Wednesday, June 13, 2007

How High?

34 wins and 31 losses, that my friends is the first time the Phillies have reached +3 in the win column all season. It's almost hard to believe that the Phils have a winning record, because for most of the season I've been pissed, and rightfully so. It's even more difficult to fathom that the Phils are still "in" this "thing" (thing = playoff picture). As of this morning the Phils are only 3 games back of the plummeting Mets and 1 back of the struggling Braves in the NL East. Overall the NL West is kicking major arse, so the Phils are 3 games back of the Padres, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks for the NL Wild Card too. Now, it's only mid-June and I'm not declaring this team fit for a playoff run, I'm just reporting the facts. However, I am sitting here this morning wondering just how high this team can get.

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3rd Base Debate:
Today I want to focus on 3rd base. No, you pervert, not the stage between copping a feel and going "all the way", but the actual position on the baseball diamond. Charlie Manuel has trotted Abe Nunez, Wes Helms, and Greg Dobbs out to the hot corner this season. During spring training the debate was between Nunez and Helms as to who should be the starter. Since then Helms has played his way out of playing time with horrendous defense and an anemic bat (.245 average and .606 OPS). Wes has been a huge disappointment in my eyes because I was hoping for 15-20 homeruns from him (currently zero) and adequate defense, but he has supplied neither. In fact, Helms played so poorly that No-Hit Nunez was awarded the 3rd base job for about a month, which also coincided with this site being forced to refer to him as Sometimes-Hit Nunez. Have no fear, the flail-and-bail fruitless hack is back, with a measly 3 hits in his last 35 at bats dropping his season's line to a .252 average and .627 OPS. His mitt remains his only draw, but his bat is too much of a drawback. So that leaves us with an "offensive" player in Helms that isn't supplying any offense and playing worse defense than expected and a "defensive" player in Nunez that is only supplying defense...drum roll please- Greg Dobbs. Dobbs, an offseason waiver wire pickup from Seattle, has been doing a tremendous job at the plate (.284 average and .849 OPS) and has fielded well enough at 3rd (1 error plus 2 mental errors) to warrant the starting nod. I actually propose a platoon with Dobbs going against righties and Nunez against lefties...to hell with Helms.

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Debut:
I've got bad news and good news. Bad news- Kyle Kendrick, making the jump from Double A Reading, has the start today for his MLB debut. Good news- Kyle Kendrick and not Freddy Garcia is pitching. In all seriousness, I hope Kendrick has a decent performance and can settle into the 5th starter role because I do not want the Phils to go into scramble mode and trade away someone for some crappy starting pitcher on the trade market (i.e. Steve Trachsel). So, go get 'em Kyle!

~Carson

32 comments:

GreggyD said...

It made me happy that Uncle Cholly actually said last night that Greg Dobbs will definitely be playing against rightys. Dobbs was a pleasant surprise in spring training and his bat has been heating up as well. That two RBI single with the bases loaded last night was huge. It's great to see that he can not only hit, but hit in the clutch. I am not saying that Dobbs is necessarily a long term solution to our woes at third base, but he is definitely a player that I am excited to watch grow with the organization. A good move from Pat Gillick? What a novel concept.

GM-Carson said...

I agree that Dobbs was a good pickup, a rare one by Gillick. He's not a long term solution in my opinion, but he's the best option we have right now.

I'm kind of excited for this afternoon's game, I always enjoy watching a player make their debut...lets just hope it's a good one.

goDuke said...

At least Kendrick was averaging about 7 innings per, he led the Eastern league in innings pitched... so he'll last longer then Garcia probably

GM-Carson said...

Myers and Gordon updates: Brett Myers threw off a mound on Tuesday, and Tom Gordon is getting there.

The two injured closers took another step toward returning to Philadelphia. Myers threw from the bullpen mound, graduating from flat ground.

"He should start cutting loose any day now," Manuel said.

Gordon has reached distances of 150 feet from flat ground, and the team hopes he'll throw from elevated ground this week.

While Myers has targeted June 18 as his target date, Gillick called that "optimistic."

Jacobin said...

