In this edition of Phillies must-reads, the Philadelphia Phillies hot start and organizational mindset are examined. Let's take a look at some of the best articles pertaining to the Phillies for this week.
The new, more analytical members of the Phillies organization are in a tug-of-war with the older, more instinctive Phillies. New 35-year old GM Matt Klentak is all about the percentages, tendencies, and charts, while veteran baseball men such as manager Pete Mackanin and bench coach Larry Bowa still use their respective guts as a big tool. Matt Gelb of Philly.com looks at how they balance the old and the new.
As strange is it may seem, the Phillies will likely seriously consider moving both Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz this summer. As with most young organizations, younger players set aside the old, even when the two players are arguably the best at their respective positions in franchise history. Jay Floyd of Phillies Nation takes a look at potential that the two get moved.
Despite Larry Bowa suggesting he 'probably could' play in the major leagues this Spring Training, the Philadelphia Phillies had top prospect J.P. Crawford begin his season with the Double-A Reading Phightins. Andrew Kulp of The 700 Level took a trip up the Pennsylvania Turnpike to watch Crawford play.
After last night's win, the Phillies now have a league-leading six shutouts. On top of that, John Stolnis of The Good Phight notes that another statistic has changed in the team's favor.
George Gouvas is a contributor to Philliedelphia.com.