Thursday, April 05, 2007

Anatomy Of A Sweep

The Pirates completed a three game sweep of the Astros on Wednesday, while the following day the Phils completed a sweep of their own, losing the first 3 of the season to the Braves. Here is some key components of each sweep, the results of which will surprise no one.

Clutch Hitting:
Pirate hitters homered in the 8th, 9th, and 10th of the first game to come from behind, tie it and win it. In the second, they scored 2 in the 8th on a bunt single, a walk and two more singles.

The Phils are 0 for extra innings when it comes to scoring runs and scored 1 run in the first two games after the sixth inning. I didn't look up average with RISP, because I didn't want more temptation to shoot somebody...

Bullpen:
The Pirates bullpen (Jonah Bayliss, Damaso Marte, Matt Capps, Solomon Torres, John Wasdin, and Juan Perez) pitched 10 innings in the series and gave up 1 earned run, with Torres notching 3 saves.

The Phillies bullpen started off well in game 1, then MadDog gave up 2 in the 10th to lose it. In the second game, Gordon blew the save with 2 in the ninth then MadDog did his part and lost it in the 11th...again.

Lack of clutch hitting and an insufficient bullpen.Who would have thought these problems would ever plague the Phillies?
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Charlie Manuel
I've wanted Manuel fired for about 2 years now. I've been quiet about Uncle Retard lately, but now I'm putting him on notice. He's a loss or two away from a full blown WSBGM's fire Manuel campaign. And I don't care how pissed off his wife gets...
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Bullpen Help
One more start like that, and it could be Eaton taking a seat next to Ramon Henderson in the 'pen instead of Donut Eater...
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Bullpen Help II
The Phils picked up Francisco Rosario from the Blue Jays for cash. (That is pretty pimp. Gillick rolls up to J.P.R. and pulls out a money clip, flips through it and goes, "How much for your boy Frank.") Frank had a 6.65 ERA with the Blue Birds last year and couldn't make this year's roster. If you think he's going to make a huge positive difference in this bullpen this year, well, read the sign Fuqua...
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Series Previews
Pit: The undefeated Buccos travel to Cincy to play 3 against a Reds squad who took 2 from the Cubs. Adam Dunn is huge and strong and hit two jacks in the opener, Ken Griffey Jr. looks fat and old in RF, the 2006 NL strikeout champ is in their rotation, and one of their bench players does heroin. Sounds like a fun team. --- Matchups: Maholm v. Belisle; Duke v. Harang; Armas v. Milton

Phi: The Phils try to rebound in South Florida against the Fish who took 2 of 3 from Washington this week, which is like losing 2 of 3 to a real team. (Yeah they're ahead of the Phils in the standings, but I'm still glad I'm not a Nationals fan.) Miguel Cabrera is freaking awesome. But given the Phillie's play, a guy like Alejandro de Aza will kill them, not Cabrera. --- Matchups: Moyer v. Mitre; Myers v. Willis; Segovia v. Olsen.
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Long Season
It's a long season. While all games are equal and it's important to get off (ha, get off...) to a good start, they've only played three games. It's WAY to early to start worrying or give up. It's NOT too early to start drinking after losses to dull the pain. If you're in the Philly area, I recommend a glass of Siembra Azul tequila (sold in many State stores in the Philly area, as it is imported by a company on Locust St.). Out-of-staters should try an 1800 Blanco on the rocks.

Corey

28 comments:

Corey said...

apparently you aren't supposed to drink alone. so i put on a Darkbuster CD. Does that count as company?

pass along your favorite way to forget/get over a tough phils loss. i'm interested to see if anybody has any good strategies.

BenJah said...

i definately rip my bubbler after the tough losses....of course, i rip it after wins too.....and i rip it in the pre-game before i knew what's gonna happen. hmm

and for what it's worth, i dont think there's anything wrong with drinking by yourself....most people just don't like themselves enough to hang out by themselves. ifens you wanna drink: DRINK!

BenJah said...

skeeter: do you live in the city?? it sounds like you can go to the games any time you want

BloodStripes said...

Spewing about the Phillies 0-3 start. Bloody crap! 3 for 25 with RISP for the series. Therfore a .120 %, more bloody crap! The Phils come 1st and I'm disappointed but I am delighted with the Buccos going 3-0. Their the next best thing. So hooray for them. Even better is the 3 Torres saves.

BloodStripes said...

I only like a drink when happy. So maybe a few beers after a win. After a losing sweep I am trying to cope with hope. Hope that the Phils will regroup on the road and fry some fish.

GM-Carson said...

I drink to get drunk, and only when in a good mood, not for sorrow.

My strategy for "getting over" tough losses like this is to vent on here. Misery loves company.

Having the Phils be 0-3 has me hanging from a rope, but the fact that the Buccos starterd 3-0 is saving me from kicking the chair from underneath me.

GM-Carson said...

"It's three games, and everybody is kind of jumping ship and panicking," Howard said. "For us, it's three games out of 162. It'll get right. I'm not worried about it. It's a little frustrating, but it'll come. We're only three games into the season. If we were 0-10 or something I could understand that, but it's one series. We've got to go down to Florida and take care of business."

Oh yeah Ryan, no need to panic, my bad. I forgot your crew always takes care of business in Florida. A matter of fact, you're just hustling everyone right now. You guys intended to lose those 3 games, because it certainly appeared that way, and now you're going to kick in the intensity and start your season of dominance. Sorry I ever doubted you.

goDuke said...

I think that every player on the Phils should be required to do a shot of Jaegermeister prior to taking the field. That always gets you fired up.

Moe Ville said...

