11:57 PM EDT, Wed October 21, 2020
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Phillies Defense Part 1: Just out of Reach

Phillies Defense Part 1: Just out of Reach

That’s not the most nimble defensive stance but I like the confidence. | Photo by Steven Ryan/ The Phillies defense was bad this season. Which defenders were most responsible? This season, as in so many others this past decade, the Phillies defense was a weakness. But it wasn’t supposed to be. In 2019 the defense graded out well by publicly available metrics, especially the outfield. Then, during the offseason, the front office made moves to improve the infield defense. Coming into the 2020 season we had reason to hope that the defense would become a strength: one that could bolster...
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The Offseason: 10/21/2020

The Offseason: 10/21/2020

Photo by Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum/ Where still nothing is happening Game one is in the books for the 2020 edition of the World Series. You know, I’m already tired of the David vs. Goliath comparisons of this series. It’s not like the Rays aren’t some plucky team that’s riding a hot streak to a potential championship. They’re a really well run organization that has found a secret formula to winning that other teams have not been able to duplicate. While we know they don’t spend on players, that doesn’t mean they aren’t spending...
Oct 20, 2020
The disinterested Phillies fans’ guide to the 2020 World Series

The disinterested Phillies fans’ guide to the 2020 World Series

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Two teams that aren’t the Phillies will try to win a title that may or may not be legitimate The field of sixteen non-Phillies teams that made it to MLB’s postseason has been whittled to just two, and either the Tampa Bay Rays or Los Angeles Dodgers will come away with a shiny trophy. I realize that many of you stopped paying attention as soon as the regular season ended (if not earlier), but you don’t want to act like you don’t know what you’re talking about when you get invited to a socially distanced World Series party. So I’ve provided a...
Oct 20, 2020
The Offseason: 10/20/2020

The Offseason: 10/20/2020

Photo by Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum/ Don’t ask me who that is, I just like the picture It’s a slow news time for the Phillies. Until the World Series is over, there will only be trickles of information leaked out to the press, mostly from the agents of those who are interested in the Phillies’ GM job or by agents beginning to lay the groundwork for their clients. Oh well. Dodgers in 6. On to the links! Phillies news: Bryce Harper is now moving from publicly stumping for a catcher to publicly stumping for a pitching coach. Still...
Oct 19, 2020
Remember these bullpen guys? Hey, they tried

Remember these bullpen guys? Hey, they tried

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Like ships in the night... The numbers: Cole Irvin - 3 G, 3 2⁄3 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 K, 17.18 ERA, 5.37 FIPReggie McClain - 5 G, 5 1⁄3 IP, 9 H, 6 R (3 ER), 1 HR, 3 BB, 2 K, 5.06 ERA, 6.57 FIPDeolis Guerra - 9 G, 7 1⁄3 IP, 10 H, 9 R (7 ER), 3 HR, 2 BB, 3 K, 8.59 ERA, 7.96 FIPRamon Rosso - 7 G, (1 GS), 9 2⁄3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 1 HR, 8 BB, 11 K, 6.52 ERA (5.05 FIP) The good: During this pandemic shortened season, we knew going in that teams were going to be tested. They went from lazing around at home to joining camp and getting into game shape in...
Oct 19, 2020
The Offseason: 10/19/2020

The Offseason: 10/19/2020

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Where the Phillies need to fill yet another coaching position The Phillies got some unexpected news yesterday when pitching coach Bryan Price announced his retirement from coaching. It’s not something that the team planned for and now they are going to have to scramble to fill the job. They, of course, still have plenty of time, but with other more pressing positions to fill, this one probably caught them a little off guard. Price did see some improvement in his charges in 2020, notably seeing Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin getting better as the season progressed....
Oct 18, 2020
5 concerns about Spencer Howard and his future with the Phillies

5 concerns about Spencer Howard and his future with the Phillies

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Do the Phillies have a potential top-of-the-rotation starter, or an oft-injured youngster who won’t put it all together? There are no shortage of uncertainties for the Philadelphia Phillies as they enter the 2020-21 off-season. After a 28-32 campaign in which they failed to reach the postseason for the ninth year in a row (the second-longest drought in Major League Baseball), the Phils have more questions than answers in front of them. Will the front office prioritize signing J.T. Realmuto to a free agent contract after failing to sign him to an extension? Will...
Oct 16, 2020
The Offseason: 10/16/2020

