2014 Game Recaps

Howard, Kendrick Lead Phillies to Win Over Braves

Kyle Kendrick allowed two runs over seven innings and Ryan Howard struck early with a first inning homer as the Phillies beat the Braves, 5-2. The Phillies are 4.5 games behind the Braves and Nationals (as of this writing) in the NL East.

-Ryan Howard hit his 13th homer of the season in the first inning to put the Phillies up quickly. He also walked twice. Howard is on pace for 31 homers and 106 RBI. I know that’s not everything, but it’s also not that bad, I think.

-The offense had some more balance to it, walking seven times and managing five hits.

-Kendrick was badgering the zone all night, throwing 61 of his 90 pitches for strikes. This Braves lineup, known to strike out a bunch, fanned six times.

-Jonathan Papelbon saved his 16th game of the season after blowing it last night. He sports an impressive 1.59 ERA.

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  1. Andrew from waldorf

    June 18, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Winner winner
    Chicken Dinner

    5 games out of first.

    Any chance they will fire the Ruben Amoron now?

    With the condition of the division a decent GM could actually factor in now.

    This division is winnable right now.

    But not with the idiot calling the shots.

    They are 5 games out despite being terrible.

    Imagine if they were decent.

    You can only get decent without Ruben.

    I think can win this year. Because the division is a disgrace.

    Not with the moron though.

    • wbramh

      June 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

      If they hired Branch Rickey and John McGraw today they’d still end up in the dumpster… That is, unless Rickey could sign a couple of Martian Robinsons with great OBPs.

      Drill a couple of holes in the top of their batting helmets and we’re good to go.

  2. Hungryent

    June 18, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Montgomery just came out and said hes sticking with Ruben so get that out of your head

    • Lefty

      June 18, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Montgomery’s statement is indicative to me of the “kiss of death” for Ruben Amaro. How many times have we seen statements just like that before a guy gets canned? Also, I thought this part of the piece was telling:

      “Montgomery laid it out when talking about firing Wade. Montgomery pointed to his dismissal of Ed Wade in 2005 as proof of his ability to adjust. Wade, upon being fired as general manager, said he had become a “lightning rod for criticism for the organization.” Montgomery, in 2005, said he listened to fans.
      I don’t find loyalty to be a bad trait, Montgomery said this week. If loyalty to a fault means you don’t want to make a change, why would I have ever asked Ed Wade to step down? My resumé speaks for myself. Ed and I were probably as close as a club president and general manager can be, as far as lockstep in thinking. Yet a time came when a change was made, and I had to make it. ”

      So for all his “loyalty’, when the fans demanded change, he not only listened, he did not say it was a mistake to do so.

      • wbramh

        June 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        Lefty, you’re totally right.

        While I fear Montgomery himself has reached the point of inaction, such statements of support hold little weight, historically.

        The following lift is from the AP story on Wade’s firing from October 11, 2005:

        “He was heavily criticized for his reluctance to make significant moves before the trade deadline and for giving big-money, long-term contracts to players who have underachieved.”

        Hmm. Where have we heard that, since?

        Montgomery, then and now, claimed he listens to the fans. I believe that, but I suspect he listens more attentively to the sound of coins dropping into the team’s piggy bank and is not satisfied with the current decibel flow direction.

  3. loupossehl

    June 18, 2014 at 3:41 am

    I’ve seen enough already. Phillies should seriously consider retiring Brignac’s number.

  4. bacardipr05

    June 18, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Rube probably wont get canned this year unfortunately.

  5. Chuck A.

    June 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Here’s the thing…If the Phillies are “in the mix” at the AS Break…say 5 games out or less and flirting with .500…then Ruben really CAN’T sell. Right now this division is wide open for the taking and any one of the 5 teams have an opportunity. I don’t like a lot of the moves Ruben has made, but the way he has approached this by keeping the core together would warrant a “buy” mentality if they are legitimately in contention in another month.

    • Hogey's Role

      June 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

      This is true but we don’t have much to “buy” with… And our better prospects, Franco Crawford biddle, I don’t see us getting rid of… So idk what any other clubs might find attractive

  6. Lefty

    June 18, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Chuck my friend, I don’t think we have ever disagreed more than now.
    The way I see it, the team is playing at just about the level I expected. They are 7 games under .500 after 69 games. That should play out to be approximately 16-18 games under at season’s end. Even if they are “in the mix” at the AS break, that record doesn’t win a division no matter how bad the teams on top are.

    Sell, Sell, Sell, and don’t wait for the deadline, do it now, while Utley and Rollins are playing pretty well. Most games, there are not enough fans in the seats to chase away with those moves anyway.

    • Chuck A.

      June 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Lefty – With all due respect…. If this team is flirting with .500 and is “right there” a month from now I think you HAVE to try to go for it. And I think they will. There is NO WAY that Ruben and Monty will tear this thing apart if they are that close (even if we think they should). And I’m sorry, but if this division is the way it is down the stretch in September then ANY ONE OF THESE TEAMS can win the division. And once in the playoffs anything can happen… you know that.

      By the way, here’s some historical perspective (and it seems like just yesterday) – 1973 Mets. 82-79 record and made it to the WS (losing to the A’s 4-3). Now I’m not saying that this WILL happen….but it COULD happen. Baseball is a funny game.

      • Jeff Orbach

        June 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

        Chuck-exactly what I was thinking-1973 was a bizarre season with none of the NL East teams being very good. The Cubs-Pirates and Mets were slugging it out and the Mets managed to win it.

        How they beat the BIG RED MACHINE in the playoff , I’ll never know-They also stuck it to the A’s as well and almost managed a WS win.

        So anything’s possible-I wonder what Ryne said at that meeting after Sunday’s snoozer!

