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The Philadelphia Phillies will have a new look at 1B when the 2012 season opens

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 28 February 2012 at 2:36 pm

32-year old lefty swinging Ryan Howard won’t likely be ready to play until sometime in May as he is still rehabbing from surgery he had over the off-season to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon that he injured on his last AB of the playoffs last season. Howard has played in 152 games for the Phillies last year and he was 141 of 557 (.253 avg, .835 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 33 homers, 116 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 1,027 games in his first 8 years with the Phillies and he is 1,043 of 3,794 (.275 avg, .928 OPS) with 633 runs scored, 286 homers, 864 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Howard is a sub par defensive 1B as he made 9 errors in 149 games at 1B last year. But that’s nitpicking as the Phillies pay Howard to swing the bat. They hope he can return in May.

34-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton has outstanding versatility in the field, but he is going to be playing 1B when the 2012 season begins for the Phillies. Wigginton played in 130 games for the Rockies last year and he was 97 for 401 (.242 avg, .731 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 15 homers, 47 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,190 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,087 of 4,107 (.265 avg, .768 OPS) with 509 runs scored, 158 homers, 548 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. Wigginton played 36 error-free games at 1B for the Rockies last year. He will be an improvement defensively for the Phillies until Ryan Howard is ready to return to action.

41-year old lefty swinging Jim Thome might get into a game or two at 1B this year, but his main job is going to be pinch-hitting for the Phillies in 2012. Thome only played in 1 game at 1B last year and he didn’t make any errors. He has the range of a phone booth right now. Thome played in 93 games for the Twins & Indians last year and he was 71 for 277 (.256 avg, .838 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 15 homers and 50 RBIs. Thome has played in 361 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 333 for 1,279 (.260 avg, .928 OPS) with 234 runs scored, 96 homers and 266 RBIs. Thome has now played in 2,287 games in his first 21 years in the majors and he is 2,287 of 8,259 (.277 avg, .959 OPS) with 1,566 runs scored, 604 homers, 1,674 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2012: B+

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to be solid behind the plate in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 24 February 2012 at 12:26 pm

33-year old right swinging Carlos Ruiz continues to improve as a hitter. Ruiz played in 132 games for the Phillies last year and he was 116 for 410 (.283 avg, .754 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 6 homers, 40 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 619 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 495 for 1,866 (.265 avg, .750 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 36 homers, 231 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Ruiz played in 138 games for the Phillies behind the plate last year and he had 4 errors and 8 passed balls. He only threw out 18 of 100 (18%) base stealers last year and Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.06 ERA with him behind the plate. Ruiz is still playing at a high level and he would be one of the hardest players for the Phillies to replace if he got injured.

35-year old lefty swinging Brian Schneider is going to be the backup catcher once again for the Phillies in 2012. Schneider played in 41 games for the Phillies last year and he was 22 for 125 (.176 avg, .502 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. He has now played two years with the Phillies appearing in 88 games in which he is 52 for 250 (.208 avg, .617 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 6 homers and 24 RBIs. Schneider has now played in 1,014 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 761 for 3,076 (.247 avg, .690 OPS) with 275 runs scored, 65 homers, 380 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Schneider played in 40 games behind the plate for the Phillies last year and he had 1 error and 1 passed ball. He threw out only 3 of 23 (13%) base stealers, but Phillies’ pitchers had a 2.88 ERA with him behind the plate last year. The Phillies really like Schneider defensively, they just hope he hits a little bit better in 2012.

31-year old righty swinging Erik Kratz will likely be #3 in line in 2012 for the Phillies at catcher. He played in 6 games for the Phillies last year and he was 2 for 6 (.333 avg, .833 OPS). Kratz has now played in 11 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 6 for 40 (.150 avg, .365 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. He played in 1 game behind the plate for the Phillies last year in which he had 0 errors but 1 passed ball. He was 0 for 1 throwing out base stealers and Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.60 ERA with him behind the plate. Kratz will likely start the 2012 season in AAA-ball.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2012: B

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to have a lot of competition for bullpen jobs this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 14 February 2012 at 5:16 pm

The Phillies are going to need some pitchers to really step up in the bullpen and give them solid work bridging the gap from the starters to the set-up man. Here is a look at the Phillies’ bullpen as of right now:

Closer: Jonathan Papelbon: The Phillies signed 31-year old righty Jonathan Papelbon to close for them, and I really like the move. He pitched in 63 games (0 starts) for the Red Sox last year and he was 4-1 with 31 saves, a 2.94 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Papelbon has now pitched in 396 games (3 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 23-19 with 219 saves, a 2.33 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He has been one of the best closers’ in all of baseball since he entered the majors, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Set-Up Man: Antonio Bastardo: 26-year old lefty Antonio Bastardo will likely be the Phillies’ set-up man in 2012. He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 6-1 with 8 saves, a 2.64 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Bastardo has now pitched in 95 games (5 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 10-4 with 8 saves, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Bastardo has outstanding stuff and I think he’s going to do a good job in his new role for the Phillies.

Righties: Chad Qualls: 33-year old Chad Qualls had a nice comeback year for the Padres last year. He pitched in 77 games (0 starts) for the Padres last year and he was 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Qualls has now pitched in 537 games (0 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 38-34 with 51 saves, a 3.78 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Qualls could wind up being the set-up man for the Phillies in 2012 if Bastardo falters in the role.

