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Monday, April 23, 2012

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Sorry I'm late on this stuff, I gave up on the game after Kendrick got pulled.

Nix comes in and hits a pinch double- exactly the reason he should be starting almost everyday right now. One of the few players on the team that can hit a ball into the gap.

And looking at Wiggy's slash line, he's done pretty much what the team hoped he would do. Who would've thought that Nixington would be the least of our problems right now?

I'm glad to see the scored some runs, even in garbage time. Maybe we can build on that.
This team has too many quailty guys to just pack it in.

And Dreamer~ Yes guys were brought in and the bench was made a whole lot better. I was speaking in terms of the everyday lineup.

Another bright note: Big Trick pitched a scoreless inning. Good sign. I read yesterday that Utley was working out with the team and that he felt good. Does anyone know of a timetable for his return? I know RAJ didn't have an update on Howard. Hope the news will be good there as well.

Jurrjens was demoted to AAA?!

/Brett Myers'd

"Another bright note: Big Truck pitched a scoreless inning."

2 scoreless innings, but they have both been ugly. He is having immense difficulty throwing strikes. If those troubles persist, the scoreless inning streak won't last long.

think of the bench o/f-in/f were signed in the offseason by other teams- and look at what the phils signed in the name of $$

DPatrone - To answer your Q about a timetable for Utley, Utley himself said he doesn't know.

I hate that they scored 5 runs in garbage time. The numbers should be uglier than what they are.

Can we revist the topic of Ryan Howard's value? How about a thread header on the subject? Then we'll compare it to the one from last summer.

"2 scoreless innings, but they have both been ugly. He is having immense difficulty throwing strikes. If those troubles persist, the scoreless inning streak won't last long."

I bet you are a blast at cocktail parties.

Dave Murphy's blog is interesting. He has a chart of the lineup's stats with RISP.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillies/

Fatalotti - yeah, I was responding to dlhunter's claim that Utley might have been the best position player in baseball.

Beyond that, I'll say that I remain unconvinced by the weighting given to defense and by the positional weighting in the creation of fangraphs WAR. The 15 point advantage in WRC+ that Cabrera has over Utley is a lot - it translates to 20 points of OBP and 55 points of SLG, along with 400 more plate appearances. That's a lot for defense and positional adjustments to overcome.

The case that Utley was a better player than A-Rod is even weaker. Basically, it rests on the idea that A-Rod is a worse player not because of his actual skills, which are clearly superior, but because Derek Jeter is sacred to the Yankees. I don't see how that's defensible at all.

Dave Murphy's blog is interesting. He has a chart of the lineup's stats with RISP.

Basically, we are watching a whack-a-mole lineup.

This team isn't as bad as it's shown to date, but the lineup will not be decent unless Utley and Howard can return healthy -- and I don't expect them to set the world on fire this year, either -- if ever again.

Edmundo, I understand that Utley will likely never return to full health, but can't we assume that Howard will? I'm not entirely familiar with Achilles injuries; is there a lingering effect?

Yo, new thread

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