Sunday, June 24, 2007

Yep, We're Screwed!

Yesterday was not a good day. The Phils lost to the lowly Cardinals because Patty G's star offseason acquisition Gavin Eaton sucks, Pat Burrell's average dropped to .205 with no hopes of rebounding, and Shane Victorino's hitting streak was halted at 14 games. Believe it or not, that's not the worst part of yesterday...Donut-Eater's career as a Phillie very well might be over like a fat kid tearing through a box of cream-filled. Jon Lieber was placed on the 15-day DL while Jars of Clay Condrey was recalled from Ottawa. Lieber's stint on the DL will take far longer than 15 days, and most likely the remainder of the season. Results from a MRI exam taken Saturday unveiled a ruptured tendon in the bottom of Lieber's right foot, with a timetable for return if everything goes "perfect" at mid-September, but season-ending surgery is the likely alternative. That leaves the Phils with yet another hole to plug in the rotation. We've probably already lost Freddy Garcia for the season, Tom Gordon and Brett Myers are still on the mend, and now Lieber too. That's $29.5 million on the DL and roughly 30% of the payroll. For the short-term the Phils are planning to fill the void internally with either J.A. Happ, Carlos Carrasco, or J.D. Durbin (none of which excite me at this stage in their careers). A trade remains a route Gillick may take, but probably for a free-agent-to-be suckfest like the "Human Rain Delay" Steve Trachsel. Yep, we're screwed!

~Carson

13 comments:

Bob D said...

Don't forget - Pat G said he was aiming for 2008 - that was last August. My thoughts, trading for Traschel or another over the hill rent-a-player is just a bad move not only this year but even more so for the future. Zach Grienke may not be a bad add at age 23. LHP - JA Happ should be given a shot at the rotation as he is a good prospect. And RHP - Carlos Carrasco is a great prospect, though he is a little young, in-experienced. He has had only 1 double A start so far, but he has the make up of being able to come up here and suceed.

Well anyway go Phils! Hamels should do well today.

Oh yeah, If I remeber correctly you gave kudos to Mesa and Victorino yesterday and the results were: Mesa let up some runs and Victorino's hitting streak came to an end.

BenJah said...

yeah, we certainly are screwed! UNLESS!.....maybe the rooks that no one ever counted on come up and play big. maybe utley does hit 70 doubles, rollins has another hitting streak and howard hits 30 jacks AFTER the allstar break. maybe rowand continues his career year and victorino has 14 game hitting streaks for the rest of the season. maybe burrell decides that enough is enough, and starts hitting like he did in 2002...or at least raise his average to .210. maybe barajas slips in the shower blowing his boyfriend and injures himself; coste is summoned from the minors and hits .320 the rest of the season in a platoon with ruiz, who also hits .320. maybe hamels wins 27 games and meyers and gordon and madson return and become the best bullpen of any team in the last 14 years.


or maybe we're screwed....

Jacobin said...

Of course the opening day starter remains on the team and is on track to be back within a week or two (having thrown 30 pitches in the bullpen yesterday). But is Brett Myers an option? ...not according to assistant GM Ruben Amaro.

Amaro emphasized that Brett Myers, the team's opening-day starter, is not a candidate to return to the rotation.

"We're very comfortable with Myers in our bullpen," said Amaro, who also said the team is not considering a four-man rotation. "Our bullpen still is something we need to address. We have two guys [Myers and Tom Gordon] who are coming back and getting healthier. Our feeling is that they're going to be important pieces to the puzzle in the back end of our bullpen."

Bob D said...

Benjah, it could happen - or they could play good and all hit 350 and win 30 games pitching, and have 8 guys take the top 8 spot for MVP

Whelkman said...

Not considering a four man rotation? At this point an old fashioned three man setup should be on the table. I kid, but I doubt Moyer or Hamels care about pitching more often and management shouldn't care about what Eaton thinks. We need five starting pitchers for a five man rotation (duh), but we're now operating on 2.5 and our minor league reserves have been depleted. It's time for creative management, which, unfortunately, isn't exactly the Phillies' forte.

Trachsel wouldn't be the worst option, but he isn't worth more than a box of donuts, either. His middling ability aside, we need an innings eater, and Trachsel goes less than 6 per game in 2007 and barely that for his career.

Los said...

I'm available, if the Phils need me. My fastball is in the low 70's, and I have a looping curve-ball ... perfect for Citizen's Bank Park.

kentucky phils phan said...

TRADE PAT BURRELL NOW.... let michael bourn start

Whelkman said...

We tried to dump Burrell on the Orioles, but he invoked his no-trade clause. We're stuck with him and his fat contract regardless of how little he feels like playing.

GM-Carson said...

I went swimming today and saw the game was in rain delay when I put it on the XM, so my guess is it was washed out. Saw the Phils were losing 1-0 to Kip "11 losses" Wells though. They suck, we're screwed!

GM-Carson said...

Game is back, must have been a long rain delay. Michael Bourn starting for Burrell just singled to score Ruiz to tie the ballgame.

GM-Carson said...

Burrell is hitting .146 since April 26, with 36 strikeouts in 144 at-bats. He has seven homers and 23 RBIs, and has more walks (38) than hits (21) hits during that stretch.

Burrell, you're no longer my boy. You're a has-been, barely-ever-was.

BloodStripes said...

Phillies clutchin' up. Victorino in particular. Nice to see Bourn hitting well in the 2 spot. Burrell is on the way out with Bourne playing like this. Hold the faith GM's. Phils are hangin' tough.

BloodStripes said...

Jose getting us into a fine mess but Alfy saves the day. Good job Phils.