Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Trust No One

Question- Who can you trust on the Phillies to get the job done? Answer- Trust no one! Another notch in the loss column last night has the Phillies exiting April with a slightly less crappy 11-14 record as compared to the past two Aprils of 10-14. Just when the bullpen seems to be shaping up with Ryan Madson pitching better, Gas-Can Geary being his typical reliable self, Brett Myers finding his relief niche, Tom Gordon being a "flash in the pan", and 6-Finger-Ant becoming the trustworthy setup man...boom, walk-off 3-run homerun. The one thing you can count on from the Phillies is consistency in their inconsistency, which gives me a bloody headache. Message to Dave Navarro- Perry Farrell called and he says Jane said she's done with Sergio, he treats her like a rag doll...whatever the hell that means.

Finally April has come to a close, and we can move on to the "actual season" for the Phillies now. See the Phillies look at April as still part of spring training and don't think the games really matter, too bad MLB doesn't see it the same way. Jimmy Rollins, Jamie Moyer, Geoff Geary, Cole Hamels, Aaron Rowand, and Pat Burrell had decent months, but the rest of the cast and crew struggled. Ryan Howard still hasn't found his stroke, Utley was horrendous for 2 weeks, the rotation has been shaky, the bullpen has lost too many games already, the bench is iffy at best, and our manager remains a bumbling backwood bumpkin.

Believe it or not, I'm still optimistic about the Phillies season. Reasons- 1. The offense hasn't reached it's full potential yet. Howard's unproductive bat won't stay that way much longer, and Wes Helms hasn't shown his true worth yet. 2. Since returning to the rotation, Donut-Eater has only given up 3 earned runs in 3 starts. 3. Freddy Garcia is still working his way into shape and is a better pitcher than he has shown so far. 4. Brett Myers is transitioning to the bullpen and will find a way be successful as either a setup man or closer. 5. Jamie Moyer and Cole Hamels will continue to be our dynamic duo of lefties. 6. Rollins, Utley, Burrell, and Rowand will continue to be solid producers. 7. Victorino and Ruiz are still learning how to be everyday MLB players. 8. Adam Eaton can't possibly be this bad.

Question- Why in the hell has Abe Nunez started 3 straight games? Answer- Charles Fuqua Manuel is our "trustworthy" head honcho and dislikes winning. Last season- 322 at bats with a .211 average and .576 OPS, firmly garnering the moniker No-Hit Nunez. This season- 33 at bats with a .182 average and .441 OPS, adding Bag-of-Crap-Nuni to his nickname "bag of tricks".

On the mound tonight- Cole Hamels vs. Mark Redman.




From Phillies.com in regards to our three outfielders of Burrell, Rowand, and Victorino who lead the NL in assists with 11- Call them "The Three Musket-eers" or "Murderers' Throw" or even "The Phiring Phillies." Clever stuff, wish I would have thought of it myself.

~Carson

37 comments:

BloodStripes said...

I like the reasons to remain optimistic but I'm worried about Eaton. I hope he's not that bad. His wins came with good support. He's gonna have to get better to justify the big bucks.

Skeeter said...

Last April compared to this April, is there much of a difference between Madson/Floyd and Garcia/Eaton? ...Besides the combined 18 million dollars we are paying this years crap-duo.

BloodStripes said...

Apr 11 was his only solid outing. The other win was an 11 run game. He's getting some K's but.....

Next game could be a worry. Redman has a plus 10 ERA. That could mean he'll come good now and pitch a shutout b/c he's playing the Phils. Good thing Cole is on the hill. He will be keen to make amends. His last start has probably been eating him up.

Skeeter said...

And Carson, during these Braves series, are these the times you don't talk to your wife?

BloodStripes said...

Was just thinking the same thing Skeeter. Eaton is looking like Madson did last year. Dodgy but way more expensive.

GM-Carson said...

Eaton will never justify his outlandish contract. He may become a respectable 5th starter, but that's not worth 8 million a season.

My wife and I talk, in fact, we snuggled up on the couch last night to watch the game. Her favorite player is Chipper, who I refer to as Larry, and she likes the other ass-hat Jones too...you know the one who won the game for them. She's a nice Braves fan, she doesn't rub it in my face...I can't say I'd show the same courtesy if the Phils actually managed to win in my lifetime.

