Cedric Hunter better pick up the pace soon for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 8:46 am

28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cedric Hunter won a spot in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ starting outfield in spring training, but he won’t keep it too much longer if he doesn’t start to hit better.  Hunter has played in 8 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2 for 21 (.095 avg, .412 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  He has only whiffed four times so far this year, so he is hitting the ball…..he’s just not finding holes right now.  His only other Major League experience came back in 2011 with the San Diego Padres.  Hunter played in 6 games for the Padres in 2011 and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .650 OPS) with 1 run scored.

Jeanmar Gomez could be the next guy up to close for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 1:43 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies‘ bullpen stunk in the opening series of the season against the Reds, which has opened the door for 28-year old righty reliever Jeanmar Gomez to get a chance to close.  He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.33 WHIP.  He has given up 1 hit and no walks while whiffing 2 batters in his first 3 innings this year.  Gomez pitched in 65 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year in his first year with them and he was 2-3 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  It will be interesting to see if Gomez can pitch well enough to remain the Phillies’ closer.

Andrew Pullin has retired from the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 7:54 am

22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Andrew Pullin has retired from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Pullin played in 123 games in A-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 127 of 493 (.258 avg, .696 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 14 homers, 73 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Pullin played in 344 games in his four years in the minors and he was 360 of 1,336 (.269 avg, .715 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 28 homers, 170 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Pullin gave no reason for his retirement.

Carlos Ruiz is ready to give up his gig just yet for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 9 April 2016 at 9:32 am

27-year old righty swinging Cameron Rupp was named the starting catcher by the Philadelphia Phillies after spring training, but 37-year old righty swinging Carlos Ruiz isn’t giving up his gig without a fight.  Ruiz has played in 2 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3 for 7 (.429 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  Ruiz played in 86 games for the Phillies last year and he was only 60 for 284 (.211 avg, .575 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 2 homers, 22 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  It’s not like Rupp tore the cover off the ball last year either.  He played in 81 games for the Phillies last year in which he was 63 of 270 (.233 avg, .675 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 9 homers and 28 RBIs.  Rupp has played in 2 games so far this year for the Phillies and he is 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .375 OPS) with a double and five whiffs.  Let’s face it, the Phillies aren’t going anywhere in 2016 and neither Ruiz or Rupp are the catchers of the future for them, so why not roll with the hot hand?  If Ruiz can re-establish himself as a legit starting type catcher, the Phillies could get something for him at the trade deadline.

The Philadelphia Phillies are off to a slow start with the bats in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 12:08 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have only scored 4 runs in their first two games of the 2016 season.  They have hit only .175 with a .530 OPS in their first two games as a team.  That is pathetic.  But it is still way too early to be overly concerned about it.  Switch-hitting SS Freddy Galvis and righty swinging 3B Maikel Franco have hit pretty well so far, so it’s hard to blame them for the Phillies’ offensive woes.  Galvis is 2 for 7 (.286 avg, 1.143 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs so far this year.  Franco is 2 for 8 (.250 avg, .875 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  Switch-hitting 2B Cesar Hernandez is the only other Phillie besides Franco and Galvis that has more than one hit so far this year (he has two).

The Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen has been horrible so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 12:03 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have ruined great efforts from their starting pitchers do to the bullpen imploding so far this year.  Righties David Hernandez, Dalier Hinojosa and lefty James Russell are a combined 0-2 with a 37.79 ERA and a 5.40 WHIP so far this year!  They have combined to give up 6 hits, 7 runs (all earned), walked 3 batters and they have 1 strikeout in 1 2/3 innings so far this year.  The Phillies need these guys to straighten out soon, or they are going to need to try other relievers late in games.

The Philadelphia Phillies got good work from their first two starting pitchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 11:58 am

The Philadelphia Phillies got great work from their first two starting pitchers this year, but when you have a bullpen that pitched awful and you only score 4 runs in your first two games, it’s hard to win.  Righty starting pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Aaron Nola combined to go 0-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.54 WHIP in their first starts of the 2016 season.  They combined to give up only 7 hits, 1 run (it was earned) and they didn’t walk any batters while whiffing 14 of them in 13 innings.  The Phillies hope that they keep getting solid starting pitching, as the bullpen is already proving to be an issue.

Andrew Knapp is a player on the rise for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 1:32 pm

24-year old switch-hitting catcher Andrew Knapp is a player on the rise in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ minor league system.  He comes into this season as the Phillies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 118 games in A+AA-ball last year for the Phillies and he was 141 of 458 (.308 avg, .876 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 13 homers, 84 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Knapp has now played in 278 games in his first 3 years in the minors and he is 291 of 1,041 (.280 avg, .790 OPS) with 153 runs scored, 23 homers, 139 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Knapp will have to keep playing well because the Phillies’ #5 prospect is also a catcher (Jorge Alfaro).

The Philadelphia Phillies place Michael Mariot on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 3 April 2016 at 7:45 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 27-year old righty reliever Michael Mariot on the 15-day disabled list due to an ankle injury.  Mariot pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Royals last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.33 WHIP.  He also pitched in 42 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year in which he was 4-2 with 8 saves, a 2.32 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Mariot has now pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-0 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.  Mariot will likely have to work his way up to the majors with a stint in the minors after he gets healthy.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Matt Harrison on the 60-day D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 3 April 2016 at 7:07 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 30-year old lefty starting pitcher Matt Harrison on the 60-day disabled list, as he continues to recover from back surgery.  Harrison pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 135 games (103 starts) in his first 8 years in the show and he is 50-35 with 2 saves, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Harrison was an American League All-Star in 2008, and he finished 8th in the Cy Young voting that season.  Harrison came to the Phillies on July 31, 2015…as he was part of the return they got when they dealt Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Rangers.  It will be a surprise if Harrison ever pitches for the Phillies.

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