Hoby Milner and the Worst 20 Game Scoreless Streak Of the Past Decade

Hoby Milner is a great story for the Phillies. He was a 7th round pick in the 2012 draft and washed out as a starter. In 2016 they lowered his arm slot and he took off as a reliever. Despite their need for left handed relievers, the Phillies left him unprotected in the Rule 5 draft and the Indians selected him. He was back in the Phillies organization by the end of Spring Training. He eventually made his major league debut on June 24. Since then, Milner has a 2.20 ERA over 35 appearances. With all of the talk of the Phillies’ improved bullpen around arms like Edubray Ramos, Adam Morgan, Hector Neris, Luis Garcia, and even Victor Arano, it seems like Milner should be a part of the discussion, especially since from July 29 until September 20, Milner allowed 0 runs in 21 appearances out of the Phillies’s bullpen.

There is only one giant problem.

2.20 ERA

4.66 FIP

6.50 DRA

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Phillies Finally Call Up Some Prospects, Also DFA Gomez and Saunders

Matt Klentak finally answered everyone’s angry tweets and comments, and made a roster move!

Let’s start with the named players in this deal. The Phillies have cut ties with their opening day closer and right fielder. Yes, Jeanmar Gomez and Michael Saunders have both been designated for assignment by the Phillies. Both players were supposed to be stop gaps to the future and instead were leaky sieves. Gomez got another crack at the closer role this year, but proved he couldn’t hold down that or a low leverage inning role. Michael Saunders was supposed to be the answer to the Phillies problems in right field (he wasn’t). He had a poor second half in 2016, but still posted a .253/.338/.478 season line. This year he did everything worse but strikeout, instead he traded some of those for more weak contact. In the end, Saunders hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and 214 plate appearances. The Phillies had a team option on Saunders and Gomez was a free agent so there is no longer term impact on the Phillies. Continue reading…