Phillies Week in Review #9

Record: 3 wins, 4 losses

Standing: 27-30, 3rd place in NL East (7.5 GB)

Top 3 offensive plays (by Win Probability Added, WPA)

  • May 31: Game tied 0-0, bottom 1st (runners on 1st and 2nd, 2 out): Domonic Brown three-run home run to right field off of Yovani Gallardo. (+.257 WPA) [Video]
  • June 2: Game tied 0-0, bottom 1st (runners on 1st and 2nd, 2 out): Domonic Brown three-run home run to right field off of Mike Fiers. (+.257 WPA) [Video]
  • May 28: Game tied 1-1, top 7th (runner on 2nd, 1 out): Erik Kratz RBI single to center off of Ryan Dempster. (+.148 WPA) [Video]

Bottom 3 offensive plays

  • June 1: Phillies trail 3-4, bottom 9th (runner on 2nd, 1 out): Kyle Kendrick picked off at second base, Francisco Rodriguez to shortstop Jean Segura. (-.227 WPA) [Video]
  • May 30: Phillies trail 2-4, bottom 4th (bases loaded, 1 out): Erik Kratz 6-4-3 double-play against Franklin Morales. (-.195 WPA) [Video]
  • June 1: Phillies trail 3-4, bottom 9th (runners on 1st and 2nd, 2 out): Michael Martinez grounds out to shortstop against Francisco Rodriguez. (-.164 WPA) [Video]

Top 3 pitching/defensive plays

  • May 29: Phillies lead 4-3, top 9th (runners on 2nd and 3rd, 2 out): Daniel Nava grounds out to first base against Jonathan Papelbon. (-.197 WPA) [Video]
  • May 29: Phillies lead 4-3, top 6th (runners on 1st and 2nd, 1 out): Mike Carp grounds into 1-6-3 double play against Kyle Kendrick. (-.143 WPA) [Video]
  • June 2: Phillies lead 7-5, top 9th (bases loaded, 2 out): Martin Maldonado flies out to center field against Antonio Bastardo. (-.141 WPA) [Video]

Bottom 3 pitching/defensive plays

  • June 1: Game tied 0-0, top 2nd (runners on 1st and 3rd, 0 out): Logan Schafer two-run single to right field off of Tyler Cloyd. Two-base throwing error by Delmon Young. (+.147 WPA) [Video]
  • May 30: Phillies trail 0-2, top 1st (runners on 1st and 2nd, 2 out): Jarrod Saltalamacchia two-run double to right field off of Jonathan Pettibone. (+.143 WPA) [Video]
  • June 1: Phillies trail 1-2, top 5th (runner on 1st, 2 out): Jean Segura RBI triple to right field off of Tyler Cloyd. (+.137 WPA) [Video]

Best HitterDomonic Brown (.444/.483/1.296; 7 HR, 13 RBI)

Best Starter: Cliff Lee (2 GS, 15.2 IP, 4 ER, 19 K, 0 BB)

Best Reliever: Mike Stutes (3 G, 4.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB)

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  1. Fish Fry

    June 03, 2013 07:27 AM

    Sure hope the Phils show up against the Marlins. A sweep would certainly be nice but the Marlins have three decent pitchers going with one a rookie. The Phils seem to play to the level of their competition which is definitely a frustrating experience. Any word on MY? I am okay with getting a chance to see Hernandez and Galvis in the same infield even with the occasional gaffes at 2nd so MY can take his time coming back.

  2. Jonny5

    June 03, 2013 08:07 AM

    I’m beginning to sour on Manuel. At the game on Saturday. I HATED pinch running Kendrick for Jimmy, even if Jimmy had a bruised foot. Charlie wiped out the chance to tie, possibly win that game by making a stoooooooopid move imo. The bad call because of the bobble doesn’t change the fact that it was plain foolish for probably 8 different reasons. Who would have done the same? Lee was picked off the same way a couple of weeks ago wasn’t he?

  3. JM

    June 03, 2013 08:25 AM

    I have never been too big on critisizing Manuel, but I agree that putting in Kendrick there was not a good move. Isn’t this why mini-mart (yes, I know he was already in the game) was brought up, to give us an extra runner? I am ok with taking out Rollins with a bad foot, but not learning from the Lee almost disaster was bad…

  4. hk

    June 03, 2013 08:35 AM


    The use of Kendrick as a pinch-runner definitely speaks to bad in-game management by Charlie, but it also speaks to bad roster construction. This team has 2 poor fielding, poor base-running, non-catchers in its everyday starting lineup and the fact that they are constantly having to replace Howard and D Young in the field and/or on the base paths late in games significantly reduces the manager’s options and leaves him in situations like Saturday where a pitcher is pinch-running and the worst hitter in MLB is up with 2 outs and the tying and winning runs on base.

  5. hk

    June 03, 2013 08:38 AM

    Jonny5 and JM,

    Charlie’s big mistake came when Charlie pinch-ran for Howard in the 8th with the team down 2 runs. With Howard having led off the 8th, Charlie should have known that, if the team was going to come back in the game, there was a pretty good chance that Howard’s turn in the order would come up again in the 9th.

