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Jack and Giles

The biggest news of the past three days is that the Phils traded Ronny Paulino to the Giants for left-handed pitcher Jack Taschner. The Giants then traded Paulino to the Marlins.

The Phillies also released Brian Giles and sent John Mayberry and Carlos Carrasco to minor league camp. The linked article also says that Mike Koplove and Pablo Ozuna will not make the opening day roster.

I’m not a fan of the Paulino trade. I’d rather have Paulino than Taschner and would have liked to see the Phils give Happ a chance to pitch out of the pen to start the year. I would love to see it happen, but it’s hard to imagine that Taschner is going to make a significant positive contribution to the Phils this year. Despite a miserable spring, I have much less trouble imaging Paulino help a team this season.

In terms of the Phillies opening day roster, I think it leaves us with 12 hitters surely on the team: Howard, Utley, Rollins, Feliz, Ruiz, Coste, Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Bruntlett, Jenkins and Dobbs.

Jenkins is the guy who is questionable on that list, but I would be surprised to see the Phillies trade or release him.

That leaves Stairs and Cairo as the 13th and maybe the 14th hitter if the Phils carry 14. Stairs still seems to be a candidate for a trade, but it hasn’t happened yet.

These ten pitchers seem sure to be on the team: Hamels, Blanton, Myers, Moyer, Park, Madson, Condrey, Eyre, Durbin and Lidge. Taschner, Happ and Majewski look like the guys that will fill out the staff. I would say that the chances are good that Taschner will make the team given his contract — I think that would be a mistake, though, and hope the Phils send him down to start the year. Assuming they don’t, it would seemingly leave Happ and Majewski both out if the Phils carry both Stairs and Cairo at the start of the season.

The Phillies have played three games since the last post. After going 1-2 they are 11-16 this spring.

Yesterday they pounded the Astros 13-3. Park got the start and allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings on six hits and a walk. Only one of the runs was earned and he struck out seven. In 21 1/3 innings this spring, Park has a 2.53 ERA and a 1.03 ratio. He has struck out 25 and walked two. Really he has. Condrey and Koplove both tossed scoreless innings as well.

The Phillies got home runs from Ruiz, Rollins, Bruntlett and Howard in the game. Bruntlett was 3-for-4 with four RBI and is hitting .364. Ruiz was 1-for-4 and is hitting .367. Rollins went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .280. Ibanez 1-for-1 with two walks.

Sunday Boston topped the Phils 3-1.

Blanton pitched very well, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings. Chris Carter hit a solo home run off of him in the second, but the other three hits went for singles. Durbin allowed a run in the eighth to raise his spring ERA to 1.69. Madson kept the Red Sox off the board in the ninth to drop his ERA to 2.19.

A walk to Howard in the third forced in Rollins for the Phillies’ only run of the game. Ibanez went 3-for-4 in the game to raise his average to .290.

On Saturday the Pirates beat the Phillies 10-4.

Moyer got the start and got blasted, charged with seven runs over 5 2/3 innings on 11 hits and a walk. He struck out seven but gave up six extra-base hits, five doubles and a home run. His spring ERA raised to 5.40. Majewski threw a scoreless seventh to drop his ERA to 3.00. Lidge allowed a three-run homer to Garrett Jones in the eighth.

Ruiz had a double and a two-run homer. Howard hit a solo shot, his eighth of the spring.

Happ also pitched in a minor league game on Saturday morning and allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Cole Hamels will not start opening day.

Chan Ho Park didn’t go with whatever’s-best-for-the-team when asked if he would be upset if didn’t win the fifth starter spot. Park has been outstanding this spring and outpitched the other players who were said to be competing for the job.

The Phillies play the Blue Jays tonight with Brett Myers expected to pitch.

Francisco Rodriguez and Brad Lidge won’t both win the Rolaids Relief Man Award this season. You can follow the leaderboard here.

Update: The Phillies released Geoff Jenkins. So I guess I’m surprised.

More update: Chan Ho Park has won the fifth starter job.

No idea what his secret is, but whatever it is let’s hope he gets some of it on Kendrick

Last week I mentioned that Brett Myers has been very effective against lefties over his career. He has, and with a consistency that makes it a little tough to believe it’s a fluke. Myers has played seven seasons and thrown at least 68 innings in each of them. By the OPS that opposing hitters have posted against him, Myers has been better against lefties than righties in five of the seven seasons:


In 2007 he pitched primarily out of the pen as the Phillies’ closer. In ’04 he floundered, throwing to a 5.52 ERA with a 1.47 ERA in 176 innings. As mostly a reliever in 2007, lefties did almost nothing against him, hitting 183/269/304 in 130 plate appearances.

