Sunday, August 19, 2007

Phils Get Phucco'd

Phucco Matt Kata got a HUGE three-run, 2-out double in the 7th inning to bring the Buccos within a run. The Pirates then rattled off 3 more hits for 4 more runs against Romero and Alfonseca, the best (ugh) the Phils have to offer in the 7th/8th innings.

I'm not blaming the loss on Fuqua, but...

He again used three defensive substitutions before the 7th inning. And one of them, leftfielder Jayson Werth, fielded a hard hit single off the bat of Xavier Nady but was unable to even throw a ball home as the second runner scored uncontested from second. What a defensive substitution that was.

Fuqua was able to use every bench player except the backup catcher before the end of the 8th inning. With a bullpen as bad as the Phillies, is it so hard for Manuel to comprehend that the opposition may score 4 runs in 3 innings? Using up the majority of the bench in situations like this is inexcusable. It didn't cost the win this time, but it didn't help the cause and it's not good baseball.
Back to 1 game behind in the Wild Card after a San Diego win. Up next is a big homestand with LA, NYM and SD coming to town. Losing 2 of 3 to Pittsburgh (somebody predicted that before the series...) is painful. Not taking the series against a last place squad is not the best way to make the playoffs. In fact, it's a very bad way to make the playoffs. .500 on this homestand won't cut it. It's a lot to ask, but they need to win each series, with obvious special emphasis on the SD games.



GM-Carson said...

Why the hell did he sub Nunez and Roberson (people who can't hit!) in for Dobbs (3-4 on the day and Branyan 3-run bomb)?!

I hate the intentional walk. When Manuel called for Adam LaRoche to get the automatic 4- I was screaming at the tv, because usually bad things follow and a 2-run X-Man Nady single did.

Manuel is retarded, but wait he deserves Manager of the Year because he "gets the players to play hard"...shut up with that shit already!

Bob D said...

a swwep of the Mets would be nice too. Last 2 games the pen has been horrible, up until that point they were actually doing pretty decent. Lohse looked decent as well, he maybe a pretty good pick up for the Phils.

GM-Carson said...

From last thread (Sir Alden)- "You can score runs with your Bat or save runs with your glove.

Player A scores 4 runs a game with his bat if he batted 27 times, and loses 2.0 runs with his glove - He is a Net 2.0 Run Player.

Player B Scored 2 runs a game with his bat if he batted 27 times, and saves 1.0 run a game with his glove - He is a Net 3.0 Run Player.

Abe O. "piglett" Nunez is a "type" B Player. 3.0 vs. 2.0"

*That's all hypothetical. That would mean that Nunez gets enough balls hit his way during the game to "save" though precious runs you speak of. I love defense, but not at the expense of shitty hitting, and it doesn't get much shittier than No-Hit Nunez!

GM-Carson said...

Despite getting roughed up late in the 7th, Kyle Lohse pitched a helluva game. I feel he should have been kept in to try and retire McLouth instead of Romero...but hey, that's just me.

Bob D said...

I hate the intentional walk as, in my opinion, it is the worst play in baseball. Why add another runner when the player usually has a 30% chance of getting a hit anyway. There are a few time that it should be used but that should be held to like once or twice a week. But every manager uses it almost every day.

GM Carson, let me be manager and I will eliminate the intentional walk. I will also use the bench better and have the Phanatic hit 3rd in the lineup and play 3rd base until Utley gets back.

GM-Carson said...

Good idea about the Phanatic at 3rd, he has good on-base skills, decent pop, and is a vacuum defensively.

I hate the intentional walk, and it always seems to come back to bite the Phils on the ass when they use the "strategy". If you need a force at any bag, and there's runners on 3rd and 2nd with less than 2 outs in the 9th and the score is tied, then yes the intentional walk then makes sense. Or if the dumbass manager has Abe Nunez batting behind Ryan Howard is a crucial situation, then yes the intentional walk makes sense. But NOT, I mean never, when Alfonseca is on the mound in a losing 5-4 game with 2 outs in the 7th with Nady on deck....that is stupid baseball!

Bob D said...

Some injury news:
Victorino will start in Lakewood today (weather permitting) on a rehab assignment. If all goes well we may see him in Philly this weekend.

