- JABO: In Defense of Brandon Phillips
"If you don't get on base, then you suck. That's basically what they're saying." So said Brandon Phillips to USA Today Sports on Tuesday, in a vehement defense of the way that he plays baseball
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 5/12/16
Here's the transcript from my latest chat:
Lord Varys: Is this thing on?
Paul Sporer: Yes!
DB: Who do you like more
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 5/19/16
I got him wrong. Didn't buy the improvements vs. RHP at 30, but he was hitting well apart from power before last weekend and then busted out for 6 HR. He's good. I was wrong.2:04ctw: Paul, would you
- Looking for the Next Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt is one of the very best hitters on the planet. Through the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks star first baseman wields a batting line of .340/.455/.610, giving him a 183 wRC
- Paul Swydan FanGraphs Chat
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- Paul Sporer FanGraphs Chat - 3/20/15
if he's not, you're don't lose much.12:14Comment From Johnwelcome paul! when are your hitter bold predictions coming? also, why Maurer ahead of Quackenbush? 12:15Paul Sporer: The hitters came first
- Paul Sporer Baseball Chat -- 3/27/15
close between those two.12:04Comment From nealmore WAR in 2015: Bartolo Colon, or Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, and Brandon Phillips combined? 12:04Paul Sporer: Hahaha, that's a great question. Gimme
- Paul Sporer Baseball Chat -- 5/14/15
11:49Comment From Zach SandersHI PAUL! 11:49Paul Sporer: Hey everyone, we'll get started shortly!11:49Paul Sporer: Hi Zach!!!11:49Comment From LudeBurgerSporer is taking over!! 11:49Comment From AL
- Paul Swydan FanGraphs Chat - 8/16/11
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- Paul Swydan FanGraphs Chat - 8/23/11
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- Paul Swydan FanGraphs Chat - 9/13/11
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- R.I.P. Tony Phillips
Tony Phillips passed away today, at the age of 56. Unlike some of the reporters sharing stories from their days covering him on Twitter -- this one from Jeff Passan is great -- I never had any
- Paul Sporer Chat - 6/16/2016
think I'd take a shot at a nice discount11:30The Man With The Plan: Yo Paul, whats up?11:30Paul Sporer: Yoooo!11:30Jon: Hey Paul, do you think Iglesias could get the Reds closer job when he returns
- Hello, I'm Paul Sporer
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 4/14/16
We will start at 2pm Central!
Paul Sporer: Hey y'all! Thanks for coming out!
Paul Sporer: Huge surprise that the Tigers bullpen is melting down. So
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat – 4/21/16
See the transcript below:
Paul Sporer: Awful news about Prince. RIP.
Guest: Tell me a good thing about Kyle Seager
- Brandon Phillips's Neck
This headline from the Dayton Daily News ("'For Sale' sign on [Brandon] Phillips' neck") made me think I was about to read a piece about Brandon Phillips and a very strange neck tattoo. As it turns
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 4/7/16
Thanks for a great chat, see you next week!!
Lars: Should I use my # 1 waiver priority to grab Corey Dickerson and cut Ryan Zimmerman?
- Brandon Phillips Is a Business, Man
one hip-hop song in his life and won't hesitate to leverage that experience into the title of a blog post about baseball.
The second thing you should know is how Brandon Phillips has an understanding
- Brandon Phillips as a Trade Asset
them Joey Votto, Mat Latos, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, and Homer Bailey. Brandon Phillips also has been a big part of that core during the Reds' recent run of success, and is under contract through 2017
- Brandon Phillips, Headed South
Well there was one rumor that Brandon Phillips would get traded to the Braves, but then the Braves insisted that Dan Uggla be a part of the deal and we haven't heard that trade rumor again in a while
- Ideal Players and Brandon Phillips
. To the point where they might ignore flaws to do so (Lucas Duda?).