Myers has faced 4,781 batters in his career. 2,501 (52.3%) of them were right-handed and 2,280 of them left-handed. Overall, the righties have hit 270/324/461 against him and the lefties 250/331/416 against him. He has walked left-handed batters at a higher rate than right-handed batters, but allowed hits and extra-base hits at a lower rate and struck them out more often:

  PA H % H BB % BB K % K XBH % XBH
vs R 2,501 618 24.7 154 6.2 485 19.4 234 9.4
vs L 2,280 501 22.0 236 10.4 451 19.8 189 8.3
Total 4,781 1119 23.4 390 8.2 936 19.6 423 8.8

Also, when he allows a hit, a hit to a left-handed hitter hasn’t been more likely to go for extra-bases than a hit given up to a right-handed hitter. By a small margin, just the opposite is true. Of the 618 hits he’s allowed to righties, 234 have gone for extra-bases (about 37.9%). He’s given up 501 hits to lefties and 189 of them have gone for extra-bases (37.7%).

Shane Victorino will play in the World Baseball Classic, taking the spot vacated by injured Grady Sizemore.

Adam Eaton signed a minor league deal with Baltimore.

The Phillies have played three games since the last post, going 2-1 to put their spring training record at 2-3.

Today the Phils beat the Braves 7-3. Coming off of a nice outing by Kendrick on Saturday, Chan Ho Park pitched well hisownself. Park allowed a run on four hits over three innings. The run came on a solo home run by Brian McCann. Brett Myers got the start and pitched well, too, giving up a run on three hits over three.

Giles was 2-for-3 and stole two bases. Donald went 0-for-1 with two walks — he’s 1-for-11 so far this spring training. Ruiz was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Mayberry had another hit, he was 1-for-3, and stole a base.

Yesterday the Phils beat the Rays 12-5. Jayson Werth was scheduled to see his first action of spring training, but was scratched from the lineup with an issue with his right shoulder.

Kendrick saw his first action as he makes his bid for the fifth starter job and allowed a run on four hits over 2 2/3 innings. Mike Koplove gave the Phils another scoreless inning in relief as he tries to find a way onto the team.

The Phils scored five runs in the first inning, getting home runs from Howard, Mayberry and Cairo. Mayberry went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI in the game. Ronny Paulino hit a solo shot in the sixth.

On Friday, the Reds beat the Phils 10-3.

Andrew Carpenter had a rough day. He got the start and was charged with four runs without getting an out. Sergio Escalona fared only a little better. Escalona went an inning and a third and gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. JC-coming-to-a-game-that-counts-around-the-start-of-June-Romero allowed an unearned run over two innings while walking three and Madson tossed a scoreless frame. Dave Borkowski struck out two in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Pablo Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Victorino had a pair of doubles in three at-bats. Ibanez went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk and Dobbs was also 1-for-2 with a walk.

The Phillies play the Blue Jays on Monday with Carrasco and Happ both scheduled to pitch. All four of the candidates for the Phils’ fifth starter job have now pitched once and pitched well.

Gleeful Amaro may finally be willing to reveal secret Even Ultimater Zone Rating data showing Burrell’s glove as a full-time DH will cost the Rays 17 runs in 2009

Compared to other full-time DHs, of course.

Pat Burrell signed with the Rays. But the show must go on.

In 2008, Phillies starting pitchers threw 966 2/3 innings and were charged with 489 runs.

For each of the seven starting pitchers the Phils used, here’s how many innings they threw as a starter, how many runs they allowed, the percentage of the innings that they threw for all Phillies starters, the percentage of the runs they allowed for all Phillies starters and the difference between the percentage of the innings they pitched and the runs they allowed:

Player IP RA % IP % RA Diff
Hamels 227.3 89 23.5 18.2 5.3
Moyer 196.3 85 20.3 17.4 2.9
Myers 190 103 19.7 21.1 -1.4
Blanton 70.7 36 7.3 7.4 -0.1
Kendrick 154.7 102 16.0 20.9 -4.9
Eaton 104 68 10.8 13.9 -3.1
Happ 23.7 6 2.4 1.2 1.2

If you order those guys from best difference to worst, the list looks like this: Hamels, Moyer, Happ, Blanton, Myers, Eaton, Kendrick.

The Phillies signed 30-year-old right-handed hitting second baseman Marcus Giles to a minor league deal, which will give him a chance to renew his friendship with Carlos Ruiz. On August 24, 2007, Ruiz’s absurd slide into Giles at second base touched off a bench-clearing incident between the Phils and Padres. That’s a great signing for the Phils, who have had a bad couple of weeks. Giles has a career 277/353/429 line in about 3,000 at-bats in the major leagues.

This article suggests that the Phillies were unaware of at least some of what was happening with Romero and his hearings regarding banned substances.

The Chan Ho Park signing was completed. Amaro says that Park will compete for a spot in the rotation.

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