Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Size Matters


I love baseball, and I love the Phillies, but I do not always love Phillies' baseball. Phillies baseball as lamented daily on this blog is a roller coaster ride of emotion, with some highs, many lows, and a lot of just chillin' in the middle. When I watch baseball, I like to see a cleanly played game...the way the game is "meant to be played". Last night the Phils lose to the Braves and once again it was due to poor situational hitting and defense. Shane Victorino had two balls that he should have caught that turned into a triple and a double, both going on to score. Final score 3-1...so you do the math if Vic would have caught those balls. And I'm not down on Victorino, because defense has been subpar across the board for the Phillies this season. How about getting big-ass gloves for our outfielders so they can catch something that is 2 inches above their heads?!

*Why is it that the Phillies seem to make struggling veterans and/or no-good youngsters on the mound look like Cy Young? Once again, Hudson as been bad this season but pitches wonderfully against the Phils. Their approach to hitting just does not make sense to me sometimes. And that's why they're so inconsistent.

~Carson

20 comments:

Los said...

gotta look at some of the positives - Hamels pitched yet another great game (this rotation is starting to look promising). Delucci almost erases the deficit in the 8th - if we can get rid of Burrell, I'd be happy with an outfield that consists of Delucci, Rowand,and Victorino.

GM-Carson said...

Hamels did pitch brilliantly. I jsut see a lot of these loses as games that should be won with defense, situational hitting, and smart managing. I don't just been getting hits with runners in scoring position, I mean moving runners up, bunting, sac flies...the "small things".

Whelkman said...

The Phils have sucked at "small ball" tactics for years. They're a team of anxious wannabe heroes, each convinced he's the next Babe Ruth despite barely reaching double digit HRs late in the season.

"Dead ball" may be long gone, but successful teams still employ unheroic contact plays in low scoring games. Even the down-and-out Braves weren't beneath a suicide squeeze for their first run.

GM-Carson said...

Hudson's suicide squeeze was a thing of beauty. He literally jumped at the ball to get it down, and it ended up being a decent bunt. Our pitchers can't seem to do regular bunts for crying out loud!

Whelman- were you referring to "wannabe Babe Ruth" as J-Roll because he pops out more than a 13year-olds wee-wee?!

dane said...

victorino at least got close to those balls and should have caught them but can you image where bobby abreu would have been. he would have pulled up on the warning track on the first one and watched the second one fly over his head. hamels did pitch brillantly which in the long run is more important than a win.

Chris said...

Defense is not smallball. The Red Sox are winning with power and defense this year. They're not the same thing.

I think this shows that most outfielders screw up every now and then, Shane is a good fielder. Shit happens.

GM-Carson said...

I like Victorino, and shit does happen, but it seems that the Phillies team is one big heaping pile of shit this season on defense.

Los said...

Should we blame the coaches for this "lack of concentration" and lack of doing the little things for the betterment of the team?

Whelkman said...

Corey or Carson,

J-Roll definitely qualifies, and Liebarthal and Rowand are the worst (at least since Bell is gone). Howard can hack all he wants, but he actually shows incremental improvement.

Chris 'FP',

I agree that defense is not "small ball". My contention is that the lineup, whose already low "power numbers" are bloated by Citizen's Bank Park, needs to stop swinging for the fences during middle/late innings in low run games.

GM-Carson said...

los: Absofuckinglutely we blame the coaches. Manuel may be a swell guy, but he's a dumbass in baseball terms!

Chris said...

Their numbers aren't bloated by CBP..they're 3rd in runs on the road and 3rd in runs at home.

GM-Carson said...

Here is who I want to be the next Phillies manager: Terry Pendleton...braves hitting coach. He's been learning from one of the best. That is if "Sweet" Lou Pinella doesn't want the gig.

GM-Carson said...

Phils are going ape-shit in the 7th inning. "No-Hit" Nunez has managed to con the opposing pitcher into allowing him 2 hits in the same inning. Hell, even Roberson chipped in...gotta love it!

dane said...

i love the idea of terry pendleton as the next coach. i was hoping he would replace bowa until i heard leyland was interested but i think pendleton will make a hell of a manager.

GM-Carson said...

Dane- I too was excited by the prospect of Pendleton replacing Bowa, but instead we got the bumbling schmuck that calls the shots now. I really can't see Manuel sticking through the offseason, but this is the Phillies we're talking about here.

pfesfan said...

On the birght side, we most likley only have to endure Chalie for the rest of this season... while that game did suck in some ways, there were also a lot of positives... Dellucci's ball goes 5 more feet, it's a whole different outcome.

GM-Carson said...

Wow- 16 posts on WSBGM's today...this a record! Thanks for coming and sharing your thoughts on Phils and baseball. I love doing this blog thing and will continue to try and do funny yet thoughtful posts. It's great hearing what other people have to say, gives me a better perspective.

~Drama Queen

BloodStripes said...

Hey Drama Queen. Remember talking about Zito during the the last Phils game. Well he got pumped for 11 hits, 4 of them home runs, 6 runs in total over 5 innings. Wow, as soon as we mention him, bang! He lost to Padilla of all people who shut them out over 7.

Hey maybe we ought to talk about signing some pitchers from Cincy and the Mets. :]

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- I was going to post that exact same thing about Zito and Padilla on BeerLeagues...we think alike...scary!

BloodStripes said...

Ha ha! Cool man.