Monday, April 30, 2007

Hooray for Grand Pappy Moyer

Good golly, Buddy Holly! Jamie Moyer is our staff ace? In fact he currently is, as he's the only one that we can trust to give us a quality start every time he takes the mound. Yesterday he pitched 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against the Marlins and finished the day with 7 1/3 scoreless innings with only 2 hits surrendered and 5 strikeouts...added bonus 2-3 with a double at the plate (picture above shows him gliding around the bases). Overall stats- 3 wins, 34 IP, 24 K, 2.65 ERA, and a 1.15 WHIP with amazingly only 1 homerun given up. I don't care if he's 44 years old or 24 years old, the man knows how to pitch.

Coming through in a pinch- Greg Dobbs. The Phillies were 2 for their last 3,298 at bats with the bases loaded before Dobbs hit a bases clearing double in the 8th inning to give the Phils some breathing room. It may have not seemed like a big deal, but it may have meant the difference between seeing Alfonseca and another blown save in the making by Tom Gordon.

Jayson Werth has been getting a lot of criticism throughout the Phils blogsphere, but he really hasn't been that bad. He already has 4 pinch hits, made a nice run saving catch in the alley yesterday, and has been performing well for a bench player. I still don't agree with guaranteeing 1 million dollars to a player coming off a season and a half of injury, but he's our best bench player right now, so maybe we should cut him some slack. Then again, my wife says he looks skeezy...does kind of look like a scuzzball doesn't he?

Donut-Eater tries to start another winning streak tonight against the Braves and the Hotlanta starter Tim Hudson. Lieber has pitched marvelous in his 2 starts this year giving up only 2 runs in 11 2/3 innings, and his overall ERA is 3.21 with a sparkling .93 WHIP. Hudson has been very impressive, coming into the game with a 1.22 ERA, .97 WHIP, and 3 wins. Pitchers duel? I'm going with the Donut King, so scarf down a couple jelly-filled pastries for our brother-in-arms this morning.

~Carson

30 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Moyer is a champ. Like the way he and Hamels talk together after one of them pitches. The wise one teaching the young gun.

Donuts for all. Especially Atlanta. Give 'em a serving of nine Donut-man.

michael said...

moyer has definately become one of my favorites to watch pitch, everything is very calculated. his breaking stuff is insane, how he fools hitters. donut eater better keep the streak alive tonite. a sweep of the braves would be so sweet.

GM-Carson said...

Winning streaks are sweet, but winning series consistently is how you find yourself in the playoffs. The Phils have been winning series lately, and that's how they've actually managed to start digging themselves out of the hole they dug. 11 wins are better than the past 2 Aprils, with hopefully a 12th tonight.

Moyer is the staff mentor. Screw Dick-Dick Dubee.

GM-Carson said...

"Seeing a guy who tops out at 81 [mph], his changeup is 73, his curveball is 68. You don't see that every day. That's what makes him effective. He's been doing this for 20 years, so he is doing something right. -- Marlins left fielder Josh Willingham, on Moyer.

Also of note- Rowand's hit streak ended at 16 games. He was one of the reasons the Phils offense came to life recently. Hopefully he can start a new hitting streak tonight, because with Ryan Howard struggling this offense needs all the help it can get.

das411 said...

Werth looks no shadier than his outfield-mates Rowand and Burrell, it's just seeing them all out there at the same time...

and for those SBGMs that do not get/read the Inquirer:

>>
Geoff Geary was Hancock's roommate in spring training 2004.

"We were battling for the same job," Geary said. "It was Ryan [Madson], Josh and I. We developed a bond. You're competing against each other, but ultimately it's out of our control. So what Ryan, Josh and I wanted to try to do was become friends and learn from one another.

"It hasn't really set in yet. I didn't believe it. I had to go on the Internet to see it before it really made sense. And it still doesn't make sense, to be honest with you."

Geary recalled Hancock as a prankster. He once got hold of Geary's rental-car keys and put baby powder in the car's air vents.

But Hancock did not hide his work well. Baby powder was everywhere, so Geary did not turn on the car and get covered with powder.

"It was more a matter of watching me try to clean out the rental car," Geary said.

"He was a lot of fun," Madson said. "I'll miss him."

Chase Utley also played with Hancock.

"My heart goes out to his family," he said. "Any time you lose somebody in the baseball world, it's difficult, but when you actually know the guy it's even more difficult. It's terrible. . . . He was a great guy. He was good guy on the field and off the field."
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GM-Carson said...

Mets 3B David Wright hasn't been living up to his reputation as the next big thing. He had 20 homers in the first half a year ago but doesn't have any in 85 at-bats this year and only six in 328 at-bats since the All-Star break a year ago...looks like David Wright is going Bobby Abreu on Mets fans (Wright participated in the homerun derby much like Abreu did the season before, then instantly...power outage).

GM-Carson said...

9 game road trip starting tonight in Atlanta with stops in San Fran and Arizona, all quality competition. These next 9 games could tell us a lot about the Phils. They were winning against the Marlins, Nats, and Reds not exactly top-notch competition. I'd love to see a 7-2 or 6-3 road trip this next week plus.

Skeeter said...

Taking two of three from the Braves will be a huge momentum boost after what the Bravos did to us a couple weeks ago.

