Saturday, April 14, 2007

Blame Game

There will be no more jubilation from this blogger until the Phillies prove they can continually play fundamentally sound baseball and win more than one game at a time (the roller coaster of emotions has derailed). Which means, I may not be happy this entire season. I'm an angry man right now, and I'm not even sure where to place the blame, as there's so much to be dispersed. I was going to work off of a percentage system where Charlie Manuel receives 35%, Gillick 27%, Nunez 15%, etc., but then I ended up exceeding 100% which isn't mathematically possible. Then I thought about who doesn't deserve any blame and the list is short- Pat Burrell, Jamie Moyer, and Cole Hamels are exempt. Hence, the remainder of the roster with the addition of the coaching staff and front office get all the blame...you bastards! Yes, that means the 2006 NL MVP Ryan Howard is being blamed, along with superman Chase Utley, supposed ace Brett Myers, hell even Ramon Hernandez. I've been holding back on my patented rants, but the beast is about to be released.

This season thus far can basically be summed up as a failure to launch. Philadelphia, we have a problem!

~Carson

27 comments:

BloodStripes said...

We want answers Phillies. No words, just wins! We spend our hard earned on the T-shirts and caps. We invest our emotions in you and you kick us in the head with a big L on your boot. Wins Phillies.......Wins. We know you can produce 'em and we think you know how to produce 'em.(Although our minds are a changing) So come on Phils. Deliver us a win!

BloodStripes said...

I'm finally get hip to the Phillies ruse!

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- thanks for making me laugh on this dismal morning.

I just keep thinking to myself, "how much longer can they possibly keep sucking like this?". Unfortunately, it may be for quite some time.

BloodStripes said...

Man I hope not. The Phils have been tipped to contend! Bloody hell! Terrible start. I'm flabergasted! If UT and Howard could just pick it up a bit more like Jimmy and Pat have been playing then the team will lift. We need all our generals on the up. Get the team on a roll.

BloodStripes said...

Shut eye time. See you game time.

Spencer said...

What a long year this has/will be. Usually we have the Sixers and Flyers to at least distract us into May - then it's a short wait until training camp - but this year we've been waiting to compete since the Eagles lost that game in New Orleans. You look around baseball, at all the relievers that changed teams, and we got no one. Add to that that we let Fultz and White, two serviceable arms, just walk away, and weren't able to replace them.

All blame goes on Gillick - I truly think if the Phillies win the two games they should have won against the Braves, things would be different now - and those losses belong to the bullpen.

A Rubber Door

GM-Carson said...

Real Men of Genius, Saltue to Charles Fuqua Manuel- "We just have to play better," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Back-to-back wins can change all of that. We're definitely a better team than we've shown, but we have to outplay other teams."

No shit Sherlock...thank you Captain Obvious!

GM-Carson said...

Quite honestly- Pat Gillick is a piece of shit. I cut him a lot of slack last season because he was trying to work his way out of the mess Ed Wade left behind. Patty G is doing a damn fine job at creating his own crapfest though.

GM-Carson said...

Small changes that could be made that could lead to a big change overall:

1. Fire Manuel. Call it a band-aid or momentary relief, but another manager won't do any worse, but could do better.
2. Demote or release Madson.
3. Trade Rowand and Lieber for whatever we can get.
4. Bring Joe Bisenius back up.
5. Lineup- Rollins, Utley, Howard, Burrell, Helms, Victorino, Ruiz, Bourn (remember, we're trading Rowand).

*By the way, I'm not a huge fan of Alfonseca, but I think we should continue to let him pitch, as he's actually not doing that poorly.

By the way, all of you that are being Charles Fuqua Manuel apologist, and are saying "it's not entirely his fault", "a manager can only do so much", and "it won't really change anything", need to think about this. He's not performing well in his job. People do get fired for that type of stuff...so before you go and tell me that it makes little sense to fire Charlie, give a good reason for actually keeping the dim-witted bastard around. It's not a case of whether it's all his fault or not, bottom line is that he's not doing as well as he should, it's not like he's got a Royals offense or D-Rays pitching staff to work with, these guys are not as bad as their record suggests.

Jacobin said...

I don't think you should limit yourself at 100% blame in this case. I mean, this is professional athletics where you have nimrods promising to give it 120%, 200%, etc. all the time. Perhaps this is a situation where blame should be done with circles sized to represent the various percentages of blame, and then they overlap so that only 100% of the blame area is filled (like some sort of modified Phillies Venn blame diagram).

