Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Quattro Ok, Fusion Better

Smart base running, solid defense, decent pitching, and timely hitting will win you ball games. Case in point, the Phillies 6-3 win over the Nationals last night. Chase Utley and Pat Burrell read a looping liner to center off the bat of Wes Helms to score from 2nd and 1st respectively (Burrell forced a throwing error). Helms also played some sparkling defense at 3rd last night (even with his error) and Ryan Howard made a nice grab on a ball down the 1st base line in the 9th. There was nothing spectacular about Grand Pappy Moyer's 6 innings of 3 run ball last night, but it kept his team in the game, and Ryan Madson, Antonio Alfonseca, and Tom Gordon came on in relief to shutdown Washington's offense. Aaron Rowand had a 2-out RBI double and a game tying homerun, and as mentioned above Helms has the single that gave the Phils the lead and Chooch Ruiz followed him up with an RBI single of his own. That my friends is good baseball, and it's a beautiful thing to watch. Yesterday the Phils accomplished Quattro, but it's time to graduate to the Gillette Fusion 5-blade system...feels so good.

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Splendid Smatterings:
*Patty G has been taking a lot of flak from Phillies fans, and rightfully so, but last night was a showcase of two good things he has done- Jamie Moyer and Antonio Alfonseca. We all know Moyer is a consistent starting pitcher, but his clubhouse presence and tutoring of the pitching staff is one of those unmeasurable intangibles that needs to mentioned. 6-Fingered-Ant is turning into the setup man we desperately need- .94 WHIP and .77 ERA.

*The Phils record is now 8-11, still not good, but improving nonetheless. The crazy thing about how crappy this season started is that they technically can still leave April with a winning record or at least a better record than their past 2 Aprils (10-14).

*The Pirates (8-10) are scuffling along too, but in the weak NL Central anything is possible. They've gotten some nice pitching performances from some of their young starters (Tom Gorzelanny, Paul Maholm, and Ian Snell) that have gone wasted due to lack of offense. Power pickup Adam LaRoche apparently hasn't gotten his shipment of bats from his former team Atlanta yet because he's batting an Abe Nunez like .098...ouch!

*There are rumblings that Ace of Walks, Matt Smith, may be optioned to Ottawa with Thee Model Dictator being summoned. If indeed Fabio Castro is in the bullpen when the WSBGM's tailgate/game takes place, we need to get long blond wigs, cigars, and military green caps to form his fan club...do you think Harry Kalas, Chris Wheeler, or Sarge will get the joke/reference?

*Speaking of Sarge, he hit an all-time low last night. We all know the man can't pronounce names (J-Row, Mo-Zis Alou), but he was questioning Manuel's reasoning for bunting Nunez, thinking the Phils took the lead...the score was tied moron and Wheeler actually had to point that out to him after he continued to ramble on aimlessly. Then later in the game Kalas asked him a question 3 times in a row and he never did respond. Why the hell is he in the booth?

~Carson

33 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Here's to hoping Donut-Eater pitches another gem tonight and Manuel actually allows him to throw more than 77 pitches...possibly 83? He should be good for a 100 or so tonight, now that he got his "transition" start back into the rotation.

michael said...

i fear your going to run out of gimmicky razors to write about. i think leiber will throw 85 pitches tonight. and sarge is embarrassing in the booth he is always losing his train of thought and theres a lot of "uhs" and "ums" in between all his words.

GM-Carson said...

Michael- when the Phils win tonight, that makes 5 in a row, and to the best of my knowledge there isn't a 6-blade razor on the market, so indeed I will have to find another way to celebrate, and I'm ok with that, especially because it means the Phils are winning. Then again, maybe I can pitch the 6-blade idea to Bic...they need to get back in the game!

Dave Kingman said...

Agreed Moyer was a good pickup, but he is 44 years old. I would like to see them make him the pitching coach next year before another team, like Seattle, signs him for that role after next season. Shame he wasn't here at the beginning of last season he may have been able to help Gavin Floyd as he helped Hamels after he arrived.

michael said...

yeah, unfortunately no 6 blade razor (thank god, ouch!) maybe a picture of pulpo's hand will make more sense. a win tonite and florida loss we move into 3rd place. top of the division here we come!

GM-Carson said...

Moyer has an option for next year with the Phils I believe. I know it's only April, but if he can pitch like this all season, I want him back again next season. He's a soft-tosser, so it's not like a loss of 1 or 2 mph on his "fast"ball will effect him all that much.

Doesn't the world seem like a better place when the Phils are winning?

