I threw up in my mouth after hearing this ... and watching the bullpen implode again.
actually, i read the espn article and i wasn't that upset. that was, until i read the last line where fuqua said he plans on replacing him in the lineup with rarely-hit nunez.crap!
Dobbs can play 2nd while Coste can play 3rd
But, No! Manuel won't figure that out. How long is he out?
I missed the game, so was this intentional? I see Howard got hit in the next at bat and they threw that dumb smuck out of the game. Maybe he was Washington's hitman, hired by the Mets.
I cannot begin to describe the immense amount of disgust I felt after hearing about Utley's hand being broken and him being headed for the DL. Since Utley first came up, he's been my favorite Phillies player. It's nauseating. I don't want to see any of these guys get hurt, but this one stings more than some others.
Could you feel the collective nausea in the pit of Philadelphia's stomach. Ryan Howard might be the soul of this team and Jimmy Rollins the spirit. But Chase is the heart. He makes this offense work, and it's going to be tough to win.
4 to 6 weeks. Now we're stuffed.
I think we need to start a Chase Utley virtual vigil. Mark the games that go by that we must endure in suffering without our all-star, MVP candidate second baseman. Bad things happen to good players... meanwhile no-hit Nunez will be playing second and Rod Barajas continues to collect a paycheck.
i hate my life
Well....if this is the only kick in the balls that the Baseball Gods have left for this team this year, at least it comes at a time when Ryan Howard is once again RYAN HOWARD and even Burrell is starting to hit...plus with Myers and Gordon back in the pen hopefully they can stabilize the roles of everybody else and put away more games like last night's. That said...do with this what you will, fellow GMs:http://www.the700level.com/2007/07/fear-for-your-s.html
At least Burrell has come back to life too... we need him to 'clutch up' as Sarge would say....
High Water Mark as a TEAM. A real TEAM. Last TEAM was '93. Then '83, then '80, then 76-79, then the Wiz Kids of 1950.
Screw No-Hit Nunez, we need a quick fix in a hurry. The Royals Mark Grudzielanek plays a good defensive 2nd and hit for average, but not much of anything else. He'd be a decent-rent-a-player while Utley is out. Orlando Hundson of the Diamondbacks is on the trade market too, but would cost a pretty penny. I think Grudzielanek could be had for a marginal pitching prospect. I can't bare to watch Nuni in the lineup day in and day out again, especially at the expensense of my favorite player. I'm probably giving my son "Chase" as his middle name for crying out loud. This sucks!
Jayson Starks reports- Michael Bourn is the Phillies' top trading chip. Some possible targets: Kameron Loe, Scott Olsen, Ervin Santana, Noah Lowry, and Dontrelle Willis.*Lowry is good. Willis is horrible this season. Loe can't even stick in the Rangers' rotation. Olsen is an asshole! Santana is in Triple A for the Angels after sucking big time.A name that I just came across who plays 2nd and multiple positions should Utley come back this season- Ty Wigginton of the D-Rays.
I say we trade Helms and Mesa for Texeira, move Nunez to 2nd with Texeira at 3rd. Yeah...
In your wet creamy dreams Furiousball.
For a team built around offense to lose its engine, I'd say the '07 season has reached the desperate times phase. Once again, Gillick's "We won't win until '08" seems more and more like a self-fulfilling prophecy. With the current pitching situation (especially in the starting rotation), this team w/out Utley is looking at about 78 wins. With Utley, we'd probably max at 85 anyway.
Our playoff aspirations were already dismal with Utley in the lineup, now they're on life support.
You do understand that the amount and weight of the injuries the Phillies have had to deal with could actually work IN Fuq's favor - easy argument to say, Look what he did despite the injuries.He may be around for another trip to Clearwater come Feb 08. We should all start preparing now.
JareX- unfortunately, that thought has too crossed my mind.
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