Friday, June 29, 2007

Phillies Phlashback Phriday: Glenn Wilson

Don't mess around with the guy in shades, oh no! Say hello to a Phucco, a man with a cannon from the outfield, a former 1st round pick (18th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 1980, a man that wore shades to the plate...Glenn Wilson. Glenn Wilson played for the Phillies from 84-87, racking up an eye-popping 60 outfield assists during that span (with a career high 20 in '86). Whenever Chris Wheeler draws back on his memories of Glenn, he always remembers to add about his rocket arm. Wilson's finest season of his career was '85 when he was an All-Star, finished 23rd in MVP voting, and batted .275 with 39 doubles, 14 homeruns, and 102 rbi. As mentioned above, Glenn also played with the Pirates (88-89 and '93). Lets not forget that he rocked the token 80's stache too.

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Two-Headed Monster:
The Phils are set to open a 4 game weekend series against the rival and NL East leading New York Mets with a day/night double-header today. Taking the ball in the 1st game will be former Twins phenom J.D. Durbin, and pitching the nightcap is King Cole. Durbin is filling the vacancy left by Donut-Eater Lieber, and either him or tomorrow's starter (J.A. Happ) will be looked upon to make some more starts down the road. This is a huge series as well, because the Phillies currently sit 3 games back of the Mets. Lets go Phils, screw NY!

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Rattle and Hum:
In order for J.D. Durbin to pitch today he had to be added to the Phils active roster, which meant Yo-Yoel Hernandez was optioned back to Ottawa. Hernandez was like most of the Phils' relievers, sometimes good, but mostly crappy. The Phils weren't done shifting the roster around yet, as Chris "East vs. West" Coste has been summoned to take the place of Jayson Werth. Yes, the same Jayson Werth who scored the winning run in last night's game is heading to the DL with a left wrist injury, but the injury wasn't suffered during his pinch-running appearance. Another move is pending, as J.A. Happ will have to be activated much like Durbin, meaning another bullpenner will be getting sent down (preferably Jose Mesa).

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Can I Kick It?:
*With a fruitless pinch-hitting appearance in last night's game, Pat Burrell's dive to sub .200 came more of a reality as the average is down to .203.

*Another stat I like to keep track of is the ridiculous amount of strikeouts racked up by Ryan Howard. He k'd 3 times yesterday and now has 82 punchouts on the season and 10 in the last 3 games.

*2007 NL MVP: Chase Utley- .331 avg, 58 runs, 30 doubles, 15 homeruns, 64 rbi, 6 sb, and a marvelous .999 OPS.

*I know we all grow tiresome of Jimmy Rollins' bouts with pop-ups, but he is an excellent shortstop. He's always been slick with the glove, possessed good speed, and now he's proving to be quite the capable batter as he has already reached the quadruple-double (double digits in doubles, triples, homeruns, and stolen bases). Way to "clutch up" in extra innings yesterday.

~Carson

39 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Interesting, albeit somewhat scary, stat from Jayson Stark:

Ryan Howard has had one fascinating year, all right. His box-score line Tuesday against the Reds looked like this: 5 AB, 4 K, 1 HR. Incredibly, that's the third time in the last calendar year that Howard has had a game that included four whiffs and a homer. All the other players in baseball combined have done it twice (Curtis Granderson on April 24, Victor Diaz on May 17). And no one else in the National League has even done that once.

But hang on. We're not through. According to baseball-reference.com's sensational Play Index, no other player in the last half-century has had three games like that in his career. And the list of men who even did it twice is so entertaining, we felt we had to list them all. So here goes:

Dave Kingman, Reggie Jackson, Rob Deer, Glenn Davis, Jim Thome, Carl Everett, Jeromy Burnitz, Mike Kelly and (we kid you not) Devon White. What -- no Pete Incaviglia?

GM-Carson said...

From BeerLeaguer- Give me a "B!": Once J.C. Romero is called up from minor league workouts, as expected, the Phillies will have had a J.A., J.C. and J.D. on the club this season.

GM-Carson said...

Great sarcastic post from someone on BeerLeaguer...I couldn't say it better myself: I am in awe of the managerial genius of Charlie Manuel. He thinks so far outside the box that where he is concerned there isn’t even a box.

