Sunday, March 11, 2007

Scattered Thoughts

Trade Rumors:

Jon "Donut-Eater" Lieber and Aaron "Fence-Face" Rowand have been in rumors throughout the entire offseason and still during spring training. I truly have no idea what Pat Gillick plans to do with either of these guys. What I do know is that a package headlined by Lieber will not land us Alex Rios from the Blue Jays. Nor will Lieber net us Akinori Otsuka from the Rangers, no matter how much he whines about his role in their bullpen. The White Sox want Rowand back and have supposedly offered a package with Boone Logan being the central piece...no thanks! Mike MacDougal and/or Matt Thornton could also be in the package, but that just doesn't seem like enough to me. Another rumor concerning Rowand is the much ballyhooed story of the Padres swapping Scott Linebrink for him, leaving us with a dearth in the outfield. Of course the newest rumor is that we don't need Rowand, because we can plug Shane Victorino into CF with a platoon of Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs in RF (this is based on Dobbs blazing hot spring thus far).

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Spring Stats:

As mentioned above, Greg Dobbs is on an unbelievable tear in the Grapefruit League. He's batting a lofty .500 (12-24) with a 1.500 OPS, 11 runs, 3 homers, and 9 rbi. With that type of success we should be trying to find Dobbs a place to start on the diamond...not quite. Yes, it is refreshing to have a waiver-wire pickup produce, but lets not go pitching tent over this guy. I'm cool with giving him a spot on the bench and allowing him to see innings at 3rd and corner outfield, but lets not kid ourselves into thinking we've found some unearthed gem. Getting too excited about spring stats is a common pitfall for fans (myself included), but we need to keep in mind that pitchers are working on mechanics, many scrubs play in these games, and even a blind David Bell has a shrunken nut (wait that's not how the saying goes). Cole Hamels and Jamie Moyer each have 7.20 ERA's and we're not working up a sweaty lather over those stats, so no use becoming overly stimulated by Karim Garcia's .320 average.

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Bullpen:

Consider this the return of the Drama Queen. Our bullpen is about as stable as the San Andreas Fault. Flash Gordon is fragile (must be Italian), Matt Smith is unproven and having a brutal spring (30.86 ERA), Ryan Madson is a middling reliever, and Gas Can Geary still has the ability to live up to his nickname and spread fires. Antonio Alfonseca may have 6 fingers, but he does not have my faith. Rule 5 picks Jim Ed Warden and Alfredo Simon are showing why they were left unprotected...they suck. Clay Condrey is pitching well, but this is spring training "well" and it doesn't count. The organization keeps pushing the name of Joe Bisenius, but I doubt he breaks camp with the team. Our Model Dictator, Fabio Castro, is a hero of this blog, but realistically can't be depended on at this point in his career. Brian Sanches is a wannabe Hispanic and a wannabe pitcher. Basically, we need help (cue Lieber trade rumor).

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Switch-up:

The Pirates are trying to best utilize what they have and are switching-up players' positions like crazy. 2006 NL batting champ Freddy Sanchez is trying out 2nd base with Jose Castillo moving to 3rd. Catching prospect Neil Walker is being tried at 3rd, has-been prospect Ryan Doumit is being auditioned in the outfield and 1st base, and all-or-nothing slugger/strikeout king Brad Eldred is being shifted to outfield. I haven't seen this many changes since puberty. What's next, Zach Duke to shortstop or Shawn Chacon to center field?

~Carson

29 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Shane Victorion now has 26 spring at bats and only 1 strikeout. He'll literally run his way into more hits if he makes consistent contact.

Model Dictator isn't seizing his opportunity...2nd poor outing in a row.

Grand Pappy Moyer had a nice 5 inning effort today.

Helms continues to hit well too.

Los said...

We HAVE to get something back for Lieber, right? I mean, he's not going to be here on Opening Day, is he?

GM-Carson said...

Remember what I said about spring stats? Well, Victorino is now batting .448, Helms .407, Karim Garcia .346, and Dobbs dipped to .444 with an 0-3 effort today.

Castro pitched crappy today, not helping his chances of making the 'pen.

Utley went deep and J-Roll stole his 3rd base of the spring.

I hope these next 3 weeks go quickly, I need REAL baseball.

Skeeter said...

I just thought you boys would find this interesting:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bellda01.shtml

For a minimal fee of 25 dollars, you can sponsor Bell's BR page. I know you guys already have two other players, but it just seems fitting that you guys get Bell too. I was gonna sponsor it, but I'm cheap

GM-Carson said...

I find it hilarious that David Bell is still without employment. Nobody even wanted his fairy-footed ways on a minor league contract...utterly pathetic!

michael said...

but how can that be i thought he played the game the right way??

GM-Carson said...

I read this morning on Phillies.com that Justin Germano is also out of minor league options (Clay Condrey too). I see both of them as useful and would hate to lose them for nothing on the waiver wire.

furiousBall said...

Whoa, is Matt Smith's ERA in dog years?

