Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Quattro

Looks like the season finally started for the Phils offense, as they decided to show up two games in a row (9 runs Sunday, 11 last night). We now have a nice little three game winning streak going on that should actually be five games...thanks a lot Gordon (blown save Friday). There's no looking back now, to hell with three, we need four! I think you could all agree with me that the single blade razor sucks, and actually agitates the skin more so than ridding your mug of facial hair. I started shaving with a two-blade razor, good for the puberty peach fuzz, but not for a manly beard. Few years ago I upgraded to the three-blade system and noticed that my cheeks can actually be smooth again. Since then I've tried out the Quattro- as if 4 blades is magically better than 3...holy Siegfried & Roy it is! So after our win tonight against the gNats, will we be going for the ultimate sensation of 5?

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Mishmash:

*Jimmy Rollins meant what he said "the Phillies are the team to beat in the NL East this season." He can't help the fact that the rest of his team didn't show up for the first 2 and a half weeks of the season. His line- .313 AVG, 19 R, 4 doubles, 2 triple, 7 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB, 8 BB, 1.071 OPS. Finally his boys are starting to back him up and the Phils are trying to come out of April within spitting distance of the Mets and Braves.

*Shane Victorino is a spark plug (.319 AVG, .407 On-Base %). If he and Rollins can manage to bat .285+ for the season and get on base at a .345+ clip, this offense is going to be flippin' sweet! We all know the Flyin' Hawaiian is fast, and he's transferring that speed into being a nemesis and distraction on the base paths. I'm also absolutely enamored with his defense.

*I'm still not sold on Adam Eaton. Last night's performance (4 runs in 6 innings) is about what I expect from him (Cory Lidle-like). Eaton could do better if he managed to cut out some of the free passes he gives away (11 walks in 23.2 IP). Overall, for a 5th starter, he's not that bad, but don't confuse my words...he's not that good either.

*Grand Pappy Moyer takes the mound tonight against Washington. He pitched 8 beautiful innings against them last Thursday, so lets hope he took his arthritis medicine and chugged some prune juice, because we need him to lull the Nationals' hitters to sleep again this evening.

*One thing that Corey and I strongly agree on is the sayings, "he needs work" or "since he's already warmed up, may as well bring him in" are bogus and retarded. Brett Myers was unavailable to pitch last night because Fuqua used him in a 7 run game Sunday afternoon (luckily we didn't need him). Chris Wheeler, the brown-nosing organizational puppet that he is, said it was the right move. Baloney! I'm not a MLB pitcher, but I know tossing some warm-up pitches in the bullpen is entirely different than facing batters in an actual game, plus it equals more total pitches. Please never confuse Manuel for a mathlete, or Wheeler for an actual baseball analyst.

~Carson

29 comments:

Skeeter said...

I could not agree more on the Myers situation. That move with a 7 run lead absolutely baffled me.

Last nights game was amazing. Utley's homerun was a freakin bomb and every starter got a hit...even hotrod.

I remember hearing before the season started that Eaton struggles in the first innings then gets stronger as the game goes on. Last night was a classic case. I just hope he can get through the first few with minimal damage.

And last night, at the game, when Manuel came out to pull Eaton from the game, I started to boo Charlie as he made his way up from the dugout. To my surprise, no one else booed with me. I was blown away. Am I the only one who hates our skipper?

Bob D said...

Good game last night. It really looks like that Rollins is a different hitter than he was early last year. He has finally turned the corner and hits good enough that he could be the #3 hitter on the team. Victorino continues to show he could be leadoff. And Rowand continues to increase his trade value if needed- Rowand for Linebrink rumor. And more importantly the starters are doing great the only exception is Eaton who is doing decent. I can't believe it but this team can still finish April better than last year.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- I'd have been booing Manuel right along with ya buddy.

Rowand is surprising me with the stick right now. I highly doubt he'll do this well all season, but it's really nice to have him down there in the 7 hole.

Rollins is in his prime right now, enjoy it while it lasts.

goDuke said...

Rumor has it historically April is Rowand's worst month. Maybe he can put together a good season and stay off the DL, that would really help the Phils.

Skeeter said...

It seems like everyone except Utley and Howard are hitting over .300

Very perplexing

Corey said...

OFF TOPIC: not even baseball related, but you should go watch this kid get drilled on the sidelines of a football scrimmage. this kid is rowand-tough. (now since i mentioned a phillie, it is back on-topic...)

Corey said...

...when the kid got home, his mom asked him, "for who? for what?"

Jacobin said...

Too bad the receiver wasn't Todd Pinkston. He sure as hell would have shied away from contact, and the four year old would have been unscathed.

