Saturday, April 14, 2007

I Hate Chris Wheeler

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Game Notes
- Probably the best game all year, because I didn't have to listen to a single syllable from Wheels.
- Charlie Reliford (shown here sharing a moment with the great Lloyd McClendon) helped the team by calling Biggio out at home in the top of the third. I'm so used to seeing those calls go against the Phils, it gave me a weird feeling. I liked it.
- Abe Nunez got an RBI hit, but he's still an LOB machine. In his two starts, he's left 10 men on.
- Two IBB for Howard: one fly out, one RBI single for Burrell. He needs to continue to hit like this all year because they aren't going to stop walking Howard, no matter how bad he looks at the plate. He was also a few feet from a homerun. Damn I hate singles off of the wall...
- 3 scoreless from the pen. The key: no Madson.
- If Jimmy can continue hitting with decent power, why not move him to the 3 hole and move Utley up a spot, thereby breaking up the lefty-lefty order?
Game Preview
Freddy Garcia v. Wandy Rodriquez
If this game gets played, it should be a very interesting one, if only because it is Garcia's first start for the Phillies. A history of arm injuries combined with a DL stint before ever pitching a game for the Phils is ominous. I'm cautiously optimistic. His opponent, Wandy Rodriquez, has a career ERA over 5.50, which means he will likely throw a shutout. My prediction: since I have the day off and actually can sit down and watch the game live, it will get rained out. Freakin rain.



GM-Carson said...

Freakin' rain is right. Between the rain, snow, and blue-ass cold temperatures my fantasy teams are off to poor starts because of games being postponed.

If the Phils do actually play today, I hope it's not a start the game, wait an hour for rain delay, game back on, another rain delay, game back on type of game because Freddy won't be going back out to the mound if that's the case.

Quit knocking on my BFF, Wheeler is a top-notch game announcer...don't be hatin' and discriminatin'!

GM-Carson said...

Baseball is a game all about stats, well here are some interesting stats thus far:

The Phillies lead the Majors with 62 walks while Seattle has only 9. The Phils had more than 9 walks in a game twice this season already!

The Phils may lead MLB in walks, but also have the 2nd highest amount of strikeouts, only trailing lowly K.C.

Our pitching has been as bad as we thought, we weren't exaggerating as our staff 5.14 ERA is 2nd worst in baseball...thank you Tampa Bay.

goDuke said...

Its rained out. I'm happy about the big win yesterday. (any win is big at this point) I haven't seen any baseball at all since Monday, but working on the little guys left handed throwing already.

furiousBall said...

How about J-Roll tied for the league lead in dingers?

Jacobin said...

There is an incredible stat you are missing from yesterday's game (and I quote this from today's Inquirer):

In a state police crackdown, 182 people were arrested at Friday night's game for underage drinking. Three people were arrested for showing false identification.

Oh, and if you missed it the team designated Condrey (2.25 era in 3 appearances) for assignment. He's out of options and has already be outrighted once, which means he can opt to be a free agent if no teams claim him... in other words, Condrey should be gone in the very near future.

Malcolm said...

Yeah, the rain keeps me from catching the game while driving to Boston for the Marathon. Somehow WPHT 1210 comes in clear up here in Connecticut. Last year, I would rejoice when driving somewhere at night and hearing Scott Graham's golden voice. I guess I'll settle for CDs and a pounding rainstorm.

chuckm said...

Looks like all east coast games are washed out.

fans said...

Frank Coppenbarger, Director of Team Travel and Clubhouse Services, contacted each player shortly after 8 o’clock to let them know the game was going to be called. Three pitchers, Jamie Moyer, Cole Hamels and Geoff Geary, came in to work out. Moyer also spent time going over the Mets hitters for his next start on Tuesday night.

On another note...Shane Victorino came to our little league ceremony yesterday - and even though he missed the ceremony due to poor directions - he showed up anyway to sign autographs. Classy act especially since they had an afternoon game and he had been thrown out at the plate the night before.

Los said...

I'm guessing this game won't be played tonight, and tomorrow night's Mets game will probably be postponed as well ... sigh!

Anonymous said...

Why the Phillies didn't play a doubleheader yesterday is beyond me. They knew this storm was coming and Monday might be washed out as well. I understand that Fox wanted to broadcast the game and all, but it just seemed stupid not to anticipate the weather.

chuckm said...

Both Phillies and Houston have an off-day on the 23rd and Houston will be in Pittsburgh the day before. Looks like the Phillies werent the only team not to set up a DH as every game on the east coast was cxl today.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils are lucky that this is the first game the weather came in and reared its ugly head. Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Chicago were already ahead of us in lost game due to weather. It sucks, but it happens to everyone over the course of the season.

McD- I love you pre-emptive double header idea, although it will never fly.

klkatz said...

Corey.. you are the prognasticators of all progrnasticators...

are you part groundhog?

Bob D said...

Some of the AAA teams did the pre-emptive DH why not Major League. Sad to see Condrey go - he is pretty decent.

BenJah said...

they say that only 1 team in 30 yrs has had a start as bad as the phillies and made the playoffs...

i've decided i dont care: the mets, tigers, and twins all had great seasons last year, but i cant believe that they never had a stretch at any point in the season where they went 1-6. who cares if that stretch is during the first week, the fifth week or the last week?? WILD CARD, HERE WE COME!!

Chris said...

I love Chris Wheeler:

And love talking about him:

GM-Carson said...

Benjah- you're absolutely correct, a bad stretch is a bad stretch whether it be at the beginning, middle, or end of the season. This start sucks, and the Phils now have a hole to dig out of, but anything is possible this early in the season.

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