    • Scotty Ingerton

      June 18, 2014 at 9:50 am

      I agree 100% with Lefty. They’re two games behind last year’s pace (when they were actually at .500 as late as July 20). The worst thing Amaro can do is think he has a contending team on his hands. Judging from the last two times I’ve heard him (with Missanelli on Friday and Cataldi yesterday), that’s exactly the way he’s leaning. It will be yet another mistake that will put the organization back even further.

      This team should not be judged relative to the talent level in the division. Those teams actually have younger players at both the major league level and the minors for now and the future. Even the Mets will have a rotation led by Harvey, Wheeler, and Syndergaard in the very near future. The other teams have reasons to believe that they’ll progress. The Phillies have nobody in the minors even close to being a big leaguer. Two months ago, people would mention Franco & Biddle – but they’re both having extremely disappointing seasons. Crawford is still years away. They haven’t developed an everyday outfielder in over a decade (no, Brown doesn’t count in my book). It’s time to sell. This is the third season that the organization has been fooling itself.

      • Chuck A.

        June 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

        Yeah, not contending in the normal sense. I agree with that. But if the rest of the division sucks and they are right there with them then they are contending.

        And I agree…they really can’t buy too much because it would be foolish to trade away valuable prospects….again.

      • schmenkman

        June 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

        “…and they are right there with them then they are contending.”

        Agree, and I think that is the definition of “contending in the normal sense”.

      • Chuck A.

        June 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

        Well…ok, schmenk. Then contending it is. Whether they are a game under .500 or 10 games over. As long as they are “right there” then they are contenders.

    • wbramh

      June 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Chuck, Hogey and Lefty,

      You’re probably all correct,

      They could sell because they’re a mediocre team going nowhere with guys who won’t be around to build on.

      They could buy if they’re a few games off the pace in the rancid MLB East come the break for a long shot at making the playoffs.

      What they’ll likely do is nothing of consequence since they have little to sell and little money to buy. So they may sell some junk to get new junk.

      Unfortunately, mediocrity breeds more mediocrity.
      In other words, no matter which one of you is most correct, the outcome will remain the same.

      Reminds me of a block party-basement clearing sale my neighbors and I held decades ago. By the end of the day, everyone’s junk was still on the street, just in somebody else’s basement.

  7. Mike B.

    June 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    If they are within a few game sof 1st at the break, I could see them sticking with what they have, or swapping major-league pieces out. I don’t see them “buying” in the normal sense.

    If they are not right there, they should sell. There are six weeks left in which to make that determination. How they play over the next six weeks should indicate which way they should go.

    • Tom in South Philly

      June 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Mike, I completely agree with you. I don’t see them “buying” in the traditional sense; I don’t think they have enough prospects to do anything significant. If they are in contention, then maybe just stand pat (or some minor tinkering). Otherwise, SELL! If not at the trade deadline, then maybe in the off-season.

  8. betasigmadeltashag

    June 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Here is the problem with buying or selling. If the FO decides that the division is so awful they could make a run at it what are they going to use to buy? You can not lose the few prospects they have. I think if they are 2-4 games out in 5 weeks that RAJ simply stands pat and let this year play out and decide to make moves in the winter

  9. wbramh

    June 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

    It could all come down to the this:
    The teams with the least amount of guys having Tommy John surgery will make the playoffs.
    By October, the last team “standing” may be the team that can field 9 ambulatory bodies.

  10. wbramh

    June 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Pat – Re: “Howard is on pace for 31 homers and 106 RBI. I know that’s not everything, but it’s also not that bad, I think.”

    Not bad? I’d say that’s quite good and far better than I would have predicted (should it come to pass). Few players these days hit over 25 HR in a season – and considering the fact that no Phillies’ player has hit over 100 RBI since Howard accomplished the feat back in 2011, well, yeah, I’ll take 106 ribbies in a heartbeat.

  11. wbramh

    June 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Pat – Re: “The offense had some more balance to it, walking seven times and managing five hits.”

    On that count I think you’re stretching the positive a bit.
    To me those numbers indicate poor opposition control and a poor hitting team.
    I’d call it something approaching balance if the managed 7 hits and 5 walks.

  12. lefty

    June 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I have to admit that I hadn’t even considered the fact that they don’t have much in terms of youth to bargain with to be able to buy. Although I generally have a sunnier outlook on the minors than some.

    • schmenkman

      June 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      I agree on the outlook — their minors are ranked anywhere from 25 (Baseball Prospectus) to 14 (ESPN/Keith Law), with many rankings in the teens (Scouting Book, Baseball America).

      Bleacher Report (for what it’s worth) ranked the farm systems recently to incorprate this month’s draftees, and ranked the Phils system 11th.

  13. Mike in NJ

    June 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Nice outing by KK and another nice job by the BP. The Braves are my #1 baseball hate team, so I’m glad they’re beating them this series.

    As for whether Ruin will be back next year, sadly, I think he will. He’s still under contract, and the FO has already proven it takes a near riot by the fanbase to get rid of someone in this organization’s FO no matter how incompetent they’ve proven themselves to be. Hopefully, the Phils aren’t dumb enough to extend him. I’m not above rooting against one of my teams when I feel we’re being disrespected as fans by giving us garbage and expecting us to just take it. I rooted against the Eagles after Andy made Juan Castillo the DC until Andy was fired, and if Ruin is back next year, I’ll root against the Phils until he’s gone.

    As to whether or not the FO is dumb enough to buy this fool’s gold and actually try to buy at the deadline…like someone else said…wtf do they have to trade away as far as prospects go? Is Ruin going to trade Giles and Franco for another 35 year old OF or SP?

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