I'm still disgusted to have to have read about how Gillick didn't have Garcia go through any kind of physical before making the trade for him. The Phils blindly accepted Chicago's assurances that he was in perfect health ("Let's see... he's making $10 million dollars, his fastball wasn't so fast at the end of last season, and you're willing to move him for Gavin F'ing Floyd? Nah, no need to kick the tires.").

I really hope Kendrick has a nice game today, but I'm having a hard time picturing this kid as being the fifth starter answer for the rest of the season. I mean, we have a pitching staff crowded with fifth starters (other than Cole). Myers should go back to the rotation. This team would be better served with two front line starters than one opening day starter in the bullpen waiting for his arm to fall off as a result of Fuqua's pitching managing skills.

GM-Carson said...

It was nice having Myers in the bullpen, but he's more valuable to the team in the rotation. Myers is a high quality starting pitcher and we need an additional one of them. What good does Myers as closer do us if we can't get the game to him with a lead because of piss-poor starting pitching? I know Myers has closer-type stuff and could probably be a stud in the bullpen, but we need him starting every 5th day more, especially since Hamels is our only consistent starter right now and we're down one (unless you count the Kendrick kid).

Bob D said...

Carson, I have been saying the same about Dobbs for sometime now. And he has really proved he is a valuable player. If he could learn 2B and SS he could end up being a super utility guy in the mold of Mariano Duncan. He is on a pace right now that he could end up with 15-20 HRS and nearly 90 RBIs. Not bad since he was part time to start the season. If his glove proves to be good he could become the starter for the next 2 years until they can bring up a prospect.

As for Kendrick I hope he throw 7+ innings each time out and puts the Phils in a position of strength at trade deadline

BenJah said...

gillick was stupid to trust chicago -- remember the mike sirotka for david wells trade?? ask the blew jays how that one turned out.

i'm super happy that dobbs is playing well, but 3rd base should still be a position that we look to upgrade. this may be radical, but i would love to see the phils try and get mark texiera and move him back to 3rd. i realize he will be a free agent after next season, but at least we get him for this season, and we'll have him during a contract year in 08.

Jacobin said...

Teixeira is making $6 million this season and $9.4 million in 2007. There is no way in hell this cheapass Phillies ownership group will be okay with taking on that salary unless they can dump a similar amount. So while that might be a welcome move, I can't see it happening unless some crazy billionaire comes in and buys the Phillies next week.

Hopefully Dobbs keeps contributing and gets the playing time he has earned. They could clear some salary by trading toreador Barjas and calling up Coste.

GreggyD said...

I have been hoping for a Mark Teixeira deal for a couple weeks now, but you're right, the Phillies will not shell out that much money for him which is sad. It's so nice to know that these owners are so committed to winning. And we all know that they will never sell the team. We're up shit creek.

CLARE. said...

Being on the DL has not been kind to Myers. I saw him throwing off the hill in the bullpen on SportsNite last night, and it looks like whatever he took off in the off-season, he put back on.

If you can be a journeyman stud, that is what Greg Dobbs is. Decent defense, clutch hitting, fills out his uniform pants nicely...

(What? After all, I AM one of the Ladies... It's my job to notice these things.)

GM-Carson said...

Rough start to Kendrick's career. 1 run in the 1st, 1 run in the 2nd. Hopefully this isn't a trend.

I'd have liked to seen Rowand in CF, Vic in RF, and Bourn in LF for today's game, but hey, that's just me.

Clare, you're allowed to make comments about men's butts, it's fine. After all, Corey loves a good piece of man ass.

GM-Carson said...

Wes Helms finally hits a homerun...about damn time!

*Note that I busted on him in today's post. I should just bust on all the players nonstop and maybe this team would actually perform. You hear that Burrell...stop sucking!

Jacobin said...

Hey, if this kid Kendrick keeps us in the game it will be great. But no one thinks this guy is ready for the big team this year. The Phillies didn't even invite him to spring training. I'm pulling for him and hoping he turns out to be the rookie story of the season... but I'm still advocating putting Myers back in the rotation!

GM-Carson said...

Kendrick thus far:
1st inning- 1 run
2nd inning- 1 run
3rd inning- 1 run
total = 3 innings 3 runs. I don't like that at all! Hopefully he can settle down and give us 5-6 innings today.

