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Well, technically two and a half: The Sporting News just released their list of the worst everyday players in the major leagues at every position, and the Phillies made a strong showing for being weak. The worst everyday first baseman? Well, you can guess that:
Yes, on the surface it seems odd for WAR to say a player who is fourth in the NL with 93 RBIs is the worst everyday first baseman in baseball. And Howard has certainly been at his best with runners on base: a .256 average and .802 OPS, compared to .182 and .552 with the bases empty. But he’s never been much of a fielder (Inside Edge numbers) show he’s only made 17 of 50 plays at first base deemed to be outside of the routine this year) or much of a runner. And when you add his career-worst .220 average and .682 OPS to the mix, he winds up on this list for 2014.
Left field? The man responsible for that not-uncommon occurrence above, Dom Brown:
In 139 games last year, Brown hit 27 home runs and posted a 1.7 WAR for the Phillies in a breakthrough season. This year, through 140 games, he has 10 home runs and a minus-1.3 WAR. That’s quite a regression. His struggles reached the point where, earlier this month, there were reports that the Phillies will look to trade him in the offseason. That’s not what anyone expected after Brown made the 2013 All-Star team.
And when it comes to starting pitching, the saddest award in all of baseball goes to Roberto Fausto Edward James Olmos Carmona Hernandez, who spent his season with the Phillies until just after the trade deadline. He actually did pretty decent here and made the list due to his dismal showing with the Dodgers. But that doesn’t really make me feel any better, because he was tied with someone else we know very well:
Hernandez was actually a relatively positive part of the Phillies’ rotation for much of the year (3.87 ERA/4.67 FIP), but in eight starts after the Dodgers traded for him, he’s posted a 4.74 ERA and 5.28 FIP … Worth a mention: Kyle Kendrick, Phillies. Kendrick has identical 0.4 WARs for both FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference, which isn’t too surprising considering his ERA (4.61) is nearly identical to his FIP (4.57). And neither number is good.
The good news? In his final season, while everyone can’t get over how amazing a player he was even until the very end, Derek Jeter takes the title at shortstop.