I’m pretty sure that Scott Podsednik isn’t going to get a five-year, $44 million contract any time soon, but beyond that there are a lot of similarities between Podsednik and Juan Pierre. Both are left-handed hitters known for their speed who really shouldn’t be spending a whole lot of time as corner outfielders on a team trying to win the World Series, but just might for the Phillies in 2011.
Here are the percentages of plate appearances each have gotten a hit, reached base on a walk or hit by pitch, an extra-base hit or a home run for their career, remembering that Podsednik turns 36 later this month and Pierre turns 35 in August.
|PA||% H||% BB+HBP||% 1B||% XBH||% HR|
Pierre is a career 296/345/363 hitter while Podsednik has posted a 279/340/381 line. For their careers, Pierre has been more likely to get a hit and Podsednik more likely reach base via walk or hit by pitch. Podsednik has shown more power of the two, getting extra-base hits in 6.1% of his plate appearances compared to about 4.5% for Pierre. He’s been about five times more likely to homer in a given plate appearance, not that he’s shown a lot of power, hitting more than ten home runs in a season just once in his career (2004 with the Brewers) and averaging about one per 100 plate appearances.
Neither of those guys gets on the field for their power, offensively it’s all about their ability to get on base and steal bases. They have very similar numbers in terms of getting on base — if you add up the percentage of plate appearances in which they’ve gotten a hit, walk or hit by pitch, it’s about 33.9% for Pierre and about 33.6% for Podsednik.
Pierre has stolen a base about once every 13.56 plate appearances for his career, a little bit better than 13.72 for Podsednik. They have been successful in their stolen base attempts at a very similar rate as well, with a small advantage there for Podsednick. Podsednik has been safe about 74.7% of the time compared to 74.5% for Pierre.
The bigger issue, of course, is not which of them is the better offensive player, but whether or not either of them is a good enough offensive player to get regular time as a corner outfielder.
The Phillies are 5-7 in Spring Training after falling to the Twins 6-4 yesterday. The game was most notable cause Halladay got hit hard again, puffing his Spring Training ERA to 10.57 after three outings. In 7 2/3 innings he has allowed 13 hits and five walks.
If he’s going to pitch to a 10.57 ERA, now’s the perfect time for it.
Halladay started the game for the Phils and didn’t make it out of the third inning. He allowed five runs over 2 2/3 innings, four of which came on home runs — a solo shot by Josh Willingham and a three-run homer by Chris Parmelee. Joe Savery was next and he held the Twins to two singles over 1 1/3 scoreless innings, keeping his Spring Training ERA at 0.00 after three appearances and 3 1/3 innings. Papelbon followed Savery and allowed a walk and a single in a scoreless inning, dropping his ERA to 2.25 after four innings in four outings. Stutes was next. He faced six batters and retired all six. Diekman followed Stutes and allowed a single and a double to the first two men he faced before striking out the next three, although he was charged with an unearned run that scored on a passed ball by Kratz. Righty Michael Cisco, who threw to a 1.59 ERA for Reading last year and allowed just 39 hits in 62 1/3 innings, set the Twinkies down in the ninth in his first official action of Spring Training.
Polanco was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Phils. Mayberry 1-for-2 with a double and a walk to get his line up to 214/267/321. Podsednik and Pierre both 0-for-1. Rollins went 0-for-3 with a walk to drop his average to .217. Ruiz is hitting .600 (6-for-10) after going 2-for-2 with a walk.
Domonic Brown didn’t make a single defense miscue in the entire game. He was at DH and went 1-for-4. And yes he needs a lot of reps in the outfield, but I personally feel like I could use a couple of reps of not seeing him play defense.
Split-squad action against the Braves and Rays today with Blanton and Piniero expected to pitch.
The Phillies sent nine players to minor league camp, including Dave Bush, Pat Misch and Tyson Gillies.
Ryan Howard still wears a protective boot, played catch yesterday and has no timetable for his return.
In this article, Rollins says of Howard: “If you ask me, with this infection, I don’t know if he’s going to play this year, because after all the work that he’s done, now he’s got to hit the reset button.”
Well aren’t we a little storm cloud? Let’s all just agree not to ask him anymore, okay? Maybe that’ll fix things right up.
And speaking of no timetable, you can expect to see Utley, well, sometime soon. Soon, of course, means different things to different people.
The article linked above also suggests that Willis will pitch today, Contreras will pitch in a minor league game today and that Thome will play first in a minor league game tomorrow.