They Are Who We Thought They Were

werth 0624 2010.jpgJayson Werth said something following yesterday’s 12-3 victory over Cleveland that made a lot of sense to me:

“Honestly, the standings and all that stuff make no difference right now. What we did in ’07 and ’08 coming down the stretch, we made up a lot of games in not a whole lot of time. There’s no reason to worry or get too upset. We’re the same team that’s done what we’ve done the last three or four years here, and I think some people need to remember that.”

In other words, the Phillies do this every year so why flip out?

The Phillies just swept the Indians. They have won six of their last eight games. They enter this weekend’s series against the Blue Jays just 2 1/2 games behind the Braves and just 2 games behind the Mets in the NL East – and that’s after playing poorly for more than a month. Now I’m not saying the worst is behind the Phillies. I’m not saying they’re making the playoffs. But the panicking over the offense — Make a trade! Release somebody! Call up Domonic Brown! — that seemed crazy to me a couple weeks ago seems a little sillier today.

Werth is hitting .857 (6-for-7) with one home run and three RBIs in his past two games, and .395 (15-for-38) with two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs and eight walks in 12 games since June 10. Combine his recent turnaround with Chase Utley hitting .394 in his last nine games, Ryan Howard hitting .417 in his last six games, Raul Ibanez hitting .300 in his last 14 games, and Jimmy Rollins returning to the lineup, and it’s easy to understand why the Phillies are playing better.

Slumps happen, folks.

Derek Jeter was hitting .189 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 43 games through May 25, 2004. Everybody in New York freaked. He hit .336 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs the rest of the season to finish at .292. Mark Teixeira hit .191 with seven homers and 17 RBIs in 29 games through May 12 last season. He hit .315 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs the rest of the way. And who can forget that Rollins hit just .205 with six homers and 27 RBIs through 70 games last season? He hit .288 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs the rest of the way — his .334 on-base percentage and .510 slugging percentage better than his career average.

And let’s not forget this: the Phillies are a second half team under Charlie Manuel. They were 229-217 (.513) before the All-Star break from 2005-09, which ranked 11th in baseball. They were 218-146 (.599) after the All-Star break, which ranked third in baseball and first in the National League.

I’m not saying it will happen again, but until they don’t there is no reason to think it won’t.

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14 Comments

dude, he probably meant may, not march. let’s use common sense next time.

quoting you from your most recent post…. “Derek Jeter was hitting .189 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 43 games through March 25, 2004. Everybody in New York freaked. He hit .336 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs the rest of the season to finish at .292.”

Hey Todd, if Jeter batted .189 with 3 homers through march 25th…..then that was in spring training. And I doubt people were freaking in New York because Jeter was struggling in March. Just saying.

quoting you from your most recent post…. “Derek Jeter was hitting .189 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 43 games through March 25, 2004. Everybody in New York freaked. He hit .336 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs the rest of the season to finish at .292.”

Hey Todd, if Jeter batted .189 with 3 homers through march 25th…..then that was in spring training. And I doubt people were freaking in New York because Jeter was struggling in March. Just saying.

oops…sorry for the double post.

Yeah, since there aren’t 43 games in spring training, I am almost sure that Todd meant May.

What was the latest date last year on which the Phillies were not in 1st place? Anybody?

The last date last year in which the Phillies did not have a share of 1st place was May 29. After they were swept by Atlanta July 2nd, the Braves pulled into a 1st place tie with Phillies. The Phillies retook 1st the next day and remained in sole possession for the duration.

Take each day as it comes and play each game as it comes focusing soley on the here and now. Never get bogged down by numbers. That’s the way I interpret it.

The Phillies are playing better ball this year through June 24 than they did last year through the same date. Only a game better but still better.

With all the injuries why is everyone flipping out? Half the season to go, we are slowly getting our guys back….and whoa! As the regulars get up to speed we are winning again! Amazing, isn’t it? Geez.

Yes, I meant May. Obviously. Like I actually would refer to Jeter’s spring training numbers.

As the examples show that Todd has given here, practically everybody in MLB goes through slumps and can get streaky. The unsettling part about what was going on with the Philies is that it was everybody at the same time, amost as if it was contagious. Let’s not do it to that extreme again, guys. Pretty please?

Domonic Brown has been called up to AAA. In 65 games at AA Reading, the 22-year-old right fielder has batted .318 with 16 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs and 47 RBI. Looks like a September call-up in his near future.

Todd, I’m curious if this Jays series will be the first time they ever use the DH in a NL ballpark.

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