Utley sees the Doc today and may be cleared to swing and start a rehab assignment also. ETA maybe a week if cleared.

Garcia is throwing allowed 1 run, 2hits, in 2 innings in a rehab appearance.

And a quote from the pitching coach in the GCL "“Scott Mathieson is looking good,” Gulf Coast League Phillies pitching coach Carlos Arroyo bragged in a phone interview yesterday. “You never know, he might be pitching out of the bullpen next month in Philly.”

Recovering from September 2006 Tommy John surgery, Mathieson has put on a show in his first two rehab starts, both one-inning outings for the GCL Phils. In his last game, the 23-year-old right-hander was popping 93-96 mph fastballs and throwing impressive sliders.

“I'm not sure if Mathieson will be ready to go back-to-back outings in September, but the Phillies can throw him out there for two innings every few days,” Arroyo said."

GM-Carson said...

By the way, I reported yesterday that Fat Mike Zagurski suffered an injured left ankle, turns out it was a right hamstring strain.

GM-Carson said...

Did anybody else catch Manuel almost slip and fall on his face while coming up the dugout steps before replacing Romero with Alf? It was hilarious! It made an already dumb looking man look dumber.

Run Up The Score! said...

The Pittsburgh series obviously sucked, but if you told me we'd only be one game out of the WC with all these guys hurt, I would've taken it a few weeks ago. The world's not caving in yet.

Jacobin said...

I agree that the world isn't caving in yet, but the worrisome thing is that the guys out of the lineup are more about our offense than anything else. And what's been killing us, even through these injuries, is pitching.

Maximis said...

I was at the game again yesterday, and I can't tell you how piss-poor Fuqua's management truly was.

I don't understand why he thinks its always a good idea to take out Burrell and (insert Right Fielder of the day here) around the 6th inning...but it doesn't work.

Nothing hurts more than watching 1/2 a stadium full of wet Bucco fans cheer while the other 1/2 of the stadium that are Phillies fans watches them give up 8 runs in one inning...and then an immediate rain delay.

God help our bullpen.

GM-Carson said...

I'm glad it's an off day, because the last thing I wanted to watch today was the rerun of Ryan Howard helplessly flailing at pitches and striking out. He is horrible right now. He continues to strike out like mad, but now he barely even puts good wood on the ball. The big man is coming up small.

Lets me state the obvious- losing the weekend series against the lowly Pirates sucked and could prove to be costly. However, there are still plenty of games left to be played against important opponents that if the Phils win they will still make it to the playoffs. Am I confident this will happen? Hell, no, they just got crushed by Shittsburgh, but the truth remains they're only 1 back of the Wild Card despite a horrible weekend.

furiousBall said...

Russ Branyan 2-5 since becoming a Phil, 2 HRs and 3 SOs. If he hits 400 the rest of the way all of those hits being dingers, I'm fine with the K ratio.

Jacobin said...

I had a judge today telling me about how great it was to be at the game and see the Pirates come back to win the game when everyone was pretty much ready to leave. This would be a moment where you smile and not bitch about the Phillies blowing the game to a minor league roster.

Bob D said...

Jacobin, can we prosecute the Phils bullpen? They are likely to drive people like Corey or Carson to do some henious crime against someone. Maybe we will call it a "hate crime", which is an oxy-moron since crime against people are done in hate.

The bullpen has too many minor league pitchers in it or the ball park is too small.

And Brayan is on a pace to hit 400 with 14Hrs and 27 strike outs with the Phillies.

Jacobin said...

Bob, I'm going to propose a civil action instead. How about we go with intentional infliction of emotional distress against the Phillies ownership group and negligent infliction of emotional distress against the bullpen. We'll have to show real damages somehow, but I think that's probably the best route to take in this instance.

Until they codify "impersonating a major league pitcher" as a crime, we're probably shit out of luck prosecuting those bozos.

Bob D said...

Jacobin, I will be at the court house tommorow to file a restraining order against the Phil's bullpen tommorow morning.

I feel the emotional distress.

GM-Carson said...

It's nice to know if I need legal representation I already have a lawyer as one of my crew. Now only if I had an ice cream man too, because I'm having a craving...