Wednesday, June 20, 2007

To hell with Ohka we got Kendrick

Last week Corey and I both agreed that the Phils should look into acquiring the waived Tomo Ohka from the Blue Jays to fill the 5th starter role. He ended up clearing waivers and was released the other day, meaning he's free game to all. The Phillies and the Cardinals were in on the bidding, with St. Louis getting him in the end because they promised a shorter minor league assignment. Losing out on Ohka isn't a big deal because we have Kyle Kendrick.

Kyle Kendrick made his MLB debut last week against the hapless ChiSox offense and pitched 6 innings while giving up 3 runs, not bad for a rookie. Last night against Cleveland with the team in need of a win, he once again pitched 6 innings while surrendering 3 runs. After Kendrick's first start, Corey had this to say, "I hate to sound like a pessimist, but the praise laid upon young Kyle Kendrick may be a little shortsighted." Well Corey, it still may be shortsighted, but that's two quality starts in a row by the rookie, and this time it was against a powerful Indians lineup. I was particularly impressed with this outing because the homeplate umpire (C.B. Bucknor) was squeezing him all night not giving the corners, and the defense behind him was sub par. After 2 starts, his era is a mediocre 4.50, but his win total is already as high as Freddy Garcia's (1 win) and he has a nice WHIP of 1.17. I look forward to seeing more of Kendrick's starts, and indeed he may just be a reason the Phils continue to win.

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Verbal Beatdown:
In an uncanny turn of events this blog may have a direct effect on the outcome of individuals' performances for the Philadelphia Phillies. It seems as though when Corey or I give a verbal beatdown of a player that within the next few games they make us eat our words. It happened just yesterday with Pat Burrell and the "end of an era" post on here then he quickly shuts us up with a 2-out 2 rbi double in the 1st inning. In yesterday's comment section I bashed on Ryan Howard for his high strikeout rate and low batting average, he promptly went 3 for 5 with a double, homerun, 3 runs, and 4 rbi while not whiffing the entire game. In the past I've called out No-Hit Nunez or the weakling known as Wes Helms and they've gotten a crucial pinch-hit rbi single (Nuni) or knocked their first homerun of the year (Helms) the following day. Our criticism of these players is not unwarranted, and it seems to be an exception to the rule when they "prove" us wrong, but if that's all it takes to get players going then...Screw the entire Philadelphia Phillies 2007 team, they all suck and can't hit, field, or pitch worth a dingleberry hanging off Manuel's butt cheek.

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As promised on Sunday, here is the picture of me and Jayson Stark. Since getting the Internet and following baseball on ESPN.com I've taken a liking to Stark because of his Philadelphia roots and his amusing anecdotal writing style. His baseball knowledge of the "useless information" is also right up my alley. Jayson Stark is my homeboy!

~Carson

30 comments:

michael said...

nice pic. kendrick looked good last night, i think hes exactly what you want out of a 5th starter. yeah the umpire was killing him last night, he was doing it to every pitcher on the phils last night, like that last at bat by trot nixon, most umpires would of called that one pitch on the corner strike 3 but they called it a ball, i was listening to it on the radio at the time and the indians announcers were going out of their minds how that wasn't called strike 3.

GM-Carson said...

CB Buckner was horrible last night. He was calling balls below the knees, but anything that was on the corners he called balls. And by corners, I actually mean over the outside portion of the plate, so they were legit strikes.

BENTZ said...

Phillies interleague records over the past few years:

2003 - 8-7
2004 - 9-9
2005 - 7-8
2006 - 5-13
2007 - 8-6 (with one to play)

Obviously much better than last year and with a win tonight the best interleague record over this span. Why doesn't everyone play the same number of interleague games? Mets for instance were 6-9 last year so they play 3 less than the Phils. I understand the matchups might not always be fair (Phils playing KC and Braves twice playing the Red Sox, though we saw how well that worked), but shouldn't everyone play the same number of games? Or is that impossible with uneven leagues?

