Phillies Defense Part 1: Just out of Reach

This season, as in so many others this past decade, the Phillies defense was a weakness. But it wasn’t supposed to be. In 2019 the defense graded out well by publicly available metrics, especially the outfield. Then, during the offseason, the front office made moves to improve the infield defense. Coming into the 2020 season […]

69 thoughts for all 69 players coming to Phillies spring training

Most springs, Phillies camp begins with some portable lockers on one side of the clubhouse because there isn’t enough space to accommodate everyone. It’s cramped. But in most springs, the Phillies don’t assemble a vast tryout roster to fill their bullpen and bench needs like they have in 2020. The front office has attacked the […]

Bryce Harper Opens Up About His Defensive Shortcomings Last Season

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Bryce Harper knows his defense last season wasn’t good enough. The advanced defensive metrics are flawed and sometimes inaccurate, but practically all of them showed that Harper in 2018 was a worse outfielder than he had been in his previous six major-league seasons. According to Sports Info Solutions, Harper was worth minus-26 […]

Stat of the Week: Running on Bryce Harper’s Arm

By Mark Simon One of the storylines to follow for new Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper this season will be how he fares defensively. Harper’s defense cost the Nationals 26 runs last season, tied with new teammate Rhys Hoskins for second-worst in the majors. Harper struggled defensively in both right field, where he’ll likely play for […]

Why Does Bryce Harper Have -25 Defensive Runs Saved?

BY MARK SIMON After winning the Home Run Derby, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper got his hitting back on track in the second half of the season. Since the All-Star Break, he’s hitting .304 with a 1.004 OPS in 55 games. With Harper hitting free agency for the first time this winter, this was significant, as he […]

Why Does Bryce Harper Have -5 Defensive Runs Saved?

By MARK SIMON Just like with offensive statistics, defensive statistics take time for samples to build up. But there was one number from the early-season metrics that I wanted to at least look at a little more closely – Bryce Harper’s -5 Defensive Runs Saved. Harper had saved 28 runs defensively in his first six seasons for […]

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