Tag Archives: Jeanmar Gomez

Phillies top seasonal performances of the 2010’s

Embed from Getty Images

Bryce Harper‘s 35 homers in 2019 were the most by a Phillies player for any season during the 2010’s decade


Two weeks from today will be New Year’s Eve and we will be formally ringing out 2019 as well as the decade of the 2010’s.

A few weeks back, I presented a WAR-based list of the top 10 Phillies players of the past decade. With this piece, I’m going to look at individual seasonal performances.

Who provided the top home run seasons, stolen base seasons, strikout seasons during the course of the last 10 years of Phillies baseball?

Just another way to capture a period of time in franchise history. So, here are the top 10 individual season performances in a variety of categories by Phillies players during the 2010’s decade.


  1. Bryce Harper, 2019 – 35
  2. Rhys Hoskins, 2018 – 34
  3. Ryan Howard, 2011 – 33
  4. Ryan Howard, 2010 – 31
  5. Rhys Hoskins, 2019 – 29
  6. Domonic Brown, 2013 – 27
  7. Jayson Werth, 2010 – 27
  8. J.T. Realmuto, 2019 – 25
  9. Maikel Franco, 2016 – 25
  10. Marlon Byrd, 2014 – 25


  1. Ryan Howard, 2011 – 116
  2. Bryce Harper, 2019 – 114
  3. Ryan Howard, 2010 – 108
  4. Rhys Hoskins, 2018 – 96
  5. Ryan Howard, 2014 – 95
  6. Maikel Franco, 2016 – 88
  7. Rhys Hoskins, 2019 – 85
  8. Raul Ibanez, 2011 – 84
  9. J.T. Realmuto, 2019 – 83
  10. Domonic Brown, 2013 – 83


  1. Jayson Werth, 2010 – 106
  2. Jimmy Rollins, 2012 – 102
  3. Bryce Harper, 2019 – 98
  4. Shane Victorino, 2011 – 95
  5. J.T. Realmuto, 2019 – 92
  6. Cesar Hernandez, 2018 – 91
  7. Rhys Hoskins, 2018 – 89
  8. Odubel Herrera, 2016 / Jimmy Rolllins, 2011 – Ryan Howard, 2010 – 87


  1. Ben Revere, 2014 – 49
  2. Juan Pierre, 2012 – 37
  3. Shane Victorino, 2010 – 34
  4. Jimmy Rollins, 2012  / Jimmy Rollins, 2011 – 30
  5. Jimmy Rollins, 2014 – 28
  6. Odubel Herrera, 2016 – 25
  7. Shane Victorino, 2012 – 24
  8. Ben Revere, 2013 / Jimmy Rollins, 2013 – 22


(min. 300 PA’s)

  1. Carlos Ruiz, 2012 – .325
  2. Juan Pierre, 2012 – .307
  3. Ben Revere, 2014 – .306
  4. Ben Revere, 2013 – .305
  5. Carlos Ruiz, 2010 – .302
  6. Placido Polanco, 2010 – .298
  7. Odubel Herrera, 2015 – .297
  8. Jayson Werth, 2010 – .296
  9. Cesar Hernandez, 2017 / Cesar Hernandez, 2016 – .294


  1. Roy Halladay, 2010 – 21
  2. Roy Halladay, 2011 – 19
  3. Cliff Lee, 2011 / Aaron Nola, 2018 / Cole Hamels, 2012 – 17
  4. Cole Hamels, 2011 / Cliff Lee, 2013 – 14
  5. Aaron Nola, 2019 / Aaron Nola, 2017 / Jeremy Hellickson, 2016 / Cole Hamels, 2010 – 12


  1. Cliff Lee, 2011 – 238
  2. Aaron Nola, 2019 – 229
  3. Aaron Nola, 2018 – 224
  4. Cliff Lee, 2013 – 222
  5. Roy Halladay, 2011 – 220
  6. Roy Halladay, 2010 – 219
  7. Cole Hamels, 2012 – 216
  8. Cole Hamels, 2010 – 211
  9. Cliff Lee, 2012 – 207
  10. Cole Hamels, 2013 – 202


  1. Roy Halladay, 2010 – 250.2
  2. Roy Halladay, 2011 – 233.2
  3. Cliff Lee, 2011 – 232.2
  4. Cliff Lee, 2013 – 222.2
  5. Cole Hamels, 2013 – 220
  6. Cole Hamels, 2011 – 216
  7. Cole Hamels, 2012 – 215.1
  8. A.J. Burnett, 2014 – 213.2
  9. Aaron Nola, 2018 – 212.1
  10. Cliff Lee, 2012 – 211


