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Revere’s Ride Can’t Save Phillies

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A few thoughts about last night’s 6-2 loss to the Rockies:

  • Will we ever seen Ben Revere homer again? He finally homered in the 1,466th at-bat of his career. It was the longest homerless stretch to start a career since Frank Taveras went 1,594 at-bats without a homer from 1972-77.
  • Darin Ruf isn’t a savior, but he has warranted additional playing time. Not because he hit a home run last night, but because the Phillies need to try something different in left field and possibly at first base while Domonic Brown is struggling overall and Ryan Howard is struggling against lefties. Brown’s .567 OPS is the sixth lowest out of 169 qualifying hitters in baseball. Putting some historical perspective into it, Brown’s .582 OPS as a left fielder — his overall OPS is lower — would be the fifth lowest out of 558 qualifying left fielders in baseball from 1990-2014. The White Sox’s Alejandro De Aza (.533 OPS in 2014), Seattle’s Mike Felder (.545 in 1993), Seattle’s Brian Hunter (.571 in 1999) and Kansas City’s Chuck Knoblauch (.582 in 2002) are lower. Even if Ruf posts an OPS 50 points lower than his career average of .838, it would still be 221 points higher than what Brown is giving the Phillies right now.
  • The Phillies raved about Jeff Manship‘s performance in Spring Training. But Manship still had a 6.42 ERA in 52 appearances over parts of five big-league seasons, which seemed like a pretty good predictor of the future. Manship has a 7.53 ERA in 15 appearances this season. He has made just two appearances with the Phillies holding a lead, which is not a surprise. He joined the bullpen as a long man/mop-up guy. But he has made nine appearances with the game either tied or the Phillies’ in a deficit of three runs or less. In other words, winnable games. Manship has allowed at least a run in five of those appearances, posting a 13.50 ERA in those games.
  • Ken Giles is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in eight appearances with Triple-A. He has allowed five hits, one run, five walks and has struck out seven in 10 1/3 innings. His strikeout rate has plummeted since the promotion from Double-A (17.4 per nine innings to 5.9), while his walks rate has inched upward (3.0 to 4.2). That is not a recipe for success, but Triple-A hitters aren’t squaring up the ball, either. That should tell you something, too. Give the kid a shot. The Phillies have nothing to lose at this point.

Revere’s Talks Big Day, Rough Season

Ben RevereBen Revere had one of the lowest on-base percentages of any leadoff hitter in baseball, but Ryne Sandberg returned him to the top spot today against the Dodgers.

Sandberg had a hunch and it worked. Revere tied a career-high with four hits and scored three runs in a 5-3 victory.

“If he’s swinging the bat well and getting on base, he creates something at the top with Jimmy (Rollins) following him, two good base runners,” Sandberg said. “Two good guys at the top of the order. Jimmy’s fine first or second. He’s been consistent all year. For Ben to really give us a push and get on base in a big way, he’s helping us in the leadoff spot. That’s a good spot for him.”

Revere, who hit first for the first time since May 14, hit a leadoff double down the right-field line in the first inning and scored on Chase Utley‘s two-run homer to right to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. It was Revere’s first double since July 8, 2013, a span of 43 games and 168 plate appearances. Revere singled to score a run in the second and later scored on Rollins’ single to right to make it 4-0.

Revere is hitting .289 with one double, two triples, six RBIs, three walks, 17 strikeouts and a .625 OPS in 153 plate appearances this season.

“Again I broke my ankle last year, surgery, going to have days where it’s going to be sore, it’s going to be good,” Revere said, referring to the July surgery on his right foot which ended his season. “I’m finding my way just to get my groove back and everything. It may take some time because I’ve talked to other guys that had the same surgery as mine. It’s going to be a little bit, but eventually you’re going to get going. Being around this average, close to .300, at this time after the surgery is pretty impressive. People thought I’d probably lose my speed, my timing, no, I feel pretty good.”

Entering Saturday, Revere’s .289 on-base percentage hitting first ranked 26th out of 29 hitters with 100 or more plate appearances in the leadoff spot.

Fundamentals? Fundamentals

Ben Revere, A.J. EllisYou learn something new every day at the ballpark?

For example, until last night I had been told a base runner on third with no outs and a ball hit in the air should be near the bag so he can tag up to at least try to score. But when Ben Revere did not tag to try to score when Domonic Brown hit a sinking line drive to Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford in the seventh inning in a 2-0 loss, the explanation afterward was that it was OK.

Most coaches or players who saw that play would be puzzled by that answer.

“You know what?” Ryne Sandberg said. “From my angle, that’s a tough call. It looked like a sure base hit, it was so shallow. I was surprised he made a catch on that. That was a tough call. I don’t know if it’s a shoestring catch, if he scores or not, if he does catch the ball. Definitely a big play though.”

Revere said he only tags if there is one out. If there are no outs he is running all the way.