The flip side of this process might be that players that don't fit your profile of an ideal slip through the cracks. Take Brandon Phillips
- Brandon Phillips & Running Away
of this column belies the vagueness of that opening line, but the upshot is something many people said last year and repeated ad nauseum over the winter. While Brandon Phillips was the sixth-ranked fantasy
- Paul Goldschmidt and his Five Tools
Typically when people think of five-tool players they think of guys like Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen or Carlos Gonzalez. Basically up-the-middle players who do everything well. Paul Goldschmidt
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 4/28/16
of a sudden an SP2?2:33Paul Sporer: Hamstring stalled him last year, but I'm in. (wrote this last yr: http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/jason-hammel-pretty-much-a-beast/)2:33Cory: Paul, Meso is scuffling a bit
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 3/31/16
option1:17LudeBurger: Paul, you have won me from Eno. I look forward to this grand relationship between us.1:18Paul Sporer: You can have us both! We're going to be doing back-to-back chats on Thursdays
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 6/24/16
roster.2:33Paul Sporer: that feels expensive for DJLM, especially since he's not SO much better than what you have2:33All Betts Off: Hey Paul. Very deep redraft. Very impt to me. Was offered Trout
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 5/26/16
Sporer: Bell, Dahl, Brinson2:06Adam: Can only hang on to 1 underperformer, J-Up or Prince? Head to head points league2:06Paul Sporer: J Up. I'm worried Prince is hurt2:06yojiveself: Hi Paul - Weiters
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - 5/5/2016
, not skills2:03Hannah Hochevar: Hey Paul. I hope you're rocking Curtis's pale yellow combo today. Also hope you'll weigh in on an AL deal: Felix, Trumbo, and T. White (only keepable name) for Machado
- Paul Swydan FanGraphs Chat - 5/10/11
- Paul Sporer's Bold Predictions - Hitters
- Paul Sporer's Bold Predictions - Pitchers
- Paul Kastava's 10 Bold Predictions
- Anatomy of Brandon Phillips, RBI Machine
Major League Baseball has historically been covered and the numbers that are often used to tell the stories of the game, Brandon Phillips is the guy putting up numbers at an historic pace, as his 21
- Brandon Phillips Made Baserunning History
Brandon Phillips was a great baserunner this past season. He stole 23 bases and was only caught stealing three times. It wasn’t an all-time great season in terms of stolen bases or baserunning runs
- The Reds Strike Again: The Phillips Extension
It has been a good week to be a second baseman. On the heels of Ian Kinsler's big extension with the Rangers, Brandon Phillips received a roughly similar six-year, $72.5 million deal from
- The Best of FanGraphs: March 21-25, 2016
The FanGraphs Newsletter Is Coming!, by Paul Swydan
Actually, it's here's now. You should subscribe to it. Emma is doing a fantastic job.
There Is No Easy Counter-Shift, by Jeff Sullivan
- RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 3/15/2015 - 2B Preview
The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live!
In this episode, Paul Sporer and Jason Collette discuss some Spring Training injury news surrounding Drew Smyly, Zack
- Head to Head: Pedroia vs Phillips
Today I will look at which of Dustin Pedroia or Brandon Phillips I would prefer to have as my 2B over the rest of the year. Pedroia has been a bit of a disappointment, while Phillips has had a better
- Paul Goldschmidt Becoming an Elite First Baseman
Paul Goldschmidt had some pretty robust projections entering the year -- Steamer projected him to have the seventh-highest wOBA among first basemen, for instance -- considering that he had just 177
- Paul Sporer Fangraphs Chat - July 14th, 2016
that both are too risky and I should start Ryan Dull for the week.11:13Paul Sporer: I'd give Wright a go. I think Archer is too scary.11:13Willie: Hey Paul - How would you rank these SP's for ROS for 5x5
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - June 9th, 2016
Paul! Keeper league, already own Xander (3 more years of control). I dealt Corey Seager (can keep for 4 years) and Nelson Cruz (can own through next season) for Andrew McCutchen (free agent after
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - July 21st, 2016
this song on Guitar Hero? I didn't play A TON of GH, but I seem to recall this being on it. 2:08statergery: Paul, is it every permissible to just not use a catcher in a 14 tm roto. Thinking of dropping
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - June 30th
Great chat as always! Back at it again next week around 2 pm Central!
2:00Paul Sporer: We will get started here in a moment! 2:01Francisco: Hey Paul, not sure how attuned to the minors you
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - June 2nd, 2016
Paul! I need steals in a Roto OBP. Who do I drop Duvall for? Buxton, Burns, Rajai or Gardner?2:20Paul Sporer: Can you not flip Duvall? That's some big pop. Although with all of those guys available
- They Can't All Be George Springer
basemen all-time (30th since 1947) -- but things didn't look so hot at the end of his rookie campaign.
