Sunday, July 22, 2007

Moving Week

In golf, Saturday is called "Moving Day" because after the Friday cut, Saturday is the time to move up (or down) the leaderboard to put yourself in position for a run at the trophy on Sunday. This week should have a "Moving Day" feel for the Phillies.

After taking the final three in San Diego, the last game being an improbable victory by JD Durbin against Jake Peavy, the Phils return to the east coast for a six game homestand. Even better, they face the last place Nationals and the struggling Pirates.

The Nationals are 14 games under .500 and have wone 4 of their last 5. Those two don't go together, they are due for a tumble.

The Pirates have only won one game since the All-Star break and they have to play the Mets for three before coming to Philadelphia. Snell and Gorzelanny go in the first two games in the Big Apple. If they lose those two, the Buccos could be coming to town without Jim Tracy.

Anything less than 4 wins will be a disappointment.
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Kyle Drabek
So Kyle Drabek is getting Tommy John surgery. Is anybody surprised. I said this about Drabek when he was drafted: "He's very upright in his delivery with a medium stride to home. Delivery does not seem to be consistent with variation in his upper body position and release point. Very little lower body in delivery." Rarely can a pitcher with poor mechanics get away with chucking it like he does and snapping off 12-6 curveballs without getting injured. Even guys with solid contributions from their lower half (Kerry Wood, Mark Prior) put tons of strain on their elbows. Watch the video and you'll wonder how he made it this long without ligament damage.

Enjoy the off-day.

Corey

34 comments:

Los said...

Durbin was good again - two in a row. We're starting to rapidly forget about that ass-hat Lieber, right?

BenJah said...

hahah if you had asked me if that game would have had a complete game shutout....i would have said, "yes, probably. jake peavy is really good!" not in a million years would i have guessed J(ust) D(oing it) durbin would throw all nine, let alone scoreless. 4 runs off of peavy is great!

i can't believe kyle drabek's arm never ripped off at the shoulder, with the limb flying off towards the 3rd base dugout.

das411 said...

Amen, this is quite possibly where we see just how different this team is from last year's jokers, putting up 4+ wins this week while (hopefully) the Mets drop at least those two mentioned could really make a difference heading into that Deadline Day series in Chicago...

...and when does our closer come back? Damn it'll be nice to see him back in the bullpen!

das411 said...

(and did anyone else hear the other night, Wheels and Matthews talking about how Johan Santana was once property of the MARLINS?? I mean, just imagine how hellaciously stacked that rotation would be now with him in it...I don't know if even a rotation of 5 Cole Hamels would match up well with them...

SirAlden said...

Thanks for the Vid.

Remember when Kerrigan the pitching coach, was trying to teach all the arms how to redo their mechanics so they would last, and was not supported by the owners, who listened to wheepy Mike Lieberthal? Yucko.... I hate Lieberthal the Senator and the former catcher. lol

GM-Carson said...

I am rooting my ass off for this kid JD Durbin. Why? He's young, cocky, and fun to watch when he's not giving up 77 runs an outing. Furthermore, I don't want the Phils to trade for any of the following- Steve Traschel, Kyle Lohse, Jose Contreras, or Odalis Perez...they all suck and have been pitching worse lately. Like 10 runs and outing worse. Steer clear of them Phils!

GM-Carson said...

Just read a rumor that the Phils may be looking at Arizona's Livan Hernandez.

Also, Troy Glaus may be made available by Toronto...now he's a 3rd baseman!

GM-Carson said...

From Phillies.com- (Zagurski in regards to hecklers) "I laugh at it but never get agitated," Zagurski said. "We were playing at Texas A&M [Zagurski went to Kansas State] and some guy yelled, 'Zagurski, I can hear you getting fatter,'" he said. "I stepped off and laughed. That was pretty funny. Somebody once asked me if I held up my pants with a belt or a hula hoop. It's in good humor, too. They just wanted me to pitch bad that day. I'm in the big [leagues] now, so I must've done something right."

*Right-hander Brett Myers is scheduled to pitch again on Monday for Class A Clearwater, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said his closer could be activated as early as Thursday, when the Phillies play the Nationals.

*Rollins hit his 19th homer in his second at-bat Sunday, tying the Mets' Carlos Beltran for the Major League lead in home runs by a switch-hitter.

Jacobin said...

Troy Glaus is a nice player... are you suggesting roll the dice with the pitching we have and add another bat to see if the Phils can score 11 or 12 runs every game?

BloodStripes said...

Rollins my join the 30 - 30 club this year. 30 homers, 30 base thefts. With 100+ runs and hopefully 100 RBI's. He's a 5 foot 8 monster.

BloodStripes said...

Whats the Glaus glove like?

GM-Carson said...

On the trade market starting pitchers fetch the biggest bounty. For example, if we were to put Jamie Moyer out there, he'd be able to net a better package than Aaron Rowand possibly. I'm not suggesting to do either though.

Realistically I doubt either Kendrick or Durbin can be counted on for quality performances every start, but neither can any of the starting pitchers on the market, so stick with what we've got. At this point, I'd rather have Kyle and JD than most of the crap that's rumored to be on the move.

