Monthly Archives: August 2012

Is Chase Utley back?

Just a few weeks ago, it wouldn’t have been outlandish to wonder whether or not Chase Utley‘s career was finished. Or, at least, whether or not he would still be able to compete every day at an elite level.

Since at least 2010 — probably even 2009 — he’s been hindered by hushed-up chronic knee issues that have forced him to spend significant time on the disabled list in each of the past 3 seasons. And when he has been able to play, his knees have prevented him from generating much power from his lower body at the plate, as evidenced by the disturbing trend in his isolated power (ISO) between 2008 and 2011: .244 in ’08, .226 in ’09, .169 in ’10, and .166 in ’11. After averaging 29.2 home runs per year between 2005 and 2009, he hit just 27 in 2010 and 2011 combined. He also saw a spike in his ground ball rate in 2011, and balls simply weren’t jumping off his bat like they used to. Continue reading

On the Phillies’ 2013 draft strategy

We all know that the Phillies’ minor league system is not exactly stocked with talent. FanGraphs’ Marc Hulet ranked it 20th and BP’s Kevin Goldstein ranked it 29th (ouch) in the league during the preseason, and even with the prospects added by the trades of both Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence at this year’s deadline, it hasn’t really improved since then.
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Cliff Lee placed on waivers

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Phillies have placed starting pitcher Cliff Lee on waivers.

Nothing to worry about here; after a few hours, all the idiots will have found something else to tweet about, anyway.

To keep it as simple as possible: Continue reading

Appreciating Craig Kimbrel

I’ll be the first to admit it: I have a man-crush on Craig Kimbrel.

And since I’m very protective of my man-crush, I’ll say I don’t feel he gets the attention he deserves.

Yeah, he won the NL Rookie of the Year award last year. Yeah, he was an All-Star both this year and last. So people are definitely noticing him outside of Atlanta.  Maybe I just don’t feel like people appreciate him enough. Continue reading

Assessing the Phillies’ 2012 trade deadline

Yesterday was a pretty hectic day in Philadelphia. To review:

Out: OF Shane Victorino, OF Hunter Pence.

In: P Josh Lindblom, P Ethan Martin, OF Nate Schierholtz, C Tommy Joseph, P Seth Rosin, player to be named/cash. Continue reading