Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Clutchin' Up

At least that is what Sarge said Jimmy Rollins did last night with his 3-run jack off of Aaron Heilman. I've never "clutched up" before and frankly, I didn't even know what it was until last night. Then, amazingly, Aaron Rowand was deemed by Sarge to have "clutched up" with his run scoring single in the 8th. "Clutchin' up," jeez, Sarge is horrible.

The Mets did their best Phillies impersonation last night, taking a very winnable game and blowing it with poor baserunning, untimely hitting, and a garbage bullpen. Special shout-out to Inning-Endy Chavez and his jacked up hamstring; without him and his 6-4-3 double-play, last night would not have been possible.
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Winning Despite Our Coaches
The Phils won again last night, but this can't continue if the coaching idiocy we've seen lately continues.

On Sunday, Ryan Madson comes up to bat in the bottom of the 8th with a 1 run lead and a runner on 2nd with two outs. Instead of pinch-hitting and going for the insurance run, he leaves Madson in, giving up the chance for the run so Madson can start the 9th (???) Of course, Madson walks two of the first 3 batters and the Giants tie it in the 9th. Stupid.

On Monday, Manuel rests Burrell against a lefty in favor of Werth, even though Burrell has hit .296 versus LHP in the last 3 years. Fine, Burrell is slumping and somebody else plays. I don't agree but I'll accept it. But don't bat Werth 5th! Aaron Rowand is tearing the cover off of the ball but "Werth has to hit 5th because that is where Burrell hits and if Werth plays for Burrell, he has to hit there too." It is this lack of flexability that is so frustrating. Of course, Werth leaves 5 men on base in the first 3 innings.

He did the same thing last night also, batting Dobbs 5th instead of moving Rowand up a spot, thereby stacking 3 lefties in a row. C'mon Chollie, mix it up a little bit...

On Tuesday, the blame falls on the 3rd base coach Steve Smith. They got rid of Bill Dancy, but apparently have found someone as equally bad at coaching 3rd base. All of the hilights on TV and articles on the 'net will focus on the stupid baserunning of Pat Burrell. You can't argue against that, but he should have gotten away with it. Utley should have been crossing the plate standing up as Burrell slid into 3rd. Smith has gotten so many runners thrown out by a mile or two, he doesn't know who to send and when. That play could have cost the Phils the game. Not only does Manuel need to go, he needs to take Steve Smith with him.
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Slumping
Burrell got a rest again last night, the second time in less than a week, amidst a 4-19 streak. Although he did pinch-hit in a critical spot in the 7th, only to K on a check swing. Pitiful. I haven't given up on Burrell yet, not completely, but it's getting pretty close.

Shane Victorino, despite his cannon right arm, is 4 for his last 29.

Not to be outdone, Abe Nunez was 0-18 before his 10th inning single on Tuesday night. And after last night, he is 2 for his last 23.

None of these guys are "clutchin' up."
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Draft Preview
The Phillies pick #19 in the first round of the MLB draft, which airs on ESPN2 today at 2:00. They also have picks number 37, 87, 107 and and 113, giving them 5 picks in the first three rounds. A nice change from a few years ago when they STARTED in the 3rd round (ahhh, Tim Moss.)

Some recent picks at #19 - Arizona 1B Conor Jackson, LA 1B James Loney, Pirates pitcher Sean Burnett, Toronto OF Alex Rios and not much else. Basically, it hasn't been a lucky spot to pick.

Potential picks:Phuturephillies.com has the Phils taking Vanderbilt reliever Casey Weathers, who sports a 97 MPH fastball and has the potential to be in a major league bullpen very shortly. Yahoo.com basically calls him a power-pitching Huston Street. Sounds good to me. Speaking of Yahoo!, they have the Phils taking LHP Josh Smoker, a prep player from Calhoun High in Georgia. Other sites have them taking other players I have never heard of. Basically, it's a crap shoot. And I don't follow amateur baseball that much, so I recommend Phuturephils.com or baseballamerica.com for tidbits on all the 1st round prospects. Full draft analysis next week...

Corey

27 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Weathers sounds good but Josh Smoker would get on very well with Rich Dubee so maybe the Phils should pick him.

BloodStripes said...

Clutch up Hamels. Nail those stinkin' mutts.

Corey said...

a Smoker-Dubee combo would ne nice...

BloodStripes said...

.....very nice. Imagine how laid back the clubhouse would be. A Phillies win, lay back and groove.

Jarex said...

Beware of the sweep - classic Phillies letdown series looms (Kansas City)

Bob D said...

Carson, can you send me one of those books - I want to be a manager.

From what I hear the Phils probably will take a hitter rather than a pitcher, but would keep other options open. There is one guy I heard as a projected pick as a pitcher and he could also play OF, but I never heard of him and already forgot his name. Next time I will "clutch-up" when reading.

meech.one said...

Corey, I've been performing the Smoker-Dubee combo during Phils games since I was a teenager. I think that duo would have no problem fitting in.

How nice was it to see Jimmy Rollins shut up 50,000 New Yorkers (who were all standing, btw) with one swing of the Louisville Slugger? Highlight of the year so far. Well, besides every Matt Smith appearance.

Jacobin said...

Burrell's slump is worse than you wrote. Go back another 20 ABs and you only get one more hit. Burrell is hitting .128 (5 for 39) with no extra-base hits and two RBIs since May 20. Perhaps equally frightening would be that the Phillies front office has admitted that they will be working out Jose Mesa, who would most definitely fit in with our bullpen considering his stat line features a 12.34 ERA in 16 appearances.

