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Nick Williams: ‘I guess computers are making the lineup’

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The Phillies’ 5-0 victory yesterday was likely a relief for Gabe Kapler, who has received a good amount of criticism in the season’s first week. There was no pitching change drama, no blundering and, of course, a win is always nice.

After the game, though, one of his young stars voiced some displeasure. It was Nick Williams, who did not play in the game and who is less-than-thrilled with his playing time thus far. From Todd Zolecki of MLB.com:

“I guess the computers are making [the lineup], I don’t know. I don’t get any of it, but what can I do? I’m not going to complain about it because I have zero power. I’m just letting it ride.”

Williams has started only two of the Phillies first six games and has only 11 plate appearances. He has struggled in his limited time and suggests to Zolecki that not playing regularly is partially responsible.

Williams played mostly in right field last year. So far this year Aaron Altherr has gotten more time there. He’s 1-for-18 in 22 plate appearances.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.