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Richards Deals, Angels Sweep Phillies

Garrett Richards shut down the Phillies over seven innings as the Angels swept their two game series with the Phillies, winning 3-0.


-If you were unfamiliar with Garrett Richards prior to today, well he has likely opened your eyes. Richards had one rough inning – the sixth when Jimmy Rollins singled and Chase Utley doubled – and cruised for much of the afternoon. Over seven innings, Richards allowed just five hits and struck out eight without a walk.


-AJ Burnett labored through five innings, throwing 113 pitches. Somehow, someway, Burnett only allowed three runs when it could have been much, much worse. In those five innings, he walked five and struck out six. Burnett had been cruising along post-hernia, but ran into an American League lineup that showed no mercy.


-Utley was at it again today, providing all he could for an offense that can do nothing right. His two doubles gave him 17 already this year, pushing him to a 72-double pace for the season. My guess is he won’t get there, but man that’s a lot of two-sackers. His batting average now: .345.


-Ben Revere finished with an 0-for and no walks. His on-base percentage is a measly .286 for the season, so it begs the question: how much longer can he remain atop the order if he can’t get on? Defensively, it’s been well documented how poor he’s been. While he made no errors today, Revere certainly made it interesting on a smash line-drive off the bat of Mike Trout.

-Dom Brown is also mired in a wicked slump he can’t seem to shake. After a few good at-bats on Tuesday night, including a triple, Brown went hitless once again on Wednesday. He did smash a liner to left field, if you’re into silver linings or positivity. Other than that, there hasn’t been much for Dom.


-Mike Trout’s quick stop in the Philadelphia area ended with a 1-for-3 performance that included a triple to right center field. Trout was cheered when he came to the plate each time, while Ryan Howard was booed unmercifully following a strikeout. See you in 2021, Mike.




  1. Ken Bland

    May 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    The Phils record at home now is 6-11. If you dissect the roster, and assess each game, that probably makes more sense than not. Still, in a word, that’s nottoogood almost under any circumstance, no matter who you’ve played so far. They’re 11-10 on the road, and that includes 3 of 4 against LA, against whom they played pretty well. I guess you have to really be part of the team to have a feel for why the home record is what it is, to whatever extent mentality has to do with it, but it’s really troubling that it’s so poor. Even if it now includes a 4 game losing streak against AL clubs, which are just walking through the Phils since at least last year. It’s utterly amazing that included in that is a split last year against the RSox, whom the Phils seemed to lose 2 of every 3 to, or at least more often than not, since interleague started.

    I wonder how close it is to a feeling of pins and needles when the club reports for any game at this point, and perhaps even more so at home. Probably closer, but not quite there.

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 14, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Chase is the man.
    Hoping the boos Howard received might prompt him to look at more video or be more prepared versus pitchers he normally does not see.
    Bring on the broken down Red(s) machine.

    • wbramh

      May 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Thankfully, Chapman is healthy and back on the roster. That was one scary Herb Score moment on the mound. His return is not thankful timing for the Phils, but I’m sure glad he’s okay.

  3. Hogey's Role

    May 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Any chance they put Hernandez back out in center in case revere doesn’t turn things around??

    Not saying that’s what they should do, I actually like revere but if he continues to struggle offensively and defensively, maybe that’s something they’ll look at??

    • wbramh

      May 15, 2014 at 12:06 am

      I’m not sure Hernandez is a significant upgrade over Revere in the field. Of course, he’s a very recent conversion to the position and will almost certainly get more comfortable out there with time. Hernandez’s arm is better than Revere’s arm – not a cannonby a long shot, but then, my grandmother’s arm is better than Revere’s and she’s been dead for 44 years. I’m also not sure what Hernandez could bring to the plate.You’d think most any major leaguer would have a better than even chance of producing a higher OBP than Revere’s but then a Freddy Galvis comes along and proves there’s always somebody worse.
      Hernandez seems worth a shot.
      If Dom Brown doesn’t start picking up his own game, Ryno might have no choice but to stick Hernandez in center and try him at lead-off while moving Revere to left and batting him 8th.

