Monday, August 14, 2006

...when September ends



Wake me up, when September ends. Why? Because- Charlie Manuel is an American Idiot, or maybe just a Nimrod! Either way he's not very baseball savvy, and with each post game interview seems to reach a new apex of bumbling dumbass. I hope he can replace Geary, Madson, White, and Fultz's arms with Lego parts, because he's over using them. And it's not like he doesn't have a guy out there in the form of a model-dictator (Fabio Castro) that isn't fresh and also hasn't allowed a run since joining the team. But wait...he's a Rule 5 guy, so Manuel will stick with "conventional wisdom" and use him only in blowout games because that's typically what Rule 5 are meant to do. Manuel has made similar decisions like this over the past 2 seasons. He'll often pull a rookie pitcher after 5 innings, even though they still got a lot left in the tank, because as Wheeler would put it "they were only looking for 5 good innings out of him". Wow, that is retarded! I understand hoping for 5 good innings, but if the guy can give you more let him do it. I simply can't take much more of Manuel's baseball "strategy", or lack there of!

*Positive Note- Ryan Howard better get some serious consideration for MVP, because his #'s right now are staggeringly mind-blowing!

~Carson

P.S. This 1 finger salute is for you Uncle Cholly!

31 comments:

Los said...

I hear he might be the manager next year, still.

Whelkman said...

Every day I feel more qualified to run this team. I'm not a player, know only 10% as much about baseball as I think a manager should, and otherwise lack anything one could call "relevant experience." I do, however, possess basic and essential skills of business and strategy.

Just my retail experience tells me to rotate stock (pitchers). Fultz was the last pitcher in Friday night's game and the first reliever in Saturday's? Even if we really, really needed him, at least save him for the eighth and give him an extra 45 minutes of rest; the guy just pitched 20 hours ago!

I agree fully on Castro. Maybe he's not the best, but at least use him as filler until his ERA creeps to 4 or 5 to match the rest of the pen.

Retail (and business) tells me to cut losses with slow products (Nunez). Phillies management is cheap, not wise. The likes of Nunez hurt long term attendance far more than his contract is worth. The owners would receive much more value by admitting the mistake, getting rid of Nunez (via trade, recall, or outright release) and moving in a cheap alternative (Randa or Scales with his impressive .816 OPS!). Having Nunez on the team is the equivalent of leaving rotten fruit on the shelves because the new shipment hasn't arrived.

You know matters are out of hand when my mother, a phan, to be sure, but without intimate knowledge of baseball proper, asks me questions like, "Why don't they change the lineup?" and "Why don't Coste and Delucci play every day?"

It's not about the money. Billy Beane does better with less than 60% of the Phillies' current budget.

Whelkman said...

Edit: I was referencing old figures. The A's current payroll is approximately 70% of the Phillies'. My overall point still stands.

GM-Carson said...

Whelkman- you are our MVP poster on this blog. Your insight is always welcome...not to mention you usually make me chuckle too!

Pass the word along...WSBGM's is taking the blogsphere by storm!

fans said...

Gillick said in yesterday's paper that Nunez' offense is bad and he does not expect it to get better.

He likes his defense and he doesn't see any better prospects in the near future.

GM-Carson said...

Nunez's defense is good. He's playing above average defensively...but there are no other good things about him. His horrendous hitting is killing the Phillies, because I don't care if he were The Wizard of Oz out there fielding, he just does not belong in the lineup daily. If he starts the season as the Phils 3B in '07, I'm sending a scud Gillicks way!

Spencer said...

How big was Howard this weekend? And in two situations where he brought us back miraculously, we couldn't win the game. I don't know how many runners Nunez left on base this weekend, but I have to think that his defense hasn't made up for the lost RBIs.

Also lost in yesterday's game was Burrell coming up short yet again in a big situation. After Howard ties the game, Burrell could have ended it. All I ask if for Burrell to come up big once or twice a month - Howard and Utley come up big every other game or so. Once or twice a month is doable. Here marks the problem with this team - at his current production, Burrell should be batting 6th or 7th, not behind Howard. Same for Rowland. 1-4 on this team is Joe Dimmagio - 5-8 Dom Dimmagio.

Che said...

Hey, thanks for the comments. I'd be honored to link to your blog.

One thing though: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh sports teams peacefully co-existing? That's a breath of fresh air! Something different from the Philly guys I know at school who think the Eagles are in direct competition with the Steelers.

GM-Carson said...

