Thursday, May 17, 2007

I can see clearly now...

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright), sun-shiny day.


Yesterday was an interesting day...Phils win their 20th game of the season to even their record at 20-20, reaching .500 for the first time all season. After an hour and 32 minute rain delay, the skies cleared and suddenly everything started to seem clear, this team is going to the World Series. Do I really believe that? No, but I've been wrong before. Things are really starting to come together for this club, and hopefully now that they've reached level ground they can break on through to the other side (positive side +.500-land) and stay there the rest of the season. Forget the Braves and Mets, just worry about winning.

Perfectly Positive:
*Fence-Face Rowand continues to hit. Honestly, I didn't think he had this in him. Sure, he could get hot for a week or two, but he's been steadily making the baseball his play-thing for a month and a half now, batting .340 with 50 hits, 6 round-trippers, 26 runs, 20 RBI, and a eye-popping .943 OPS. To think some idiot (ahem, GM-Carson) wanted to trade him for a relief pitcher.

*King Cole won his 6th game of the season while flirting with perfection. The King is now on a pace to win 23 games, as he went on record before the season began and said he expects 20 wins from himself. Accompanied with his 6 wins are 70 punch-outs and a 3.30 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.

*Although I strongly disagreed with Brett "Right Hook" Myers move to the bullpen, it has been a successful transition. Finally, we have someone that we can trust. Hopefully Manuel doesn't trot him out there every game though...wait for save situations Fuqua, Brett's arm isn't Lego replaceable.

*DL- Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Tom Gordon. If these guys return healthy it will be a big boost to the team, especially Howard being inserted back into the middle of the lineup ready to inflict damage. I'm not high on Madson, but I'd rather him pitch than Yoel Hernandez or Francisco Rosario. Gordon won't be the closer, at least he better not be, when he returns, so maybe a switch to setup man will be a good thing for him.

*Chase Utley is quietly having a monster year- .312, 36 runs, 19 doubles, 7 homeruns, 31 RBI, 3 stolen bases, and an impressive .967 OPS. He's still my pick for the 2007 NL MVP.

*The rotation as a whole is starting to perform well. Grand Pappy Moyer and Hamels are the foundation, and Donut-Eater Lieber has been putting donuts (zeros) up on the scoreboard in many of his innings pitched so far. Freddy Garcia and Adam Eaton are even beginning to last longer into games and give the team a chance to win.

*J-Roll, Shane Victorino, Pat Burrell, Chooch Ruiz, and even Sometimes-Hit Nunez are all doing their part to win games. The bench now has two decent hitters in Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs, along with speedster Michael Bourn, and the skeezy Jayson Werth. The bullpen is still a mess, but I'm staying optimistic and thinking the healthy additions of Madson and Gordon will give Myers and Gas-Can Geary a boost and 6-Finger-Ant starts pitching better again and "Jars of Clay" Condrey proves to be reliable.

*I'm sipping on the Kool-Aid...want a glass?

~Carson

24 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Alright! Feeling good my man. Nice wrap. The Phils are playing great ball. The rotation is doing a good job with solid starts and the wins are rolling in. We always had the offense. Cole ain't just the King. He is Captain of the ship leading the rest of the rotation with him. Showing the way and he's still just a pup.

GM-Carson said...

I really think Cole has a no-hitter in him this season. He's gone into the 5th inning with a no-hit bid like 3 or 4 times in his brief career already.

meech.one said...

You forgot the BMOTW (Bitch Move Of The Week) when Corey Hart tried to break up the perfect game in the 5th inning with a 2-out, nobody on bunt attempt. That's grounds for a bean ball if you axe me.

GM-Carson said...

Remember when Ben Davis tried to do that against Curt Schilling in the 8th or 9th inning of a no-hitter. That is a bitch move!

meech.one said...

Yeah, and if I remember correctly, Schilling ripped him for it. Deservedly so.

McD said...

Your rundown of the team does inspire confidence after such a slow start.

I am going to pass on the Kool-Aid since David Montgomery Burns is the one making it. But thanks anyway!

GM-Carson said...

Kool-Aid flavor of preference, I'm a Grape Ape baby!

I know I probably shouldn't be getting so excited about the Phillies, but it's fun after such a horrid start.

GM-Carson said...

Brett Myers threw a perfect ninth inning last night in a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. It was his 15th relief appearance in 28 games since he left the rotation for the bullpen. It also was his third appearance in three days. Does he think he's OK to pitch this afternoon in the series finale? "Yep," Myers said. "Ready to roll. I'm good for 100. And then I'll need four days off."

*Question for Brett's arm- can you handle this workload? I know you'll pitch less innings total because you're relieving not starting, but going nearly every day has to take its toll on ya.

Jacobin said...

Of course, Cole's full name is Colbert Michael Hamels... maybe on days after he pitches we need a "Colbert Report!"

