Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Post All-Star Break Run Buffet

As a baseball fan I'm obsessed with runs, seeing as they are what determines if you win or lose a game. Since returning from the All-Star break the Phillies have played 5 straight games in which they or the opponent has scored 10+ runs (Phils 3 times Cardinals once and Dodgers once). The sum of all run scored in those 5 games by both teams- 73, that's an average of 14.6 runs scored per game...wow! I guess this shouldn't be all that much of a surprise considering the Phils do possess the most lethal offense in the league accompanied by the most horrific pitching staff. On the mound this afternoon in LA is Phils' rookie shocker Kyle Kendrick vs. the Dodgers' once herald prospect Chad Billingley...another 10 Spot?

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Noteworthy Noted Notations:
*What the hell has gotten into Pat Burrell? It figures that he sucks for half a season, loses almost all of his supporters, dangerously flirts with a .200 batting average, gets booed unmercifully by Phans, and then promptly goes on a hitting spree. An 8 game hitting streak may not sound like a lot, but to Pat Burrell, that's as good as Joe DiMaggio's record. I made the mocking prediction that Pat Burrell would be in the midst of a 23 game hitting streak when I left for vacation, well he's one-third of the way there. July stats- .444 avg, 10 r, 3 hr, 10 rbi, and a 1.382 OPS.

*Chase Utley bows to no one! That includes early NL MVP favorite Prince Fielder, because he ain't royalty in Utley's court..and screw Jose Gay-Ass, oops I mean Reyes. Chase is having himself an amazing season in his own right, basically only lacking the homerun clout that Fielder has produced. Chase currently is rocking the world with a .338 avg and leading the league in both doubles (39) and rbi (79).

*J.D. Durbin won his 1st MLB game and collected his first 3 MLB hits too in last night's 15-3 pummeling of the Dodgers. With his stellar effort, Durbin has dropped his era to 9.00...now that's something I like to see in a 5th starter.

~Carson

49 comments:

BloodStripes said...

A fine win last night. The Phils rockin' LA for the most hits ever since their move west. Well done Phillies. Keep providing the run support for Kyle and rack up another win.

GM-Carson said...

I'd love too see something outrageous like Kendrick go 10-0 on the season or something like that. He would end up being the talk of the rookie class much like Hunter Pence and Ryan Braun. Do I think Kyle is that good or will be that lucky? No, but it would be fun.

BloodStripes said...

It would be great. You never know. He's done well so far. Carson. Check last post comments section. You want Jorge?

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- I proposed a 5 player trade to you in the WSBGM's Phantasy League...go check it out.

I'll take this time to gloat as well...sure feels nice to be resting in 1st place.

BloodStripes said...

You are bloody killing it. Well done.

Bastard!

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BloodStripes said...

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BloodStripes said...

Took me a while but I just noticed that nail ball is a cricket ball. Good game that. Aussies are world class at it. Baseball is number one for me but cricket is good.

BENTZ said...

http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070716&content_id=2089628&vkey=news_fla&fext=.jsp&c_id=fla

Just another reason to hate Scott Olsen...boy I hope he pitches in Philly in early August...

SirAlden said...

Our 2009 Rotation

LHP Santana
LHP Hamels
LHP Savery
LHP Drabek
RHP Carrasco

Jacobin said...

News out of Philadelphia today is that Flash Gordon is pitching with a partially torn labrum and that it has been an issue since probably 2005, which means we signed an old guy to a big contract without checking him out thoroughly (not that this is surprising, we will also trade for overpriced injuries... see Freddy Garcia). Gordon plans to pitch with the injury through at least the end of his Phillies contract.

Siralden, that's an ambitious prediction for our 2009 rotation. My fear is that our 2009 rotation will be Hamels, two established overpaid free agent losers, and two guys you've never heard of before unless you religiously scan Baseball America's low A statistics.

GreggyD said...

It's nice to see the Phils putting up these huge run totals and showing the country why they have the best offense in the league, but I'd much rather have 5 or 6 runs a night and still win rather than 10-15 runs followed by a 4 hit performance. I'm not saying the Phillies "out-hit" themselves as if there is a quota for the number of hits the team is allowed in a week, but I just have a bad feeling that today they'll muster something like 5 hits and 3 runs after an offensive outburst.

