Monthly Archives: July 2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/30/2018

J.P. Crawford made a rehab start with the GCL Phillies East squad.  The big league shortstop led off and played short for the home team.  As so often seemingly happens, the ball found Crawford on the first play, a ground out to Crawford.  It was his only chance of the day.

Crawford was replaced after five innings (as planned) but had managed to get 5 at bats.  He struck out in the first inning, then walked in his next 4 at bats.  He had a particularly efficient line for a guy who didn’t put a ball in play – Crawford went 0-1 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, and 4 walks.

The Clearwater Threshers (53-50) had a scheduled day off.  They resume play Tuesday Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/30/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/29/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (53-50) lost the completion of Saturday’s suspended game, 4-2. The regularly scheduled game was cancelled.  

Andrew Brown (2.25) pitched four one-run innings Saturday. He held the Tigers to 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Jose Pujols hit a solo HR (18) Saturday before the game was suspended with one out in the visitors’ fifth.   Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/29/2018

Open Discussion: Week of July 29, 2018

The Phillies took two out of three from the Dodgers and things looked great.  Then they went to Cincinnati and dropped three of four.  You can’t do that.  Their margin for winning is too slim to waste an opportunity against one of the worst teams in the league.  Now, on to Boston!

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of July 29, 2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/28/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (53-49) game against Lakeland was suspended in the fifth inning with the scored tied, 1-1.  Andrew Brown (2.25) pitched four solid innings.  He allowed one run on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Jose Pujols hit his 18th HR and is one short of the Threshers’ record of 19 (set by Art Charles in 2015 and tied by Kyle Martinin in 2016), and 5 short of the franchise record of 23 by Ryan Howard (for the Clearwater Phillies).  Pujols also had an outfield assist throwing a runner out at home.

The game will be completed tomorrow.  The regularly scheduled game will be 7 innings.  Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/28/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/25/2018

If you have recently looked at the organization’s rosters that I compile (link below), you may have noticed a new classification in the Legend – Future Services.  It is designated with a blue background. Future services is a term that I only learned this season.  I became vaguely aware of the practice back when Ben Pelletier and Reggie Wilson were drafted in 2015.  For those of you to whom this is a new concept, this is from the Major League Rules, MLR 2(j), from March 2008. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/25/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/24/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (50-49) lost St. Lucie, 10-8.  Bad night all around for some guys. Mauricio Llovera (4.54) gave up 6 runs in five innings on 7 hits, a walk, and 2 hit batters.  He struck out four and gave up 2 HR.  Alberrto Tirado (1-1, 3.00) pitched one no-hit ining, but opened the next inning with 3 walks on 16 pitches before they could get him out of there. The legend of Jake Hernandez (2.80) took a hit when he allowed all three inherited runners to score plus an additional rum.  Would have been worse if Grenny Cumana hadn’t cut down a runner at the plate.  Blake Quinn finished with a 3-strike out inning. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/24/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/23/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (50-48) beat St. Lucie, 3-0.  Alejandro Requena (3-2, 3.75) pitched six, two-hit innings, walking two, and striking out four.  Jonathan Hennigan (0.00) pitched two, shutout innings.  Addison Russ (3.29) picked up his third save with a perfect inning. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/23/2018

Open Discussion: Week of July 22, 2018

Well, the Phillies lost the Machado sweepstakes.  Oh well, maybe we can sign him during the off season for just money.  Until then. we have the opportunity to use the prospects we saved, as well as others, to go after some of our other needs. And if we do sign Machado this winter, he won’t cost a draft pick and international money.

The Phillies opened the second half with a series win over the Padres.  That opened their lead over the Braves to a full game.  They face the Dodgers this week and have lined up their rotation so that they face our three best – Eflin, Nola, and Arrieta.  I hope the fans have the good sense to not boo Machado.

One last thought on Machado.  It was reported that the Orioles wanted young, controllable pitchers in return.  That’s why a lot of us and a lot of industry types thought that the Phillies had the ability to provide the Orioles with the best package.  I think the Orioles were mesmerized at the last minute by the Dodgers’ inclusion of Diaz.  They accepted lesser pitching prospects than the ones I heard the Phillies were willing to part with.  Oh well, I can’t help but think that the Orioles found a way to lose the trade.  But, I’m biased.

And now a some other stuff.

A couple weeks ago we had a trolling problem on Phuture Phillies.  I won’t go into the specific actions by the perpetrator again.  I received a lot of suggestions and appreciate the responses.  As you may have noticed, I decided to do nothing, but watch and wait.  This week, Rocco provided the following apology.  It was posted as a response to a Romus comment.

“Romus my next six post will be as j. then 6 as tim , I just like to say this to everyone. it was a joke and I guess I pissed off people. Which I really never intended to do. I Really never heard of trolling. believe it or not. So if I crossed the line I am sorry. I just like to have fun, but sometimes I do cross the line.”

Personally, I think the apology is weak.  It should have been posted as a separate comment to the entire group, especially the people he indirectly hurt.  Also, I find the 13 word introduction to be tasteless, and it causes me to question his sincerity.

However, some people just don’t know how to apologize.  I will continue to monitor all comments with special attention to Rocco.  A similar abuse will be handled with finality.  I have started to, and will continue to delete his non-baseball comments.