GM-Carson said...

I'm hoping over the next couple weeks, some of these relievers' ERA's come back down to earth. Matt Smith is supposed to be our left-hander out of the 'pen and he's getting shelled every time out.

GM-Carson said...

Lieber and Rowand to ChiSox for a package centered around Joe Crede or Josh Fields or another trade package including MacDougal and Mackowiak...just rumors floating around.

GM-Carson said...

Re-assigned to minor league camp were catchers Tim Gradoville, Jason Hill, Jason Jaramillo and Lou Marson; infielder Andrew Beattie; outfielders Lou Collier and Greg Golson; and pitchers Jim Crowell, John Ennis, Jeff Farnsworth and Brian Mazone.

Optioned to minor league camp were outfielder Chris Roberson and pitcher Anderson Garcia.

michael said...

a josh fields/joe crede package is interesting because that pretty much instantly solves our 3B situation for the future. saying we have them signed long term but then its the whole plug one hole another one appears. i'm not big on rowand but considering the alternatives we have we don't give him up for nothing.

McD said...

Matt Smith cut his hair...no more pretty boy style. That should definitley help lower his ERA!

goDuke said...

Gordon is flying to Philly for a "routine checkup" with the dr. hopefully thats all it is. Utley just went yard, but the Fightin's are down 6-4.

GM-Carson said...

oh shit- "routine checkup"...not quite!

J-Roll 2 more walks.

Bourn with another steal (4 total)...that's our leadoff hitter of the future.

Lake Fred said...

Carson, I have to aplogize for comments you left on my blog. Only until Google took over Blogspot and made it more difficult for me to login, di I ever see a page with comments forcing me to accept or reject. I think I'll try to reset that to let all the crap come in unfiltered. I am not a techno-head. I'm a Phillies fan, I can't be that smart!

goDuke said...

Matt Smith just lowered his ERA to 21.60 with a scoreless inning... go Phils...

GM-Carson said...

J.A. Haap got rocked today!

Gas Can Geary was decent today.

goDuke said...

Smith was better then both, 2 innings 4 K's and no runs... ERA down in the 16s now. See the bullpen is fine.

Skeeter said...

I don't quite understand why everyone is saying that Smith is a 'lock' in the bullpen. He has 20 innings pitched in his entire career. Only 8 with the Phillies. Sure he was good for us, but so was Coste and no one is calling him a lock. Also, Smith is no "lefty specialist." Last season (AKA his career) his only runs he gave up were against a left-hander hitter. Sure it was a small sample size, but he isn't a southpaw that all left-handers fear.

Bottom-line: Smith should have to earn his way into our bullpen. Pitching 8.2 innings for the Phillies in 2006 should give no one a 'lock' on our team.

My God our bullpen is a piece of shit...now I'm depressed. Thanks Carson you asshole.

GM-Carson said...

I love being called an "asshole" on my own blog, makes everything seem right in the world.

Rollins 1-1 on the day with 3 walks. Last year his power came through, imagine if he learns to take some pitches too...

Bisenius continues to dazzle this spring. He has a future in the Phils 'pen, probably not in April, but come June/July.

Skeeter said...

I am currently rewriting about my Matt Smith rant for tomorrow's post. Good old Phillie conversation at WSBGM's always gets me thinking. Great work going on over here by the readers. Gotta love this section.

...Carson is still an asshole though

Corey said...

gotta love carson getting called and asshole by someone other than me...

greg dobbs went 0-3 today, i guess he sucks now.

das411 said...

what the hell kind of donut is that kid eating?? That looks like when I try to smuggle them out of my dining hall @ PSU and end up with a goddamn pocket full of sprinkles...grr!

GM-Carson said...

I'm ok with being an asshole...really I am.

Das411- you brought back memories of me sneaking out drinks and food from when I was at Bucknell...I was a fat bastard!

BloodStripes said...

What's this I here about Flash? Hope he comes good. The bullpen does seem to suck some already.

I'm liking the Phils chances this year but we really need Gas Can to show up again and an improvement from Mad-Dog. 6 fingers ought to help but fuck we are a bit shaky there. Matt Smith may not be a lock Skeeter, but he is doing all the right things so far in his short career. If he keeps it up he deserves the chance. Many rookies have impressed in the past and he has been solid. Keep it up Smithy!

This spring stuff is driving me crazy. Can't wait for some big time action and some numbers building in the win column.

Go you Phillies!

BloodStripes said...

Are you guys on summer time yet. 9:30pm here, 6:30 am there. It seems you caught up an hour. Good shit.

GM-Carson said...

This past weekend we set our clocks ahead an hour...I hate that!

BloodStripes said...

Yeah that does suck, losing an hour of your weekend. But it signals the baseball season is close. Looking forward to gaining an hour of a weekend when we set our clocks back. That means double sports fun for me. Australian rules football and MLB. Plus my own team that starts training again this weekend. Winter leagues are the go down under. Winter here is warmer than a Philly spring.