Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.
Jonathan Papelbon made 4 appearances and finished 4 games this week, converting 3 save opportunities. After 39 games, Papelbon has made 16 appearances, 15 games finished (9 saves, 6 non-saves).
Some other random stuff to light the fire –
- Maikel Franco was called up and hit his first major league home run and triple on Sunday.
- The Phillies held off on calling Franco up to the majors until he was ready. It’s just a coincidence that they brought him up on the exact day that guaranteed them another year of control. But that was not a consideration. Nudge. Nudge. Wink. Wink. Say no more. Say no more. Actually, that is within the rules of the CBA, so I don’t have a problem with it. That’s just a smart baseball decision.
- Chase Utley .138/.214/.241/.455 (has shown some improvement, lowest in all 4 slash components of any Phillies position player, 3 SP have higher BA – Hamels .231/.231/.231/.462; Buchanan .167/.167/.333/.500; Billingsley .200/.200/.800/1.000
- Billingsley has more HR (1) than Blanco, Hernandez, Revere, Ruiz, Rupp, and Sizemore.
- Phillies have MLB low 22 HR, and are competing with Milwaukee for NL worst .227/.282/.332/.614.
- NL low 120 runs scored.
- Their team ERA of 4.10 is back up to middle-of-the-pack.
- had been middle-of-the-road, but has now dropped to the bottom 4 in the NL. They still have allowed the most walks (135).
- Their 5 game winning streak has boosted their winning percentage to .410, and has brought more teams into play for the top draft picks. There are still 4 teams with sub .400 winning percentages. But, there are enough teams playing poorly that continued good baseball could make the race for a protected pick more interesting than earlier anticipated. (I’m laughing as I type that.)