Friday, August 10, 2007

Saturday Poll

Abraham Nunez, shown here modeling the 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, has 1903-style game. That year, the National League leader in homeruns was Brooklyn's Jimmy Sheckard, with 9. In 2007, No-Hit has approximately 200 at-bats and has yet to hit a home run. While discussing this fact with Carson I posed the question, "Who will hit the next homer, Nunez or one of the pitchers?" Carson took Nunez, but I think one of the pitchers has a better chance, Gavin Eaton being my specific choice to go deep. Who do you favor in this battle of ineptitude?


First To Go Yard
No-Hit Nunez
Any Pitcher
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Game Recap
The radio was playin' Desmond Dekker was singin'
On the 43 bus as we climb up the hill
Rude girl Carol was a mini-skirt girl
My blurry vision saw nothin' wrong
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     --- Roots Radicals - Rancid
So Rowand has "blurry vision." This could be anything so I'm not even going to speculate. Hopefully his trip to Wills will result in good news.

Lots of credit has to go to the battery of Cole Hamels and Chris Coste. Both players, in only their second years, responded well to a rough first inning, made the proper adjustments, and shut the Braves down the rest of the way. Extra mention to Coste, whose catching pedigree was questioned heavily in the off-season resulting in a few months in the minors and two years of Rod Barajas.

Two scoreless from the bullpen including Gordon taking his save percentage up to 60% this year (wow, that is still bad.) When Gordon was brought in for the ninth, I was cursing Manuel and his decision to use Myers the night before in a tie game when the 7-8-9 section of the lineup was due up. Even if Myers would have shut down the Fish, it was highly unlikely that the Phils would score in the bottom half. I see it as a waste of a Myers appearance.

Oh, and Wes Helms hit a homer, so I guess he's awesome now.
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Off Topic #1
Not that I would EVER "judge a book by its cover," but does it surprise anyone that someone looking like this had to seek treatment for substance abuse.
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Off Topic #2
Today is the first day of the English football season. [Remember my story from Thursday about 5 pound bottles of Bud in London? Look who is the sponsor of the EPL fantasy league....mmmmm, Bud.]Fox Soccer Channel has a triple-header starting at 10:00 this morning. Even though my team Newcastle United aren't on TV until next week, I'm freaking psyched. And hey, even if you don't enjoy a good run on the pitch, it's one hell of an excuse to start drinking before noon.

Corey

25 comments:

SirAlden said...

Today will be Eaton's Last Start.

A.J. Happ Watch Last 2 starts.

IP H R ER BB SO HR
Happ 6.2 1 0 0 1 8 0
7.0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Totals 13.2 3 0 0 1 15 0

SirAlden said...

That's 13.2 innings pitched, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 15 strikeouts, and no home runs allowed.

Corey said...

what do you do with eaton? move him to the bullpen? i just don't see them moving a guy they invested millions and millions on to the bullpen. oh wait, they already did that once this year, so maybe they will.

BloodStripes said...

A.J killing it! If Kendrick can do it. Happ can.

Moyer will go yard sooner than Nunez. Ha!

BloodStripes said...

Go the Magpies!

Corey said...

magpies with an early 2-nil lead over bolton!

sunderland beats spurs. derby leads portsmouth. great start to the barclays....

anyways, back to baseball.
from mlbtraderumors.com: padres won the claim for kei igawa. if they work out a deal with the yankees, i think he could help them, which isn't good for the phillies as they are chasing the padres. of course, he could have a 6+ era with them too...

GM-Carson said...

Damn, 8 votes so far and I was the only loser to pick No-Hit smackin' a longball before a pitcher...the hatred for Nuni on this blog makes me proud.

By the way, I hate soccer!!!

Jacobin said...

It's just hard to imagine Nunez hitting a home run because it's hard to remember or imagine him hitting a ball out of the infield.

GM-Carson said...