Really Bad: Brandon Phillips, 2003 (ranked seventh by Baseball America)
Once upon a time
- Paul Sporer Rotographs Chat - July 7th
%? If you're in a race, I'd definitely deal him even w/out the potential trade looming3:22natsfan: Hey Paul! 10-team AL only league with 10 ptchers. My 5/6 starters are Miley and Eovaldi. Barring a big trade
- Player of the Year Award: Paul Swydan's Process
- Rotographs Rankings First Run - Second Basemen
be reached via Twitter:
There will be differences, sharp differences, within the rankings
- Rotographs Ranking March Update – Second Basemen
for the updates. If you have questions for a specific ranker on something he did, let us know in the comments. We can also be reached via Twitter:
- The Best of FanGraphs: April 28-May 2, 2014
Challenge The Royals, When They’ll Just Help You Out?, by Mike Petriello
Offensively speaking, the Royals have been quite offensive both this year and for some time.
Brandon Phillips & Running
- The All-Value Team: Hitters
of power (16th in HR at 1B) with a big batting average (7th) and a ton of runs batted in (tied for 2nd-most with Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Goldschmidt).
Brandon Phillips [CIN – Draft: 25th
- Andrus, Kinsler Are MLB's Best DP Combo
had the same double play combo each of the past three years -- five if you include Brandon Phillips and Paul Janish in Cincy (I left them out because Orlando Cabrera garnered the lion's share of PT
- Kendrick Extension a Good Value for Angels
, and that is scarcity of available options.
Heading into 2013, there is a chance that Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler and Brandon Phillips could all hit the open market, but given how frequently teams have
- FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 11/12/13
and others are all top notch.9:24Jeff Zimmerman: Paul will have to do the selling. All I was able to do was write the article I have wanted to do for years on the effects of the shift.9:24Paul Swydan: I
- Walker Worthy of Extension
, and is better than Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips, Howie Kendrick and Aaron Hill, to name a few. Staying with the three-year view, Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia and Ben Zobrist have all been clearly better than
- 2015 Opening Day Staff Survey
question, "why?" For each of these questions, we'll present a sampling of our authors had to say on each subject.
Paul Sporer, White Sox: "I think they're markedly better, particularly
- RotoGraphs Consensus Rankings – May Update: Second Basemen
will return for the midseason update. Without further ado:
- Rotographs Midseason Rankings – Second Base
- Trade Implications: Up Goes Frazier… to Chicago
, and Adam LaRoche behind him. Cincy still has Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce, but the latter two seem to be in more trade talks than even Frazier was before being dealt so even if they had
- Potential Lineup Gems - National League
actually never had a subpar season by wRC+ if you can believe that.
Brandon Phillips [CIN, 219th] – The fantasy market isn’t really buying Phillips’ 2015 and that’s understandable. His 23 SBs
- FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 7/5/16
ones have more than the half dozen obvious moves in them9:11John Coctostan: Good evening Paul. Do you think Tim Anderson will get 15-20 stolen bases in the second half of the season? His homers
- All-Star Game Live Blog
From bdhudsonI took the AL, because monetary interest is the only thing that will make this worth watching. 8:03Jeff Zimmerman: One of the few reason, besides Paul threatening me.8:03Comment From
- FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 6/30/15
people, expect Paul, are buying into it.
9:20Paul Swydan: Cameron Maybin holds a special place in my heart because he was the subject of my very first FanGraphs article. So there.9:20Comment From
- FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 9/15/15
Swydan: I think definitely an AL team. I was just going to say Tampa.9:11Paul Swydan: Too slow.9:11Comment From NolanBrandon Phillips has been worth 2.3 WAR and has a modest 2-year 27 million dollar
- Red-hot Reds Chewing Up The Competition
- Early NFBC ADP Thoughts
with 8). You’ll see Prince Fielder under the first basemen, but he’s a DH-only player in most leagues.
I feel like you really want one of the top 9 in Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rizzo, Miguel Cabrera
- FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 2/2/16
: They need a better front office first before anything.9:05Tim: Hello Paul, If you applied WAR to your and your competition's Fantasy teams is it reasonable to assume that you could identify areas
- FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 7/21/15
.............................................................................................................Crawford9:28Jeff Zimmerman: I am note sure what happened to Paul, so I will continue on.9:28Paul Swydan: Sorry, my computer died!9:28Jeff Zimmerman: There he is9:28Paul Swydan: I
- A Brief Note About Other Assorted Deals
to form. Between Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce, the team has no shortage of players who could be expected to do just that. Hoping for them all to do it at once and counting on players like
- Brandon Phillips Now Belieiving in this OBP Stuff?
"I don't believe that on-base percentage stuff. That's overrated to me. If you get hits, you'll be on base. That's what it's about."