“I was going no matter what,” he said. “The ball just kind of stayed up in the air. I thought it was going to land, and he made the catch with no outs. With one out I usually go back and tag, but, nah, I thought that ball was going to be down for sure off the bat.”

So the play there with no outs is don’t tag up?

“It was like a line drive, so I kind of froze, saw it in the air and that’s when … I was going on contact anyway, and I saw it, and it got closer, I was like, ‘This is going to be down,’ but he came in (and got it),” Revere said. “Usually with one out I go back and tag.”

Sandberg has stressed fundamentals constantly since the beginning of spring training. There have been countless drills. Infield drills. Outfield drills. Base running drills. Asked last night about those efforts and if he has seen enough improvement, Sandberg didn’t offer an answer.

“I think once again, that play right there is a tough call,” he said. “If he’s playing that shallow, or if he traps it, a shoestring non-catch, he’s got to be able to score there. Other than that, the guys battled. Pitching was outstanding tonight. Like I said, we did have three opportunities with two men on and no outs.”

Revere’s Clutch Hit

Ben RevereFrom Elias: Ben Revere drove in a run yesterday in the Phillies’ 1-0 victory over the Braves with a two-out single in the eighth inning. It was only Revere’s second RBI in 119 plate appearances in the seventh inning or later during his two seasons with the Phillies. The first one also was a tiebreaking and game-winning RBI on an eighth-inning single at Citizens Bank Park. It came against the Cardinals on April 21, 2013.

Lannan Finished; Howard, Revere Make Progress

John LannanJohn Lannan’s season is finished as he requires surgery on his left knee.

Lannan is on the disabled list with tendinosis in the knee. Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti has recommend surgery, although Lannan first will receive a second opinion from Dodgers physical Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

“I think he ruptured the tendon,” Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Lannan missed two months earlier this season with a strained quadriceps tendon in the knee. He said last week in Atlanta he wanted to get this recurring issue – the knee has bothered him in previous seasons – resolved.

Proefrock offered health updates on other injured Phillies:

  • Ryan Howard (left knee surgery): He saw a doctor Monday and will begin baseball activities Thursday.
  • Ben Revere (right ankle surgery): He is finally off crutches. “I don’t know whether Ryan or Ben will be back on the field here or in Florida, but the expectation is that they’ll be back on the field somewhere before the end of the season,” Proefrock said. “Whether it’s up here, whether they’re playing in Instructional League, I don’t know. … I think the main thing for both of them is to just get them to the point where there are no surprises in Spring Training next year.”
  • Mike Adams (right shoulder surgery): He continues to rehab and as Adams said recently he expects to be ready come Spring Training.
  • Mike Stutes (right biceps tendinitis): He is long tossing. “He’s making good progress,” Proefrock said. Proefrock said there is a chance Stutes could be back at some point, although it’s too early in the process to offer a timetable.
  • Jeremy Horst (sprained left elbow). He visited the doctor Tuesday. He could begin a throwing program soon.
  • Joe Savery (stiff left elbow). He will begin a rehab assignment later this week, most likely in Clearwater, Fla.

Revere Has Surgery, Could Return In 6-8 Weeks

Ben RevereBen Revere said Sunday he could miss six to eight weeks because of a broken right ankle.

His timetable remains the same following surgery today at the Rothman Institute. The Phillies announced foot and ankle specialist Steve Raikin placed two screws percutaneously across the fracture. Revere will be non-weight-bearing for the next two weeks with a reevaluation to follow.

“Tentative return to play is 6-8 weeks,” the Phillies reiterated.

That means he could be back anywhere between late August and mid-September.

Revere fouled a pitch off the ankle in the 11th inning of Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the White Sox.

“It’s one of those deals,” Revere said Sunday. “It’s part of the game. I’ve probably hit a couple balls on the same spot a couple times and really nothing happened, except a bruise. But it was good the next day. But this was finally the one that cracked it.”

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday the Phillies will be looking to acquire a centerfielder before the July 31 Trade Deadline to replace Revere while he is out.

Phillies Looking for CF Help with Revere Out

Russell Martin, Ben RevereBen Revere had been one of the hottest hitters on the planet until he broke the malleous bone in his right ankle yesterday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

He said this morning he could miss six to eight weeks, although he will learn more tomorrow when he visits a foot specialist. In the meantime, Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies are in the market for a centerfielder.

“The prognosis doesn’t sound too good,” Amaro said. “I think it’s something that’s going to take a while. … Whoever we think is an upgrade, whether it’s defensive or offensive. We’d like to probably get a little bit better. John (Mayberry Jr.) is a good center fielder. He’s not a plus defender. So if we can get a better one than that, that’d be good.”

Losing Revere to injury is a blow to the Phillies, whose offense has picked up in recent weeks. Revere is hitting .347 since the end of April, which is the sixth-best mark in baseball in that span. His .380 on-base percentage is 19th out of 164 qualifying hitters.

