Saturday, June 30, 2007

TKO

What the hell just hit me? Oh, that was the right jab from the Mets that landed squarely on my right eye. I knew we didn't have such a great chance of winning the first game of the day/night double-header, because J.D. Durbin was pitching for the Phils. I'm glad I didn't set my expectations high, because aside from 3 up, 3 down, 3 k's in the 1st inning Durbin sucked like the Triple A trash he is giving up 6 runs in just under 5 innings of work. Not all was bad though, as there were some rarities in the day portion of the double-header, as Chris Coste had a nice pinch-hit homerun (a symbolic F-U to the organization for having him in the minors), a 2-run Wes Helms homerun, a pinch-hit rbi single by Pat Burrell, and a little over 4 scoreless innings from the bullpen. In the end it didn't matter though, as the Phils dropped the first game 6-5, thanks in part by our "defensive catcher" Rod Barajas' inability to catch a ball and make a tag and then block a pitch in the dirt resulting in 2 of J.D.'s surrendered runs. Thanks again Gillick for signing Rod, without him I don't know what we'd do (probably win more games).

Holy crap, did anyone catch the license plate of that truck that just hit me? What was that, it was another jab to the facial region by the hated Mets, this time to the left eye. Going into yesterday, I thought we'd split the double-headed, especially with "King" Cole on the mound in the nightcap. Hamels continued to serve up meaty pitches as Carlos Beltran deposited 2 of his offerings over the outfield fence, which leaves Cole's total at a MLB leading 19 homeruns surrendered. I'm going to play the part of an a-hole here and break this harsh news to everyone...Cole Hamels is not a savior, Cole Hamels is not going to the be starting pitcher for the NL in the All-Star game, and Cole Hamels is not a Cy Young hopefull. Don't get me wrong, Hamels is good and he is our staff ace, but his era isn't all that great at 3.87, and until he finds a way to stop giving up so many long balls he'll never truly dominate. The loss wasn't all Cole's fault though, as the offense aside from Michael Bourn and Chase Utley forgot to show up. End result, Phils lose 5-2 and get swept at the hands of the NL East leading Mets, entering the day 3 games back and falling to 5 back when all was said and done. Ding, turkey's done...TKO!



Have no fear, we have our prize fighter J.A. Happ making his MLB debut today, a win for sure. Ah, who the hell am I fooling? He'll probably get lit up like your weird Uncle Vernon then try to make inappropriate advances on you.

~Carson

32 comments:

GreggyD said...

I hate waking up in the morning knowing that we are 5 games out, when I woke up yesterday and we were 3 games out. That's like a sucker punch to be honest. You're right about Hamels, he will not be an All Star starter or Cy Young candidate until he stops giving up the long ball and his credibility will begin to slip around the country. A lot of writers, broadcasters, etc. were on the Hamels bandwagon and I was proud to say he was ours, but all of these surrendered homeruns are embarassing.

So much for even gaining a game on the Mets in this series. Now we'll be lucky to finish the series where we started it in the first place. Somedays I see so much promise in this team, and then there are days like today where I feel sick to my stomach and have no faith in them whatsoever. This rollercoaster ride sucks, but should I have expected anything else?

GM-Carson said...

"Somedays I see so much promise in this team, and then there are days like today where I feel sick to my stomach and have no faith in them whatsoever."

*You're absolutely corret, because that's what the Phils are...a tease. They have the ability to be an awesome team, but they also have the ability to play like shit, and when things shake out by the end of the season we're sitting slightly above .500 but also slightly out of the playoff picture...it's agonizing to be sure.

GM-Carson said...

Trade Rumors:
Perhaps Jennings could be packaged with Brad Lidge and sent to the Phillies for one truly good prospect.

Phils also reportedly interested in A's starting pitcher Joe Kennedy and Rangers' reliever Akinori Otsuka.

I like the Astros package and wonder what it would take to get it.

GreggyD said...

That Astros trade sounds good to me. It would address a couple of issues. Jennings hasn't been that great going 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA, but he is better than the AAA bums we are bringing up. It would be nice to have some experience in the rotation. Brad Lidge isn't what he used to be, but maybe a change of environment would do him some good. And he is WAY better than what we have in the pen. I would be satsified with that trade as long as we didn't have to give up too much. Our farm system is already barren so we can't afford to trade a prospect that could actually help this team in the future. Carlos Carrasco and Mike Costanzo are definitely not available in my mind. Jason Jaramillo is our only solid catching prospect that might be ready soon so he shouldn't be on the block either.

Jacobin said...

The Astros move sounds good, which makes me think it will be unlikely (when was the last time this organization did something you felt was obviously a good decision). The only way they get a sweet deal out of Houston is if those two players come here and go on the DL in a week or two because of shredded shoulders or broken elbows (hey Pat, get a physical this time!!!!!).

Getting Lidge would make it much more attractive to move Myers back to the rotation where he belongs. But we know the genius brain trust that makes up the GM's office don't want to admit it was wrong to move Myers to the bullpen in the first place (never mind that he was never injured in 9 years of professional ball as a starter, and goes on the DL within a few weeks of being used on record pace as a reliever).

GM-Carson said...

