Results tagged ‘ Mike Sweeney ’
Got an e-mail from the folks at Sports Illustrated. In its latest player poll, current or former Phillies were named the three nicest guys in baseball. I couldn’t agree more about Thome. The guy is as genuine as they come. Ibanez is unfailingly polite. Good guy. Sweeney is a hugger.
You probably still have your NLCS hangover, but I thought I’d give everybody a quick look at the Phillies’ offseason. They have six potential free agents and three players eligible for salary arbitration.
Here is a look:
- Jayson Werth. The Phillies and Werth are going to say the right things in the coming weeks. The Phillies are going to say they would love to bring back Werth, which is true. And Werth is going to say he wants to come back, which also is true. But the reality is different. The Phillies already have more than $145 million committed to 16 players in 2011, and Werth is going to be one of the top free agents on the market. Ruben Amaro Jr. has said several times the Phillies can’t have a roster full of $15 million-a-year players, which is what Werth could be making soon. Outfielder Jason Bay received a four-year, $66 million contract from the New York Mets last winter. Werth should command more. Bay hit .267 with a .362 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage in the three seasons leading to free agency. Werth hit .279 with a .376 on-base percentage and a .513 slugging percentage the past three seasons. The numbers show Werth is a better hitter than Bay. He also is a better fielder and base runner. And there seems to be little doubt Scott Boras, who is Werth’s agent, will be seeking the big-time deal Werth has waited his entire career for.
- J.C. Romero. The Phillies have a $4.5 million club option on Romero, but it is unlikely to be exercised. The Phillies are expected to rely next season on Antonio Bastardo instead. And while Romero went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA the last two seasons, he also missed time with injuries and has walked (42) more hitters than he has struck out (42).
“He is definitely one of a kind,” Jimmy Rollins said. “He likes to give a lot of hugs. A lot of hugs. He gave me a hug after his home run. Usually it’s you trying to initiate the hug. I was going to give him a handshake and he’s like, ‘Give me a hug.’ All right.”
“He can give you some hugs,” Charlie Manuel said. “He’s got a lot of energy, which is great. He’s good for our bench. He’s good for our clubhouse. Most of all, he’s good when he’s in the batter’s box.”
Sweeney hit a two-run homer to left field in the seventh inning in a 5-0 victory today over the Padres. It was his first homer with the Phillies. He has hit .238 (10-for-42) with one double, one homer and six RBIs in 17 games with the Phillies, who acquired him Aug. 4 in a trade with the Mariners. He came to the team with an incredible reputation and has lived up to it. He has come up with some big hits, too.
I took a shot after the game and asked Sweeney about the hugging.
“I grew up in a family with eight kids, so there was a lot of hugging going on,” he said. “I love my teammates, so when we do something good that’s just how I’m wired. I want to share that love with my teammates.”
Told that his teammates really seemed to like his energy, he said, “I appreciate that. These guys mean a lot to me. I want to do whatever I can to be a part of this.”
The Phillies have won 11 of 13 to move within two games of the Braves in the NL East after being seven back on July 22.
A few stats to chew on:
- The Phillies are averaging 5.46 runs per game since July 21, which ranks second in the NL. Houston is first with 5.92 runs per game. Who knew J.A. Happ could hit, too?
- The Phillies lead the league in batting (.300), on-base percentage (.372) and extra-base hits (47). They rank second in slugging pecentage (.460) and stolen bases (12).
- They lead the league with a 2.74 ERA.
- Raul Ibanez‘s 1.216 on-base-plus-slugging percentage is fifth in the league. He ranks fourth in the league with 12 RBIs.
- Jayson Werth‘s 1.090 OPS is eighth.
- Carlos Ruiz‘s 1.005 OPS is 14th. He is 12th with 10 RBIs.
Roy Oswalt gets his second shot in a Phillies uniform tonight. I would be things go better for him than in Washington.
The Phillies picked up Mike Sweeney in a trade yesterday with the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash. A low risk move for the Phillies. If Sweeney can give the Phillies two good weeks, it will pay off.