Thursday, April 12, 2007

Check out my happy face...

"There's a party going on right here. A celebration to last throughout the year. So, bring your good times, and your laughter too. We gonna celebrate your party with you." Thank you Kool and the Gang.

As you probably have guessed already, I'm happy-slappy about last night's Phils victory. After a miserable 1-6 start it looked like bad times ahead for our beloved Phightins, and one win doesn't necessarily change that. 2-6 is nothing to be proud of, and the only reason we're not NL East cellar-dwellers is because of the lowly Washington Nationals (1-7). But a win is a win, and I'll take it any way we can get it. Last night's triumph over the rival Mets wasn't picture-perfect, but it'll do for now.

Cheerful Crap:
*Our offense leads all of baseball in walks. We have a patient team that is willing to take the free pass rather than hack at poor offerings (example- any Ollie Perez pitch). Although our big guns haven't started firing off bullets yet, it is only a matter of time before all those runners on base start finding their destination towards home plate via a Utley double, Howard homerun, or a Nunez ground out double play.
*Adam Eaton pitched well enough last night to win that game, and the bullpen actually held the lead, so he was awarded the win. I'm nervous about all the 3-ball counts he ran up, as that increases pitch count and leads to shortened outings, and 3-ball counts have a tendency to easily become walks. However, he bared down and made quality pitches when it mattered, and for the time being, I am pleased.
*Tom Gordon garnered his first save of the season, albeit with a 3 run lead, but this is a step in the right direction. If he racks up 10 or more saves in a row, I will consider giving him his nickname back, but for now he remains a twinkle.
*Pat Burrell's 7 game hit streak was snapped last night, but not from lack of effort. It was obvious the Mets were terrified on the future 2007 NL MVP, as they walked him twice, and it took an excellent play by David Wright to hold Burrell hitless. I actually blame Manuel for screwing up Burrell's bid at history, because he replaced him with Bourn for defense and cost Pat an at bat later in the game.

Concerns:
*Rod Barajas hit watch: 0-10 to start the season...nice investment.
*The Phillies continue to cram the bases loaded, but this is probably the easiest way to hold them scoreless, unless of course you walk them in. The Phillies need to start making the opposition pay for all those runners on base.

Phils are set to win again tonight, starting a win streak, with the match-up of the ancient ones, as Grand Pappy Moyer takes on Tom Glavine. That's 85 years worth of lefties right there.

~Carson

36 comments:

Skeeter said...

So, what's the over/under on how long an inning will take by Moyer if Jose Reyes is on the bases? Anytime a speedy Marlin was on first, Jamie threw over to Howard at least 6 or 7 times. I'll set the time at 15 minutes and take the over.

Also, watching Perez (and the Mets fans) suffer through the 3rd inning last night made me giggle like 6 year old girl.

goDuke said...

Its about time you started touting my Pat Burrell for MVP stance. I'm thrilled Eaton got his first W for the Phils before June... this really sets my mind at ease. I missed the last couple days, had to rush my wife to the hospital at 2:30 Monday morning... to welcome our little guy into the world. Woo... three kids... no more for us. LOL. Go Phils!

GM-Carson said...

GoDuke- congrats. I have a boy on the way due end of August/early September.

Skeeter said...

congratulations goduke. I hope your kid and Carson's kid become lefty prodigies and break camp with the Phillies by the age of 17.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- you're dead on in your analysis of Moyer and holding runners. I love Moyer. He's not a dominant pitcher by any stretch of the imagination, but he's smart. I watch him pitch and can see him changing things up to throw the batters and runners off. People talk about Greg Maddox an how pitchers around him become better by picking his brain, well I believe Moyer is along the same lines. This has been Gillick's best move so far in my opinion (getting and retaining Moyer).

GM-Carson said...

I'm fast tracking my boy to the Majors. He's destined to be a baseball star. I'll be his strength and condition trainer and Corey will step in as his pitching coach. Coming to a mound near you in the year 2027 GM-Carson Jr.

furiousBall said...

goDuke, you know once you go over three kids - you and your wife have to choose which kid doesn't make it if they all go running in separate directions towards lava. Congrats though, but stay away from Hawaii...

I think the Phils leading the league in walks is a beautiful thing(remember 93?), but after last night's game, I think any team facing Oliver Perez will suddenly be leading the league in walks.

Jacobin said...

