Thursday, March 29, 2007

Recap

Yesterday was a crazy day. WSBGM's was busy celebrating its 1 year inception into the blogsphere, while the Phillies were making news of their own. I'm a bit shocked and happy at the same time about some of the moves made, and here's why...

1. #5 will bat 5th- Pat Burrell sucked in August and September (remember sugarcoating a turd doesn't mask the fact that it's still a turd), and he's sucked this spring. So what is Manuel to do? Bat him 5th of course, right behind the reigning NL MVP as protection. Makes perfect sense to me, and I truly feel Burrell will rebound nicely- .225, 22 HR, 67 RBI...pschye! In all honesty, I think Burrell should bat 5th unless he struggles mightily for the month of April, in which I would then flip-flop Helms to 5th and Burrell to 6th. But Pat's our boy, he won't let us down.

2. K.G. hits the waiver wire. No, not Kevin Garnett...can you imagine him in a baseball uniform? Karim Garcia got the axe yesterday and I'm shocked. I believe Charles Fuqua Manuel to be an excellent talent evaluator and he had gone on record as to saying he thinks Karim was better than David Dellucci...so why the release then? I know why he was released, he's no good!

3. One of my fantasy baseball teams' namesake, Ugueth Urbina "Urbina's Alibi", was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday. Here in Philadelphia we love employing future criminals.

4. Greg Dobbs, Michael Bourn, and Chris Coste are left battling for 3 bench spots. Coste is just now returning from an injury compounded by an illness and probably isn't baseball ready quite yet. Dobbs has been a man on fire, and I can only hope this continues all season, because we're going to need him to be a quality pinch-hitters. Bourn is being groomed as the future starting CF and leadoff hitter of this team and his learning curve may be accelerated depending on the state of Aaron Rowand (injury or traded).

5. Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber are both playing catch (aw, just like father and chubby kid) and are working their way back from injuries which aren't believed to be serious. Both may begin the season on the DL, but an April return is likely. This may lead to a spot start for Zach Segovia.

6. Brett Myers has been pitching like an ace in his last 2 outings, allowing ZERO runs. He's our #1 and brace yourself- he's going to win 20 games (27 to be exact).

7. Jim Ed Warden was offered back to the Indians and they welcomed him with open arms. Basically we just rented him for $25k. So much for all those back-wood redneck jokes I had lined up.

~Carson

40 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Jimmy Rollins still talking trash, I love it.

"If you can't walk around with swag, don't walk around. I'm not here to play second fiddle or bow down to anybody, and neither are the Mets."

and

"It was the truth. It's the way I felt," Rollins told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "People don't expect you to express yourself. They think you sound cocky. It depends on how you say it. If you say it straightforward, you say it straightforward. People can take your words and try to twist them in any form they want."

Quality!!!

Skeeter said...

With all these moves, I smell a trade in the works. Also, I feel like Myers is primed for one of those "Holy shit that was outstanding" seasons.

I think the optimism is starting to build up again

BloodStripes said...

You said it Skeeter. The optimism is building.

Good recap GM. I'd like to see Bourn get a bench spot.

GM-Carson said...

I really have no idea why, but my optimism is building again. I'm tellin' ya, I'm bipolar.

Skeeter said...

Better to be bi-polar than bi-curious

BloodStripes said...

I have no idea either but its building. Maybe its the busted bodies mending. Best of all though. We know deep down that this team is good and Jimmy is leading the Phight. The Phils are right up there and my Street and Smiths mag says they are good. Good enough to win the division in fact. That's good enough for me.

GM-Carson said...

I'm predicting 90-92 wins...oh what the hell...92 wins it is.

goDuke said...

I predict 97 wins, A Cy Young tie between Myers and Hamels and a MVP for Utley. Burrell leads the league in homers, Howard leads the league in RBI. And Rollins leads the league in coolness.

GM-Carson said...

GoDuke- my 92 win prediction is realistic, your predictions are hallucinations. Hook me up with some of those drugs you're taking...I could use a pick-me-up. (Just messing with ya)

goDuke said...

Ha! Yea I know... I figured what the hell go for broke right? I just hope our boys step up and get it done.

GM-Carson said...

Brett Myers winning the Cy Young and Utley with the MVP is possible though, I truly believe that.

goDuke said...

Some dude on yahoo sports has Utley listed as his NL MVP In Waiting. Whatever the F that means. Two wangs over there also have the Phils making the playoffs. One has them losing to the Dodgers in the NLCS and the other has them losing to the Dodgers in the first round (I think).

Corey said...

"Greg Dobbs, Michael Bourn, and Chris Coste are left battling for 3 bench spots." - my math may be weak, but that doesn't seem like much of a battle. does the loser of this battle get a spot on the bench further away from the giant tub of sunflower seeds?

nice to see today's post was devoid of penis. great job.

michael said...

eh, ok?

From Ken Rosenthal's latest:

The Phillies are one of three clubs that have made trade offers for Blue Jays right-hander Francisco Rosario, who is out of minor-league options.

Rosario has very little major league experience, just 23 innings with Toronto last year, but put up some very good numbers in the International League before that and has had a very good spring in Dunedin.

Outside of inexperience and a checkered health history, Rosario has the type of stuff the Phillies could use in their bullpen right now. His fastball reaches 96 and misses bats, something even good pitchers in the Phillies pen don't do a lot.

It might be worth the low-level prospect the Jays would want.

