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!!!”
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:
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.
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?