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Phillies fans think they hate analytics but they really don’t

Phillies fans think they hate analytics but they really don’t

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports It’s not numbers fans hate, it’s a team that doesn’t know how to use them properly they can’t stand. The Phillies’ search for a new manager kicked into gear this week with Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker all taking meetings with the team. One would imagine owner John Middleton was involved, as well as general manager Matt Klentak, who we’ve been told is “spearheading” the process. Certainly this is a task Klentak would rather not have engaged in. He liked Gabe Kapler and said he was a “fan” of his at the news conference...
6 hours ago
Jerad Eickhoff was not much of a backup plan

Jerad Eickhoff was not much of a backup plan

Plenty of home runs given up by Jerad Eickhoff in 2019 | Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Somehow Eickhoff was even worse than Pivetta and Velasquez The numbers: 58.1 IP, 3-4 W-L, 5.71 ERA, 20.8 K%, 7.4 BB%, 2.78 HR/9, -0.4 fWAR The good: His first four starts after being moved into the rotation were excellent. His eight-inning shutout performance against the Cardinals gave us hope that Eickhoff had finally put his years-long injury problems behind him. The bad: Everything that came after those first four starts. Over his next eight outings, his ERA rose from 1.50 to 5.71, bottoming out with two...
22 hours ago
2019 Phillies player reviews

2019 Phillies player reviews

Photo by Drew Hallowell/ Here is your list of all our reviews As we keep rolling along into the offseason, we here at The Good Phight will continue to review all of the players that made an appearance in Phillies pinstripes in 2019. Some will get their own spots while others will be lumped together. Why? Well, writing 600+ words about Austin Davis is kinda difficult, ya know? We’re working backward from the player who bestowed on us the least amount of WAR according to Fangraphs to the player who contributed the most. It won’t be in perfect order, but you’ll get the idea. Anyway,...
Oct 15, 2019
Gabe Kapler’s final reckoning

Gabe Kapler’s final reckoning

Gabe Kapler’s fate was ultimately decided by John Middleton | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports We can finally reveal why the Phillies’ leadership group decided to move on from Gabe Kapler Thanks to a super-duper secret inside source, I was able to obtain a transcript of the final meeting between John Middleton, Andy MacPhail, and Matt Klentak in which they decided to fire manager Gabe Kapler. Middleton: Gentlemen, we’ve drawn this out long enough. It’s time to make a decision. MacPhail: Sounds good...What are we deciding on? Middleton: What are we deciding on? Whether or not to...
Oct 14, 2019
A bullpen troika of disappointment

A bullpen troika of disappointment

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ The numbers: Hughes (w/ PHI): 23 IP, 3.91 ERA (6.47 FIP), 22.2 K%, 8.9 BB%, -0.5 fWARDavis: 20 IP, 6.53 ERA (7.13 FIP), 24.5 K%, 14.3 BB%, -0.3 fWARRamos: 15 IP, 5.40 ERA (7.68 FIP), 15.9 K%, 10.1 BB%, -0.3 fWAR The good: Let’s be honest here. We all know that Hughes was on the Phillies because he seemed to be Gabe Kapler’s favorite pitcher as the season wound down, throwing the 5th most innings for a reliever in the month of September. He was willing and able to take the ball when called upon, something that can’t be said about most Phillies’ relievers...
Oct 13, 2019
Baker, Girardi, Showalter to interview for manager’s job this week

Baker, Girardi, Showalter to interview for manager’s job this week

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ It’s job hunting season It’s mid-October and, for the 26 teams that aren’t still in the playoffs, that means housekeeping. The Phillies, one of eight teams to have a managerial vacancy in the wake of Gabe Kapler’s relief last week, will begin their formal interview process in earnest Monday. Phillies will interview Dusty Baker for manager’s job https://t.co/hqW2TJQkfT— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) October 13, 2019 Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter will interview for the #Phillies’ managerial vacancy this week, sources tell The Athletic....
Oct 11, 2019
League Champion Series Game Thread

League Champion Series Game Thread

Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports The League Champion Series kick off this weekend: NLCS: Tonight (Friday) — Nationals @ CardinalsSaturday Oct 12, 4:08 — Nationals @ Cardinals ALCS: Saturday Oct 12, 8:08 — Yankees @ AstrosSunday Oct 13, 8:08 — Yankees @ Astros
Oct 11, 2019
Ranking the Phillies managerial candidates