Case in point. Barajas leads off the 10th with a walk. OK, winning run on first. Most of us common, ordinary baseball thinkers would send someone, even a pitcher, to pinch run for the guy who is the slowest runner on the team, maybe even the entire National League. But not Charlie. He’s got a cunning plan. OK, so maybe his plan was so bizarre that it confused everyone, including, apparently the next batter, Ruiz, who wasn’t sure if he was really supposed to bunt or what, and he got himself out. Never fear, Plan Charlie is still in play. Nunez advances Barajas to 2nd with a single. Now the pinch runner comes in, right? No, that would be tipping your hand. Ol’ Charlie waits for four more pitches before calling time to send in the runner. Then the trap is sprung, the diabolical strategy is revealed and the Phillies emerge triumphant!

This, my friends, is why Charlie Manuel is a major league manager and you and I are just poor shlubs sitting there watching, saying “What the f---?”

michael said...

gotta love cholly, that brain is always going. welcome back to coste, i think he's going to contribute big time. the rest of this crap heap..who knows

GM-Carson said...

Frome kiss-ass Phillies.com reporter Ken Mandel- "While an All-Star nod is mostly symbolic, it represents acknowledgement among one's peers of a job well done. Despite being without Tom Gordon, Brett Myers, Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber -- and missing Ryan Howard for nearly a month -- Manuel has kept the Phillies relevant."

Charlie didn't do shit!

meech.one said...

The best part about that (non)pinch-runner was Jayson Werth actually got up and grabbed a helmet after Barajas got on base. Even he knew how obvious a move it was.

By that rationale, (and especially if he could successfully pull off a double switch) Jayson Werth should be player/manager.

I never thought I'd say this, but I wish Ryan Howard would hit some more singles. I like those games where he goes 2-3 with a couple RBI's, a walk and a coupla runs scored much more than this 1-4 with 3 K's and a homer shit.

I'm already nervous about this Mets series.

GM-Carson said...

To make everyone more nervous about the upcoming Mets series- the total combined career record of the starting pitchers the Phils are trotting out in the biggest series of the year, so far this weekend: 20-12. A grand total of 43 career starts (39 of which are Hamels') among the 4 SP's the Mets will face. *That doesn't inspire confidence.

Howard needs to find a way to make more contact, because his power is so tremendous that doubles easily become longballs for him.

meech.one said...

Oh, and I almost forgot to add my Glenn Wilson tidbit o' the day...

Do you remember the Phillies put out promotional posters of Glenn Wilson dressed up like John Rambo in the jungle and it said "GLENNBO" on the bottom? It was like a generic version of those old school Costacos Bros. posters.

BenJah said...

ok, admit it: you totally thought that nunez was destined to hit into a double play, right?? the fact he made contact is pretty amazing, but he even managed to get an actual, real-life hit.

also, the outfield assist stats for wilson are amazing, but dont forget: outfield assists are decieving. you have to have a good arm to get them, but if you're getting them it means that people are running on you b/c they dont respect your arm. see? ichiro and vlad dont get a lot of assists b/c no one runs on them, but they obviously are among the best throwers in the game.

furiousBall said...

Glenn Wilson's arm was insane, loved the way he played the game.

GreggyD said...

I think teams now realize that Shane Victorino has a strong and accurate arm, but they keep sending runners on him. He almost had another outfield assist last night, it missed by a couple inches and was just a tad bit late.

I wish the Howard of 06 would come back. A Howard that struck out a lot no doubt, but he hit .313. You know when Jayson Stark has something bad to say about Philly that it's real bad, but I believe Stark is always in Philly's corner and still loves this city.

With the inexperience that we have going out to the mound this weekend against the Mets I would consider taking 2 games a success. If by some chance the baseball gods shined on this forsaken baseball city and we got a sweep (not counting on it at all), just imagine...being in first in the division...wow.

Bob D said...

Another Manager Moment: From Sports Illustrated
In the article about Philly's upcomming 10,000th loss, Manuel stated the fact that the team also has 8,800 wins which means they need to rattle off a hundred something wins to be at 500.

Now my math isn't great but I believe he maybe a FEW OFF????

I do remember GLENNBO, awesome.

What is the record for a player to either homer, walk, or strikeout in each plate appearance? Howard has done just that Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. No popups, no singles, no flyouts.

Maria said...

I'd love a sweep but that's doubtful right now. Winning 2 or 3 would be a success. Good thing that the game last night though only lasted 10 innings. We need fresh legs and arms.

Jacobin said...

Biggest series of the year so far and three of our starting pitchers are named Kendrick, Durbin, and Happ. I wish I could say I am feeling the confidence, but...

