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Weekend update

The Phils topped the Twins yesterday, winning 6-3 to improve to 11-7.

Michael Stutes started the game for the Phils and again pitched well. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing no hits and a walk. He’s now made five appearances and thrown to a 1.00 ERA and an 0.44 ratio, allowing three hits and a walk over nine innings while striking out nine. Baez followed Stutes with a scoreless inning and Jason Grilli threw two of his own before Matt Anderson struggled in the seventh. Anderson got just one out and was charged with three runs (two earned) on two hits, a walk and two wild pitches. Ryan Edell and Chris Kissock finished the game for the Phils, combining to throw 2 2/3 innings without being charged with a run (although Edell uncorked a wild pitch that helped the Twins plate some more out of the mess that Anderson created in the seventh).

Mayberry started at first for the Phils and went 0-for-3 to drop his spring line to 324/390/730 through 37 at-bats. Delwyn Young played left and went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer. 333/364/452 with a team-high 42 at-bats. Valdez was 2-for-3 with a double and is hitting .519. Barfield 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. He’s 9-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and a home run (474/524/684).

Michael Martinez was 2-for-4 with a double to push his average to .250 (250/250/375 in 32 at-bats).

On Saturday, splits squads of Phils faced the Pirates and Rays. The Phils topped Pittsburgh 11-4 and lost to Tampa Bay 6-2.

Worley started the game against the Pirates, allowing a run on two hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five and dropped his spring ERA to 3.86. Herndon allowed three runs in the eighth and got just two outs, puffing his ERA to 5.79. Mathieson, Zagurski and Juan Perez combined to toss five shutout innings in the game in which they allowed no hits and one walk. Zagurski dropped his spring ERA to 1.50 in six innings over five appearances.

Cory Sullivan went 2-for-3 with a homer run and two RBI in the game for the Phils. Pete Orr led off and played second, going 3-for-5 with a pair of triples. Mayberry played center and went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and three RBI.

David Price held the Phils to a run on two hits and two walks in five innings in the other game. Kendrick got the start and was hit hard, allowing five runs over four innings. He allowed three home runs in the game and saw his spring ERA rise to 5.00. Contreras followed Kendrick and allowed a run over two innings. Madson followed that, striking out six in two scoreless frames before Romero threw a scoreless ninth to keep his spring ERA at 0.00 through four appearances.

Martinez was 2-for-3 in the game with a pair of singles. Rollins 1-for-3 with a double.

Friday the Phils beat the Orioles 13-6. Lee allowed three runs in three innings to puff his spring ERA to 5.00. Lidge was hit hard late, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. Meyer pitched the ninth and allowed a run on a solo homer by Robert Andino. Baez and Bastardo each pitched two scoreless innings.

Lidge has now made five official spring appearances, allowing five runs in five innings on eight hits, two walks and two hit batters. That’s a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 ratio.

Ibanez, Howard, Gload and Mayberry all homered, plating seven of the 13 Phillie runs. Ibanez was 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and three RBI. Delwyn Young went 3-for-5 with a double. Gload was 2-for-3 with a double and a homer.

Hamels is expected to start today as the Phils face the Astros.

The Phillies signed Ruben Amaro to a four-year contract extension, which means he will be with the team through 2015.

On Friday, the Phils sent 15 players to Minor League Camp and released Robb Quinlan. Andrew Carpenter, Drew Naylor, Carlos Rivero and JC Ramirez were among the players sent down.

This article from the Phillies web site says that Delwyn Young has a good chance to make the team.


Huh?

It doesn’t happen very often, hardly ever, actually, but someone in the front office for the Phils has said something so surprising it requires immediate attention. Take it away, Ruben Amaro, from today’s Inquirer:

Though Amaro never spoke specifically about negotiations with Jayson Werth’s agent Scott Boras, he did send another signal that the Phillies are ready to move on without their free-agent rightfielder, even talking about him in the past tense at times.

“I’m not going to discuss Jayson Werth,” Amaro said. “I talked to Scott about a bunch of his free agents.”

Amaro, however, did bring Werth into the discussion when asked about leftfielder Raul Ibanez’ 2010 season.

Ibanez “was still a pretty productive player and . . . his numbers are not all that different from Jayson’s last year,” he said. “What did [Ibanez] have, 83 RBIs? Jayson had 85. [Ibanez] didn’t have as many opportunities as Jayson did to drive in runs.

“Clearly, Jayson had more runs scored [106 for Werth and 75 for Ibanez] and his on-base percentage and stuff were better, but [Ibanez] had 37 doubles and five triples. . . . The difference in their production was not all that great.”

Yes it was. And if Ruben Amaro doesn’t know that, the Phillies are in a whole lot of trouble.

I’m of the opinion that Werth was probably the fifth-best offensive outfielder in all of baseball last season. Ibanez really definitely wasn’t. It’s pretty hard to argue that Ibanez is a better defensive player than Werth.