Steadman- here at WSBGM's, we're Phillies fans first, but we pull for the Buccos as well, and therefore include them in our blog. Feel free to invite more Pirates fans here! And as you will see, I'm linking your blog shortly here after.

pfesfan said...

No, don't invite the Pirates fans!! haha. Anyway, I agree about Manuel. He really does heave some kind of speaking problem. No wonder the Phillies can't win, they can't understand him.

GM-Carson said...

Sometimes I sit back and feel like a dick for the things I say about Manuel. I do not know him on a personal level, but when I watch I can't help but make remarks about his speech, demeanor, and even his stroll to the mound...he's disgusting!

~Carson

I welcome anyone here, the more the merrier!

Che said...

I agree, Freddy is my personal fave. I'll trade you one Jason Bay for one Ryan Howard, though. It's fair, I promise.

GM-Carson said...

Che- remember a couple seasons ago when the Phils offered Ryan Howard to the Pirates, but their brass wasn't convinced he would pan out...ha!

Che said...

I could give you a long list of similar situations. In general, remember that anyone the Pirates' ownership deems a gamble actually has true star potential. The front office doesn't like any risks, and they'd rather sign vetern players who have proven they will suck than prospects who have a chance at turning out okay.

GM-Carson said...

Che- on that note...the injured Brad Eldred better get a shot at 1st next season!

GM-Carson said...

the only reason the phils traded cormier is because that hick cholly couldn't pronounce his name.

screw abe nunez? where the hell is bobby scales. carson, i'm disappointed. all this anti-nunez talk, and i don't see bobby scales' name anywhere. christ, i would take joe thurston, or even thurston howell III, or ginger, or mary ann or anyone else at third.

brad eldred is a house. so is j.r....

i got nothing...

corey

Che said...

Yea, maybe if Eldred pans out then Dave Littlefield can be forgiven. The Pirates seem mighty happy with their newest acquisition though, Xavier Nady.

GM-Carson said...

future blog: Bobby Scale Fan Club...since we are the co-heads.

GM-Carson said...

X-Man Nady might end up helping the Buccos...their offense is lacking after all.

Che said...

I have no complaints, other than we already had him on the team (Craig Wilson, anyone?)

Whelkman said...

Does anyone know, currently, how much an AL win is worth in NL terms (should be greater than 1)?

The Rev said...

I'll give props. You guys are finally finding your blog stride. Kudos.

Ryan Howard reminds me of David Ortiz. In fact, Ryan Howard is David Ortiz on a much worse team. You put Howard on a team with clout like the Red Sox and he becomes a legend.

GM-Carson said...

Wow...we shelled Pedro...that was nice!

Ryan Howard on a winning team would be the talk of baseball, much like Pujols, Manny, Ortiz, Jeter, etc. By the end of the season, Howard will go down with one of the best season's in MLB, if not the best, and therefore should be heavily considered for MVP!

Thanks for the vote of confidence Rev. Smokin' Steve...we're trying out hardest to make this a good blog and get more people involved.

~Carson

Whelkman said...

Hey, it's our pimp Castro! His future's so bright he's gotta wear shades.

I'd let Hamels go for the SHO, despite this "pitch count" nonsense.

GM-Carson said...

The legend and lore of Fabio "Model Dictator" Castro grows with yet another shut out inning. I'm not saving the guy is a bullpen savior, but he obviously deserves to pitch more. Beautifully pitched ballgame by Hamels, Phils offense rocked, and Pedro is a chump!

~Carson

Whelkman said...

Pedro looked dead out there. I'm gonna milk this for all it's worth at the office tomorrow. A Mets fan was talking up Pedro to me, so I'm gonna rub Nunez's sloppy "double" all over his face.

BloodStripes said...

13 - 0. Now there's an infusion of postiveness if there ever was one. Hamels was positively outstanding. Three quarters of his pitches were strikes. He is 3 - 1 over the last 4 starts. The loss being some bad luck cause the offense had a day off. But not today. An awesome win. Hopefully the Phils can continue the form and paste the Mets to the wall.

Only 3 1/2 out. We're still in it Drama Queen.

All the way PHILLIES!

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- I want an infusion of positiveness on this blog daily from you...alright brotha?!

Last night's win was awesome, gave me that tingling happy feeling in my nutsack again...or was that just my fingers?

BloodStripes said...

That nutsack oughta be tingling again right about now. We are mashing those mets yet again. You little ripper Phillies!

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- how dare you talk about my nutsack?...hahaha!!!

BloodStripes said...

Man! You would think the Mets are last or something with these 2 blowouts. Its slaughter time!