Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Game That Never Was

That was truly a beautiful game of baseball last night with two crafty veterans pitching for two teams in the thick of the playoff race. Luckily for Philly, Grand Pappy Moyer came out with the upperhand over Greg Maddux, as the Phils beat the Padres 8-2 pulling within 1 game of the NL Wild Card. Ryan Howard finally was awakened from his prolonged slump with 2 homeruns and 3 rbi. Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell contributed solo shots, while Shane Victorino had a pair of rbi, in what was an excellent display of offensive execution from the lineup top to bottom. Moyer went 7 strong innings while allowing 2 runs, and then 6-Finger-Ant came in for the final 2 innings and pitched brilliantly...then I woke up and saw the Phils lost 14-3 to the offensively challenged Padres. I guess this answers the question about the battle of the flawed- crappy hitting beats crappy pitching. Phils are now 3 games back of the Wild Card and playing some of their worst baseball of the season. Hope is disappearing and desperation is setting in while the chokers are rearing their ugly heads once again.

Clubhouse leader and Mensa member Charlie Manuel had this to say following the defeat, "We got to win some games. Everybody in the clubhouse knows that. We're playing the teams we have to catch. When they're beating you, no good can come from that." *He's so smart that he makes me feel like a lesser being. How does he come up with these clever quotes?

By the way, for those of you keeping count like me, that was the 14th time this season that our prestigious and highly lauded pitching staff has surrendered a 10 Spot.

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All the Difference:
*With the various 173 disabled players the Phillies currently have on the DL naturally someone would be doing a rehab. Spotlight of Chase Utley and Adam Eaton as they each played for Double A Reading last night. Utley is a difference maker and was possibly on his way to this season's MVP award until and errant pitch broke his hand and put him out of action for a month. He went 1-6 in the double header, and as much as I love Chase, I'm afraid the Phils are digging themselves into a hole that even he can't get them out of. Then there's Adam Eaton, who went 2 innings and gave up 2 runs...sounds like what he does at the MLB level. In fact when Sarge saw Eaton's line he laughed and said, "Well, looks like he's already back in form."...damn, got dissed by Sarge! Honestly, Eaton will fit in perfectly with our current rotation as it's arguably the worst in baseball.

~Carson

21 comments:

BloodStripes said...

That Sarge quote cheered me up. Telling it like it is. Nice work Sarge. Been a depressing week. Phils need a lift.

GM-Carson said...

Random Thoughts:
*Tip of the cap to Greg Maddux for his 700th career start and reaching 10+ wins for the 20th straight season. You may hate him, Clemens, and Glavine, but you're witnessing the end of an era with these type pitchers. Enjoy them while they're still around.

*Over on BeerLeaguer an interesting thought was brought up- trading Ryan Howard for pitching. Look at our pitching staff for '08 and it screams LOSS, LOSE, LOSERS! I like Howard, but what if we could trade him to the Yanks for a package of Phillip Hughes and Joba Chamberlain? Being a GM, I do it. Then re-sign Iguchi for 2nd, move Utley to 1st (or Burrell), and try to get another outfielder and a real 3rd baseman.

*No-Hit Nunez is supposed to be in there for defense, so why the hell has been committing some very costly errors? My answer- he's a piece of shit!

GM-Carson said...

Fun comparison- Arizona Diamondback rookie pitcher Micah Owings has a .283 average with 4 homeruns and 12 rbi and a .937 OPS in only 46 at bats, while No-Hit Nunez has 217 at bats and only 15 rbi with no homeruns and an abysmal .612 OPS. Glad we're really getting our bang for our buck.

GM-Carson said...

Interesting tid-bit: Russell Branyan has truly been an all-or-nothing slugger as a Phillie. He has 8 at bats with 2 homeruns and 6 whiffs...wow!

Bob D said...

JD Durbin has better stats than Nunez. And the bullpen is the same quality as Vietnam Era Bug Killer - its more harmful to the owners/users than it is to the bugs (aka opposing hitters).

Too early to trade away players for the offseason, but yeah some thoughts have gone thru my head this week of the offseason and next year. Sounds like we are all a few more critical losses from throwing in the towel. Basically they need to win the next two to keep a decent chance for the wildcard/division. Those chances are slipping away with each loss to another contender.

Branyan all or nothing awesome.

Coste and Iguchi are the only ones hitting lately.

chuckm said...

The Bankees are not trading Hughes and Chamberlain for anybody.

GM-Carson said...