This road trip could be the one where Myers takes over that closing job.

Bob D said...

Good mention of Dobbs and Werth. They are OK from the bench and in the feild, they also add versitality to the team. Bourn has struggled but still has good potential, he may be better off with some time in AAA if the team can pick up a better lefty OF for the bench. But at this time he is the best option.
There are 2 holes in the bench one is middle IF No-Hit Nunez and the other starting now 2nd string multi-million dollar catcher Barajas. Now Coste would be a great asset as he can play LF, C, 3B, &1B. I see a need for a trade to replace Nunez coming - I hope!

GM-Carson said...

I have no idea how Myers will do as closer, but it certainly couldn't be much worse than Gordon. Gordon is a blown save waiting to happen, and to continue to "trust" in him to lock down victories is foolish. Gordon needs to get his curveball working again, and I suggest using him in less pressure situations until he figures it out. Alfonseca should be setup man with Geary being used too if needed.

GM-Carson said...

Although Bourn hasn't hit much, he has worked a couple walks, his defensive is good, and his speed is a huge asset late in the game. He's doing his job overall, but I hope his progress isn't being hindered by limiting playing time.

Jacobin said...

The team is playing better, it would just be nice to think there is a better than 50/50 chance of the closer saving a game for us. It's time to see if Myers is up to that role, because unless he is closing he should be in that starting rotation and Adam Eaton should be in the pen or on the Royals.

Call up Coste!

McD said...

I was at Saturday night's game and Eaton sucked balls. I don't know if putting him in the bullpen is a good idea when you consider how especially bad he is in the first and second inning.

Moyer was awesome yesterday. I would say that right now he is definitley the team's ace, and that is kind of sad when you think about it.

GM-Carson said...

McD- how about we simulate the 1st 2 innings for Eaton in the 'pen so he's ready to mow 'em down in his 3rd inning of work?

I'm excited to watch Phillies games again. I understand we can't win them all, but hopefully they can continue to win the majority of them.

McD said...

Not a bad idea Carson, although I still don't know if I trust Eaton!

Jacobin said...

I once worked for and still live near the Reading Phillies (AA) ball club and I remember when Eaton came up from single A to pitch here. He thew a no-hitter and one-hitter for his first two starts (or it was his second and third starts... something like that). Anyway, at that time he really looked like another Pat Combs/Tyler Green type... you know, an over-hyped, over-worked Phillies' prospect pitcher who was in a race to see what would derail his path to success (either his arm would falling off or his head being screwed up beyond saving).

That being said, they're paying him over $8 million a year. Apparently that is how much someone that has never won more than 11 games and has a lifetime era in the 4.50 range is worth. How is it he is getting paid about as much as Lieber (who is a fatass donut eater, but the guy had some good seasons in the past)?

I'm just rambling. I should keep it simple -- Call up Coste!

GM-Carson said...

The contracts handed out this past offseason confused me. Gary Matthews Jr. had a career year after numerous stops with other teams and manages to cash in on a lucrative deal. Gil Meche is mediocre for Seattle and this gets 5 years 50 million. Eaton is just another in a long list of players making outrageous loot for being average. Look at Nunez for example- making nearly 2 millions this season because he hit an empty .285 for the Cards in '05...disgusting!

Maria said...

I really hope Ryan Howard can fix his swing quickly. He's struggling terribly to get hits and he's forcing it. He's swinging at stuff out of the strike zone and taking strikes.

In non-relevant news: Dhani Jones just got released by the Eagles. Good riddance.

Jacobin said...

Woo! No more bow-tie, banjo man! But enough of that Eagles stuff, let's burn Atlanta down tonight!

TrekMedic251 said...

First, maybe they should have called yesterday's game "The Old Man and the Sea."

Second, I think Dobbs hit that 2-out double to prevent Inbred Charlie from bringing in Gordon to "save" the game ('cuz that's what we'z payin' him for,...huh-huh-huh!)

Jacobin said...

Hudson is making us look stupid. Oh, and speaking of stupid, why is Nunez batting in front of Ruiz?

Jacobin said...

Every time we play Atlanta, I have a hard time deciding which Jones I hate more. Is it Chipper? The 30-something guy with a 3-year-old's nickname... or is it Andruw? (I will refrain from commenting about arbitrary oddball spellings of common names.)

Tonight I hate Andruw more than Chipper... tomorrow that may change. 11-14... 3 games to .500 and 5.5 games behind Atlanta.

das411 said...

And with a loss to the best pitcher in the league, the Phils are in prime position to even up the series tomorrow with COLE goin vs Mark "Method and" Redman...

GM-Carson said...

Why the hell as No-Hit Nunez started 3 straight games?

Why the hell can't we get consistent performances from the bullpen?

Why the hell is Charlie Manuel our manager?

BloodStripes said...

Can't answer those questions.

What are you talikng about GM. Nunez hits..........straight to the SS for an out.

BloodStripes said...

Whats the go with the fantasy teams when you have a full roster and one of your guys comes off the DL. Do you have to drop someone instantly? Or do you get some time?

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- if you want to play the guy that just came off the DL you must release another player from your roster to make room (just like with real rosters in MLB).

BloodStripes said...

Thanks mate. I should have known that.

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