Thursday, May 10, 2007

Pre-Tailgate Psychosis

Phillies Phlashback Phriday: Fernando Valenzuela
Valenzuela signed with the Phils at the end of June in the '94 season for $275K. He pitched in 8 games, started 7, and went 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Unfortunately, the '94 season was shortened by the players strike. It is my contention that the strike cost 'Nando and his stellar ERA the Cy Young. He and the Expos, who were running away with the East then lost all of their players, were hurt most by the labor dispute.

Also, Valenzuela's fat ass was 3-12 (.250 for you math wizards) at the plate. Baseball reference lists his "Similar Batters" as Dwight Gooden and Abraham Nunez...
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Saturday Poll:
Who would you rather have pitching for the Phillies this year: Adam Eaton or Jim Abbott, except he's not using the good arm, instead he's rolling it up there with the stump?
Better Pitching Option?
Eaton's arm
Abbott's stump

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Tailgating Map:
Saturday is the tailgate. If anyone is planning on showing up to join us (total crew now stands at 7), here is how to find us...Below is the map of the Phillies parking areas. We will be in Lot Q on Saturday (circled in a great lime green). Plan is to get there around 10:00-10:30, and get tucked back in the corner (kind of illustrated with the arrow...) where the lot meets some sort of "electric power type thing" that is behind a fence. Either way, we'll be in Q somewhere unless it's closed. We will set up shop with a big blue picnic table and a green Subaru Forrester. Just look for two tall douchebags in Phillies gear...

Corey

35 comments:

michael said...

"two tall douchebags in phillies gear" right, cause there won't be many of them around. haha. have fun, sorry i can't make it this time.

BenJah said...

damn, i wish i could be there. good luck! i have work, and then i have my own game....we need to turn around our own 1-5 season. i think we're ready!! i hope the phils are too

SirAlden said...

TTDBsIPhsG

GM-Carson said...

Wow, we just reached a whole new level of asshole-ness with the Abbott stump reference. Nice! And of course I'd rather see Abbott stump the ball to the plate croquet style, than watch Eaton Beaver serve up hit after hit.

GM-Carson said...

By the way, what the hell does "TTDBsIPhsG" mean SirAlden?

Jacobin said...

Pat Gillick is quoted in the Philadelphia papers today explaining what is wrong with the Phillies:

"To be frank, the cause right now is the middle of the lineup," he said. "Not everybody is doing their job, or playing to their potential, or doing what has to be done on a daily basis.

"The culprit in our situation is the middle of the lineup and the inconsistency in our bullpen."


Wow, no kidding.

GM-Carson said...

That's not the only thing wrong with the Phillies. But this season would easily have another 4-5 wins tacked on if Howard and Burrell were swinging the bats with any type of authority.

We're Burrell supporters on here, but he sucks right now. He draws walks and can throw base runners out from the outfield. Other than that he's pitiful. His average is dropping, he no power to speak of. C'mon Burrell we need you. And Howard's struggles have been lamented on here before, so with Howard and Burrell in the 4/5 holes of the lineup, no wonder our offense sucks most of the time. Get your shit together!!!

goDuke said...

I'll be the first to suggest this: Pat get your ass out on the town and fast... who'd have thought this whole engagement thing would kill your power numbers. I figured it would help you get better, it didn't.

And Carson I'm guessing TTDBsIPhsG = Two Tall Douchebags In Phillies Gear. (ya ahole) ha!

GM-Carson said...

Oh, how I love the names I get called on my own blog. I feel so loved and honored.

goDuke said...

Sorry... I hadn't seen you get tagged with that in a while. Enjoy the game tomorrow. My kid has a game, so hopefully the Phils and Rockies (son's team) can turn it around. We're winless thus far...

Moe Ville said...

Abbott could probably do a better job than Burrell hitting with that stump.

GM-Carson said...