  4. Hogey's Role

    May 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Farnsworth should be available soon as he is likely to be released maybe he’s worth looking at for the bullpen….
    And Jeff keppinger was dfa’d so maybe he’s worth looking into as a bench bat perhaps to take brignacs spot potentially if Brignac doesn’t work out, still a little early to tell on him, but keppinger can also play a decent third base and isn’t a total slouch at the plate so maybe he can split some time with asche or help push asche a little bit

    • lefty

      May 15, 2014 at 6:49 am

      I like Keppinger, but wouldn’t he come with a huge price tag? For a team that isn’t going to contend anyway is it worth it?

      • Hogey's Role

        May 15, 2014 at 9:25 am

        He’s owed 7.5 million through 2015 which makes a waiver claim or trade very unlikely… So he will likely be released by the white sox and the phils could potentially sign him to a deal of their liking…

      • Lefty

        May 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

        Well, sure then why not if the price is right (come on down!)

      • Hogey's Role

        May 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

        That’s what I was thinking, what would bob barker say?? Lol

  5. Jacob Muran

    May 15, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Miguel Aldred Gonzalez is throwin 95.. Will be on the team soon.. We need him in the pen badly

  6. Bruce

    May 15, 2014 at 1:19 am

    It’s discouraging to say the least on Phillies’ performance at home (6-11). One can point a finger at any number of players and their struggles on offense and pitching. Of course, their sorry situation was not helped with Hamels being on the DL and having difficulty in starts after his return to the club.

    Glad to see the Phillies management finally got wise on how weak their bench is and demoted the guy with the little league bat named Galvis and gave him a one-way bus ticket to Lehigh

    Dom Brown, a one year wonder (2013), is having a difficult time keeping his batting average above the “Mendosa Line”. I think Brown must be walking on egg shells and peering over his shoulder nervously toward the clubhouse door in anticipation of Darin Ruf. Once Ruff is finished with the rehab assignment, Sandberg will likely have him and Brown share playing time in LF based on lefty/righty hitting percentage against pitchers. If one or the other have a hot bat that player will obviously have more playing time.

    Anyway, it’s one hopeful sign of help on the way with Ruff.

    • Mike in NJ

      May 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Dom is more like a 1.5 month wonder. He had that spectacular run before the AS break that made him an all star, but he hasn’t done jack since.

      IMO Move Byrd to CF, Ruf in RF when he’s back. Unfortunately, I don’t really see another option for LF. I guess you could put Ruf in LF, leave Byrd in RF and make Hernandez the CF, but I don’t know that he’s an upgrade over Brown or even Revere offensively.

      • Scotty Ingerton

        May 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

        Yeah, I think Brown’s 2013 May/June has become the outlier as far as his value as a MLB player. He never did anything before, and certainly not after, that approaches those numbers.

        If this is the case, as far as I can recall the last position player that the Phillies drafted who went on to be a successful everyday player was Michael Bourn – drafted in 2003. I guess the Astros will be calling up Singleton in a few weeks, so we’ll see what happens with him.

      • schmenkman

        May 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        “He never did anything before, and certainly not after, that approaches those numbers.”

        To be fair, the list of players who did is extremely short. That being said, even those of us who think this is a slump and expect him to come out of it are concerned that it’s taking this long.

        This year so far doesn’t look like any other parts of his career to date, and so it looks more like a slump to me.

      • Hogey's Role

        May 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

        I’m with schmenk on this one i believe that brown will turn this around soon, will he hit another 12 homers in a month idk, probably not but I wouldn’t be all that surprised if he does…

      • schmenkman

        May 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

        To elaborate a bit on how different Brown has been this year vs. the rest of his career:

        2010 through 2012 (492 PAs): .236/.315/.388 (.703 OPS)

        2013 excl. streak (463 PAs): .251/.307/.407 (.713 OPS)

        2014 through 5/14 (149 PAs): .221/.282/.294 (.576 OPS)

        Now, .700 or so OPS is also not acceptable from your left fielder, and the Phillies need something in between that and what he did during his streak, but there is just no precedent for the funk that he is currently in.

    • c. schreiber

      May 15, 2014 at 11:46 am


  7. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 15, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Maybe move Bryd to center and put Hernandez in right field? Not sure, but there are not many options with the lack of depth. I’m no saber guy, or math guru, but I think Revere has a better slugging percentage than Dom, as of right now. If I’m Dom, knowing that would push me out of any slump or bog I’m currently in right now. I mean Revere does not even have a home run (ever) and he is out slugging you?!
    Maybe everything comes together and clicks against the Reds, or maybe it all finally blows up. Hopefully, everyone starts to gel this weekend.