  6. Phillie697

    June 03, 2013 09:48 AM

    “I’m beginning to sour on Manuel.”

    You’re just beginning? Where have you been?

  7. Jonny5

    June 03, 2013 10:39 AM


    I am a Cancer. And I’m told this is normal for my kind.

    HK, I agree to a point. I don’t think poor roster management can be blamed for what transpired on Saturday though. Your point you made second was much more truthful in this situation I think. How about you leave Jimmy on base, hurt foot and all so you don’t get your 2-3 best pitcher injured sliding into a close play? Aren’t they short enough on pitchers already? Jimmy is at least easier to replace for the Phillies with their glut of back up infielders. Not saying point #1 is off base at all. I just feel more comfortable blaming Charlie in this case.

  8. PhilliesTruthIs

    June 03, 2013 10:49 AM

    How is it even possible for a pitcher making over $20 Million a year, to have his team be an unbelievable 1-11 in his 12 starts – including 0-3 versus the Miami Marlins, and 0-1 versus the Milwaukee Brewers (who were 5-22 in the month, and had lost six straight heading into their outing versus Hamels)?

    1-11, including 0-4 versus Miami and Milwaukee?

    1-11 with an ERA close to 5? Is that what the Phillies paid $144,000,000 for?

    Hamels and Howard will be making over $45 Million a year for the next several years, and they are the main two reasons why the Phillies are 7.5 games out of the playoff race.

    The entire 1980 Phillies team did not have a salary of $45 Million.

    How is Ruben Amaro still the GM of this team, with the third highest payroll in baseball, who has achieved less and less, every single year that he has been in charge?

  9. hk

    June 03, 2013 11:02 AM


    Comparing anything payroll-wise to 1980 without at least referencing the impact of inflation, particularly salary inflation in the sport, is worthless. With 3% annual inflation, $1 of cost in 1980 is equal to $2.65 of cost today. With 7.5% annual inflation, which is probably closer to the rate at which MLB salaries have grown in the last 33 years, $1 of cost in 1980 is equal to $10.87 of cost today. In other words, if the 7.5% salary inflation is correct, Howard and Hamels are making just north of $2M per year in 1980 dollars.

  10. PhilliesTruthIs

    June 03, 2013 11:03 AM

    Another way to look at it:

    Ryan Howard has made $7.5 Million since the start of April.

    He has 7 home runs. He is making OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS per home run.

    He is hitting .253 with a .291 OBP, and is on pace to strike out 182 times.

    Carlos Zambrano has hit more home runs than him, in his last 179 Major League at bats. Carlos Zambrano is in the minors now… as a pitcher.

    Cole Hamels has made $7.5 Million since April. He has made $7.5 Million per win so far this year.

    His team is 1-11 (10 games under .500) in his starts, as of May 31st. He is 0-3 versus Miami. Think about that for a minute. His ERA is 4.86.

  11. hk

    June 03, 2013 11:06 AM


    You are right that my second point holds and that, despite the poor roster construction, Charlie should not have pinch-run for Howard in the 8th, which would have left him with Mini-Mart to pinch-run and with Howard to bat in the 9th. I threw in my point about roster construction to get at the fact that Charlie was a bad enough strategic manager in the years when he had a more optimal roster, so asking him to make late game moves with this roster only increases the likelihood that he’ll screw up (like he did on Saturday).

  12. Fish Fry

    June 03, 2013 11:08 AM

    @PTI – do you watch the games that Hamels pitches? I have to laugh at all the criticism of Hamels (he has a bad attitude, he is letting the lack of run support get to him, he’s pissed that we have an inept outfield and our infield defence isn’t much better at the corners with MY and RH). We are all praising Cliff Lee this year but let’s take a step back 12 months. We were saying the same thing about Cliff. Does anybody remember the game where the ball dropped between Shane and Pence and Lee blasted Shane in the dugout. Everyone was all over Lee for his bad attitude. It sucks when you loose and it really sucks when the team is playing with 10 thumbs and broken wheels. If you want to trade Cole Hamels because he is overpaid, I guarantee you, teams will be lining up to take him off your hands a hell of a lot faster than Cliff Lee. Let’s remember, a guy name Carlton went 27-10 one year and lost 20 the next. W-L happen, much to our dismay. Bad teams play badly, and the Phils are a bad team but Cole and his contract is not one of our “major” issues. Really comparing 1980 to 2013 (the Dow was at 795 in 1980 and it is 15,000 now, the Phils were worth a few million in 1980 and are worth ~1 billon, give or take). They will be signing a TV contract that will pay the team 150 mil per year. I hardly think they’ll be going to the poor house anytime soon.

    How is RAJ still GM, now that’s a question worth asking.

  13. Jonny5

    June 03, 2013 11:48 AM

    A pitcher’s Win/Loss record is barely even laughable to use as measure of pitching quality.

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