Oh inconsistency...you are a bitch.

Pat Burrell needs to keep on hitting so that teams start to drool and wonder "what if." Very unlikely that he will be traded, but a man can hope.

I wish the Phils rotation looked like that in 09. Savery and Drabek might not turn out to be quality...they're both still very young...but I'd love it.

SirAlden said...

The Philadephia Phillies

Runs 1st
Hits 1st
2B 1st
3B 1st
HR 3rd
TB 1st
RBI 1st
BA 1st
OBP 1st
SLG 1st
OPS 1st

Hitting Priceless - Pitching almost Worthless

GreggyD said...

The Philadelphia Phillies

ERA 16th
Saves 14th
ER 16th
Runs 16th
Walks 11th
BAA 15th

It just warms your soul...

Jacobin said...

Hey, there was no doubt this is a great offensive team (even with the performances Burrell and Helms put up in the first half). But unless the National League does away with pitchers and turns the game into tee-ball, good pitching is going to shut down even the best hitters the vast majority of the time. You might be able to slug your way through the regular season and finish on the plus side of .500, but it isn't a formula to win a playoff series (provided you can even get there).

furiousBall said...

Phils just scored again...

GM-Carson said...

I know I may be in the minority with this thought, but I'd be satisfied with merely a playoff appearance. Sure, the ultimate goal is to win the World Series, but since we're in a playoff drought dating back to '93, I'd take a first round sweep just to feel the emotions of playoff baseball again.

GM-Carson said...

From FoxSports- Gary Sheffield's controversial comments about Yankees manager Joe Torre appeared on HBO last night. Sheffield said Torre treated African American players differently from other players. Phillies pitcher Tom Gordon, who played for the Yankees in 2004 and '05, said he would prefer to address Sheffield's comments after he heard them for himself, but added: "I had a good relationship with Joe. . . . I thought I was treated fine."

Jacobin said...

I certainly wouldn't argue against or turn down a playoff appearance. Hell, look where the Cardinals wound up last season despite having a worse record than our Phillies. The pitching is just frightening, and there's no denying that the ball flies better in the dog days of summer than it does in the cold autumn air...

Jarex said...

Prediction: Baring injury, Howard will end the season as the NL leader in HRs and RBI (to go along w/ Ks and Errors by a 1st basemen).

SirAlden said...

RHP Carrasco will be up in Sept if we are in it to pull a Marty Bystrom...

CLARE. said...

That Scott Olsen is a total punk, isn't he? It's one thing to talk some shit about a team in your division. That's not bad; It puts some fire in the belly. But to act like a petulant little baby toward your teammates is quite unacceptable.

Carson, I agree with you: It'd be a huge, delightful surprise if Kendrick went 10-0 or 9-1 or something, and I just want to get to the playoffs too. I don't care if we get swept in the NL Wild Card series, I just miss that frisson of excitement that comes with October baseball.

Jacobin said...

OoOoOoOo! Prediction time:

Rod Barjas will be traded to the Yankees for some garbage (at least one of these minor leaguers will get a 50-game suspension for violating the drug policy). The following spring, Barajas will be in the Blue Jays organization on a minor league contract, but fails to make the club in Spring Training.

CLARE. said...

Excellent use of photos today, by the way. I love that picture of Burrell flipping Terry Francona the bird.

GM-Carson said...

I pride myself on the use of pics on this site. The Burrell 1-finger salute and the hairy monkey nipple are two of my favorites.

As I was typing Howard goes deep yet again. I'm with you JareX- Howard ends up leading the NL in homeruns, but I'm not so sure about RBI. I'm confident he'll take the K crown as a first baseman too...not a distinction I would want.

I like Kenrick. He flirts with danger, but finds a way to work out of it.

GM-Carson said...

Burrell just doubles, barely missing a homerun, to extend his hitting streak to 9 games...I never saw this coming...well, I sorta did with my phony prediction 2 Saturdays ago.

