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Santana just swell against the NL

If you think that Johan Santana a) won’t be able to pitch in New York or b) won’t be able to pitch in the National League, I sure hope you’re right. But the numbers aren’t pretty so far. Here’s a look at Santana’s career numbers, what he’s done in his Interleague starts and in his starts in New York against the Yankees and Mets:


G

GS

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

Ratio
Career 251 175 1308.2 1068 364
1381
3.22 1.09
Interleague 35 24 182.2 121 46 191 2.27 0.91
at NYY 4 3 23 18 5 23 1.17 1.00
at NYM 2 2 15 7 1 8 0.60 0.53
in NY 6 5 38 25 6 31 0.95 0.82

Ew.

Santana has made one career start against the Phillies, which came on June 23, 2002 in Philadelphia. He went 4 2/3 innings and left with the score tied at 1-1. He need 103 pitches and didn’t make it out of the fifth, but allowed just two hits. Todd Pratt had a one-out double in the third and Scott Rolen had an RBI-single in the fourth. Santana walked six on the day.

Randy Wolf got the start for the Phils and allowed just two runs on solo homers by Dustan Mohr and Corey Koskie. Carlos Silva threw a 1-2-3 eight with the Phils down 2-1 but allowed a three-run homer to Torri Hunter in the top of the ninth and the Phils went on to lose 5-1.

Geoff Jenkins is the only current Phil with more than eight career at-bats against Santana. Jenkins is 3-for-12 with three singles, a walk and six strikeouts against him. Burrell, Feliz, Helms and Rollins have combined to go 3-for-16 (.188) against Santana with three singles and seven strikeouts. Victorino, Utley and Howard have never faced him.


Future tense

The Mets and Johan Santana agreed to a six-year deal worth $137.5 million with a club option for 2014.

This says that Livan Hernandez says he has an offer from the Nationals. This article from the Phillies web site mentioned Hernandez as a possibility, although an unlikely one, for the Phils.

Article about Chris Coste here.

This says that the Feliz signing greatly reduces the chances the Phils will bring on Lohse and that the team is at its payroll limit, which is the opposite of what the team has said recently. It also points out that, prior to the Feliz addition, Burrell was the only player on the Phillies’ roster to hit more than nine home runs from the right side last season (Rollins hit nine).

30-year-old lefty Odalis Perez had a tryout with the Phillies on Saturday in the Dominican Republic. Perez had two really good years with the Dodgers in 2002 and 2004 but hasn’t been as good since.


Improve it all night

The Phillies finalized the deal with Pedro Feliz.

The team’s mantra this off-season has been that they want to improve the team in any way they can. That sure sounds nice, but I kind of wish their goal was to build a team that was good enough to win the World Series. With the Feliz signing they are sure to improve their third base situation compared to 2007. But they set the bar pretty low. In 2007 the Phillies’ player that got the most at-bats at third base was Abraham Nunez, who got 212 at-bats and hit 255/342/311 as a third baseman (Helms got 207 at-bats as a third baseman and Dobbs got 190). That’s wretched. If your goal is to just to improve, that makes it easy to improve without getting good. They probably would have improved their third base situation in ’08 without another move. They can improve their fifth starter situation with a guy who throws to a 6.28 ERA this year. Insert your own Shane Youman joke here, but let’s hope that’s not their goal.

Feliz is just about a sure thing to give the Phillies solid defense at third base this season. And there’s a lot of hope out there that he can put up some big power numbers with a better lineup around him in a better park for hitters. And I’m right there with everyone hoping he puts up 30 home runs this season. But his slugging percentage isn’t even his problem as a hitter and he was outslugged last season by Shane Victorino, who’s a fantastic defensive outfielder with a great arm who stole 37 bases. And before you look it up, Victorino outslugged Feliz away from home as well as overall (granted, there was a really strange thing where Victorino was a better hitter away from Citizens Bank Park than at it last season, but still).

So the Phillies did ensure they’ll be a little better at third with the addition of Feliz. And given how many runs the team can score, maybe that’s enough. But the hole they dug themselves at the position was deep enough there was reason to hope they would do more than just improve.

The Phillies already had a full 40-man roster before the addition of Feliz. They will need to make another move.

Dallas McPherson signed a one-year deal with the Marlins. This says that Marlins have also reached a deal with Luis Gonzalez.

This suggests that there is a chance that in addition to Santana, the Mets could also add Kyle Lohse to their rotation. I would be surprised if that happened.

More good news on the improve-in-any-area front as the number of 17-year-old infielders from the Czech Republic in the organization has soared to an all-time high with the addition of Jakub Sladek. The linked article also says that the Phillies will watch Kris Benson throw again next week and that the Phillies still have money to spend. Finally, it explains that the Phillies don’t have to make a move on the 40-man roster yet despite adding Feliz because his addition hasn’t been formally approved by Major League Baseball.

More about the status of the Phillies expected payroll here.


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