So, Fence-Face is probably out of the lineup tonight. How about this lineup until he returns:
1. Rollins SS
2. Iguchi 2B
3. Burrell LF
4. Howard 1B
5. Dobbs RF
6. Werth CF
7. Coste C
8. Branyan 3B

Corey said...

i would move coste up to 6th.

or, if you favor rollins in the 3-hole (which i don't):
gooch
coste
rollins
howard
burrell
dobbs
werth
branyan

Jacobin said...

Helms had a home run last night, and considering how Charlie uses players on a day following a useful offensive output I would be surprised if he isn't in today's lineup.

Corey said...

true dat

GM-Carson said...

I was glad Wes Helms went deep, he was a huge part of that 1st inning, but lets not fool ourselves...he sucks! He made yet another error at 3rd, it's disgusting how bad he is playing defense there, worse that I thought he'd be.

GM-Carson said...

Wow, 20 votes in today's poll so far and still only 1 vote for Nunez (that being me). To be honest, I'll be happy-slappy if a pitcher or Nuni go deep, it should make Baseball Tonight's hilights.

GM-Carson said...

By the way, I did a Rick Ankiel piece over on More Harball. I think I did a decent job, it's worth a look.

Jarex said...

based on the strange synchronistic nature between WSBGMs and the Phillies, I hereby predict that Honest Abe goes yard in his next start.

In the event this prediction comes true, I'll be in Philly next Friday and Saturday in case anyone would like to buy me a pint and have me predict their future.

In the event this prediction does not come true, let's pretend it never happened.

SirAlden said...

What do you do with Eaton? You throw him into garbage time in the Bullpen where he deserves to be.

Then maybe he will rethink his theft of mad cash, and come back ala Burrell.

SirAlden said...

Eaton was just yanked in the 4th.

I told you so.

It seemed like a good signing at the time with people throwing 55 million here or there at retreads, he had been drafted by the Phillies, so one thought they would have the inside understanding of him. Eaton has to be yanked from the rotation now, I am sad we are losing the game buyt happy it will give us a shot with A.J. Happ.

If Happ fails it cannot be worse than Gavin Eaton. If he rocks, it is the 1950s Wizz Kids all over again.

Bob D said...

Eaton may have started his last game for the Phils. I would expect Durbin to start next since he would have to clear waivers if he is sent down for JA Happ to start. Durbin has done decently good, so I believe that he would be claimed quickly. Condrey may lose his spot for Happ or a more likely senario is Happ called up come Sept 1.

Well anyway, I believe Durbin will hit the next homer for a pitcher. Eaton cannot stay in long enough to get any more than 1 at bat and that was pushing it.

Jacobin said...

I just got home after a long day of running around, and it looks like it wasn't a bad night to miss a game. Another typical start from Gavin Eaton puts the Phillies in a lousy spot quickly. It's disgusting how shitty this guy has been. We need to win tomorrow. Dropping the series the Braves is unacceptable (I don't care if Gillick thinks 3-3 is acceptable).

SirAlden said...

Padres Lost - Mutts Lost....

Phillies Win if we bring up A.J. Happ.

GM-Carson said...

My ever mounting hatred of Adam Eaton has reached an apex...screw him! He's bullshit, complete and utter bullshit. Not only have we suffered through one of the worst seasons era-wise by a Phillies starting pitcher with Eaton, but we have this no-talen ass-clown for 2 more years. The Braves announcers said, "Eaton's not a bad hitting pithcer", well too bad he's a bad pitching pitcher!

GM-Carson said...

"no-talen" should be "no-talent"...it's not like Eaton is a hawk and needs a talon, my bad!

BloodStripes said...

Eaton eats barf for breakfast. A 6+ ERA and rising. Call up AJ!

GM-Carson said...

Eaton is one reason why Gillick's tenure as Phils GM may always be looked back on as a very ugly one. Don't get me wrong, he's made some other piss-poor signings as well- Barajas, Alex Gonzalez, and traded away switch-hitting extraordinaire Vincente Padilla for nothing too.