  1. Jonathan Papelbon, 2014 – 39
  2. Jonathan Papelbon, 2012 – 38
  3. Jeanmar Gomez, 2016 – 37
  4. Ryan Madson, 2011 – 32
  5. Jonathan Papelbon, 2013 – 29
  6. Hector Neris, 2019 – 28
  7. Brad Lidge, 2010 – 27
  8. Hector Neris, 2017 – 26
  9. Jonathan Papelbon, 2015 – 17
  10. Seranthony Dominguez, 2018 – 16




Phillies DFA Gomez, Saunders as placeholder purge begins

Jeanmar Gomez was DFA’d today by the Phillies
A quick scan of the current 2017 standings reveals that the Philadelphia Phillies are the worst team in Major League Baseball.
The 22-46 record that the club has produced is no fluke. The Phillies are 29th in runs scored, 28th in OPS, 24th in steals. The lineup produces little consistent power or speed, and the overall approach of the hitters remains awful.
For roughly six weeks now, I have been calling for major changes to the Phillies lineup. It has been clear for at least that long that the current crop of placeholder players is simply not good enough to compete in MLB on a consistent basis.
It appears that the Phillies may now be coming to that same realization themselves. This afternoon, the Phillies announced that both reliever Jeanmar Gomez and right fielder Michael Saunders have been DFA (designated for assignment.)
In their place, reliever Hoby Milner and outfielder Cameron Perkins have been promoted from the club’s AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster.


The 29-year old Gomez served as the Phillies closer for much of the 2016 season. Though he recorded 37 Saves, the fact is that he was walking a tightrope for much of the year in that role.
Over the second half of that 2016 campaign, Gomez fell apart. After the MLB All-Star break, Gomez had an 8.33 ERA. He allowed 42 hits over his final 27 innings, and had a .356 Batting Average Against.
Things didn’t improve this season. At the time of his release, Gomez has a 7.25 ERA and a 1.701 WHIP mark. He has allowed 31 hits over 22.1 innings. Gomez has also surrendered seven home runs, one more than he allowed all of last season.


Saunders was a questionable signing from the beginning. He had played in eight MLB seasons and had produced a career .235/.309/.402 slash line. Saunders produced just 75 homers, 55 stolen bases, and 298 runs scored over 2,513 big league plate appearances.
The argument that he was an AL All-Star last year was a specious one at best. The Phillies saw that act before in the form of Domonic Brown in the 2013 season.
Saunders made that all-star appearance, the only one of his nine-year big league career, on the strength of an uncharacteristically strong stretch in the first half.
After the 2016 MLB All-Star break, Saunders went .178/.282/.357 with eight home runs and just 15 RBI over 214 plate appearances.
This year, Saunders was hitting for a .205/.257/.360 slash line with six homers and 20 RBI over 214 plate appearances. The best predictor of future performance is past performance, especially when that past performance is substantial. Saunders 2017 performance was easily predictable.


So the Phillies have decided to begin to transition away from the placeholder crew.  In some ways, they took the easy way out. They cut two players who have been clearly substandard for a full year. They replaced them with two of the lowest possible profile prospects.
It’s not that Perkins and Milner have not earned their shot. Perkins was hitting .298/.388/.476 for the IronPigs. Milner had allowed 24 hits in 27.2 innings with a 27/4 K:BB ratio out of the Lehigh Valley bullpen.
But neither is a top prospect, and both will simply be role players. While the Phillies have fired an unmistakable shot across the bow of the locker room, the real change still desperately needed has only just begun.
Not until the Phillies promote and regularly play truly exciting prospects such as Nick Williams and Rhys Hoskins will we begin to see through the placeholder fog to a brighter future at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies 2017: Club Missing a Bullpen Opportunity

On the first day of workouts for Philadelphia Phillies pitchers and catchers, manager Pete Mackanin took the opportunity to make a public announcement regarding his bullpen.
The substance of that announcement is, for me, a sign that this may not be the man to lead this team into contending status.
“When you look at Jeanmar Gomez’s year last year, although he had a poor month of September, he saved 37 games and I think blew only six saves,” Mackanin said per Ryan Lawrence at The Philly Voice.
“Premier guys have those kind of numbers. You don’t see very often a guy like Brad Lidge save 48-for-48 in 2008. He had a hiccup but at the same time I believe that he deserves to be called the closer at this point.
Gomez had more than a hiccup. He completely collapsed over the season’s final six and a half weeks. And the fact is that he was never a classic “closer,” never dominated opposing lineups at the end of games.


