Tag: Cesar Jimenez

Phillie pitchers don’t manage a lot of O’s against the Orioles

One, actually. You know who they might have asked about that? Baltimore pitchers. I’m sure they would be happy to help. Cause when we work together, everybody wins.

Everybody didn’t literally win today. Just the Orioles.

Baltimore 15, Phillies 4. Burnett allowed four in the third and Gonzalez followed that up by allowing four in the fourth. Those weren’t good moments, but to suggest they were all that went wrong might leave you with an incomplete picture.

A.J. Burnett started the game for the Phils and went three innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk.

He allowed a one-out double to Nick Markakis in the top of the first, but got the next two. J.J. Hardy singled to left on a ball deflected by Asche at third with two outs in the second. Lefty Ryan Flaherty was next and hit a 1-1 pitch out to center. Burnett got Jemile Weeks on a fly ball to center to end the inning. Baltimore scored four runs in the third, all earned. Burnett faced ten batters in the frame. He got three out, hit two, walked one and allowed singles to the other four.

Burnett gave up a home run in the second, but excelled at preventing home runs in 2013, allowing just 11 in 191 innings. That rate of 0.52 per nine innings was fourth best in the NL. His ’13 rate of allowing the long ball was much better than it had been over his career. In 2013, he allowed 11 home runs to 801 batters, which is about 1.37% of the batters he faced. Coming into 2013 he had allowed home runs to about 2.39% of the 9,230 batters he had faced (he also spent six full seasons pitching in the DH-loving AL).

12.60 ERA and 1.80 ratio for Burnett over his two starts. He allowed a run on one hit and no walks over two innings in his other start.

Miguel Gonzalez was next and got hammered. Markakis tripled to right on his first pitch of the frame and it went on from there. He wound up allowing four runs in the inning on four hits (three singles and the triple) and two walks. One of the runs scored on a wild pitch.

16.88 ERA and a 4.50 ratio for Gonzalez in his first two outings, both of which have been awful. He’s walked six and allowed six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

I’ve heard it suggested that Gonzalez needs mound time. I believe the people who think that are right. Not real sure he’s going to be getting a whole lot more mound time in settings where you and I can easily see him pitch, however. Long way to go, but he’s looked like a big, expensive mistake in the early going. If the results are going to be this ugly, the team might decide they’re better off being seen by fewer people. There seemed to be some pretty significant concerns before we saw him pitch in a game. Seeing him pitch in a game hasn’t helped.

Michael Stutes pitched the fifth and allowed two runs on a double, a single and a walk. Howard made an error in the frame. Stutes has been charged with seven runs in three innings in his three appearances.

David Buchanan was next, making his case for early starts after two solid innings in his first appearance. He allowed a leadoff double to Flaherty and Flaherty scored on a two-out single by David Lough.

3.00 ERA and an 0.67 ratio for Buchanan after two times out.

Ken Giles pitched the seventh. He had allowed one hit in a scoreless frame in his only official outing. He gave up a run on a hit and two walks in the frame. Steve Pearce and Quentin Berry were the first two batters he faced and they reached on a single and a walk. Pearce would score on a sac fly by Caleb Joseph. Giles retired former Phil Delmon Young in the frame — Young pinch-hit for
Nelson Cruz and flew to right for the first out.

4.50 ERA and a 2.00 ratio for Giles after two innings over two appearances.

Cesar Jimenez pitched the eighth. He allowed a leadoff homer to Jonathan Schoop, but retired the next three.

Third appearance for the 29-year-old lefty Jimenez. 3.86 ERA and a 1.50 ratio (six hits and a walk) over 4 2/3 innings.

The Phillies scored four runs in the game. Howard doubled Brown home in the fourth and scored when Byrd followed with a single. Cameron Rupp hit a solo homer in the seventh off of righty Alfredo Aceves. Ruf homered off of Aceves in the eighth.

Five home runs for the Phils in the last two games.

Rupp was the only Phillie with more than one hit. 2-for-3 with a solo homer. 3-for-10 with a home run so far. Homered 14 times in 355 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013.

Ruf hits his second spring homer in his only at-bat. 6-for-19 (.316) with three walks and two home runs.

Howard 1-for-3 and struck out twice, but raised his average to .188. 3-for-16 with three singles. Made one of two Phillie errors. Andres Blanco made the other, which was his second error in two days.

Byrd 1-for-3 with an RBI to drop his average to .368.

