Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Usual Suspects


















6 runs in 3 innings plus all 3 inherited runners scored. Comfort in consistency.
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The Phils score eleven runs with Bourn in left and Dobbs at third, so naturally the next night Abe Nunez is back at third base. I think the shock of trying something different and having success was so frighteningly difficult for Manuel to comprehend that he had to screw it up.

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Speaking of Abe Nunez, did he get intentionally walked last night? There is no way that actually happened. Far and away the most surprising play of the year so far...
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Hopes of a series win lie with Gavin Eaton. Yikes. Matt Belisle goes for the Reds. The last time the Phils saw Belisle, Freddy Garcia was picking up his one and only win as a Phillie. Remember Freddy Garcia? Ah, good times...

Corey

28 comments:

GreggyD said...

Yes, Ryan Howard is all or nothing lately. That last strikeout call in the game pissed me off though. Anyway, I still marveled at his 505 foot BOMB and was really surprised when I found out he was the fastest player in MLB history to 100 homeruns.

Shitty game tonight with the rain, the bad punchout call, and Dunn's homerun in the 9th. I'm getting anxious for this Mets series more and more as the days go by.

BloodStripes said...

Nice to see a Phillie creating some good history. Well done Ryan Howard. Keep on smackin' 'em!

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard was the fastest player to 100 homeuns in terms of games played, as it only took him 365. Ralph Kiner was the previous record holder, but Howard blew him out of the water by about 60 games. Ryan isn't the youngest age wise though, as that distinction is held by Junior Griffey or A-Rod.

That was a real shitty game last night. Yet another instance where Manuel allows the pitcher to bat for himself then removes him the following inning. As soon as he called for Gas-Can I knew the lead would be no longer. Geary has turned into a shit-submarine this season (5.11 era and 1.49 whip overall, 8.44 era and 1.97 whip in June). And I know we all like and root for Fat Mike Zagurski, but the kid is in over his head, and I hope J.C. I hope J.C. Romero (a lefty) is ready soon. And we all knew Jose Mesa was a piece of stinky poop.

BloodStripes said...

Our bullpen is more of a pigpen with everyone rolling around in the shit.

Don't know whether to be excited or concerned about our rookie trio coming up. Kendrick has done well. Lets see if Bourbon Durbin can bring something to Philly when he starts friday. Then its Jah Happ saturday by the looks of it. Go hard boys!

GM-Carson said...

My apologies to Mr. Howard, as I screwed his record setting 100th homerun up by 40 games, as he hit it in his 325th game not 365th.

Jose Mesa is a piece of shit! When Durbin and Happ are activated for this weekend's series, he better be released.

BloodStripes said...

Yep, he has to go. It still escapes me as to why he was picked up in the first place. Stupid move. Give a young bloke with a chance a go. If Mesa stays it will prove that the management are totally useless.

TJ said...

That Usual Suspects poster is a stroke of genius.

All Hail Mighty Ryan Howard - and fire everybody else.

GM-Carson said...

In a Sports Illustrated poll that was posted on Wednesday, 464 players responded to the question: Who is the softest-throwing pitcher in baseball? Moyer got 72 percent of the vote, well ahead of Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (14 percent). Others on the list included Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Kenny Rogers.

From Brian Sanches- "We can't look forward right now. Each game is too big." And in regards to when he hit Edwin Encarnacion on an 0-2 pitch to open the inning, and the Reds third baseman came around to score. "It was an 0-2 split," Sanches said. "I felt good with it. It just slipped out of my hand."

*Why the hell is he even allowed to be quoted?!

meech.one said...

He can be quoted all he wants, but for chrissakes, DON'T LET HIM PITCH!

If you take into consideration that our shitty bullpen is being controlled by the brain of Charlie Manuel, it's a fucking miracle they even get an out..

GM-Carson said...

Minor News:

Ottawa- Zach Segovia has been terrible, accumulating a 1-9 record with a 6.05 era, 1.64 whip, and has more walks (28) than strikeouts (22). Eude Brito is sucking too with a 7.86 era, 2.01 whip, and again more walks (18) than k's (14). Future closer hopeful Joe Bisenius has been getting rocked as well to the tune of a 6.48 era and 1.92 whip, this guy at least has drawn even on the walks/k's racking up 17 a piece. Fabio Castro remains wild with 11 walks in 15 innings, but has since been demoted to Reading where he's pitching much better. Scrap heap pickup Rich Bauer is showing why Texas didn't even want him with a 7.36 era, 2.12 whip, and yet again more walks (22) than k's (21). Someone please hire a new Ottawa pitching coach!

On a positive note, Matt Smith has pitched well- 2.60 era and a 1.15 whip. Ottawa also has no hitters with any power as the team leader is Brennan King with a measly 6 dingers.

Reading- there may actually be some offense waiting in the wings here as 3rd baseman of the future Mike Constanza has 15 homeruns on the season, but also an alarming 22 errors and 100 k's in only 277 at bats. Indepentent leage pickup Greg Jacobs is also playing with with a .300 average and 10 hrs.

Pitching-wise besides the recently promoted Carlos Carrasco, Matthew Maloney, and the nearly 30 year old Chris Key things look pretty bleak in Reading.

GM-Carson said...