    • schmenkman

      May 15, 2014 at 7:10 am

      “Slugging” percentage is a little misleading, since it goes up every time somebody hits a single. The true power stat is Isolated power, or ISO, which is just the difference between slugging percentage and batting average. Brown’s is still anemic, obviously, at .074, but at least it’s much better than Revere’s .029 (which is the lowest of all 179 qualifying players in MLB, by far, and lower than many pitchers).

  8. schmenkman

    May 15, 2014 at 7:18 am

    There are many conflicting numbers for Ed Delahanty’s hits with the Phillies, but based on the numbers used by the Phillies broadcast (2,211), Rollins tied Delahanty yesterday for 3rd most hits in Phillies history. #2 on the list Ashburn is 6 hits ahead at 2,217, and Schmidt is 23 hits away, at 2,234.

    With that hit yesterday Rollins also became only the 3rd shortstop in MLB history to reach 3,500 total bases by his age 35 season.

    • Mike in NJ

      May 15, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Maybe once Jimmy becomes the all time Phillies hits leader, he’ll wave his no trade clause, and we can start rebuilding. Of course, I don’t trust Ruin to get more than a bag of magic beans for any vet he trades come end of July, but I’d be more willing to watch a bad team of young players hopefully growing, than a bad team of overpaid declining vets.

      • schmenkman

        May 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

        Rollins in particular isn’t declining much so far this year, and certainly isn’t overpaid. Same with Utley obviously.

        I really have no interest in trading Rollins.

      • schmenkman

        May 15, 2014 at 9:51 am

        Stating the obvious, I guess, but it all depends on what they can get back. But I have zero interest in trading him for the sole purpose of “moving on” or “turning the page” or whatever.

        If Crawford or Quinn were ready to step in, then by all means, trade him for whatever you can get. But that’s not the case.

      • Hogey's Role

        May 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

        Isn’t eventually the plan to try to move Quinn to perhaps centerfield?? Looks like Crawford is a real good young player, but may be at least two years away?

        And besides those two I don’t think anyone will play short as good or produce as we’ll at the plate as jimmy Rollins is, not much point in moving him as the return will be unknown and probably not spectacular… I’ll stick with the known

  9. Chuck A.

    May 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Personally, I’d like to see Jimmy finish his career here. Why not? He’s still productive, there is no one else all that ready anyway. And besides….the days of a player playing his entire career with one team is basically a thing of the past. As long as he is healthy and can help the team, why can’t Jimmy be that guy?

  10. PaMikeyDC

    May 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    @lefty @schmekman….should the Phillies sign Farnsworth (to at least an AAA deal?)

    • Hogey's Role

      May 15, 2014 at 11:19 am


    • Lefty

      May 15, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Mike, The one thing I like about Farnsworth is that even at his age, he’s still got a lot of giddy- up on the fastball. Depending on the price, it couldn’t hurt IMO.

  11. Bart Shart

    May 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I hope the Phils are prepared for a very rapid drop in attendance, and interest in this team. They are really boring. Darrin Ruf needs to play everyday when he returns. Hernandez needs to replace Revere in center, or at least platoon (who cares about what side of the plate they bat on). And everyone should get prepared for a huge June from Dom Brown.

  12. Jacob Muran

    May 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Oh J-Roll not waiving his well earned no trade clause is the problem.. These are the “Phillie Fans” that are the problem!

    • Chuck A.

      May 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Your point???

    • Mike in NJ

      May 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Let me clarify on the Jimmy waiving his no trade clause:

      I am in no way saying this train wreck in motion of a season is on Jimmy. I just think it’s time to blow this up. It was time last year, but our idiot GM keeps signing aging, declining players to untradeable contracts. There’s not a single player on this team that should be untouchable.

      Scary thing is, Ruin is probably safe for one more year no matter how bad the wheels come off, *because* a new GM would have his hands tied with all these untradeable contracts. The 2015 will be pretty much the same, except worse, because they’ll be a year older, and you can bet Lee will be gone, so we’re losing our most consistent pitcher.

  13. schmenkman

    May 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    @wbramh — Happy Birthday

    • wbramh

      May 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Schmenk. Just noticed your birthday note from the 15th.

  14. Ken Bland

    May 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The last 2 years, the sell screamers have been out in full force yelling the pros of trading Cliff Lee. Maybe the Phils were actually opposed to dealing him. After all, deal Cliff, and for the next perhaps lengthy period, the most likely spot needed on a roster would be a guy qualified to be Lee’s twin. They PROBABLY shopped him, just to sense the market, but there was no deal that led to a handshake.

