Know Your Foe #44: Phillies Not Nearly As Bad As Earliest Indications Suggested

May 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Juan Pierre (10) gives his mother Derry Pierre a kiss during a Mother's Day ceremony before a game against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

When I started preparing to write this article, I was simply SURE that the Philadelphia Phillies were 5th in the NL East and yet another "lol disappoint" team to match all the other disappointments in the NL this season. Even more amusing are the contracts that just add to the disappointment, but we'll rag on that later.

The part that surprised me was when I actually looked at the NL standings and found out that the Phillies, despite the fact that they aren't the worldbeaters their payroll and name recognition would suggest, are actually sitting in 3rd place in the East, ahead of the 4th place Mets and the 5th place Marlins.

Yes, friends, the Filadelfia Fillies are in dangerous risk of hitting .500 this season, a feat of monumental proportions for a team as sunk as Colorado.

Check their schedule by month:

Month by Month
Split W L RS RA WP
April 11 12 76 78 0.478
May 16 13 145 133 0.552
June 9 19 124 146 0.321
July 10 13 91 108 0.435
August 17 12 112 108 0.586
September 3 2 23 15 0.6

Now look at ours:

Month by Month
Split W L RS RA WP
April 11 11 113 112 0.5
May 10 18 150 167 0.357
June 9 18 131 169 0.333
July 7 17 83 127 0.292
August 16 13 142 143 0.552
September 3 2 27 18 0.6

See how close that is? We just had like 1 more bad month than them! OK, maybe 2, but whatever, we're NOT THAT BAD SOMEHOW.

OK, so upon further consideration, I really don't want to make fun of contracts. Yes, Ryan Howard is making a hilarious 4 Gazillion Dollars over the next 5 years or something like that and is never going to hit another home run again. LOLPHILZESZ! I feel like we've mocked the Phillies for that contract enough (impossible, but I'm going to sit on that).

But one guy on the Phillies is completely hilarious, as far as I'm concerned.


Juan Pierre

#10 / Left Field / Philadelphia Phillies

5-11

175

L

L

Aug 14, 1977


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Juan Pierre 113 344 48 103 8 5 1 22 20 21 32 6 .299 .342 .360


Look at that stat line! Look at it! I don't think that stat line could possibly be any more "Juan Pierre" if you crossed out all of the numbers and literally wrote "Juan Pierre" in each of the categories.

Click past the jump, because I like to thing the next part is really interesting, because Juan Pierre.

The first hilariously Juan Pierre thing is Pierre's standard triple-slash line (AVG/OBP/SLG):

Juan Pierre
Year AVG OBP SLG OPS
2012 .299 .342 .360 .703
Career .296 .345 .362 .708

Next, his plate discipline:

Juan Pierre
Year SO BB
2012 21 20
Career 446 448

Finally, his classic Run Production numbers:

Juan Pierre
Year R RBI
2012 48 22
Career 1028 506

Maybe I'm just being silly here, and maybe you don't understand why I find Juan Pierre so damn funny. Maybe it's the fact that his head is the size of a ripe navel orange and he has to wear his hat under his batting helmet so the damn thing fits. Maybe it's all of those loving stories we've heard about him over the course of his career rolling baseballs up the 3B line to see how they play for when he lays down one of his inevitable bunts up the 3B line. Maybe it's the fact that his no-walk, no-power, all-hits-and-hustle batting style has so many frustrated baseball writers who don't like anything beyond the classical numbers practically soiling themselves with excitement when they write about how much of a hard player Juan Pierre is.

For me, it's the consistency. I don't hate the guy, and he's a good baseball player. He's not THAT good, though, he's just incredibly annoying. (Anyone claiming he IS THAT good is probably trying to prove a point or rage against a machine or something.)

It's just the fact that everything about Juan Pierre's game says that his numbers should be flying all over the charts due to BABIP fluctuations and all that, but the man has never had a season where he's batted below .275, never one above .326, and never one above .800 OPS.

For that, I love him, and all of his pesky inefficiency.