Brian Sanches: 33-year old Brian Sanches pitched in 39 games (2 starts) for the Marlins last year and he was 4-1 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Sanches has now pitched in 189 games (2 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 13-6 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. I think he can really help the Phillies in 2012 as he has really pitched well lately in the majors.

Michael Stutes: 25-year old Michael Stutes really had a solid year for the Phillies as a rookie last year. He pitched in 57 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. I look for Stutes to have another solid year in 2012 for the Phillies.

David Herndon: 26-year old David Herndon has turned himself into a pretty decent reliever. He pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-4 with 1 save, a 3.32 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Herndon has now pitched in 92 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 2-7 with 1 save, a 3.70 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

Jose Contreras: 40-year old Jose Contreras is going to get off to a late start this year as he continues to recover from elbow surgery. Contreras pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 0-0 with 5 saves, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has now pitched in 84 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 6-4 with 9 saves, a 3.44 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Contreras has now pitched in 275 games (175 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 77-67 with 9 saves, a 4.54 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Contreras has really reinvented himself in Philly as a nasty reliever.

Justin DeFratus: 24-year old Justin DeFratus will be a longshot to make the Phillies out of spring training, but he looked really solid last year. He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 6-3 with 15 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. I think he will pitch for the Phillies at some point in 2012.

Lefties: Dontrelle Willis: 30-year old Dontrelle Willis is going to get a big shot in spring training to re-invent himself as a reliever. Willis pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Reds last year and he was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Willis has now pitched in 205 games (202 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Willis is really tough on lefty batters, so he might excel in his new role for the Phillies in 2012.

Jeremy Horst: 26-year old Jeremy Horst came to the Phillies over the winter in a deal with the Reds (for infielder Wilson Valdez). Horst pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Reds last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. He also pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Reds last year and he was 1-4 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Raul Valdes: 34-year old Raul Valdes pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Yankees & Cardinals last year and he was 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. He has now pitched in 51 games (1 start) in his first two years in the majors and he is 3-4 with 1 save, a 4.58 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Jon Savery: 26-year old Jon Savery pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP. He also pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 5-0 with 2 saves, a 1.50 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He will have a decent shot of making the Phillies’ pitching staff with a strong spring.

David Purcey: 29-year old David Purcey pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the A’s, Tigers and Blue Jays last year in which he was 1-2 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He has now pitched in 87 games (21 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 6-12 with 1 save, a 5.38 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Purcey will be a longshot to make the team this spring.

Pat Misch: 30-year old Pat Misch had a rough year for the Mets in 2011. He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Mets last year and he was 1-0 with a 10.29 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP. Misch has now pitched in 78 games (24 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 4-15 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES BULLPEN IN 2012: B-

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to have the best starting rotation in baseball again in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 6 February 2012 at 6:46 pm

The Phillies are absolutely loaded in the starting rotation for the 2012 season. Not many teams can match up starting pitching with the quality of what the Phillies can run out every day. Here is a look at the starting rotation as of right now:

#1: Roy Halladay: 34-year old righty Roy Halladay is still a downright nasty pitcher. He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Halladay has now pitched in 65 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 40-16 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He won the Cy Young Award for the Phillies in 2010 and he finished second in the voting last year. Halladay has now pitched in 378 games (352 starts) in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 188-92 with 1 save, a 3.23 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Look for Halladay to turn in another outstanding season for the Phillies in 2012.

#2: Cliff Lee: 33-year old lefty Cliff Lee turned in an outstanding year for the Phillies in 2011 as he finished #3 in the Cy Young Award voting. Lee pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. He has now pitched in 44 games (all starts) in his two years with the Phillies and he is 24-12 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Lee has now pitched in 254 games (250 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 119-69 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Lee just seems to get better with age, so look for another big season out of him in 2012.

#3: Cole Hamels: 28-year old lefty Cole Hamels finished 5th in the voting for the Cy Young Award last year. He pitched in 32 games (31 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. Hamels has now pitched in 181 games (180 starts) in his first six years for the Phillies and he is 74-54 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Hamels is in his prime, so expect another big year out of him in 2012.

#4: Vance Worley: 24-year old righty Vance Worley will be the Phillies’ #4 starter in 2012. He pitched in 25 games (21 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Worley has now pitched in 30 games (23 starts) in his first two seasons with the Phillies and he is 12-4 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He has a nice upside, so I think he’s going to have another good year in 2012.

#5: Joe Blanton: 31-year old righty Joe Blanton is going to have to win the #5 job over Joel Pineiro and Kyle Kendrick this spring. Blanton pitched in 11 games (8 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He has now pitched in 84 games (80 starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 26-16 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Blanton has now pitched in 206 games (198 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 73-62 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Blanton is still a solid pitcher when healthy.

Joel Pineiro: 33-year old righty Joel Pineiro is going to be a serious challenger to Joe Blanton this spring. Pineiro pitched in 27 games (24 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. He has now pitched in 335 games (263 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 104-93 with 2 saves, a 4.41 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Pineiro might be able to have a big bounceback season in 2012 with a return to the N.L., if he wins a spot in the Phillies’ rotation.

Kyle Kendrick: 27-year old righty Kyle Kendrick was outstanding last year for the Phillies. He pitched in 34 games (15 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Kendrick has now pitched in 127 games (98 starts) in his first five years with the Phillies and he is 43-30 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Kendrick will either be the Phillies’ #5 starter in 2012, or he will have a big role in the pen.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2012: A+++++++++==

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