Crashburn Alley’s 2016 Predictions

Opening Day is here which can only mean one thing… it’s time for us here at Crashburn Alley to make a bunch of predictions about the 2016 season that are absolutely, definitely, 100% guaranteed to be either right or wrong. In the comments section, be sure to share your predictions and let us know where we went right and where we went terribly wrong. Our prognosticators: Spencer Bingol (@spencerbingol) Adam…

April 4, 2016

Bold Prediction: Tyler Goeddel Will Compete For NL Rookie Of The Year

Corey Seager, Steven Matz, Julio Urias, Trea Turner, Tyler Goeddel. That’s how I see the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year race. There are some studs in this rookie class, but Goeddel is a multi-tooled offensive player, and is not likely to be a defensive liability. If he gets hot, he could put up counting stats that make some of the voters for the writers’ annual Post-Season-Make-Your-Own-News (POSMYON) Awards take…

April 1, 2016

Bold Prediction: The Bullpen Will Be Slightly Better Than Terrible

We all got to pick our own topics for this week’s Bold Predictions series, which means I volunteered to do this. As soon as I did, I said to myself, I immediately regret this decision. It’s not exactly easy to prove that our bullpen won’t stink. It’s kind of been our calling card in recent years. Not only that, but for a team in the process of building a lineup…

March 31, 2016

Bold Prediction: Maikel Franco Will Receive MVP Votes

This week, the Crashburn staff will be posting our bold predictions for the 2016 Phillies season. I’m a person who is loathe to put my name next to baseball predictions of any sort – variation and randomness hold too much sway to be able to say much with confidence. Making a prediction that qualifies as “bold”, or, unlikely enough to be surprising? Even worse. However, I’ve attempted to find a sensational-sounding prediction that…

March 30, 2016

Bold Prediction: The Phillies Won’t Finish Last in the NL East

Back in the old days when I lived in New Jersey, I read The Philadelphia Inquirer every day like a very good boy. One of my favorite routines was reading the weekly Eagles game preview, in which the paper summarized the two teams and — with little football helmets — indicated which team had a better quarterback, better wideouts, better coaching, and so on. This came to mind in thinking about my bold, daring prediction that the…

March 30, 2016

Bold Prediction: Bourjos Will Make the Cardinals Look Foolish

This week the Crashburn staff will be posting our bold predictions for the 2016 Phillies season. The St. Louis Cardinals organization has done a lot of things right over the last decade and a half. In 2003, they swapped one (admittedly great) season of J.D. Drew for a prospect you may have heard of named Adam Wainwright. They let franchise icon Albert Pujols walk when his free agent price tag…

March 28, 2016

Don’t Overlook Aaron Nola

According to virtually every publicly available projection model, Aaron Nola is projected to be the best starting pitcher in the Phillies rotation. Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA system projects Nola to have the lowest WHIP (1.21) and lowest ERA (4.04) as well as the highest WARP (1.4). It should be noted that if the WARP figure looks a bit low, it’s because they only project Nola to throw 138 innings and the…

March 24, 2016

Should the Phillies Add an Outfielder?

According to Jayson Stark, the Phillies are exploring options to bolster their outfield depth. While this is hardly a surprise considering the team was counting on a full season from Aaron Altherr only to see him sidelined by a wrist injury for four-to-six months. Do they truly need to make a move though? If so, should they be looking for a bench outfielder or someone who can play everyday? To…

March 16, 2016

Who Is The Phillies Center Fielder?

For four seasons after Jayson Werth departed Philadelphia via free agency, the Phillies had a depth crisis at the center field position. Their top four backups by playing time were John Mayberry Jr, Michael Martinez, Tony Gwynn Jr, and Cesar Hernandez. Of those four, Gwynn was a true center fielder, but the others represented varying degrees of defensive disasters at the position. This frustrating trend mercifully came to an end…

March 15, 2016

Crashburn Roundtable: Breakouts and Busts

In advance of today’s Grapefruit League season opener, we set up a virtual roundtable to share which Phillies we’re most looking forward to watching this year and which Phillies we’re most concerned about putting up a dud of a season. The participants for this discussion: Spencer Bingol (@spencerbingol) Adam Dembowitz (@adamd243) Brad Engler (@bxe1234) Corinne Landrey (@Ut26) Dave Tomar (@dtomar) 1. What Phillies player not named J.P. Crawford are you…

March 1, 2016