Asche 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Struck out twice. 1-for-15 so far and hitting .067. The lefty doubled off of righty Miguel Gonzalez, but not the one who pitched for the Phillies.

Domonic Brown was 0-for-2 with a walk. 2-for-19 (.105) with two singles and five walks.

Revere 0-for-3 (.278), Rollins 0-for-2 with a walk (.222), Abreu 0-for-3. Abreu is 2-for-15 (.133) with two singles and five walks.

Roberto Hernandez is expected to pitch against the Astros tomorrow.


Third time plucky

Phils topped the Tigers 10-6 this afternoon for their first spring victory.

Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Phils and got hit hard in the first, allowing three runs on two walks, a single and a three-run double by Nick Castellanos. He allowed a leadoff walk and uncorked a two-out wild pitch in the second, but kept the Tigers off the board.

The Phils came into the game with starters Cliff Lee and Roberto Hernandez having allowed three runs in four innings pitched in their starts combined. Kendrick goes two innings, allowing three runs on two hits, three walks and a wild pitch. So after three games, the starters have allowed six earned runs in six innings on eight hits and three walks (9.00 ERA with a 1.83 ratio).

Kendrick made 30 starts last year and walked more than two in five of them. Walked three in two innings today.

Righty Sean O’Sullivan struck out two in a 1-2-3 third. He came back for the fourth and retired the first two before hitting Luis Exposito with a pitch. O’Sullivan retired the next hitter on a popup to Hernandez at second to end the frame.

O’Sullivan suddenly seems like he has a shot for some early starts, given the combination of injury questions around pitchers like Hamels, Martin and Pettibone and the miserable early opinions around Gonzalez. The 26-year-old righty had a 6.14 career ERA over 193 2/3 innings in the majors before throwing to a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings for the Padres in 2013. He had a 1.80 ratio to go with his 3.96 ERA last year — 31 hits and 14 walks as opponents on-based .393 against him. He didn’t pitch very well, 3.96 ERA or not. Pitched well today, throwing two scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a walk while striking out three.

Aumont pitched the fifth, coming off of a miserable outing his first time out and set the Tigers down in order.

Luis Garcia made his first official appearance in the sixth and allowed three runs on two singles and a double. Only one of the runs was earned due to a Reid Brignac error at short.

Cesar Jimenez threw a 1-2-3 seventh in his first official appearance and followed that up by setting the Tigers down in order in the eighth. The 29-year-old lefty walked ten in 17 innings for the Phils last year, which is a lot. Had a 0.00 ERA and an 0.89 ratio in nine innings through his first eight appearances and a 7.88 ERA and a 2.00 ratio over eight innings his last 11 times out (and walked seven in those eight innings). Did a better job at preventing walks at Triple-A, throwing to a 3.12 ERA and a 1.31 ratio while walking 26 in 66 1/3 innings.

Justin De Fratus made his first appearance in the ninth. He allowed back-to-back singles to the first two batters he faced before striking out the next three to end the game with runners on first and second.

De Fratus struck out 42 in 46 2/3 innings for the Phils last year. Walking 25 was the problem and it led to a 1.50 ratio to go with his 3.86 ERA. Walk rate of 2.0 per nine innings in 424 1/3 innings in the minors and 4.8 in 61 1/3 innings in the majors. I would guess his walk rate will go down in 2014.

The Phillies scored eight runs in a bottom of the third that featured three walks, two singles, a hit-by-pitch, a Tiger error and a three-run homer by J-Roll.

Rollins’s shot came off of righty Jose Valdez with two outs in the third. He was 1-for-1 with a home run and two walks in the game.

Gwynn started the game in center for the Phillies and went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 0-for-3 with two walks so far. Think we should be following what he does offensively and especially defensively when playing center given the Phils seemingly neverending problem trying to backup center field. Things I know for sure: 1) John Mayberry is really, really not the answer 2) Cesar Hernandez, a backup infielder, really, really is not the answer. The Phils have so many problems it’s hard to feel like backup center fielder should go near the top of the list. I think there’s potential for a moral victory here, though.

Utley started at second and went 1-for-3.

Franco started at third and was 0-for-1 with a walk and no errors. He’s seen action in all three official games and gone 0-for-5 with two errors and two walks.

Byrd 2-for-3 with two singles and 3-for-5 with an RBI in the early going.

Howard 0-for-3 and struck out twice. 1-for-5 with a single so far.

