Carlos Ruiz could be running out of time with the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Sunday 5 June 2016 at 7:42 am

37-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz could be nearing the end of the line for the Philadelphia Phillies, just like Ryan Howard.  Ruiz has played in 23 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 19 of 84 (.226 avg, .670 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs.  He has now played in 1,044 games in his first 11 years with the Phillies and he is 874 of 3,297 (.265 avg, .745 OPS) with 380 runs scored, 68 homers, 396 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  Ruiz was an All-Star as recently as 2012 (his only time on the team so far in his career).  He has also played in 46 games in the post-season for the Phillies and he is 36 of 142 (.254 avg, .789 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Ruiz helped the Phillies win the World Series in 2008.  Ruiz is #35 in games played in Phillies’ history with 1,044 of them.  He is also #43 in hits (874), #26 in doubles (210), #39 in homers (68), #41 in RBIs (396) and #34 in walks (371) in Phillies’ history.  It will be sad to see Ruiz and Howard go, but they are both running on fumes right now.

Ryan Howard is going to grab some pine for the next 3-4 games for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 6:14 pm

36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard is going to grab some bench for the next 3-4 games for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Howard has played in 46 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 22 of 143 (.154 avg, .558 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 8 homers and 19 RBIs.  Howard has also whiffed 53 times while only walking 12 times so far this year, as he has appeared overmatched at the plate!  24-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph is going to try to take the starting job away from Howard in the next few days.  Joseph has played in 13 games so far this year for the Phillies and he is 10 for 37 (.270 avg, .816 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  I hate to see Howard’s time in Philly possibly ending this way, as he has been one of the best players in franchise history.  He is second in Phillies’ history in homers (365, behind only Mike Schmidt) and he is also third in RBIs (1,154, behind only Mike Schmidt and Ed Delahanty….both Hall of Fame players).

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.

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).

Jimmy Rollins is starting to slide in production for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 27 September 2013 at 7:57 am

34-year old switch-hitting SS Jimmy Rollins is starting to slide in production for the Phillies.  Rollins has played in 157 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 149 of 588 (.253 avg, .671 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 6 homers, 39 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  He has now played in 1,949 games in his first 14 years with the Phillies and he is 2,173 of 8,078 (.269 avg, .753 OPS) with 1,245 runs scored, 199 homers, 832 RBIs and 425 stolen bases.  Rollins is already the Phillies’ all-time leader in doubles with 456 of them.  He is also #2 in games played (1,949), #4 in hits (2,173), #3 in runs scored (1,245), tied for #3 in triples (107), #10 in homers (199), #8 in RBIs (832), #2 in stolen bases (425) and #7 in walks (689) in Phillies’ history.  Rollins’ place in Phillies’ history is secure, but they need him to start hitting better in 2014.

Michael Young is having a rough time in the second half for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 August 2013 at 7:48 am

36-year old righty swinging 3B Michael Young has moved across the infield to 1B to replace the injured Ryan Howard.  But, he is having a hard time at the plate since the All-Star Break.  Young has played in 21 games in the second half so far this year for the Phillies and he is only 14 of 74 (.189 avg, .605 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  Young has now played in 110 games overall this year and he is 110 of 407 (.270 avg, .730 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 8 homers, 36 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Phillies could look to deal Young in the next couple of weeks.

The Philadelphia Phillies need Carlos Ruiz to pick up the pace

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 5 August 2013 at 10:19 am

The Phillies need 34-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz to step up in the near future.  He started the year late due to a positive drug test and he just hasn’t look the same since returning to action.  Ruiz has played in 51 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 43 of 167 (.257 avg, .619 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Ruiz better step up as he has been outplayed by 33-year old righty swinging Erik Kratz so far this year.  Kratz has played in 50 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 35 of 155 (.226 avg, .699 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 8 homers and 23 RBIs.

Ben Revere is off to a slow start for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 12:41 pm

The Phillies dealt starting pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May to the Twins for 24-year old lefty swinging CF Ben Revere on December 6th, 2012.  Revere has been a big disappointment so far for the Phillies in 2013.  Revere has played in 22 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 18 of 87 (.207 avg, .472 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  The Phillies want him to get back to the player he was with the Twins last year, when he played in 124 games in which he was 150 of 511 (.294 avg, .675 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 0 homers, 32 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.

It’s time for Dominic Brown to put up or sit down for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 22 April 2013 at 11:05 am

With veteran outfielder Delmon Young on a rehab assignment right now, 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Domonic Brown better step up if he wants to stay in the starting lineup much longer.  Brown has played in 18 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 13 for 57 (.228 avg, .663 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Brown has now played in 165 games in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 115 of 490 (.235 avg, .698 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 14 homers, 64 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  The Phillies have resisted dealing Brown in the past despite many overtures, because of his “potential”.  It’s time for Brown to step up if he wants to keep playing a lot for the Phillies.

It’s good to see Ryan Howard and Chase Utley healthy for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 5 April 2013 at 10:41 am

The Phillies worked 33-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard and 34-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley hard in spring training to get them ready for 2013.  That was smart as Howard (71 games) and Utley (83 games) didn’t play many games for them last year due to injury.  Howard is off to a slow start, as he has played in 3 games in which he is 1 for 12 (.083 avg, 237 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Utley has been much better so far this year, working in 3 games in which he is 5 for 11 (.455 avg, 1.462 OPS) with 2 runs scored, a double, a triple, a homer and 6 RBIs.  Howard and Utley’s health are a huge key for the Phillies in 2013.

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