Readers of this blog know I have a tendency to become irritated with the Phillies to the point where I'm having a fit of rage. The anger is real, but I do over dramatize it for entertainment purposes. While I seemingly get pissed at very minor things, I do have a method for my madness.
Madness- I have placed Ryan Madson on my dead-to-me list. Method- Career Trend- Madson '04 Rookie ( 2.34 ERA .225 AVG against), '05: Pre All-Star (3.68 ERA .221 AVG against) Post All-Star (4.79 ERA .308 AVG against), '06: Pre All-Star (as starter 5.91 ERA and .313 AVG against) Post All-Star (as reliever 5.33 ERA and .337 AVG against). That is not a promising career trend, as he started high and has been free-falling ever since. Basically he was lights-out for his first year and a half, then turned into a complete turd-torpedo over the second half of his career. He has unearned my trust, and hopefully Manuel's as well.
Madness- The Phillies have a prolific offense, yet cannot manage to score a man from 3rd base with less than 2 outs and continually leave droves of runners on base. Method- 16 LOB in Monday's game. The Phillies are consistently inconsistent, and that's not my mind playing tricks on me. I know the offense will be near the top of the NL with runs scored, but how we get there is another matter. I was hoping a more balanced lineup this season would alter the trend of the past few seasons which has been- score runs in bunches where opposing pitchers can't seem to do anything right (7+ runs), then go games where situational hitting is avoided like the plague and we eek out 2 or 3 runs. Don't get me wrong, I love 7 or more runs scored a game by the Phillies, but I'd be much more content with an offense that consistently put up 4-6 runs. I still believe this year's version of the offense will reverse this pattern and develop better stability.
Alright, my intentions today were not to depress you, rather to inform you. Therefore, I feel the need to lift your spirits and get you amped up for today's upcoming victory. Cole Hamels takes the mound tonight, and this cocky young ace-in-the-making claims he should be winning 20 games this season. He possess a blistering fastball accompanied by a change-up that baffles the best of hitters. So gear up, because here comes win #1!
Method Man/Bring The Pain- I came to bring the pain hardcore from the brain. Let's go inside my astral plane. Find out my mental's, based on instrumental, records hey, so I can write monumental.