Let’s look first at that final month and a half. On August 19 at home against St. Louis, Gomez blew a save opportunity against the Cardinals. That day he allowed a two-run homer to Jedd Gyorko in the top of the ninth inning. The Phillies would go on to lose the game in the 11th inning.
That blown save began a closing stretch in which the righty would allow 27 hits over 13 innings spread across 17 games. He stuck out just 10 batters during that stretch. Batters hit for a .422 average against him. His ERA was a shocking 13.85 during that time.
Mackanin couched his praise carefully, never calling Gomez a premier guy himself. However, in saying that “premier guys have those kinds of numbers” he is being more than misleading.
Gomez dominating hitters as a true “premier” closer would do is something that happened all too infrequently. He allowed hits in 46 of the 70 games in which he appeared. For the year, Gomez allowed 78 hits over 68.2 innings. He produced just a 6.2 K/9 ratio. Those are far from premier closer numbers.
Mackanin stated that Gomez “deserves to be called the closer at this moment.” Why? He was never a closer prior to having some success registering saves for a few months last season. He didn’t dominate in the role. Gomez either completely lost it, or the league caught up to him, or both for a long stretch at the end.


The facts are that Gomez has not earned anything other than an opportunity to  be considered as a part of the bullpen mix in the 2017 season.
If you want a classic closer, someone who can potentially dominate hitters and become that “premier guy” type, there is another arm in-house better suited to the role.
Hector Neris is a 27-year-old right-hander who showed last season that he has that kind of stuff. Neris allowed just 59 hits over 80.1 innings with a 102/30 K:BB ratio.
This isn’t even close, and Mackanin knows it. Or at least he had better know it.
It would be one thing for the skipper to say that he is going to give both guys a shot during spring training. He could then go with whichever takes the role and runs with it best. There was absolutely no reason to publicly anoint Gomez as his closer on the first day.


Neris is indeed clearly better suited for that classic role. But I believe that the Phillies are missing an opportunity by naming anyone a “closer” at this point.
Chapter Nine of Brian Kenny’s ground-breaking book Ahead of the Curve is devoted to the “bullpenning” concept. A modification of the idea was used effectively in the 2016 postseason by Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.
I am not going so far as to say that the Phillies should do away with starting pitchers. But I do believe that there is a unique opportunity at this stage in their rebuilding program. The Phils have a golden opportunity to do away with classic bullpen roles, including a closer.
As Kenny rightly describes it on page 167, the game is always on the line:
The ‘ninth inning closer’ model has bolstered the myth that the game is on the line only in that final inning. It certainly is more obviously on the line at that point, but the fact is, most games are decided before then. Somehow, teams managed to forget this at some point in the late ’80’s.
Mackanin is an old-school manager, even if he might like to be thought of differently. He came up as a player in the 1970s, and got into coaching in the 1980s. He is a product of the era where bullpens began to take on specialist roles such as “middle reliever,” “setup man,” and “closer.”


The Phillies have a new, young general manager in Matt Klentak. They have a newly expanded analytics department. They are allegedly trying to become a modern baseball organization.
If that is all indeed the case, then the Phillies should be breaking old molds, not doing everything they can to conform to them.
Again, especially at this time, during a complete rebuild, using a flexible bullpen makes sense. Mackanin is not only wrong in thinking that Gomez has “earned” a specialized role. Actually, none of the Phillies relievers have earned a specialized role.
This coming season is an opportunity for the Phillies. Look at what Francona did in that 2016 postseason. Realize that games can just as easily be won and lost in the fifth and sixth innings as in the final frame.
Spring training this year should not be about figuring out who is going to be a “closer” in the 2017 Phillies bullpen.
It should be about finding a half-dozen reliable arms, ideally at least two of those being left-handers. Heading north from Clearwater should be arms who can get outs whenever they are brought into games.

If Mackanin allows the Phillies to become mired in old-school thinking, thinking that increasingly makes little sense, then he and the team are missing an opportunity. This is a chance to take the National League a bit by surprise, and perhaps to steal a few games to push the win-loss record forward.

