Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Wouldn't it be nice?

Wouldn't it be nice if they weren't losers?
Then we wouldn't have to wait so long.
And wouldn't it be nice if they could win some?
So I wouldn't have to do another parody song.

You know it's gonna make it that much better,
When we can say "Hooray" and cheer forever.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could wake up?
In the morning when our manager is new.
And after having spent the last 2 1/2 years together,
Kick Manuel's ass out the door and say we're through.

Happy times together we'll been spending.
I wish that every win was never-ending.
Wouldn't it be nice?

Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true.
Buddy then there wouldn't be a single thing we couldn't do.
We could be champions.
And then we'd be happy.

Wouldn't it be nice?

You know it seems the more we talk about it.
It only makes it worse to live without it.
But let's bitch about it...
Wouldn't it be nice?


GM-Carson said...

"Everybody's question is always, 'Is this disappointing or frustrating?' It's tough to be a game under. 500 in early June. We haven't played to our capability. At some point, hopefully we will. We're still eight games out, and the bright side is, we still haven't played our best ball. Hopefully we can keep ourselves in striking range. That's the only way we can look at it. We swept the Braves, then came home and it was inconsistent play. Now we have to go to New York and we have to step up our game." -- Ryan Howard

*The bring side? There is no stinkin' bright side! You mustn't be too bright if you think there's a bright side to being a game under .500 at this point in the season!

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies pitching is the worst in the NL with an ERA of 4.79. (Please hold applause for Patty G, instead give him the one-finger salute).

michael said...

bright side is they could be the yankees this year.

Peter N said...

A classic post...I'm new here, but the song was ringing through my brain while reading you! I loved it, and I'll stop back often.

GM-Carson said...

The Yankess have what...26 World Series flags at their stadium? And to be honest, they probably have a better chance at the Wild Card than the Phils do.

Welcome Peter, hope I can continue to entertain you.

GM-Carson said...

From FoxSports- The Phillies remain interested in retired closer Troy Percival, whose workout they attended last week. Reports say the Phils and the Tigers are hottest for him . . . The Phils seem unlikely to pursue White Sox righthanded reliever Mike MacDougal, who has been atrocious for a month and who might cost them centerfielder Aaron Rowand.

Jose Mesa pitched with the Phillies from 2001 to '03 and holds the franchise record with 111 saves. So far this year, the Phils have taken a look at righthanders Dustin Hermanson and Troy Percival in a bid to improve their desperately thin bullpen. Could they take a look at Mesa? "We will leave no stone unturned," Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. But Mesa's return seems unlikely. Mesa told the Detroit Free Press he would like to continue pitching, but also seems to understand that opportunities might not be there. "If this is [the end], I'm happy," Mesa said.

*My take- why didn't we leave "no stone unturned" this offseason. I'm cool with taking a chance on Percival, but leave MacDougal alone, especially since he'll only come via trade. Gillick is a schmuck!

BENTZ said...

OK, so I've come to this conclusion about the Phillies...drum roll please...


I'll take it position by position comparing them against the rest of the NL. When done, you'll see the team really is only average and the start quality of a few mask the rest to the general public if they wonder why the team isn't doing well. I'm only grading above average, average or below average.

Catcher: Ruiz is doing well but probably still only league average, Barajas is terrible and below average. Players better in NL: McCann, Martin, Bard, Molina (AVERAGE)

1B: Howard is the defending MVP and shows signs of breaking out. Players better in NL: Pujols (maybe), Fielder's hot, but I still take Howard (ABOVE AVERAGE)

2B: Simply, no one is better in the NL at second than Chase. Players better in NL: None (ABOVE AVERAGE)

SS: Everyone has a different viewpoint of Rollins and I'm a huge fan. His defense is first-rate and when he's on, he's on. Might be the team's best clutch hitter. Players better in NL: Reyes (ABOVE AVERAGE)

Hey...it looks pretty good so far! But here's where it breaks down.

3B: Terrible, might be the worst 3B combo in the league. Nunez does play fantastic defense though. Players better in NL: Everyone (BELOW AVERAGE)

LF: Burrell might get his walks, but he needs to hit and his power is seemingly gone. Decent arm, but no range. Players better in NL: Soriano, Bay, Bonds, etc. (BELOW AVERAGE)

CF: Rowand has been great offensively and has shown more pop this year. He's aggressive and a Philly type player. Takes some bad angles at inopportune times. Players better in NL: Jones, Beltran, Hunter Pence (have you seen this kid play??) (AVERAGE)

RF: Victorino has simply been great out there. He has his lapses but has really been solid at the plate (really no more than a .280 hitter) and a phenomenal arm. Players better in NL: Francoeur (more consistent hitter) (ABOVE AVERAGE)

Bench: Honestly the bench is a little better than I thought it would be; Dobbs has been a nice surprise. But overall it is still weak. Coste should clearly be there. At least this year they have guys who can hit it out of the park. (AVERAGE)

Rotation: Well, they have a clear #1 (Hamels) and a solid #4 (Moyer). But Garcia and Lieber have not pitched like #2 or #3 starters and Eaton has struggled even as a #5. Myers needs to be back in the rotation and just play mix and match with the bullpen. Hamels at least has ace stuff, more than what other teams have, so (AVERAGE)

Bullpen: I don't even need to explain this one (BELOW AVERAGE)

Manager: Really, this is not all Charlie's fault. But someone has to take the blame and in tight games they often run out of position players or pitchers. Inexcusable (BELOW AVERAGE).

So there you have it. The Phils are above average at 4 positions in the field, average at 2 and below average at 2. They have an average bench and rotation (some could easily rate it worse, I do see some decent qualities there). They have a below average bullpen and manager. Overall...they are average!! And average teams are .500 teams!

