Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Suck, Sucky, Suckness

Last night's loss sucked all-around. Aside from Ryan Madson and Jayson Werth, everyone else was worthless. Please humor me as I rant for a bit...

*I hate the Marlins. I hate watching Dontrelle Willis dance around like a buffoon in the dugout while celebrating. I hate Miguel Cabrera because he's a real 3rd baseman and we don't have one. I hate that sawed-off twit Dan Uggla whom the Marlins practically got for free via the Rule 5 draft. I hate Reggie Abercrombie because he's missing Fitch. Most of all, I hate Scott Olsen for talking trash about the Phils and being the biggest knob-jockey in MLB.

*Why did Charles Fuqua Manuel intentionally walk Aaron Boone with 2 outs in the 6th with the score tied 3-3? Oh yeah, he's a RETARD! I hate it when managers give the free pass to batters that aren't all that good. I understand he was forcing the Marlins to pinch hit for Olsen, but I'd have rather had Olsen stay in the game as we were having some success against him. Oh, I almost forgot...Boone came around to score.

*Somebody please take Aaron Rowand back to high school and teach him a basic geometry lesson so that he doesn't keep taking the wrong angle to balls in the gap. His defense is vastly over-rated. Sure he's one of a handful of players that will run face-first into a fence, but the man misjudges balls to the left and right of him horribly...cost Cole Hamels the win last night.

*Contrary to popular belief, Cole Hamels in fact is not God. He wasn't even a king last night, more like a jester, as his 6th inning was a joke. I still love him, but that was a huge letdown yesterday.

*You Stink: Remember when Jimmy Rollins lead the league in homeruns with 9 and was batting over .300? Well, he's still stuck on 9 and is now batting .268 while going 2 for his last 19. Remember when Carlos Ruiz hit that walk-off homerun? Well, he's had only 1 hit since then, a span of 15 at bats. Remember when Wes Helms had that pinch hit rbi single to seal the win against Milwaukee? That was his last hit, as he has no hits in his last 9 at bats.

*Stat to keep track of- number of errors committed by our 3rd basemen in comparison to their homerun output. Season totals- Nunez and Helms each with 6 errors a piece while manning the hot corner and ZERO homers.



If you're looking for inspiration today, sorry.

~Carson

26 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard will serve as the designated hitter on May 24 at Class A Lakewood, then is scheduled to play first base on Thursday. Barring any setbacks, he hopes to be activated in time for Friday's game at Atlanta.

Tom Gordon may have begun a conditioning program Monday at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., but that doesn't mean his return in imminent. He'll spend a week there getting in shape, then return to Philadelphia on May 28 to be re-examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti.

Gordon is on the disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff. He was scheduled to begin throwing on May 11, but instead went to the hospital with an upper respiratory infection. If he checks out well on Monday, the Phillies might put Gordon on a throwing program.

"It's a matter of building his strength up," Manuel said. "It wouldn't be fair to set a timetable because I don't know."

BloodStripes said...

Last nights game is a good one to forget. Hate it when Hamels takes a loss. Looking forward to Howard coming back. His presence in the lineup ought to be a boost.

GM-Carson said...

Last night's loss is one that haunts me and pisses me off. It's a game the Phils should have won. Rowand should have caught that ball, then the Phils would have still been leading. Manuel should have never given the free pass to Boone as Hamels could have probably gotten, certainly couldn't have been any worse than what happened. Jimmy Rollins needs to wake the hell up, he's killing the offense right now.

BloodStripes said...

Yeah Jimmy in a slump is not good. Its been a tough decision but I'm benching him on my roto team for tonights game. Gonna have to wait until he fires up a bit.

Frank said...

I don't have as many problems with Charlie as you guys do. (I mean, when Gillick pulled the plug on last year, the guys kept playing when they had every reason to lay down- and Charlie was a part of that- guys play for he guy; they just do). But one thing that makes me crazy about him is his refusal to dumb roles down for guys who are struggling.

To wit: Howard, Rollins and Gordon have to play- and play a lot- in 2007.

But Howard doesn't have to hit clean up night after night when he's hitting .200 for weeks at a time. Rollins doesn't have to hit lead-off, or worse THIRD(???), when he doesn't have it going. Hit him seventh for a week or so. And Gordon doesn't have to close when he stinks (although they had no other realistic options for most of that period).

He did it with Thome too. Play the guys- you have to- but put them in roles where they are asked to do less for a week or two.

I mean, one reason for the Phils' recent string of good play was Howard wasn't killing them night after night in the four hole. They aren't going to make the play-offs without Howard hitting an effective clean-up- but they can survive (and will be better) if he hits for a week or two someplace more conducive to hitting .190 for three weeks.

GM-Carson said...

Frank- Charlie is known as a players' manager, meaning he sticks with struggling veterans and puts them in the same relief roles, lineup spots, etc. even when they're hurting the team. I can't stand Manuel. He may be a great guy, but his strategy as a MLB manager is borderline retarded. People think that I blame all the woes on him, I don't, I just think he's part of the problem and the easiest part to nix.

meech.one said...