Jacobin said...

ESPN's web site reports that last night's clobbering of the Astros was Fuqua's 400 win in his managerial career. Of course, this is the same page that has the score 11-4 in the boxscore, but has the deckhead written as "Phillies 10, Astros 8."

Skeeter said...

400 wins! If Manuel can get to 400, I can be the next president. Skeeter 08

McD said...

Hopefully Charlie will get #401 tonight. I am headed to the park for my first game of the season and am psyched to see Grand Pappy Moyer pitching.

Hopefully the Phils' offense will show up again tonight. Is anybody else amazed that J-Roll is leading the NL in home runs? I am seeing another home run derby champion from Philadelphia!

goDuke said...

The kid ended up being fine... and I am always thrilled to see an Alligator Arms Ricky Watters reference. My fantasy football team was the 'For Who, For Whats' this year.

icarus236 said...

J-roll has been hot at home but cold on the road. That tells me the power is a cruel gift from the baseball gods which will soon be taken away.

Jacobin said...

Ryan Howard's slump curiously coincides with scientists discovering a new mineral in a Siberian mine... is it a coincidence?!

Scientists discover Kryptonite

Ben said...

Moyer is going to pitch well tonight and the team will get its 4th straight

GM-Carson said...

Holy white tigers Siegfried...Manuel has won 400 games?!?!?!

Moyer is a smart pitcher, but I do worry about him facing the same clud he did just 5 days ago. That may lead to the Nats hitters having him "figured out". Then again that old fart will throw them off by pitching even slower.

GM-Carson said...

Minor Leagues:

Ottawa- 13 games played and not one Lynx hitter has hit a homerun...that's really freakin' pathetic. Chris Coste is struggling (.200). JA Happ, Brian Mazone, and Thee Model Dictator are pitching well.

Reading- SS Jesus Merchan is on fire at the plate and Anderson Garcia is blowing them away from the mound.

Jacobin said...

I'm not surprised Coste is struggling. After they screwed him with the last minute demotion last year, he got off to a crap start in AAA. This year's prostate punch from the Phillies' brass was even worse.

GM-Carson said...

Within the next 2 weeks I expect a few changes to be made. Matt Smith can't possibly be allowed to walk MLB hitters, he'll be sent down if he does not work his kinks out. Michael Bourn or Gregg Dobbs may find themselves ticketed to Ottawa if their bats don't produce some pinch-hits. I also look for Myers as the new closer pushing Gordon to setup role with Alfonseca.

GM-Carson said...

I'm not the biggest Aaron Rowand supporter, but as long as he's producing at the plate and playing good defense I'll leave him alone and cheer him on. However, a handful of time already this season I have watched him take horrible angles on balls and miss them leading to triples...not good!

Whelkman said...

Rowand wouldn't look half as bad in right, leaving Victorino to showcase in center.

Skeeter said...

True, Victorino is a true center fielder, but Vic has a monster arm and Rowand doesn't. A good arm is more valuable in right field. Vic will be starting in CF come 2008 though.

...well, thats what I think. Our GM is sort of a moron so who knows.

Jacobin said...

You're right Skeeter. We'll have to wait and see if some injury-plagued retread that Gillick drafted in Baltimore or Seattle is available to play center next year.

Jacobin said...

When the first five guys in our lineup hit 2-22 and we still win the game 6-3, it's a good night. Four is fine, but five would be fantastic!

das411 said...

ArRow (wow I like that nickname) with another solid game tonight, and it looks like he and Helms are now out-RBIing our friend Pat...time to start picking on him again?

BloodStripes said...

Life is so much better when the Phils are winning.

Very solid win. Key hits all round and some good defense from Helms. Howard with a cool scoop at 1st. Utleys unassisted double play. All beautiful to watch.

It also must be said. Pat Burrell doing at great job in the 5 hole.

Pat The Protector!

GM-Carson said...

Pat Burrell is having a nice season so far. Taking walks, getting hits, and the "power" will come.

Helms did have a nice game defensively, even with his error. I think the more he plays 3rd, the more comfortable he'll get.

ArRow (I too like the nickname since I think he's in the shape of an arrowhead, is on a fantastic tear at the plate...good to see.

Alfonseca continues to pitch like a high-quality setup man. This might end up being one of the few good moves Patty G has made.

BloodStripes said...

The Helms error was a tough call.

Gotta like El Pulpo with his gangly frame, extra fingers and weird head. Ge's doing a great job so far.

BloodStripes said...

Oh yeah......and his big gut. He must like a few donuts too.