Skeeter said...

bloodstripes: is it getting cold down under? Isn't winter just around the corner for you boys?

Bob D said...

All Nunez can do is hit grounders and hope they see thier way thru. If they brought in an OF to play behind 2B and the other two to play way in he would not have any hits.

GM-Carson said...

Bob D- that would be an excellent defense against Nunez. Just like teams overshift for Howard and Ortiz, bring in one of the outfielders so there are 5 infielders for Nunez's at bats...he has a rating of -5 in the power department.

GM-Carson said...

By the way, defense haunted us again last night. Burrell's error on a groundball lead to an unearned run and Jimmy dropped that ball at 2nd after Ruiz gunned down Kelly Johnson. You can't give away extra bases and outs, especially against a pitcher like Tim Hudson.

BloodStripes said...

Fairly long summers down here Skeeter. Cool nights, mild days here at the moment. Just right. Looking at the Philly forecasts for the next 10 days. What we are experiencing is about the same. Our overnight temps are just a bit warmer.

I like winter. Its the midlle of the MLB season. Perfect.

McD said...

After last night's disappointing loss, Uncle Charlie had these wise words about playing the Braves:

"We need to start beating them. We've got to stay after them - hit, field and pitch. This game was there for us, but we didn't hit. They shut us down. We got nothing going."


Soothing words from a baseball genius.

GM-Carson said...

Wow, you're telling me after 27 years of my life, I had the keys to winning baseball all wrong. I've been thinking that big-money contracts, chewing tobacco, sunflower seeds, gatorade, and an advertising campaign were what won ball games all these years. Go figure, it's as simple as hitting, fielding, and pitching. Charles Fuqua Manuel, you are truly a baseball genius!

das411 said...

Jimmy Rollins, the guy leading the league in home runs, is having a "decent" season?? Give the man some credit, GM!

GM-Carson said...

J-Roll is off to a phenomenal start, but today's entry wasn't for hype. If Jimmy keeps this up, he'll soon be getting himself a WSBGM's Salute which has only been doled out to Howard and Rowand so far.

Lets hope young King Cole is a merry soul tonight against the Braves, and the Phils offense gives Redman the same thrashing other squads have been.

GM-Carson said...

Helms is batting an empty .284 (.659 OPS)

But Nunez's career year in St. Louis (2005) was an empty .285 (.704 OPS). And he is currently batting .182 with a .441 OPS.

At least Helms has had decent OPS in the past, Nunez has a track record for being a bag-of-crap.

Jarex said...

Phrom the Phillies 2007 poetry anthology.

"Can't Happen"
by Pat Burrell

Can't happen. It's an error.
I field that ball cleanly,
get it back in,
it's first and second,
Hudson bunts,
that's two outs.

Can't happen. Games like this, every base counts.
If I field it cleanly,
who knows what happens?

Can't happen.

GM-Carson said...

From FoxSports- Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was in a potentially serious traffic accident less than three days before the one that took his life Sunday, according to police reports. Hancock walked away from that early Thursday morning crash uninjured, but he was late for the team's afternoon game a few hours later. The club and several teammates said he had overslept. But sources say he was late because he was hung over. Two nights later, after pitching in a Saturday afternoon game, Hancock spent the evening at Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood drinking to a point of impairment, according to a couple at the restaurant. The couple said they overheard Hancock telling ESPN broadcaster Dave Campbell that manager Tony La Russa had been infuriated with Hancock Thursday because he was "too hung over to play." A club source also said Hancock was hung over when he arrived at the ballpark.

Jacobin said...

It's sad when anyone passes away, especially in sudden circumstances. If alcohol played a role in Hancock's death, it's even sadder because a little bit of maturity and responsibility could have possibly averted what happened.

GM-Carson said...

I'm not saying alcohol played a role in Hancock's dealth, but in generaly, drunk driving is a shameful crime. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, you are endangering others and that is just cowardly. Drinking is fun, do it if you want, but be responsible about driving after consumption. Ok, my afterschool special is now over...back to baseball.

I'm sure most of you have noticed that Manuel has been trotting out a different lineup nearly every night for the past handful of games. I just hope tonight's contest doesn't have Nunez penciled in.

Bob D said...

