The Phillies are 4-6 .400, 3.5 games out of first place with 7 games in hand. They split a four-game series with the Yankees and dropped two of the first three games in a four-game series with the Braves.
This week they close out the series with the Braves, then play three-game series against the Orioles and Mets. That will end a stretch where the Phillies could have played 16 of their first 17 games in CBP.
The bullpen has been the easy target for blame. The unit has combined for an 8.10 ERA in 32 appearances. In 30.0 innings, they have allowed 44 hits, 27 runs, 7 HRs, hit 4 batters, and walked 9 batters (2.7 BB/9). They have a 1.767 WHIP and .333 batting average against. They have struck out 28 batters (1.2 K/9).
The staff has also accrued a 58.8% strand rate. Seven of the 17 inherited base runners have scored.
I don’t have an answer. It’s early in an awkward season. I understand Girardi wanting to go with guys he’s familiar with, guys whose track record he knows. I would rather see our guys who came through the system. But, Girardi’s hasn’t seen enough of those guys to prefer them. Give him time.
The offense hasn’t been very good, either. We can point fingers at a handful of guys – Quinn, Segura, McCutchen, Kingery. Or, my favorite whipping boy, Rhys Hoskins.
Yeah, he got a couple hits in game two Sunday (raising his season total to five). And he collects walks (12) like they’re restaurant coupons. My position is that his .142/.429/.241/.670 is not good enough for anyone, let alone a first baseman. He sucked the second half of 2019, and he looks off balance on most swings I’ve seen this season.
The profile for a first baseman isn’t no hit, lots of walks.
I saw that somebody questioned the Crawford trade last week. He wondered if we didn’t miss the boat on Crawford. It doesn’t matter how well he develops over the course of his career. He was traded because his removal from the organization would have net good effect on the organization. It doesn’t matter how well he does in Seattle.
Update: Crawford has backed up his hot start with a Hoskins-like August, batting .167/.265/.167/.432. I hope he does better. But, I won’t miss him if he does.
Spencer Howard made his much anticipated debut. He may have gotten knicked a little bit. But remember, he only threw 92.1 innings in 2019 – 40.1 IP at Clearwater (35.0) or rehabbing in the GCL (5.1), 30.2 IP at Reading, and later 21.1 IP with Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League. He skipped AAA on his way to the Phillies.
Now, this may bolster your hopes, Howard had a similar line in his first start with the Threshers last season (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR) as he had Sunday (4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR). Howard threw 6.0, 3-hit, scoreless innings in his second Threshers start.
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- July 23, 2020: Opening Day
- July 24, 2020: Phillies opener at home v Miami – postponed
- August 1, 2020 – Signing period for 2020 draft picks closes
- August 31, 2020 – Trade Deadline
- September 15, 2020 – Deadline for players to be added to Major League roster for postseason eligibility
- September 28-October 1, 2020 – Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit, Winston-Salem, NC
- September 30, 2020 – Expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and MiLB
- October 15, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT – Close of the 2019 international signing period
- October TBA – Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
- October – November TBA, five days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents
- November TBA, fifteen days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
- November TBA – GM Meetings (Nov. 11-14, Scottsdale, AZ in 2019)
- November TBA – Owners meetings (Nov. 19-21, Arlington, TX in 2019)
- November 20, 2020 – Rosters set for Rule 5 Draft
- November TBA – MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
- December 2, 2019 – Last day for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters
- December 6-10, 2020 – Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, held in conjunction with the Baseball Trade Show and PBEO Job Fair.
- December 10, 2020 – Rule 5 Draft
- January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
- January 15, 2021, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2020 international signing period
The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 9th … 346 players in the org
8/09/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Enyel De Los Santos for assignment
8/09/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP Cole Irvin to Alternate Training Site
8/09/2020 – Phillies selected contract of RHP Spencer Howard from Alternate Training Site
8/09/2020 – Phillies recalled RF Kyle Garlick from Alternate Training Site (29th player for double header)
8/06/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Reggie McClain on the 10-day IL retro to August 3, 2020
8/06/2020 – Phillies optioned RF Kyle Garlick to Alternate Training Site
8/06/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Alternate Training Site
8/03/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Reggie McClain on the paternity list
8/03/2020 – Phillies recalled Enyel De Los Santos from Alternate Training Site
7/29/2020 – RHP Adonis Medina assigned to Alternate Site from Reading
7/29/2020 – 1B Austin Listi assigned to Alternate Site from Reading
7/29/2020 – SS Bryson Stott assigned to Alternate Site from Williamsport
7/28/2020 – Phillies sent SS Arquimedes Gamboa outright to Lehigh Valley
7/27/2020 – Red Sox claimed RHP Robert Stock off waivers from the Phillies
7/24/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of 2B Phil Gosselin from Alternate Site
7/24/2020 – Phillies designated SS Arquimedes Gamboa for assignment
7/23/2020 – Phillies recalled RF Kyle Garlick from Lehigh Valley
7/23/2020 – Phillies recalled RHP Reggie McClain from Lehigh Valley
7/23/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
7/23/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP Austin Davis from Alternate Site
7/23/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Trevor Kelley from Alternate Site
7/23/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of 1B Neil Walker from Alternate Site
7/23/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Ramon Rosso from Alternate Site
7/23/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Robert Stock for assignment
7/23/2020 – Phillies activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10-day IL
7/23/2020 – Phillies activated 3B Scott Kingery from the 10-day IL
7/23/2020 – Phillies activated RHP Hector Neris from the 10-day IL