Category Archives: Weekly Discussion

Open Discussion: Week of May 9, 2021

Okay, the minor leagues started this week.  So, I care a lot less about the Phillies than I have during the past year.  I’m having a difficult time getting back into the routine I had during seasons past.  Until I get a workable routine, I may drop the weekly back to Monday when ALL four affiliates are off.  And, I’ll try to remember to post a Draft article before each weekend’s college action.  Hopefully Wednesday night.

That means I’ll probably spend less time on Phillies stuff like records and schedule, and just get out a place for you to discuss the Phillies. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 9, 2021

Open Discussion: Week of May 2, 2021

The Phillies are 13-15 after going 3-4 last week.  They split a 4-game series with the Cardinals then managed a 1-2 choke job against the Mets.  They play real teams again this week and will likely have 20 losses this time next weekend.  But, who cares.  The Sixers are playoff bound.  The NFL draft was just completed.  Football is just around the corner.  The NHL playoffs are close sans Flyers.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of May 2, 2021

Open Discussion: Week of April 25, 2021

The Phillies are 10-11 after going 2-4 last week.  They went 1-2 against the Giants and 1-2 against the Rockies.  They go to St. Louis for a 4-game set against the Cardinals and then home next weekend to host the Mets.  And, I don’t care.  I don’t care because … Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 25, 2021

Open Discussion: Week of April 18, 2021

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. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 18, 2021

Open Discussion: Week of April 11, 2021

The Phillies are 5-3 overall, 2-3 this week before tonight’s series finale against the Braves.  I’ll probably be in bed before the game is over, so I thought I would get this ready to publish around 1:00AM.

In the National League the Phillies are sitting pretty much middle of the pack offensively .242/.321/.373/.694 (5th/7th/9th/7th), 12th with an 8.14% BB%, 14th with a 28.47% K%, and 9th with 3.44 runs per game.

Their pitching is a little better.  They are tenth in the NL with a 9.63 K/9, 4th lowest with a 3.25 BB/9, 8th with a 3.75 ERA.  They have 2 saves in 2 save opportunities.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 11, 2021

Open Discussion: Week of March 28, 2021

Finally. We’ve reached the final days before real baseball.  The Phillies have one more Grapefruit League game.  Then they can make the final decision remaining.  Centerfield.  Which, of course, means that all other roster moves have been made.

The rotation is as we expected for some time now – Nola, Wheeler, Eflin, Moore, and Anderson. (1-5)

The bullpen is not completely as we expected – Alvarado, Bradley, Brogdon, Coonrod, Hale, Kintzler, Neris, and Velasquez.  I’m sure that carrying only one LHP in the bullpen is a surprise.  Hale and Velasquez are also probably surprises. (6-13)

The non-inclusion of Spencer Howard is also bewildering.  Their plan for his use as a reliever this season, but doing so at the Alternate Site is equally confusing.

The catchers are Realmuto and Knapp. (14-15)

The infield is Hoskins, Segura, Gregorius, and Bohm.  No surprise.  Miller and Torreyes are the utility infielders.  Torreyes is a surprise to everyone but me apparently.  As soon as Maton and Chatham were optioned, it seemed unlikely that a utility guy who was playing in the outfield exclusively and wasn’t hitting at all would be kept.  Although, I must admit that his option surprised me. (16-21)

The corner outfielders are McCutchen and Harper.  Joyce is a bench outfielder.  That leaves Quinn, Haseley, and Herrera vying for the last two spots on the 26-man roster.  Haseley was the early front runner but sustained a development-robbing injury that may have slowed his readiness for opening day.  Quinn got food poisoning.  Of course.  But, at least it’s not some 6-week injury.  Herrera got off to a quick start and had a good day at the plate this weekend.  I thought Quinn had won the position going into the weekend.  (22-26)

Kintzler, Torreyes, and Joyce will require transactions to get them on the 40-man rosters.  Adding Herrera would require a fourth.

The Phillies released C.J. Chatham last night.  That creates an opening on the 40-man roster and in the Alternate Training Site(28-player limit).  Two-three more such moves will balance the roster.

The trades I hinted at last week were shelved for now.  Maybe later.  Probably not.

The additions of Kintzler and Joyce will raise my estimates by about $4.5M minus the two minimum salaries they bump off the roster.  ($3M + $1.5M – (2 x $570.5K))

The Phillies’ running payroll is still $190,838,962.

The Phillies’ salary against the competitive balance tax is still $202,201,782.

The Phillies’ margin under the CBT threshold of $210M is still $7,798,218. (see spreadsheet)

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Key Dates:

  • April 1, 2021 – Phillies’ home opener v. Braves
  • April 2021 – ST for Double-A and Single-A begins
  • May 2021 – Opening day for Double-A and Single-A
  • 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

For those of you who track the minor leaguers, there is a DSL transaction below.  Cesar Mata was released.  He had been on the RL for quite some time.  The far right column in the Organization’s Rosters below contains the players who are not included in the organization this season.  I expect they’ll be released at some point.  Most are on the RL.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of March 28th … 330 players in the org

Transactions (newest transactions are in bold print)

3/28/2021 – Phillies released INF C.J. Chatham
3/28/2021 – Phillies optioned INF/OF Scott Kingery to MiLB camp
3/28/2021 – Phillies optioned C Rafael Marchan to MiLB camp
3/28/2021 – Phillies optioned LHP JoJo Romero to MiLB camp
3/28/2021 – Phillies reassigned C Rodolfo Duran to MiLB camp
3/28/2021 – Phillies reassigned OF Travis Jankowski to MiLB camp
3/28/2021 – Phillies released C Christian Bethancourt
3/27/2021 – Phillies released RHP Michael Ynoa
3/26/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Spencer Howard to Alternate Training Site
3/26/2021 – Phillies placed OF Simon Muzziotti on the Restricted List
3/26/2021 – Phillies released LHP Tony Watson
3/25/2021 – Phillies released RHP Hector Rondon
3/25/2021 – Phillies released RHP Ivan Nova
3/24/2021 – DSL Phillies White released OF Cesar Mata
3/24/2021 – Phillies released C Jeff Mathis
3/24/2021 – Phillies optioned LHP Ranger Suarez Alternate Training Site
3/24/2021 – Phillies optioned OF Mickey Moniak Alternate Training Site
3/22/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Ramon Rosso Alternate Training Site
3/22/2021 – Phillies reassigned RHP Brian Mitchell Alternate Training Site
3/22/2021 – Phillies reassigned RHP Michael Ynoa Alternate Training Site

Open Discussion: Week of March 21, 2021

The Phillies are 9-10-1 through 20 Grapefruit League games.  Injuries to key players are still a concern, but the Phillies must make some important personnel and roster decisions this week.  With only eight Grapefruit League games remaining and ten days until their season opener, these decisions and the resultant playing time meted out will finally give us an idea of the likely opening day roster.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 21, 2021