You mentioned how the Phils lead the league in walks and how that shows patience by the batters. Don't lump "Fence Face" Rowand in that statement, he went up hacking even though O. Perez couldn't through a strike to save his mother from drowning. It's true that Rowand wound up walking, but he swung at two pitches out of the zone to make the count 2-2 when he should have walked on four straight balls.

0-10 for Barajas start of the season is really special. The guy has an RBI by the grace of shitty Mets' pitching. Tell me again why the Great Space Coster is in AAA?

GM-Carson said...

Rod Barajas sucks. I said it when we signed him, and I'll maintain that stance until he proves otherwise.

GM-Carson said...

Some Phillies fans are retards. A poll on Phillies.com asks "Who gets your MVP vote so far"

Burrell- 12%, Howard 36%, Rollins 12%, and Utley 40%.

Are you kidding me? Burrell has been the best so far, with Rollins a close 2nd and Utley and Howard not doing much at all.

GM-Carson said...

Minor League News- The Phillies claimed infielder Michael Garciaparra off waivers from Seattle. Garciaparra, the younger brother of Los Angeles first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, was designated for assignment on April 1.

The 24-year-old was selected by the Mariners in the first round (supplemental, 36th overall) in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, when Pat Gillick was the general manager. He has batted .267 over five Minor League seasons, reaching as high as Triple-A Tacoma in 2006. He's expected to play at Double-A Reading.

The Phillies have a history of acquiring the less known of baseball brothers, including Ken Brett (not George), Vince DiMaggio (not Joe or Dom), Jeremy Giambi (not Jason), Mark Leiter (not Al), Mike Maddux (not Greg) and Frank Torre (not Joe).

McD said...

I loved the Bases Loaded reference! That was one of my favorite Nintendo games. Philly was my obvious team of choice, with Oko batting cleanup. Oko was nasty, and used to charge the mound if he got beaned after the fourth inning. Oko didn't take shit from anybody.

What a great game! Thanks for the flashback!

Skeeter said...

Let's say Barajas only has 3 hits at the end of April. Is he released and is Coste brought up? Or is his LEADERSHIP (?) behind the plate THAT crucial to winning games?

Every night, I kneel by my bed, look up at the sky, and say a little prayer for Christopher Coste. Very often a tear rolls down my cheek.

Corey said...

i bet you spend most nights on your knees, skeeter...better check to make sure that thing on your cheek is a tear.

Skeeter said...

hahaha. Wow, good one Corey. By mentioning knees and liquids on faces, I sort of left myself wide open on that one.

GM-Carson said...

That exchange between Corey & Skeeter ranks as the all-time best burn...Skeeter got skeeted on, gross!

Skeeter said...

...And dont say "yea, wide open...like your asshole."
I beat you to it bitch.

GM-Carson said...

You did "leave yourself wide open", like a porn star waiting for the money shot.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter, you should just shut up now.

Skeeter said...

...damnit

GM-Carson said...

hahaha, you know we love ya Skeeter! You're our bastard offspring, we have no choice but to kick you around and make fun of ya.

GM-Carson said...

Glavine (41) and Moyer (44) face of for the first time tonight in their careers. That's amazing considering interleague play and the collective 42 years expierence between the two of them.

Jacobin said...

If Skeeter gets miraculously cured during his prayer ritual, I guess he can found a church -- San Cristobal Coste degli Phillies.

Of course you could pray to Pat Burrell and you'd probably wind up with an STD rather than being cured of anything. Even still, gotta love that Burrell is producing. He's putting out like... well, like all the Jersey girls he's picked up at Philadelphia clubs the last few years.

michael said...

Jon Heyman has been talking to Mets' closer Billy Wager, who is apparently close friends with the down-and-out former Astros' closer Brad Lidge. Who knew that Wagner was an expert insider in major league baseball-- he refutes the Astros' claim that they are not planning on moving the shell-shocked reliver.

According to Wagner, Philadelphia wouldn't be a good fit, because, well, it wasn't a good fit for him. From Heyman's article: "He needs to be in a place where he can [exhale],'' Wagner said. "Houston's so laid back. Maybe I'm biased against [Philadelphia] ... [But] all it takes is one bad game, and fans would kill him." Obviously the Phillies are part of the discussion because they need to improve their bullpen in order to compete in the NL East, but Heyman also mentions the Mets and Devil Rays. Of the Mets, Wagner says: "He'd be a good fit here. In this clubhouse, it isn't 'Who hit the home run?' or "Who had the hit?' It's "Did we win?''' Yea, when I think of a place to exhale, I think Shea Stadium, with its kind, gentle, forgiving Mets fans. Right.

my god he is an ass. i want a bench clearing brawl tonite with it ending with Myers making him look like Rowand after "the catch"

GM-Carson said...

