Friday, July 27, 2007

Yesterday Sucked!

Yesterday sucked! In fact yesterday was the worst game of the season. Corey used the PG rated euphemism of "crap" yesterday to describe Chase Utley's broken hand (broken fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand to be exact). Today I'm am going to use a R rated acronym- GDMFSOB...figure that out on your own.

Our favorite Phillie has hit the disabled list and is out 4-6 weeks. Believe it or not the Phils are still in the playoff hunt and losing MVP candidate, All-Star second baseman Chase Utley is a huge blow to this team's chances. At the time of his injury Chase was 2nd in the NL in batting average (.336), 2nd in runs scored (79), 1st in hits (134), 1st in doubles (41), 3rd in rbi (82), and 5th in OPS (.996)...suffice to say, we'll be missing his bat. Charlie Manuel's plan is to use No-Hit Nunez as a quick fix...more like fast disaster! Trade options include- Royals Mark Grudzielanek, D-Rays Ty Wigginton, D-Backs Orlando Hudson, and Buccos Jose Castillo. No offense to any of those players, but they can't even fill Utley's jockstrap.

From Phillies.com- Utley's spot on the 25-man roster could be taken by Myers, who Amaro said will be activated before Friday's game. The team will likely make two moves, replacing Utley with a hitter (likely Joe Thurston) and sending a pitcher out to make room for Myers (Clay Condrey or Michael Zagurski). *Please send down our mascot Fat Mike Zagurski, as he's been horrible lately.

Yesterday didn't only suck because of the injury sustained to clubhouse leader Chase Utley, no it sucked because the Phils failed to beat a crappy team and gain ground on the Mets and Braves. Why'd they lose? A retarded puppet that goes by the name of Charles Fuqua Manuel. He once again yanked a starting pitcher too soon (91 pitches by Gavin Eaton), burned through his bullpen and bench, and looked like a fat inbred hick while doing so. In case you can't tell...I hate him! *Here's a picture of boyhood pals Charlie and Dubee.

~Carson

38 comments:

GreggyD said...

I honestly have nothing to say. I'm on vacation in Virginia and what's the first thing I see as I'm checking out the headlines is not just "Phillies lose", but "Utley breaks hand." I threw my hands in the air and said "well fuck it." Just as we're getting hot (or teased as always this time of year), this goes and happens. Why are we tortured?

Jacobin said...

The only pitcher Fuqua doesn't yank too early is the only pitcher that probably could use a limited pitch count. He lets the 44-year-old Jamie Moyer in the game for 110+ pitches all the time, despite the concern that his overworking of Moyer could be a huge factor in Moyer's ineffectiveness of late.

Do you think in addition to being the main dude at the Double "R" Tard Ranch, Charlie also subconsciously tries to sabotage himself and his team? Pure stupidity alone cannot account for all of the moronic stuff this manager has been doing as of late.

GM-Carson said...

"Pure stupidity alone cannot account for all of the moronic stuff this manager has been doing as of late." As of late? He done did been retarded! Seriously, Corey and I often discus how utterly stupid Manuel is. He was brought in as Jim Thome's homeboy, but now he is nothing more than a bumbling backwood bumpkin.

GM-Carson said...

Let this be known as "The day the music died. So bye-bye playoff drive. Utley broke his hand, how are we gonna survive? And them good ol boys were ready to cry. Singing, This will be the day that we die...this will be the day that we die."

Bob D said...

I say start Dobbs at 2nd and Coste at 3rd. Also the next time we face the Nationals, we have fat Mike Zagurski start the game and just keep throwing at hitters until the umps stop him. Then send Condrey out there for relief and have him keep throwing at hitters, then send No-hit Nunez. By that time maybe someone will charge the mound with bat in hand and put no-hit on the DL.

BenJah said...

i would like to hope that w/ the best player out, the rest of the crew steps up. i would like to think that they show enough heart to try and hold it together while utley is out, and so when he comes back he can put the team over the top.

the problem is that as a phan, all i have is hope. i dont know if there is enough heart on this team, since utley seemed to play like he had the most.

GM-Carson said...

Fence-Face Rowand has "heart". Shane Victorino has "heart". Others show glimpses of "heart". This offense is amazing with Utley and still good without him. He will be missed for sure, but I'd hope as you suggest Benjah, that the rest of the team would be able to step it up in his absense. No-Hit Nunez cannot start repeatedly at 2nd, and Dobbs is a liability in the field there. Gillick needs to comb the trade market and make an intelligent trade (something that doesn't come naturally to him).