Jarex said...

When I was a kid watching PRISM (does anyone remember PRISM?) I discovered that whenever I rooted "against" the Phillies, the other team would mess up. It worked for a whole game once - I came to think that it was me all along, that I was the reason the Phillies lost so much, and that, if I secretly rooted for the other team, the Phillies would actually win. Alas, it only worked for one game - you can trick the baseball gods here and there, but eventually they catch on.

goDuke said...

I remember PRISM, I also remember my parents had that code on there. They were like the dude in Spaceballs though. AU 1 2 3 4 5. Terrible. It took me a while to figure it out as a little kid who wanted to watch the Phils though. LOL

GM-Carson said...

I remember PRISM too, I used to watch it when I went to my grandparents' house.

Bentz- to answer your question, it is impossible to each MLB team to play the same number of interleague games each season because of less teams in the AL compared to the NL. It was the Phillies year to play less games.

michael said...

aw man i remember the old comcast cable boxes rocking the A/B Select to get the free PPV/Pay channels.

GM-Carson said...

Florida Marlins 1B/3B Aaron Boone is on the trade market. I'd rather have him than Helms or Nunez playing 3rd. Hopefully Manuel sticks true to his word though and plays Dobbs at 3rd against righties, once we're done with all these southpaws.

Phils are supposedly taking a look at banged up slugger Jermaine Dye. I say no thanks. He'll cost too much, is injury prone, and is having a down year.

Good News: Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said reliever Tom Gordon, who is rehabilitating a strained right rotator cuff, was a bit ahead of Brett Myers, who is rehabbing a strained right shoulder. The Phillies hope both can be back before July 1st.

GM-Carson said...

Michael- by "free PPV/Pay channels", you mean porn right?

michael said...

yes..i mean porn. haha. a young lad discovering bad scrambled porn. so not phils news but news. Michael Barrett has been traded to the padres for backup catcher Rob Bowen, a young outfielder named Kyler Burke, and cash considerations.

GM-Carson said...

I saw the Barrett trade. I have him as my starting catcher in the WSBGM's Phantasy League and am wondering how going to the Padres is going to effect him. Josh Bard is the starter there, so they'll probably split time, much like Barajas and Ruiz, meaning less at bats for Barrett.

I'm a bit scared of tonight's match-up: Donut-Eater vs. Cheeseburger. Donut-Eater of course being our site's mascot Jon Lieber, and Cheeseburger being the fearsome hefty-lefty C.C. Sabathia.

GreggyD said...

I had not heard the Jermaine Dye rumor. I believe he is in the last year of his contract. I don't know how I feel about that. I know that Burrell sucks, but I don't think Dye would be much of an upgrade to be honest although he was really flashing the leather the other night when he made 2 spectacular catches in right field. As for Aaron Boone, I think that would be a nice pickup, but it would be the end for Helms or Nunez and I don't know what Patty G will end up doing with them. Hell, put them on waivers for all I care.

I found it amusing that Michael Barrett was traded today. Piniella said he was just going to give him a couple days off. Looks like the Cubs were shopping him the whole time. Oh well, better luck to him with the Fathers. I'm tired of all this pitcher/catcher drama in the dugout.

GM-Carson said...

I find all the drama surrounding pitchers and catchers to be annoying. Whether it was Barrett's fault or not, he basically ran himself out of Chicago with the fight he had with Zambrano then a week later getting into it verbally on the mound with Rich Hill.

Jermaine Dye would be an upgrade over Burrell, but I'm afraid the ChiSox asking price will be too steep for injury prone aging outfielder in his final year of a contract having a down season.

kentucky phils phan said...

i think that kendrick will work fine in the 5th starter position, too bad freddy garcia was such a bust...i get to see the phils play in st. louis friday

GM-Carson said...

Some day, when I'm old and retired with money to burn, I'm going to tour America (and Toronto) to see a game at every MLB stadium. But for now, I'll make the almost 2 hour trip to Philly or Baltimore.