Hopefully Manuel will stick that pencil into his ear (either Nunez's or his own).
Just think those 2 extra outs would've sent that game to extra innings instead of a one out walk off homer.
Anyone else worried about AA letting up runs in his last 2 outings? Last night a homer and 2 baserunners, the night before a pair of doubles.

Bob D said...

AA is Antonio Alfonseco not Alcoholics Annoymous.

GM-Carson said...

AA is 6-Finger-Ant not Reading.

The whole bullpen scares me. Brett Myers hasn't exactly been lights out since going to the 'pen, as he continues to give allow plenty of runners on base.

Skeeter said...

I just saw this on Phillies.com in the preview section for tonight's game:

"Lefty Cole Hamels gets the ball for the Phillies. He's coming off a 4-2 loss against Washington on Thursday, when he allowed four hits and eight runs in 5 1/3 innings."

Hmmm...a 4-2 loss where Hamels gave up 8 runs. This breaks the basic laws of mathematics.

Don't they proof-read this shit? It's only the official website of a multi-million dollar sports franchise.

Jacobin said...

Here, let me add to the misery courtesy of Jayson Stark on Espn.com:

We looked at every full season since 1982. Here's what we found:

• Of the 144 teams that made it to the postseason in that span, only eight (or 5.6 percent) came out of April more than three games under .500. Clubs that need to worry most about that history lesson: the Yankees (9-14), Astros (10-14), Cardinals (10-14), Cubs (10-14) and Rangers (10-15).

• Just six of those 144 playoff teams (or 4.2 percent) found themselves more than 4½ games out of a playoff spot after April. Those same five clubs ought to get nervous about that trend; the Yankees are 6½ games out, while the Cubs, Cardinals and Astros are all 5½ games out.

• And you wouldn't think the standings would mean much this time of year. But more than half of the 120 teams that found themselves in first place after April (66 of 120) wound up finishing first. And 98 of the 120 (81.7 percent) of the teams that finished the season in first place either led their division or were within 2½ games of the lead at the end of April.


If any of these teams needs a testimonial about what happens when April turns out to be a shitty month, they need look no further than the Phillies the last few seasons and how close they've come to the post season.

Skeeter said...

Phillies fans don't need Jayson Stark to tell them how much April can ruin October.

...but I still love Stark's writing

GM-Carson said...

Jacobin- thanks for hooking us up with that info from my homeboy Jayson Stark. April matters...go figure. All wins are created equal is my moto, which means from the first game of the season to the last, you must treat them like they all matter. The Phillies over the past few years have completely shit the bed in April and it has haunted them come postseason time, hopefully we're not missing the playoffs by 1-3 games again this season. This further supports my claim that Charles Fuqua Manuel should be fired!

Jarex said...

"Never tell me the odds."

Han Solo

Bob D said...

The odds are that Carson will personally call Gillick and demand the head of Charlie on a plate if they fall 10 games out this month. (they are more than half way there)

Bob D said...

From Phillies.com
The club's 11 April wins is tops during Manuel's tenure.

I'm psyched

Jacobin said...

The Phillies have the nerve to report that Fuqua has the most wins of his tenure for an April?!? The audacit Yeah, 11 wins is tops for him since they were 10-14 the last two years... 11-14 is soooooo much better.

GM-Carson said...

Thank goodness for blogs where we keep it real. 11 wins isn't something to celebrate. Phillies.com is good for some information, but most of the stuff on there is simply organizational garbage. I understand the writers must kiss-ass to keep job, but I'm thankful I can write what I feel without worrying.

Jacobin said...

We win! 1-0 in May! Can't wait for Phillies.com to report that Fuqua has lead the team to an undefeated May thus far!

BloodStripes said...

Long Neck does it again. Still on fire. Good to see King Cole back.

GM-Carson said...

That victory was an excellent victory because they had to come back from 3-0 in the 1st inning and the umps were hosing them on calls all night (the double play that wasn't awarded, Hamels being hit by a pitch but being called out on strikes, squeezing the strikezone on Hamels but giving way off the corner for the Braves' pitchers).

BloodStripes said...

Sometimes you just can't hold a good Phillie down. Stupid umps!

GM-Carson said...

I forgot to mention the no-balk call that picked Rollins off too. Umps were lousy last night.