Thursday, August 24, 2006

Minor Threat


Not all wins are created equal, as evident by last night's 2-1 victory over the Cubbies. Myers looked hideous for the first handful of batters, opening up and throwing everything high and to the right. Then all of sudden he was ON! I don't know about the rest of you, but Myers is one of my favorite pitchers to watch when he's on, because he reminds me a big ol' right-handed power pitcher from back in the day. Last night's win also featured yet another yackem-jackem by the Mammoth himself, Ryan Howard. And to top it off, Joe Thurston, a name mentioned months ago on here, got a crucial pinch-hit in the 9th in his Phillies debut.

BloodStripes- the theme of this blog is a dedication to you my man! For being a loyal reader, commenter, punk fan, and now fellow Oracle with the predicted Howard homer.

Besides Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the Phils are a collection of minor threats.

Minor Threats:
*Bullpen- Geary, Sanches, Fultz, Castro, Beard, Rhodes, and Madson are not very intimidating alone, but mix-n-match them strategically, and you have yourself a suitable relief core.
*J-Roll- manages to get himself out enough to keep his name out of elite short stops, but look at his numbers and tell me he isn't one of the best.
*Rotation- Hamels, Moyer, Lieber, Wolf, and Myers can all dominate on any give day, but at their perspective points in their careers don't really scare anyone, but don't look now...the Phils rotation is 5 strong.
*Outfield- Dellucci, Burrell, and Victorino each have their own style of play, and really are not all that opposing, but together they are succeeding.
*Catcher- Lieberthal and Coste are actually hitting fairly well from the catcher position and more importantly throwing runners out...ever Lieby.
*So can a bunch of minor threats be a major menace to the rest of the league?

~Carson

29 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Drama......you have totally nailed it today bro! Spot on! I reckon the best of the rest of MLB is thinking exactly that. But they don't realize the power and spirit that the Minor Threat crew have boiling inside them. This Phillies team have what it takes. Guts and determination!

I can just see Aaron Rowand (may your ankle heal quickly) in the clubhouse after a win slotting in the CD and turning up the volume to full bore when the mighty words of a great song blare...............

"Make do with what you have,
Take what you can get
Pay no mind to us
WE'RE JUST A MINOR THREAT"

BloodStripes said...

1st it was quote, now its blog post of the year dude.

"Red, I'm seeing Red"

GM-Carson said...

from "gas gan" to closer. i nicknamed geoff "gas can" geary a few years back. now he's closing games. go figure. wins like last night's make the day go faster. look out reds and redbirds!

only two more days on the oncology unit, then back to posting blogs for a while!

my name is corey and i'm a minor threat...

corey

GM-Carson said...

"How do you do,
I don't think we've met,
My name is Tim,
and I'm a Minor Threat"

"It's like screaming at wall, it's never gonna fall!"

*Great band...revolutionary band!

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

Corey- we posted a similar comment at the exact time! Freaky stuff my main man!

~the One Who Brings the Drama

BloodStripes said...

Verse for Jamie Moyer to sing:

I might be an adult, I'm a minor at heart.
Go play baseball, be a man, whats the phucking deal?
Its not how old I am, Its how old I feel.

WE'RE JUST A MINOR THREAT

Flex your head!

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- remember "Baseball really is life and the rest is merely frivously details", and thanks for honor of quote and now post of the year...I rock!

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

LOL, no worries bro! You really got my blood pumping with the hardcore post. I started playing the album straight away. I'm believing big time now.

Your right though. I read a post on a forum today that said only now are some journos on major US papers writing about the Phils and taking them seriously for the WC. I think they truly are a "Minor Threat" in most peoples eyes right now.

Someone should pay you to write this shit. You're good at it.

I better get some sleep before the game. Only 6 hours to go. I'll sleep in and get up in 7.

GM-Carson said...

If I got paid anything to write about the Phillies, it would be the best job in the world. However, I don't see that happenings, so I'm just going keep writing for entertainment purposes...hopefully others will join in on the fun.

Los said...

Another great win yesterday - this team is much more exciting than before the trade deadline.

Maybe if Burrell continues to realize that this is no longer his team, he'll give it his all every game.

How 'bout Charlie Manuel using some "strategory," and taking Rhodes out and bringing Geary in after 1 out in the 9th ... Sure, it's not like it was one of those double-switches, but I didn't think he had it in him.

