Thursday, April 26, 2007

Alfonseca has got it covered

The typical person would be unable to count past 5 on one hand. Have no fear, Antonio Alfonseca is here. Our plump setup man is ready to break out Finger #6. This afternoon Cole Hamels and company take the field at the Cit in an attempt to complete their first sweep of the season, extending the winning streak to 6 games. So, get ready for the ungodly looking extra digit to be waved in the air after the Phils are victorious. Hell, Alfonseca has enough fingers and toes to count up to 24...now that's a winning streak!

From commenter Jacobin- "Coming up with something for six shouldn't be that hard, I mean there are plenty of things containing or relating to the number six. Six is Bert's favorite number (from Sesame Street). According to Genesis, God created man on the sixth day. James Bond is part of MI6. A coffin is traditionally buried six feet under the ground. There are six dots in a braille cell. Six degrees of separation...or six degrees of Philadelphian Kevin Bacon. There are six Australian states (for our Aussie Phillies fan). The Latin prefix for six is SEX!!! But perhaps the two most important sixes to Phillies fans would be a SIX PACK (as in beers to consume in the parking lot of CBP) and our number SIX- Ryan Howard."

Thanks for the number six references, as I was going to stick with the lame gimmick razor joke, because the Fusion actually does have a 6th blade. Anyway, I don't care that the Phils are playing lesser competition during this current 5 game ride, wins are wins, and they need plenty of them. Lets take a look at 6 positives- Utley now has 13 doubles and 5 hits last night, Rollins has 8 homeruns, Rowand is batting .365 and Burrell .344, Lieber has only given up 2 runs in 2 starts, and the bullpen is improving.

Another positive, our #6 is starting to stay on the ball when he swings and that means hits and most importantly homeruns will follow. I've seen a different Ryan Howard since returning from the 3-day break. He's made some nice defensive plays and his approach at the plate seems more disciplined. When this offense has Utley and Howard clicking in the middle with the others doing their jobs...yikes!

The Phightins' record stands at 9-11, meaning a winning April is still possible. I'm not crazy enough to think it will actually happen, but it sure would be sweet. A week ago I was worried about being 10 games out of the NL East lead by mid-May, but things are turning around. Fact remains that the Phils dug themselves into a big hole early and now have to keep winning by playing fundamentally sound baseball in order to get out.

Speaking of getting out of a hole...the Phils need to bury their competition in one. Through the first couple weeks of the season, the Phils had one foot in the grave, but now have done a Lazarus act, so our attention is on putting the opponent six feet deep...and Cole Hamels is the henchman sent to do the execution today.

Walkie-Talkie:
Matt Smith is the Ace of Walks. Every time he takes the mound his stats worsen, now standing at 9 games, 4 IP, 11 walks, 3.75 WHIP, and 11.25 ERA...Oh Canada! That's right, he should be immediately optioned to Ottawa to work out his control problem, because right now he makes me sick. His erratic-ness is not limited to the strike zone, as he botched an easy double play by almost throwing the ball into centerfield...thankfully J-Roll was able to at least get the out at 2nd. In a more positive walking fashion, Adam LaRoche came through with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning to help the Pirates win.

~Carson

47 comments:

Reagan316 said...

Everybody needs to eat five donuts this morning in honor of our boy Jon Leiber.

GM-Carson said...

I love me some donuts! I'm a Dunkin Donut fan, but any local bakery would do.

BloodStripes said...

Keeping the Aussie Phils fans happy. I like it. Top post. Many things to be happy about.

Alf's 6th finger looks way wrong. I'd just chop it off. He's our big unit though. Doin' a good job. Keep it up El Pulpo.

BloodStripes said...

Jimmy's timing right now is incredible. You can't hit the ball any sweeter. He is the man to beat.

Quality starts from the rotation everyday. Offense rallying. This streak ain't no fluke. Nothing comes that easy in the bigs. The Phillies are doing well.