Myers won't return to the rotation this season, although I think he should. The Phils brass has made it abundantly clear that he's remaining in the bullpen. When he actually comes back is another matter, as this "minor injury" is turning into an enlongated stay on the DL and becoming very worrisome. Brett better be back in the rotation come next season because we're losing both Garcia and Lieber to free agency, leaving on Hamels for sure. Moyer is signed through next year, but he may retire. Kendrick might be part of the rotation next season, but he still has a lot to prove.

chuckm said...

I am only hoping that the extension of Myers on the DL is just a ruse and that he is being stretched out to return as starter. There is just no way the Phillies can roll by throwing AA and AAA caliber pitchers as your 4-5 starters. Sad fact is when you check out the team pitching rankings for the last 5 years the only teams that made the playoffs with pitching that ranked in the bottom half of their leagues were the 2006 Yankees, 2005 Red Sox and 2003 Braves (9th in pitching). Allowing for the CBP band box, the Phillies still rank 12th in road pitching. Sad fact is that you are not going to bang your way into the playoffs in the NL and if the rotation does not stabilize, October baseball aint going to happen.

GreggyD said...

I know that the brass won't move Myers back to the rotation even if they got Lidge. But just imagine if the deal went down. We would have Gordon, Lidge, and Myers in the bullpen. Myers would be the closer I'm guessing which leaves Gordon/Lidge as co-setup men because neither of those guys can pitch more than 2 innings and we're lucky if Gordon gets through one inning honestly. And then you still have Alfonseca who is also a pitcher who will MAYBE give you two innings.

All of this is purely hypothetical of course, but we need Myers more in the rotation than we do in the bullpen and every fan will tell you that. If we can have a starter that consistently goes 6 or 7 innings, the bullpen might not be such a worry. If a starter left after 6, I would for the most part feel OK with Alfonseca, Lidge, and Gordon pitching 7, 8, and 9.

Jacobin said...

Thinking about Lidge in the pen is a nice daydream, but we are actually in a waking nightmare. In the second game last night, Manuel brought Jose (Joe fucking Table) Mesa into the game. Mesa had a 1-2-3 inning, but that's the proverbial blind squirrel finding the nut. When Mesa isn't being brought in, Geary is pitching like the short-inning version of Freddy Garcia...

BenJah said...

i sure felt steamrolled yesterday losing both games of the double header. as for hamels, we have to remember that he's still improving.

for the jennings/lidge deal, who EXACTLY is our truly good prospect, and why the hell isn't he on our team right now??

and what's with you saying you like their package?? i'm sure they'd put it on your chin, but i don't think they'd give it to you straight up.

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Jarex said...

Really feels like an all-time bitch slap of a series.

chuckm said...

Groundhog Day again. The Mets come into our house and end any hope of the NL East. The only difference being that it happened a few weeks later this season. The Phils have been behind the 8-ball all series, the only thing left is for them to actually jump out to a lead and have the pitching blow it.

Jacobin said...

I just got back from a high school reunion and probably drank too much. It caused me to miss the end of the game... looks like I didn't miss much of anything. I hate the fucking Mets. Our pitching staff is in shambles and the assholes that own the team won't do anything about it. Sometimes it feels so unfair to be a Phillies fan. They use us and do the absolute minimum for the team. The sons of bitches really don't belong running a professional baseball team. There is a civic responsibility in owning a team... if you own a team, you do owe something to the faithful that support it. Blah, just fucking blah.

Whelkman said...

There is something to the "civic duty" argument. A stadium generates significant overhead for a city, tying up real estate and police along with attracting a crowd that profits the stadium owners but not the city at large. Managing a Major League team goes beyond the typical "we're here to profit and profit only" stance, especially considering the taxpayer resources modern stadiums consume.

Cities should surrender taxpayer funds with the stipulation that the team produces lest heavy penalties occur, though, unfortunately, the current Phillies would likely qualify as "productive" under such an agreement. The quality of play at CBP since its opening is debatable, though.

das411 said...

Seriously guys, not only does the team need to step up and land a few square on those Met faces tomorrow (since when has Jose Reyes become such a whiny bitch?), but the whole damn crowd has sounded like a bunch of NYers all weekend! WTF???

Re: the Astro rumors, would you guys trade either Bourn or semi-prospect Kyle Drabek (iirc both are Houstonians) to pick up Lidge and Jennings? I also have been wondering these last few days if Gillick is working on a Moyer-esque deal for old man Woody Williams too, he seems like more of a Stand Pat-style pickup but then again this team needs every live arm it can find.

Did anybody else hear that stat during today's game that the Phils have *already* used 24 different pitchers this season, and the franchise record is 27 set in 2000?? Man if only we still had Francona and that other #38...

GM-Carson said...

The Mets are cocksuckers.

The Phillies suck.

How the hell did I ever think this team had enough to win 92 games? We'll be lucky to win 82.

fans said...

Geary demoted to Ottowa?? They'll probably find something wrong with his arm and he'll be on the DL too. He pitched every game last year. At least they sent him down and kept Coste.

GM-Carson said...

Good ol' Gas-Can Geary ran out of gas, he was running on fumes.

chuckm said...

Gotta give props to Kendrick. He will eventually get tagged, but he threw a QS when it was desperately needed. Kyle is a bit location challenged and gets behind in the count, but he does induce groundballs and he looks like he will hold down #5 in the rotation

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