Sunday, May 20, 2007

Kick Me

Ouch, that hurt! Suffering a 13-2 drubbing is only enjoyable if there's a bench clearing brawl and and a bullpen pitcher comes in and lands a haymaker on an unsuspecting player from the other team. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but the Blue Jays did kick our butts nonetheless. Today is the rubber match, with Adam Eaton taking the mound for the Phils while Toronto counters with surprise rookie success Jesse Litsch.

As pointed out by yesterday's post, we were lucky to win the first game of this series by scratching out 5 runs on only 3 hits. Last night the offense didn't do much better while managing to muster 4 measly hits. It's not like the Blue Jays were throwing Cy Young's Roy Halladay or Pat Hentgen at us, rather Dustin McGowan and Shaun Marcum. In fact the Phils lineup has been slumping lately, with Rowand (5-24), Victorino (5-24), Rollins (5-32), Utley (1-11), Burrell (4-19), Helms (2-14), and Ruiz (4-22). Collectively that's 26-146 for a pitiful .178 batting average.

I think it's time to summon the spirit of Lenny Dykstra of the '93 World Series and bowl over the Blue Jays this afternoon. If the Phils would have won the Series, Nails would have surely been the MVP, as he absolutely destroyed the Jays' pitching, batting .348 with 9 runs, 4 homeruns, 8 RBI, 4 stolen bases, a .500 on base %, and a .948 slugging %.

~Carson

20 comments:

chuckm said...

I will give Moyer a pass in that everybody has their bad days. It is true that the Phillies need to step it up a few notches at the plate. A win today means a very decent 7-3 homestand and even though Eatron has been improved lately, a nice run cushion always helps matters.

GM-Carson said...

I still love our Grand Pappy Moyer. He's been solid all season, 1 outing doesn't change my opinion of him. Just like if Gavin Floyd came up for the ChiSox and pitched a perfect game, I would still think he sucks. So one bad outing doesn't change my mind of Moyer been a quality starter for us.

We need to pound this rookie going for the Jays today. He's riding high of his near shutout performance from earlier in the week. Sure would be nice if our boys roughed him up and brought him back to earth.

chuckm said...

Hate to say it, but it looks like the MF Mutts will cakewalk their way thru the division and the Phillies will have to scrap for the wildcard. A win today and 4-2 next week would be nice, although the Phils will have to go against Smoltz and Hudson next week in Atlanta.

CLARE. said...

I was at last night's game, and since both of my own grandfathers are deceased, I can't hate Grandpa Jamie. His track record is too strong, and he made that nice defensive play in the second.

Everything aside from Chutley's homer though...ugh.

CLARE. said...

OH! And no Sal Fasano! So last night's game definitely sucked.

GM-Carson said...

I was looking over the Phils roster and there's a handful of guys that probably don't belong in MLB, rather the minors.

1. Fabio Castro- can't throw strikes.
2. Yoel Hernandez- lucky he got a call-up.
3. Jayson Werth- "werthless".
4. Clay Condrey- he's been good at times, but there's a reason he cleared waivers a couple months ago.
5. Francisco Rosario- he can throw hard, but that's it.
6. Michael Bourn- I like him, but he probably needs some more Triple A ab's.

*6 guys that are not MLB worthy on a roster is not good, speaks volumes about the crappy job Gillick has done with creating depth on the bench and 'pen.

GM-Carson said...

Nice to see Pat Burrell getting his power back here in the last week and a half. Between Burrell, Utley, and a healthy Howard that's a nasty-scary middle of the lineup.

Eaton keeps pitching behind hitters, and some of them are putting good wood on the ball, hopefully he can keep skating out of trouble.

Jacobin said...

I think Bourn is okay for the bench this year. He does give them someone with speed if they need it. The other schlubs surely do not belong with the big club at this point, but what do you replace them with? You see any great relievers in our farm system?

For the record, I don't think Carson jinxed Moyer yesterday...

Maybe the Mets will walk away with the division, but you still have to try to chase them down. But first we need to catch and pass the Braves!

GM-Carson said...

I agree Bourn is useful as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement for Burrell, but he'd probably be better served logging ab's in Ottawa, but we need him here.

Eaton may be a bit wild today, but he's battled through 6 without surrendering a run yet.

Jacobin said...

Going into today's game the Phillies are 79-92 in interleague games since they introduced the regular season NL-AL match ups. Damnit, can't this team have a winning record at anything?

Wait, we have winning records against seven teams! Colorado (46-40); Florida (79-58); Montreal (281-276); Houston (262-240); Milwaukee (22-15); NY Mets (369-321); and San Diego (200-188). Considering how the franchise is closing in on 10,000 losses, you really don't want to see how many games over .500 teams like St. Louis and Atlanta are against the Phillies all-time.

Jacobin said...

Geary was only good for one inning, but you really don't expect him to pitch more than one inning... unless you are Fuqua and have no faith in anyone else in the bullpen. Hopefully Myers can nail down the 4-out save.

GM-Carson said...

Holy Shit Gas-Can, way to make this game uncomfortable. Now that Geary is showing he can't be trusted, we're down to 1 reliable reliever in the bullpen, our #1 starter Brett Myers. I think it's time we applaud Gillick for assembling such a crapfest of a 'pen.

Jacobin said...

The Phillies go 7-3 on the home stand. Not too shabby... but we're sitting at .500 and actually lost a game in the standings to the Mets (who went 8-2 over the last 10). Another year starting out 4-11 really sucks the luster off a great home stand.

But we're rolling now! Let's go catch the Braves!

chuckm said...

I am happy at the end result of the game and homestand, but ferchrissakes...Geary. Man, that was terrible. I guess he should be reserved for a middle-inning one-two out specialist when men are already on. But then again, who the hell else isnt an ulcer in the pen? Man, there has gotta be some kid in Ottawa or Reading that can come up and throw middle-relief.

GM-Carson said...

As great as this homestand was (7-3), our bullpen is showing it cannot be trusted. Aside from Myers everyone else is a question mark. Geary is back to his Gas-Canning ways, 6-Finger-Ant equals heartburn, Yoel and Fabio have no clue, Condrey and Rosaria are just happy to have a MLB jobs...stupid Gillick, stupid Wade, jeez!

fans said...

Looks like Castro's been sent all the way down to Reading. Hopefully Madson's got his stuff back when he returns Tuesday.

Maria said...

Our starters will just have to go 8 strong innings every night. Freddie's the only one now that needs to get it together. Adam Eaton has put together a string of 3 great games. The only thing he needs to do is lower his pitch count, that way we can get 7 or 8 innings out of him instead of 5 or 6.

das411 said...

Nice solid outing today, even the baserunning was good and I wonder if that is just a coincidence with Lopes being gone for so long now...

so it is time to bring on the Marlins and Braves! Gotta start fixing that awful W/L against those two sometime, why not now?

GM-Carson said...

The Model Dictator was bad, really bad. Ryan Madson will certainly pitch better than he did. We are now without a lefty in the 'pen though.

klkatz said...

a well placed Dykstra mention... my favorite of all time. "The Dude" brings back some great memories...