Saturday, July 28, 2007

Dubee Finally Does Something Right...

Phils pitching coach, Rich Dubee, has finally done something right...his wife. Yep, some 22 years ago he impregnated her with his pitching-rich sperm and produced his son Michael Dubee whom the Phils just traded away for 2nd baseman Tadahito Iguchi. This was the perfect deal to make because Iguchi didn't cost the Phils a prospect and is only a rent-a-player for the remainder of the season. "Gooch" (great now we have a Gooch and Chooch...where's the Cooch?) is a reliable fielder and can handle the bat well and will probably slot into the 2 hole in the Phils lineup.

I think I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so! It's about time the Phils dive into the Asian baseball market, as Iguchi will be the 1st Asian born Phillie. Sorry, Bruce Chen doesn't count (Panamanian-Asian). Gooch will have some familiar faces in the clubhouse to turn to as Fence-Face was his teammate in ChiTown in '05 and Howard toured with him in Japan this offseason. The language barrier won't be too much of a problem either, because even though Iguchi speaks through an interpreter, apparently Manuel can speak fluent Japanese...too bad the redneck can't speak fluent English.

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Roster Mayhem:
The Phillies made a flurry of moves yesterday, starting with the disabling of Chase Utley and the call-up of Joe Thurston. Thurston needed to be added to the 40-man roster, so our favorite no-talent ass-clown Danny Sandoval was sent adrift. Later, Brett Myers was activated from the disabled list with Fat Mike Zagurski being sent down to Ottawa. Then last night Tadahito Iguchi was acquired from the ChiSox, thus making it a brief stay in Philly for Thurston.

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Can You Hear Me Now?:
*Thank God for the rain! Pennsylvania is experiencing a shortage of rain this summer, as my crunchy brown grass can attest, so needless to say we need a few sprinkles. The rain also helped save the Phils bullpen last night who was savagely burned through by Fuqua in the Washington series, and earned Grand Pappy Moyer a complete game.

*Pat Burrell is awesome in July. Corey and I gave up hope on him, but the man is on fire right now and helping to carry the offense. He got hot at the right time because we need him to continue his torrid hitting in the absence of Utley. Dare I say, "You're my boy Burrell, you're my boy!"?

*Rumors surrounding Michael Bourn are starting to annoy me. I probably think higher of him and value him more than most Phans, because I see him as our leadoff hitter next season batting .290-.300, with a .350+ on base %, scoring tons of runs, and stealing bases like Jose Reyes. I would not even consider trading him for an ass-pop like Woody Williams or Josh Towers. He's cheap, he's young, and he has huge upside with that blazing speed of his. I know he's one of the only trading chips we hold, but I'd rather hold on to him.

~Carson

19 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Nice to see Gooch coming to Philadelphia. That one quick and decisive move has kept everyone calm and everything under control. He has a good glove and a bit of pop. Should fit in nicely and get the job done for us. Well done Phils.

I agree with you on Bourn GM. Phils should keep him. I read somewhere either on the yahoo pages or MLB.com that the Phils were not keen to trade him.

furiousBall said...

I found THE yoga program that the Phils need

GreggyD said...

I am pretty OK with the deal for Gooch. It didn't surprise me when I saw that the Phillies AGAIN made a deal with the ChiSox though. He definitely won't be able to fill Utley's shoes, but his bat is much better than Nunez's. I don't know about his glove, but I'm sure it'll be OK. At least they took the initiative and made a move rather than sitting on their hands. Let's hope that everything isn't too screwed up by the time Chase comes back for the last month or so of the season.

Jacobin said...

I read where the ChiSox GM was the one to initiate the trade. Apparently Chicago has a young 2B at the AAA level that they wanted to try out (and this is the last year for Iguchi's contract). This could be a gesture of good will for having given us Freddy Garcia's $10 million broken arm. In any event, it's nice to see that Nunez will not be a regular in the lineup.

GM-Carson said...

It is true that White Sox GM Kenny Williams called Patty G up offering Iguchi for pretty much anything. ChiSox want the prospect to take over at 2nd and want the money Gooch is owed off the books for the rest of the season. Gooch is a good fielder, and makes decent contact and has decent speed. Nobody can fill Chase's shoes, but at least this is an upgrade over No-Hit Nunez.

I thought the Phils would make a move, but I had no idea they'd do it this fast. I'm pretty sure the fact that Kenny Williams intiated the deal helped speed things along.

das411 said...

NO!!! DO NOT compliment Burrell, his bat is waaaaay too valuable for you dumbass GMs to shut down! Keep ripping on that overpaid chump of a LFer until Utley comes back and we don't need him to produce anymore...

chuckm said...

