By Eric Jacinto
This is the Screw-Ball View formerly known as Bases Loaded, I decided to change the name to The Screw-Ball View simply because it was a more unique title name. I will be writing anything Phillies.
So on this Easter Sunday, the Philadelphia Phiilies are off after losing the season opening series to the Atlanta Braves where we saw some very odd decisions made by the new skipper, Gabe Kapler. It all started, on Thursday in the season opener where he didn't even start second baseman prospect, Scott Kingery who just signed an extension last week, you would thought he would of started the first game of the season. He's probably your best player and of the players they're build around. I really thought that benching him was one of several mistakes during the weekend. That wasn't even his biggest mistake of the game, in the sixth inning he decided to take out Aaron Nola one of their Aces out after only throwing 68 pitches, having a 5-0 lead and given up ZERO RUNS! That move alone set the tone for the whole entire series, not just that game. He want on to use five relief pitchers out of the bullpen and the bullpen gave up the lead. The Braves ended up hitting a walk-off home-run in the bottom of the ninth off Hector Neris. In the second game of the season, even through the Phillies won 5-4 in extra innings (11 innings), Kapler used eight relief pitchers after using five the night before and a total of 15 pitchers (including the two starters) in the first two games of the season that's pretty insane.
Last night, he used five different relief pitchers including a position-player in Pedro Florimon who is a utility bench player not a pitcher. I get that it was blow out and every now and then you are gonna need to use a position-player but this wouldn't have happen if he didn't use 13 relievers in the first two games. The most annoying part is what Kapler said in his post-game news conference. He basically said that they started preparing Pedro to pitch in spring training. Seriously, they were preparing a position-player to pitch what kinda of nonsense is that. That's not the only odd thing he said, he also mention that that last night won't be the only time they will use a position-player as a pitcher in a game to "Protect" the relief pitchers. Another thing that happen last night was when he took out Vince Velasquez the Phillies didn't have anybody warming up in the bullpen.
My final thoughts on Gabe Kapler, so far is that I'm not impressed at all not even a little bit however, I like that he is a confident man and believes that this team will make the playoffs. Well if he doesn't make some changes to his managing style they won't even be close to making the playoffs and he might not have a job after this season. I'm still gonna given him a chance because there's still 159 games left and two he's still learning to be a big league manager. I've seen a lot of fans on social media mainly Facebook that already want him fired well I totally get their frustrating and I'm frustrated too with his decisions he has made in the first three games in the way he's handle the bullpen at this rate we're gonna use over 40 relievers. Let's hope for all Phillies fans around the world that he can learn from all this and just improve or else he will be run of Philadelphia before he knows it one thing he doesn't want to do his have the fanbase already against him that's a Big NO NO in Philly. All we want to do is see winning baseball again at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies travel to play those hated New York Mets in a three game series starting tomorrow night before heading home for their home opener on Thursday afternoon versus the Miami Marlins. Hopefully, Kapler doesn't cost us more games because he cost us the first game of the season, we should've taken two out of three from the Braves not lose two out of three.
By Eric Jacinto
This afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies and second baseman prospect, Scott Kingery (#2 Phillies Prospect according to MLB Pipeline) agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $24 million. This means Kingery will not after start the season in the minors and will be on the Opening Day roster. Kingery, will be here through 2023 which is huge for this team's present and future.
By Eric Jacinto
This afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies and 2015 NL CY Winner, Jake Arrieta agreed on a three-year, $75 million contract. Arrieta spent the last five seasons with the Chicago Cubs including winning the 2016 World Series ending a 108 year sports championship drought the longest championship drought in sports history at the time.
Arrieta's annual salaries: 2018- $30M, 2019- $25M and 2020- $20M; he can opt out after the second year (2019) and the deal could be five-years worth $125M.
I love this signing as Jake is a veteran starting pitcher that will help this young pitching stuff as him and Aaron Nola will be a very good 1-2 punch. Both guys will be innings eaters. Arrieta brings in leadership to a young locker room with a first year manager. Him and Carlos Santana are gonna be the leaders in the locker room and will be guys the younger players look up to. Here's a fun fact: Santana and Arrieta faced each other in the 2016 World Series and now they're teammates. Arrieta didn't have a great season last year but he still manage to win 14 games but lost 10 and had an ERA of 3.53 which isn't horrible. I'm looking forward to seeing him pitch at CBP in a Phillies uniform.
Welcome to Philly Jake!
Update with Jake Arrieta's Press Conference