Wow between your (GoDuke) kid's team and Benjah's team, you have 1 win between the both of ya...pathetic! You guys truly are Phillies fans.

GM-Carson said...

You know things are bad when Bag-of-Crap-Nuni is hitting better than Burrell. I won't boo Burrell on Saturday, but I'm sure he'll get his fair share. Hopefully he'll shut everyone up with a homerun or rbi single, but chances are he'll walk once and k twice.

GM-Carson said...

So far Abbott's remnant of a hand is beating Eaton's "good" arm...Phillies suck!

furiousBall said...

I love the fact the Phils bullpen didn't blow a game last night

GM-Carson said...

ChuckM- are you meeting us at the game for some tailgating festivities? Anyone else coming...Skeeter?

michael said...

from espn.com

"Here's the take of one AL exec, who hadn't seen a lot of Bobby Abreu in the NL, on the half-dozen games he has seen Abreu play this year: "Last year, after he came to the Yankees, he really looked energized. But this year, he's a very passive guy. To see him come up there twice in big situations (against the Red Sox) and try to bunt, I thought, 'That's amazing.' Even in RBI situations, he's just very content to take his ball four and go to first. Look, I believe in the value of walks as much as anybody. But these were passive walks. They weren't active walks, if you know what I mean. I think I'm starting to understand why the Phillies traded him." Digest this fascinating stat: Abreu's OPS leading off an inning is .912. But with runners in scoring position, it's only .600."

GM-Carson said...

I believe the stance we take on Bobby Abreu as a Phillie on here is- he was good, now not-so-much, and is currently a pussy.

McD said...

I still think getting rid of Abreu was a good move. I know the Phils got virtually nothing in return, but at least they dumped some of his ridiculous salary (thanks Ed Wade).

GM-Carson said...

The Blue Jays suck right now and may conduct a fire sale somewhere in the not-so-distant future. Good news, Phils had scouts at the game the other day. Troy Glaus would look nice at 3rd. Alex Rios would like good in the outfield.

The Phillies are a confounding, feast-or-famine team, and have been for several years. Entering yesterday, they were first in the league in on-base percentage (.358) and third in runs (169). Yet they had stranded 290 runners, by far the most in the league.

Jacobin said...

Wish I could make it to the game on Saturday, unfortunately I seem to be suffering from a money-deficit disorder!

Abreu was an infuriating player to watch as a Phillies fan. As a fan, you channel so much passion into watching the game and rooting your team on! Bobby A(hole) never seemed to be giving it much effort, unless he was close to a 30-30 season and then he'd stop taking pitches and start hacking. I can't argue that he had a hell of an eye and generally was a good hitter. That being said, I don't know how many balls hit to right field became hits because it was too much of an effort for him to run in and catch them before they bounced. If any player ever reeked of "I don't give a shit" it was Abreu.

michael said...

totally agree with all statements on abreu. just thought it was a funny article to post seeing as how people lineup to sniff his jock strap on a daily basis on phillies forums everywhere.

GM-Carson said...

Michael, I appreciated the Abreu post...further proof that Phils fans aren't the only people rightfully critical of him.

goDuke said...

Yea Abreu had no heart and still has no heart. And lay off my kid's team... lol... we don't have much pitching... hey again... just like the Phils. LOL! Burrell's gonna bust out this weekend... You're my boy Burrell!

GM-Carson said...

From Peter Gammons "Insider" ESPN blog- More than a fifth of the way through the season, the Phillies are four games below .500, a game behind the third-place Marlins and seven games in back of the Braves, who are neck-and-neck with the Mets.

Reality has not approached expectation. Not close. After going into the final weekend in contention last season and after adding pitching in the offseason, they were a March darling for whom things have squibbled sideways. "We sure lose some games we should be winning," says Aaron Rowand, he of the .360 average, .990 OPS and intrepid spirit.