If I remember correctly, back in college, a roomate of mine had these pink pills that were kind of football shaped. I watched him take one once and about ten minutes later, he threw a dart clean through our dart board and about an inch through the oak door behind it. Pass a couple of those around the bullpen and things might turn around. Drinking might have helped the 93 Phils but this group needs stronger stuff.

GM-Carson said...

It's a sad, sad day when alcohol isn't enough to cure a team's woes, and they have to turn to "pink football shaped pills".

Moe Ville said...

Didn't the Mets have a team shrink during the Gooden/Strawberry years? Maybe the Phils need a Dr. feelgood.

Corey said...

great, now i'm going to have motley crue stuck in my head all day...

Scotty said...

I have to agree somewhat with the Rosario signing. After watching the Phils bullpen self distruct in games 1 and 2 of the season, it became blatantly obvious that they needed to sign someone to help.

I know Rosarios' career numbers arent that great, but aside form Alfonseca the Phils have no fireballers in their pen. I think for the price ($100,000) Rosario has enough of an upside worth taking a chance on. I mean whats the worst that can happen? Rosario is just one more arm that can log some innings before Madson comes in and blows the game!

Alfonseca looked pretty good in yesterday's game too. I simply loved the fact that he made Larry Wayne Jones look like the blind kid from dumb and dumber at the plate.

Scotty said...

The Phillies biggest problem is stranding runners and a lack of production out of the heart of their lineup, Howard especially.

Howard plays in a ballpark that is very hitter friendly and he certainly has the power to hit it out of the park to all fields. Just from watching his at bats yesterday i think he feels like he needs to do something to excite the fans and his teammates and its leading to him trying to pull everything. Howard hit several homeruns to left field last year by staying back and hitting the ball where it was pitched. So far he is trying to get around everything and hit it out to right field. Also, he isnt staying back and letting the ball come to him. His last at bat yesterday was a classic example of this as he was out on his front foot trying to pull off speed pitches on the outside corner.

It was nice to see Burrell hit the 2 doubles, and Utley had two hits the other day if i remember correctly, but they arent driving in any runs in crucial situations. For now I guess we can chalk it up to the fact that it is early in the season and that they had to face 2 pretty good pitchers to start the season in Smoltz and Hudson, but if the heart of the Phillies order doesnt start driving in runs that are on base ahead of them, Jimmy Rollins is going to have to find someone to help him get his foot out of his mouth!!

furiousBall said...

Different year, same problems - too many strikeouts and not enough clutch in our lineup, weak bullpen.

Corey said...

scotty, i agree with you. i think the rosario purchase is definitely worth the risk. you can never have enough hard throwing bullpen options between the major and AAA level. i just am not convinced that he is an impact pitcher at this point.

luckily for the phils hitting with RISP was never an issue before, so this trend likely will not continue...

GM-Carson said...

Corey- your overly sarcastic comment, "luckily for the phils hitting with RISP was never an issue before, so this trend likely will not continue...", has me shooting death stares at your image.

Scotty- I completely agree with your assessment of Howard. He is mammoth, all he has to do is put a good swing on the ball and it will fly, no need to jerk everything to RF. He needs to calm down and do what comes naturally for him, which is killing opposing pitching.

GM-Carson said...

By the way, did anyone catch Mitch Williams doing some of the Toyota Sports Nite or Phillies Game Day or whatever the hell it is called? He actually speaks intelligently. He should be in the booth instead of the jibber-jabber blabbering Sarge.

GM-Carson said...

My thoughts on the fans' treatment of our boy Burrell- I support Pat Burrell, but I support almost any Phillie that isn't named David Bell or Danny Sandoval. The fans' relentless booing of him for every time he doesn't make a catch (even if it's 5-10 feet away from him) or he makes an out is ridiculous. I know the fanbase is frustrated, but believe it or not, the losses weren't Burrell's fault the past 3 games. I'm not saying boo Howard, but he completely crapped the bed. Basically, even if Pat does well (and he had a decent opening series) the fans will not acknowledge it, and make this season hell for him. That's just stupid in my opinion.

Corey said...

i'm for booing everything. i would even boo a boo, if it wasn't good enough. but i agree, burrell seemed to take more than his share from the fans in the opening series. granted, he's been the biggest disappointment on the team the last few years, but he needs to be a given a little slack, rather than the extremely short rope phils fans are hanging him with.

Corey said...

Off-Topic - check out this ridiculous Kent Tekulve t-shirt you could buy at watchyourbacknyc.com. if only i had 20 bucks...

GM-Carson said...

That t-shirt is flippin' awesome!

I wish I could wear t-shirts to work every day, I'd have the most awesome collection then because I justify spending $ on t-shirts as work clothes.

Skeeter said...

About the when to drink conversation. I drank (and got shitfaced on some Lions Head) before Wednesday's game because I was in a good mood. Then when I got home and was depressed, my roommate threw me a Miller to help ease my sorrow. I feel both scenarios are acceptable.

And Benjah, yes, I live on City Ave right next to the Friday's. I try to get to every game I can even though they leave me with a feeling that I just got kicked in the balls afterwards.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- some dudes actually pay for that feeling...freakin' freaks!

Skeeter said...

Some dudes like....Gavin Floyd and David Bell?

GM-Carson said...

Patty G just picked up some more bullpen fodder- Rick Bauer. He was singed to a minor league contract, and actually had a decent year last season- 3-1, 3.58 ERA in 58 games and 78 innings for Texas. Looks like he's heading to Ottawa, but I'm sure he'll be called up in no time as the list for bullpen demotions is certain to increase.

GM-Carson said...

I'll post more on the Bauer acquistion later today, as I'm working on a post for tonight's game against the Marlins...something uplifting because we need a pick-me-up.

goDuke said...

See I said yesterday the phils should be using alfonseca... i'm a genius! If you guys should be GM's maybe I should be manager.