BENTZ said...

I also have this theory that MLB is competitve enough across the board that every team is virtually guaranteed a starting record of 61-61. It is what you do with the remaining 40 games that make or break your season. So in 90% of the cases, teams are guaranteed to finish between 61-101 and 101-61.

GM-Carson said...

Bentz, nice break down. Basically they're a joke.

BENTZ said...

One more quick note as well: last year on July 31, 2006 (trade deadline) the Phillies were 49-55 and 14 games behind the Mets in the East and 5.5 behind Cincinnati for the wild card. One year ago, on June 5, 2006, they were 30-27 and 4.5 behind the Mets in the East and 3 behind Cincinnati for the wild card. The Philies were 9-18 last June. The best time of the month was June 2-7 when they went 5-1 against LA and Arizona on the road. The bad stretches were losing 8 of 9 to Washington, the Mets and Tampa...then after beating Tampa and the Yanks in single games, they lost 7 straight and 9 of 11 to the Yanks, Sox, O's and Jays.

GM-Carson said...

So what you're telling me is the worst is yet to come? I don't know if this blog can take that.

Jacobin said...

Basically it looks like they are on track from another 82-88 win season. And the management will try to spin how without the injuries we would have been right there! And we can watch some shitty team with a worse record win the World Series again! Wooooooooooooooooo!!!!! I just cannot wait for September.

GM-Carson said...

Moyer seems to keep facing all the old lefties (Randy Johnson and Tom Glavine). Our offense can't handle lefties, so Glavine will probably notch another victory tonight getting him closer to 300.

Jacobin said...

In Today's Inquirer Bob Ford suggests that when Myers comes back from his shoulder strain that the Phillies should put him back in the starting rotation (moving Lieber, Eaton, or Garcia to another team or to the bullpen). I agree with him. Myers was pitching well out of the pen, but Charlie was going to kill his arm by pitching him so much. And right now it's unlikely we really even need to worry about a closer on a consistent basis except when Hamels cannot go all nine innings (and the occasional winning outing from Moyer). You really can't expect to be consitently needing a closer when Eaton, Lieber, and Garcia pitch.

Myers was the opening day starter, and really he should have remained a starter. Putting him in the bullpen was a dangerous and desperate move. Gillick let a number of good pitchers go during the off season and never added anyone worth a damn (though we had the doctors examine the AL saves leader...). Fixing the Gillick's shitty bullpen at the expense of a front-line starter is pathetic and should not be excused.

GM-Carson said...

I agree the Brett Myers' place is in the rotation and that he should have remained there all along. After this season Myers is making 10+ million...and unless you're Billy Wagner, closers don't make that kinda loot. Lieber can probably be traded for bullpen help somewhere, and he's probably the "biggest" commodity we have in the rotation that we can spare.

Bob D said...

Good breakdown there Bentz. I also heard recently they will play Burrell, Helms and Nunez because of what htye pay them - especially Burrell. However, my take on this is put them all on the bench and play Werth, Bourn, and Dobbs. No matter what you still fork out the same amount of $$$$$$$$, but you are fielding a better team. Another thing I would like to vent on - bring back Coste. Cholly rarely uses RPs Hernandez, Condrey, and Rosario so send one of them down like Condrey and his ERA of 10+ something and put the extra bat on the team. Then Eaton doesn't need to have 3 or 4 or whatever pinch hit appearances he has. Coste could even be the b/u Catcher and trade, cut, imprision, or whatever to Barajas and get yet another hitter on the team.

I agree with Meyers to be a starter.

Bob D said...

"Wouldn't it be nice?"

To sweep the Mets!

Jacobin said...

Yes, great point! Call back Coste... after all, it's now June 5, so Gillick can ship Barajas back to the American League or to the Northern Independent League... really, he can ship him anywhere as long as it it out of Philadelphia. The guy hasn't hit his weight and the defense has been terrible.

We have an AL manager, an AL general manager, what looks like an AL lineup on most nights... but too bad we play in the National League.

Jacobin said...

Yahoo!! A win! An extra-innings win! An extra-innings win against the Mets!

Q: How lame is Pat Burrell/how much of of a moron is Fuqua?
A: Starting pitcher Adam Eaton did not pinch hit for Burrell, but he did pinch run for him.

das411 said...

Jacobin, which "good pitchers" exactly did Gillick let go this offseason?

Granted, I do miss the Wolfman, but he sounds exactly like he just wanted to play at home for less $$ and his results so far certainly bear that out. Beyond him though, who do you mean? Trading Floyd for Garcia? (the late) Cory Lidle for Matt Smith et al? Or do you miss the bullpen wrecking crew of Rhodes, Franklin, Fultz, and Rick White?

and isn't it funny how all of a sudden, one win from Moyer means that the Phils only need to win Hamels's start to gain a game out of this series? A series win here, a series win there, pretty soon this team will get somewhere!

Jacobin said...

Das411, the following pitchers were all under contract with the Phillies last year: Randy Wolf, Ryan Franklin, Aaron Fultz, Justin Germano and Justin Miller. Granted, Franklin was traded last season (and who really blamed them for jettisoning him), but he -- like the other mentioned pitchers -- is off to a really good start (unlike most of the current Phillies pitchers).

Those are the pitchers I was talking about. They may not be Cy Young candidates, but they certainly are more attractive options than what we have going on with guys like Yoel Hernandez.

GM-Carson said...

Chase Utley- you're the man!

Moyer with yet another solid effort. 44 years old and still gets the job done. Why the hell can't Garcia, Lieber, and Eaton learn a thing or two from him?

I like Carlos Ruiz a lot, but Chooch is too anxious with runners in scoring position. He swings and hits easy grounders a lot of the time. Wait for your pitch my man.

Good win...hello .500 (again).