GM-Carson said...

I hope the Phils hook us up with some "afternoon delight" today. Winning is fun!

BloodStripes said...

It's nicely coming together. That first week was gut-wrenchingly horrible.

The "afternoon delight" is in capable hands on the hill. Phillies a big chance to extend the streak. Early start is good for me. 5am start. Watch the game before work.

Dig in and keep Phightin' Phils!

BloodStripes said...

Also, Helms with another fine play last night. His glove is getting better.

Too early to tell but with Alf setting up so well and Leiber's quality starts. Could the Myers to the pen move be the master stroke? Gordon could improve some but the rotation is solid and innings 8 and 9 seem in capable hands.

goDuke said...

Lieber throws good one or two more times, and he's gone. Myers will be back in the rotation. We'll see what happens. Who'd have thought demoting one of your top two pitchers to the pen would actually work. And since no one has said it lately... you're my boy Burrell and carson you're not as much of an ahole... or is that just the 5 game win streak talking?

GM-Carson said...

Maybe this is my Negative Nancy coming out, but Myers hasn't looked all that good in the relief role so far. He's walked some guys and given up hits...he's still finding his niche. I want him back in the rotation, but I think the Phils are content with him in the 'pen and Lieber starting as long as Donut-Eater can keep chucking quality outings.

Bob D said...

Yes, a winning April as I said last weekend is possible. I didn't think it was highly likely, but this team is showing that it really could happen now. Matt Smith is the only one who has not turned things around. Madson maybe another problem. Leiber has upped his trade value alot - do we really need or want to trade him?
The offense is really starting to thrive. Is 13-11 for April and 2 games out of 1st possible on Monday?

Dave Kingman said...

bob d, what about this lame ass bench? Werth, Nunez, Dobbs and Barajas suck. We need to bring Coste back.
carson, they have to start beating the Mets/Braves!

Jacobin said...

Alfonseca's six fingers was incredibly on target and appropriate... the picture was disturbing and I'm not sure I can eat those five donuts until I forget about seeing that image.

Woo, made the front page!

Malcolm said...

If you turn the number "6" upside down, you get "9," which is the number of players in a batting order.

If you turn it 90 degrees, you get a weird symbol.

Also, "6" is one half of a fun sex position.

And "6" is the channel of the Delaware Valley's leading news program. With Gary Papa, Cecily Tynan and Jim Gardner.

DA DA DA DADADA DA!

GM-Carson said...

Malcolm- a "69" reference was going to be put into today's entry, but this is a PG-13 blog my friend. But you're right, it is a fun sexual position.

The Phils bench is bad. No-Hit Nunez owns that nickname for a very good reason, he can't hit. Dobbs isn't fairing too well, Werth is ok, Barajas sucks, and Bourn is still wet behind the ears. Chris Coste isn't a savior, but he would certainly help.

I hope Cole keeps k'ing (get it King Cole and striking out) batters at this rate. He'll lead the league.

Mike said...

Carson... lead the charge, brother! It's up to you to send Matt Smith to Ottawa and bring down, His Left-Handed Eminence, the Model Dictator, the el Presidente of Tough One Outs in Key Situations...

Fabio Castro!

GM-Carson said...

From FoxSports- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he can't foresee Ryan Howard having such a poor year as Pat Burrell did in 2003, when Burrell hit only .209 after signing a 6-year, $50 million deal. "[Ryan] is a different kind of hitter,'' Manuel said. "Pat has power from right-center to left while Ryan can hit the ball out from any part of the field." Manuel said he is noticing Howard over-swinging a lot more than he has in the past, especially when he strikes out. Howard, who is hitting only .213, acknowledged that his normal offseason training rituals were pushed off schedule by all of the appearance requests he received after capturing the 2006 MVP award. While that also might explain Howard's dismal spring training, in which he recorded a .221 batting average and struck out 25 times in 68 plate appearances, it has been anything but a distraction or added pressure, according to Howard.

