Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Can We?

Straight to the point today...Can we make the playoffs? Our beloved Philadelphia Phillies currently sit at 62-55, 3 behind the NL East leading New York Mets and 1 game behind the San Diego Padres in the Wild Card standings. There are 45 games left to be played and the Phils would have to go 30-15 to reach my 92 win prediction, doubtful but possible. I'm not sure what to think anymore, but this team definitely has a shot at doing something special this season.
October Destination?
NL East Champs
NL Wild Card
Sitting at Home
  
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He's singin' and she's there to lend a hand. He's seen his name on the marquee but she will never understand. Once again he's leavin' and she's there with a tear in her eye. Embraces with a warm gesture it's time, time to say goodbye. Destination unknown, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Soho.

~Carson

34 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I did it to myself again. I gave up on the season, throwing in the proverbial towel, and here I am starting to believe this team has a chance yet again. Bottom line, I'm a Phan and I get caught up in the emotion of the game, win or lose, and I'm choosing to enjoy this hunt for the playoffs while it lasts even if it ends up breaking my heart for the up-teenth million time.

GM-Carson said...

Report from Yahoo Sports- Victorino (right calf) will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday at Double-A Reading, the Associated Press reports. Victorino will play in the outfield on Wednesday and Thursday after being the designated hitter on Tuesday. He is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, but next week looks like the best case scenario for his return.

Bob D said...

For them to be this close and improving - all the while that 3 stars are hurt (Vic, Utley, Bourn) and Madson from the pen - that speaks volumes about this team. They will be much strong in about 2 weeks. We may also see Victorino back by this weekend.

BloodStripes said...

We are all in there with you GM.

I voted wild card. Although I hope we are division champs. The way the Phils have played through the injuries has been awesome. We are definitely in the hunt. I can't bear to think they won't make it. It's just gotta happen. For now the Phils are positioned nicely.

BloodStripes said...

Can't wait to see Victorino back in the lineup.

goDuke said...

I hope that my son has off one night from football practice, so we can go see Victorino!

Jacobin said...

Since starting the season 4-11, the Phillies have gone 58-44 (which would be the best record in the National League over that stretch of time). Just goes to show you how disgusting another crapfest of an April was.

GM-Carson said...

Reports from Phillies.com:

Scott Mathieson is scheduled to start that assignment on Monday with the Gulf Coast League Phillies as a starter. Though the organization still views him as a workhorse-type starter, there's a chance he could pitch out of the bullpen as a September callup.

It's looking more like Freddy Garcia will pitch for the Phillies this season, possibly working the final two or three weeks. If he can keep his shoulder together, he can provide a boost to the team's playoff chances. As for 2008, I think Garcia's chances of returning are pretty slim.

In regards to the use of Brett Myers- Relief pitchers by nature are rarely afforded the benefit of "guaranteed" days off, and Myers won't receive that luxury. He doesn't want it either. Manager Charlie Manuel will continue to use his stud closer as needed, though he admitted that he'll watch the situation more closely. Much depends on how available and effective Tom Gordon can be. If Manuel has another reliable reliever in Gordon or Antonio Alfonseca, he'll feel more comfortable about not overusing Myers.

In regards to Iguchi playing 3rd- General manager Pat Gillick recently called that possibility "remote," but it's likely that Manuel will be willing to at least give it a shot. Iguchi, who has never played third base in the Major Leagues or in Japan, will take ground balls there eventually, and be evaluated.

TJ said...

I am being cautiously optimistic until the Phillies can show that they can get out in front and stay there in at least one of these races.

Otherwise, three games back in the NL East and one games back in the wild card is where we'll still be at the end of the season. I don't see how this year can end up being that much different from our finishes last year and the year before that, at least not yet.

GM-Carson said...

TJ- I agree with you. This season seems very familiar to seasons past, with the Phils falling "just short" at the end. Some positives to think of- Utley, Vic, and Bourn returning within the next few weeks, and possibly Madson and Garcia too.

TJ said...

to be quite honest, I have higher hopes for Scott Mathieson's return than I do Freddy Garcia's. Although maybe he'll remember he's a free agent at the end of the year and he'll bust his hump to make sure the Phillies see the light at the end of the tunnel this time.

I don't know if we're going to see Bourn again in time for him to have an impact, but I can't wait for Chase + Vic to get back out on the field. Hopefully Cholly can figure out a way to keep Iguchi playing on a regular basis, as well.

GM-Carson said...

Mathieson was a bust last season. I will admit that his pitches had some life on them and that could translate well into relief, but coming off Tommy John surgery and being thrown into a playoff chase is probably not ideal for the youngster...just my opinion.

Bob D said...

I voted for NL East as they have better chances at that then the wild card. There are 3 teams battling for the East compared to 6 or 7 for the wild card.

Look for Bourn to be back when rosters expand Sept 1. Utley may be that long too, but we all know how he will try to be ready before that. For Mathieson and Garcia its too early to consider if they will have an impact. At that point Eaton will likely be out of the rotation.

