Bud Black has something good going on with the Rockies in 2017
The good news is that the Phillies are now home from the disastrous road trip that they were on.
They were losers of 17 of their last 21 games. They have been outscored by 30 runs total in all of those games, which if you break that down, they have been in a lot of close games that they just aren’t winning.
The name of the game for a very good baseball team is winning. The Phillies just can’t get it together, when pitching falters, the Phillies score a lot of runs, when pitching gets better, the offense can’t seem to score. Is there are sabermetric stay out there to figure this one out?
I’ve been reading a new book (review copy) by Keith Law, it’s called Smart Baseball. It’s a book that starts right out with basically telling the reader that all the stats you’ve known and loved in baseball are wrong. The RBI, the save, on and on. It’s a book that will find it’s way to a hotstove ( a real hotstove, nothing to do with the baseball hotstove). The Phillies have supposedly been using a lot of sabermetric stats to build this team last year and into this year. The stat of RBI means everything Mr. Law, when you don’t hit them and when your players can’t be ‘clutch’ enough to hit them, you end up like the Phillies.
Back to my original post heading topic, the Phils are welcoming in the revitalized Colorado Rockies, another team (like the Pirates) that I think the Phillies should play more of, and trash the interleague play as it’s novelty has worn off. The Rockies are 28-17 so far. They have been winning, not a team of high priced free agents but they are putting it all together with good batting averages (getting a lot of hits) and scoring runners. The Rockies are 5th in the National League in runs scored (226). The Washington Nationals lead the NL with 246 runs scored. The Phils are ranked at #11 of 15 teams with 183.