Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Chase Utley is Awesome!

I'm going with a purely positive posture today. Phils may still be 5 back of the Mets in the NL East and 3 back on the Padres for the Wild Card, but Mr. Awesome himself Chase Utley is back and everything is suddenly happy again. Seriously, Chase Utley is friggin' amazing. I love the way he plays the game and he makes the game worth watching for me. The man is a great all-around player- pure hitter, power, speed, defense, and leadership. Welcome back Chase, lead us to the playoffs and that MVP could still be yours.

Other Positives:
*JD Durbin pitched well. I still have hopes that this kid will be able to find some stability on the mound and become more consistent with his pitches and slot into the rotation next season. I know he still has a lot to prove and much progress to be made, but he's done a decent job for us this season.

*Jayson Werth looked worthless most of the season, but he's be red-hot in August. The man is 9 for his last 9...wow!

*Iguchi, now regulated to bench role or what Manuel calls "utility", went yard in a pinch-hitting appearance last night.

*Our bullpen managed to not give up a run in 2 2/3 innings of work last night.

*Pat Burrell continues to hit well and with his 2nd half resurgence is piecing together an acceptable season.

*Adam Eaton returns from the DL tonight...oh wait, I was being positive, scratch that.

*For fun, flashback to this Tag Team Tuesday, where I featured Chase Utley and Ryan Howard as MLB's equivalent to the WWF's Legion of Doom.

~Carson

27 comments:

BloodStripes said...

That game was the best. Utley's return really lifted the boys and he put in an all-star performance. Gotta thank Ho-Zay Ray-Ass for that lead-off grounder. It got the Man going. His confidence was instantly assured on the well fielded play. That homerun to center was a real bomb. Right up the guts. Beautiful.

The Phillies inability to trade Pat Burrell is probably the best move they were never able to make. Its turned out great.

Werth and his 9 for 9 is one hit short of the NL record for most hits in a row. Lets hope he gets two more on the trot and breaks it.

Gooch has been an excellent Phillie. Durbin as well. Who needs overpriced Eatons when you have AA pitchers making the jump. In saying that I hope Eaton has had a good, long, hard look in the mirror lately whilst resting and gets his shit together. Phils need a quality outing.

But alas, after a wayward week all of a sudden the Phils are looking like a playoff chance again after two big wins.

GM-Carson said...

The rest of the series against the Mets looks tough. Brian Lawrence was the push-over starter, Glavine and company won't be nearly as easy. With that said, our offense seems rejuvinated with the return of Utley and to a lesser extent Victorino. Werth is playing so well right now that it actually allows Manuel to rest Vic a bit longer.

Every time I hear Wheeler say, "Ho-Zay Ray-Ass" I chuckle.

Bob D said...

Iguchi is now 4-5 as a pinch hitter with a double and 2 homers.

Burrell has raised his BA to 270 after being at 201 about 2 months ago.

Last couple of games Howard has been doing better.

Durbin should stay in the rotation when Hamels returns this weekend. Eaton to the pen at that time.

GM-Carson said...

When Hamels returns to the rotation, it will be interesting to see which pitcher gets bumped. Kendrick and Lohse are safe. Moyer has been horrible again lately, Eaton seems to always be horrible, and Durbin is inconsistent. I think a lot depends on Eaton's start tonight.

Howard has looked better the past few games because he's making contact. It's really all that simple for him, make contact and good things happen because of his power. Don't make contact and no good comes of it.

BloodStripes said...

Who would have thought Durbin and Kendrick would be mainstay starters for the stretch run. They have done an excellent job. Its a shame the 24 million dollar man can't say the same thing. I say to the pen with him too. Next start will tell all.

Glavine will be a good test but Jimmy has good slugging numbers against him. Check these power figures for our little lead-off champ. (26 for 68) .382 AVG, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 HR, 1.256 OPS.
Pound him some more Jim!!!

Maria said...

It was so good to see Chase. On a positive note, Eaton is 5-0 with a 1.89 lifetime against the Mets.

SirAlden said...

The Durbin - and Calm Down Coste - Battery produced 6 Strikeouts, and no walks.

That is significant Durbin has under a hit per innings pitched, his walks are what had been harming him.

It is also significant that Durbin has an era under 2, away from the Cit.

I would still rsther see Fabio Castro as opposed to Eaton this evening, hopefully he does well, and if he doesn't then Eaton is shut down for the season.

CLARE. said...

Goodness gracious, that was a great game last night. It's remarkable how galvanizing Chutley's presence in the lineup is. It seems like everybody else wants to impress him. For their faults as commentators, I was charmed by Sarge and Wheels just giggling with happiness in the booth when Chase hit that homer.

furiousBall said...

Khalil Green tried to kill himself, I wonder why...they've got such a nice zoo in San Diego.

GM-Carson said...

What the hell was Owen Wilson doing?

Anyway, how do you all think Eaton pitches in his return from the DL? My honest guess is that he gives up 1 run through 5 innings, but Charlie pulls him after 75-80 pitches then the bullpen blows it because they blow.

Jacobin said...

I mentioned the Owen Wilson thing to a friend of mine when it hit the wire the other night and she suggested that he may have looked at his nose in the mirror... ouch, that seems harsh.