Or another way to look at it is when the blame goes over 100%, you need to lop off some of the blame to preserve mathematical integrity (namely, remove Fuqua's blame percentage by removing him from the organization).

Wow, this season sucks so far. It's so damn depressing.

D. Page said...

I'd like to add Rollins to the list of people that don't really deserve blame. He's hitting well, getting on base, leading the NL in homers.

GM-Carson said...

I was going to add Jimmy Rollins to the exempt from blame list, but then remembered him popping off at the mouth about the Phillies being the team to beat. Although, I still like his balls in making that statement, right now his teammates for the most part aren't backing him up.

BenJah said...

blame canada!!

and no way should you limit yourself to 100%, they have definately played bad enough to deserve 145% blame. or just use jacobin's venn diagram

i blame jimmy rollins: shut your fuckn mouth!! you hexed the team!

BloodStripes said...

Jimmy has the power

michael said...

jimmy is atleast keeping up his end of the statement its everyone else who is playing like shit. but when jimmy's up the team is down when jimmy's down team up. like that seinfeld episode with elaine and george.

BloodStripes said...

Rollins is killing it. Burrell continuing the good protection. Rowand hitting and playing great D. Utley showing good form and the Phils are heading to victory.

BloodStripes said...

Would have been nice to still have Burrell in there. Good signs for the offense though.

BloodStripes said...

First home win! Hoofuckenray! At last.

Utley star of the game. Yes. Keep it up Chase.

A Rollins homer, a Hamels win, a Gordon save. Good fantasy team day too.

Looking forward to Freddies Phillies debut. Lets go Freddy!

BloodStripes said...

Jimmy Rollins has been on-base every game so far this year.

McD said...

Hang easy Phillies brethern, we got a win today. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come. This team is better than they have played in the first eleven games. I just hope the slow start does not come back to kick them in the ass come September.

Go Phils!

chuckm said...

Can these guys pull off a 10-5 stretch and get back to .500 by May 1st?...tomorrows maybe game vs HOU, 2 @ home vs Mets, 5 games vs Nats, 3 vs Reds, 3 vs the Fish and Apr 30th vs Atlanta? If they can pull this off, it would actually be a better start and quicker recovery than 2006.

klkatz said...

Rollins is exempts.. and Chase.. just because he is chase...

chuckm said...

One player who is doing a pretty good understated job so far is Aaron Rowand. He is getting his hits, hitting with runners in scoring position and getting on base (.458 ob%) He looks a lot more patient at the plate and if he can keep up this approach and results, I am all for putting him in the 2-hole if Vic cant get his shit together a bit and stop the hacking.

kentucky phils phan said...

finally, a win tonite...great great game by the phils...j-roll can't be stopped

das411 said...

Will all you dumbasses please step back off of those ledges now?? Goddamn it's like we have a whole friggin blogroll full of drama queens on here!

Chuck, notice also the three quality catches A-Row made in CF today, no way could I avoid hearing Girardi and Brennamannn keep talking about how smart and heads-up he was by throwing to 2B instead of home to keep double plays in order...or oh yea, because his arm is not that strong!

Spence, what'd you think about those three bullpen arms that Pat went out and got (ie Rosario, Alfonseca, Flash! Gordonnnnn!!!) today, hm?

I would like to make one suggestion though. For everybody that demands that Manuel be fired, can we please suggest who we'd like to take over for him? My nominee would definitely be JIMMY ROLLINS...

GM-Carson said...

I'm still on the ledge. 1 win doesn't solve anything in my mind. The record is 3-8 now...still shitty!

Rollins has been playing very well overall (besides that booted ball in the Mets series, but everyone makes an error now and then).

Rowand is getting hits, but I personally still believe his defense is over-hyped.

Our ace Brett Myers still has an ERA over 9+.

Our big offseason acquistion, Freddy Garcia, has yet to pitch an inning this season.

Ryan Madson still sucks beyond belief.

We still load the bases without inflicting injury.

So, no, I'm still on that edge and will stay there until this club proves they can play quality baseball more than just a game or two at a time.

GM-Carson said...

Freddy Garcia has been activated from the DL to pitch today, but the game will most likely be rained out. To make room, Clay Condrey has been designated for assignment, but is out of options and the Phils will probably lose him. He's not a big loss, but he's a nice insurance arm to have around.

Great quote from Jimmy Rollins- I'll take a Silver Slugger. I don't even know if the Gold Glove is an award anymore." -- Rollins, on which honor he'd rather earn

*Rollins probably thought the Gold Glove was a joke after Abreu and Jeter won it recently and he's gotten the shaft.