Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day Updates

Tom Gordon
Gordon's rehab from shoulder injury is going better than expected, and WSBGM's has the scoop. I was at the game the other night and watched Gordon throw some pitches in the bullpen. Nothing spectacular at first glance, but if you look close at the snapshot I took, it looks like they completely rebuilt that right arm. Impressive work. I wonder if it was Dr. James Andrews or the guys from American Chopper who did the job?

Bobby Abreu
Just to update the futility that is Bobby Abreu: Homerun Hitter. Last year I wrote on a few occasions about the impending fall of Abreu and how he should have been traded early last year (ie winter or spring training) due to the trends in his statistics that predicted a fall from greatness. I focused mainly on his severely declining power numbers and dropping average. Well, Charlie No-Hustle hasn't disappointed this year (unless you're a Yanks fan...) He is batting .235, which is far lower than Abe Nunez, getting on-base at a mere .316 (who's afraid to pitch to Abreu now?), and is on pace to hit...wait for it...7 homeruns. SEVEN! That is disgraceful for a superstar, OBP-Machine, Hall-of-Famer-T0-Be like Abreu. He's been dropped to bottom of the Bombers' order, is getting booed at home, torn apart on blogs and generally speaking, having an awful year. Meanwhile, CJ Henry is hitting .200 in LowA and Matt Smith just walked another batter...

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Burrell is looking to break a record this year. He narrowly missed the record for "Called Third Strike With RISP and Less Than 2 Outs" last year. Now he's after a better one, "Thrown Out At Second After Hitting It Off The Wall." He has asked the Phils to change left field to the Fenway/Baker Bowl configuration of a very high wall closer to homeplate to increase his chances. Although, he should break the record at the stadium's current setup, so don't look for a change.

Jon Lieber
I dont' really have an update on Jon Lieber, just a picture of him delivering a donut to homeplate, which I think is enough...

Have a pleasant Memorial Day, and if you don't have to work today, I hate you.

Corey

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28 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Haha...great pics. Flash Gordon has turned into a transformer. Brick feet Burrell should stop at 1st base on all in the park hits and as long as the Leiber donuts keep landing on the scoreboard we will all be happy.

Hey I didn't know Bobby could hula.

Corey said...

that is actually the arm from Robocop on Gordon.

abreu is now jealous of the shane victorino hula doll...despite it being the David Bell of giveaways...

GM-Carson said...

You hate me because I don't have to work!

Official stat of the year update:

While playing 3rd- Nunez 6 errors and 0 homeruns, Helms 6 errors and 0 homeruns, and Dobss 0 errors and 1 homerun (nearly 2).

Did you just call the Vic hula doll gay? How dare you?

BloodStripes said...

I read the Phils are 14-2 when Dobbs plays. That is bloody good! He is our good luck player. Doing a fine job. Although, what about the throw to homw plate the other day when Myers went down. That was an error of sorts. Barge-arse should have been at the plate, but still bad decision.

Hey, the Vic hula doll is cool! Send one down.

GM-Carson said...

I'm down for any Phils memorabilia, even if it's a fruity hula doll...Victorino is awesome! I'd love to have my room in the basement decorated with nothing but Phils stuff and my PEZ collection by the time I'm 55 and tired.

BloodStripes said...

You will mate. With a couple of World Champ plaques thrown in.

Come on Phillies let's go!!!

Bob D said...

I've noticed Bourn getting some playing time lately, maybe they want to see if he can play instead of Burrell. We have seen Werth getting a few hits and homers.

Dobbs should be getting at least 60% of the starts at 3B, he is their best thirdbaseman.

I want to register a complaint about the anti-Victorino hula doll comment, Carson please give Corey a beat-down in tommorow's blog. (Using David Bell, Bobby Abreu in a Victorino comment is going too far)

Maria said...

I want a Victorino Hula doll.

Does anyone remember the zoot suits from last year?...Because I was looking at an old article and I don't remember it at all.

