Jerome Williams Signs With Philadelphia Phillies – FanSided


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Jerome Williams Signs With Philadelphia Phillies
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Jerome Williams resigns with Philadelphia Phillies for one year – FOXSports.com


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Right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. He also
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2014 Phillies Report Card: Antonio Bastardo

We’ve come to know him, at times affectionately and at times derisively, as Tony No-Dad. In my glory days living in South Philly, I called him Tony Fuggin’ Bastid. For the tail end of the Phillies’ dominant years, Antonio Bastardo established himself as Charlie Manuel‘s favorite lefthanded reliever. After four full years in the bullpen, however, Bastardo could be on his way out of town due to an addiction to walks, the emergence of Jake Diekman, an arbitration case pending (after a $2 million salary in 2014), and free agency after 2015.

Bastardo’s generosity with free passes is maddening to watch, and the problem isn’t getting better for the 29-year-old Dominican lefty. Since 2011, his walk rate (BB%) has been 11.6%, 11.6%, 11.7%, and 12.6%. That’s bad. With several other left-handed relievers on the team, it doesn’t make sense for the Phillies to pay Bastardo $30,000 per appearance to walk almost five batters per nine innings. But that’s none of my business.

It’s easy to pick and choose statistics to fit a narrative. Bastardo is good: great K%, low HR/FB%, decent ERA retrodictors. Bastardo is bad: terrible walk rates, fringy WHIP, and a see-saw on the ERA- train.

K% BB% BABIP LOB% GB% LD% HR/FB% WHIP FIP xFIP SIERA ERA-
2011 31.1% 11.6% 0.179 81.1% 25.4% 15.9% 8.1% 0.93 3.30 3.56 2.92 69
2012 36.2% 11.6% 0.306 72.2% 27.7% 22.3% 12.5% 1.27 3.34 3.18 2.54 110
2013 26.3% 11.7% 0.287 82.4% 31.4% 18.1% 3.8% 1.27 3.00 4.09 3.49 62
2014 29.9% 12.6% 0.260 65.4% 30.2% 16.8% 5.1% 1.20 3.10 3.81 3.17 108

Among 142 qualified relievers in 2014, Bastardo had the 25th-best K% but the 10th-worst BB%. The top (bottom) 10 in walk rate is generally not the kind of company one wants to keep: A.J. Ramos, Grant Balfour, John Axford, Rex Brothers, Daniel Webb, Alex Torres, Trevor Rosenthal, Jim Johnson, Jordan Walden, and J.P. Howell. That list is riddled with the poster children for Relievers With Control Issues. In particular, Axford, Balfour, and Johnson stand out as raging tire fires. On the bright side, Bastardo tied for second in the group with a lovely 0.7 fWAR.

That just about sums up what you get with Tony No-Dad: lots of strikeouts (about 30%), lots of walks (about 12%), and a ton of frustration. On our deathbeds, we will probably regret spending all this time wondering why he walks so many batters, but at least we will rest easy knowing it wasn’t because of a decrease in fastball velocity. For the last four years, he’s been pretty steady around 93 MPH on the heater.

bastardo velo

On a positive note, Bastardo has upped his ground ball rate over the last two years and decreased his line drive rate. He also doesn’t really give up homers – only four in 2014 and just two in 2013. But he seems to turn himself into a one-pitch pitcher as the season slowly fades away into nothingness.Bastardo pitch usage

With only one pitch he consistently trusts down the stretch and spotty control overall, Bastardo has become too expensive for his skills. The Phillies reaped the benefits of his cheap, powerful bullpen arm for years while they overpaid veterans like Mike Adams. Now that Bastardo is entering his final year of arbitration eligibility, he has moved over to the dark side of overcompensated, flawed relief pitchers. On a team going nowhere in 2015 that is thankfully blessed with a deep bullpen, Bastardo’s control problems seem to have placed him behind Diekman and may eventually even slot him behind Mario Hollands.

Antonio Bastardo’s 2011-2014 performance reinforces the cliché that relievers are fickle. Maybe the Phillies get 2011/2013 Bastardo next year, and maybe they get 2012/2014 Bastardo. For what will likely be close to $3 or even $4 million, the Phillies will get a high-strikeout reliever who struggles with control and who has never, ever walked fewer than four batters per nine innings.

Grade: C-

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Remembering the Philadelphia Phillies first World Series title – That Balls Outta Here


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A crowd of 65,838 at Veterans Stadium, along with Philadelphia Phillies fans everywhere, remember October 21st, 1980 quite well. That night, the Phillies were officially World Series champions for the first time in franchise history. On the same date
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Phillies sign Jerome Williams to 1-year deal – News & Observer

Phillies sign Jerome Williams to 1-year deal
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PHILADELPHIA — Right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10.

