Sunday, July 29, 2007

All in the Family

As readers of this blog, you know we seldom mention our state buddies the Pirates, even though we pay homage to them at the top of our page. Corey and I are predominantly Phillies Phans first and foremost, but rooting for the Buccos is second nature. We grew up getting Fox Sports Pittsburgh on our television sets, so naturally we root for them too. However, when it's time for the Phils to play the Pirates all niceties are pushed aside and we're out for blood. I still do want to spread some swashbuckling love because the Pirates are the perfect team for the Phils to play in their current state of affairs. Chase goes on DL, team is a bit demoralized, but who's coming to town? The lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, so Phillies still have the golden opportunity to start establishing their offense without Mr. Utley (as Iguchi has taken to calling him...wise decision) and win some ball games before facing stiffer competition. By the way, why is it "stiffer", did they pop an Enzyte or something? Anyway, we're all one big happy family here in PA and I'm glad the Buccos can aid us in our quest for the playoffs or at least a gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, tear-filled oh-so-close ending to the season.

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Shout, Shout, Let It All Out:
*Wes Helms sucks! He sucks at hitting, he sucks at fielding, he sucks at running; he's a perfectly all-around suck-filled talentless butt-dart! He should only be used for pinch-hitting purposes from now on with Greg Dobbs and Abe Nunez platooning at 3rd (Dobbs against righties, Nuni against lefties).

*"The Real Deal" JD Durbin pitched like a real dud last night, but was awarded the win nevertheless. I take this as a positive, because it's obvious this dude has talent but needs to take a chill pill and calm the hell down. Now that he sees his offense is there to back him up, maybe he can stop walking pitchers and giving up homeruns to players with the power of a 5th grader and focus on simply pitching.

*Tadahito Iguchi is already fitting in, and that's a great thing. I'm not expecting much from him, just a decent glove and a better bat than No-Hit would have offered. I'm also looking forward to the Gooch & Chooch Show at the bottom of the lineup.

*Chris Coste very well may be a soft spoken man, but his bat does an awful lot of trash talking. Last night he once again proved why Rod Barajas is a waste of money and roster space, while knocking in 4 runs with a double and a homerun. F.U. very much Patty G!

~Carson

27 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Chris Coste vs. Rod Barajas

Coste offensive stats- .333 avg, .864 OPS, and only 2 fewer rbi than Barajas in 74 fewer at bats.

Barajas offensive stats- .207 avg, .708 OPS, and only 9 rbi in 116 at bats.

Coste defense- 33% caught stealing, Catcher-Era 4.62.

Barajas defense- 38.6% caught stealing, Catcher-Era 4.84.

Coste salary- $385k

Barajas salary- $2.5mil with a $500k buyout for next season.

Bob D said...

Durbin was doing good and seemed to have a brief melt down in that 4 run inning. He then settled down and put another good inning in. He ended up throwing too many pitches in that one inning and it cost him a good game. The first 3 innings were well pitched then he lost his control and composure. I still want him to do good so we don't trade a Bourn or someone else for a "Veteran player" who will come in a do exactly what Durbin or Kendrick or Eaton is doing but for more money and a high cost of future talent. The only exception would be if someone wanted to throw a top pitcher our way (Santana, Willis, or Bedard)

Bob D said...

Since you bashed Helms alot, should we expect him to prove you wrong today with a 3HR game?

GM-Carson said...

If Wes Helms goes deep 3 times today, I'll have Corey photoshop my face kissing his butt. Good thing for the Phils and me is that Dobbs will probably start today at 3rd instead.

By the way, I personally don't view D-Train Willis as a top pitcher anymore. He has a horrible whip and era this season and my guess is he's worn down at a young age.

Corey said...

he's a 25 year old lefty with a good history and a shitty, shitty year. if you are going to try to et someone, i say he's the guy, because he won't come cheaper than right now. granted, it's a risk, he may be worn out or have elboe/shoulder issues, but sometimes you ahve to take risks. the phils can't build their staff like the yankees, thrown 5-60 million out there a year and see what sticks. if they would get hime for relative cheapness, (bourn plus minor leaguers like happ, outman, drabek, pretty much anybody buy carrasco, cardenas..) i would do it now.

Tony said...

The caught stealing statistic is misleading, based on games like last night. Coste threw a strike to second that Rollins dropped. Bay would've been toast if Rollins caught it. And Coste threw it from his knees. If Barajas is throwing, he has a good chance to get the runner, if he doesn't send the throw to Rowand.

Jacobin said...

It was great that Coste got a curtain call last night. It's a damn shame that Gillick and the Wonder Twins brought in Barajas and sent San Cristobal down to the minors at the start of the season(a shame for Coste and a shame for the team). What happens when Werth is ready to come back? Do they just leave Werth on the DL for the rest of the year, or do we finally get rid of Barajas?

And like I said yesterday, Wes Helms is trash. He can't field, he can't hit, he doesn't run the bases particularly well, and no one has said he's a good locker room presence. In other words, he contributes next to nothing... it's surprising he isn't getting paid more considering how this team usually pays such dead weight.

furiousBall said...