Corey said...

apparently there are more than few fans of men in skirts commenting here. enjoy your tofu salad and zima during your memorial day celebrations, you pansies.

bourn is playing more because burrell sucks. hell, even bobby abreu has a higher average than burrell. imagine if abreu were still a phillie, we'd have the best AAA corner outfielders in baseball.

GM-Carson said...

Burrell is my boy, but he's pissing me off. He went on a mini-hot streak there bashing some homers, but has since cooled and watched his average drop into the .220's. He's still getting plenty of walks, but we need RBI's too ya schmuck!

Corey- ever have a Zima?...quite yummy.

Corey said...

i've never had a zima. i'm neither gay or female.

GM-Carson said...

C'mon man, Zima it's zomething different. I've only ever had one, and the damn thing gave me heartburn.

Tonight's matchup- Freddy Garcia vs. Doug Davis. Davis is may have 6 losses, but he has a decent ERA (3.80). Garcia really needs to step up his game, both for the Phils and his future contract.

GM-Carson said...

Besides the bullpen, this team is really starting to come together. Gregg Dobbs is a good role player. He and Nunez should continue to split time at 3rd, straight up platoon, with Nuni against lefties and Dobbs against righties. Helms then becomes the primary pinch-hitter and in that role he's decent. I know people dislike Werth, but as a 4th/5th outfielder and pinch-hitter he's decent too. Overall, our offense is sweet. Rowand has been great, Jimmy is back to his comfort zone in the leadoff, Vic is good when he gets the ocassional breather, Howard is back, Utley is the MVP, Ruiz is a nice bottom of the lineup guy, and well Burrell, he's Burrell.

The rotation has 2 quality lefties (young Hamels and crafty oldy Moyer), a man re-energized (Lieber), a guy trying to fit in and become consistent (Eaton), and a letdown that needs to start pitching better for both the Phils hopes and his future contract (Garcia).

Like I said, the bullpen is what is up in the air. Look at this though- Madson is back and healthy and should be able to handle the 6th. Geary is our 7th inning man. Zagurski lefty. Alfonseca in setup duty, but besides a rough 2 week stretch, he's been good. Myers and Gordon come back healthy and ship out Rosario and Condrey, things don't look as bad. Still don't look great, but it's an improvement. Yoel Hernandez is even finding his niche.

chuckm said...

I am pleased with the sweep, but there is still the issue of lack of bullpen depth. Rosario can bring the heat but has to release the ball a split-second earlier and/or not be scared to come inside on a lefty batter. Condrey was just the pits. Time to send him back to his role as AAA organizational filler and see if there is somebody else that can come up in his place.

klkatz said...

just out of curiousity... when was the last time you wrote about the Pirates? They still play in the league right? They weren't in the Vet when it imploded were they?

Corey said...

i don't think the pirates play baseball anymore. seriously though, since neither of us get the pirates on tv anymore (comcast in this area took fox sports pittsburgh away) it is hard to right about stuff we just read in the paper or on the net.

maybe i'll give zima a try. it's not as queer as smirnoff ice...

GM-Carson said...

KLKatz- I just wrote about the Pirates yesterday, and their offense explosion. Then after my little piece on them, the go and score 14 more runs yesterday afternoon for a grand total of 33 runs in the 3 game sweep against the Reds. The Pirates are actually in 3rd place in the NL Central with the possibility of overcoming the Cubbies soon. That's not all that great though, the NL Central sucks!

GM-Carson said...

Corey- I think the world is ready for Fuquastomy Bag! Do you have time for it to make an appearance this week?

Rich Baxter said...

Nice memorial day post, we are preparing to fight the traffic from the Jersey Shore where I live to get up to the friendly confines of Citizen's Bank Park :)

I hope the rain holds out today and this evening for the game.

I posted my link from by blog at:

http://philliesblog2007.blogspot.com

thanks again and again I would like you to appear on our weekly sports podcast sometime soon, we tape on Wednesdays at 7:15 pm

Happy Memorial Day!

Hope our soldiers are back home soon, and out of that desert hell that they are in!


Rich

GM-Carson said...