The Phillies have scored 39 runs during their winning streak, an average of 7.8 runs per game. They averaged 4.2 runs per game in the previous 15. They also are hitting .352 (19 for 54) with runners in scoring position during the streak. They were hitting an anemic .190 (30 for 158) before.

The Phillies said they signed Wes Helms in the off-season because they wanted more offense out of their third baseman. No one seemed certain about his defense. "That's expected," Helms said before last night's game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. "When I haven't played a lot of third over the past few years, it's definitely going to be a question. The only thing I can do for myself is just work on it every day to get comfortable. Helms, who entered the night hitting .308 with nine RBIs, had two throwing errors early in the season, but he had been errorless until he made one in the ninth inning of Tuesday's victory over the Nationals. But even the untrained eye can tell Helms has been making stronger throws to first base.

Maybe Aaron Rowand smashing his face into Citizens Bank Park's center field fence last season qualifies as an instant classic. Hours before last night's game, the stadium's state-of-the-art video scoreboard kept showing Rowand's violent collision over and over. A conservative estimate? More than 50 times on the largest LED video display board in the National League. On May 12, Rowand chased down a deep fly ball hit by Mets outfielder Xavier Nady. He made a great over-the-shoulder catch but ran head-first into a chain link fence in front of the bullpen, suffering a broken nose and lacerations to his face. At least the video replay didn't zoom in.

Jacobin said...

Maybe there is a glimmer of hope. The following is an excerpt from a story in today's Philadelphia Daily News:

Struggling lefthanded pitcher walked three and allowed a run in the seventh inning, raising his ERA to 11.25. Smith now walked 11 in four innings over nine outings. The Phillies' brass met behind closed doors after the game, perhaps to discuss Smith's immediate fate . . .

Just in case Matt didn't know it, Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the country's fourth largest municipality,as well as the second largest city in the province of Ontario. "Advance" is the motto of Ottawa.

I cannot wait for this headline: Mr. Smith Goes to Ottawa

Jacobin said...

Wait! It has happened!!! This news just hit the wire:

After watching Matt Smith walk nine of the last 16 batters he faced, the Phillies optioned the left-handed reliever to Class AAA Ottawa today and recalled lefty Fabio Castro.

Break out the cigars! Now bring back Coste...

GM-Carson said...

Jacob- you beat me to the punch, I too just saw Matt Smith was demoted and Model Dictator called up. Lets hope our boy performs admirably.

michael said...

just saw it as well..excellent. hopefully castro returns to model dictator form

GM-Carson said...

Thee Model Dictator returns, women are swooning, Cubans are fleeing, and the Phils are going to keep winning!

Skeeter said...

last night I screamed to Smith, "HAVE FUN IN OTTAWA!" I hope he heard me.

GM-Carson said...

This just goes to show I actually do have some pull within the organization. I bitched in Patty G's ear for a week straight now to demote Matt Smith, and the old stubborn bastard finally complied. Viva La Model Dictator.

It's funny the amount of hype Fabio Castro has on here, BeerLeaguer, and other Phillies sites. The power on the information super highway is astounding.

Dave Kingman said...

Carson, Werth has been horrible he has yet to drive in a run let alone hit a hr, plus his defense, so far, is no better then Bobby A. Maybe they should have kept Karim Garcia.

GM-Carson said...

Werth is horrible defensively in the outfield. He has managed to get some hits, in pinch-hit situations too. I don't like him all that much, and don't agree with giving him a guaranteed MLB contract, but as long as he's only a bench player and not starting games, he's not hurting us. I know this won't happen, but I'd love to see Rod Barajas traded after June 1st (can't before then because he was a free agent signee), and Coste called up to be the backup.

Jacobin said...

If you really want Karim Garcia, I don't think anyone picked him up after the Phils released him. Werth hasn't been great, nor has he been the worst thing either. He came on the cheap and that's why we have him.