- Brandon Phillips, 3/1/2009 to John Fay of the Cincinnati
- FanGraphs Power Rankings - 8/22/11
when it comes to their leadoff hitter, but the real inspired choice would be Jay Bruce and his .360 wOBA. Brandon Phillips’ .332 wOBA is so close to the Reds’ most common other leadoff hitters -- Drew
- FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 1/28/14
suppose, but I doubt I'd use it.9:04Comment From ComptonIs it Paul Swydan as in Swai-dan or Paul Swydan as in Swee-den as in Jodie Sweetin? 9:04Paul Swydan: Closer to the first thing you said.9
- Aroldis Chapman, Official Closer
, and that one of its main weaknesses is its rotation (it would also be great if Drew Stubbs, Brandon Phillips and Chris Heisey snapped out of their slumps, but that’s a post for another day). While
- Reds Need Center Fielder and Left Fielder
in Joey Votto, and a solid core around him in Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. If the club can make the right moves to upgrade left and center field, they could become a dangerous team this October.
- The Pirates' Potential Position-Player Pickle
of Brian Dozier or Brandon Phillips. A player worth making room for in your starting lineup, in other words. The problem is that the Pirates don't seem to have much room at the moment. Actually
- Tyler White: What to Believe?
players who walked at least 10% of the time as rookies (exceptions being Conor Jackson and Jason Phillips). If memory serves me correctly, all those comps were prospects that definitely knew how
- Is Brandon Phillips a Top Tier Second Baseman?
With the uncertainty surrounding Chase Utley, some analysts have Brandon Phillips as the top second baseman in the National League and along with Ian Kinsler one of the top at the position in all
- Paul Kastava's 2016 10 Bold Predictions (Mid-Year Review)
this prediction initially that the SBs were going to be the tough part, and even lamented over it with Paul Sporer. He could go off in the second half, but it's not like he was caught stealing a lot
- The Padres Surprising Middle Infield
- For the Mets, It's All About the Rotation
Anaheim: -8 (Aybar/Rutledge)
Toronto: -9 (Reyes/Izturis)
Chi Cubs: -11 (Castro/Baez)
Houston: -11 (Lowrie/Altuve)
NY Mets: -15 (Murphy/Flores)
As you can see, the Mets
- Extry, Extry: Tony Phillips Still a Baseball Player
Click to maximize big-ness.
If someone were to ask you what you know about Tony Phillips and your reply were something to the effect of, "He was a great, if underrated, player
- GIF: Brandon Phillips Defends His Nation, Sort Of
This is action footage, first captured and then rendered into GIF form by the author, of Team USA second baseman Brandon Phillips making a decidedly above-average defensive play on a ground ball
- Brandon Phillips Consistently Helps Your Team Win
For the past number of years, Brandon Phillips has teetered between elite and second tier second baseman, which to me puts him in the elite category due to his consistency. Being able to consistently
- FanGraphs Power Rankings - 6/20/11
% - .519 (9), TOTAL% - .541 Brandon Phillips has been good, but Rickie Weeks has been the best second baseman in the National League, and deserves to start in the game.
6. Tampa Bay: Last week - 8, WAR
- Hot Stove Implications: Cueto, Chapman, Leake, and More…
Escobar and after a trade for Brandon Phillips fell through, they had a fit for Murphy. Washington gets a more stable bat in moving from Escobar to Murphy, while trading off a bit of the positional
- The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 368 – Eno & Paul’s Last Podcast?
- Brandon Phillips Does the Mudd Foot (GIF!)
, writing styles, and the alternatively crude/gentlepersonly/apocalyptic sensibility contained here at the site.
With all these things in mind, I would like to present Brandon Phillips doing the "Mudd
- The Paul Goldschmidt Dinger Test
Is Paul Goldschmidt underrated? Probably, yes. Is Paul Goldschmidt the most underrated player in all of baseball? Probably. Maybe. I don't know. It's a tricky question, with no possible answer. I
- Micro-Essay: Wit and Its Relation to Brandon Phillips
call it, exists in the sport which is our concern here, too. The video below of Brandon Phillips throwing to first between his legs is one example of it. There are many others, also. The purpose
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Iglesias, Davis, Phillips
Two Ways to GPP
Daily DFS - Eovaldi and Bolsinger
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Iglesias, Elias, Davis, Phillips
1. Two Ways to GPP
I focus all of my
- Paul Maholm and Greatness
Last night, Paul Maholm started the 238th game of his career, twirling six one-run innings on the way to a 3-2 Braves victory. You may not realize it — perhaps because you didn't realize that he's
- Paul Konerko, 2021
"What a sunny day. Did you check the mail?"
"I did, honey. Nothing too interesting. Nuclear power bill, new brain chips for the kids, some kind