Although Manuel has been getting better production from 3rd recently with a mix of Nunez, Helms, and Dobbs thats not a solution. Personall I'd love to have Glaus who can mash and play decent D.

Jacobin said...

Wow, this really sucks. Did you see the story where a first base coach for a AA team was killed by a line drive over the weekend? Here's a link to the story, though it should be just about everywhere: Drillers Coach Drilled.

furiousBall said...

Boy Kyle better loosen that back up or you're right, that arm will end up in the home team's dugout sooner or later.

I can't believe we took 3 out of 4 from the Pads.

It's odd, but our hitting is like having another ace in a way. So if you think of a pitching in a playoff series, you hope your top two guys win their starts, you steal one, and then you close it out with one of the better two when their turn in the rotation comes up again. But with our hitting, you can bank on us putting up a 10 spot in at least two games of a 5 or 7 game series. Now if Kendrick and Durbin develop into the 2 or 3 that we need, wow.

Corey said...

way to go to the bbc for your baseball news...

Mike Coolbaugh is the brother 1990 Donruss Rated Rookie Scott Coolbaugh...remember the red Donruss with "paint flecks" on the sides. sweet.

Bob D said...

I agree, do not trade for a starter as everything out there is junk. A reliever? maybe. But losing Rowand, Bourn, Vic, or a top pitching prospect is not worth the junky SP on the market. Only a few maybe worth it like Bedard, but its very few. I like Dobbs at 3rd and I think Coste is the best righthanded 3B this team has. Helms has been unimpressive and looks more like he is on the John Lieber donut ddiet.

michael said...

So apparently Ruben was in Toronto this past weekend to scout Josh Towers and also Joel Pineiro has been designated for assignment by the BoSox. kind of interesting. I don't have a lot of knowledge of Towers so I'd like to hear everyones thoughts.

GM-Carson said...

I did see that Mike Coolbaugh died from a liner to the dome.

Helms has been a huge disappointment this year. I was expecting great things, but he's been terrible, I dare to say David Bell-esque.

GM-Carson said...

Josh Towers has been shuttled between minor and major and bullpen and rotation over the past few seasons in Toronto without much success. He doesn't really seem like a good pitcher, so I could see definitely see the Phils trading for him.

Jacobin said...

I agree. Towers doesn't impress me. Of course, the question is what are you giving up to get a guy like that. If what you give up is junk, then picking up an arm to pitch in Ottawa or in Philadelphia when the next starter goes down is okay.

Durbin isn't making things easy to decide on if the team should just go out and get another retread starter, but I wouldn't be surprised if the looming trade deadline and the reality that this is Dubin's best shot to make something for himself hasn't been the motivating factor to light a fire under his underachieving ass. Should he continue to pitch well, the Phillies will have wound up getting damn lucky.

michael said...

i think unless your getting a starter without giving much up (ie Rowand, Bourn=too much) take it but I honestly think they should go for a reliever over someone like Towers. Who knows Durbin could use that start yesterday to build confidence to have a good rest of the year look at Jeff Weaver last year..you never know.

GM-Carson said...

Minor league success doesn't always translate into MLB success, but JD Durbin has done well in the minors and really hasn't had an opportunity to develop himself in the bigs yet over an extended period of time. He's only 25 and once was a hightly touted prospect. He still has time to harness his ability and become a quality 4th or 5th starter. I'm not saying this is going to happen, but maybe the Phils did get lucky and find themselves a starter for this year and seasons to come.

GM-Carson said...

More rumors surrounding Oakland's Joe Kennedy are surfacing with the Phils being tied to him. He's a soft tossing lefty...don't we already have one of those?

GM-Carson said...

Yet another rumor- Phillies were scouting the Rangers over the weekend possibly looking at relievers Frank Francisco, Rob Mahay, and Joaquin Benoit. Benoit would be a nice setup man addition and could probably be had for a low level starting prospect like Zach Segovia.

SirAlden said...

Santana or Bedard SP

Cabrera or Glaus 3B

That is why GM Gillick is saving payroll $$$. We have to be all ready to go head to head with NYY NYM BoSox LAD LAA

You saw it here first.

michael said...

hence the "not until '08" comment?

Bob D said...

Howard won the player of the week award. He beat out Utley, Rowand, and Victorino who were all nominated for the award. Impressive!

Corey said...

is jose mesa in the running for the rolaid relief award?

Jacobin said...

If there is an award for a spastic colon and fiery diarrhea, then Joe Table would be in the running for that. I'm pretty sure he won't be getting any Rolaids relief nominations.

Jacobin said...

I know this isn't a baseball comment, but I just read something that made me laugh and feel nauseous all at once. Allen Iverson, swell guy in his own right, says that Michael Vick should "keep his head up"... not let the man and the press get him down.

Isn't this like David Berkowitz sending a note of solidarity and support to John Wayne Gacey?

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BloodStripes said...

Benoit would be a decent acquisition to the pen. A good choice considering he ought to come cheap.

GM-Carson said...

Some good things do come cheap, but have you ever seen some of those low-level hookers in Las Vegar...you'd be better off going with the extra $50.

BloodStripes said...

When your talking about stuff like that I suppose its best to pay up.