Ranking the Phillies managerial candidates

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Who would be the best candidate to take over as the next Phils manager? When general manager Matt Klentak removed Pete Mackanin from the manager’s job after the 2017 season, no one thought we’d be doing this again two years later. But here we are, after the dismissal of Gabe Kapler, looking for yet another manager. When we embarked on this same process two years ago, the Phils were coming off a second half in which a bunch of the young prospects that had been talked about for so long made their big league debuts and helped the team to a 37-38 second...
Oct 11, 2019
An important piece about Odubel Herrera and MLB’s domestic violence policy

An important piece about Odubel Herrera and MLB’s domestic violence policy

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports A statement about the league’s domestic violence policy and what options the Phillies have going into 2020. I’m going to say up front that this isn’t going to be like the rest of the player reviews you’ll read here this off season. I think I speak for almost everyone when I say that we’d all rather pretend that Odubel Herrera wasn’t on the Phillies this season. Personally, I’d rather forget that he exists entirely. Unfortunately, that’s not possible. Since this is supposed to be a full review of the season, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at...
Oct 10, 2019
REPORT: Gabe Kapler fired as Phillies manager

REPORT: Gabe Kapler fired as Phillies manager

Photo by Rich Schultz/ What felt like something that was inevitable for the past few weeks finally came to fruition After a second consecutive disappointing season, one that began with playoff aspirations, only to end in listless failure, Gabe Kapler will not return as Phillies’ manager for the 2020 season. The Phillies have dismissed Gabe Kapler— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) October 10, 2019 Finishing with a 161-163 record in his two years at the helm, Kapler’s initial hiring was met with skepticism from the traditional fan. His blog posts from the past, ones that focused...
Oct 9, 2019
Aaron Altherr, the Rhineland Rocket, rides no more

Aaron Altherr, the Rhineland Rocket, rides no more

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports Mercifully, the A-A-Ron experiment was ended The numbers: .034/.067/.069, 30 PA, 0 HR, 1 RBI, -73 wRC+, -0.5 fWAR The good: Nothing. He stunk. The bad: You might be thinking to yourself, why are they writing about Aaron Altherr? What purpose does it serve to spill virtual ink on a guy who only had thirty plate appearances in 2019 and was unceremoniously released. This is why. Clayton Kershaw has never given up a grand sl—OH MY GOODNESS AARON ALTHERR! #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/JmYM75ffiD— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 19, 2017 It...
Oct 8, 2019
Who do you trust to run the Phillies?

Who do you trust to run the Phillies?

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The Phillies’ larger problem is a seeming lack of direction. As we enter Day 10 of Kapler Watch, you could be excused if you didn’t have any idea what the Philadelphia Phillies are doing right now. No one from the organization has addressed the media since the season ended 10 days ago. Jon Heyman reports Gabe Kapler, the embattled Phils manager at the center of so much speculation, still hasn’t heard a word from his bosses regarding his job. And this morning, Matt Gelb of The Athletic is reporting that multiple sources say there is mutual interest...
Oct 8, 2019
Edgar Garcia could actually be something in 2020

Edgar Garcia could actually be something in 2020

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ The young righty was often overmatched, but there are a few signs of a bright future The numbers: 39 IP, 5.77 ERA (6.57 FIP), 26.2 K%, 15.1 BB%, 2.54 HR/9, -0.6 fWAR The good: While those numbers don’t exactly show it, there were a few things that Garcia did well this year. Let’s start with that slider. If you dig deep enough, you can see it was actually a positive pitch for him. Among rookie relievers that threw 30+ innings this year, his slider was actually ranked in the top half in terms of pitch value (I told you you had to dig deep). It did, from time to...
Oct 7, 2019
2019 Phillies in review: Nick Williams

2019 Phillies in review: Nick Williams

Photo by Joe Robbins/ The enigmatic outfielder knew his playing time would be cut with the free agent signings. He just didn’t know how much Final line: .151/.196/.245, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3.6 BB%, 38.4 K%, 12 wRC+, -0.9 fWAR The good: Um, he didn’t pout when he was demoted? In the purely objective sense, there isn’t much that we can say was good about Williams’ season. He didn’t have a starting job after the team signed two former MVPs in the offseason and without regular work, he never could get in a rhythm at the plate. However, as Matt Gelb talked about in his profile for the...
Oct 4, 2019
Game Thread 10/4: AllDayDS

Game Thread 10/4: AllDayDS

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Everybody’s playin’ today! It’s a day chock full o’ baseball! Each team involved in the playoffs is playing today, staggered out over about two and half hours. Because of course playoff baseball games take only that much amount of time to be played. While you’re here, might as well give some of the things we wrote here at The Good Phight a looksy. Alex looked at the possibilities for depth that will exist for the Phillies in 2020. Smarty was a busy equine, reminding us that Ruben Amaro could in fact still do the job if necessary. Chris Young was...