More Ottawa triva for Mr. Smith: On September 5, 1945, only weeks after the end of World War II, Ottawa was the site of the event that many people consider to be the official start of the Cold War. A Soviet cipher clerk, Igor Gouzenko, defected from the Soviet embassy with over 100 secret documents.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

Skeeter said...

I don't want to self promote or act like I'm the shit, however, in March I talked about how upset I was that Smith was basically guaranteed a spot in the bullpen:

driventodeepcenter.blogspot.com/2007/03/lock-and-key.html

I just sort of think I'm a genius.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- self-promotion is most times the only promotion you'll get. I do it all the time.

If Matt Smith can tune up his pitching mechanics, he'll be fine. He has a decent fastball and slider, just no control over them right now.

Almost game time...#6 here we come!

McD said...

Thanks for the WWII reference Jacobin! Although I think the Yalta conference in February 1945 might have been the offical start to the Cold War.


Cobra!

GM-Carson said...

The topics that arise on this comment section never cease to amaze me.

Today- donuts, 69, WWII, Model Dictator, and some actual baseball.

GM-Carson said...

Pirates continue to get good pitching but no offense, winning 2-1 in the 8th right now.

I'm actually stoked for today's game, much different tale than a mere week ago.

Skeeter said...

The poll on phillies.com asked who is the best offensive player for the phillies thus far. Aaron Rowand is not on the list of candidates, but Ruiz is. WHAT THE HELL?!

Jacobin said...

Attaboy Burrell! Larry Andersen reports that Burrell has more outfield assists than any other left fielders over the last (garbled) seasons.

Dimitri Young is a fat bastard.

GM-Carson said...

Getting shut-out by some no-name pitcher. Well, he actually does have a name, and it is Shawn Hill, and he looks like King of the Hill today...c'mon Phils!

GM-Carson said...

So much for that 6 game winning streak. Looks like the offense decided they wanted the day off and our pitching hasn't been exactly sharp this game. Just when we start building momentum, a game like this comes along and we look horrible. It's not over, but it may as well be.

michael said...

eh well.. it had to end sometime. start a new streak tomorrow.

BloodStripes said...

Not the best game. Phils need to make Hill work. He's on for a CG shutout. C'mon offense!

Jacobin said...

Considering the wins this team blew for Hamels, the offense needs to pull this one out so he's not stuck with a loss.

I still think Dimitri Young is a fat bastard.

MCD, you might be right about Yalta. I was just looking for more fun Ottawa trivia.

GM-Carson said...

Offense shit the bed today. Horrible display against a young inexperienced pitcher. 5 hits, 2 walks...pathetic. I should have never bothered getting excited again, as the Phils always find a way to leave us high and dry.

BloodStripes said...

Phils struggle to sweep. Hill pitched well though. Good for him....bastard. We almost pulled it outta the bag.

Can't win 'em all. Tomorrow we have bigger fish to fry. Ha!

GM-Carson said...

And stop pinch-hitting No-Hit Nunez, he fucking sucks!

Dammit, now I'm getting pissed off again. Seriously, why use Nunez for anything besides defense? Nunez gets less hits than a hand of 21 in blackjack.

BloodStripes said...

Nunez for Canada. Coste for Philly.

I'm never gonna utter the word 'sweep' again until we actually pull one off. Or of course I have to sweep the kitchen floor. But never again. No more jinxing our boys.

Bob D said...

Nunez has gotta go!

Coste needs to come back with the Model Dictator

McD said...

No worries Jacobin...I like the way you linked AAA baseball to the Cold War. Well Played!

das411 said...

Oh well, can't win 'em all...but how much closer are we to 10,000 now? Can we get a countdown to that somewhere, C and C?

GM-Carson said...

Das411- you want us to promote/celebrate the Phillies shittiness? Sounds like an excellent idea, I'll try to find a countdown to ultimate failure somewhere.

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