It’s time for the Philadelphia Phillies to let Ryan Howard go

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 9:27 am

It’s time for the Philadelphia Phillies to pull the plug on 36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard.  I know that he is a Phillies’ legend, but enough is enough.  He is in the final year of a 5-year, $125 million deal.  They aren’t going to bring him back next year, so why let him take ABs away from 25-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph?  Howard has played in 76 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 36 of 220 (.164 avg, .594 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 14 homers and 30 RBIs.  He has also whiffed 78 times against 17 walks so far this year for the Phillies.  It almost hurts to watch him play right now, as is a shell of his former self.  Joseph has played in 57 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 50 for 191 (.262 avg, .818 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 14 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has whiffed 47 times so far this year against only 9 walks.  The Phillies are a rebuilding team, so why not see what Joseph can do while playing everyday at 1B for the rest of the season.  I would release Ryan Howard, pronto!

The Philadelphia Phillies place Peter Bourjos on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 July 2016 at 3:53 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained right shoulder.  Bourjos has played in 93 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 71 of 281 (.253 avg, .674 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 4 homers, 20 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  To replace Bourjos on the active roster, the Phillies have activated 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Aaron Altherr off the 60-day D.L.  Altherr played in 13 games in Rookie+A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment this year and he was 14 of 41 (.341 avg, .944 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has played in 41 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 33 of 142 (.233 avg, .799 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 5 homers, 22 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Altherr is a guy the Phillies have high hopes for.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Andres Blanco on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 25 July 2016 at 7:48 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 32-year old switch-hitting infielder Andres Blanco on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured left finger.  Blanco has played in 75 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 42 of 155 (.271 avg, .767 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 21 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Blanco has now played in 206 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 123 of 435 (.283 avg, .817 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 12 homers, 49 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Phillies are going to miss Blanco while he is out of action, as he is a solid and versatile bench player.

Ron Reed was a solid reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 12:41 pm

Righty reliever Ron Reed was a rock solid reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Reed pitched in 458 games (0 starts) in his 8 years with the Phillies and he was 57-38 with 90 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He gave up 702 hits and 229 walks while whiffing 547 batters in his 809 1/3 innings with the Phillies!  Reed also pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Phillies in which he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Reed gave up 33 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his 30 1/3 innings in the playoffs for the Phillies.  Reed was a reliever for the World Series champion 1980 Philadelphia Phillies’ team that beat the Kansas City Royals.  Reed’s best season with the Phillies came way back in 1976, when he worked in 59 games (0 starts) in which he was 8-7 with 14 saves, a 2.46 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  Reed gave up 88 hits and 32 walks while whiffing 96 batters in 128 innings for the Phillies in 1976.  Reed is still #7 in Phillies’ history with his 90 saves.  Reed is also #21 in ERA (3.06), #39 in wins (57), #10 in WHIP (1.15), #6 in games (458), #50 in innings pitched (809 1/3) and he is tied for #29 in strikeouts (547) in Phillies’ history!

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Daniel Stumpf

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 8:17 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 25-year old lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf for assignment.  Stumpf pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP.  He gave up 9 hits (1 homer) and 2 walks while whiffing 2 batters in his 5 innings with the Phillies.  Stumpf will have to be offered back to the Kansas City Royals if he clears waivers, as the Phillies took him in the Rule 5 Draft last winter.

UPDATE:  (7/25/2016) – The Phillies have returned Daniel Stumpf to the Royals.

Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies continues to play well

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 6:34 am

26-year old switch-hitting 2B Cesar Hernandez took over at 2B for the Philadelphia Phillies last year and he has done a solid job for them.  He has played in 89 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 84 of 300 (.280 avg, .683 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Hernandez has now played in 316 games in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 256 of 940 (.272 avg, .670 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 4 homers, 70 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.  The Phillies hope that Hernandez keeps up the good work moving forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Edward Mujica

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 12:27 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have released 32-year old righty reliever Edward Mujica, at his request.  He was a little irritated that the Phillies continued to pass him up when they needed a reliever.  Mujica pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies and he was 0-3 with 23 saves, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Mujica has pitched in 494 games (4 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 24-28 with 50 saves, a 3.85 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  He should have an easy time finding a new team.

J.P. Crawford is getting close to his first shot at the show for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 12:23 pm

21-year old lefty swinging shortstop J.P. Crawford came into this season as the Philadelphia Phillies‘ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  Crawford has played in 83 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year in the minors for the Phillies and he is 86 of 321 (.268 avg, .740 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 5 homers, 30 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Crawford has now played in 366 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 402 of 1,409 (.285 avg, .779 OPS) with 217 runs scored, 23 homers, 141 RBIs and 60 stolen bases.  He could be in Philly by August 1st, if the Phillies deal Freddy Galvis at the trade deadline.

The Philadelphia Phillies send Severino Gonzalez to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 11:32 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have sent 23-year old righty reliever/starter Severino Gonzalez to AAA.  Gonzalez has pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  He gave up 13 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 17 batters in his first 13 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year, so he was pitching really well for them.  Gonzalez has now pitched in 18 games (7 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He will likely get another shot with them later this year.  His spot on the active roster has been filled by rookie lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf.

The Philadelphia Phillies activate Daniel Stumpf

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 11:28 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated 25-year old lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf off the restricted list.  Stumpf pitched in 3 games (0 starts) earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 40.50 ERA and a 4.50 WHIP.  He gave up 1 hit (it was a homer) and he walked two batters in 2/3 innings earlier this year for the Phillies.  He has also pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies so far this year in which he is 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Daniel Stumpf was on the restricted list due to an 80 game suspension for testing positive for PEDs.  He was a Rule 5 pick over the winter away from the Kansas City Royals.

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