Also, “on-base percentage and stuff”? Please? No, seriously, please? Can we get some kind of a do-over where we all get to pretend that never, ever happened? I’m holding out hope that he misspoke and what he meant by “on-base percentage and stuff” was actually “everything measurable in the world except for RBI.” It leaves me with this horrid vision of a round table discussion in the front office where they have the offensive production for players divided into two categories: RBI and “on-base percentage and stuff.”

For the record, on-base percentage and stuff is more important.

Among other things, Werth out produced Ibanez in 2010 in doubles, home runs, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. He stole more bases, scored more runs, hit into fewer double-plays and made fewer outs. The offensive production of the two players wasn’t close:

PA 2B HR
Ibanez 636 37 16 275/349/444
Werth 652 46 27 296/388/532

Werth’s OPS was 128 points higher than Ibanez’s. He out on-based him .388 to .349. Among the 183 NL players with 200 plate appearances, Werth’s .532 slugging percentage was 17th-best in the league. Ibanez’s .444 was 59th.

Here’s their runs created per 27 outs for 2010 and their NL rank among the 160 NL players with 250 plate appearances for the season:

Runs
created per 27 outs
NL Rank
Werth 7.51 4
Ibanez 5.37 55

On the plus side, I find it pretty hard to believe that Amaro feels Ibanez and Werth had similar offensive seasons in 2010. But while I don’t know what he’s trying to do, I don’t think telling people that there wasn’t a lot of difference between what Werth and Ibanez did last year offensively isn’t likely to help him do it.

The Phils signed lefty Dan Meyer to a minor league deal, which is a great move. A former first-round pick of the Braves, Meyer is 29-years-old and threw to a 3.09 ERA and a 1.17 ratio for the Fish in 2009. That’s the only year of his career in which he’s thrown more than 30 innings in a season. He’s been hit hard in his non-’09 action, throwing to a 7.97 ERA with a 1.95 ratio over 55 1/3 innings.


Just dropped in to see what condition my position was in

For each of the eight offensive positions, here’s the Phillies team OPS at the position, the rank of that OPS in the NL this year, the NL average for the season, the team’s OPS rank in the NL in 2008 and the ’09 OPS for the position over the NL average OPS for the position as a percentage:

POS OPS NL Rank NL AVG OPS Rank ’08 OPS/NL AVG
C .757 5 .709 10 107
1B .928 5 .858 4 108
2B .896 1 .741 1 121
3B .686 12 .752 15 91
SS .699 10 .721 6 97
LF .827 4 .781 5 106
CF .831 2 .762 4 109
RF .898 1 .781 12 115

So, for example, the chart shows that Phillies catchers overall posted a .757 OPS this season, which was the fifth-best for the teams in the league. The average NL team saw their catchers post a .709 OPS. The Phillies’ .757 is about 107% of .709.

There are 16 teams in the NL. By OPS, the Phillies were in the top five in six of the eight positions. The two where they were not were shortstop and third base.

By rank of the positional OPS compared to other teams, the Phillies improved at five positions in 2009 compared to 2008: catcher, third base, left field, center field and right field. They were down at two, first base and shortstop, and they had the best OPS at second base in both 2008 and 2009. Despite dropping from fourth to fifth in the league in OPS by first basemen, the Phils still got a lot of production from the position. The Padres and Cubs both topped the Phils in OPS at first base after the Phils had finished ahead of them in 2008.

Finally, if you rank how the team OPS by position compares to the league averages, the list goes like this:

  1. 2B (121)
  2. RF (115)
  3. CF (109)
  4. 1B (108)
  5. C (107)
  6. LF (106)
  7. SS (97)
  8. 3B (91)

I have added a page where I will track my guess at who will be on the 2010 Phillies team that you can access through the 2010 link at the top of the page.

The Phillies aren’t going to trade Cole Hamels or trade for Roy Halladay. If Amaro trades Cole Hamels for Roy Halladay they should fire him. He won’t, but if he did getting fired would be the least of his problems — his first priority would no doubt be finding someone to exercise the baseball-illiterate demon that had taken up residence within him. It is a little interesting if the Phillies truly don’t have any interest in Halladay, although I don’t think the Phillies need to add a big starting pitcher before the start of the season. They might need to add one before the end of season, though, and they had mixed results with that in 2009. The Lee trade was fantastic, but signing Pedro cost them.

The article linked above also says that Moyer will have surgery on his left knee in December.

Amaro says the two top priorities are third base and the bullpen. Figgins, Tejada, Belte, DeRosa and Polanco seem like the most common guesses about who the Phils might go after for third. Polanco is the least exciting name in that group, coming off of a season where he hit 266/304/434 against lefties.

Rollins and Victorino won Gold Gloves.

This says the Phillies may be interested in Fernando Rodney.

Lidge had elbow surgery and should be throwing within eight weeks. Amaro says he’s hopeful that Lidge will be ready close to opening day.


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