GM-Carson said...

The disappointment known as Wes Helms- disgusting .679 OPS and brickhands-like .928 fielding % at 3rd...that means about 1 out of every 10 chances at 3rd he makes an error. F.U. very much Pat Gillick!

GM-Carson said...

Add Houston's Mark Loretta to the list of potential 2nd base trade options and possibly the Twins Luis Castillo.

Jacobin said...

What's the batting order going to become with Utley out? I cannot believe I'm saying this, but I'd be tempted to try Burrell in the three hole for the Pirates series (if it's a disaster, at least it doesn't come against a major league roster). It's not as though Pat would clog the bases for Howard, who is not the fastest guy to begin with. The only reason I suggest it is because Burrell has been better as of late and he has a tendency to walk a lot. Putting him on in front of a guy that hits the ball out of the yard as frequently as Howard could translate to decent RBIs. Not to mention, Burrell would see some good pitches in front of Howard (if he hits them is another question all together).

It just seems that Rowand has been doing very well in the fifth spot, and though you could move him to third in the order, it would expose Howard again (and we know Pat didn't do a good job hitting behind Howard).

And, since Nunez will be in the lineup everyday apparently, do you bat him ninth on days when Eaton or Durbin are pitching?

GM-Carson said...

Here's the lineup I think Manuel will use: 1. Rollins, 2. Vic, 3. Rowand, 4. Howard, 5. Burrell, 6. 3rd baseman, 7. Nunez, 8. Catcher, 9. Pitcher.

Not would I would do, but Manuel is stupid after all.

I'd consider Burrell in the 3 hole. I'd even think bumping Howard to 3, Rowand to 4, and Burrell to 5.

Bottom line, we're screwed with the absense of Utley and the replacement piece of shit No-Hit Nunez.

BenJah said...

as for the batting order, i realize that fuqua is too dumb to think outside the box (probably doesnt even realize he's in a box), but i would like to see pat burrell in the 3-hole. he isnt the classic 3 hitter, but he has a .400 OBP, and as earl weaver once said, "you dont drive in runs with walks"

rollins
victorino
burrell
howard
rowand
dobbs
ruiz
nunez

rollins could also go back to the 3, although he didnt do so well there earlier

Jacobin said...

That's not a bad lineup, though I'd tweak it to hit Nunez behind Eaton or Durbin! If this were the American League, could we let the pitcher hit and have a DH for Nunez?

GM-Carson said...

Based on on-base %, Burrell would slot in nicely into the 3 hole. Rowand has done a good job behind Howard too, so I'd hate to break that combo up. Nunez should bat 8th, but Manuel has had the catcher bat 8th almost every stinkin' game this season. Coste needs to play more now too, no more Barajas and his unproductive bat.

Joe Thurston has been called up from Ottawa taking Utley's place. Myers has yet to be activated.

furiousBall said...

rollins
victorino
howard
rowand
burrell
dobbs
ruiz
nunez

I think you're best hitter goes in the 3 hole, now that Chase is shelved that's either Howard or Rowand.

michael said...

Myers activated, fat mike sent to ottawa. unfortunately poor Danny Sandoval designated for assignment :(

das411 said...

Rollins
Burrell
Howard
Rowand
Victorino
Dobbs/Helms
Ruiz/Coste
Nunez
P

Since Burrell has basically become 2006 Bobby Abreu except with slightly more power, why not put him up at #2, maximize the number of at-bats for Howard and Rowand, and see if Shane responds again to being dropped into a power/RBI slot?

Jarex said...

Rollins
Bourn
Victorino
Howard
Rowand
Dobbs
Chooch
GM Carson (you play 2nd, don't you?)
Me (LHP with 65mph knuckle curve)

Jacobin said...

I think Burrell is just too slow for the number two spot. Having two speedy guys at the top of the order helps a lot. And Rollins/Victorino has been working (we do lead the national league in runs).

Nice to see Myers is back, we could have used him yesterday. As far as Thurston being called up, big deal. He's crap and Nunez is crap.

BloodStripes said...

Philadelphia Phillies acquired second baseman Tadahito Iguchi from the Chicago White Sox for minor league righthander Michael Dubee.

Iguchi, 32, is batting .251 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 90 games with the White Sox this season. He is a career .273 hitter with 39 homers, 169 RBI and 216 runs scored in three seasons in Chicago.