Gavin Eaton is pitching tonight?! My stomach would be in the process of preparing to push back up all the food I ate today if it were not for the fact that Eaton somehow has stellar career numbers against the Mets. Hopefully he keeps it going, and more importantly our offense needs to keep scoring runs. This team is something like 66-30 when scoring four or more runs.

Oh, and their catcher (talking about LoDuca, not Jose Gay-ass who catches in another sport) still needs to be knocked on his ass with a fastball for his homo dance. Can't you just feel the love?

GM-Carson said...

I had this thought today- I wonder what Pat Burrell's stats would look like if he played the entire game? He'd certainly have more at bats and his runs scored would be higher because of all the times he was replaced for a pinch-runner. I'm loving this rebirt of The Bat, now I can only hope it lasts for the rest of his contract.

GM-Carson said...

How about this for a rumor- we get the Rockies Brian Fuentes and Garrett Atkins for some of our lower priced talent (some package of Jarimillo, Vic, Bourn, or low level prospects). Fuentes could possibly step into the closer role with Brett Myers shifting back to the starting rotation where he belongs and Atkins can man 3rd for us.

Bob D said...

I think we will see more in trades (Fuentes/Atkins) to boost the pen, rotation, and 3rd base during the offseason rather than signing free agents. We will also likely see the Phils try to keep Rowand and Lohse and possibly even Leiber or Garcia (real longshot) to a lesser extent to provide trading chips for the offseason. There is very little in starters available as freeagent and Lohse, Garcia, and Lieber are a few of the better ones available. With this park as is, it will be hard to attrack pitchers as well.

Burrell now has become more valueable for the Phils for next season or as trade bait.

Jacobin said...

Pat's got a full no-trade clause in his contract and he's enforced it at least twice. I don't think he's trade bait when you consider he doesn't want to go anywhere. The only way you are moving him is if another team offers him a big money extension (in other words, get real).

Eh? WTF, on the radio they said Beltran was tossed by Joe West in the top of the first, but on GameDay it says he's still in the game... I'd like to see Beltran out of the lineup, and could they please throw Jose Gay-ass out of the game too?

Jacobin said...

Damnit! Gavin Eaton is on pace to bump his ERA up again. Could we not throw fat pitches to power hitters?

Bob D said...

Interesting line up the last 2 days.
Rollins
Utley
Burrell
Howard
Rowand
Werth
Helms
Coste

Burrell in 3rd? Not a bad idea at all, especially considering Howards struggles. Another option when Victorino is healthy and in the lineup:
Rollins
Victorino
Utley
Burrell
Howard
Rowand
3B
C
Howard seems to more of a 5th hitter as last years BA may have been the best he could do. He still has lots of power and will continue to knock in runs but he will still strike out.

Jacobin said...

Werth's shot at tying the 10 hits in a row record goes down in flames with Cowboy Joe West ringing him up on a Tom Glavine trademark off the plate and low pitch. Way to go Joe. Way to bend Werth over and screw him in in the ass. Why does Joe West think he's David Wright and Jason Werth is Jose Reyes?

Bob D said...

Awesome! Howard with game winner! 3 hits tonight, he seems to be back and hitting well.

Jacobin said...

Eaton had a pretty good outing (can't believe I'm saying that), and the bullpen did it's job (can't believe I'm saying that either). When that ball rolled down the third base line and stayed fair in the 8th to let the game get tied up, I had a feeling there was some sort of kismet bullshit going on and we were going to win this one. First two against the Mets go in the win column! Keep it coming!

Maria said...

Ryan Howard's making contact and going the opposite way. Only good things can come of this. Very good win.

I hate Joe West.

Jacobin said...

As if I couldn't hate the Mets anymore, I read this in an article about the Phillies' come-from-behind victory over the queens from Queens:

Pedro Feliciano's role as a neutralizer to the Phillies' lefthanded bats had been so valued during the Mets' last trip here, team brass wouldn't excuse him from that late-June series to go home for the birth of his child.

I love baseball, but I know in the end it's a game and there are more important things. The Mets were so concerned with the left-handed Phillies bats earlier this season that they prevented one of their bullpen pitchers from witnessing the birth of his child? Wow, that seems really pathetic to me. This isn't the playoffs or the World Series, this is a series of games in July.

Mets suck. Mets suck. Mets suck.

BloodStripes said...

That really sucks. Feliciano should give up a few homers to the Phils as payback to the mutts brass.

SirAlden said...

Win or Lose - this is a great team to root for.



"not you Jose Mesa!"

BloodStripes said...

Just watched the Phillies 10th six times. Man, is there anything better than a Howard walk-off in Philly?. Crowd going berserk. Man thats good. Woooo!!! Smokin'!

GM-Carson said...

Good things happen when Ryan Howard makes contact, especially when he starts taking the outside pitches the other way. Awesome walkoff.

Adam Eaton pitched well. I hope he can string together some good outings for the next month.

I usually don't complain about an ump's strike zone when he calls it the same for both teams, but Cowboy Joe West was unfair last night. He was giving Glavine and company calls way off the plate, in the batters box actually. He wasn't giving Eaton and company those calls, as I watched at least 2 perfect pitches by Phils pitchers get called balls that were actual strikes, not fake ones like Glavine was tossing.

BloodStripes said...

Its a bloody rort. Cowboy Joe had mets undies on.