I would have done things much differently last night, and the results may have been just as bad, or possibly worse. I would have let Moyer go one more batter, if he got said batter out he continues in the game until he allowed another hit or walk. Madson would have been my first choice from the bullpen over Geary. Gas-Can makes things go booom! I also would have had Bourn in LF and Dobbs at 3rd to start the game, to hell with No-Hit Nunez.

michael said...

that was so embarrassing last night, the phils had a sure win, moyer pitched really well, geary buries them, they catch up, joe table buries them even more. i'm begging for mesa to be let go, we reaaally don't need him at all.

GM-Carson said...

I'm really worried about tonight with Gavin Eaton Beaver on the mound for us, and then this huge 4 game set against the Mets with 2 guys (Happ and Durbin) making their Phillies debuts...scary.

Bob D said...

There is some hope out of Ottawa:
Kane Davis 1-1, 2 SV, 2.70 ERA, 34 SO in 23 innings and John Ennis 3-2, 1 SV, 1.83 ERA, 39 SO in 39 innings

So maybe if they dump Mesa and try one of these young guys, they may fare better.

The best starter they have at AAA is Brian Mazone 3-2 2.21 ERA, oh yeah I almost forgot we sold him the Japan, Korea, Tiawan, Tiapei, or some oddball country like Elbonia which only exists in the reality only known as Dilbert.

Don't forget we also dropped from AAA: Germano 5-1, 2.67 ERA with Padres

Phil Sheridan had a good article on the Phils winning with a small payroll. $30mil in pitching on DL, $7mil paying Thome to hit HRS in Chicago, Majorleague minium paying Bourn, Ruiz, and Dobbs to start over Multi million dollar players Burrell $13+mil, Helms, and Barajas $2+mil each.

GM-Carson said...

Non Phillies related news- in yesterday's slugfest between the A's and Indians, every player on each team got at least 1 hit with the exception of the Tribe's Barfield...that's a lot of hitting.

Also, Roger Clemens falls to 1-3 and his era baloons up to 5.32...greedy arrogant a-hole.

meech.one said...

Carson, how dare you call Clemens - THEE greatest pitcher in the history of sphered balls - a greedy, arrogant a-hole.

He's a greedy, arrogant, traitor a-hole.

michael said...

that atleast makes me happy that the yankees are wasting their money on clemens

GM-Carson said...

Up until 2 years ago I really respected Rogen Clemens as one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, and he no doubt still is. However, this wait it out until May/June and see who bids the highest for me on half a season bull shit has grown tiresome...he better retire this offseason.

Das411- I see you didn't comment last night about how great the bullpen was. You come on here and comment every time they do their job, but fail to mention when they shit the bed. We're both guilty of that.

furiousBall said...

The bullpen is among the worst in Phillies history that I can remember. I'm not going to ask if Geary is hurt. Rather, I'm going to ask how badly he's hurt. That arm is dead. Madson can't throw his curve some games. Mesa...I'm not going to comment, because I'm still in denial that we picked him up. I'm hoping he'll just go away if I close my eyes...shit, still there. Alfonseca is no answer at closer...and neither is Gordon for that matter.

Burrell, Helms, Barajas, Garcia, and Eaton...how much salary is that, about the Florida Marlins entire payroll perhaps?

Jacobin said...

Eaton has stellar career numbers against the Mets, so naturally instead of calling up one of the AAA guys to pitch against the shitty Reds tonight and pitching Eaton and Hamels tomorrow (or one on Friday and one one on Saturday), the Phillies will be throwing JA Happ and JD Durbin against the Mets this weekend.

I'm still holding out hope they are packaging Helms and Barajas for a used bag of balls, so they can at least call up Coste. It's ridiculously obvious that Ruiz is the starting catcher and that Barajas has been nothing but a bust.

GM-Carson said...

When the Phils play some of the worst teams in baseball (Reds, Royals, Nationals) it seems like they overlook them, like they're lesser beings or something. Then bam! 17 runs scores by K.C. and they win the series. Then boom! 9 runs racked up by Cincy and the series lies within the hands of Adamn Eaton. This season sucks!

CLARE. said...

When the Phils play some of the worst teams in baseball (Reds, Royals, Nationals) it seems like they overlook them, like they're lesser beings or something. Then bam! 17 runs scores by K.C. and they win the series. Then boom! 9 runs racked up by Cincy and the series lies within the hands of Adamn Eaton. This season sucks!

YES. Carson, I could not agree with you more. It seems like the Phillies take these shitty teams for granted and get blown up. I know exactly what they're doing, because I used to do the same thing in high school calculus: I'd get the difficult questions right, and screw up the easy ones.

Los said...

It's a good thing we have Pat Burrell to fall back on ... wait, nevermind.

Corey said...

after another out, pat burrell is down to .203. the chase for .199 is far more intriguing than any barroid bonds homerun chase. when burrell hits 199, i think i'll throw a party...

Whelkman said...

Look on the bright side: Burrell will look great (not) hitting for Gillick's next team.

BENTZ said...

Big win...ugly yes, but one they needed. Jimmy's biggest hit of the night came in the 8th, not the winner in the 10th. If they don't tie it after 8, they probably would have delayed the game and the Phillies may have lost. By tying it, they were going to continue as long as possible knowing the ridiculous logistics involving Cincy coming to town to play as little as a single inning. Just another reason to go back to the balanced schedule...

BloodStripes said...

Rollins and Utley were tops. Their heating up to take the mutts.

GM-Carson said...

It was a night of milestones last night, as Craig Biggio got hit # 3,000, The Big Hurt Frank Thomas got homerun #500, and the Phils actually managed to win an extra inning game.