GM-Carson said...

With the way this game is starting, 2-1 Phils top of the 2nd, I'm thinking yet another 10 Spot for one of these clubs...amazing.

Where the hell is everyone? It's a day game, we can chat for a change.

GM-Carson said...

My Yahoo fantasy team reports- Myers (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Friday, the Philadelphia News reports. He threw a simulated game on Tuesday without any issues.

I still want him in the rotation, but it will be nice to have him back regardless.

SirAlden said...

Rowand just hit another double driving in Howard standing up from first base.

If you look at his career record he had peaked out then White Sox traded him.

I am wondering - just wondering - if Dubee needs to be killed for our pitching staff - kill kill - do Thompson and Uncle Cholly deserve any credit for our league leading everything?

I wonder what Howard, Utley, Rollins, Rowand, would say.

GM-Carson said...

Well, I'm a loser and talking to myself this afternoon with something like the 5th straight post being from me. Anyway, I was just looking at the Phils minor leagues and shortstop Jesus Merchan was just recenty promoted to Ottawa and is off to a good start. He is 26 years old, but his batting line on the season is impressive- .347 avg, 50 runs, .906 OPS, only 14 k's in 248 ab, and 10 stolen bases. He could possibly be a utility infielder for the Phils next season that hits...the anti No-Hit Nuni.

Jacobin said...

Kendrick made a nice barehanded play there to get Frucal out...

If they win today to take two out of three in LA, it's a good start to the road trip. I guess the glass is half-full approach at this point is to say that it is damn near impossible for the pitching to get worse than it has been.

The Mets and Braves are not running away with the east, so there's no reason to abandon all hope at this point... but I think it's more realistic to hope for the guys we already have to pitch better than for them to find a starter they can reasonably trade for (the starters rumored to genuinely be available at this point are pretty atrocious).

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- we have a tremendous group of talented offensive sparkplugs, but I am willing to conceed some credit for our offense should go to Milt Thompson and Charlie Manuel. However, Manuel supersedes that with all the dumbass decisions he makes daily.

GM-Carson said...

Jacobin- I'm far from optimistic, but I agree, most of our pitching staff could probably pitch better. Lets look at each case:
*Moyer is having a rough go and isn't a 10+ era guy like he's been in his last few starts. He should settle down to a 4.50 era type guy.

*Hamels has the stuff to be lights out, and his era should drop.

*Kendrick might actually have an era that goes up though. But who knows, he may just keep being successful.

*Eaton's era needs to drop, and honestly should...how can he possibly be so shitty?

*J.D. Durbin has been bad, except for last night, and he's probably better than a 9.00 era.

Our bullpen is bad, but with Gordon and Myers suplanting whatever garbage is out there, that area should improve too.

Jacobin said...

I wholeheartedly think that Fuqua is a damn fine hitting coach. Of course, his job for the Phillies is to be the manager...

I was amused at the article on Phillies.com today that makes it sound like Dubee has done a hell of a job getting J.D. Durbin to start living up to his potential (one decent game against a less-than scary offense). From what I've observed as a baseball fan, it's a lot easier to pitch with a 10-run lead than it is in a tight game. That being said, Durbin's three hits yesterday put Adam Eaton in danger of losing pinch hit opportunities (in those extra inning games where the bench has been exhausted sometime between the 7th and 8th innings by our hitting coach/manager).

Jacobin said...

I was feeling better... then there was this 3-run home run thing. You get the guy 0-2, you throw shit and make him chase. Blah, oh well. C'mon offense! 10 more runs today!

GM-Carson said...

Shitballs! Just like that, a 3-run bomb puts the Dodgers up 4-3. Offense is going to have to come through big in this game because I don't foresee Kendrick lasting long and we all know how bad our bullpen is.

GM-Carson said...

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has Brett Myers rated as #4 on his list of 9 important players returning from injury.

Here's what he had to say:
"Typical Phillies: Just as they start to piece the bullpen back together, the starting rotation is a mess.

Tom Gordon returned from shoulder problems Monday, and Myers could begin a rehab assignment shortly. Throw in Antonio Alfonseca and Ryan Madson, and manager Charlie Manuel appears to have the last three innings covered.

