Sunday, July 22, 2007

Unleash the Beast

You can't contain him, you can only hope to not piss him off enough to the point where he pops you...Ryan Howard is officially on that 2nd half tear we were all hoping and praying for. Since the All-Star break the mammoth slugger has hit .412, with 6 bombs, 12 rbi, 13 runs, and a robust 1.545 OPS. During this season I've dogged him for a low batting average, poor defense, and enough swings and misses to put Holland's windmills out of business, but the truth is the MVP Ryan Howard is back, and back with vengeance. His season's line is starting to look eerily similar to '06- .274, 27 hr, 79 rbi, and a 1.006 OPS. Despite a horrid start and a 15 day stint on the DL he's ranked near the top of the NL in homeruns, rbi, and slugging. With Rollins, Victorino, Utley, and Howard this offense will always be terrifying to opposing pitchers.

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Two Turntables and a Microphone:
*Grand Pappy Moyer didn't pitch brilliantly, but he pitched well enough. He and the Phils offense helped push the season's record to a game over .500 yet again (49-48). Moyer went 6 2/3 innings while surrendering 4 runs, which is never bad for a 44 year old. What concerns me is that Charlie left him in for 122 pitches just after earlier in the week talking about how Jamie has been logging too many pitches on his ancient arm. It was 7-2 Phils after 6 innings, to help preserve some "bullets" in this veterans arm I think he should have been yanked then.

*Although the 2 innings pitched by Tom Gordon since his return from the DL haven't been in pressure situations, it's still encouraging and nice to have him back.

*Keeping pace with Chase Utley- the man is on a pace to rack up 220 hits and 69 doubles. 69 is an awesome number, but when put into the context of doubles...that's a whole lotta extra pleasure.

*Pittsburgh pulled out a win yesterday pulling themselves out of the NL Central cellar. The Pirates spanked the Ass-tros 7-3. The offense was sparked by new member of the Phucco family Matt Kata.

~Carson

27 comments:

furiousBall said...

Ryan's swing has started to look right since a couple of weeks before the break. And at the same time so have his numbers. He's clearing his hips and knocking the ever loving shit out of the ball.

After hearing an idiot declare that we shouldn't do a Rowand for Ben Sheets trade if we were offered one on 610, I'm thinking of calling up and suggesting that Jamie Moyer should add a 98 MPH fast ball to his tools. Seriously, if he threw the ball faster that would be all the difference...

I can't believe that's the first win for the Bucs since the all start break.

GM-Carson said...

A lot has gone wrong for the Pirates this season. Young starting pitchers have suffered growing pains, the bullpen has been every bit as bad as the Phils, and ADD-Boy Adam LaRoche and Jason Bay haven't done too much for the middle of the offense.

Ben Sheets for Aaron Rowand...in a heartbeat. In fact, I just did that deal if I were the GM. Never gonna happen though.

Corey said...

i'm not sure who is more retarded, the guy who wouldn't do that deal or the person who mentioned the deal as a realistic possibility. why not ask for prince fielder, corey hart and ryan braun as well?

furiousBall said...

Exactly. After the caller first decided that Rowand for Sheets was something the Brewers would offer and then said he wouldn't do that deal. I waited patiently with pen and paper, hoping that his address would be given out over the air so I could go sell him a fur sink.

furiousBall said...

oh and corey, that's the really sad thing - it was the same guy!

Bob D said...

Don't worry Moyer can't hurt his arm since he doesn't throw hard enough to. So 122 pitches is like Brett Myers warming up for a game. Wonder if Howard will top the 300 average mark for the year? It may just happen. Utley, Howard, and even Rollins from the leadoff spot may just put up some sick numbers this year.

Corey said...

although the quality of callers to 610 is consistently less than stellar, i'm still amazed when comments like that are made. someone had to have helped him dial the phone. and who screens these calls anyway? one of my days off, i should spend it calling in to every show and throwing out ridiculous trade ideas: jd durbin for dontrelle willis, wes helms for adam dunn, eude brito for gavin floyd...just to see how many times i can get on the air.

Jacobin said...

In all fairness to the lunatics that call 610 with their dumb trade suggestions, look at some of the real-life examples they have been shown:

Curt Schilling for Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, Travis Lee, and Nelson Figueroa.

Bobby Abreu and Corey Lidle for C.J. Henry, Matt Smith, Jesus Sanchez and Carlos Monasterios.

What the callers need to remember is that it is patently ridiculous to suggest the Phillies would be the organization doing the fleecing in a lopsided trade. It would be more realistic to suggest trades that send good Phillies players to other teams in exchange for used toilet paper.

Corey said...

how very sad and true...

Jacobin said...

