As has been widely reported, the Phillies entered today’s game against the Yankees with the lowest team OPS this spring at .606. They also trailed in batting average at .198 and doubles with 14. I’ve already written about why spring stats don’t matter, but I wanted to quickly put the issue in another light.
Author’s Note: This website is home to a lot of in-depth baseball analysis. This piece is no such thing. In the words below, you will find little else but pure, useless trivia.
Today’s game is the halfway point in the Phillies’ spring training schedule and Opening Day can’t come soon enough. Spring training is an awful tease that tricks me each year into rejoicing that “Baseball is back!” before realizing that the only baseball things that actually happen in March are utterly meaningless games, depressing reports of catastrophic injuries, and needlessly alarming reports of ultimately non-catastrophic injuries. In desperate need of relief from a bad case of the March baseball doldrums, I was thrilled when a statistical oddity in Wednesday’s exhibition game gave me an excuse dive head first into a baseball-reference dot com binge.