    Few and far between were clubs anxious to pay Lee, and with the hefty obligation, quality prospects in return were fantasy.

    Now, a year later approaching, how much more affordable is a guy you selfishly would hate to see go, unless his having a shot at a 3rd World Series was your sole criteria.

    Cording to Cot’s, he alliterated, rough proration on a July 15th trade leaves about a 12 mil obligation for the balance of the year. His 25 mil guarantee for next year runs the total to 37 mil. Even if he doesn’t qualify for the club option to kick in at 27.5 mil for ’16, there’s a 12.5 mil buyout that means as a base, you are on the hook for 50 mil. Minimum.

    There is such a long way to go between now and the end of ’15, but with 61 IP so far, Cliff is off to a very favorable start toward having enough innings to assure his 27.5 mil salary as a 37 year old in ’16. He needs 400 innings between ’14 and ’15, with good health to his left arm.

    Dealing Cliff, as has been the case the last couple years won’t be a small task, although all it takes is one buyer in the right frame of mind.

    So Lee, being more tradable as his contract moves along, with less obligation, is still pretty far fetched. At least economically.

    Now Papelbon at least might be a little different. Shortened version, quotes and personality perceptions aside, Papelbon is having a near polar opposite year from last year. Say what you want about how he’s gotten there, and maybe it’s easy to detract from his pitching skill with peripherals up the yin yang, but as a pitcher, eyes should be more open to acquiring him.

    But does he make any more sense economically as Ruben chairs a nearly dead breed of execs paying big bucks for 60 inning a year hurlers. An acquiring club would owe about 6 mil for this year, and 13 mil for next. He’s actually off to a lesser start toward assuring his 2016 option with 14 games finished, needing either 55 in 2015, or 100 between the next 2 years. It’s easier for Lee to build up innings as a starter, but Paps needs the Phils to be tied or ahead late to have the probable game finished stat increase. So there’s a better chance that he’d carry a lot less economic commitment, for whatever that’s worth to a prospective buyer.

    If I had to sum it up, it’d be that Papelbon is almost significantly more attractive as a trade candidate than a year ago. But that’s relative to nearly impossible to move in the off season, and last year. A company tells you they are double gross sales yoy don’t necessarily mean Jack. 200 a week over 100 a week a year ago still is a predecessor to the GOOB result. But at least Papelbon is more fathomable for trade if Ruben perceives the Phils as a seller. No promises on that. Maybe Kenny Giles is the H2 closer at least sparking a touch of interest in a less than appealing first quarter.

    • Mike in NJ

      May 16, 2014 at 9:41 am

      I think they can and will move Lee, the only question is how much can they get back? I guess it depends on how much salary they’re willing to eat. IMO the only issue here is the idiot GM already traded him once for nothing, and no way he could survive doing it again.

      I think Papelbon will be harder, because of his being a huge jackass. He’s having a better year this year, so that will help. They’ll *definitely* need to eat some of that salary.

      If only they could move Howard…

  15. Hogey's Role

    May 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Both Heath bell and Kyle Farnsworth are free agents right now, time to get in there Ruben, get the bullpen some help… Either one should help us

    • George

      May 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Farnsworth, maybe. But Heath Bell hasn’t been worth anything the past couple of years and hasn’t shown any signs of improvement. He’s another Camp or Manship these days. I’m sick of risks; the fact other teams have cut these guys is usually a pretty good indicator of the results a new team will get. Maybe one in ten thousand seemingly washed up relievers will end up performing like Jason Grilli.

      • Hogey's Role

        May 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm

        While I would tend to agree with most of what you said, I know our bullpen is god awful and either of these two most likely would not hurt us, that said I would also prefer to have Farnsworth, but either would suffice

      • Hogey's Role

        May 15, 2014 at 11:03 pm

        Straight from mlb trade rumors…

        Though Bell’s career has taken a downturn since signing a three-year, $27MM contract with the Marlins prior to the 2012 season, he showed some reason for optimism in 2013. Bell whiffed more than a batter per inning last season with the best walk rate of his career and was primarily plagued by a fluky homer-to-flyball ratio. This year’s struggles appeared to be more genuine, though it’s worth noting that Bell’s velocity did increase consistently as the season went on.

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