2014 Spring Training

Phils Register 2 Hits, Lose 9-1 to Braves, Stutes Outrighted

The Phils lost another stinker today, 9-1 to the Braves. Reid Brignac and Kevin Frandsen registered the only hits of the game for the Phillies, who now sit at 2-10, dead last among all teams in Spring baseball with an MLB-worst -32 run differential. Marlon Byrd and Darin Ruf are the only players in camp with more than 20 AB that are hitting above .240 and the Phillies have now been no-hit through three innings in five of their last seven games. Yikes.

The lone bright spot in this affair was David Buchanan’s solid three inning, one hit, one walk performance. Buchanan is believed to have a shot at the fifth starter role. A man he is competing against, Sean O’Sullivan, gave up six earned in 2.2 IP.

The Phillies take on the Orioles in Sarasota tomorrow when A.J. Burnett takes the hill in an attempt to stop the bleeding. The madness starts at 1:05 PM and is part of a special Phillies’ webcast.

Shortly before the game, the Phillies outrighted righty Michael Stutes of the 40-man roster. Stutes, 27, has struggled to return to his 2011 rookie year form and the opening created by his outrighting will likely open the door for a starting pitcher to be added, most likely from the non-roster invitee pool that remains in camp.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. David

    March 11, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    This is very depressing news.

  2. Dave B

    March 12, 2014 at 2:44 am

    From the looks of spring training it’s going to be a very long season . No offense at all

    • schmenkman

      March 12, 2014 at 3:17 am

      In 2008 the Phillies had the 27th highest OPS in spring training that year. This won’t be like 2008, but you can’t tell much at all from spring training (let alone just the first half), other than health and mechanics. Stats are nearly meaningless.

  3. c. schreiber

    March 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Really Schmeck!! Than why are they kept?

    • schmenkman

      March 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      I’m not saying they’re not used for making decisions. Only that they are nearly meaningless.

      Besides, it gives us something to talk about.

    • Ryne Duren

      March 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      I will reply to him as either schmenkman, or schmenk! No matter what schmenk posts, whether I agree or disagree. I give him the respect of spelling his name right.

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