BenJah said...

happy birthday guys!! thanks for providing this awesome, comical, informative and, of course, phillies-centric commentary!!

i don't mind confidence, and if jimmy really feels the way he feels, then i'm thrilled....but he really needs to shut his mouth. he is quite possibly one of the 5 most overrated players in all of baseball. i hope he does like this team and it's chances, just shut the fuck up about it...it's too early

GM-Carson said...

This Francisco Rosario might be good for all I know, but what I do know is he wasn't good in limited action last year and if the Blue Jays can't find room for him on their roster, I can't imagine he's all that terrific.

GM-Carson said...

News on a phormer shitty prospect- Gavin Floyd represents the Sox's biggest disappointment because he had the most experience among the candidates for the fifth starter's job and because general manager Ken Williams had anointed him as the favorite. "There's always pressure trying to compete for that fifth spot and try to do well every single time," Floyd said. "You learn from it and try to ignore that whole thing and go pitch by pitch. That's what you try to do, but the pressure is still there."

Newsflash- you suck Gavin!!!

Corey said...

"There's always pressure trying...do well every single time"

i think while he was in philly he only tried to do well 50% of the time, and failed 75% of that time, which if you do that math, makes him 100% sucky. what a tool. i loved watching the video of him getting smoked by the angels yesterday. ahh, memories...

Skeeter said...

Oh my sweet, gentle Jesus. I hate Gavin Floyd more than I hate prostate exams. I'd rather take my chances with a diseased hooker than have him pitch on the Phillies ever again.

And actually Corey, he somehow managed to defy mathematics and was 118% sucky. That is how horrible his life is.

goDuke said...

Now we're talking... Howard and Burrell went back to back in the third...

Skeeter said...

Howard and Burrell going back to back is such a beautiful sight. I expect much more of that this season.

Actually, back to back to back. The first 'back' is obviously Utley.

GM-Carson said...

screw it- for the first time in history (besides video game land) every player in the lineup goes yard- for you scoring at home that's back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back...oh yeah!

Skeeter said...

With all those 'backs', I think David Bell would be getting horny if he was still on the Phillies.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- quit it you queer!

Corey said...

"for you scoring at home" - or even if you're alone...[greatest sportscenter line ever.]

sure, burrell and howard went yard, but it was off of thre greatest in-game bullpen pitcher the pirates have, shawn chacon...

Corey said...

skeeter, don't mind carson's outburt. he hasn't spotted any african boy penis today, so he's a little cranky...

GM-Carson said...

Oh, burn...wait, that was a burn against me. Shut up Corey, you bastard!

Skeeter said...

I'm shocked. I thought Carson, of all people, would appreciate a "David Bell likes men" joke.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- I do not appreciate these allegations of liking a "David Bell likes men" joke. I mean the man is a fairy-footed h-mo, but there is no excuse for your tasteless remarks. Mind your manners a-hole!

GM-Carson said...

Tie scores, another reseason to dislike spring training games (5-5 against Pirates today).

Good news- Howard and Burrell went deep, Bourn had 2 hits and 2 sb's, plus Geary, Smith, Alfonseca, and Gordon all were unscored upon.

D. Page said...

Urbina's Alibi....hahaha

furiousBall said...

SQL2005 class has drained my brains...I can't think of anything witty to say...






Carson is an asshole

Los said...

Can we bat Burrell 9th? Seriously.

GM-Carson said...

Los- I know you dislike Burrell, and I love that you come on a pro-Burrell site and bash, takes balls. What would he need to do this season for you to respect him?

GM-Carson said...

News out of minor league camp is that Joe Thurston is back with the Phillies. He was a non-roster invitee for Washington and didn't make the team, so looks like we're bringing him back into the organization. He was 4-18 as a late season call-up last season.

GM-Carson said...

Rumor floating around- lefty specialist Ricardo Rincon to Phils for one of our catchers (Ruiz or Coste). I really like Ruiz, so I hope it's not him. Trade Coste while his stock is somewhat high, and before he crashes and burns this season and shows that he caught lightning in a bottle last season.

TrekMedic251 said...

Re: that last pic - I see you've been up to Hooked-on-Phonixville,...er,...Phoenixville, too?

;)

chuckm said...

Ricardo Rincon? Dear. Gawd. Nix...37 years old and has never really put up stellar #s. Look at his last two seasons with the Chokeland Pathetics: 67 games each season, 44 and 33 IPs in these seasons. That means that he has been used for primarily 1-2 out situations. The best way to judge middle relief is by WHIP (as ERA doesnt factor in inherited runners allowed) and Rincon just doesnt cut it. Rincon is the type of "Proven Veteran Relief" that Dead Wade specialized in obtaining.

das411 said...

...but...but Rincon was in "Moneyball" and teams that go "Moneyball" get into the playoffs before choking their seasons away...and that's what we want to do right?

/sarcasm

so now Thurston is our replacement in case of the unthinkable injury to Utley? Better than Nunez or Sandoval I guess...then again we could put that African kid out there and he'd be better (and cheaper!) than either of those two...

GM-Carson said...

If the unfathomable happens and Chase Utley goes down with an injury, Abe Nunez is our first line of defense, probably followed by Brett Abernathy, Danny Sandoval, and then Joe Thurston.

ChuckM- I never heard Wade referred to as "Dead Wade" or the A's the Chokeland Pathetics...that's just funny stuff my man!

Ricardo Rincon is nothing more than a left-handed specialist that really isn't all that special at all.