2013 Game Recaps

Braves Get to Martin Early, Hold On to Win

Rookie righty Ethan Martin got his second crack at the Braves Tuesday night and improved upon his first showing against his favorite team from his childhood. Martin threw five innings, giving up three runs, all earned, while striking out six and walking just two. Yet, the three runs Martin gave up early, one from a second inning Kris Medlen double and two more via a NL batting leader Chris Johnson homer were all the Braves needed to put away the Phils 3-1.

Medlen Crafty

Medlen went seven strong for the Braves, giving up just one run, earned, while scattering five hits and one walk. David Carpenter pitched a perfect eighth as a bridge to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. Kimbrel earned his 37th save of the year.

Utley Earning Keep

Chase Utley had another three-hit game, his 24th multi-hit game of the season, to raise his average to .286, just one point off his career average. As Pat pointed out when Utley signed his extension, Utley is still a very good player. Utley now only trails Cardinals late-bloomer Matt Carpenter among NL second baseman in FanGraph’s calculation of the advanced stat WAR and currently ranks as the 37th best hitter in all of baseball by the same measure.

Small-Sample Silver Linings

Darin Ruf reached base twice with a single and a hit by pitch. In 125 PA, Ruf is hitting a respectable .274 with a slugging percentage of .515, which is second on the team, behind Domonic Brown. Bill Baer of ESPN’s Sweet Spot blog recently cautioned that Ruf likely isn’t a .300 hitter and that some of his success has been do to random chance and small sample. While I tend to agree with those sentiments, Ruf continues to be one of the lone bright spots on the Phillies offense and, despite never playing there, looks comfortable in right field. At least to the standards that Delmon Young set.

Phillies relievers Luis Garcia and Jake Diekman pitched the sixth and seventh and appear to be two of the salvageable pieces from the 2013 bullpen in small samples as well. Garcia continues to flirt with 95 and 96 MPH pitches, enough gas to let him challenge hitters. Garcia pitched a perfect sixth before getting into trouble in the seventh. Diekman bailed out Garcia with a double play. Both have struggled with keeping runners off base, particularly Garcia who, in 14.1 innings pitched, has a 1.40 WHIP, which would put him around 79th out of 103 if he had enough innings to qualify. Meanwhile, Diekman’s WHIP sits at 1.76, which would put him about 103rd. If either can control their walks, but have effective enough stuff to be contributing arms in the 2014 bullpen.

The Phils look to win the series tomorrow as John Lannan squares off against Brandon Beachy.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. hk

    August 14, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Ian,

    I find it odd that you complimented – back-handed or otherwise – Ruf’s RF defense following the game in which he misplayed Medlen’s line drive into a double that cost the team a run and cost Martin an ER. I haven’t watched much of the Phils lately, so I haven’t seen enough of Ruf in RF to judge his defense and 56 2/3 innings is obviously too few to glean anything from the advanced defensive metrics, which nonetheless rate him unfavorably. Do you really think he looks comfortable out there or was your comment more of a parting shot at Delmon?

  2. Ken Bland

    August 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Well, looks like Rube got the message. As the GM of this here ballclub, don’t nothin’ get executed that he’s not responsible for. So I applaud him for recognizing the church like volume at the bulk of Phils home games this year, and impromptuly coming up with an excellent promotion for Saturday night’s contest against the nee Brooklyn Dodgers.

    The Phils have announced that the first 18,432 fans passing through the gates on what will be called “No Chance to Win Night” will receive free psychiatric visits at the psychiatrist of their choice for spending hardearned US dollars for that night’s matchup. I said free, Doctor, free.

    When Mattingly’s Mavens look down and see gray unis, they will remember they don’t lose on the road. And Philly is 107.5 miles from Brooklyn, a tad further from LA. Plus, Kershaw’s pitching. He’s had an okay season so far, so he gets a slight anticipated edge over Haven’t Been Kyle For a While Kendrick.

    The promo should be pretty good. I don’t know that it will surpass ex Spartanburg honcho Pat Williams idea when he secured the reigns of the 10-9-8-76ers and ran Blind Date Night on VDay, circa 196something. The plan of assigning guys to every other seat as they splurged for general admission ducats resulted in 48 guys, matched up with the 4 women who sought basketball and dates in the same night. I believe that qualifies as officially an orgy, we can skip the plate appearance factor. Victor the Rasslin’ Bear mighta been a better idea, but maybe the best 6ers promo was any teenybopper taping together discarded ticket stubs that a guard would think was an actual ticket could watch a 1-2-3-4-5-6ers future home game free. I said free, Doctor, free. ,

    But Rube’s “No Chance to Win” gadgetry oughta pull in at least 18,433 patsies which if I remember correctly, was more than ever watched Wilt and Russ mix it up on the East Coast. Some gold standards roll on, dead or alive.

  3. Ken Bland

    August 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Always a fine idea to check the outtahere, er outtaton sco’bode as they call it in the ghetto. I HATE when they check the wrong scoreboard.

    Outtafreakingtown, not outtahere.

    The Yanks lead the Angels, 8 zip early. We can pretend Sterling Joe started so as not to embarrass the real pitcher, one of the good ones the Halos scarcely have.

    Seattle is crushing Tampa, 1-zip in what probably wasn’t advertised as high octane baseball.

    Finals are usually in June, and this is August, soit’s late to pass on the finals.

    In interplanetary play, 14 innings along, the O’s and Backs are knotted at 4. Jim Johnson blew his 3rd straight save, which is a combo of Rube and Papelbon’s fault. Reaction in the stands was limited to Johnson’s radar gun reads during the process. Smart fans in interplanetary baseball.

    Giants and Nats have combined for runs, but all that matters is that Gio and his tag team opponent are sitting on the bench wherever they are sitting.

    The Mets play in Los Angeles,that’s probably the highest stakes game of the night with national attention focused on Phillie-Met wagering competition.

    And the Cubs palyed a perfectly average Cub game, getting thrashed by the Reds. A whopping 2 Cub hits.

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