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Cliff Lee had perhaps the strangest season of any Phillie in 2012. He had a 3.16 ERA but went 6-9. He averaged 7.0 innings per starts but had no complete games. He had 7.39 times as many strikeouts as walks but wasn’t as dominant as he could have been because he allowed 26 home runs, nine more than his season average the previous three years.
Lee’s season really hammered down the absurdity of pitcher wins as an evaluative metric. He had fewer wins than relievers James Russell and Santiago Casilla.
Why? Well, because the Phillies gave him just 3.20 runs of support per game, fourth-lowest in all of baseball. Lee allowed 79 runs this season and the Phillies scored 75 runs with him in the game … meaning that as good as he was, the Phillies made the other pitcher look better.
Gio Gonzalez, who won 21 games, was given 148 runs of support, almost twice as much as Lee.
Phillies fans turned their back on Lee midway through the season. Most knew he was doing his job and keeping the ...
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Pete Orr was removed from the 40-man roster. In parts of two seasons in Philly, Orr played 2nd and 3rd base, batting .253/.616 over 81 games. Signing him to a minor league deal for a third straight season would be wise because he provides depth at Triple-A and is passable in short spurts in the Majors. Plus, he's Canadian, so that's cool.Minor league veteran catcher...
David Herndon was not the only recent Rule 5 draft pick by the Phillies to be removed from the 40-man roster. Today the Phillies also outrighted Michael Martinez to AAA, reports Todd Zolecki. Unlike David Herndon who was claimed off of waivers, Martinez was not claimed and will remain Phillies property and likely be inventory at AAA.
Heading into the offseason, Martinez finds...
Jeremy Horst came to the Phillies via the Wilson Valdez trade with Cincinnati, and wasn’t really expected to contribute all that much in 2012–but to the surprise of almost everyone, he ended up having an outstanding season for the Phils out of the bullpen.
He was down in the minors until June 28 when he and Brian Sanches were called up after Chad Qualls was designated...
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2012 is a distant memory now for The Philadelphia Phillies. Thankfully. All attention can now be turned on 2013, and what the Phillies can do to bounce back and be competitive again. After all, 2013 may represent their last chance at winning with this core of players in tact.
Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon...
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Everyone expected a big year from Cole Hamels. The starter was coming off of one of his best years a major league starter, finishing the 2011 season with a 14-9 record and a 2.79 ERA.
With his contract set to expire, the general consensus was that Hamels would have a big season to put himself [...](Read more...)
We knew the Phillies would have some roster decisions to make, and today the Phillies lost yet another pitcher trying to create a roster spot. According to Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, right-handed reliever David Herndon has been claimed off of waviers by the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the second pitcher the Blue Jays have claimed off of the Phillies in a week. Just...
Last October, we collected fan photos of Phillies jack o’lanterns, costumes and other spooky Halloween stuff. This year, anyone who sends in a photo will be eligible to win a free Phillies hat (people who sent in a photo last year are eligible, too)! Check them out below and upload your own. A winner will be randomly selected at midnight on November 2nd.
After a season which was mostly lost to an injured elbow, David Herndon will head north. He has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers.
Herndon, 27, pitched in just five games in 2012 with the Phillies before suffering a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow, which led to Tommy John surgery in June. In 97 career appearances in the big leagues, Herndon is 2-8 with...
Alex Rodriguez is not a Camaro. He’s not even a sports car anymore. Maybe a Fiat? But the idea of buying a classic Camaro at a bottom-dollar price isn’t all that different from taking a chance on a future Hall of Fame infielder who has seen better days. Less than a week ago, while the New York Yankees were in the process of being swept out of the playoffs for the first time in...
Polly is likely on his way out. Would Chavez be a better fit? (AP)
The Phillies will decline Placido Polanco‘s $5.5 million option for 2013, buying him out for $1 million. The formal decision hasn’t come down the pipeline, but it’s essentially a foregone conclusion. This opens up a spot at third base that the Phillies will need to fill internally, via trade or through the...
The Toronto Blue Jays claimed right handed pitcher David Herndon off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. That's the second player the Jays have claimed off waivers in two days. Yesterday, the team claimed catcher Bobby Wilson off waivers from the Angels.
Herndon, 27, went 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA, 1.2 HR/9, 1.2 BB/9 and 9.4 SO/9 in 7.2 innings with the Phillies in 2012.