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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

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Sorry I haven't posted anything in nearly a week but the move caused problems with setting things like the internet up. Big changes a foot for A Citizen's Blog and The Bird Blog. I'll be changing my email address and be making some stylistic changes. We'll also be pruning the blogroll a little.

What I am not sorry missing has been the Phils frankly awful play. Bill at Phillies Fan is willing to say stick a fork in them, and I cannot say that I disagree. I doubt that the playoffs will happen, but it is unlikely that the Phils can catch up to the Cubs, Pads and G-men.

I am willing to say that I am certain that the Braves have won their umpteenth division title since '91.

What happened? Basically, the same thing as last year: the stronger part of the pre-break Phils team collapsed after the All-Star break and the team imploded. Last year the team went 34-36 after the break and saw the pitching staff's ERA's and WHIP's balloon dramatically after the pitchers had carried the team. This year the offense, which had covered up big problems with the Phils hurlers, has bottomed out:

Pre break GPA: .267
Post break GPA: .245

We had hoped that the pitching staff would improve after the All-Star Game, but this team has played badly in all phases of the game since the All-Star Break. Here are the numbers since the All-Star Game:

Phillies Record: 13-19
(Atlanta: 22-9; Florida: 14-16; Mets: 12-18; Expos: 18-13)

Offense:

Home Runs: 39; 7th in NL
OBP: .319; 13th in NL
SLG: .406; 13th in NL
Runs: 131; 13th in NL
RC27: 4.48; 13th in NL
ISO: .154; 11th in NL
BB/PA: .084; 11th in NL

Pitching:

WHIP: 1.37; 9th in NL
ERA: 4.91; 13th in NL

Starters: (Post-All Star Break)
Thome: .286 / .255
Abreu: .286 / .248
Bell: .244 / .037
Burrell: .227 / .155
Rollins: .285 / .207
Polanco: .285 / .139
Lieberthal: .221 / .105
Byrd: .204 / .091

Bench:
Michaels: .155 / .064
Glanville: .201 / .053
Utley: .262 / .243
Pratt: .280 / .000
Perez: .155 / .152

Team: .245 / .154

Declines: Pat Burrell's return to 2003 form in July and June are well-documented. Abreu and Thome have fallen off too:

Abreu:
GPA: .340 - .286 = .054 decline
ISO: .263 - .248 = .015 decline

Thome:
GPA: .346 - .286 = .060 decline
ISO: .364 - .248 = .116 decline

After relying on Jim Thome to carry this team, it finally looks like the strain is catching up to #25.

I'm tempted to do a post-mortem now, but I think we'll just let the season play out and commence the bitch sessions in the off-season. I will announce that I'm going to start working on The Bird Blog a little more now.

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