That may be true, but for a franchise that is chronically psycho-analyzed, this is not a matter of personality flaws or bungled managing or attention deficit disorders. It's about pitching.


Their starters have 17 quality starts, better only than the Nationals and Marlins, and the .791 OPS against them is better only than Colorado. Their starters are 13-12, 4.85, an ERA that betters only Washington and Florida. The bullpen is 2-7, 4.08, an ERA better only than Cincinnati and Colorado.


The Phillies had to take their Opening Day starter, Brett Myers, and make him a reliever because of the uncertain physical status of Tom Gordon, whose only help was the reliable Geoff Geary. Now, in a home park where 8-6 games are pitching duels, Antonio Alfonseca is third on Charlie Manuel's bullpen speed dial after Myers and Geary, which -- as it gets hot -- is another problem.


As is the fact that -- after Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer and Jon Lieber in the rotation -- there are concerns about Freddy Garcia (5.33 ERA and decreased velocity) and Adam Eaton's ERA hovering over seven.


Those problems are not Manuel's creation, not that Pat Gillick has ever passed blame on to his managers or there is anyone in the wings. And they certainly aren't a function of a lack of effort; when Ryan Howard (.204) and Pat Burrell (one homer) get hot, things will be very different, at least offensively.


The thing about the Phillies is that they are a compelling, fun team. Jimmy Rollins plays with energy, spirit and joy. And Manuel doesn't ask him to bunt and hit the ball on the ground, only to be who and what he is. "Jimmy has great plate discipline, takes a lot of pitches and gets himself into a lot of really good hitters' counts," says Manuel. "He likes to swing the bat hard and drive the ball, and because he's in those counts, he gets balls he can hit a long way. That's great." A .937 OPS out of shortstop isn't bad.


Chase Utley is a great player, with a .929 OPS and 28 RBI, both numbers leading National League second basemen. Shane Victorino is a winner and gives them outstanding defense in right field, and Michael Bourn may be, as Davey Lopes says, "a superstar waiting to happen"; for now, he's as fast as anyone in the league.


Howard is beginning to emerge from his early-season adjustments to shifts and being pounded inside, and Burrell will likely follow.


Then, when that happens, the energy and enthusiasm that is there in the dugout, from Rollins and Rowand, et al, will be highlighted. The question will be the pitching, in a division where the Braves and Mets are very, very good. Gordon. Garcia. Eaton. Lieber. Ryan Madson. Trades. That's it. The problem is fixing that hole in the pitching ceiling is a lot easier said than done.

goDuke said...

You gotta love Gammons... Pete has put a positive spin on things... and I for one am happy to read it!

GM-Carson said...

Gammons be smokin' some of that funky, skunky, smelly, green shit.

Jacobin said...

Woohoo!! Petey G's totally right! As soon as we start putting up 11 or 12 runs a night, we'll be winning more games...

Blech, the bullpen sucks.

Corey said...

update: stump 19, arm 6; by my calcualations, that is 19 people destined for hell and 6 that are retarded...

michael said...

woooooooooo pat the bat with 2 homers so far tonight!!!!!

SirAlden said...

TTDBsIPhsG


"Two Tremendous Dapper Boytoys In Phillies Gear"


Hide the Phillies Ball Girls the TTDBsIPhsG are wearing Axe Bodywash.

TTDBsIPhsGWABws

Maria said...

Pat the bat is back...hopefully.

Jacobin said...

You're my boy Burrell!!!

das411 said...

Dammit don't let this turn into one of those asshole stathead blogs that says nothing after a solid win!! Pat's bat is back, our boy COLE is now leading the league in wins and second in strikeeouts, the team is just 3 more wins away from .500 again, and Flash Gordon is even more injured!! Party on!

GM-Carson said...

Das- have no fear, we'll never become a stathead blog. You know we love stats, but we also love baseball. Burrell came through in a big way last night. He and Hamels won that game. Hopefully the offense has some fireworks left for today while I'm there.