2021 Team Awards: Philadelphia Phillies Edition
The Philadelphia Phillies were a roller coaster of a baseball team, only leading to their demise in 2021.
Sometimes you love something so much that it wears you out: a puppy, a job, a team.
Something that really puts a hole in the stomach if something goes wrong. Real pain. Nausea.
I don’t want to be so dull, but after the last 162 Phillies games, I’m ready for the football season.
Let me explain.
As someone who has watched at least 85% of the 2021 Philadephia Phillies slate (don’t say Liam), this team showed glimpses of the 2008 team that you just couldn’t put away.
Meanwhile, the flip side could just as easily have been a sticky subway dime. In other words, a collection of disappointing youngsters, the disgrace of a former ace, and so many Errors.
Please don’t get me wrong. It has been a fantastic season and the first I personally covered the Phillies with attention; ergo, myself and a few others put together a little postmortem.
So let’s hand out some awards, starting with the man who chose to cut his hair as soon as the Phillies didn’t make the playoffs.
‘MV3’ Award for Heart and Soul – BY Bryce Harper
Too easy. I’m guessing Harper is in the running for the NL MVP, given his 1,044 OPS and .615 Slugging in the league lead. Having said that, and I know it will sound silly, Harper has less than 100 RBIs.
From 2000-2019, out of forty league MVPs in total, only nine took home the award with less than 100 RBIs, one of them being Harper in 2015. That is, 84 RBIs and staying up to date. home for October could hurt his reputation, but Phillies fans know exactly what they’ve seen this season.
Zack Wheeler Actually (voiced by Robert Downey Jr.) led the team with a WAR 7.8 to 5.9 for Harper, but, if you follow that team, Harper has the heartbeat under control.
Without him, this team is needlessly bloated, old and worse than the New York Mets. No thanks.
Strongly ten more years.
Honorable mentions: Zack Wheeler, John Segura, Ranger Suarez
High Socks Swagger Award for the best off-season signing – FR / DE Brad Miller
It was as if he had been doing this all year.
I live in “La-La Land” to a certain extent, but I don’t know how the Phillies are doing this season, especially considering Rhys Hoskins injuries, minus the Brad Miller boomerang. It’s all about volume.
Miller has played 140 games this season. Alone Andrew McCutchen and Harper made more appearances (144 and 141, respectively).
McCutchen and Harper made $ 47.5 million combined in 2021. Miller made $ 3.5 million.
Maybe it points to a bigger issue with the Phillies roster, but Miller was your best signing of 2021.
The offense was definitely better with Big Hosk in the lineup.
Once he was gone, Harper saw fewer and fewer reachable locations. If he doesn’t suffer from a late-season injury, the Phillies offense won’t have to feature Brad Miller for more than a month. With Rhys Lightning, the Phillies could have made a serious push. Well, this life.
“They mustn’t have a lot of recordings on him” award for Let’s See Him Do It Again next year – SP / CP Ranger Suarez
I’m not sure it’s really a catch, but Suarez kept the Phillies afloat.
His 5.9 WAR matched Harper, yes, and only fell behind Wheeler for the team’s second best. I would love ‘Back to the future‘these ratings last spring.
The numbers are good, but we’ve seen it go from a committee reconciliation to a legitimate threat within the starting rotation. Many young guns have disappointed this season, but Suarez has stood out as a man among the boys. Let’s go back to 2022 (jeez, weird to type).
What could have been? Kingery is in the image of Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman: we will see him again, but we expected much more the first time. Call it impenitence.
In 2018, the Philadelphia Phillies believed they had beaten the league by signing their xx overall prospect for a 6-year, $ 24 million contract. Since then, the results have left much to be desired.
Since 2018, Kingery has had an OPS of .667 and only 19 hits in his last 132 ABs.
I know injuries and a weird 60-game season don’t help matters, but at this point the Phillies don’t even know where to play it. He’s making $ 6.25 million next season and he might not land on the 40-man roster.
Ultimately, as disappointing as Alec Bohm’s season has ended, I think Kingery’s future looks a lot more terrifying, so Happy Halloween. The trick has to be that we still believe in a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011.
“I refuse to give up on you because I love you too much” award for the most likely to bounce back – SP Aaron Nola
I don’t think I can handle another ‘Geaux’ pun. I am so tired of the LSU Tigers. Auburn is better, sorry LSU #GeauxNix.
I think Nola’s lousy season was tempered by his apparent unique ace title. He was the chosen one.
Even with a WAR of 2.7 over the season, we can all agree that Nola has been disappointing.
“They Are Who We Thought They Were” Award for Bonehead’s Biggest Statement – SP Aaron Nola – @Colin Newby
Back to back winner.
Aaron Nola told reporters that he is “a little tired of that” in reference to hearing about his statistical struggles in September throughout his big league career.
Nola finished with just five quality starts in his last 21 appearances from June 1 to the end of the 2021 season. His comment was misplaced for someone who is expected to pitch at the top of the rotation this season, but has played a significant role in the inability to take advantage of division opponents who practically asked them to steal a playoff berth.
The ‘Mark Wahlberg of Deceased‘Most likely mic drop price – BY Andrew McCutchen
I like to think McCutchen chokes on the rat in the Phillies clubhouse before he walks out.
It’ll be sad to see McCutchen go, but with a $ 15 million club option for 2022 I’m not sure you can justify bringing him back to 35. Even with an oWAR of 2.1, his -7 Runs from Fielding isn’t justifiable, and the Phillies have better options at DH (if that comes to fruition).
The Phillies would do well to roll the dice when someone like Adam Haseley, Roman Quinn or Mickey Moniak returns. The Phillies will have to make money to rebuild (again) their enclosure.
Archie Bradley, Hector Neris, Matt Moore, and Ian Kennedy are all set to come out in free agency, and I wouldn’t be surprised if none of them returned.
The ‘Pink Floyd Price Would you like to be here‘Price for what could have been – SP Tyler Anderson – @Alec Kostival
The number 5 left-handed starter had a 3.38 ERA in his first ten starts as a Mariner. Remember, the Phillies could have had it on the cheap, but then the potential trade failed.
It would have been nice not to have a set of pens every five days on purpose, for some unholy reason.
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