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Things that make me go “Hmm”:
- 9/10 – The Phillies announced that they would not extend the contract of Ruben Amaro and elevated Scott Proefrock to interim GM effective on that date.
- 10/26 – Red Sox hired Ruben Amaro to be their first base coach.
- 1/2016 – The Phillies hired Google’s Andy Galdi to be their Director; Baseball Research and Development.
- 2/25 – Red Sox owner Jack Henry announces that the team is going to rely less on analytics.
Observation: So, the Red Sox, who have been recognized as the team that was most reliant on analytics, are now moving away from them. Conversely, the Phillies, the team that has avoided analytics, have developed their own statistical computer system (PHIL) and are creating an analytics department. All this in the 6.5 months since Amaro was released by the Phillies and in the 5 months that he was hired by Red Sox. Hmm.
- 2/19 – Phillies signed FA OF Juan Carlos Smith, an 18-year old Dominican born on 8/22/97. He’s 6’1, 180 lbs. No further information available.
Game Report, Philies v. U of Tampa, 2/28/16, Phillies 8-3:
The stadium gun was turned off today. Jeremy Hellickson and Aaron Nola retired the first 6 Spartans. Nola’s first pitch had a lot of movement. He recorded the Phillies’ first strike out.
Mujica got hit around pretty hard. Ernesto Frieri allowed 2 base runners, but was helped out when Jorge Alfaro gunned down the lead off batter on an attempted steal. Elvis Araujo pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning. Chris Leroux gave up a hard hit double. Daniel Stumpf looked good. He had to retire an extra batter when Andrew Knapp, Darnell Sweeney, and Nick Williams couldn’t come up with a pop foul down the right field line. Side-arming Greg Burke had little trouble with the college batters. Although, he seemed to have a little difficulty with the two left-handed batters he faced and fared much better against the right-handed batter. Colton Murray pitched the ninth and got the final 2 batters on backward Ks.
The pitchers’ lines –
- Hellickson – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- Nola – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Mujica – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2B
- Frieri – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- Araujo – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Leroux – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2B
- Stumpf – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Burke – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Murray – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
The Phillies’ offense showed up early and often. Odubel Herrera led off and reached on the first of his 2 line drive singles. He promptly stole second base. With one out, Aaron ltherr lined a single to right, but a charging right fielder kept Herrera at third. Darin Ruf was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Knapp pulled a hard hit ball into the second base hole that the first baseman got some leather on and redirected into right field. Two run scored. Alfaro grounded sharply to third and beat the relay throw to allow the third run to score.
Angelys Nina hit a ground single to left and stole second. Couldn’t tell if the throw beat him and the shortstop couldn’t control it or if the ball hit Nina on the slide. In either case, he wasn’t very quick to the bag. He scored on Herrera’s second hit, a line drive single to center. Roman Quinn entered the game for Herrera in the top of the third.
After Edward Mujica allowed Tampa to close to 4-3, the Phillies restored their 4 run lead with 3 in the third. Ruf reached when he bounced a single over the third baseman for a single. Knapp drew a walk, with Ruf running on a 3-2 pitch. Alfaro drew a walk on the 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Emmanuel Burriss was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Nina grounded a single to left that score two runs. Quinn flied to center to end the inning.
Ryan Jackson’s ground single to through the box drove in Burriss who had tripled to center to close out the scoring.
- I had a pleasant conversation with Chris Wheeler. I don’t care how the board feels about him. I like him. He is the most personable, unassuming personality I ever met. Okay, he’s right up there with Larry Andersen.
- Nola’s first pitch looked like an optical illusion the way it moved left-to-right.
- On the steal attempt, Alfaro threw a bullet to the bag. Second baseman, Angelys Nina, only had to move his glove slightly to the left to tag the sliding runner as he slid to the outside to avoid the tag. Yeah, his pop is a little slow though.
- Jackson and Alfaro let a foul pop drop between them. I don’t remember the pitcher at the time, but he would have been better served if he went and got it himself ala Cliff Lee.
- Twice Alfaro got in front of the pitcher 3-0 and fouled off the next two pitches. He walked the first time and struck out mightily the second time.
- Quinn crushed a ball to the right field wall in his second at bat. Sounded like it was leaving the park on contact. The recorded 8 MPH wind must have knocked it down. Altherr had a similar result on an earlier at bat.
- Quinn ran a long way to drop a fly ball in shallow right center for an error. I thought it was the type of shallow pop that Utley always took charge of. The same for the ball that dropped in among Sweeney, Knapp, and Williams later in the game.
- The ball Burriss hit for his triple was crushed to the CF wall. He flew around the bases. Possible candidate for the 25th man (with Sweeney and Asche assuming that Tyler Goeddel remains on the roster).
- Goeddel and Brock Stassi were the only two guys who didn’t get in the game who I hoped would make an appearance. (UPDATE: I found out later that Stassi was out with a rib cage injury. Also, Andres Blanco is out with a shoulder injury and Cody Asche remains sidelined with an oblique injury.)
- Knapp DH-ed and replaced Ruf at first in the seventh. Moore replaced Alfaro in the sixth.
- Peter Bourjos made his first start in left field. So, of course, the first batter lined out to him in the first inning.
- Williams grounded out to short and was out on a close play. He looked like he was slow the first 30 feet down the line until he turned on the after burners. He also showed off a wild, buggy whip swing during the at bat on a pitch that fooled him.
- Knapp missed out on another hit on a sinking line drive to center that required the fielder to dive to make the catch.
- Ruf struck out on a pitch low and away against a right-handed pitcher. Mirror image of Ryan Howard.
- J.P. Crawford walked on 5 pitches. All balls. The high strike was in vogue for some of the younger Phillies. Quinn was also victim of the high strike. (By high, I mean shoulder high.)
- I attached the box score here. I didn’t think to check if the Phillies had it on their site until after I put the pitchers lines above.
- My buddy, Stick, is one of the ushers. He predicted a 12-2 Phillies’ victory. He was more correct than the rest of us down here.
- Murray looked sharp. So did Hellickson, Nola, and Stumpf. I assume Araujo, too, but I had walked away and he finished before I could get back.
- Tampa brought their cheerleaders and dance team. They gave the Phanatic a run for his money.
- Bourjos was a weak 0-3.
- Nina was the only Phillies’ batter to get 2 hits.
- Nina and Knapp each had 2 RBIs.
- I hope the stadium gun works during the Grapefruit League games.
- The Victory stand is back and in it’s same location.
- The tarp is a generic green in place of the old Tilted Kilt tarp.
- Budweiser took over the Kilt’s hut behind section 101.
- The screen behind home plate has been extended to just short of the dugouts.
Annual golf outing tomorrow for the players. I hope to catch the minor leaguers at the Complex.