Giants 7, Phillies 4

Posted in 2014 Phillies on July 22, 2014 by dejesus54

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Overheard at the game:
(on Asche) “He’s a better defender than he is an offender.”

(to Pence, after he threw a foul ball to a fan in right field) “Ya got a candy arm!!!”

More on the Angels

Posted in 2014 Phillies, random non-de Jesus related with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2014 by dejesus54

Rally Monkey

Writer Friend Rob in Iowa e-mails after the Angels’ 16-inning win over Seattle Friday night:
Out of the box…2nd half…Pujols/Hamilton combined: 1/13, no runs, no RBIs, 3 Ks. Oh yeah, and the Angels pulled it out. It’s almost as if Calif might make the post season in spite of P/H. Beyond embarrassing.

I wouldn’t be too concerned with 13 AB, especially in a pitchers’ park against a decent M’s staff (Angel Stadium–wasn’t it Edison Field until, like, a week ago?–now appears to be pitcher-friendly, though not as friendly as Safeco-and I’m shocked to see Citizens Bank #28, though that may be the Phils offense this season, e.g. Cesar Hernandez and the remains of Dom Brown, as much as the actual ballpark).

The concern with Hamilton is that he’s walking more than ever (career high walk rate of 11.3% of his AB, thanks, Fangraphs), which sounds like a good thing, but also striking out more than ever (career high K rate of 29.1% of his AB), which suggests that the dude simply can’t make good contact anymore and is a really really old 33. And he’s signed through 2017.

Pujols is sort of the opposite: a career LOW walk rate, but striking out the same as his career rate (and signed through 2021). I’m less concerned with him, other than the contract. He’s still above average, if barely, and at least you can move him from 1B to DH as needed. I’d rather have him than Mark Trumbo.

I don’t like the Grilli-Frieri trade. I get it as a change-of-scenery thing, but Frieri is 8 years younger and has pitched much better than his ERA this year (strikeout/walk ratio of about 4-1); Grilli on the other hand has pitched worse than his ERA (strikeout/walk ratio of about 2-1). Frieri is (I think) now a setup guy for the Pirates; with the Huston Street acquisition, Grilli is now buried in middle relief. Both Frieri and Grilli are free agents after the season. Maybe Frieri was an asshole in the clubhouse and/or maybe the Angels wanted the veteran Grilli who seems like a decent mentor-type to have around. Skills-wise, I don’t get it.

For that matter, I don’t really get the Huston Street acquisition, since I don’t think he’s much of an upgrade over Joe Smith, who was closing for the Angels and has been terrific (15 SV, 2.22 ERA, strikeout/walk ratio of 5-1). I guess it doesn’t hurt to have two potential closers and the Angels may have given up quantity more than quality (though as the 1980s Phillies will tell you, all it takes is one Julio Franco to even out a 5-for-1–or a 4-for-2 in this case).

Whatever, these are marginal differences in the long run. If Trout, Pujols, Kendrick, Richards, and at least one other starter (Weaver/Wilson/Skaggs) can remain healthy, the Angels are now 20 games over .500 so this should be enough to make a run. I’ll still take the A’s to win the West. The AL is anyone’s guess.

Did I mention I hated the David Freese trade too?

On the quality of the basketball fan base on Philadelphia sports talk radio, as exemplified by the 97.5 The Fanatic NBA Draft Night show

Posted in random non-de Jesus related on June 27, 2014 by dejesus54

Angry Sixers Fan complaining about the trade for Croatian power forward Dario Saric, who is under contract with the Adriatic League and likely won’t join the Sixers for two more years: “What?!?!, I’m grossed out…it’s like, where’s Croatia??” (actual quote)

Host Nick Kayal after Angry Sixers Fan drops off: “He’s ‘grossed out,’ what is this, 1983? And he doesn’t know where Croatia is? This guy needs a good atlas.”

Ibañez and Bonilla

Posted in 2014 Phillies with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by dejesus54

Ibanez

Like Satan, Raúl Ibañez is now an ex-Angel. If his career is over (i.e. if Ruben Amaro doesn’t sign him), Ibañez will end his career at .273/.336/.467 with 303 homers–only 27 of which were hit before his age 30 season. According to Baseball Reference, his most similar players were Bobby Bonilla, Fred Lynn, Del Ennis, and Paul O’Neill. On a related note: the Mets will pay Bobby Bonilla $1,193,248.20 in 10 days.
Bonilla as a Met (5 years): .270/.356/.495, 95 HR, 128 OPS+
Ibañez as a Phillie (3 years): .264/.329/.469, 70 HR, 111 OPS+

Other baseball-related notes:

It’s pronounced “ROOG-ned o-DOOR.” And his uncle’s name is Rouglas Odor.

Troy Tulowitzki leads the majors in batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage at .362/.452/.654 (a 1.106 OPS) as well as OPS+ (185) and bWAR (5.0). (He’s technically tied with Lonnie Chisenhall in average.)
Tulowitzki home: .483/.558/.862 (1.420 OPS)
Tulowitzki road: .252/.355/.465 (.820 OPS)
Jimmy Rollins 2014 road numbers: .265/.344/.462 (.806 OPS)

The Phillies: still the oldest offense (31.2) and the second oldest pitching staff (30.8, just ahead of the Giants at 31.6) in the NL. (Frighteningly, the Braves are the youngest offense in the NL, just ahead of the less surprising Cubs, Pirates, and Marlins.) In fact, the only older offense in the majors is, even less surprisingly, the Yankees (32.8). The Red Sox also have an older pitching staff (31.2) than the Phils–and, at the moment, as many wins (the Phils: 34-39, the Red Sox: 34-41). Obviously, the Phils need Ibañez.

Photo courtesy of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ra%C3%BAl_Iba%C3%B1ez_on_June_1,_2011.jpg

2014 Stanley Cup Final pick

Posted in Canucks-related with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2014 by dejesus54

Rogie Vachon

What Willis wrote.

Plus this: we know, Quick has been mediocre so far this playoffs (.906 SV%). Lundqvist has been more or less terrific (league-leading .928 SV%)

But Quick’s career SV%: regular season .915, playoffs .922.

Lundqvist’s career SV%: regular season .920, playoffs .922.

Larger sample size. Better overall career.

It won’t be because of one statistic or one position, of course, but given the difference at that position, and a really really close matchup otherwise (Robyn Regehr is injured, so, whatever), my pick is Rangers in seven.

If I’m wrong, well, Kings in six.

Mets 4, Phillies 3

Posted in 2014 Phillies with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by dejesus54

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Overheard in the outfield: “My friend was actually here the one game the guy got tased. He said it was the best thing ever!”

Also: Citizens Bank Park now plays “God Bless America” immediately prior to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch; fans all turn to face the American flag in Ashburn Alley. By accident at today’s game the radio feed wasn’t turned off so fans in the outfield were treated to a simultaneous broadcast of “God Bless America” plus an Xfinity commercial. Or wasn’t it an accident; what could be more American than God, the flag, baseball, and the insatiable lust for capital?

Dodgers 6, Phillies 0

Posted in 2014 Phillies with tags , , , on May 25, 2014 by dejesus54

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