GM-Carson said...

Durbin with an awesome start (3 up 3 down 3 k's in the 1st).

Burrell and Victorino are sitting the day game with Dobbs in LF and Bourn in RF. Vic is in a bad slump (no hits in his last 15 at bats or something horrible like that) so I'm cool with him resting until tonight.

Bourn just got a hit...love that kid!

GM-Carson said...

Last series Paul LoDuca did that cocky bat flip and gay-ass dance after he hit the 3rd homerun in a row off of Hamels. I want him to get a pitch in the earhole. His own teammates may want the same thing as FoxSports reports this- Admitting he was "in a bad mood all day," Paul Lo Duca announced in a near-empty clubhouse last night - and on the eve of the Mets' key NL East showdown with the Phillies - that some of his Spanish-speaking teammates need to be held more accountable by the media. "I'll do this (interview), but you need to start talking to other players," Lo Duca announced loudly after he was approached by a radio reporter after the Mets-Cardinals series finale was washed out by rain. "It's the same three or four people every day. Nobody else wants to talk. Some of these guys have to start talking. They speak English, believe me." The fact that Lo Duca's words last night were directed more at his Spanish-speaking teammates' interaction with the media was a telling admission in one of the most diverse clubhouses in baseball. In recent games, SNY analyst Keith Hernandez also has singled out stars Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado for needing to take more responsibility and accountability about the team's June swoon.

Also from FoxSports- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who will manage the National League, asked Phils manager Charlie Manuel to join his staff after New York Mets manager Willie Randolph backed out because he is undergoing shoulder surgery. But Manuel also cannot attend because he has a personal commitment he cannot break. "I was quite honored for him to even ask," Manuel said of La Russa. "I totally wish that I could go." ... "Critics will always say things about you, but that's also part of having this job," Manuel said yesterday. "I love every one of our fans. I enjoy coming to the ballpark. I totally mean that. There are people who are going to say whatever they want about you, but most of the time those people don't really know you. You've got to be strong and overlook things. But I'm honored somebody like Tony thinks that much of me."

Jacobin said...

WooO! Durbin lowered his 94.50 ERA to 37.80 with that one-two-three first inning! Of course, giving up that two-run homer to Carlos Delgado in the second doesn't really help (back up to 48.60).

Blah. I've always hated the Mets, but this year they have more players that I specifically hate than any other year I can remember. It would be a shorter list to pick out the members of the Mets that I do not despise. I think they only way they could significantly increase their hate in the Philadelphia area would be by adding that asshole Scott Olsen.

Jacobin said...

The other thing I really hate is listening to the game in Philadelphia and hearing a lot of cheering when the Mets score. Shouldn't the Philly faithful be getting drunk in the parking lot and throwing some punches at these Mets fans?

GreggyD said...

So much for that first inning. Durbin has sucked since. Looks like JA will have a good chance of sticking around after this weekend.

Howard...2 strikeouts already. God help him.

Jacobin said...

Welcome back San Cristobal Coste! Obviously this guy belongs in the minor leagues, he's done nothing but hit and play hard during his major league tenure.

Again, I cannot stress how annoying and disgusting it is to hear all the cheers for the Mets when they get a hit or Aaron Rowand strikes out to end an inning.

BENTZ said...

If LoDuca bats second tonight, I would start Jose Mesa on the mound. We can then hope and pray that he gets Reyes out and then sticks one in LoDuca's ear..or ribs...whatever works. Hopefully that will trigger a brawl and get Mesa and LoDuca thrown out! Hamels can then enter, oddly ready to go in the bullpen since he was throwing the whole time and proceed to throw 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball leading to a combined no-hitter in the record books.

Mesa 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 HBP
Hamels 8.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 HBP

Years from now...

MLB No-Hitters - 2007:

4/18/07 - Mark Buerhle (CWS) vs. Texas
6/12/07 - Justin Verlander (DET) vs. Milwaukee
6/29/07 - Combined: Jose Mesa/Cole Hamels (PHI) vs. New York (NL)

BENTZ said...

Helms - HR?!?!?!?!?!

Guess the juice hasn't helped Mota.

Not out of this one yet!!

Jacobin said...

Hell of a game for Durbin! By only giving up 6 earned runs in 4.2 innings of work today he lowered his ERA from 94.50 to 21.94. That's an ERA drop of more than 70!!! The only other player that could impact such a critical stat like that would be if Burrell would go 6-6 in the second game today.