GM-Carson said...

From FoxSports- The rumors that San Diego righthander Scott Linebrink might be available have kicked up again, but a trade possibility with the Phillies seems remote at best. Padres general manager Kevin Towers said recently that he would like to sign Linebrink to a contract extension. (The way ArRow is playing, I wouldn't want to subtract him from the offense anyway).

michael said...

i'd look into cordero, try to get him for pennies on the dollar in hopes he bounces back maybe send him to the moyer pitching clinic

GM-Carson said...

If the Nats trade Chad Cordero now, their GM is as retarded as Gillick, because his value continues to plummet. His stock was high this spring and many clubs wanted him. I'm sure other teams would still be interested, but not for the king's ransom the Nats want in return.

If Gordon can get himself back on the right track, Myers transitions well, Alfonseca continues to pitch brilliantly, and Matt Smith is optioned this 'pen won't be too bad. Using Alfonseca, Myers, and Gordon in the 7-9th innings isn't all that bad. Don't forget Geary can also be thrown into the mix. Smith and Madson have been the horrible ones, and Madson is even improving slightly. Franciso Rosario is only used in blowouts until the Phils figure out what they have in him.

Jacobin said...

Coming up with something for six shouldn't be that hard, I mean there are plenty of things containing or relating to the number six. Six is Bert's favorite number (from Sesame Street). According to Genesis, God created man on the sixth day. James Bond is part of MI6. A coffin is traditionally buried six feet under the ground. There are six dots in a braille cell. Six degrees of separation... or six degrees of Philadelphian Kevin Bacon. There are six Australian states (for our Aussie Phllies fan). The Latin prefix for six is SEX!!!

But perhaps the two most important sixes to Phillies fans would be a SIX PACK (as in beers to consume in the parking lot of CBP) and our number SIX -- Ryan Howard.

GM-Carson said...

Jacobin- if the Phils win their 5th in a row tonight and are going for their 6th tomorrow, I will be putting your comment in tomorrow's piece.

Skeeter said...

Carson, with all of these shaving references, I'm starting think you just hit puberty? Don't forget to shave in the direction the hair grows and always do it after a shower. Go slow, cutting yourself stings and looks unpleasant. Hope your first shave goes well, buddy.

And Jacobin, those 'six' references were classic. My first post ever was actually on the number 6 and how we have 6 budding stars: Victorino, Utley, Howard, Rollins, Hamels, Myers.

Derek Jeter also has 6 errors so far this season...HAHAHAHA

Whelkman said...

Carson, if the Phils win tonight then it's time to break out a six pack...

...of single blade razors.

Go, Phils! We're on a "rowe", ain't we, Sarge?!

Whelkman said...

Skeeter,

Please refrain from bashing the ultimate baseball player. Instead, focus on A-Rod's ZERO triples, 20 strikeouts, one measly stolen base, and lowly .953 fielding percentage.

Skeeter said...

In all honesty, Jeter is in my top five favorite non-Phillie players. He is one of the only Yankees I like. I just hate New York and still find it fun when they suffer.

Jacobin said...

Thanks, I feel honored. Six is a fun number... five in a row is fine, but right now five is a bad number too (as in how many games we are trailing the Mets). Personally, I hope you're wracking your brain for 12-bladed razors in a week or so.

I should, however, point out that according to a Greg Easterbrook article, "the Fusion actually has six blades -- five on the front plus a sixth on the back for mustache trimming." Perhaps your use of the Fusion not only commemorates the five wins, but is an omen of the oncoming sixth!

GM-Carson said...

Jacobin- thanks a freakin' lot, I was planning on using the "Fusion" reference again tomorrow if the Phils won. I actually have the Fusion, and its 5 blades are awesome...smooth as hell, and that 1 blade on the backside is for precision cuts, like around my awesome sideburns.

I HATE Derek Jeter...Sketer, you disappoint me.

fans said...

Your reflections on Sarge are absolutely correct. I kept thinking he turned off his hearing aide - how could he not respond to Kalas' repeated questions? On WIP they call him "Sargeant Obvious" because he just points out what everyone can obviously see for themselves.

michael said...

i thought sarge did play by play for another team before this year? he sounds worse than a 9th grader calling a high school game. i think they should move mitch williams into the booth after this year. i think hes doing pretty well with the post game show put him with larry anderson and it could be some gold.

Jacobin said...

Sorry Carson :( Didn't mean to steal your Fusion thunder.

