Race to the Bottom
The Phillies currently have the 12th worst record in baseball, and probably need to lose at least 7 of their last 10 to have a shot at a protected pick. That would give them 88 losses. Losing 8 of 10 for 89 losses would almost certainly do it:
Ibanez has cooled off considerably in the second half, from .267/.314/.578 (.892 OPS) in the first half, to .224/.310/.368 (.678) in the second, although better in the last week (.946 OPS).
Nevertheless, he has 28 home runs on the year, the 2nd highest total by a player 41 or older, behind only Ted Williams' 29 in 1960. Raul has 9 games left to tie and possibly pass the mark.
- his 130 OPS+ is 9th highest in history by a 41+ year old, with 300+ PAs, and 6th among those with 400+
- His 123 wRC+ is 13th (300+ PA), and 8th (400+)
- ISO of .252 is the 4th highest in history at this age, behind only Williams' 1960 (.329), and Barry Bonds' 2007 (.288) and 2006 (.275)
Most home runs in a season, age 41+:
1) Ted Williams 1960 - 29
2) Raul Ibanez 2013 - 28
2) Barry Bonds 2007 - 28
4) Barry Bonds 2006 - 26
Delmon's Gone, or Is He?
We knew when he was signed that Delmon Young was essentially John Mayberrey Jr. at the plate (but worse in the field and on the bases), so it's not surprising that their stats are so similar this year. It's like Delmon is still here, at least when JMJ bats. Surly antisemitism has been replaced by mermaid courting, and in the place of a weight-clause physique is a jeans-selling athletic build, but the hitting is the same, and it's not very good...
2013 Mayberry: .230/.292/.401, .304 wOBA, 90 wRC+
2013 D. Young: .258/.305/.394, .308 wOBA, 93 wRC+
In fact, also over the last two years:
2012-13 Mayberry: .238/.297/.397, .303 wOBA, 88 wRC+
2012-13 D. Young: .264/.299/.405, .306 wOBA, 91 wRC+
And their best seasons were a year apart (Young in 2010, Mayberry in 2011), but they are still very similar when we look back over the last four years:
2010-13 Mayberry: .248/.309/.432, .322 wOBA, 101 wRC+
2010-13 D. Young: .275/.310/.428, .320 wOBA, 99 wRC+
The 700 Club: Chooch and Rollins
Not so much a milestones note as a comparison of career arcs, but Carlos Ruiz is 2 hits away from 700 for his career. Jimmy Rollins got his 700th hit 9 years ago in 2004, 2 years before Chooch even made his major league debut.
(by the way, unrelated, but apparently Ben Revere appeared in a segment on the The 700 Club TV show, as explained at the 700 Level, just to confuse things)
Mickey Morandini Makes History
It was 21 years ago today that Mickey Morandini turned an unassisted triple play. I'll let wikipedia describe it:
In a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 20, 1992, he turned an unassisted triple play. In the sixth inning, Morandini caught a line drive off of the bat of Jeff King, touched second base to put out Andy Van Slyke, and tagged out Barry Bonds coming from first base; the Pirates went on to win the game, 3–2, in extra innings. It was the first unassisted triple play since 1968, and the first in the National League since 1927. Morandini was also the first second baseman in National League history, and the first in the regular season, to turn an unassisted triple play; all previous occurrences were made by first basemen or shortstops. The only other second baseman to achieve the feat prior was Bill Wambsganss, who turned a triple play in the 1920 World Series.