This is the courtesy thread for comments and discussion about the Phillies and other BASEBALL topics. Draft discussion is in a separate thread.
The Phillies (52-53) looked terribly average after the trade deadline. A team with questionable pitching forgot how to hit for two days. Against the worst team in the league. Then Girardi lets the new starting pitcher throw a season-high 113 pitches (he averaged 96 in his last 18 starts).
I think Dombrowski has set Girardi up as the fall guy. He stated in an interview that pitching decisions were Girardi’s to make. The decision to move Suarez to the rotation could determine whether Girardi continues to manage past this season. Girardi was a Klentak/MacPhail/Owner hire not Dave’s.
Suarez could be the touchpoint because he has been their most reliable reliever this season and he is a long time removed from starting. Suarez last started in the majors in 2018. He appeared in four games, three starts, pitched 15 innings, had a 5.40 ERA, 78 ERA+, 5.49 FIP, 1.8 WHIP, 12’6 H/9, 1.8 HR9, 3.6 BB9, 6.6 K9.
Suarez’ last start of any kind was on June 4, 2019, for Lehigh Valley. Six days later, he made a 4-inning relief appearance for the Phillies. His next 36 appearances were for 2.1 innings (twice) or less until a 3-inning stint in his last appearance of the season on September 27th. In all, he threw 48.2 innings in 37 relief appearances, less than 1.2 innings per appearance.
In 2020, Suarez pitched at the Alternate site until 3 appearances and just 4 innings in September. This season, Suarez has made 27 appearances and pitched 40.1 innings.
I have always thought that talk of stretching out a pitcher mid-season was ridiculous. Doing so with your best and most reliable reliever is dumb. Using Suarez for three innings today just adds more pressure on the bullpen. I think when this fails, Dombrowski will have little pushback when he replaces Girardi at the end of the season. And, if it works, he can still go get his own manager, citing that Girardi lost the clubhouse earlier in the season.
Anyway, the Phillies begin an important 7-game stretch this week. They need to show up in Washington and take a 4-game series so that the 3 games against the Mets mean something this weekend. Otherwise, it might not matter how the Suarez experiment goes.
The Phillies completed 3 trades at the deadline. Another trade that would have been the first wasn’t finalized when Pittsburgh backed out on a deal that would have sent starter Tyler Anderson to the Phillies for catcher Abrahan Gutierrez and RHP Cristian Hernandez. Pittsburgh cited problems with Hernandez’ medical report, backed out, and completed a deal with Seattle.
The Phillies pivoted to plan “B” and traded pitchers Spencer Howard, Kevin Gowdy, and Josh Gessner to Texas for RH starter Kevin Gibson, reliever Kyle Anderson, and RHP prospect Hans Crouse. Later, they traded Gutierrez to Pittsburgh for LHP Braeden Ogle. Finally, they brought Freddy Galvis back to Philadelphia sending RHP Tyler Burch to Baltimore in exchange.
These trades add players who can help this season. The players we are losing weren’t. I never like to see players traded, but their purpose is to help the major league team. Sometimes that means trades.
Adding Gibson to the rotation should make it stronger. Adding Chase Anderson and Suarez in place of an injured Eflin and Moore and Velasquez is questionable. I am sure that adding Moore and Velasquez to the bullpen weakens it. I have never subscribed to the belief that moving a bad starting pitcher to the bullpen makes him better. Especially when we’ve already seen one of them pitch out of the pen already.
- July 30, 2021: Trade Deadline (4 p.m. ET)
- August 1, 2021: Signing deadline for 2021 drafted players
- Oct. 3, 2021: Regular season concludes
Transactions (last week’s transactions)
7/31/2021 – Phillies activated RHP Kyle Gibson
7/31/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
7/31/2021 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Braeden Ogle
7/31/2021 – Herbert Iser assigned to Lehigh Valley from Jersey Shore
7/31/2021 – RF Jhailyn Ortiz assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
7/31/2021 – Reading released OF Logan Landon
7/31/2021 – RHP Victor Vargas assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
7/31/2021 – RHP Jonas De La Cruz assigned to Jersey Shore from FCL Phillies
7/31/2021 – C Brahian Silva assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red
7/30/2021 – Baltimore traded SS Freddy Galvis to Phillies for RHP Tyler Burch
7/30/2021 – Phillies designated RHP Brandon Kintzler for assignment
7/30/2021 – Phillies activated CF Travis Jankowski from the 10-day IL
7/30/2021 – Phillies placed RF Matt Joyce on the 60-day IL, low back strain
7/30/2021 – Pittsburgh traded LHP Braeden Ogle to Phillies for C Abrahan Gutierrez
7/30/2021 – Texas traded RHP Hans Crouse, RHP Ian Kennedy, RHP Kyle Gibson and cash to Phillies for RHP Spencer Howard, RHP Josh Gessner and RHP Kevin Gowdy
7/30/2021 – LHP Braeden Ogle assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
7/30/2021 – Phillies optioned LHP Cristopher Sanchez to Lehigh Valley
7/30/2021 – RHP Hans Crouse assigned to Reading Fightin Phils
7/29/2021 – Phillies recalled LHP Cristopher Sanchez from Lehigh Valley
7/29/2021 – Phillies recalled C Rafael Marchan from Reading
7/29/2021 – Phillies placed C Andrew Knapp on the paternity list
7/29/2021 – Reading activated 1B Brock Stassi from the 7-day IL
7/29/2021 – Jersey Shore activated 3B Chris Cornelius from the 7-day IL
7/29/2021 – Clearwater placed C Micah Yonamine on the 7-day IL (then 60)
7/29/2021 – C Arturo De Freitas assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
7/29/2021 – Clearwater placed LHP Anton Kuznetsov on the 60-day IL
7/29/2021 – Clearwater placed RHP Chi-Ling Hsu on the 60-day IL
7/29/2021 – Adony Mejia assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
7/28/2021 – Clearwater placed LHP Anton Kuznetsov on the 7-day IL
7/28/2021 – Clearwater placed RHP Chi-Ling Hsu on the 7-day IL
7/28/2021 – LHP Maikel Garrido assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
7/28/2021 – RHP Victor Lopez assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
7/27/2021 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Adonis Medina from the 7-day IL
7/27/2021 – C Rafael Marchan assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/27/2021 – C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/27/2021 – 3B McCarthy Tatum assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
7/27/2021 – LHP Erik Miller assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
7/27/2021 – Jersey Shore activated CF Hunter Markwardt from the 7-day IL
7/27/2021 – 2B Casey Martin assigned to Clearwater from Jersey Shore
7/27/2021 – RHP Victor Vargas assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
7/27/2021 – Phillies activated RHP JD Hammer from the 10-day IL
7/27/2021 – Phillies optioned CF Mickey Moniak to Lehigh Valley
7/27/2021 – Reading sent 1B Brock Stassi on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
7/24/2021 – Clearwater placed CF Johan Rojas on the 60-day IL
7/24/2021 – FCL Phillies transferred LHP Riley Wilson from the 7- to the 60-day IL
7/24/2021 – FCL Phillies placed LHP Jaylen Smith on the 60-day IL
7/24/2021 – FCL Phillies placed RHP Dalvin Rosario on the 60-day IL
7/24/2021 – FCL Phillies placed SS Jamari Baylor on the 60-day IL
7/24/2021 – FCL Phillies placed SS Albert Jerez on the 60-day IL