Phillies fans are tough. We boo at everything, and are relentless if a player is struggling...so I'm admitting we're not exactly a tranquil environment. But as I recall the Rat Billy Wagner got his ass booed off the mound in a game against the Yanks last season. Wagner is a great closer, but he needs to shut the hell up. What he's saying about Phils fans isn't false, but the image he's portraying of Mets fans is ludicrous, we all know they aren't the most pleasant bunch either.

McD said...

Wagner just can't stop bitching about Philadelphia.

The funny thing is that he had it easy when he was here! For the most part the fans loved him. The only time they booed was when the radar gun showed his pitches being under 100 m.p.h. And those boos were directed at the gun, not him! We loved him even after he blew that critical game against the Astros in September 2005. Craig Biggio's home run still makes me cry to sleep at night. How he can honestly think New York is a more laid back place to play is beyond me. Hey Billy, its time to move on, your bitching about Philly fans is getting tired.

Suck it up spongelips!

chuckm said...

Good times last night. Didnt see the game but got the text with the final score while I was at the Stooges show in Philly. So, if the Phillies win it tonight it will mean that they take a series vs the Mutts on the road, which would be commendable. A win tonight and 2 out of 3 this weekend vs Houston would make the Phils a not terrible 5-7. This would still not get the Phillies on the Braves or Mutts heels as the Braves may be 10-2 by Sunday night. I cant see Smoltz dropping a game to the Nats and the Braves always seem to be the Marlins daddies. It will be Mutts turn to beat up on the Nats this weekend. Man, I hate this "playing catch-up".

GM-Carson said...

ChuckM- the Stooges... you are an old school fool! Does Iggy Pop still have his "lust for life"?

Speaking of lust for life- I'm more excited about tonights lefty-handed showdown between to geezers than last night's much balley-hooed King Felix vs. Dick K matchup.

Maria said...

Who would've thought, we'd be calling Pat Burrell MVP?

Two in a row for the Phils tonight. I can feel it. I love Jamie Moyer<3

Bob D said...

Could this be the night they finally break and score double digits against the Mets? Rolllins stretching a double into a triple provided another run as well. Barajas gets an RBI for getting hit by a pitch that helped. Maybe he can do more of that. It should be mentioned that David Wright took 4 hits (all extra base potential) from Philly hitters last night. He is really good - I would to see the Phils trade Gordon for him Ha! Speaking of Gordon - his save was shaky and not overwhelming. Alfonseco looked really good as did Eaton.

GM-Carson said...

I hate to admit this, but the Mets left side of the infield is awesome. I hate Jose Reyes and David Wright doesn't rank high on my list of MLB players either, but they're both young dudes that are only continuing to get better. They both have excellent defense skills, and everyone knows about their offensive capabilities. Ok, enough Mets knob-jobbin'...F' the Mets! We have a good enough team to still smack the shit outta them.

chuckm said...

Carson- Yeah, Iggy still rages and The Stooges killed it. Ther new CD isnt too hot but the songs come off way better live. I get Sportline.com alerts sent to me so when I got the text and checked it was a nice surprise as Eaton hadnt earned any confidence and obviously a 5-2 score meant that everybody was good on the hill. I will be real happy if Moyers & the Phillies take the game and series tonight as
it would be a nice fuck you to Mutts for the humiliating game on Monday.

Los said...

Sure, we seem to be patient, as evidenced by all those walks, BUT we lead the league in runners left on base. Could it be that teams are pitching around certain batters, knowing they can get the others to stare at pitches right down the middle?

chuckm said...

Mets 5-Rollins 3
Another day another chump, and tonight zero is Wes Helms and his cloddish play in the field. He gave up 3 runs, which turned out to be the margin of victory. Howard had that 2-bagger off Wagner, but otherwise, him, Utz and Vic look absolutely lost
at the plate.

das411 said...

Meanwhile break up the Nats!! And in a game started by Smoltz, no less...just goes to show ya anything can happen I guess...

GM-Carson said...

Welcome back to hell, oops, I mean the NL East basement. We're 2-7, the Nats are 2-7...that's shitty!