Friday, July 29, 2011
Phillies Add Pence in Exchange for Prospects
The move to grab Pence will help the Phillies push the Braves farther behind in the standings and will put them in a better position should they need to face the Giants again in the playoffs. The Phillies offense was already better than that of San Francisco, but not by much. The right field combo of Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown has been below average, batting .233 combined with 11 home runs and only 49 RBIs. Pence himself is batting .308 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs. He isn't great defensively, but he plays with a high level of intensity and he produces. He hit 25 home runs each of the last three seasons. Pence is also under contract through 2013, an advantage that Carlos Beltran did not have. The Phillies offense has gained some steam in recent weeks and it should only continue to get better with Pence, who is a career .300 hitter at Citizens Bank Park. Now that the Phillies have responded to the Giants trade for Beltran, the Braves are the team most in need of a bat. Without one, they will be in trouble as the Phillies and Giants have positioned themselves well for deep playoff runs.