“I don’t care about walks; I care about production.” – Ruben Amaro. Phillies 27th in hitter BB rate, 30th in bullpen BB rate.
— Bill Baer (@CrashburnAlley) September 4, 2013
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).
The Phillies threw 180 pitches (88 strikes) tonight.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) September 4, 2013