Sorry to be a downer, but this should cheer you up! The pitching match-ups for the Phillies and Nationals on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Kyle Kendrick, 4-1, 4.40, vs. Jason Bergmann, 2-5, 4.46
Cole Hamels, 11-5, 3.69 vs. Matt Chico, 4-6, 4.65

Bob D said...

Maybe, just maybe the Phils front office listen to the radio (610) to get thier trade ideas.

Is Burrell starting another O'fer. 0-2 so far today and now no hits in 3 games. However, Howard 2-2 with 2RBIs.

If I were GM I probably would not entertain any trade ideas except for a top arm. Bedard or Cordero would be possible, but a TRASHel or LOOShe would cost us prospects for something an inexpierenced prospect could provide. The only one rumor I like so far is Barajas for a RP from the Yanks. Of course I would trade him for a bag of peanuts and a stick of gum, but atleast that would mean Coste and his 324 BA would still be on the team when Worth is activated. Coste is the 2nd best Catcher and 2nd best 3rd baseman this team has behind Ruiz and Dobbs.

BloodStripes said...

Good to see the Howard beast is back and roaring. Jimmy another homer too. At Petco! Yeah!!!

4-0 Phils. Barrett and Black thrown out. We are gonna spank these monkeys. Durbin and the home plate umpire doing a great job. Go killer offense, Go Phillies!

Dodgers 2-0 over NY. Look out mutts we have rookie starters doing a good job. Phils looking good.

BloodStripes said...

Burrell singles Bob. He's O.K.

Bob D said...

Yeah, I had to trash talk him so he would hit. That usually happens here on this blog, you bash a player and he comes back and proves us wrong, atleast for a day.

Jacobin said...

Word is that the Yankees traded for someone else's crappy backup catcher, so it looks like Barajas will keep taking money in Philly unless someone else develops a need for a Canadian-latino with lifetime numbers comparable to Sal Fasano.

BenJah said...

no such luck sending barajas to the spankees. they picked up one of the dozen or so molina bros.

Bob D said...

What got into Durbin? last game 6 innings 1 run, this game 7 innings no runs so far. Much better than Traschel or Lohse.

Bob D said...

And now a double to increase his batting average to a cool 500

BloodStripes said...

The kid can pitch. And hit. Nice double there. Not only 2 excellent starts for Durbin but all-round games with his hitting.

Alright Vic. 6 zip, zilch, naught, nothing, nada. Woooo hooo! Great series Phils.

I'm off to work with a huge smile on my dial.

Phillies!!!!!

BloodStripes said...

Hang on, 7 zip!

The kid outdulled Peavy! Great JD Durbin, have yourself a JD Bourbon.

BloodStripes said...

Great offense won this bout. Roll on Phillies!

Bob D said...

Great pitching

Jacobin said...

A complete game shutout from J.D. Durbin... wow, I'll take it but I certainly didn't expect it. Who would have thought that the Phillies would win 3 out of 4 in San Diego and the losing pitcher would be Cole Hamels (giving up 1 run!!!).

I'm used to west coast swings this time of year turning out badly, but 4-3 is (admittedly) much better than I was expecting.

Now if we can just beat up on a crap team like the Nationals, rather than having a series like those that followed the sweeps of the Braves and Mets earlier in the year...

Jacobin said...

Over on Beerleaguer, I had rather snidely during the game suggested that Durbin's newly acquired composure and good outings had to be the product of Phillie's pitching coach Jamie Moyer, rather than him smoking Dubee.

And then I see an article on Phillies.com that contains the following:

His epiphany came while shagging flies in the outfield, at some point between his June 29 disaster start against the Mets and his Tuesday outing in Los Angeles. Veteran Jamie Moyer pulled him aside and reminded him to not be in such a hurry.

Hmm... anyone think that if Moyer doesn't want to pitch past this year they need to sign him up as an actual pitching coach, rather than him just being the de facto pitching coach he is now?

SirAlden said...

Bobby Abreu and Corey Lidle for C.J. Henry, Matt Smith, Jesus Sanchez and Carlos Monasterios.

Was a great trade, and the best one available to the Phillies.

It Saved 21/35 Million Dollars, which allows us to sign 10M for Garcia or whomever each year.

It sets up us signing a top of the Rotation Starter which is all this team needs to have the same run the Phillies had in the 1975s-80.

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- when's the last time this team had a top of the rotation starter (true ace)? Curt Schilling, and he fell into their laps. Millwood and Freddy Garcia were workhorse pitchers, but not aces. Bottom line, this organization won't pony up the bigs bucks to get an ace via free agency, that's why we have to hope Hamels or Myers can become one.

Jacobin said...

I agree that getting rid of Abreu and his contract was a good thing... however the crap they got in return for him wasn't anything impressive or special.