Jacobin said...

Yes, I remember PRISM. Ha! Do you remember the season Schmidt did a few games on there as the color commentary? Not so good... better than Sarge though, but that's not saying much.

Bob D said...

Don't worry about the Boone and Dye rumors, the phils do not need them and are not likely interested. In the OF they have Werth and Bourn who both maybe better than Burrell. If they replace Nunez it will be by someone who can play 2b/ss/3b, and wel Helms we are stuck with him.

Though if I were GM I would cut people to improve the team if needed. I would cut Barajas and replace with Coste, cut Helms and replace with Coste, cut Condrey and replace with Coste - I mean a pitcher. Forget the salaries - try to field the best team possible. Have Burrell sit the bench if Bourn or Werth are better. They still get paid the same salaries even by sitting the bench.

Los said...

Has the negativity regarding Charlie Manuel worked? No? I didn't think so.

BenJah said...

los kind of stole my thunder, but i seem to recall that you may have said a few things about fuqua that wasn't exactly 'nice.' how much more does he have to be berrated in order to be better??

Jacobin said...

How many double plays have we had for the taking in this series, but failed to turn?!

chuckm said...

Goddam, the Phillies pitching is brutal. After seeing Donut Eater pull up gimp again because he is so out-of-shape gives me that much more respect for Moyer. Dude is 45 and watch how he gets over to first to make a play.

Jacobin said...

With Lieber injured, have we finally reached the "emergency" point that will convince this team's brain trust to return Myers to the starting rotation?

At least the Mets and Atlanta lost tonight too... though it would have been so nice to pick up another game on both of those teams.

das411 said...

So Kendrick is now the #4 starter behind a suddenly human Cole Hamels, a 45 year old lefty, and the league-average righty nobody wanted at the start of the season.

Yeahhh this is going to be a fun month and a half, isn't it?

GM-Carson said...

A strained right ankle is what they called Donut-Eater's injury on tv last night. He'll most like be hitting the DL based on the way the fat ass was hobbling off the field. We went from 6 starters at the beginning of the season, and now we're down to 3 from that original bunch (Moyer, Hamels, and Eaton). I'd hope they'd consider moving Myers back to the rotation, but he's probably in the bullpen still.

That was a horrible game last night. The offense did what they were supposed to do, but the damn pitching failed us yet again.

BloodStripes said...

The verbal beatdowns have been cracking me up all season. You rip 'em, they perform. You praise 'em, they suck. It's classic stuff.

But you have to feel it and mean it for it to work. You can tell your "Screw the entire Philadelphia Phillies 2007 team, they all suck and can't hit, field, or pitch worth a dingleberry hanging off Manuel's butt cheek." comment was made in jest therefore it didn't work and the Phils lost. (Damn those single inning blowouts)

Anyway it has been hilarious. Except for the losses. Keep up the good work boys. You know this is the numero uno Phillies blog.

Oh yeah....thanks for the image of a dingleberry hanging off Fuquas butt. Blaahhhh!!

BloodStripes said...

All those donuts have finally hurt him. Too much weight in that gut and the ankle is gone. Now where is that talented young bloke name Germano?

.......oh yeah. He's out west with a lame arse 5 wins, 2.63 ERA and a crappy 0.96 WHIP. Love your work Gillick.

GM-Carson said...

With up coming off days the rotation can be shuffled so that the Phils don't need Lieber until June 29th or 30th. The team is reporting he should be fine by then not needing a stint on the DL. But they lie like a dog, should don't believe a word those bastards say.

BloodStripes said...

What about J.Happ? Is he ready to go? Last time I checked he was going well in the minors. Someone has gotta be performing well down on the farm.

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- J.A. Happ has recently returned from the DL in Ottawa and is sporting a 3.90 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, with only 1 win in 12 starts and 57 2/3 innings pitched while giving up 34 walks. By my estimate, he's no where near ready.

BloodStripes said...

Good estimate. Keep him on the farm.