Know Your Foe #29: Rested Rockies To Prove Mettle Against Phlailing Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17: Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies picks up the ball at home plate against the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 17 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Carlos Ruiz

Friday, two juggernauts of disappointment square off in Denver, Colorado for a 3-game set that will determine absolutely nothing.

Seriously, how bad have the Phillies been this year? The NL East has been an incredibly competitive division this season, with Miami, New York, Washington, and Atlanta all having competitive seasons (come on, Miami was in first at some point there), but the Phillies were supposed to be the reining powerhouse in the NL. They were the early-2000s Yankees of the NL - or, in other words, the mid-2000s Mets.

They've had their share of lumps, though. Chase Utley has missed almost the entire season thus far due to injury, as has 1B Ryan Howard. Shane Victorino is having a below-average season, considering his strong 2011 campaign. Placido Polanco is looking about cooked over at the hot corner. Freddy Galvis, the 2B stopgap for Utley, had a pretty miserable season at the plate (while fielding the position quite well). Roy Halladay has been questionable and is also hurt. Cliff Lee is having one of those "peripherals say he's much better, though!" seasons.

That all said, Vance Worley has been pretty good, Cole Hamels is Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon has been good, Hunter Pence has been good, and Juan Pierre is being Juan Pierre and batting over .300 in a slightly-above-league-average sort of way.

Of course, I would be remiss if I forgot to mention this guy:


Carlos Ruiz

#51 / Catcher / Philadelphia Phillies

5-10

205

R

R

Jan 22, 1979


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Carlos Ruiz 78 257 41 90 21 0 13 46 16 34 3 0 .350 .412 .584



Cooch is having one of those seasons. Batting .350, 13 bombs, and generally solid fielding behind the plate, and is leading MLB catchers in roughly every category except for last name length.

I swear, the Phillies do this every year. They have this rotation of their players where one of their big name guys has a poor season, and everyone wonders what they're going to do to replace that production, and then Shane Victorino steps up! Or Jayson Werth has a great season! Maybe Raul Ibanez clubs the ball! Who knows?! The Phillies keep having their complementary guys to the Howard/Utley/Rollins trio have these individually big seasons that keep the team afloat when they lose a Howard or an Utley and they still make the stupid playoffs.

But not this season, apparently.

No, Cooch's monster year is going to be all for naught. Cooch is typically a solid bat and good receiver, and thereby an invaluable player in MLB, but with the deadline fast approaching, one thinks that the Phillies have to be sellers. That roster isn't getting any younger, and a guy like Cliff Lee could make an attractive trade acquisition for a team near contention that could use another very good starter. Lee DOES have limited trade protection, but that doesn't mean the Phillies shouldn't explore the market. Similarly, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, and yes, even Cooch, should at least be discussed. Howard is unmovable, and while Jimmy Rollins would be a fine contribution to a lot of teams, something tells me that moving Utley, Howard, or Rollins would end poorly for the Philly front office.

Stuff post jump.

Expected Pitching Matchups:

Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 6:40PM MT

Christian Friedrich vs Cliff Lee

Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 6:10PM MT

Jeremy Guthrie vs Vance Worley

Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 1:10PM MT

Drew Pomeranz vs Cole Hamels


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Jason Pridie 4 5 1 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .600 .600 1.400
Carlos Ruiz 78 257 41 90 21 0 13 46 16 34 3 0 .350 .412 .584
Laynce Nix 22 46 7 15 6 0 2 11 5 11 0 0 .326 .392 .587
Mike Fontenot 37 83 10 27 2 0 1 5 4 15 0 1 .325 .364 .386
Juan Pierre 74 241 33 74 6 4 1 18 12 13 20 3 .307 .344 .378
Pete Orr 23 42 4 12 4 1 0 5 1 13 1 1 .286 .302 .429
Erik Kratz 6 7 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 3 0 0 .286 .286 1.143
Hunter Pence 86 340 58 97 15 2 16 50 33 68 4 2 .285 .352 .482
Cole Hamels 17 36 3 10 1 0 0 2 1 10 0 1 .278 .316 .306
Placido Polanco 73 263 27 70 14 0 2 18 15 24 0 0 .266 .311 .342
Jimmy Rollins 84 348 48 89 19 4 8 32 28 53 14 4 .256 .310 .402
Ryan Howard 2 8 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .375
Ty Wigginton 78 231 32 57 8 0 9 35 25 59 1 0 .247 .318 .398
Hector Luna 26 57 5 14 2 0 2 10 4 13 0 0 .246 .295 .386
Shane Victorino 86 331 32 81 13 2 8 37 31 42 19 2 .245 .311 .369
Jim Thome 30 62 9 15 2 0 5 15 8 21 0 0 .242 .338 .516
Chase Utley 10 34 3 8 0 0 2 3 1 8 0 0 .235 .278 .412
John Mayberry 78 207 22 48 12 0 6 23 10 61 1 0 .232 .269 .377
Brian Schneider 26 69 9 16 3 0 2 5 4 13 0 0 .232 .293 .362
Roy Halladay 11 26 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 .231 .231 .231
Freddy Galvis 58 190 14 43 15 1 3 24 7 29 0 0 .226 .254 .363
Cliff Lee 15 28 1 6 1 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 .214 .214 .250
Michael Martinez 16 45 3 6 0 0 1 4 3 11 0 0 .133 .188 .200
Joe Blanton 17 31 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 14 0 0 .065 .171 .065
Kyle Kendrick 18 16 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0 0 .063 .167 .063
Vance Worley 14 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Savery 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Sanches 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Herndon 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jonathan Papelbon 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Horst 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Michael Schwimer 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
B.J. Rosenberg 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Raul Valdes 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jake Diekman 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Contreras 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Michael Stutes 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Antonio Bastardo 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chad Qualls 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Jeremy Horst 0-0 5 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0.00 .60
Cole Hamels 10-4 17 17 0 0 0 0 118.0 101 45 42 14 29 118 3.20 1.10
Jonathan Papelbon 2-3 33 0 0 0 18 2 32.1 29 12 12 4 8 40 3.34 1.14
Vance Worley 4-5 14 14 0 0 0 0 84.0 85 38 33 9 30 74 3.54 1.37
Jake Diekman 1-0 18 0 0 0 0 0 17.2 14 9 7 0 11 26 3.57 1.42
Michael Schwimer 0-1 19 0 0 0 0 1 20.0 17 8 8 2 8 15 3.60 1.25
Raul Valdes 2-2 16 1 0 0 0 1 21.1 15 9 9 3 4 24 3.80 .89
Cliff Lee 1-5 15 14 0 0 0 0 97.1 96 43 43 10 20 98 3.98 1.19
Roy Halladay 4-5 11 11 0 0 0 0 72.1 69 32 32 6 14 56 3.98 1.15
Chad Qualls 1-1 34 0 0 0 0 5 31.1 39 18 16 7 9 19 4.60 1.53
David Herndon 0-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 7.2 10 4 4 1 1 8 4.70 1.43
Kyle Kendrick 2-8 18 13 1 1 0 1 81.0 90 49 44 10 30 57 4.89 1.48
Joe Blanton 7-8 17 17 2 1 0 0 110.1 124 67 61 20 16 95 4.98 1.27
Jose Contreras 1-0 17 0 0 0 0 0 13.2 13 10 8 1 3 15 5.27 1.17
Antonio Bastardo 2-3 34 0 0 0 0 2 28.2 24 17 17 5 18 39 5.34 1.47
Joe Savery 0-2 17 0 0 0 0 0 23.0 26 17 15 4 7 15 5.87 1.43
Michael Stutes 0-0 6 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 7 6 4 0 4 5 6.35 1.94
Brian Sanches 0-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 11 6 6 3 3 5 8.53 2.21
B.J. Rosenberg 0-1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2.1 3 6 6 1 5 3 23.14 3.43



Philadelphia Phillies Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Michael Stutes shoulder 04/22/2012
Laynce Nix calf 05/10/2012
Brian Schneider ankle 06/25/2012
Roy Halladay other-excused 05/28/2012
David Herndon elbow 04/30/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Justin De Fratus elbow 03/26/2012
Jose Contreras elbow 06/02/2012


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