Thursday, July 19, 2007

Great vs. Great

There's an old adage in baseball that says, "good pitching beats good hitting". I don't necessarily agree with that. Great pitching usually will beat good hitting, while great hitting can usually beat good pitching. So, in the whole good vs. good secenario in the saying it's a push, but what about when it's great vs. great? As most of you know, the Phillies have a great offense spearheaded by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Aaron Rowand, and Jimmy Rollins; and as some of you may know the Padres have a great pitching staff with vaunted aces Chris Young and Jake Peavy and trustworthy bullpen standbys Trevor Hoffman, Scott Linebrink, and Heath Bell...hell, they even have a guy with a 0.57 era (Kevin Cameron). A quick glance at the stats will show the Phils are ranked 2nd in MLB and 1st in the NL with 503 runs scored and they lead in many other offensive categories as well. The Padres are far and away the leaders in team era, posting a double-glance-worthy 3.13. With a 4 game set starting tonight in San Diego, which will prevail, the offensive-minded Phils or the run-stingy Padres?


Anger Release:
Yesterday I was frustratingly thinking back on the Dodgers series when a certain song popped into my head and got stuck. Punk/Ska band Goldfinger did a little ditty called "The City With Two Faces" about Los Angeles. Needless to say, singing these song lyrics to myself helped soothe my temperament.



BloodStripes said... song. Keith Morris and Bad Brains helped change the world and made it a better place. Well, at least for me they did. I still listen to Bad Brains and the Circle Jerks. Awesome stuff. May I add early Black Flag with Keith screeching still sounds fucken awesome too. Yeah! As a matter of fact, I'm gonna put some on right now.

Aaaahhhhh. Soothing.

The great v great debate. I say 2 each. I really hope we can take two anyway. C'mon King!!! Start it off for the Phils with a welcome back home W.

Beverley Hills,
Century City,
everything so nice and pretty,
but all the people,
they look the same,
don't they know their so damn lame.

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- you should download that Goldfinger song...great fast paced angst anthem.

Hamels should be able to handle the Padres less-than-stellar offense, but Chris Young is a "tall" task in and of himself.

BloodStripes said...

Coup D'Etat

BloodStripes said...

Sounds good Gm. Will do. I have heard some of Goldfinger. Will download some.

The Phils need to work some counts with Young. Have some Pat Burrell type AB's but swing at the 3rd strike. You know what I mean. Maybe get a run or two of him and the pen. Give Hamels 3 or 4 runs to work with and it may be enough.

BloodStripes said...

but then again our pen sucks. Hamels needs to go deep. In front of friends and family. Lets hope he kills it!

BenJah said...

i think the padres are going to be tough. i would like our chances better in philla than in san diego.

also, los called it: double digit runs one night, and nada the next.

GM-Carson said...

Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is tied for second in the league with 25 home runs and tied for third in the league with 73 RBIs. He is hitting .297 (54 for 182) with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 47 games since he returned from the disabled list on May 25. "There's a difference between feeling good and swinging at a bad pitch and feeling bad and swinging at a bad pitch," Howard said. "At least when you're feeling good, you know next time you can get it. I've been feeling better."

Jacobin said...

Phillies-Padres Pitching Match-ups:

Tonight at 10:05
LHP Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.83 ERA) vs. San Diego RHP Chris Young (8-3, 1.97).

Tomorrow at 10:05 p.m.
RHP Adam Eaton (8-6, 5.98) vs. San Diego RHP Justin Germano (6-3, 3.55).

Saturday at 10:05 p.m.
LHP Jamie Moyer (7-8, 4.99) vs. San Diego LHP David Wells (5-5, 4.15).

Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
RHP J.D. Durbin (1-2, 9.00) vs. San Diego RHP Jake Peavy (9-4, 2.30)

Damn our pitching looks extra shitty when written out like that. Which game will we win? But we get to see former Padre Adamn Eaton go up against former Phillie (given away for nothing) Justin Germano! Wooo... yeah, I won't be staying up for another Eaton crap fest.

GM-Carson said...

Before this 7 game west coast road trip started I said we'd probably on win 2 games and I'm sticking by that statement. I believe our best chance to win a game in the San Diego series is with the Jamie Moyer/David Wells match-up.

Bob D said...

Since last years All Star break Hamels has led the NL with 225 strikeouts, while Chris Young has led the NL with a 2.80 ERA. Jimmy Rollins has led the NL with 131 runs scored while Howard has led the NL with 51 HRS, 145 RBIs, and a 655 SLG%.

furiousBall said...

I think we'll be lucky to get out of there splitting the series.

Jacobin said...

A split would be okay, but we really need to win series at this point. A split means the Philles have a sub .500 road trip, and puts then at 49-49 (effectively meaning that following the all-star break they would have spent 10 games getting no better or worse than they were coming out of the break). This team needs to win series, not break even.

That being said, if we get a split in San Diego, we're probably getting lucky because the way it matches up we might wind up being lucky to take one of the games. This team has the offense to win all four, but the pitching to lose them all too. This team is erratic and unpredictable, which is someone ironic considering they are right at the definition of mediocre predictability -- .500!

GM-Carson said...

It'll be interesting to tally on how many different dates our record stood at .500, because I think with yesterday's loss we attained that mark for the 12th time. After '93 everything went down hill and I would have been happy with a .500 record, but now in the 00's we've been competitive just not reaching the next level of 90 wins or playoffs.

Jacobin said...

Well we outhit the Padres (4-3) and, amazingly enough, Pat Burrell had one of those hits to extend his streak. Unfortunately, none of those hits results in a run. We blew a great pitching outing from Cole... he gives up 2 hits and only one run. Getting shut out sucks. Losing 1-0 is depressing. It goes to show that good pitching will beat good hitting. I hate to go back to my earlier statement, but we might be lucky to take one of these games.

GM-Carson said...

Just like the heading of this entry, GREAT pitching with beat GREAT hitting. Wow, a 1-0 loss, that just isn't good.