Just to note JD Durbin in the last month has a 4-0 record, 1 save, 1 complete game shutout, and an ERA under 3.00. At least worthy to be considered for a spot start or temporary replacement in the rotation.

CLARE. said...

I love this team the same way I loved the '93 team (talent! heart! guts! camaraderie!) but it looks like I'm the only nihilist who will admit to voting for "sitting at home."

The way I see it, if I assume the worst will happen, anything more than that will be a wonderful surprise.

GreggyD said...

Nope I definitely voted for "Sitting at home" too. The Phillies have done this so many years in a row now, and honestly I'm tired of getting my hopes up for nothing. Do I want them to make the playoffs? Of course. But, if they don't, I agree with you Clare, assuming the worst makes winning so much better.

I like this team a lot, but the pitching is just horrendous. We definitely will get better as time goes on and we get key players back, but I really could care less about Freddy Garcia. He's been such a waste in my mind. We could have kept Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez and gotten the same production out of them this year to be truthful.

GM-Carson said...

Right around high noon here in Central PA and I'm taking a break from cutting the grass (it actually grew finally). Anyway, decent turn out for the poll thus far with 29 votes- 5 NL East Champs, 13 NL Wild Card, and 11 Sitting at Home.

BenJah said...

p-p-PLAYoffs?? playOFFS??

do i think the phils COULD make the playoffs?? sure, they despite everything, they definately could. will they?? i'm not smart enought to know the answer that one.

GM-Carson said...

I did today's poll because I honestly wanted to know how people felt right now about the Phils chances. I'm strangely optimistic right now, but you all know that could change with 1 crappy loss to the Nationals tonight or a losing the series to the Pirates or something of that nature.

Jacobin said...

I'd give Durbin another shot at starting. He turned in some decent outings before they picked up Loshe and his relief appearances have been serviceable as of late. It wouldn't take any roster moves to give Durbin a shot or two at starting, and even if he sucks it would be the same as if we had started Eaton.

furiousBall said...

I am going with Staying Home too, I really hope I'm wrong. I just don't see the starting and relief pitching there to get us past the Braves, Mets, and definitely not the wildcard.

Really a shame, this is the best offensive and defensive squad I can remember

GM-Carson said...

I agree with giving Durbin a start or two in place of Adam Eaton, but I doubt the Phils will go that direction. They think Eaton is going to magically snap out of this crappiness...fools!

Jarex said...

Main reason I voted for "WC" is because in years past, they would have been swept by the Braves after falling behind in the early innings every game.

I have one complaint to share (no solution, just a complaint) - though I understand that Pat the OBP has bankers hours and must be showered and gone before the end of the game, is there another team in the league that doesn't have its 3-hitter on the field at the end of a game?

Dirty Water said...

The Phillies have at least put them in a position where they don't have the be the best team to get to the playoffs. They just have to get hot for a couple weeks and they'd likely have a playoff spot, barring a large collapse.

Dirty Water
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Jacobin said...

For as much as I rip Fuqua, believe Steve Smith doesn't actually watch the game, and generally want to vomit when certain pitchers start/come into the game, I voted for winning the NL East. Mainly because I think that's an easier and more assured road than the wild card at this point, and I f^@#!ng hate the Mets and Braves.

Bob D said...

Looking at the schedule they should rattle off 12 or 13 wins in a row now. Even Eaton should go on a 3 game winning streak with an ERA of about 1.00. Well, time to wake up now.

Jacobin said...

Hmm... how the hell is this game turning into a pitchers' duel? I mean we are playing the Nationals!

das411 said...

BRANYAN!!!

BloodStripes said...

1 for 1, 1 homerun as a Phillie. Oh yeah!!

furiousBall said...

BRRRRRAAAAAAANNNNNNYYYYYYAAAAAANNNN!

he should have hit that ball harder

BloodStripes said...

Myers bringing the heat tonight.

BloodStripes said...

PTOITWCFTFP!!!!!

Love those 3 strikeout ninths for the save.

Whats Branyan getting paid? He just earnt it all tonight.

Jacobin said...

So very sweet... only the second win this year when they score three runs or less. Gordon and Myers were solid tonight, and the offense showed up just enough to for the win. Now let's win again tomorrow!!!

SirAlden said...

"Put another one in the Win Column for the Phightin' Phils...!

GM-Carson said...

Looking at the Nationals and Phillies on paper it appears that Washington has no business playing the Phils so tough, but they always do, and last night was no exception. I'm glad their starter Shawn Hill was on an 80-pitch count fresh off the DL. Lohse pitched a helluva gave too, and 6-Finger-Ant, Gordon, and Myers all did well. That Branyan homerun was awesome! Live it up fellas, because that may be his only one.

Poll- 16 NL East, 25 Wild Card, 18 Sitting at Home.