When you wake up Monday morning, there will be less than 36 hours left before the expiration of the trade deadline.
So far, Trader Dave has acquired light-hitting infielder, Edmundo Sosa for LHP Jojo Romero. Sosa made 75 starts in 2021 and slashed .271/.346/.389/.735 in 326 plate appearances with 8 doubles, 4 triples, 6 HR, 4/8 SB, 17 BB (5.2%), 63 K (19.3%), and an OPS+ of 104.
This year, Sosa isn’t faring as well. He’s slashing .189/.244/.270/.515 in 31 starts and 131 PA with 7 XBH, 3/4 SB, 4 BB (3.1%), 38 K (29.0%), and an OPS+ of 49.
Sosa plays mostly SS. He had a Fld% of .961 there in 2021, and .972 in 2022. He hasn’t played second base this season (.987 in 2021) and has made 6 starts at third this season (1.000).
Johan Camargo was optioned to add Sosa to the active roster.
I don’t really understand this move. Perhaps there is a companion move in the next day-and-a-half.
It appears that sellers have slowed the trade market with the return they demand for their trade pieces. So far, it looks like the Phillies are sticking to their guns and not overpaying with prospects for 2-month rentals.
Teams are asking for top prospects and the Phillies are saying no. I hope this continues.
I think it is apparent that I am loathe to trade any of our guys. Of all the trades I’ve read here and elsewhere, the only one that appealed to me was Miller and Ortiz for Perez (TX). It looked like a fair deal, but it still took me a few days to accept it. However, I hear Perez is now off the table. Texas is only 7.5 games out of the wild card. LOL.
After their weekend choke against the Cubs, the Phillies rebounded to win a series against Atlanta and sweep a 4-game series from Pittsburgh.
The 6-1 week has lifted the Phillies back into the third wild card slot and to a season-high 8 games over .500 at 55-47.
Next up, two games in Atlanta then four at home against Washington.
One thing that bothers me is the acceptance of lower batting averages among today’s stars and regular players. For instance, Kyle Schwarber was an All-Star and is slashing .204/.306/.501/.807. He has 33 HR, an OPS+ of 124, and a WAR of 1.1. (Sosa comes to town with a 0.6 WAR.)
So far this season, the team totals are .248/.311/.416/.728. For comparison, I cherry-picked the 1977 Phillies. Their team slash was .279/..346/.448/.794, but that’s including their pitchers. Without pitchers, they slashed .287/.356/.463/.819.
The 2020 Phillies best hitters are Harper (.318) Bohm (.299), and Segura and Stubbs (.275). The only starter from the 1977 team UNDER .275 was Mike Schmidt with a .274 batting average (667 PA, 38 HR, 101 RBI, 104 BB, 132 K). The starters and guys who had more than 100 PA –
- C Bob Boone .284/.780 in 495 PA
- C Tim McCarver .320/.936 in 205 PA
- 1B Richie Hebner .285/.864 in 466 PA
- 1B Davey Johnson .321/.952 in 186 PA
- 2B Ted Sizemore .281/.700 in 581 PA
- SS Larry Bowa .280/.652 in 675 PA
- 3B Mike Schmidt .274/.967 in 667 PA
- LF Greg Luzinski .309/.988 in 645 PA
- CF Garry Maddox .292/.772 in 604 PA
- RF Jay Johnstone .284/.828 in 411 PA
- RF Bake McBride .339/.956 in 314 PA
- OF Jerry Martin .260/.774 in 238 PA
- UT Tommy Hutton .309/.813 in 95 PA
Jerry Martin had the lowest average at .260. I included Tommy Hutton because he had the 13th most PA.
I know the argument that pitchers are so much better. But, I also think that hitters don’t know how to hit like they did back then. There is so much attention paid to HRs, distance, exit speed, and launch angle that it doesn’t pay to hit for average anymore.
The profiles for corner infielders and corner outfielders always included HRs (and the ever less important RBIs). But, the skill positions up the middle have been infected with similar expectations as the players got bigger and home runs became more of an expected outcome for shortstops, second basemen, and center fielders.
This wasn’t meant to be a “shift” piece. But, banning or restricting the shift will only increase the number of singles by left-handed batters. I’ll stop there.
Anyway, I marvel at the offensive ability of that 1977 team. One of these weeks, I’ll share how lame I think most of today’s pitchers are.
If nothing else, this gives you a place to talk about the Phillies for the week.