Brown 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-6 overall.

Ruiz 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI. 0-for-3.

Lou Marson doubled to start the bottom of the eighth, which led to a Phillie run. He was 1-for-1 with a double on the day in his first action.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a single that drove in a run in the second inning. 1-for-3 with two RBI on the day. 2-for-6 with two walks so far.

Yankees tomorrow.


Day after day of the dead

What’s left of the Mets hammered what’s left of the Phillies yesterday afternoon, topping the Phils 11-3 to earn a split in the four-game set.

The series featured a solid start by Lee in game one and a dominating performance by Jon Niese in the second game. The depleted teams slogged through some ugly baseball as the series wore on, though, combining to display super-sloppy defense and miserable pitching.

Ethan Martin started yesterday’s game for the Phillies and struck out nine, but lasted just four innings against a weak New York lineup. He’s now allowed six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings over his last two starts and all anyone can seem to talk about is how he’s destined to be a reliever. The Phils could use some relievers, too. After five scoreless innings in the first three games of the set, the bullpen combined to allow eight runs in four innings after Martin’s early departure yesterday.

The Phillies are 61-73 on the year after losing 11-3 to the New York Mets yesterday afternoon. The teams split the four-game series and are tied for third place in the NL East, 20 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves.

Martin got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. Two of the hits went for extra-base hits, a double and a home run. He struck out nine.

He’s struck out 32 in 25 1/3 innings for the year now, but with a 6.39 ERA and a 1.78 ratio. He’s allowed seven home runs and 16 walks in his 25 1/3 innings.

Daniel Murphy singled to right with one out and stole second after Martin struck Andrew Brown out swinging for the second out. Martin walked Lucas Duda before striking Justin Turner out swinging to end the inning.

Martin struck out the side in the second, getting Matt den Dekker, Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla all swinging.

It’s good there is video of these games, cause I’m not sure I would have believed Matt den Dekker is a real person without it. Travis d’Arnaud probably doesn’t know what to do with himself in this his first experience as the runner-up in his team’s weird name competition.

Eric Young singled to right with one out in the third and scored when Murphy followed with a double to left, putting the Mets up 1-0. Martin got the next two to leave Murphy stranded.

Turner walked to start the fourth and scored on a one-out home run by Anthony Recker. 3-0.

Jimenez replaced Martin to start the fifth and allowed another run when Murphy led off with a single and scored when Brown followed with a single to right. 4-0. Jimenez struck out two of the next three as he set the Mets down in order behind Brown.

Jimenez came back for the sixth. He walked the leadoff man Recker before retiring Quintanilla on a popup to Young for the first out. The pitcher Carlos Torres bunted Recker up to second with the second out and Eric Young moved him to third with an infield single. With Murphy at the plate, Jimenez balked Young to second and Recker home (5-0) before Murphy singled to left. Young scored from second ahead of Brown’s throw (6-0) with Young moving up to second. De Fratus came in to pitch to the righty Brown and struck him out swinging to leave Young at second.

Jimenez allows three runs on four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings in the game to up his ERA to 2.53. He came into the game having not been charged with a run in nine innings over eight appearances. Righties are on-basing .370 against him for the season with a 261/370/348 line. He hasn’t allowed a home run in 10 2/3 innings on the year.

De Fratus started the seventh with the New York lead cut to 6-1. Duda led off with a single and De Fratus hit Turner behind him, putting men on first and second with nobody out for den Dekker. Den Dekker hit a ball that De Fratus handled, throwing to second to force Turner for the first out with runners safe on the corners. Den Dekker stole second before Recker walked to load the bases for Quintanilla. De Fratus walked Quintanilla on five pitches, forcing Duda in. 7-1 with the bases still loaded and one out. Ike Davis hit for the pitcher Scott Rice. De Fratus struck him out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Young was next and cleared the bases with a triple to the base of the wall in right. 10-1. Righty JC Ramirez came in to pitch to Murphy and got Murphy on a ground ball to third to end the inning.

De Fratus goes one inning in the game, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks. After getting the only man he faced in the sixth, he gets two outs in the seventh while allowing four runs on a single, two walks, a triple and a hit by pitch.