Jacobin said...

Kendrick got through the fourth without giving up any runs. Considering this is his major league debut (and the amount of nerves that has to go along with that), he doesn't seem to be doing too badly. He's throwing strikes... even if they are getting hit.

C'mon Phils, let's get a lead!

GM-Carson said...

Once again, a no-talent ass-clown looks like Ted Williams against the Phils, as Alex Cintron has 3 hits today, entering the game hitting below .200.

Corey said...

hey carson, go fuck yourself

GM-Carson said...

Wow, a f-bomb from my buddy. The "piece of man ass" comment was said in jest my friend. Easy now...

GM-Carson said...

Rod Barajas with yet another horrible game. Meanwhile down on the farm, Chris Costes rots away on the Reading roster. Coste has done nothing but hit in the majors, did so last season and during his brief stint this season. Barajas doesn't hit very well at all and his defense isn't good either. Coste would be at least as good defensively and far superior offensively, yet his talent is wasted. I swear this organization must want to lose or better put- not care about winning, because that's the only explaination for the Barajas vs. Coste thing.

GM-Carson said...

This game is amazing me today, not only does Helms homer, but Nunez just got an rbi pinch hit.

GM-Carson said...

I said Rowand should have been in the starting lineup, but at least Manuel inserted him later...awesome grand slam!

BloodStripes said...

GM your blogging is becoming scary. Each time you give it to one of the boys they immediately come through with the goods. Helms with his first homer. Nunez clutching up for a lead taking single. Whats doin' bro?

Not long ago you mentioned a Rowand trade. He just earnt the right to remain because his good season and presence on this team is too important. I say we stick with him all the way.

Also, maybe I shouldn't say this on this reverse pschology blog but the Phillies are playing bloody good baseball and are charging for the lead. What a boost in confidence it would be to take Atlanta and then the mutts real soon.

Excuse the lingo but fuck this is good. Go Phillies!!!

Oh yeah. Great job Kendrick!!! Our young guys go 8 innings and get the job done. Phils are good GM. Your just not allowed to say it. Keep giving them shit and they will win. Wooo!!!

Jacobin said...

Rod Bareass sucks as a catcher and sucks as a hitter. He's the kind of player we've come to expect from Gillick.

Wes Helms once again displays his amazing glove skills; thankfully it didn't lead to a deluge of unearned runs.

The pitching staff kept the score manageable and Rowand came through with big hits when we needed them. Keep winning. Just keep winning.

Jacobin said...

Oh, and we're 2.5 behind the Mets now pending the outcome of their game tonight (Sosa 6-1 vs. Penny 7-1). And only half a game behind the Braves...

CLARE. said...

Everybody stop using the words "Rowand" and "trade" in the same sentence! If the Phils want to a chance in hell of getting to the ost-pay eason-say we're going to need him around.

Of course, in his infinite wisdom, to reward him for his hustle and positive effect he has on the clubhouse, Gillick will probably trade Rowand tomorrow.

Maria said...

Kendrick pitched well today and Wes Helms heard what you said about him not having hit a homerun. There's no way we should trade Aaron Rowand. He's showing what he can do when healthy. He's still hitting about .320ish.

Jacobin said...

YES! Atlanta loses so we're at least even with the lousy Braves!

Joel said...

hey fellas,

found your blog after google searching "freddy garcia sucks anyway"

great stuff, hilarious, I love it.

Jacobin said...

Bwahahahahahaha! Mets lose again! Somehow our Phillies have climbed back into the thick of it now sitting 2 games behind the Queens from Queens!

das411 said...

ROWAND!!!!! Solid start from the new kid, better relief work from the other kids, Alf6 slammed the door and ArRow slammed his ex-mates.

Oh yes and we finally got to thank our homey. Terrific series!!

Who's next in line for some beatdowns from our Phightins? What, the defending AL champs? Bring 'em on!!

GM-Carson said...

This upcoming Tigers series scares me. They're a good team all-around, with an awesome offense and solid starting pitching and relief. I'm going to the game on Saturday, so Moyer better shut 'em down.

I like that fact that this blog can be found via certain searches on Google (ex: Abreu sucks, Lieberthal sucks, and now Freddy Garcia sucks).