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Sizemore, Giles Proving Their Worth to Phillies

The 2014 season has been a huge disappointment for Phillies fans. The Phillies find themselves 13 games under .500, and in last place in the NL East. The core group of players have not been productive enough to save this team, but some newcomers have found success since putting on a Phillies’ uniform. Those newcomers include Ken Giles and Grady Sizemore.

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Since signing with the Phillies, Sizemore has shown flashes of the young, talented, all-start center fielder he used to be back in 2008 with the Indians where he hit 33 home runs and drove in 90. He played 157 games that season, his last full season.

In 14 games with the Phillies this season, Sizemore has a .314 batting average, a .352 OBP, and hit his first home run as a Phillie last night against the Mets. It’s a small sample size, but the Phillies have struggled in the outfield all season long (besides Marlon Byrd). If Sizemore can finish the year strong, he could play into the Phillies’ future plans. Albeit the Phillies will likely be in the beginnings of a rebuilding phase, it would still be nice to watch Sizemore try to find the player he used to be back in 2008. Hopefully his injury days are over.

Ken Giles has been absolutely lights out since coming up to the big leagues. Hitting 100 mph at times, his fastball has been blowing by Major League hitters, and just jumps out of his hand like a rocket. Down 0-2 against him? You better watch out for a nasty slider. Needless to say, Giles has been very impressive in his 18 games with the Phillies. In 19.1 innings pitched, Giles has a .93 ERA, has struck out 27 batters (wow!), and has only walked 4 batters. Like Sizemore, Giles will definitely play into the Phillies’ future plans, and is shaping up to be their closer of the future. We could be witnessing the making of a star in the bullpen for the Phillies.

As we enter into a rebuilding period for the Phillies, these players could make the transition a little less painful.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Lefty

    July 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    A nice positive posting Ryan, a pleasure to read. Thank you

  2. betasigmadeltashag

    July 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Revere is hitting .300 and is the player he was advertised to be. So i don’t call that struggling. I would not mind getting something for Brown. And having a starting outfield of Revere Byrd and Sizemore. But either Ruff has to step up as a 4th OF or they need to find one

    • Bonecollector83

      July 31, 2014 at 10:07 am

      So you are one of those people deceived by the batting avg so the fact that he can barely hit a double never walks has awful on base pct has no arm and plays awful defense doesn’t bother you

      • Phillies fan from Germany

        July 31, 2014 at 10:46 am

        Well, Revere is on pace for a close to 2 WAR season. As beta said, that is not struggling, that is what Revere basically is, an OK, about average major leaguer. He can hit for average and that is enough to post about a league average OBP. He is fast and creates value on the bases. He plays a valuable defensive position and with his speed can make up for some of the bad reads he gets. Obviously his arm is vey weak but the importance of arm strength is not as big as other things.

      • schmenkman

        July 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

        PffG, very well said.

      • Lefty

        July 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

        His awful defense bothers me too, routes and arm. Otherwise he’s okay I guess, in a Juan Pierre kind of way.

  3. Mark

    July 31, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Sizemore turns 32 years old in two days. Due to injuries he hasn’t played more than half a season since 2009. Let’s hope he doesn’t play into their future plans. I think it’s great he’s doing well in an extremely small sample, but investing in 30+ year olds on the downside of their careers is what’s gotten the Phillies into this mess.

    • George

      July 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      That would depend on the amount and length of the investment. The Phils will certainly need someone who’s at least adequate to play the outfield while prospects are developing and trades are considered. It also helps to have a veteran presence among a team full of kids.

      I can see adding Sizemore for a short time and a fairly low salary. At 32, he may still have a little bit left, probably more than someone they’d pull out of AAA, if they even have any outfield talent there.

      • Mark

        July 31, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        Small dollars on a short contract would be reasonable for Sizemore. Dugan and Altherr show promise in Reading, but it’s so hard to get excited about any Philly prospect since the organization hasn’t developed a major league position player in about 8 years. Sorry to be a downer, but this organization needs some wholesale changes.

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