The Phillies are 8-7 overall, 2-4 this week. They went 0-3 against the division foe Mets and 2-1 against the Cardinals.
Not a pretty week. But, the real Aaron Nola showed up this weekend. And, the Phillies are 2-0 in games Mickey Moniak started.
I know there’s a lot of frustration over center field. But, remember, Moniak was sent to Allentown for a reason. He can’t possibly have gotten the seasoning and experience he was going to get for a few months in a couple weeks. Be patient. He hasn’t cost the team a game yet. Yes, he’s here two, maybe three months too early. But, he’s the future centerfielder. And, even though he has six strikeouts, he hasn’t looked lost at the plate. This team has too many other warts surfacing to be a real threat for a wild card. May as well get him as much playing time as possible. I believe he’s going to be better.
The back end of the rotation and parts of the bullpen are still giving fans pause. Rotation help will probably come from Allentown when the Phillies have given up on their 4th, 5th, and long men. The guys performing the best up there among pitchers who are stretched out are probably Falter, Medina, or Morales. Howard isn’t really being stretched. He threw a 32-pitch inning for the Phillies in relief. I heard that was about how many pitches he was throwing in Allentown each appearance. He just threw 37 pitches Sunday to get 5 outs. He had 2 strikeouts in a 1-2-3 first inning then rolled his second after 2 hits, a run, a walk, and 2 more Ks. I don’t know who might get the next call for relief help.
I think the Phillies’ actions this week make it clear that Odubel Herrera will never again play for the Phillies.
I don’t know what I hate seeing more – Roman Quinn’s ridiculously long swing or his pathetic attempts to bunt.
I see the reactions of people here and on social media to the changes to baseball that are being discussed. Like most people, I am loath to accept change. However, you would be surprised at which changes I am rooting for. But, that’s not what this piece is about. I have a suggestion that would be better than moving the mound back and should even delay any decisions on shifting. So, give it a thought.
There was a time that a strike was defined as a ball that passes through the zone above home plate. So, how about we take away the corners and edges and redefine a strike as a pitch that travels over home plate. Completely over home plate. That would shave away about 2.90 inches from each side of the plate. Plus the extra inches umpires mistakenly give pitchers each game.
This should put more balls in play, reduce walks and strikeouts, increase home runs. Win. Win. Win. And, win. Of course, pitchers will still try and nibble around the inside of the box, but pitches will effectively be more consistently closer to the sweet spots within the strike zone.
Of course, umpires will have to adjust to a new strike zone. And, they have never shown the ability to deviate from the individual strike zones they each protect. So, robo-umps will solve that problem. That’ll leave the umpires free to watch the clock and see that pitchers and batters keep the game moving.
Monday’s ST games have already been canceled due to expected rain. I’ll be back Tuesday. Mick Abel was supposed to make his game debut toward the end of the week on the backfield. We’ll see if the rain pushes that back.
Still, no spectators.
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My estimates of …
The Phillies’ running payroll is $191,091,962.
The Phillies’ salary against the competitive balance tax is $202,454,782.
The Phillies’ margin under the CBT threshold of $210M is $7,545,218. (spreadsheet)
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- April 1, 2021 – Phillies’ home opener v. Braves
- April 3, 2021 – ST for minor leagues begins
- May 4, 2021 – Opening day for all four full-season affiliates
- June 25, 2021 – Close of the 2020 international signing period
- July 11-13, 2021 – 2021 Amateur Draft
- October 2, 2021 – Phillies clinch a playoff berth in Miami
The rosters and lists are up to date as of April 18th … 318 players in the org
- organization’s rosters (4/18)
- organization’s injury list (4/18), as current as possible, MLB closed Updates
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (4/18) (includes player info, assignments, …)
Transactions (newest transactions are in bold print)
There are 12 players who are not in the Phillies Media Guide who I am not counting in the total for the organization. I’m carrying them in their own section on the sheets.
4/16/2021 – Reading released C Nerluis Martinez
4/14/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Spencer Howard to Alternate Training Site
4/14/2021 – Phillies placed CF Adam Haseley on the RL
4/14/2021 – Phillies recalled CF Mickey Moniak
4/13/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Spencer Howard from Alternate Training Site
4/11/2021 – Phillies recalled LHP JoJo Romero from the Alternate Training Site
4/11/2021 – Phillies placed RHP Archie Bradley on the 10-day IL
4/03/2021 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Mark Appel from the RL
4/02/2021 – SS C.J. Chatham assigned to Reading Fightin Phils