Category Archives: 2013 Preview

Phillies 2013 Preview: Outfield

The Phillies’ outfield is — how do we say it? — a bit of a mess right now. At this point, it looks as though new center fielder Ben Revere is the only player with a guaranteed starting spot; left and right field are still up for grabs. As a result, this piece will preview all three of the team’s outfield positions. Continue reading


Phillies 2013 Preview: Third Base

Let’s start out by being honest with ourselves: Michael Young isn’t that good at baseball. He isn’t that good now, and never really was that good, despite ex-teammates’ corroborations that he’s an excellent clubhouse guy. Continue reading

Phillies 2013 Preview: Shortstop

Love him or hate him, he keeps chugging along.

“Him,” of course, refers to Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies’ 34-year-old shortstop and Philadelphia’s longest-tenured athlete. He’s received his fair share of criticism from fans during the last couple of years, but it’s hard to argue with his production. Rollins has amassed the most fWAR of all National League shortstops (42.5) and the most of all shortstops in baseball not named Derek Jeter over the past decade. Continue reading

Phillies 2013 Preview: Second Base

Spring training has arrived and Chase Utley is healthy. Of course, we’re not quite sure what “healthy” means for Utley. He’s missed significant chunks of time in each of the past 3 seasons because of degenerative knee problems, and they aren’t going away any time soon. Nevertheless, Utley is optimistic about his conditioning and health for the Phillies’ upcoming campaign. Continue reading

Phillies 2013 Preview: First Base

It was a scene Philadelphia fans will never forget.

The Phillies had just lost the 2011 NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals. Ryan Howard, the team’s first baseman and $125 million man, was crumpled up in a heap near home plate, writhing in pain and clutching at his left ankle. He had torn his left Achilles’ tendon mid-swing, sending a weak ground ball up the first base line, ending the team’s high World Series hopes…

…yeah, yeah, we all know the story. Continue reading

Phillies 2013 Preview: Catcher

2012 was a season of career highs for Carlos Ruiz. Despite appearing in just 114 games, he clubbed 16 home runs and saw his isolated power jump to .215, more than doubling his 2011 totals in both categories. It’s unclear how much of those gains were legitimate, however, after Ruiz was suspended in November for 25 games for testing positive (twice) for an unprescribed amphetamine (Adderall).

Adderall is used to treat attention-deficit disorders and is neither a steroid nor a performance-enhancing drug (hence the 25-game suspension instead of 50). Ruiz wasn’t juicing, by the classic definition, but he probably benefited from increased attention and focus. Continue reading