9:34 PM EDT, Mon October 22, 2018
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What Matt Klentak did just wasn’t enough

What Matt Klentak did just wasn’t enough

Matt Klentak set out to bolster the Phillies’ roster in an effort to make a surprise trip to the postseason. You know by now how it all ended. Perhaps the high point of the Phillies’ 2018 season came August 7 in the heat of the Arizona desert. Nick Pivetta helped the Phillies bounce back from a tough loss the night before in which the bullpen faltered. At 64-49, they were 15 games over .500. You wanted to believe. It was fine to believe. It was about a week after the trade deadline, and some of the players Matt Klentak had acquired before the deadline were finally starting to settle in...
14 hours ago
Hittin’ Season #224: There is no World Series underdog

Hittin’ Season #224: There is no World Series underdog

Despite two 100-win teams in the Fall Classic, both are claiming to be underdogs. We’re not buying it. On Episode 224 of “Hittin’ Season,” hosts Justin Klugh & Liz Roscher talk about the upcoming Fall Classic between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros and whether either team can legitimately be considered “underdogs.” Topics include: The Phillies are dormant right now, but will soon awaken. Baseball will soon be over for 2018, so enjoy your last week of baseball, gang! The league does a terrible job at marketing its players. Baseball needed an anti-hero (or heel for some)...
Oct 19, 2018
Continued Success: Let’s talk about the 2008 NLCS

Continued Success: Let’s talk about the 2008 NLCS

It may be ten years old, but there’s still plenty to discuss on the 2008 NLCS. In this extra-long episode, Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher finally delve into the old man fights, Chad Billingsley-bashings, and “rips into the night” that made up the 2008 NLCS between the Phillies and Dodgers. Topics include: Matt Stairs and the greatest home run in Phillies history Tim McCarver’s apparent immortality in the booth Who is the only player to appear on a roster in both the 1993 NLCS and 2008 NLCS? Was Shane Victorino genuinely inviting Hiroki Kuroda to hit him in the ribs? Duracell’s use...
Oct 19, 2018
2018 Phillies Review: Odubel Herrera is the most interesting Phillie to watch this off-season

2018 Phillies Review: Odubel Herrera is the most interesting Phillie to watch this off-season

What do the Phillies do with their former Rule 5 pick this winter? Oh, what to do with Odubel Herrera? The plight of Herrera is one of the most fascinating decisions facing general manager Matt Klentak this off-season. He came into the 2018 season as a member of a growing young team’s core. Selected in the Rule V draft before the 2015 season, Herrera shocked everyone by hitting .297/.344/.418 in his rookie season, with an fWAR of 3.8. AS A RULE V PICK. Michael Martinez is more typical of a Rule V pick. Odubel Herrera is an extreme outlier. It was a fantastic pick, no doubt about...
Oct 18, 2018
Hittin’ Season #223: If no Machado & no Harper, then what for the Phillies?

Hittin’ Season #223: If no Machado & no Harper, then what for the Phillies?

If the Phillies don’t get Machado or Harper, who could they target in free agency or trades instead? On Episode 223 of “Hittin’ Season,” host John Stolnis talks about the antics of Manny Machado in the NLCS and what the Phillies should do if they choose not to sign him and fail to land Bryce Harper. Topics include: Why Machado’s antics in the NLCS, and his past in Baltimore, should force the Phillies to stay away from him in free agency this winter. A conversation with Mark Brown of SB Nation’s Orioles site, Camden Chat. No Harper and no Machado... then what? MLB playoffs...
Oct 17, 2018
I was wrong, Manny Machado is not the guy for the Phillies

I was wrong, Manny Machado is not the guy for the Phillies

After watching this NLCS, it’s fair to wonder if the Phillies like the cut of Machado’s jib. This has been quite the heel turn for Manny Machado. The Los Angeles Dodgers star and free-agent-to-be has had quite a National League Championship Series through the first four games, creating controversy at nearly every turn and gaining a number of enemies along the way. In Game 2, Machado failed to run hard down the first base line on a routine ground ball to shortstop Orlando Arcia, prompting some on social media, and on the TV broadcast, to question his lack of hustle. After the game,...
Oct 17, 2018
2018 Phillies in review: Part of the outfield

2018 Phillies in review: Part of the outfield

Well, this outfield certainly was.....something The players Nick Williams: .256/.324/.425, 17 HR, 50 RBI, 111/32 K/BB, -1.0 bWAR Aaron Altherr: .181/.295/.333, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 91/36 K/BB, -0.8 bWARJose Bautista: .244/.404/.467, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 15/11 K/BB, 0.4 bWARDylan Cozens: .158/.273/.289, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 24/6 K/BB, -0.3 bWAR To say that this collection of players was a disappointment would be an understatement. We knew going in to the season that it would be a defensive alignment that defensive metrics wouldn’t take too kindly to, but this team was almost as offensive with the bat. Outside of...
Oct 16, 2018
2018 Phillies: Statistical Signals and Noises

2018 Phillies: Statistical Signals and Noises

The 2018 Phillies season included a number of unusual statistical nuggets, some of which were indicators of meaningful trends in the development of the game, of the Phillies team, or at least of individual players. Other stats are really just interesting noise, and are the equivalent of the infinite monkey theorem [insert joke about the Phillies defense here] — whenever a team participates in over 12,000 plate appearances, invariably some oddities will pop up. (For a more comprehensive statistical review of the ‘18 Phils, check out Phillies Stat Notes: Analyzing The Collapse.) Before...
Oct 16, 2018
Has Maikel Franco run out of time?