I'm all good with Gooch. Ozzie G stated that he was a crucial component of the 2005 champs and he will be servicable at least with potential to step up. I am going to the game tonight and any WSBGM folks who wanna have a pre-game beer or invite me to a tailgate can drop me a line cjmeehan @ gmail.com)

BenJah said...

i really really really hope that we hang onto all three of our outfielders (rowand, bourn and victorino). if we lost rowand in the offseason, then we will need the other two. if we resign him, well, then we can look to trade one, but getting rid of one now would be stupid...good thing philly management never does anything stupid!

Bob D said...

Keep bourn and trade away Cholly's offspring. Go Durbin! I want him to pitch a great game, so the Phils will entertain any trade talks even less. Because there is nothing out there worth sacraficing the future (Bourn, Victorino, etc).

Jacobin said...

Durbin started out good again, but pinched a loaf in the third (two outs and then he lets 4 runs cross... ugh).

BloodStripes said...

Woo hoo Chris Coste. Power!!!

Lets go Phils!!!

BloodStripes said...

This time the 10 spot is ours.

Jacobin said...

An eight-run inning powers this team to victory... all Coste does is produce, what is he supposed to do to prove he deserves more playing time?

But that big inning was helped by the Pirates' third baseman screwing up what should have been a weak, double-play ball off the bat of Wes Helms. It's time to end the Helms experiment in Philadelphia. If you want to use him off the bench as a pinch hitter, then that's fine. Helms comes up in that inning following the pitcher having walked one to load the bases and walking another to push a run across. The pitcher is obviously lost his location and is in trouble, does Helms wait for a strike? No, he swings at the first three pitches (all of which were out of the strike zone). When he finally does put the ball in play (now in an 0-2 situation), he grounds into what should have been a double play. Helms has been atrocious. Too many errors and not enough hits out of the third base position. Dobbs might not be the longterm answer at the hot corner, but I'd be playing him there over Helms.

GM-Carson said...

10 Spots are nice, especially when they're for us, but last night's was a gift.

Jacobin explained it very well, because without an error made by the Buccos Jose Castillo, that 8 run inning would have never gone the way it did. Wes Helms had a horrible game. He made a play, or I should say didn't make a play, on a ball where he caught it, ran 3-4 steps with it, then threw it into the ground...how in the hell is that a hit? By the way, that was the 5th run scored off of Durbin who did pitch like shit but still gets the win. Helms disgusts me. He's only been charged with 9 errors this season, but there are many more times such as last night where it should have been an error. He makes an error about 1 out of every 10 chances...that sucks! He sucks!

As shitty as Helms is, Chris Coste is awesome. Catching should be a strict platoon between him and Chooch...should have been that way all season!

BloodStripes said...

Good news. Yahoo reports Chase Utley could return in three weeks. Good stuff. Meanwhile Gooch did well in his Phillie debut.

Thats 7 out of 8 and second place. Keep it goin' Phightin's.

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies are in the market for a pitcher, but they've had trouble matching up. One source said that they might end up being a good third team in a deal, and there have been a couple of three-way discussions over the past 24 hours. How do the Phillies get into those? Because they have Michael Bourn to deal, and would reluctantly also discuss Shane Victorino and Ryan Madson.

*Oh my god, please no! If we need pitching, then why deal Madson. I'm not saying he's untouchable, but he's actually been good for the past 2 months and that's saying something for our bullpen. And I cringe every time Bourn and Vic's names are mentioned. Like I said earlier in the week, lets just stay with what we've got unless we can get a Kyle Lohse for some minor leaguers that don't really have a future with our club.

GM-Carson said...

With our without Utley, this offense is going to score plenty of runs. They'll score enough runs to keep the Phils in the "race". Hopefully we can keep getting by on marginally improved pitching efforts. Kendrick needs to shut down Pittsburgh this afternoon and get back on track.

GM-Carson said...

From Phillies.com- The Phillies made an offer to the Blue Jays for pitcher Josh Towers on Saturday, and it wasn't to Toronto's liking, ending discussions between the teams about the 30-year-old right-hander.

"Nothing's going to happen with Philly," Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said.

The Phillies may have another iron in the fire, anyway. Gordon Lakey, the team's director of scouting, was spotted at the second game of the double-header between the Cardinals and Brewers, where Reyes earned his first win of the season by allowing two hits in six innings.

Reyes, 1-10 with a 6.11 ERA this season, fits the profile laid out by general manager Pat Gillick, who would rather not trade for a rental. If the Phillies dangle Michael Bourn, which they have been reluctant to do, the Cardinals may be interested.

*Are you fucking kidding me? A dickbag who is 1-10 on the season with a +6 era for next seasons leadoff hitter? I will kill Gillick!

BloodStripes said...

No way that could happen. That would be a shit move.