The Phillies activated catcher Erik Kratz to take Revere’s spot on the roster, although it seems likely the team will not carry three catchers following the All-Star break.

“It’s one of those deals,” Revere said. “It’s part of the game. I’ve probably hit a couple balls on the same spot a couple times and really nothing happened, except a bruise. But it was good the next day. But this was finally the one that cracked it.”

The Phillies also are looking internally at options at center field. They recently started playing Triple-A Lehigh Valley second baseman Cesar Hernandez in center, but they have accelerated his learning curve. He had been scheduled to play in the International League’s All-Star Game this week, but the Phillies are sending him to Double-A Reading to play center field instead.

“He’ll be playing exclusively in center field to see if that’s an option for us,” Amaro said. “He struggled yesterday , but it’s a new position for him. But we’ll give him a shot.”

Triple-A shortstop Freddy Galvis has played some outfield for the Phillies, but Amaro indicated center field is not an option for him.

So make that two spots the Phillies say they are trying to upgrade before the July 31 Trade Deadline: bullpen and centerfield.

Revere Breaks Right Foot

Ben RevereThis could not come at a worse time for the Phillies.

Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere broke his right foot during Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. He will go on the disabled list and be evaluated Monday by a specialist.

Revere entered the doubleheader hitting .347 since the end of April, which was the sixth-best batting average in baseball in that stretch.

Revere fouled a ball off his foot during his plate appearance in the 11th inning of a 5-4 loss to the White Sox.

An Offensive Pulse

Chase Utley, Kurt SuzukiCole Hamels might be getting his mojo back, which could mean good things for the Phillies going forward. They need good pitching.

A few numbers to consider this fine Wednesday morning:

  • The Phillies have won six of their last eight games.
  • Since Atlanta started the season 12-1, it is 40-37, while the Phillies are 39-38 and the Nationals are 38-38. The Braves are practically begging somebody to challenge them in the NL East the second half of the season.
  • Since the end of May, the Phillies rank seventh in baseball averaging 4.58 runs per game. Since a loss in San Diego on June 24, they are seventh in baseball averaging 5.29 runs per game.
  • Ben Revere is hitting .346 since the end of April, which is seventh-best in baseball. He also is hitting .369 with an .871 OPS this season against lefties.
  • Following a 0-for-22 slump at the end of May, Michael Young has hit .331 with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs, 15 RBIs and an .844 OPS in his last 33 games.
  • Chase Utley‘s .504 slugging percentage is his best mark since a .508 slugging percentage in 2009.
  • Delmon Young has hit safely in 13 of his past 14 games. He is hitting .431 with three doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs and a 1.022 OPS in that stretch.
  • Domonic Brown cooled a bit in June, hitting .135 with two RBIs in a 10-game stretch. But in 18 games since June 19 he has hit .319 with five doubles, two triples, four homers, 15 RBIs and a .978 OPS. He is hitting .305 with an .816 OPS against lefties, and .343 with a 1.007 OPS in eight games in the cleanup spot.
  • Jimmy Rollins is not hitting for any power this season, but he has a .326 batting average and .340 on-base percentage in his last 10 games.

Looking at those numbers you could say the offense is coming alive, which is desperately needed because the pitching staff is 24th in baseball with a 4.33 ERA since June 8. The bullpen is even worse. It has a 5.21 ERA in that stretch, which is 27th. That is why Hamels’ last two starts are encouraging. If he can return to form he can put up a few zeroes, keep the young relievers in the pen and give the Phillies a better chance to win.

If these past few weeks are a sign of something real and not fool’s good then you have to think the Phillies will look to shore up its bullpen in the coming weeks. Of course, at what cost? As encouraging as the offense has been lately, I can’t imagine it would make much sense to part with a legitimate prospect to plug a hole in the bullpen … unless it is a guy the Phillies can keep beyond this season. (Joba Chamberlain? That makes ZERO sense. I mean, none.)

Can Revere Turn Things Around?

Russell Martin, Ben RevereBen Revere returns to his big-league roots today at Target Field.

I’m sure he had hoped for a better homecoming.

I wrote yesterday about Revere’s struggles, and where the Phillies see him fitting into their future plans. Revere has a .562 OPS, which is sixth-lowest in baseball out of 164 qualifying players. (It could be worse. The Phillies offered B.J. Upton a five-year, $55 million contract in the offseason, but he signed with the Braves instead. He has a .549 OPS.) Revere has not played like the Gold Glove-caliber defender the Phillies touted, either. But they say they will remain patient with him. I understand this. They need to keep playing Revere and hope he turns things around, so going into the offseason they know if they need a centerfielder or not. If Revere turns it around and shows he’s capable of being a .300 hitter and good defender, then they can try to fill other holes. But if Revere continues to struggle then they have one more hole to fill. And they certainly don’t need another hole to fill.

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