I use a Norelco electric, so I have no idea how many little blades are on the rotating heads. I have a Quattro and a Fusion that were given out as samples the last time I bought text books, but since I use the electric they just sit in a box of stuff I keep meaning to give away.

McD said...

I tried to give Sarge the benefit of the doubt, but he is just terrible. I have my theories on why he was hired in the first place, but the bottom line is that he sucks and needs to go!

BenJah said...

expectations are a funny thing: the phils and buccos have pretty much the same record, but one has had a rocky season and the other has been pretty good.

six-references shouldn't be hard: you can use six shooter guns. you can use an electric razor: they have lots of blades and the phils have actually found some electricity lately, eh? eh??. and dire straights has that song "six blade knife"

GM-Carson said...

My favorite question from last night's game was Wheeler- "Jr. Sarge has 6 steals now. Wow. Where'd he get that speed?" Sarge's answer about his son Gary Matthews Jr.- "I don't know, but he's leading off now, maybe that's why." How about that son-of-a-bitch took steroids...maybe that's the actually answer there Sargeant Obvious!!!

I want Larry Andersen back on tv so bad. I wish they at least gave him a three inning block. Him and Mitch Williams would be an entertaining pair in the booth together.

And McD- I too have my theories as to why Sarge was hired, but I'm choosing to keep them to myself, much like you.

GM-Carson said...

All these nice references to the #6...the Phils better take care of business tonight and win #5 in a row. Like the retarded athlete saying, "we're going to take it one game at a time and one day at a time." I don't know about the rest of you, but one time I tried to do the unthinkable 2 games and 2 days at a time and quickly figured out that shit isn't even possible.

Maria said...

Why'd they get rid of Larry Andersen?

Los said...

Rowand is playing out of his mind right now ... we need him to continue until Howard comes around (PLEASE!!!!).

Speaking of which - I will be at the Phillies game this Saturday.

michael said...

mitch and L.A. in the booth would just be the two of them drinking beers and cracking jokes telling '93 stories. i'd LOVE it!

Jacobin said...

They didn't get rid of Larry Anderson, it's just that he's on the radio for all nine innings now. Because of my current testing/living situation, I'm okay with this arrangement because I actually listen to more games on the radio than I can catch on television. However, when that changes I'm going to be as pissed as everyone else that has to listen to nine innings of the Sarge and Wheels.

How about tonight's game! 7-2!!! Johnny 5 is alive! Unfortunately Matt Smith is in the game and has walked back-to-back batters (giving him 10 walks in slightly more than 3 innings of work). 10 in 3?!??! Sounds like he needs to work out some control issues, sounds like he should be in the baseball hell that is Ottawa. Ooooh!!! Another walk, that would be Smith's third walk of the inning (three walks out of five hitters... Smith gives up one run on no hits).

This guy has been horrible. He's pitched like total shit all season long. He's got 11 walks in about 4 innings of work. That might be good enough for Kansas City, but you cannot tell me Matt Smith is worth the space he takes up in the bullpen. We're carrying 12 pitchers, this guy is dead weight. Call up Coste!!!

BloodStripes said...

Yeah. Call up Coste! Haha.

Utley is Mr Double. 2 more tonight. What a game. He "is the man".

Hamels to make it 6 tomorrow.

Phils on Phire!!! Go!

michael said...

haha funny i said leiber will be yanked after 85 pitches..well it was 86 to be exact, i know the phillies were up 7-2 but damn. matt smith make sure and bring a sweater its cold in ottawa.

GM-Carson said...

Donut-Eater pitching like he should have been in the rotation the whole time. With Lieber pitching well, Hamels dominating, Moyer being Mr. Consistent, Freddy Garcia returning to form, and Eaton battling this rotation is solid, like we all thought it would be.

Matt Smith sucks! Can't afford to keep brining him into ballgames and walking people like that...demote his ass now.

Michael- that's funny that someone on here (me last time, you this time) has pretty much predicted Lieber pitch count. Maybe we can turn this into a game.

Corey said...

i'm sorry if i'm a little cynical, but it is pretty freaking obvious a guy at the beginning of the season, returning from an injury, coming out of the bullpen, and making his first starts of the year will be held to low pitch counts.

i predict that if the phillies play baseball today, they will either win or lose. also, tonight the sun will magically disappear and it will be dark. those are stone-cold locks.; drive to atlantic city right now and put your money down on "dark" tonight, permanent light doesn't stand a chance...

BloodStripes said...

LOL. After being in the dark the Phillies have seen the light. 5 straight and the King going for the sweep. Not something the Phils managed too well last season when expected.

C'mon King Cole, swat them nats!