The first six innings? Not so good. Jon Lieber and Freddy Garcia are down with injuries, Adam Eaton's ERA is approaching Kip Wells territory, and Jamie Moyer, at 44, looks worn out after throwing 100 or more pitches in eight of his first 12 starts. Rookie Kyle Kendrick, a desperation call-up from Double-A Reading, has been Philadelphia's second most reliable starter after All-Star Cole Hamels.

Manuel plans to ease Gordon and Myers back in slowly, and if all goes according to plan, look for Myers to eventually reclaim the closer's role. The Phillies have been adamant that they're not going to bend to short-term pressures and shift him back to the rotation."

GM-Carson said...

Pat Fuckin' Burrell with a 2-out rbi single to tie the game at 4-4...I want some of what he's having.

Jacobin said...

Wow, Pat Burrell driving in runs in pressure situations where the runs actually mean something. This is a rather odd feeling. It's great to tie the game, but Pat frigg'n Burrell in the midst of a 9-game hitting streak where he drives in runs and actually contributes to the team?

GM-Carson said...

Best word for my expression of Burrell's recent hot streak- FLABBERGASTED.

Despite the 3-run homerun given up to Either, Kendrick has pitched ok. Hopefully he can hold them and the Phils can notch some more runs.

Jacobin said...

The home run is unfortunate, but this is about the kind of pitching performance we've come to expect from Kendrick. He doesn't pitch spectacularly, but he's pretty steady. Giving up four runs in a start is consistent with his ERA and what he has done so far (which is a lot better than we've gotten out of Eaton and Moyer, as of late).

Of course, as I am typing this I have to listen to Scott Franzke call a home run that puts the Dodgers up 5-4. DAMNIT!!!

GM-Carson said...

Someone I've always suspected of taking steroids, the ancient Luis Gonzalez, took him deep. And yet again, Manuel allows the pitcher to bat in the half inning prior to lifting him at the 1st sign of danger. Kendrick batted 2nd in the top of the 6th and gets yanked after 82 pitches. Dodgers did scorch him for 5 runs though.

Jacobin said...

Getting back to the unbelievable Pat Burrell. With his 2-3 performance thus far today, he has raised his batting average to a lusty .240. That's pretty incredible considering he was teetering at .200 a few games prior to the all-star break.

And it's all or nothing for Howard again. When he's up to bat, you have a 75% chance of striking out, 15% chance of a home run, 10% chance of a ball hit for an out, and a 5% chance of there being a hit of the non-four-bag variety (warning, percentages are the product of pure imagination and bear no actual resemblance to math).

GM-Carson said...

Alright, I'm out for the night. 5-4 Dodgers heading into the 8th. I'd enjoy a comeback win, but I'm not counting on it.


Now make me eat my words Phils!

Bob D said...

No another loss. But Burrell is flirting with a 240 BA, he needs just one more hit to get there. Howard with 2 more hits also.

Jacobin said...

Well, that sucked. I'm not feeling anymore eloquent than that at the moment. I'm thinking of that crappy Randy Newman song and altering the lyrics to be: "I hate LA"

BloodStripes said...

At least we didn't get flogged.

hey Carson. Jorge is back on the trading block. Check it out. Its the one you agreed on minus the pitchers. I'm sold. Whadda ya reckon? Still keen? Lets get this trade done and dusted.

GM-Carson said...

I was only predicting 2 wins on this road trip. 1 so far with 4 more game left to be played. The Padres pitching is the anti-Phillie pitching staff. I know they pitch in completely different ballparks, but their staff is by and far superior to ours that it's not fair to the San Diego to even make this silly comparison. In other words, we're screwed!

BloodStripes said...

At least Hamels is up. With Young leading the lead in ERA the Phils offense will be tested. So too Young I suppose when you look at it like that. Should be a good matchup anyway. Durbin v Peavy looks a bit of a worry.

BloodStripes said...

Oh yeah.......Gonzalez seems to be heating up again after his worst ever slump. Just in time for the PHils. Great.