Monday, May 21, 2007

Screaming at a Wall

Stuck on .500, that's what we will be at least until Tuesday with a much needed off-day today. The Phils have been seesawing back-and-forth over the past 5 games. Last Wednesday they won to reach the elusive "even ground" mark for the first time all season and were 20-20, then they lost on Thursday. Have no fear, the Phils evened things back up on Friday at 21-21, but then again faltered to eclipse .500 by getting blown out on Saturday. Then of course yesterday they win again, leaving their record at 22-22.

It's like we're treading in cold water, just trying to keep from going under, but too afraid to actually emerge because of shrinkage. We've been getting quality starting pitching, aside from Moyer's mishap Saturday, and the offense has been punchy scoring in bunches. We're screaming at a wall (.500), but it seems like it's never going to fall. Someone who could help knock down that wall- Ryan Howard, as our power threat may be coming back to the lineup by this Friday to help with consistency. The bullpen remains the team's Achilles Heel, but a healthy Ryan Madson is better than a wild Fabio Castro, who was just optioned to Reading. Tom Gordon will be returning in a couple weeks as well, and maybe he'll be better in less pressure situations and getting more rest in between outings now that Myers is the closer. Here's to hoping those 3 reinforcements are enough to make that .500 barrier come crumbling down like David Hasselhoff did on the Berlin Wall.





"I'm gonna knock it down, Any way that I can. I'm gonna scream, I'm gonna yell. I don't want to have to use my hands. It's like screaming at a wall. Someday it's gonna fall. You're safe inside and you know it. 'Cause I can't get to you. And you know I resent it. And my temper grows! It's like screaming at a wall. Someday it's gonna fall!" (Screaming at a Wall by Minor Threat)

~Carson

27 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Minor Threat! Yeah! Good call GM. Rest up Phils its time to climb the wall and stay above .500.

Hammer Hamels to start things off next game. He is in hot form hammering teams from pillar to post. This is our best chance to get above .500. Lets get there and stay there Phils.

Good to see our injured players on the way back stregthening a team thats already playing well. Looking good.

GM-Carson said...

I'm very pleased with the starting rotation. Eaton has had 3 good starts in a row. Hamels is awesome. Lieber has been looking like the Lieber we signed. Moyer is old and steady. Garcia is working his way into form and figuring out the NL. Offense is decent, aside from the occassional crappy game. It's that darn bullpen that scares. We really need Madson and Gordon to come back strong, because the rest of the crap out there aside from Myers isn't too good.

GM-Carson said...

We got back to .500, but the ultimate goal is to be a division leader," Victorino said. "But we have a long way to go before we do that. [We'll be OK] as long as we keep taking two out of three and three out of four. Beating [Toronto] two out of three was big for us. Fortunately, right now, we're making the plays. We haven't gone on that big win streak yet, but hopefully it's something that will happen in the future for us."

BloodStripes said...

Madson is good in his 6th or 7th inning role and I reckon Gordon will come back strong enough to do a good job as setup man. He and Myers should make a very good 8 and 9 inning punch. Hold 'em and save. Hold 'em save boys!

I like what Vic is saying. Thats what we need mate. Just keep taking the series wins and the Phils will climb right up there. This upcoming series with Florida is a big one considering Atlanta play the Mutts. Good chance to make up a game or two on one of them.

GM-Carson said...

Having a 7 game winning streak or something like that would be great, but consistently taking series would be the best way to get back into this thing. It's going to be tough to catch the Mets, but that's still the goal. Remember, there's always the wild card though.

BloodStripes said...

The Phils are a chance. Just gotta reverse what happened last june and they will be on target. 9 - 18 they went. Wasn't so much a slow start but a woeful middle month. Change that and you never know. We may just go.

GM-Carson said...

This franchise needs the playoffs, and the playoffs need us. Remember all the excitement of the '93 team...America loves Philly!

BloodStripes said...

LOL! You bet. And a few Aussies too.

BloodStripes said...

Love Philly that is.

GM-Carson said...

Hey BloodStripes- how about doing some scouting for us there Down Under and see if there are any Aussie lefty relievers, the Phils need one pronto.

GM-Carson said...

From FoxSports- Ryan Howard, the National League's reigning MVP, continues to make progress and thinks he will be able to come off the disabled list for Friday's game in Atlanta. The first baseman has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps and has been hitting and running without any setbacks, the team said. For the first time since his injury, he took ground balls before yesterday's game and, with a smile, said he felt "perfect." Howard is hitting .204 in 98 at-bats, with six homers. At this time last season, he had 14 homers.