Can Gooch play 3rd? If so, I've got an idea when Chase returns [insert winky smiley face here]

chuckm said...

furious- Word is that Gooch doesnt have the arm to play 3B. Highly enjoyable evening at the park. Gooch got on Phans good side real quickly
and the park erupted when Coste rocked that jack. Take that Gillick!

BenJah said...

funny how gooch calls chase "mr. utley" since gooch is 10 years his senior...still a classy move.

based on last night, maybe the other phillies are going to show their heart and step it up!

BenJah said...

oh, and btw....i would like to see gooch at 3rd....i mean, it's pretty clear that helms doesnt have the arm or the range for 3rd either, but that didnt prevent him from getting a 2-yr deal.

GM-Carson said...

Kendrick pitching well today. I really like this kid and think he has a future in our rotation, and his future started about a month and a half ago.

Wes Helms is a liability and shouldn't play anymore...it's really that simple.

Rollins, Burrell, and Rowand having decent days at the plate again. If it weren't for Utley and Howard J-Roll and Fence-Face would get a lot more pub.

SirAlden said...

No Photoshop Butt Kissin' GM Carson. You would have to deliver with the real deal.

Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time.

no No NO NOOOOOOOOO ! yeah...
Keep your eyeeeeeeee on the Sparrow!

Jacobin said...

Another nice effort from Kendrick. I'll give the credit, he keeps his cool and just makes his pitches. Granted, today he was shutting down the kind of batters he is used to seeing (AA quality). And what about Coste? He gets a pinch hit opportunity and comes through with a few more RBI!

Jacobin said...

In case you missed it, Madson was put on the DL with a "shoulder strain" like Myers had. To take his place, the Phillies recalled Geary from AAA.

Bob D said...

Madson was quietly putting a good year together, he will be missed. Hopefully Geary has regained his form and composure. If JRoll keeps it up he may be leading canidate for MVP soon. Just to shame those who left him off the allstar roster

Bob D said...

Morgan Ensberg was designated for assignment. 32 YO 3rd baseman who is hitting 232, 8 HR, 31 RBI in 224 at bats this year. Probably better than Helms, I am not sure of his glove.

Los said...

Just wondering out loud here, but if/when Utley comes back, can Iguchi play third base, and if so, could this be a long-term solution?

SirAlden said...

Iguchi was an All-Star Shortstop Gold Glove in Japan a former #1 Pick who hit over 30 HRs twice and led the league is steals.

He has never played 3B, in Japan or MLB, one assumes he cannot play 3B but someone has to directly ask.

SirAlden said...

Morgan Ensberg's RF and ZR are above average. Better than what we have.

You are the GM who do you cut outright, Helms, Werth, or Barajas?

I think Coste is great to have off the bench and spot starts.

chuckm said...

re Gooch: Unfortunately he doesnt have the arm to play 3B. I hope he is good coming off the bench. Hey, I know it was the Buccos, but 1 solo jack in 7 IP @ CBP is a feat. Maybe we really lucked out and he will be this seasons John Maine as far as a rookie coming from nowhere and being surprisingly good.

Maria said...

I read that if Madson's injury is as bad as Myers', he'll be out for the season. Just what the Phillies needed.

Rod Barajas is worthless. He needs to be cut so we can bring Jayson Werth back and he'll be a much better pinch hitter.

Jacobin said...

Helms, Werth, or Barajas... who do I cut outright. Hmm... If I have to choose one, do I probably cut Werth since he has the least value to anyone? Considering the rise of Bourn and that Dobbs can play some outfield, I'm not seeing a need for Werth. You'd think Barajas would be able to get you some minor league filler, but maybe no one needs a backup catcher. Helms has sucked, but he's a veteran bat you can bring off the bench.

I don't know... it's a tough question. Personally, going on gut emotion, I'd cut that toreador of a catcher Barajas. Coste belongs on this team, and it doesn't make sense to carry three catchers.

das411 said...

Does anyone know if Werth is on the 15- or 60-day DL? Iirc the rule is that a player on the 15 man counts towards the 40-man but on the 60-day does not...of course I suppose Mesa could also go to open up one more spot now that he has that 1,000th game...

BloodStripes said...

Werth is on the 15-day DL as of Jun 29.

Fine series coming up in Chicago. Both hot teams right now.

GM-Carson said...

Werth is currently on a rehab assignnment in Clearwater and isn't hitting a thing. He's pretty worthless to this club and so is Barajas. I think Helms would be a fine pinch-hitter, but we've seen the problems his defense leads to.

By the way, unless we can get Ensberg for next to nothing, I say NO! He's steadily been getting worse, and is a risk. Now if we can get him for Eude Brito or something silly like that, then sure, do the deal.

Coste now has as many rbi as Barajas, in 71 fewer ab's.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but don't cut Mesa. I am not a fan of his, but he has pitched well for the Phils. Check the stats, decent era and good whip...gotta keep him.

GM-Carson said...

I just read the Phils might offer Chris Coste to the Astros for Morgan Ensberg. That's retarded!!! The Phils continue to shit in Coste's cereal bowl, when all he's done is hit the shit outta the ball in the majors. Coste has been such a great hitter that he should actually be starting until he proves that he's not worthy of it. However, I'm willing to bet he'd probably keep his average around .300 and flick off Gillick every time he hits a homerun.