The Offseason: 10/16/2020

Photo by G Fiume/ Where Clayton Kershaw still stinks in the postseason Imagine being arguably the greatest pitcher of your generation and your team really has to consider if they want you to pitch in a big playoff game. That’s Clayton Kershaw. His dominance during the regular season needs no more words, but his performance in seemingly every big postseason start he makes is baffling. Sure, he was quite good in the NLDS, but when his team needed him yet again last night, he came up small once more. It’s truly something to behold, a great pitcher who just cannot seem to rise to the...
Oct 15, 2020
The Phillies are in danger of blowing Bryce Harper’s prime (and others)

The Phillies are in danger of blowing Bryce Harper’s prime (and others)

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ A number of really good players are in the primes of their careers, but they could be wasted. Bryce Harper had a pretty doggone good 2020 season, folks. Sure, there were some down times, namely an 18-game stretch where he went without a home run and batted a meager .136, but he was still good enough to finish as one of the best hitters in the National League and, as a result, is up for a prestigious off-season award. Congratulations to @bryceharper3 on being named a finalist for the 2020 Hank Aaron Award, awarded annually to the best overall offensive...
Oct 15, 2020
The offseason: 10/15/2020

The offseason: 10/15/2020

It was a rough night all around for the Braves | Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Braves gonna Brave For those who don’t want to see the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, last night was a good night. The Dodgers jumped all over them, scoring eleven runs in the first inning to win game three and close the deficit in the NLCS to 2-1. The Dodgers will try to tie things up tonight, and they’ll have Clayton Kershaw on the mound. However, considering Kershaw’s playoff history, that might not be a good thing. Phillies news Jim Jackson will not be returning to his pregame and postgame...
Oct 14, 2020
The Offseason: 10/14/2020

The Offseason: 10/14/2020

Photo by Brian Garfinkel/ Where the Astros are on the brink Have you ever thought about who you’d like the Phillies to pattern their organizational structure after? Consider: They could be like the Yankees, spending their money on better scouts, better data, better everything They could be like the Rays, penny pinching their way to figuring ways to do things differently, yet effectively They could be like any of these teams still in the LCS with the types of resources they have, but they look like they are increasingly becoming poisoned by an owner that has no idea what he actually...
Oct 13, 2020
Adonis Medina might play a big part in 2021

Adonis Medina might play a big part in 2021

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via The former top prospect finally made his debut. Did he do enough to make the organization think about including him in 2021? The numbers: 1 G (1 GS), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 4 K, 4.50 ERA (3.44 FIP) The good: Adonis Medina wasn’t really supposed to be a part of this team this year unless something bad happened. Then something bad happened, mostly the Phillies’ pitching staff, COVID-19 and the league schedule makers for creating a living hell for the baseball team and their end of season plans. Called on to make his MLB debut in a pinch...
Oct 13, 2020
The Offseason: 10/13/2020

The Offseason: 10/13/2020

Photo by Focus on Sport/ Where we lost a good one Man, 2020 just will not stop will it? Yesterday, the baseball world lost a good one in Joe Morgan. Let’s put aside what you thought of him as an announcer and focus on him as a baseball player. For me, he’s the greatest second baseman ever. Yes, yes, there are those pesky number that would place Rogers Hornsby above him, Eddie Collins as well. Factoring in all of the other things that are outside of the realm of statistics (pitcher quality, African American inclusion, quality of stuff, etc.) and anecdotally for me at least, it brings...
Oct 12, 2020
2020 player reviews

2020 player reviews

Photo by Hunter Martin/ Join us as we remember this crazy year by looking at the entire roster 2020 will never be forgotten. We went from being jazzed about spring training to being uncertain about the season being played to more crushing disappointment at the hands of our hometown nine. Here at The Good Phight, we’ve been there through it all, chronicling the ups and downs of the season. We’re embarking on a quest to discuss each player that donned the red pinstripes this year and remind you of how they performed. Join us if you will as we remember 2020 and how it all went.
Oct 12, 2020
2020 in review: The forgotten of the bullpen

2020 in review: The forgotten of the bullpen

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Leading off the player reviews, we look back at four guys who were part of the roster churn at the back end of the bullpen The numbers: Austin Davis: 4 G, 3 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K, 21.00 ERA (7.19 FIP)Trevor Kelley: 4 G, 3 1⁄3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 HR, 1 BB, 5 K, 10.80 ERA (8.89 FIP)Mauricio Llovera: 1 G, 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 K, 36.00 ERA (7.69 FIP)Garrett Cleavinger: 1 G, 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13.50 ERA (19.69 FIP) The good: Um.... Let’s look for some good here, because everyone needs some good news. Llovera made...