The Phillies slowly enter the era of analytics

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David Murphy of the Daily News has a story today about the Phillies’ belated entry into the world of analytics.

The Phillies are probably the last team to jump into those waters, but they aren’t just jumping into them. They added an analytics guy a couple of years ago and now, finally, have launched a database system like most other teams have. They’re also, based on the quotes in the article anyway, aware of where they are in this regard. Aware that they have more work to do to catch up. So that’s something.

One thing that does bug me is Pat Gillick’s reference to the Giants’ success as success by a team that isn’t really into analytics. As we’ve noted in the past, that has long been said but it has not been true for a long, long time. It may be the most oft-cited bit of misinformation about team analytics out there. Really, the Giants should be lauded for being astonishingly successful at integrating scouting and analytics seamlessly, not for being successful despite not being into analytics. Because that latter assertion is simply erroneous.

In any event, it’s a good “state of the Phillies” article for you.

Carlos Martínez to pitch out of bullpen upon return from injured list

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Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said pitcher Carlos Martínez will work out of the bullpen when he returns from the injured list, The Athletic’s Mark Saxon reports. Shildt noted that the decision is based on Martínez’s needs rather than the team’s needs, which suggests he may not yet have the strength to pitch as a starter.

Martínez, 27, opened the season on the injured list due to a right rotator cuff strain. The right-hander was also injured last year, battling lat and oblique injuries. He will go to extended spring training and likely begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Based on that time frame, Martínez should be activated around mid-May.

Last year, Martínez made 18 starts and 15 relief appearances, posting a 3.11 ERA with five saves and a 117/60 K/BB ratio across 118 2/3 innings. It is unclear what role(s) Martínez will have in the bullpen, but he could eventually help set up for closer Jordan Hicks.