Look at the bright side --

We get to tee off on Byung Hyung Kim tonight! Woo hoo!

GM-Carson said...

I'm predicting 17 references to Kim's "frisbees" aka pitches by Chris Wheeler tonight.

klkatz said...

i really like the 3rd base homerun to error comparison.. that will be interesting to chronicle.

It is true that we have been winnign lately because of our starting pitching... we had the pitching last night until Aaron Rowand's kryptonite like error turned Cole Hamels into his alter-ego Hole Camels...

Cole Hamels is Human.. so is Aaron Rowand.

Jacobin said...

The Philly papers are reporting that the team is interested in Troy Percival for the bullpen... Percival has over 300 saves, but hasn't pitched since 2005. His career basically ended because he was old and injured. Apparently he felt his pitching velocity had come back while "working out" with his kid's little league team.

Yes, our bullpen is so bad that the team is going to go take a look at this mess in waiting.

GM-Carson said...

Our bullpen is so terrible that I think taking a flyer on Percival is a good idea. We need help in a bad way.

meech.one said...

Can Percival pitch with his left hand? Cause we kinda need one of those.

GM-Carson said...

No, but Gene Harris can pitch with both arms, I'm sure he's in condition enough to come in for a batter at a time, he'd only be 43 I believe.

BenJah said...

rollins blows, and he's really showing it now

carson -- i can tell you're pissed off by the number of typos in todays post!

GM-Carson said...

There's typos? Dang, I try to error free unlike our team the Phillies.

GM-Carson said...

I found 3 errors. I was so pissed off, that they didn't even jump out at me after proof-reading this morning. I went back and corrected them, thanks for pointing it out Benjah.

klkatz said...

Carson... don't worry about the typos... we in the blogosphere understand the urgency behind some of the posts.. and most of us are not paid to do this, and we can ill afford the time also... that said, I say... lead the league in errors my friend... we can get the gist of it...lead the league.

Mike said...

Greg A. Harris is only 51, so I agree that the Phils should take a flyer on him.
Harris, Percival, and Don Carman would all be quality upgrades worth considering.

GM-Carson said...

Mike, if we're throwing Greg A. Harris, Don Carmen, and Troy Percival on the mound for us in relief, I suggest we check the status of Jesse Orosco and Dan Pleasac and for some knuckle-dragging action- Kent Tekulve.

Bob D said...

Maybe we can dig up some good relievers that may be long dead by now. We also pay Rich Dubee enough have him pitch or Jimmy Williams or Pat Burrell.


I hate the intentional BB it is THE WORST PLAY in all of baseball.

BloodStripes said...

That was hard work. The Phils won that twice. Holy crap! What a disaster that 9th inning was. Nunez the hero. Man I hope Myers is alright.

BENTZ said...

Well...that was ugly...thank goodness it ended in a win...


Oh yeah, if Myers is hurt at all, Barajas should be cut. Immediately.

Jacobin said...

I'm in the car going to the grocery store and the Phils are up going into the ninth. I come out of the grocery store and when the radio comes on, I hear play-by-play... First word out of my mouth is, "S#!t!" Uh-oh, I shouldn't be hearing this... we should have won already. And then I hear Myers left the game with a strained shoulder, which led to the next word out of my mouth -- "F^@K!"

Offhand and rambling in anger, I wonder if Myers' injury is the result of bouncing him from the rotation and into the pen, combined with over using him (but maybe that's just being angry... I mean, it's kind of early in the season to have worn someone's arm out).

After watching the highlights (or lowlights) of the game, I'm wondering WTF Barajas was doing and how long it will take to package him for a dozen broken bats. He hasn't done anything remarkable or even serviceable with his bat this year and his defense is shoddy as shit. Ruiz has won the starting job, and you might as well keep Coste around as the backup... we certainly got by that way at the end of last year.

I'll take the win... but what happened isn't sitting easy in my gut.

SirAlden said...

Jimmy Rollins needs to lead off, get more fastballs.

das411 said...

Barajas needs to be cut, no ifs ands or buts, after that mistake tonight. The game was OVER, no doubt about it, if not for his dumbass decision to stand up and let Han-Ram slide in under his tag. Your "veteran backstop" should NEVER make that mistake, Ruiz and Coste would likely never make that mistake, and the Phils are certainly capable of eating the salary (see Perez, Tomas) to make a point.

Plus we may need a roster spot for another arm + Howard anyways.

GM-Carson said...

June 1st is next Friday, the first day the Phils can trade Rod Fat-Ass-Piece-of-Shit Barajas. The Yanks need a backup catcher. Trade him for some farmhand reliever. Just get his worthless no-good ass out of town, I hate him!

That win sucked. I doesn't even feel like a win. What the hell was Myers in the game for anyway?