36-year old righty swinging 3B Michael Young is starting to heat up with the bat for the Phillies so far in June. He has played in 16 games so far this month and he is 24 of 68 (.353 avg, .862 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 67 games overall this year and he is 70 for 246 (.285 avg, .745 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Phillies need all of the help that they can get offensively, so they need Young to keep hitting the ball well moving forward.
The Phillies have placed 27-year old lefty reliever Jeremy Horst on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left elbow. Horst has pitched in 28 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Phillies and he is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Horst has had a rough time for the Phillies so far in 2013. He has now pitched in 60 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 2-2 with a 3.45 ER and a 1.43 WHIP. The Phillies hope that Horst comes off the D.L. pitching like he did in 2012.
32-year old righty closer Jonathan Papelbon has been amazing so far this year for the Phillies. Papelbon has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with 13 saves, a 1.46 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. He has given up 14 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his first 24 2/3 innings so far this year, which is pretty amazing. He has now pitched in 94 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-6 with 51 saves, a 2.19 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. A lot of people scoffed when the Phillies signed Papelbon to a big contract, but he has been worth every dime and then some so far since joining them.
22-year old righty Jonathan Pettibone and 26-year old righty Tyler Cloyd are off to good starts for the Phillies in 2013. Pettibone has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3-2 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Cloyd has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Cloyd has now pitched in 11 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 4-4 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Pettibone came into this year as the Phillies’ #4 prospect and Cloyd was #21 heading into this season according to Baseball America. The Phillies hope that this pair keeps up the good work moving forward.
The Phillies have placed 32-year old righty swinging catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list due to a left knee injury. Kratz has played in 43 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 32 of 140 (.229 avg, .726 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 8 homers and 22 RBIs. With Carlos Ruiz also out of action, 33-year old righty swinging Humberto Quintero becomes the Phillies’ starting catcher. He has played in 11 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 7 for 29 (.241 avg, .635 OPS) with 2 RBIs. 28-year old lefty swinging Steven Lerud has been summoned from AAA-ball to serve as Quintero’s backup until Ruiz or Kratz return to action. Lerud has played in 31 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 21 of 95 (.221 avg, .699 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He got his first taste of the majors for the Phillies in 2012, appearing in 3 games in which he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .400 OPS) with 1 run scored. The Phillies should be o.k. defensively with Quintero and Lerud behind the plate, but they are going to lose a lot offensively.
32-year old righty starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano is looking sharp in the minors for the Phillies. He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has pitched in 354 games (302 starts) in his major league career so far and he is 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Zambrano is likely to be pitching for the Phillies in the very near future, as they could use the help.
29-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels has to be glad that May is over. He started 6 games in May for the Phillies and he was 0-6 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Overall this year, Hamels has pitched in 12 games (all starts) in which he is 1-9 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Hamels has given up 74 hits (10 homers) and he has walked 25 batters while whiffing 66 of them in his first 74 innings so far this year. Hamels has now pitched in 224 games (223 starts) in his first 8 years with the Phillies and he is 92-69 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Hamels is probably going to turn things around in the very near future as he is a way better pitcher than he has shown so far in 2013.
The Phillies have signed 31-year old righty swinging infielder Andy Gonzalez to a minor league deal. Gonzalez played in 21 games in Independent ball this year and he was 21 for 77 (.273 avg, .649 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He last played in the majors back in 2009 with the Florida Marlins. Gonzalez has played in 91 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 41 of 225 (.182 avg, .539 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Gonzalez will provide depth in the minors in the middle infield for the Phillies.
The Phillies have released 35-year old righty reliever Chad Durbin. Durbin pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP. Durbin pitched in 210 games (0 starts) in his four years with the Phillies and he was 12-7 with 3 saves, a 3.98 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Durbin did the best work of his major league career with the Phillies, but he was pretty awful this year. The Phillies should be o.k. without him moving forward.
34-year old lefty starting pitcher Cliff Lee has been excellent for the Phillies once again in 2013. He has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-2 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Lee has given up 61 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 72 2/3 innings, which are impressive numbers. He almost has as many wins as he had in 30 starts last year (6), when he didn’t get much help from the offense or bullpen. Lee has now pitched in 84 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 35-23 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Lee is now the unquestioned ace of the Phillies’ starting rotation.