Saturday, August 04, 2007

18 for 29

If a batter were to collect 18 hits in his last 29 at bats, people would say he's "on fire" (.621 average). What about when a players strikes outs in 18 of his last 29 at bats (62%)? People would probably think that's a pitcher at the plate. Nope, it's our crestfallen mammoth slugger, Ryan Howard. Since his battering mate, Chase Utley, went on the DL the times have been hard on Mr. Howard. Not only is he striking out, he's doing so on pitches well out of the strike zone (either high up near the shoulders or outside and nearly brushing the dirt). With an offense now minus its sparkplugs of Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, Howard needs to balls up and play like he's got a set, because right now he looks like Bugs Bunny spinning himself into the ground following yet another swing and miss.

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due:
*Last night's loss certainly should not be credited to rookie Kyle Kendrick after he once again pitching a helluva game, rather the offense and Chris Coste should share the blame. Aside from Pat "The Bat" Burrell, the offense was terrible, and Chris Coste cost Kendrick a run in the 1st inning by dropping a good throw by Jayson Werth at the plate. Brewers' opposing rookie pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, pitched a helluva game too and it was fun watching he and Kendrick duel it out over 7 innings.

*I want to congratulate lefty JC Romero for finally recording an inning pitched with the Phils without walking a batter...huge accomplishment considering just how awful our left-handed relievers' aim has been this season.

*Phils now sit 5 games behind the Mets in the NL East and are 1.5 game back in the Wild Card standings with the Padres, Dodgers, and Cubs ahead of them. Wasting opportunities comes back to bite you square in the ass!

~Carson

12 comments:

GM-Carson said...

On the season, Howard strikes out 39% of the time. Just imagine if he could make more contact, he'd be the best hitter on the planet!

GM-Carson said...

Wow, 4:45 in the afternoon and only 1 loser has posted a comment all day, and that loser happens to be myself. Guess nobody gave a shit about last night's loss...

Jacobin said...

Sorry. It's hot out today and I'm tired. Last night's game hurt, but I don't blame Coste. Sure two runs scored at the plate, but it was two runs. This team has shown it is very capable of putting up 10+ on any given night. When the starting pitcher holds the other team to 2 runs, we need to win.

Jacobin said...

*obviously all runs score at the plate, what I meant was that both Milwaukee runs were scored on close plays at the plate.

Bob D said...

Yeah, actually a good game. Good job Kendrick he is becoming very impressive in his composure. Now its Hamels Time!

BloodStripes said...

Lets go Hamels. Phils need a win.

BenJah said...

kendrick keeps improving....pretty soon even the most ardent doubters (aHEM, corey) will be on his bandwagon. great game for him last night, but no win. i don't blame coste -- no one is totally fucking awesome every moment, and he's still way in the plus on that scale.

memo to howard: chill the fuck out, bro. you don't have to do it all alone...and if you're trying to show up prince fielder and show him you are the best pudgy, stone gloved slugging 1B in the league, you need to show more patience.

BloodStripes said...

Howard hit that strike and Burrell smacks another. Man he is hot.

Jacobin said...

Burrell continues at a torrid pace. It's amazing that this guy is thriving after he arguably reached the point where even his most diehard supporters in the Phillies fan base had basically give up on him. Hamels pitched well out of the shoot, and although wasn't at his absolute best, he did pitch a good enough game to deserve a win. The bullpen hurt us again tonight, and a 6'6" outfielder helped keep the Phillies from forcing the issue into extra innings.

I read the Charlie refused to talk to reporters after the game, and Cole did the same. Going into this series, I thought there was a strong chance of taking two out of three. I guess this shows you that what you expect out of the Phillies is about the opposite of what you get. I felt going into the San Diego series that we'd be lucky to win one, and thy go out and win three. Losing yesterday and today stings.

SirAlden said...

* poof *

" The Cheerful Gnome Would Like To Remind Everyone that The Mets and Maines Lost Tonight.... "

"over and out....." *poof*

das411 said...

Damn, that looked an awful lot like one of those games that good teams find a way to win and bad teams (including their over the hill setup men) find ways to lose...


...maybe now Charlie will realize that his stud 200+ inning starter-turned-closer can actually enter games before the 9th inning, if some of the best hitters in the league are coming up...

GM-Carson said...

Corey Hart, the 6'6" athletic outfielder of the Brewers who robbed Gooch of a game tying homer in the 9th is ugly as sin. I think he has fetal alcohol syndromen.

I hate Tom Gordon...piece of shit!!!