Expected Pitching Matchups

Friday, September 7, 2012 5:05 PM MT

Jeff Francis vs Cliff Lee

Saturday, September 8, 2012 5:05 PM MT

Tyler Chatwood vs Cole Hamels

Sunday, September 9, 2012 11:35 AM MT

Drew Pomeranz vs Tyler Cloud


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Kevin Frandsen 34 128 18 43 3 1 1 8 5 12 0 0 .336 .384 .398
Carlos Ruiz 95 313 47 105 28 0 14 58 22 41 3 0 .335 .399 .559
Tyler Cloyd 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .600 .333
Jason Pridie 9 10 1 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .300 .300 .700
Juan Pierre 113 344 48 103 8 5 1 22 20 21 32 6 .299 .342 .360
Mike Fontenot 47 97 13 28 2 0 1 5 7 23 0 1 .289 .343 .340
Erik Kratz 38 108 12 31 8 0 9 24 8 25 0 0 .287 .333 .611
Pete Orr 23 42 4 12 4 1 0 5 1 13 1 1 .286 .302 .429
Hunter Pence 101 398 59 108 15 2 17 59 37 85 4 2 .271 .336 .447
Shane Victorino 101 387 46 101 17 5 9 40 35 49 24 4 .261 .324 .401
Placido Polanco 90 303 28 78 15 0 2 19 18 25 0 0 .257 .302 .327
John Mayberry 125 356 44 91 20 0 14 40 22 88 1 0 .256 .301 .430
Laynce Nix 55 104 13 26 8 0 3 14 11 37 0 0 .250 .319 .413
Steven Lerud 2 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Jimmy Rollins 134 545 80 134 32 5 17 55 47 83 25 5 .246 .305 .417
Jim Thome 30 62 9 15 2 0 5 15 8 21 0 0 .242 .338 .516
Chase Utley 58 215 31 52 11 2 10 29 26 31 6 1 .242 .343 .451
Domonic Brown 32 104 13 25 7 0 1 13 10 16 0 0 .240 .319 .337
Ryan Howard 51 184 20 44 8 0 10 36 21 73 0 0 .239 .324 .446
Cole Hamels 26 59 4 14 2 0 1 5 2 21 0 1 .237 .274 .322
Ty Wigginton 108 286 37 67 9 0 10 42 33 72 1 0 .234 .310 .371
Freddy Galvis 58 190 14 43 15 1 3 24 7 29 0 0 .226 .254 .363
Hector Luna 28 62 5 14 2 0 2 10 4 14 0 0 .226 .273 .355
Brian Schneider 34 89 9 20 5 0 2 7 5 15 0 0 .225 .289 .348
Nate Schierholtz 15 37 2 7 1 0 1 2 3 6 0 0 .189 .244 .297
Cliff Lee 26 53 3 10 2 0 0 4 1 19 1 0 .189 .204 .226
Roy Halladay 21 46 2 7 0 0 0 1 0 22 0 0 .152 .152 .152
Kyle Kendrick 32 29 2 4 2 0 0 0 2 15 0 0 .138 .194 .207
Michael Martinez 32 78 5 9 0 0 2 6 5 17 0 0 .115 .169 .192
Vance Worley 23 37 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 13 0 0 .081 .081 .108
Joe Blanton 20 39 0 3 0 0 0 1 3 20 0 0 .077 .163 .077
Joe Savery 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Sanches 6 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 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Horst 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Michael Schwimer 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Lindblom 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
B.J. Rosenberg 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Raul Valdes 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jake Diekman 23 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 54 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
Phillippe Aumont 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Justin De Fratus 2 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
Justin De Fratus 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 1.50
Jeremy Horst 1-0 22 0 0 0 0 0 22.2 16 6 5 1 11 25 1.99 1.19
Phillippe Aumont 0-0 4 0 0 0 1 0 4.0 3 1 1 0 2 3 2.25 1.25
Tyler Cloyd 1-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 13.0 11 4 4 2 2 14 2.77 1.00
Raul Valdes 3-2 27 1 0 0 0 1 31.0 18 10 10 3 5 35 2.90 .74
Cole Hamels 14-6 26 26 2 2 0 0 183.1 160 68 62 21 47 178 3.04 1.13
Jonathan Papelbon 3-6 57 0 0 0 31 4 57.2 48 20 20 7 14 72 3.12 1.08
Cliff Lee 4-7 26 24 0 0 0 0 168.2 168 69 66 22 26 161 3.52 1.15
Roy Halladay 9-7 21 21 0 0 0 0 137.1 131 59 59 13 25 109 3.87 1.14
Kyle Kendrick 8-10 32 20 1 1 0 1 131.2 131 64 58 16 42 93 3.96 1.31
Vance Worley 6-9 23 23 0 0 0 0 133.0 154 69 62 12 47 107 4.20 1.51
Michael Schwimer 2-1 34 0 0 0 0 1 34.1 30 18 17 3 16 36 4.46 1.34
Joe Blanton 8-9 20 20 2 1 0 0 133.1 141 74 68 22 18 115 4.59 1.19
Chad Qualls 1-1 34 0 0 0 0 5 31.1 39 18 16 7 9 19 4.60 1.53
Jake Diekman 1-1 23 0 0 0 0 0 21.1 19 16 11 1 16 29 4.64 1.64
David Herndon 0-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 7.2 10 4 4 1 1 8 4.70 1.43
Antonio Bastardo 2-4 54 0 0 0 0 4 43.2 34 23 23 7 22 66 4.74 1.28
Josh Lindblom 1-1 16 0 0 0 1 1 14.1 9 9 8 3 11 18 5.02 1.40
Jose Contreras 1-0 17 0 0 0 0 0 13.2 13 10 8 1 3 15 5.27 1.17
Joe Savery 1-2 19 0 0 0 0 0 25.0 26 17 15 4 8 16 5.40 1.36
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 6 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 12 7 7 4 3 5 9.95 2.37
B.J. Rosenberg 0-2 15 0 0 0 0 0 11.2 13 16 16 4 9 13 12.34 1.89


Philadelphia Phillies Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cliff Lee hamstring 09/02/2012

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Michael Stutes shoulder 04/22/2012
Carlos Ruiz other-excused 08/03/2012
Freddy Galvis lower-back 08/19/2012
Brian Schneider hamstring 08/24/2012
Vance Worley elbow 08/29/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jose Contreras elbow 06/02/2012
David Herndon elbow 04/30/2012

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