The Phillies had their first off day of the season yesterday and you probably didn’t miss them. They’ve been equal parts entertaining and frustrating to watch so far this year, partially due to their offense, the topic of much excitement this offseason, hasn’t really gotten going yet.
We all knew heading into the season that this lineup is constructed with players that are the epitome of streaky. We’ve all had to endure the parts where Rhys Hoskins gets hot for days, only to go ice cold for equally long period of time. Bryce Harper largely avoided such streaks last season, but prior to that, he was also known as a player who could get frigid at the plate as well. When the team signed Kyle Schwarber, one of the first things that people took note of is how cold he could actually get. Prior to his home run hitting tear he was in Washington before he got hurt, Schwarber had a stretch where he went 3 for 29 with a .413 OPS over nine games.
The players looked like they needed a day as well, not even getting an off day on a cross country trip after a tough Miami series. They won’t have another day off until May 2, so hopefully they used the time off wisely.
On to the links.
- Bryson Stott is struggling in his big league debut, but the team has confidence in him and will continue to play him ($). That and other notes from Matt Gelb.
- The national media has broken a story about the Phillies: they’re trying to win without a top notch defense. Insert eye roll here.
- Even if they are the top prospects in the team’s system, they’re still off to some very slow starts. Nothing too concerning yet, though.
- Bryce Harper reached a pretty significant milestone the other day, something he isn’t taking for granted.
- Joe Musgrove is one of those guys who doesn’t mind negotiating a contract extension in the middle of the season.
- Analytics are ruining baseball: part 2,592,314.
- If you haven’t seen anything about Jhoan Duran, you should read this and become familiar with a new pitch: a splinker.