Yesterday was the first time he had been charged with more than three run in an appearance. He’s now appeared in 65 games for his career. Coming into the game he had thrown to a 1.13 ERA over 16 innings in his last 16 appearances. A lot went wrong in the seventh for him yesterday with four of the first five men he faced in the inning reaching on a hit, two walks and a hit by pitch, but the big blow was the three-run triple by the switch-hitter Young batting left-handed. The righty De Fratus has been really good against lefties this season and hit hard by righties. Lefties are hitting 167/327/357 against him for the year and righties 308/390/413.

Ramirez started the ninth with the lead cut to 10-3. He allowed a leadoff homer to Brown before retiring the next three.

Ramirez goes 1 1/3 innings in the game, allowing a run on one hit, Brown’s homer, and no walks.

Just atrocious numbers for Ramirez on the year as he now has an 8.62 ERA and a 1.98 ratio after 13 appearances. He has been charged with at least one earned run in each of his last eight appearances, throwing to a 12.27 ERA and a 2.64 ratio in those outings as opponents have hit .415 against him. Lefties are hitting 455/556/727 against him for the season in 27 plate appearances (10-for-22 with five walks, a double, a triple and a home run).

Overall the pen went four innings in the game, allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Jimenez and De Fratus were both hit hard and Ramirez allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings.

The Phillie lineup against righty Carlos Torres went (1) Young (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Ruiz (6) Ruf (7) Mayberry (8) McDonald. Mayberry in center against the righty with Bernadina on the bench. Mayberry shouldn’t play center and shouldn’t play against righties. McDonald at short with Rollins on the bench. Frandsen at first and Young at third after Asche hurt his hamstring in game three. Frandsen plays first against the righty and ends the day with a 206/275/278 line against right-handed pitching for the year. Brown returns to the lineup after missing time with a sore heel. Ruf plays right. Seems like the other choice was to put Bernadina in center and Ruf or Mayberry at first. The Phillies should really do their best to commit to never playing Mayberry in center again, regardless of whether Bernadina, or whoever, went 0-for-6 with ten men left on base the day before or not. In their defense, Bernadina, or whoever, is the only other choice to play center given the current roster and Bernadina can’t play there every day.

Frandsen reached on an error by Quintanilla at short with one out in the top of the first, but Utley hit into a double-play behind him.

The Mets start game four with more bad defense after being terrible in the field in game three.

Brown singled to center to start the second, but Ruiz, Ruf and Mayberry all struck out behind him.

The Phils went in order in the third. Down 1-0, they went in order again in the fourth.

One hit for the Phils through four innings, which comes on Brown’s single to start the fourth. The only other base-runner they had was Frandsen when he reached on Quintanilla’s error in the first.

Ruiz doubled to right to start the fifth with the Phils trailing 3-0. The Phillies went in order behind him, leaving him at first.

Trailing 4-0, the Phils went in order in the sixth.

They were down 6-0 when they hit in the seventh. Utley and Brown led off with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz flew to center for the first out, with Utley tagging and moving up to third. With one out and men on the corners, Ruf flew to right, deep enough for Utley to tag and score, cutting the lead to 6-1. Lefty Scott Rice took over for Torres and struck Orr out swinging to leave Brown at first.

It was 10-1 when they hit in the eighth. McDonald led off with a single off of righty Gonzalez Germen. Bernandina followed and hit a 1-1 pitch out to right. 10-3. Young and Kratz went down behind Bernadina before Utley doubled to right. Lefty Pedro Feliciano came in to pitch to Brown and got Brown on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Righty LaTroy Hawkins got Rollins, Ruf and Orr in order in the ninth with the Mets up 11-3.

Young was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 6-for-16 with two doubles in the four-game series. 266/329/382 for the season. 202/280/287 over his last 143 plat appearances.

Frandsen 0-for-3 in the game and 0-for-7 in the series. 220/294/311 for the year. 134/174/146 over his last 86 plate appearances. Was fantastic against left-handed pitching in 2012 and the early part of 2013, but his numbers against lefties have dropped dramatically. His line against left-handed pitching for the year is down to 255/361/392.

Utley 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-17 with a double in the series. 4-for-his-last-9. 272/343/479 for the year. 301/363/509 against righties and 204/295/407 against lefties. Way better numbers on the road than at home — 307/369/568 away and 237/316/389 at home. Why? I have no idea. He’s been a little better at home for his career. His UZR/150 at second and his dWAR both suggest his defense is down this year. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 at second at 8.0 — over the last six seasons it’s ranged from 12.1 to 19.2. Baseball-Reference calculates his dWAR at 0.2. They’ve had him between 1.0 and 3.5 in each of the last nine seasons.

