What We Know: 40 Games In

Remember how much fun it was to watch a winning team? Well, the past week and change has been a fun trip back to those days, even if key components are still missing. The Phillies are 21-19, winners of six straight and seven of their last eight. They’re still in last in the division and four games back of the top spot, so things aren’t all rosy, but this has been the best week of a thus-far-mediocre season. All I really want to do is glow about what a monstrously good start to the season Carlos Ruiz has had.

Games 33-40 Recap

  • Record: 7-1
  • RS: 49; RA: 34
  • Notes: Vance Worley hit the 15-day DL, but avoided surgery. Joe Savery was recalled.
  • Ruiz hit .560/.621/.840 in these eight games, with two stolen bases.
  • And speaking of Chooch
How about this Ruiz fellow, eh? A .371/.415/.621 slash on the season to date puts him among the top hitters in baseball. Right now, he’s even outslugging Ryan Braun and David Ortiz. Is he going to stay on this level all year? Almost certainly not. His .360 BABIP figures to take a couple steps down, but even when it does, he’ll be posting a line that’s more than respectable for as good a defensive catcher as he is, to boot.Ruiz is doing big time damage on pitches over the heart of the plate – as you’d want every hitter to do – but is also feasting on pitches in the upper half of the zone. A popular talking point on Chooch in those handy-dandy “scouting report” broadcast graphics is that he loves to hit the fastball. It’s easy to say that about the majority of Major Leaguers, but it really has been particularly true of Ruiz to date. Carlos has been thrown 244 fastballs in 2012, of which he has only swung on and missed four times. He’s batting .446 with a 1.222 OPS when he puts a fastball in play.
I really don’t have much else to say in this update, so I’ll just let this one belong to Chooch. He’s certainly earned it.

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3 comments

  1. Dan K.

    May 19, 2012 04:46 PM

    My way of writing this article:

    Chooch is a boss.

  2. Paul Boye

    May 19, 2012 05:04 PM

    I considered writing it just like that, but our Words Per Post average would have dropped to unacceptable levels.

  3. dkk

    May 19, 2012 09:03 PM

    Based on his WAR value of 2.1 through a quarter of the season, he’s been having a MVP-caliber year so far. Even a regression to the mean should get him into the All-Star game. :)

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