Philadelphia Phillies 2016 Grades: Bullpen

The Phillies bullpen exited spring training with no clearly established closer, had one emerge and received strong early work from the relievers, but have seen that bullpen group collapse as the season draws to a close.
After the latest collapse on Tuesday night, when the pen surrendered all of a 6-1 lead following a rain delay and handed the host Atlanta Braves a 7-6 victory, manager Pete Mackanin spoke in frustrating tone per Jim Salisbury at CSN.com.
“…at some point, somebody else has to do a (bleeping) job. Somebody else has to (bleeping) step up. In two games now, every reliever I brought in has given up a (bleeping) run. That’s unheard of.”
The Phillies are 10-14 in September, but could probably be at least a half-dozen games better than that if the bullpen simply did their jobs, holding leads and getting the opposition out late in games.
During the 2016 season the club has used 19 different pitchers in a relief role at one time or another. 
That includes Adam Morgan, who has made 20 starts but also has two relief appearances, and Phil Klein, who has made two relief appearances and one start.
Gomez, Neris, and Hernandez will all receive grades here, as will regular contributors Edubray Ramos and Elvis Araujo, and Andrew Bailey, who was a regular contributor until his late summer release.

David Hernandez was supposed to be the closer, but was unable to hold the role. Jeanmar Gomez was given a shot early on, took the ball, and ran with it. 
But as he appears to have hit a late-season wall, Hector Neris has emerged as the team’s best reliever, and possibly its closer of the future.
There are four other arms who each have appeared in more than 20 but fewer than 30 games this season. Those are Severino Gonzalez (27), Brett Oberholtzer (26), and Colton Murray and Michael Mariot (22 each), while another  handful appeared in between 10-19 games.
Suffice it to say that every single one of those arms has produced disappointing results. In a couple of the cases, that description is being generous.
So let’s take a look at the grades for the six primary relievers to see action with the Fightin’ Phils out of the bullpen in the 2016 season.
READ ORIGINAL article at That Ball’s Outta Here for full grading.

Phillies Should Switch Closer from Gomez to Neris

I’m not going to say that I told you so because, frankly, I didn’t ever say it. But I can tell you that there were many times during this season that I thought it.
I never really bought in to Jeanmar Gomez as the Phillies closer. Was he enjoying success in the role? Yes. Did I like him overall as a reliever, a member of the bullpen in some role? Yes.
But it was never a secret among any serious talent evaluator that Gomez didn’t have classic closer stuff. He was given an opportunity early in the season because everyone else who was given that shot had failed.
When Gomez had some initial success, he was kept in the role by manager Pete Mackanin. To his credit, the right-hander then did what he usually has done for the Phillies since signing as a free agent for the 2015 season, he provided professional innings.
As late as mid-August, Gomez was still humming along in the closer role.
From July 19th through August 13th he allowed just one run and fashioned a 0.90 ERA over 10 innings.
Even during that stretch, however, he was still not dominating hitters. Gomez allowed as many hits and had fewer strikeouts as innings pitched.
But something has clearly changed over the last three weeks. Wether opposing scouts, coaches, and hitters have figured something out, or the results are finally catching up with his stuff, or he is getting tired is still to be determined. It may just be a combination of all three.
Last night, Gomez was pounded by the worst team in the National League, the Atlanta Braves, after being brought in by Mackanin to preserve a 4-4 tie in the 9th inning.

“I feel really good,” Gomez said per MLB.com contributors after the game. “My velocity is the same and my pitches are moving. I threw a lot of good pitches.”

Gomez may feel like everything is the same, and radar guns may say that he has lost nothing, but as I stated, something important has clearly changed.
Over his last eight outings, Gomez has an 11.57 ERA with a .387 batting average against. He has yielded a dozen hits over seven innings in that time with just a 1/3 K:BB ratio.
Gomez has frequently looked shaky on the mound in the closer role, even when his results were positive. Now those positive results are coming more and more infrequently.
In my opinion, it’s time to remove Gomez from the closer role and turn it over to Hector Neris, who has much more of a classic closer repertoire and who has been far more effective.
The 27-year old Neris has allowed just 46 hits over 68.1 innings this season with an 86/19 K:BB ratio.
Even more impressively, since the MLB All-Star break Neris has recorded a 0.42 ERA. In that span he has allowed just 10 hits over 21.1 innings in 21 games with a 29/2 K:BB ratio.
The numbers don’t lie. Hector Neris should be the Philadelphia Phillies closer. The team should put him into that role for the final 3-4 weeks.
Putting Neris into the closer role now would allow him the opportunity to experience success, as well as possibly having to mentally bounce back from a blown Save, should that happen.
As for Gomez, slide him back to the 7th inning role in which he had experienced so much success in prior seasons. Use young Edubray Ramos, who has also been largely successful since his June promotion, as the primary setup man.
It may seem like a small thing, and the closer role on a team that may not win many games down the stretch anyway may not seem too important. But at this point, it’s all about the future, and Neris should be considered the Phillies closer of the future.