Michael Dubee is the bong smoking song of joint smoking pitching coach Spliff Dubee.

BloodStripes said...

thats son of Dubee not song.

Jacobin said...

I guess Thurston better not unpack his bags, it's back to the minors for him (unless by some stroke of miracle Barajas has just been swapped for a few crates of hot dogs).

I can just imagine the conversation... "You know Dubee, the relief pitching has been total shit and all the guys that are doing well credit Jamie Moyer with helping them. Not you. Oh, by the way, we traded your kid for some Japanese import. Don't let the door hit you on the way out."

I know nothing about Iguchi, but I already like him more than Nunez.

Jacobin said...

Oh, one more tidbit of bad luck for the Phillies is that Aaron Rowand will be missing tonight's game and is now day-to-day. He apparently hurt himself playing tag with his kids.

das411 said...

Booyah, Iguchi may not be a Chase Utley but he's certainly better than Nunez, and might actually fit into that #2 hole instead of all of our crazy lineups. MAJOR props to Pat for moving so quickly on this one!

BenJah said...

as 'patch work filler trades' go, this is a really good one. also, iguchi is a FA at the end of the season, so we dont worry about having him on the roster and we will get a siralden-creamable draft pick. also, he's not SO talented that we wont want to bench him after utley returns. come to think of it, iguchi could become the new and improved nuni after utley comes back

BloodStripes said...

Certainly is good to see the Phils move so quickly. Lets hope Gooch does well. I agree he seems to be a good fit. All you Philly locals give him a good welcome. We need him to fire.

BloodStripes said...

Bourn leading off, Rollins hitting third. Lets go Phils!!

BloodStripes said...

I can feel a 10 spot coming on.

Jacobin said...

8-1 rain-shortened win... Mets already lost and the Braves are down big. This is a good night, but the loss of Utley still stings. Hopefully this team will be in a good spot for when he comes back.

Bob D said...

How about Burrell now hitting 254. He has really turned things around

Jacobin said...

Over the last 19 games, Burrell is 25 for 54 at the plate (a .463 clip). He has 5 home runs and 20 RBI over that period. I don't know what Pat did to turn it on, but if he keeps it up he'll keep getting ovations at CBP.

The one thing to remember is that tonight's offensive barrage came against the Pirates, a team that would have trouble playing .500 baseball in the International League. The Pirates' starting pitcher for the evening is a guy who is now 0-5 and hasn't gotten out of the third inning in his last three starts. That being said, you can only play the team that is on the schedule that night.

Arizona's 7-0 lead over the Braves has been cut to 7-4. We need the D-Backs to hold on against Atlanta so we can pull into a tie with those bastards.

SirAlden said...

99% sure that there will be no Draft Pick for Iguchi this winter.

It is implied coming from Japan it is implied that his agent made to contractual that he was out of the system and free to sign after 3 years. I may be wrong.

SirAlden said...

Cut and Paste suck sometimes lol

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- I do believe you are correct, no draft pick compensation for Iguchi. But who cares? We only need him for about a month as a stop-gap filler for Utley. Iguchi is a good pickup because he didn't cost us a prospect, and it means No-Hit Nunez won't be the starter at 2nd...I'm smiling right now.

I'm glad the rain shortened the game. Gave our shitty bullpen a break.

The Pirates do suck, but remember to give them some love and gratitude for allowing the Phils to beat up on them this weekend as they are our state buddies.

GM-Carson said...

Acquire Iguchi shifts Abraham Nunez back into a utility role. Because the Phillies were able to fill a huge need without giving up a major bargaining chip, they have more to deal for the starting pitcher they are still seeking. They have sent scouts to look at Toronto's Josh Towers and Houston's Woody Williams, as well as relievers Brad Lidge, Chad Qualls and Dan Wheeler. The Astros are believed to be interested in Houston native Michael Bourn.

BloodStripes said...

Plenty of love for the Pirates sucking this weekend. Couldn't be having a slump at a better time. Love ya Buccos!

BloodStripes said...

I really like Bourn and would like to see him stay but man we need another arm.

GM-Carson said...

Bourn is our leadoff hitter of the future (possibly next season). I could easily see him hitting .290-300, with a .350+ on base %, scoring plenty of runs, and stealin bases at will. To give him up for a rent-a-player-piece-of-crap is not smart. If it were for Noah Lowry then sure, but that won't happen. If it's for Woody Williams, who sucks and is old and who is still under contract next season...no thanks! But if it were Lidge and Williams then that's another matter altogether.