2018 Recaps

Every Odubel has his day: Phillies win 2-1

Give it up for Odubel Herrera. The joy of watching him hustle out a big hit, or make a ridiculous play in center field. Friday against the Pirates he was on full display, tripling home the eventual winning run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 win.

Herrera, who had two hits on the evening and made a nice diving catch late in the game, is now slashing .343/.387/.872 with seven extra-base hits on the young season. He already has accumulated 1.2 WAR.

The top three hitters in the lineup each had two hits, while Rhys Hoskins added an RBI groundout. We won’t talk about his horrendous baserunning that led to a terrible double play in that eighth inning.

Luckily the Phils pitching was on point once again. Ben Lively threw six solid innings (1 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 3 BB), while Adam Morgan, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris were strong to finish.

The Phillies are now 12-7 and can win the series against the Pirates on #NolaDay Saturday.



  1. Vernon Dozier

    April 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Odubel’s positives far outweigh the occasional negative. I know everyone loves Kingery, but Hernandez at the top of the lineup is so important to this team right now.

    #BeBold #Odubel

    • czontixhldr

      April 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      I’ll go further Vernon –

      Kingery, as much as we may like him and his potential, is not yet a proven commodity at the MLB level. I believe he’s going to be really good for a long time – and so do the Phillies – but let him learn to hit MLB pitching lower in the order.

      Odubel is a proven MLB player. He averaged 3.5 WAR from 2015 – 2017, with premium defense in CF. That doesn’t grow on trees.

      My analysis has changed a bit since ST. I now believe that they have enough pitching depth to stay competitive all season.

      I also think the Hoskins, Kingery, Hernandez, Herrera and Santana will be fine all season, with the obvious ups and downs.

      As I look at this team now, the difference in them making the postseason or not is going to come down to the performance they get from Franco and Altherr.

      I don’t expect much from Williams, he’ll be OK but not as good as 2017, and I expect nothing but good defense from Crawford.

      I also don’t expect more than middling offense from Knapp, but that will be enough to displace the little lost lamb named Jorge as the primary catcher, because little Jorge needs Bo Peep to show up and help him get back to the flock of legitimate MLB hitters. Right now Alfaro just sucks. He not only can’t hit, he can barely make contact. If he weren’t out of options I suspect he’d already be in AAA.

  2. betasigmadeltashag

    April 21, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    I think eventually they need to find a place or Kingerly to play regularly if not second then third, Crawford need to hit better and he has shown signs latley. But I again they are winning, in my opinion despite the manager. With Crawford as an example, he had three solid games at the plate, then sat because the manager look at his chart and it said so. But with young guys like Crawford Altherr and Williams they need to play and get ABs and gain confidence when they are going good and sometimes work through bad spells. But if they keep winning despite him, I guess we will have to deal.

  3. Ken Bland

    April 21, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    High success rates facing an 0-2 or 1-2 counts are rare. They ain’t called hitter’s counts. Rhys Hoskins game turning dinger in the 6th was the last pitch in an appearance that started 0-2. That particular comeback is included in an 8-17 total for the year on those 2 counts, with 2 homers of his 4.

    Last year, 10 of his 18 homers were off such counts. The law of averages versus a truly talented hitter.

    The law of averages is up there with Father Time in wins against losses, and Rhys’s overall numbers in said counts last year was pretty human, but what a run he’s on this year.

  4. Bernie Cohen

    April 22, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Hernandez, Hoskins and Herrera play everyday. All the others can rotate depending on who has hot hand. If pitching stays solid this team stays competitive all year. Right now manager and coaching staff are a plus.

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