Question:What do Bryan Bullington, B.J. Upton, Christopher Gruler, Adam Loewen, Clinton Everts, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Scott Moore, Drew Meyer, Jeremy Hermida, Joseph Saunders, Khalil Greene, Russ Adams, Scott Kazmir, and Nick Swisher all have in common?

Answer: They were all drafted before Colbert Michael Hamels in the 2002 amateur baseball draft. Think there are 16 teams that would like another chance at making the right pick that year?

CLARE. said...

I was at last night's game and I swear I have only ever been to one other game that had an atmosphere like that one. It was unreal.

Re: Ben Davis--he's the nephew of a man my mom used to work with. He used to buy flowers for his wife from the flower shop I work in.

Pour me a tall glass of red, please.

GM-Carson said...

Well hello there Clare, nice to have another girl on here (Maria being the other).

I can't wait to drive home and listen to the game...Phils baseball is fun again.

GM-Carson said...

Best outfield arm in the National League? One scout nominates the Flyin' Hawaiian, Phillies right fielder Shane Victorino. "Probably the most dangerous right fielder in baseball to run on," the scout said, "because he has a plus arm and top-flight accuracy." Victorino's response, upon hearing that glowing review: "That's from throwing all those coconuts around the island when I was a kid."

GM-Carson said...

Freddy Garcia is making some shitty hitters look good. C'mon, 2 homeruns to Gabe Gross? We make fun of Donut-Eater Lieber, but it's Freddy that's the one who looks out of shape.

Maria said...

We need to get our offense going. Solo homerun(s) isn't going to do it.

GM-Carson said...

Wes Helms sucks! He's been a huge disappointment. Manuel is a R-Tard for putting him at 1st base today instead of the hot-handed Greg Dobbs.

We need some late inning heroics...c'mon Phils!

Gas-Can, good job in relief buddy.

GM-Carson said...

Seriously, can we get a fricken left-handed pitcher that throws strikes? Between Castro and Matt Smith all they do is walk people.

GM-Carson said...

The whole "Model Dictator" thing was fun, but he sucks. He has been an absolute disaster. Where's Aaron Fultz?

BloodStripes said...

Man. Burrell was so close to tying that game. The Phils are showing good phight lately. Also good to see Burrell getting clapped and cheered of the ground alot this year.

BloodStripes said...

Instead of being booed of course.

I agrre GM that Dobbs should have started. He's been hot so why rest him? Its not like he's started all year.

Anyway, all up its been a good series despite todays loss. Phils looking good.

klkatz said...

I recall Curt Schilling applauding Ben Davis for doing that... He said he would have done the same thing...i beleive schilling was winning 1-0 at the time, so a baserunner brings the winning run to the plate... it's not a 'bitch move'..it's good baseball. the object of the game is to score runs and get on base, by any means necessary.

It isn't japan... there is no 'respect rule' about not bunting during a no-no... i would do it.

Jacobin said...

I don't recall Curt Schilling applauding Ben Davis' bunt. Brenley, the D-backs manager, referred to the move as chicken shit (or something along those lines). Further, what I do recall is that Davis' drag bunt was the catalyst for quite a bit of bad blood between those teams that wound up in more than one beaning and brawl.

Here's a quote from Schilling regarding Davis' move: "That just shocked me. I know Ben Davis didn’t walk to the plate saying, 'I’m gonna lay down a bunt to get the tying run on first base.' If it was Tony Gwynn or Rickey Henderson, guys who play the game right—then maybe."

There are plenty of unwritten rules in baseball. The other team's catcher bunting in the eighth inning of a perfect game... yeah, that's kind of a bitch move. It isn't like a guy with speed was getting on to manufacture a run through stolen bases... Ben Davis was not going to score from first on a double.

GM-Carson said...

Freddy Garcia may have only given up 2 runs, but he labored the entire game. He's supposed to be a warrior on the mound. We need him to be an innings eater, but instead he tired somewhere around the 5th/6th inning.

Manuel is retarded for using Castro. Castro shouldn't even be in our bullpen. Gillick needs to go find a lefty somewhere and get him here, because I'm sure he'd do better than Castro/Smith.

Burrell has been playing better lately. Too bad Jimmy is in one of his hack at everything stretches. I hate it when Rollins gets like this.

BloodStripes said...

Yeah J-Rolls power has dropped 20 -30 feet. And Freddy has been disappointing thus far. I hope he finds his strength and powers up.

Looking forward. With zero post seasons since 93 we all have long memories. Grind those Blue Jays into the turf Phillies. C'MON!!!!

GM-Carson said...

I knew Rollins wouldn't keep hitting homeruns at his April pace, but he's having a horrible month. He stopped taking walks, isn't getting too many hits, and is swinging at very bad balls.