Anyway, a sweep would be sweet (especially against the friggin' Mets)! But they better not win today and go drop all their games against the Kansas City High School All-Stars.

furiousBall said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

no, no, no

BenJah said...

...smoker....dubee...funny...eh, it's played out already

McD said...

Charlie Manuel still gets my vote for Manager Of The Year. I mean nobody else without a brain has done as well as Elmer!

Get the brooms out boys, its time to clean up Queens a bit.

Maria said...

No one said anything about Adam Eaton. 6 innings and only 2 runs. He actually kept is in the game. And the bullpen's actually doing their job.

GM-Carson said...

If Jose Mesa is brought back, I'm convinced this organization is actually being ran by a mental-midget like the "wizard" that hides in and uses the big machine in the Wizard of Oz. Mesa sucks worse than the crap we've got out there now.

GM-Carson said...

Our first round pick- Joe Savery. Who the hell is Joe Savery? A left handed pitcher that also crushes as a 1st baseman, but recovering from injury. I want a 3rd baseman...Nunez sucks!

Jacobin said...

I was just looking at Savery's profile... collegiate player from Rice (the Owls). I never heard of him, which doesn't mean he isn't good. But damnit, Smoker was still on the board! Where's the Dubee-Smoker connection now?

But seriously, did the Phillies notice this guy is coming off a shoulder injury that was an issue all season? I know left-handed pitching is highly sought after... considering how many pitchers' arms this organization destroys in the minors, I'm sure Mr. Savery must be looking forward to entering the Phillies' farm system.

Jacobin said...

The following blurb regarding the draft pick went up on philly.com:

The Phillies selected lefthander Joe Savery from Rice University with the 19th pick in baseball's first-year player draft today.

Savery, 6-3, 215 pounds, went 10-1 with a 2.78 earned run average for the Owls. In 17 starts over 87 1/3 innings, he allowed 75 hits with 57 strikeouts and 38 walks. He was eased back into the rotation this season after offseason shoulder surgery.

Savery, 21, also played first base and led the team in hitting with a .360 average, four home runs and 54 RBI.

He was named the Conference USA Player of the Year as Rice (52-12) advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend against Texas A&M.

GM-Carson said...

I'm sorry, but this Savery fellow (that sounds funny and gay)doesn't seem to be very impressive. He'll probably be a flop.

CLARE. said...

I wish everyone would cut it out with the "s" word. You're going to jinx the King!

SirAlden said...

Joe Savery was a top 5 pick, before he had a bone spur removed in his shoulder.

He is a lefty, a risk just like Hamels, or Drabek.

Corey said...

if this team has any pride, the next pitch paul loduca see will be coming at his head. i hate when batters show up the pitcher, especially a phillies pitcher...

BloodStripes said...

Phillies clutchin' up big here in the 10th. Again! A blown save for Wagner, this is freakin' awesome. Even better Hamels doesn't get the loss. Sweep these gay poofter mutts. Lets GO!!!

The Lone Blogger said...

I've always thought that perhaps the largest factor in whether a coach looks like they know that they're doing or not is if their GM has given them a bullpen that's effective or ineffective.

Sorry to relate this to the Red Sox, but I am a Red Sox writer and I know them better than anyone. I know last year, Red Sox manager Terry Francona looked so bad with his bullpen management that many fans called for him to be fired. This year, he seems to make the right bullpen move every time.

It's not as if he suddently learned how to manage a bullpen this offseason. His relief arms are simply effective. The Red Sox lead the AL in bullpen ERA so Francona's going to look like a genius more times than not.

Manuel clearly isn't the best manager out there but I find a hard time putting the Madson move on him. When a pitcher walks two out of the three batters they face in an inning, that's nobody's fault but the pitcher's. I can understand if a pitcher's been out there for a while and you blame the manager becuase the pitcher's fatigued, misses a spot, and gives up a big hit. When a pitcher walks two though, it's hard to put that on fatigue.

The Lone Blogger
http://www.independentsox.blogspot.com/

BloodStripes said...

I agree Lone one. Although it's fun we can't blame Fuqua for everything.

Phillies take all 3 with 3 come from behind victories at Shea. Bullpen with a very solid series. Alfy closing well. Phils to good. Man this is a good feeling.

chuckm said...

Nice sweep. It went BP vs BP all three games and the Phils actually won them all.They should be called the "go figure" Phils. Now watch them lay an egg in KC this weekend.

Jacobin said...

Burrell kills the Mets. It's the one thing I have always loved about him (being the avid Met hater that I am). Speaking of Met-killers, I saw a stat where Jimmy Rollins is hitting .406 against the Mets thus far this season. It sucks that Cole didn't get to 9 wins on the season, but "Fat Mike" Zagurski getting his first win coupled with Crybaby Billy Wagner blowing a save is still SWEEEEEET!!!

das411 said...

And the best part is, the Mutts get to play the AL champion Tigers this weekend whiles the Phils pound on the Royals!

I would like to see that bum Delgado get one up and in the next time we face them though...or Wright, or Lo Duca for that matter...and whatever happened to Jose Reyes? Seems like the best shortstop in this series had a red #11 on his back...

GM-Carson said...

Game Thoughts:

1. Beautiful sweep. The team needed that, especially against the Mets and while the Braves were struggling.

2. Corey called Burrell out in this post, and sure enough he ends up being player of the game and saving the day.

3. Alfonseca has been good this season besides a rough 2 week stretch.

4. I love Cole Hamels and believe he is our ace, but the amount of homeruns he surrenders is concerning.

5. They way Paul LoDuca flung his bat after hitting his longball means his head should have a bullseye on it next series.