Phillies have $26MM coming off the books after this season, so they can reallocate those funds next year.
   2. calming him down with his 57i66135 Posted: May 30, 2019 at 07:50 PM (#5846957)
In retrospective, investing a fortune on a right fielder with a 110 OPS+ might not have been the brightest idea in the world….
i was not a fan of signing mccutchen at 3/45, but he's his triple slash line (.261/.385/.463) has plenty of meat on it, so that signing seems pretty okay.

.243/.364/.475 is obviously below expectations for harper, but he hit a pretty bad slump for about a month (.159/.303/.305 between april 21 and may 17), so as long as he can avoid another one of those, he should be able to get his OBP over .400 OBP and his OPS over .900 by the all-star break.

otoh, the phillies are in first place and on track for 90 wins despite, as noted in #1, burning 40MM on a bullpen that evaporated damn near without a trace, with harper, realmuto, nola and dominguez performing significantly below expectations. which is to say, this team should be able to kick into a higher gear at some point.

also, nick senzel would have looked a hell of a lot better in CF than moniak or herrera.

also, wow, the first round of the 2016 draft has to be, by far, the worst first round ever.
   3. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: May 30, 2019 at 09:35 PM (#5846988)
Call me crazy, but I'll take the under on a .450 OBP from Harper through the all star break.

And there are a bunch of good to excellent prospects from the '16 draft who haven't even debuted in MLB yet. Because it was 3 years ago. More than a little premature to make the proclamation you did.
   4. Zonk didn't order a hit on an ambassador Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:37 PM (#5847006)
also, wow, the first round of the 2016 draft has to be, by far, the worst first round ever.

I think it's still too early to grade out 2016 -- especially because it was a pretty prep heavy 1st round so the class remains pretty young. Granted, a lot of those HS picks are running out of time before they need to either make it worthwhile to be added to the 40 man or not.... but there are still some good projects there - and a few guys I'd love to be able to take fliers on.

I think 2003 still needs to be top of the "bad" list... Markakis was the best 1st rounder - I suppose Adam Jones if you count the supplemental too, but beyond that.... it's John Danks, Aaron Hill and a lot of cups of coffee.
   5. Bote Man Posted: May 31, 2019 at 01:22 AM (#5847037)
Yeah, the wreckage of the Phillies are in 1st place in the NL Least. Sound the alarm!

Meanwhile, the relatively healthy Nationals bullpen just out and out stinks to high Heaven. As questionable as some of Dave Martinez' moves have been, I almost envision him covering his eyes and throwing a dart at the list of relievers because picking one deliberately doesn't seem to work very often. His dearth of choices leaves him little room to navigate through the late innings.
   6. flournoy Posted: May 31, 2019 at 12:49 PM (#5847102)
but beyond that.... it's John Danks, Aaron Hill and a lot of cups of coffee.

You're really underselling a lot of those players. Rickie Weeks, Paul Maholm, David Murphy, Chad Cordero, Chad Billingsley, Carlos Quentin... not superstars, to be sure, but not "cups of coffee" guys.

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