Who Knew? 1 of 563 (0.17%) fans will catch a foul ball at a major league ballgame. *Well I never have, have any of you?

goDuke said...

No, but my dad did when I was a kid... and then my brothers and I fought over who got to have it... I think my dad still has it. You're my boy Burrell.

Jacobin said...

I never caught a foul ball at a big league game, but I got one or two in the parking lot at AA Reading.

There are no lefties in the pen right now, but you get the feeling that something is in the works... either another crappy call-up or a deal about to go through. I mean, Patty G cannot really be thinking the bullpen can get buy with all right-handed pitching, can he?

GM-Carson said...

To be honest, I'd rather have all righties in the 'pen instead of Matt Smith and Castro. I agree that a lefty is nice, and I'm hoping Gillick can trade for one, but right now our bullpen sucks anyway you look at it.

michael said...

i never caught a foul ball either, thats a really odd statistic.

"I mean, Patty G cannot really be thinking the bullpen can get buy with all right-handed pitching, can he?"

he thinks he can get by with the bullpen he has now in general thats the scary part. i just don't see anyone internally to come up and do well right now but scraping the trash bin isn't going to do any good either..we're going to have to just ride it out and wish for some luck.

Bob D said...

Foul ball: caught one during batting practice 2 years ago after one of the Marlin players threw it up into the OF stands - we got Nelson Figeroa to sign it.

Castro and Smith are really good pitchers, however they may not be ready to excel in the majors until next year. JA Happ has great potential to make an improvement in the pen right now - but he is a starter and Gillick and company probably won't call him up to be a reliever.

2 relivers to keep an eye on in the minors are John Ennis 2-0 0.55 ERA 16 SO in 16.1 IN, and Kane Davis 0-1 2SV 1.80 ERA 25 SO in 15 IN but both are righties.

Bob D said...

Another lefty in Reading doing good is Matt Maloney he is 3 for 12 with 2 doubles, a homer, 2 runs scored, and RBI, 667 slugging %, and 917 OPS%.

Oh, sorry my bad we are looking for someone to pitch not hit.

GM-Carson said...

Our minor league system is so barren, it's like we haven't even been allowed to draft people for the past 5 years. We have a handful of decent guys, but other than that there are bunch of nobody's and never-will-be's.

Jacobin said...

We haven't had high draft picks for a few years. We kept sacrificing them for various free agents we signed (starting with Thome). This year we actually have some extra picks for losing people like Delucci.

GM-Carson said...

I wonder how far away Tom Gordon is from returning to the bullpen. I know he wasn't all that great, but I'd rather have him pitching innings than Yoel Hernandez.

Fabio Castro is demoted to Double A, but Madson hasn't been officially cleared from the DL yet.

fans said...

I had heard 4-6 weeks for Gordon. He must have been really sick when in the hospital.

GM-Carson said...

4-6 more weeks for Gordon? Dang, his shoulder must have damn near fell right off his clavical. And for the sickness, that was him having head and tummy aches because he lost his closer job to Myers.

Jacobin said...

The Gordon hospitalization was reported as pneumonia... however, we all know you can't trust anything regarding injuries and health from the Phillies front office.

BenJah said...

never caught a foul or homerun ball -- in fact, i would bet i've even sat in a SECTION that got a foul ball in only 10% of the time...or less!!

it sucks that the model dictator didn't play well -- we've been demanding more playing time for him since last september

SirAlden said...

I miss Fabio...

Go Pat the Bat!

Comeback Howard@

I hope Werth is released and Coste gets his second last chance for all of us.

das411 said...

I actually would not at all be surprised to see a Javon Moran for Mike Stanton deal go down in the next few days, as per the good list of bullpen help they are discussing over at TheGoodPhight.

And my one foul ball was actually not at a Phils game at all, but when the fam went down to Camden Yards to catch an O's/A's game and hopefully see Big Mac back in '97. He unfortunately was traded to the Cards between when we bought the tix and the game itself, but I did have a foul ball off the bat of US Olympic hero Ernie Young land literally in my lap after bouncing off the front of the stairs several rows behind us. Very odd, one second I was watching the game and the next the two old dudes in front of and next to me were reaching into my lap for a baseball that I had not noticed was there...and that, my friends, is why you watch *every* pitch!

GM-Carson said...

Did either of those old perverts get any balls while groping your lap?