Brown 2-for-4 in the game and 2-for-5 in the series. 309/360/456 in August and 277/323/519 on the season.

Ruiz 1-for-3 with a double and left three men on base. 3-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. 283/325/392 on the season. 18-for-his-last-41 with a 439/465/780 line in those 43 plate appearances. Only guy on the team who is hitting lefties and he’s crushing them. 340/419/509 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Ruf 0-for-3 with an RBI and struck out three times. 1-for-12 with an RBI and seven strikeouts in the set. 258/344/509 on the year. 207/267/476 in his last 90 plate appearances with seven home runs.

Mayberry 0-for-2 with a strikeout. 2-for-11 with two walks and a double in the series. 239/302/416 for the season.

Halladay (3-4, 7.81) faces righty Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03) this afternoon in Chicago. Halladay has made one start since returning from the DL, holding the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings with the help of a Bernadina catch that turned a two-run homer into an out. He’s walked 19 in 40 1/3 innings for the year, which is more than double his career walk rate. Samardzija threw to a 2.96 ERA in his first 12 starts on the season, but has pitched to a 4.90 ERA his last 15 times out. Opponents hit .203 against him in his first 12 starts and have hit .282 (with a BABIP of .336) against him over his last 15.


Orr Pete could homer and everyone could go home

The Phillies got great pitching yesterday and a late home run from Pete Orr, beating the Pirates 2-1.

Cook and Lopez combined to throw five scoreless innings for the Phils to start the game. Neither of them have much of a chance to start the year in the rotation for the Phils, but both of them have better results in official spring training games than anyone who actually is in the rotation with the exception of Hamels. Hamels got hammered in a game against the Dominican Republic that didn’t count towards official spring statistics.

Orr homered in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie. It was his only at-bat of the game. He’s 3-for-11 with two home runs so far this spring.

Utley had two hits. He was 2-for-4 with a double. 206/357/353.

Inciarte was 1-for-3 with a double. He also threw Brad Hawpe out trying to score from second on a single to end the top of the second. The double was the first extra-base hit of the spring for Inciarte. He’s 5-for-17 with a double and three walks (294/429/353).

Ruf and Howard both 1-for-3 with a single. Ruf’s line is up to 211/318/368, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to matter a ton if he’s not usable defensively.

Brown and Nix 0-for-3. Nix is hitting 219/265/313 in 32 official spring at-bats. Galvis 0-for-4 to drop his line to 283/313/500.

Aaron Cook got the start for the Phillies and went three shutout innings, allowing a single and a walk. After 11 innings, he has a 2.45 ERA with a 1.27 ratio.

Rodrigo Lopez followed Cook and threw two scoreless frames in which he allowed three hits and no walks. Lopez didn’t fare as well in the World Baseball Classic, but his numbers in official spring action are fantastic. Seven scoreless innings in which he’s allowed six hits and a walk (0.00 ERA with a 1.00 ratio).

Papelbon struck out Andrew McCutchen and Hawpe in a 1-2-3 sixth. That drops his ERA to 19.64. He has struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings, so we all might just want to try and calm down a little.

Aumont pitched the seventh and was charged with a run on one hit. He allowed a single to Neil Walker to start the frame and hit the next batter. Walker moved up to third on a fly ball and scored on a wild pitch.

Aumont has a 3.00 ERA but an impressive 0.67 ratio in three spring appearances.

Diekman pitched a scoreless eighth. He allowed back-to-back singles to the first two hitters he faced, but got out of the jam with a strikeout and a double-play.

Diekman has struck out 14 in nine innings over his seven appearances, but thrown to a 5.00 ERA with a 1.44 ratio. Opponents are hitting .314 against him.

Cesar Jimenez started the ninth with a one-run lead and got the save. He got the first two hitters before allowing a single and a double, which put men on second third for Felix Pie. Jimenez struck Pie out looking 0-2 to end the game.

Jimenez has allowed five hits in 2 2/3 innings over his three appearances, but has not been charged with a run. Opponents are hitting .385 against him.

Lannan is expected to start this afternoon as the Phils play the Rays.

The Phillies announced the Cole Hamels will start on Opening Day.

The Dominican Republic scored two runs in the top of the ninth to beat the US in the World Baseball Classic 3-1. Rollins was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. The US team faces Puerto Rico tonight in an elimination game.


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