Your potential 2014 Phillies Opening Day lineup
MLB.com's Todd Zolecki suggested that with two quick moves, the Phillies 2014 lineup could already be set.
This would be the Phillies' "win now" lineup:
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Cody Asche, 3B
Average age: 30.8 (MLB average = 28.5)
2013 total WAR: 15.1
2013 team BA: .272 (MLB average = .253)
2013 team OPS: .751 (MLB average = .714)
Each batter has an extra stat, indicative of what their most valued asset is (Jimmy Rollins = defense, Ben Revere = speed, Ryan Howard = power, etc.)
Revere: .305/.691 OPS in 336 PA. 22-for-30 in stolen base attempts
Rollins: .252/.667OPS in 666 PA. -2.7 UZR (This is average to below average range)
Utley: .284/.823 OPS in 531 PA. .348 OBP (MLB average = .318)
Howard: .266/.784 OPS in 317 PA. .465 SLG (MLB average = .396)
Byrd: .291/.847 OPS in 115 PA. .511 SLG
Brown: .272/.818 OPS in 540 PA. .494 SLG
Ruiz: .268/.688 OPS. -2 rSB, 1.8 RPP*
Asche: .235/.691 OPS in 179 PA. -4.0 UZR
So, not pretty. Not yet.
There be a bounce back here, a decline there, or in some cases a continued straight line of unimpressive numbers. Cody Asche had the only negative WAR (-0.2), and he only got 179 plate appearances, so that's a plus.
The Phillies need to either make more changes offensively, or stop pretending like they are playing to make the post season.
rSB: Calculated by The Fielding Bible, Stolen Base Runs Saved measures how many “runs” a catcher contributes to their team by throwing out runners and preventing runners from attempting steals in the first place.
RPP: First calculated by Bojan Koprivica, Passed Pitch Runs (RPP) calculates the number of runs above / below average a catcher is at blocking pitches.