Carson and Corey on a Podcast...wow, not sure if the world could handle it. At least on the blog we can edit/proof read what we're typing, out loud who knows what will spew from our mouths?

Looking over the Diamondbacks lineup I'm not too impressed. Their bullpen is decent and they've got a nice rotation, but we're more talented than them and should be able to win this series, especially since Webb won't be pitching and neither will Randy Johnson most likely.

Jacobin said...

Do they even make Zima anymore? Drink beer or liquor, or if you're in a different mood go for some wine. Hell make your own fruity mixed drinks, who cares. But If you're too lazy to pour vodka in lemonade or mix gin and sprite (whatever the lameass drinks are), then you shouldn't even bother drinking.

Burrell's propensity for walking would be great if he had Bourn's speed and was the lead-off batter. Unfortunately, he's in a position where he is being counted on driving runs in... any coincidence that the team's biggest offensive output of the year so far came on a day that he had off? It's great to take a walk when you need runners, but real RBI men sometimes take swings at pitches that are a little out of the zone, but they can still drive!

Oh, and the hula doll is kind of funny. At least it has more personality than the typical give-away dolls. I think grass skirts are in the kilt category, where it's okay for those with blood lineage to such traditions can get away with it (and those who lack such lineage are just fruity or members of Ye Olde Kingdome of Geekdome).

Bob D said...

Flash Gordon will start his rehab tommorow. The Phils will be saved!

Hernandez has been pleasantly good, and Ziggy or whatever his name is has been very good so far.

das411 said...

wheeler, you dipshit, that 3-2 pitch to Howard was a two-seam Kevin Millwood fastball, NOT a splitter!! They showed like 5 real splitters in the at-bat recap and everything...grr!

das411 said...

AAAAAHHHHHHH TODD PRATT WOULD HAVE HIT THAT OUT!!!!!!!!!! BARAJAS YOU SUCK!!!

Bumble said...

Back in college, 11 other guys and I had a yearly ritual called the 12 beers of Christmas. Basically it consisted of 12 guys getting 12 of the shitiest 12 packs they could find and having a race. First man to complete all 12 without puking was Santa Claus. Zima was beer 6 and provided a nice break between the 40 of Crazy Horse, Old Peculiar, and Mickey's Big Mouth. It was the sorbet to our 12 course cluster f*ck of a beerfest.

As I think about this, I can compare Zima to one of our favorite Phightins. Zima is to drinking what Barajas is to the Phils line-up-looks like a beer/hitter, yet you know it's ineffective and will not have any sort of positive effect on the outcome of your buzz/game.

Jacobin said...

In the first inning, our team failed to get Jimmy Rollins home from third base with only one out. Utley and Howard both struck out against a guy that already had 6 losses this season. Get that run home and you at least tied the game in the ninth, rather than falling a run short. Or maybe we should be thankful Ryan Madson is back... giving up two runs in the ninth was just the insurance the D-backs needed to get the win.

Dobbs obviously has a hot bat right now. Even Fuqua should realize that you need to put a player on the field when he's on a tear. Even if Dobbs commits 5 errors at third tomorrow, he will still have less than both Helms and Nunez.

I'm really hoping that four days from now (June 1), we're talking about some lousy, dead-arm minor leaguer that Barajas got shipped out of town for. At least Fasano had the fu; Barajas just has the F-U.

GM-Carson said...

If Manuel would have checked career numbers against Doug Davis he would have seen that Utley sucked against him, something like 1-12 entering the game. Nunez should have been at 2nd with Helms or Dobbs at 3rd. I know Utley should play nearly every day, but to be honest Utley cost us that run in the 1st inning because he couldn't even get close to Davis' curve.

Dobbs is playing on fire and I love it! I had a feeling he was going to hit that bomb in the 9th. Too bad Madson still sucks, or we could have won that game.

I had a dream last night that Chris Coste hit a homerun to win that game last night, and then started pointing to all the fans giving him a standing ovation as he rounded the bases...too bad Barajas is still our shitty backup catcher.

GM-Carson said...

Looking at these images again, I'm reminded why we're the funniest Phils site around. Baseball and humor...great combo.