HAHAHAHAAHA! If that would happen, I'd change my thoughts on a possible lasting peace in the middle east.

Oh wow, what are the chances of Burrell having a hitting day like that?! Pat has a total of seven hits this month. That would be 7-57, with him having one hit in his last 24 at bats. This man is on pace for career lows in every statistic, except for walks.

Jacobin said...

Wow, I bash Burrell and scant moments later he is put in as a pinch hitter and drives a run in. Even still, he deserves the bashing.

kentucky phils phan said...

i have to admit, this team never gives up. they just have a knack for coming back...thats usually a good sign in a team, they have the heart that keeps them in games...i'm worried about ryan howard tho, i hope this isn't the kind of hitter he's going to be, an Adam Dunn-type that can only hit home runs and strikes out every other at bat...hopefully he gets out of this slump and gets on the track he was on last season.

GM-Carson said...

Weird game so far: Durbin ended up sucking, Barajas can't play defense (although he was billed as a defensive catcher), Coste pinch hit homer, Helms actually "muscled" up for a 2 run bomb, and Burrell even chipped in with an rbi pinch-hit single, and here we are in the 9th with two out and down by one with that rat bastard Wagner on the mound. Dammit, looks like a loss to start the 4 game set.

GM-Carson said...

Holy shit, this is disgusting, the damn Mets fans are louder than the Phils fans. We're in for a long weekend...I hate the f'n Mets. Really, they're a bunch of cock suckers!

Jacobin said...

Carson, you are so right. The Mets and their fans are total cocksuckers. As a Phillies fan, I'm embarrassed and nauseated at the amount of cheering for the Mets that is going on down there today. If this were an Eagles game, there would have been dozens of arrests and several hospitalized New York fans.

In recognition of the pictures of Wright and Reyes that Skeeter was so fond of posting on his blog every few weeks, I suggest that the players on the left side of the Mets' infield be referred to as "Siegfried and Roy" to truly reflect that these are the Queens from Queens.

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard with 2 more k's today now has struck out 12 times in the past 4 games. I love his power, but his swing and misses are disgusting me this year. Didn't bother me when he was batting .300+ last season, and wouldn't be pissing me off if his average was decent this year, but instead it's .249. He's literally all-or-nothing.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils better win the nightcap or they're screwed (although I think they already are). Hamels needs to keep the ball in the park tonight and strikeout every single last queer on the Mets out.

There's not too many players I hate in the majors, but there's a handful on the Mets. I hate that rat bastard Billy Wagner for continuing to run his mouth about Philly. I hate Paul LoDuca for being a cocky son of a bitch that takes it up the ass. I hate David Wright and Jose Reyes for pretending to be heterosexual when it's blatantly obvious that they're total h-mo's. I hate Endy Chavez for sucking with us then playing awesome for NYM. I hate the f'n Mets!!!

Jarex said...

Is it safe to say game two is a must win?

What's your take on Victorino being out of the line up at the start of both games?

Jacobin said...

There is so much I could say about the Phils dropping both games in this double header, but I think I can sum it all up very succinctly:

Fuck.

Bob D said...

JA Happ will dominate tommorow He will either throw a 3 hitter or throw at the first 3 Mets he sees. Both would be fine with me.

SirAlden said...

I wonder who will be demoted for Happ tomorrow?

Does Durbin have to pass through waivers if he is demoted?

He is the most logical.

Hernadez, Rosario, and Condrey or gone. Keep cleaning out the barn.

das411 said...

Well...we all expected a bad start from Durbin, not so much from King Cole though, and yet they were still in both games until the final out...

This team looks more and more like the thing they need the most is a nice nasty bench-clearing brawl, to just absolutely beat the shit out of those damn Mutts. And if Happ lets tomorrow's game get out of hand early we just might see one...

(and Carson, just saw that comment from the other day, alls I'm tryin to do is keep you guys honest on those rare occasions when the 'pen actually do their jobs!)

BloodStripes said...

What a painful day.

GM-Carson said...

Painful? Oh, that was painful alright. Didn't expect to suffer the double-header sweep yesterday.

Das411- it's all good in the hood brotha.

Today's prediction- J.A. Happ gets lit up like your drunk Uncle Vernon who made inappropriate advances on you when you were a child.

Jacobin said...

Das411, you are spot on! This needs to turn into a hockey game, where if your down by too many goals to come back you start gooning it up. This team needs some fire and smacking Siegfried and Roy in their mouths would be a good start.

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