IUP Philly Fan said...

firt off, i love minor threat. great band. second, i am absolutely loving what i see out of the phillies right now. the teams that win and the teams that end up in the playoffs are the ones that find ways to win no matter what happens. last night demonstrated that perfectly. myers gives up a run in the 8th. no big deal, just go out in the 9th and see what you can do.

charlie is shutting a lot of people up with his effective bullpen use, such as taking out rhodes and putting in geary. which i liked, since rhodes drives me nuts.

it's nice to see this team functioning together as a unit and being a team in the process

charlie manuel, you are guilty of being white.

12XU!!! minor threat kicked ass.

GM-Carson said...

I will give credit where credit is due, and the entire Rhodes/Geary 9th inning strategy by Manuel last night was solid. I've been very vocal about my displeasure of Manuel's strategy in the past, but last night he stepped up and did the right thing.

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

Someone forgot to send Hamels the memo that Phillies starters don't pitch like shit anymore! 4 runs in the 1st inning, way to make this game look unwinnable...let's see how it plays out, but Zambrano is good, the Phils will be lucky to score 4 off of him today.

BloodStripes said...

Its a pounding. Hamels is not the king today.

Hey, its Brian 'pitch when we're getting smashed' Sanches coming in.

GM-Carson said...

Model Dictator isn't even good enough for mop-up duty.

corey

BloodStripes said...

Yeah, he only seems to pitch when the situation is reversed and the Phils are doing the pounding. Charlie has it all worked out.

BloodStripes said...

Whoever is announcing right now on WPHT. Harry or Wheels? Well he just said 'i wanna see Castro pitch and see if he can maintain his zero ERA'.

Yeah, we here at WSBGM's wanna see that too!

BloodStripes said...

Jose K living up to his name.

Fabio 'Model Dictator Castro is on the mound.

Q - What do you call a team 10 runs behind the cubs with Castro pitching..............

A - Good things...

GM-Carson said...

If the Model Dictator can escape this game while maintaining a 0.00 ERA, hopefully someone in the Phils organization takes notice! The Legend & Lore grows...2 scoreless innings thus far.

~Carson

*Manuel should have kept "K" Hernandez in the game to give Howard the rest of the day off. That's called thinking ahead.

GM-Carson said...

To Manuel's credit, Hernandez stayed in to spell Rollins at short, and Thurston moved to 2nd to give Utley a break. Our big time slugger could use a breather too, how about Sandoval moving there for some innings?

GM-Carson said...

He's too sexy- Model Dictator now with 3 scoreless innings on a day where everyone seems to be hitting on the Cubs. Why doesn't he pitch more?

BloodStripes said...

3 more donuts on the linescore for Fabio. Thats 17.1 scoreless ones. What more does the man need to do. Give him a save chance!

Hey i like Thurstons work. He's having a good start for us.

Forget that one Phils. Back to work tommorrow. Speaking of which, I better go do some.

See y'all later for a Phlashback!

P.S - Thanks for the dedication today.

BloodStripes said...

Before I go I have a song dedication for the reds on their west coast trip...........Husker Du - 'Everything Falls Apart'

Go Giants

BloodStripes said...

......listen up MLB teams.....

Take your time
Try not to forget
We never will
We're just a Minor Threat

GM-Carson said...

Today's loss sucked plain and simple. Honestly, we knew they couldn't win every game, so I'm not going to get worked up about it. Besides there were positives in the game- Thurston showing he may be helpful, and the Model Dictator adding to his scoreless inning streak as a Phil!

Tune in tomorrow for what I promise to be a funny Phillies Phlashback Phriday.

~Drama Queen

fans said...

Did you see that Coaste is on ESPN's Cold Pizza tomorrow morning? I see a book deal in the making.

Whelkman said...

You could elucidate on what happened to David Coggin and Paul Abbott.

Whelkman said...

Coste's second book, Roller Coaster, along with reprints of "Hey...I'm Just the Catcher" are due in Feb 2007.

GM-Carson said...

Let's just hope Chris Coste continues to produce now that he's getting media exposure. He still has one ugly-ass swing that appears as though he shouldn't be able to hit anything, but somehow makes it work for himself.