Playing the Rube: A Baseball Experiment – Chapter 10: The New Pitching Core

The Phillies won a world championship in 2008.

Then Ruben Amaro Jr. was named general manager.

The Phillies didn’t win another world championship.

Tim Malcolm and Dan Walsh wonder if they can do better. So, we continue “Playing the Rube,” a weekly series with accompanying podcast in which Tim and Dan attempt to steer the Phillies to more victories, starting in 2009, through the deep simulation game OOTP Baseball ’18.



We did it. We made The Big Trade. We introduce three new members of the starting rotation, plus a little more, while saying goodbye to some beloved veterans.

Also we talk about our feelings about the trade and what’s next, then move onto other pressing matters, primarily third base and some stinky bullpen issues.

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  1. bacardipr05

    October 8, 2017 at 12:42 am

    It was over after 2010. They just didnt have it anymore..

  2. denzen

    October 9, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Yea, I get your drift, but I would say after 2011. Ryan Howard was in a heap, at the end of the playoffs. Then coming into Spring Training 2012, Chase Utley (the fair haired boy) had a mystery leg injury. He was still in Arizona, and was less than forthcoming about it to anyone. I remember we kept getting reports, “Chase says he will be reporting to camp soon”. But Freddy was playing 2nd all spring, so I had my doubts. Seems like it was a good bit into the season, before he was playing. As I recall he did the same thing the next year. Yup, 2012 Chase played 104, and 2013 he played 83. 2012 Freddy played 55 at 2nd and 2013 he played 23 at 2nd. I always felt like that uncertainty left the organization in a tough spot

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