I am personally in the camp of NOT signing Ryan Howard long term yet. His 2006 season was arguably the best offensive performance by any player ever wearing a Phils uniform. However, this season he seems clueless (except for that 1.5 month long hot streak). His defense is bad, he came out of shape to camp, he doesn't make adjustments, and he's 27 (not exactly young, I'm 27 for crying out loud). I see him having many more seasons like the one he's currently having- high homeruns, rbi, and k's with shitty D. Is that worth locking up for 6 or 7 years at outrageous money- I say NO! Keep going to arbitration with him and see how he does in the coming 1 or 2 seasons before offering him a "real deal". This "good faith deal" stuff is bullshit. That's what we did with Burrell and look what it got us...it certainly didn't attract any big time free agent pitchers or positional players. Hell, even Utley's deal was "good faith" and I doubt that makes a difference when a Johan Santana or Roy Oswalt hit the open market. Nope, we'll continue to sign trash like Helms, Nunez, Eaton, and Lieber and be told they're good and will lead the way to the playoffs. I'm tired of the lies, I'm tired of leaving runners on base, I'm tired of some of the worst pitching I can ever remember the Phillies having...I'm tired of the Phillies!

Maria said...

Sarge is exciting or earth shattering but at least he's telling the truth. It's so hard to watch the Phillies. Pitching is atrocious and at least when Cole Hamels was in the rotation, there was almost a guaranteed win. Unless Chase can get 10 RBIs every night, we're going to have a hard time winning games with this pitching staff.

Jacobin said...

Howard is on pace to break the single season strikeout record. He's on pace to strike out over 200 times, despite missing quite a few games earlier this year due to the injury. I don't know if he's pressing or what, but when the ball is so far out of the strike zone you need to sit back and take the walk!

SirAlden said...

Thank you to the good ship Phillies for getting us so close to shore with all the injuries.

We must win the next TWO games, and THREE of FOUR against the Mutts.

GOOD LUCK....

As for Howard, Hitters last longer than pitching arms.

BloodStripes said...

Time for a ten spot Phillies. An offensive one. C'mon!

Maria said...

Thank you Tom Gordon. I ask, why not Alfonseca?

Maria said...

We ARE Trash.

Bob D said...

Bullpen continues to falter. This time Gordon 1HR and Meyers 2HRS. Atleast Sanches's stay is short lived with John Ennis called up. He should be an improvement.
Branyan has broke out of his all or nothing and got out on a grounder.

Just a thought here, when Utley gets back why not have him give Howard a break and play 1B while Gooch plays 2B sometimes. They still say Gooch won't be used at 3B.

Meyers should be in the rotation next year.

Bob D said...

7 behind Mutts and now behind Braves too.
3 behind for WC

Uhg!

BenJah said...

if you were to trade howard, you couldn't get anything that dominant. but you could do:

howard and decent/good pitching prospect
--to angels for --
p santana, p scot shields, 1b kotchman, 3b b. wood

you cant expect a total coup on the trade, but you can get nice pieces.

Jacobin said...

The bullpen looked like shit again tonight... nice to see we got the two closers back, because this kind of performance certainly doesn't remind me of Mesa and Alfonseca holding down the eighth and ninth innings. Garbage, total garbage.

At least I got a chuckle out of this locker room exchange, as reported on Philly.com:

When Myers was asked about the two home runs, he said they were really "just pop ups."

A reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer questioned whether Myers really thought they were pop ups, and Myers got angry.

"You're not even a beat reporter, you're a fill-in, you don't know anything about baseball," said Myers, who then called the reporter "retarded."

The Inquirer reporter asked if Myers could spell retarded, and Myers stood up. Burrell then restrained Myers, and Myers refused to speak any further.


Ha! Myers calls someone (other than Fuqua) retarded and the guy has a comeback... Myers then sees red (or at least thinks the reporter is his wife) and wants to go throw some punches. How about instead of throwing punches, you throw some good pitches (the kind that don't wind up in the bleachers)?

SirAlden said...

REST IN PEACE 2007 PHILLIES

Baseball is a game of inches,and Bill Giles building of our pinball machine ballpark results in high revenue, and tonight's loss.

Just think about it they already moved the Left Field Fence out. Montgomey asked for a vote - one row, two rows, or three rows. He moved the wall back two rows. If he had moved it back three, or if we were playing in the Vet tonights game would be a victory.

Steve Carlton could not pitch in the Cit without having to make each pitch perfect,blowing his arm off in the bargain.

We are now Wrigly Field, few pennants and certainly no world series are on the way.

Without a huge backing out of the fences this great group of Phillies will never be able to overcome the strain on pitching staff created by the park.

Rollins, Utley, Howard, Dobbs, Coste, Ruiz, Pat the Bat, Rowand, Victorino, Bourne, Hammels, Grandpappy Moyer, Kedrick, Myers, (Iguchi and Lohse) I salute you.

GM-Carson said...

I converted to Red Sox fan last night, screw the Phillies.

SirAlden said...

The Red Sox talk a nice game but they have become what they hated and railed about.

With their food for a family of 4 for a week, single ticket prices, they have become...

The Mini-Me of the Evil Empire.

GM-Carson said...

Fine, I'll convert to D-Ray'ism then.