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Royals' World Series Game 1 loss is eerily similar to Rockies loss in 2007 (Big League Stew)

The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Pence led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium. The lopsided result wasn’t what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-game card. Given the franchise’s championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, at least through one game, it was proven otherwise. The Royals story actually more closely resembled another recent Cinderella story gone wrong in the World Series. That would be the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who like Kansas City streaked to World Series by winning seven straight games in the postseason and 21 of 22 overall dating back to regular season, but were quickly brought back to earth in a 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1.  Though it wasn’t quite the drubbing Colorado experienced, there were still some eerie similarities, both glaring and subtle, between the two results. • Long layoff at the worst time:  In 2007, the Rockies swept through the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and then sat idly by for the next nine days while the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians went seven games in the ALCS. The Royals were only off for five days, compared to four for San Francisco. It’s not a Royals excuse or necessarily even a legit excuse to begin with, but any such layoff is awkward and can prove disruptive in October.  • First-inning woes: Like the Rockies, Kansas City was down 3-0 in the first inning before the national anthem could stop reverberating through the stadium. Hunter Pence capped San Francisco’s rally with a two-run homer off James Shields. Dustin Pedroia greeted Jeff Francis with a homer in 2007, and then Boston sent seven more to the plate. 

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Welcome Back Jerome Williams

Welcome back Jerome Williams, it’s as if you never left…wait, you didn’t.  Rather than allow him to hit the open market, Amaro inked Williams to a 1 year extension worth $2.5 million.  Jerome was great with the Phillies over 9 starts, going 57.1 innings with an ERA of 2.83 and a 1.13 WHIP.  However, that was only half his season, as he also posted a 6.71 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with the Astros and Rangers early in the year.  The 33 year old has pitched 9 MLB seasons, compiling a 48-54 record with a 4.40 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 891.1 innings.

There are things to like about this deal, as he could be a cheap alternative to slot into the 5th spot in the rotation or be the staff’s swing man/long man.  If he sucks, hopefully the Phils won’t be hesitant to cut bait just because of the guaranteed contract.  Also, I believe this also assures Kyle Kendrick Phillies tenure will end.

More pink glove love!!!

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Phillies sign Jerome Williams to 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Phillies Sign Jerome Williams to One-Year, $2.5 Million Deal

CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have signed starter Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News adds that the contract also includes performance bonuses.

Considering how well Williams pitched for the Phillies since joining the team in August following the Roberto Hernandez trade, it’s not surprising that the organization is bringing him back. The right-hander pitched 57 1/3 innings over nine starts, finishing with a 2.83 ERA and a 38/17 K/BB ratio.

Additionally, the Phillies are thin on starting pitching depth, particularly given the questionable health of Cliff Lee, the expected departure of Kyle Kendrick, and the uncertainty around Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (who will come into spring training attempting to start) and David Buchanan. Williams need not be as good as he was in the final two months of the season last year in Philadelphia to give the Phillies $2.5 million in value over the course of the 2015 season.

The Phillies shouldn’t be buying too much into his performance down the stretch, though. Williams had very little change in terms of his performance whether comparing it to his time with the Houston Astros earlier in the season or in recent years overall. The one big difference was a low batting average on balls in play at .257. His career average is .285 and the league average for starting pitchers was .296. After achieving an abnormally good or bad BABIP result, a vast majority of pitchers regress towards the league average. Williams should be no different, barring some as yet unexplained changes in mechanics or approach (e.g. pitch selection).

Team IP K% BB% HR/FB% GB% BABIP ERA xFIP
2013 LAA 169.1 14.7% 7.6% 13.1% 47.1% .293 4.57 4.24
2014 HOU 47.2 17.4% 7.3% 14.3% 45.3% .335 6.04 4.00
2014 PHI 57.1 16.5% 7.4% 8.5% 45.3% .257 2.83 4.13

Williams is very likely to be a 4.25 ERA type of pitcher next season, not a 2.83 ERA pitcher as he appeared to be with the Phillies in August and September. That being said, there’s almost no risk involved since it’s a one-year deal for a relatively insignificant amount of money, and he’ll help out just by having a pulse and taking the ball every fifth day. There’s also the slim possibility he continues to beat the projections and turns in some more fine pitching, inexplicably, at the age of 33.

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Phillies sign right-hander Williams to one-year deal

Jerome Williams made enough of a positive impression on the Phillies that they are bringing him back next season. The team announced Tuesday evening that they signed Williams to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million, plus performance bonuses.

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