Lesson Learned

GM Ruben Amaro uttered this memorable phrase back in January defending his signing of outfielder Delmon Young:

Offensively, the Phillies rank 27th in runs scored (526), 28th in on-base percentage (.303), and 27th in weighted on-base average (.301) as well.

The bullpen ranks 25th in runs allowed (213), 28th in ERA (4.38) and 28th in xFIP (4.37).

Both areas have problems that extend beyond the dearth of walks on offense and the surfeit of them issued by the bullpen, but a large majority of their problems this year wouldn’t exist if their organizational philosophy hadn’t been so dismissive of the value of a walk. Hopefully, the lesson has been well-learned as the Phillies are on pace to finish 73-89, which would be their worst finish since 2000 (65-97).

That the Phillies are mad at reliever Phillippe Aumont for not throwing strikes is quite funny, looking at the other relievers they’ve called on during this long season.

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