Has Maikel Franco run out of time?

It was an interesting season for the Phillies’ third baseman. Just probably not interesting enough. It’s the age-old story: 1. He will change things when gets here. 1a. TRADE HIM HE SUCKS 2. He just needs some guidance. 2a. TRADE HIM HE SUCKS 3. He just needs more time. 3a. TRADE HIM HE SUCKS 4. Well, there he goes. 4a. I TOLD YOU HE SUCKS 5. Wow, look at him hit so well for that other team. 5a. WHERE WAS THIS WHEN HE PLAYED HERE?! PHILLY IS CURSED! Wherever you’ve landed on Maikel Franco after five years, three full big league seasons, a .252/.303/.435 slash line, and 2.5 WAR,...
Oct 15, 2018
There is no good reason not to sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado

There is no good reason not to sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado

The Phillies should sign one of these guys if they can and there’s really no good argument to make against it. I am not a person who thinks this Phillies community should be one great, big, giant echo chamber. Different viewpoints, even those that are controversial and a little “out there” should always be welcomed. Life is boring when everyone agrees. There’s no spark to life otherwise, no juice, and sports was meant to be argued about (hopefully without one person throwing a beer at another), sometimes at loud volumes. But if you’re going to take a viewpoint that goes radically...
Oct 15, 2018
Hittin’ Season #222: On bullpenning, horrible umpiring and the 2019 Phillies rotation

Hittin’ Season #222: On bullpenning, horrible umpiring and the 2019 Phillies rotation

On this episode of “Hittin’ Season,” why bullpenning sucks, umpires are horrible, On Episode 222 of “Hittin’ Season,” hosts John Stolnis and Justin Klugh discuss the highly questionable umpiring we’ve seen in the MLB postseason so far this year, why bullpenning intellectually is a stupid idea, and what do the Phillies do about their rotation in 2019? Topics include: Milwaukee and Oakland have been “bullpenning” during the playoffs, something that used to be a last resort for teams that ran out of healthy starting pitchers or played a bunch of doubleheaders? Is it a...
Oct 15, 2018
2018 Phillies in review: Catchers

2018 Phillies in review: Catchers

What are we thinking about this year’s backstops? The players Jorge Alfaro: .262/.324/.407, 377 PA, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 138/18 K/BB, 1.2 bWARAndrew Knapp: .198/.294/.316, 215 PA, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 75/24 K/BB, -0.3 bWARWilson Ramos: .337/.396/.483, 101 PA, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 19/10 K/BB, 0.8 bWAR With the catching position, the team went with two inexperienced backstops to start the season. Manager Gabe Kapler started out by having a sort of timeshare between Alfaro and Knapp, but it became quite obvious early in the season to those watching the games which of the two was the better option behind the...
Oct 12, 2018
Hittin’ Season #221: 3 moves (non-Machado or Harper division) the Phillies should make this off-season

Hittin’ Season #221: 3 moves (non-Machado or Harper division) the Phillies should make this off-season

Here’s what I think the Phillies should try to do this winter to add talent to the roster. On Episode 221 of “Hittin’ Season,” host John Stolnis runs down the three moves he would make if he were general manager of the Phillies this winter (there’s a plan A and plan B, kids). Also, Phillies beat writer Scott Lauber joins the show to talk about the Phils’ payroll situation, whether the Phillies prefer Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, and more on the struggles of Scott Kingery this season. And John’s five favorite and least favorite things about the 2018 Phillies season. Adding...
Oct 12, 2018
The Disinterested Phillies Fan’s Guide to the NLCS

The Disinterested Phillies Fan’s Guide to the NLCS

Because the baseball world cruelly carries on without the Phillies I am not really much of a baseball fan. That may seem like a strange statement coming from someone who writes for a baseball site, so I will elaborate: I am a Phillies fan and follow the team religiously. But when it comes to the rest of baseball, I am much less dedicated in my following. The prospect of a Phillies-free postseason may excite some people, but I am generally “meh” about the whole thing. Many of you may also fall into the “Phillies first, baseball second” camp, but as the playoffs progress, you may be...
Oct 11, 2018
Continued Success #30: Remembering Games 1 & 2 of the 1993 NLCS

Continued Success #30: Remembering Games 1 & 2 of the 1993 NLCS

On this episode of Continued Success, hosts Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher remember those first two crazy games at the Vet against the Braves in the ‘93 playoffs. On Episode 30 of “Continued Success,” hosts Justin Klugh and Liz Roscher remember Games 1 and 2 of the National League Championship Series between the underdog Phillies and the NL West champion, 104-win Braves. Topics include: A brief discussion on 1990s commercials during baseball games. How are the Phillies, who won 96 games, going to beat the juggernaut Braves? Curt Schilling’s dramatically opening the game with five...