Saturday, August 18, 2007

Saturday Shuffle

I was searching through WSBGM's archives and I came across a post from about a year ago that I felt could be directly applied to this season right now. From August 20, 2006- As Phillies fans we should be used to getting our hearts broken. Hell, if I had to write a love song, its title would be "Breakin' My Heart 162 Times a Year". Right now many of us see the NL Wild Card right before our eyes for the taking, but it almost seems like the Phils don't want to seize the opportunity...rather tease. There are dangerous times ahead my friends during the next few weeks. Phils will stay within pissing distance of the Wild Card to piss it all away in the end. I don't mean to set a melancholy mood, because not all is lost. There still is a glimmer of hope, but it's quickly fading with every passing game/opportunity. Good writing always stands the test of time. Go ahead and rank Corey and I up there with Billy Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Dr. Seuss if you like. *I do have a slightly more optimistic outlook on the remainder of this season though.

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You're Full of Pooh!:
Speaking of famous writers, yesterday's comment section featured and impromptu lengthy discussion on A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh. I'm still confused as to why many us of partook in the childish and silly banter, but nonetheless we did (possibly because many of us are indeed childish and silly).

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This-n-That:
*Phils reached their high-water mark on the season, now 9 games above .500. Currently they sit 3 back of the Mets in the NL East and are tied for a share of the Wild Card with San Diego. Pirates- keep showing us some intrastate love, a sweep would be sweet.

*After a 3-day slumber in Washington, the bats came to life in the 'burgh last night. A 16 hit attack showcased Burrell and Rowand homeruns, 3 hit games for Rollins/Burrell/Coste, and every starting member of the lineup collecting a hit except for the massively slumping slugger Ryan Howard.

*JD Durbin improved to 5-2 and lowered his Phillies era to 3.98. I've got one thing to say, "Screw Adam Eaton!".

*The bullpen was a bit leaky last night, as Condrey, Mesa, and Zagurski allowed 5 runs in 3 innings. I know many of us like Fat Mike Zagurski, but he is not ready for the Majors...the kid started in A ball this year.

*Recently I was sent an email with a cool site that tracks each team's chance at the playoffs. Give it a click and check it out- Phillies Playoffs.

~Carson

32 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Phillies.com's new poll is the same thing I posted earlier in the week about chances at the Playoffs...ripoff!

GM-Carson said...

Burrell collected his 1,000th MLB hit last night and it was on the homer.

Chris Coste now batting .351, so I ask why the hell is he still batting 8th?

SirAlden said...

A Bear of very little brain is

Pooh - Charlie Manuel

Rabbit - Jimmy Rollins

Christopher Robin-Cole Hamels

Piglett - Abe Nunez

Roo (who runs all the time)- Shane Victorino

Kanga - not to worry mom - Pat Gillick

Owl - wise old bird - Jamie Moyer

The Hefalump - big huge theatening contract - now a threatening thummper - Pat Burrell

Eeyore - was Mike Leiberthal the not so hidden club house cancer of past years.

SirAlden said...

I've got 25 things to say,
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BloodStripes said...

Top post GM Shakespeare. You and Corey are doing a fine job of entertaining us Phillie kids.

At least for now the Phils are not just within pissing distance of the WC. We are on top for farks sake!! Wooo!!! Well, equal is good enough for me, so celebrate while you can phans. I am. Saturday night here and the bourbon is flowing.

Chris Coste is a bloody champion. A world series ring would end the movie just perfectly wouldn't it?

Congrats to Winnie the Bat! A fine way to bring up hit 1000. He really has settled down. Thanks Mrs Burrell to be. We love you.

BloodStripes said...

Those 25 qoutes are the best I have read all year. Screw the theiving bastard.

BloodStripes said...

At least all and sundry agree the Cole Hamels is Christopher Robin and Owl is Jamie Moyer. Perfect fits.

GM-Carson said...

Of course I had to count to make sure there were 25- "Screw Adam Eaton"'s there, and there was.

BloodStripes said...

Only 42.2% chance of making the playoffs? I was thinking maybe 75%. Sweep Pittsburgh and that site reckons our chances are up to 52%. Bring out the brooms. Screw that site too. Cmon Phils! Take us to october!

BloodStripes said...

Man that website is hard to deal with after a few drinks. But i like it.

BloodStripes said...

Sabremetrics to the max. Only in America can someone do that. Thats full-on. Aussies just couldn't be arsed to do something like that. Dunk that into the too hard basket.

BloodStripes said...

If Moyer is the Owl, does that make Paul Maholm the Pussy cat?

Bob D said...

Bloodstripes, can you explain that website to us sober people?

2 days short of one year, and how appropiate is that same post for this year? Ironic isn't it? Hopefully the September outcome is better this year for the Phils.

Coste batting .351 and Barajas is in rehab getting ready to take his spot on the roster. Hope he doesn't have any set backs such as an Eaton injury.

BloodStripes said...

Bob D, I haven't coped too well with that website but it said "If the team next to the green number wins, the chance of making the playoffs goes up by that many percentage points". For the next game and the one after the Phils had a number of 5.1. So playoff chances go up 5.1% for each win this weekend. I just spoke to the WSBGM's resident physics and space shit expert Stephen Hawkins and he said thats not cool. The great one said " the Phils are shithot right now Blood and their chances are much higher than that". So I'm goin' with the Hawk and backin' the Phils in for some October mayhem.

GM-Carson said...

I thought the site was easy to understand, I apologize. I like that it shows the games of concern and the percent for or against the Phils playoff hopes each game has based on the outcome. Here's a way to keep the math simple though- keep winning every series!

Jacobin said...

Durbin's start last night was good enough. It wasn't a stellar pitching performance, but he gave the team a reasonable chance to win (unlike Eaton's last 10 or 15 starts). My prediction is Gavin Eaton's shoulder soreness lingers just as long as his replacement throws good games.

And just for the record, I wish that Eaton's pitching woes were caused by an injury because that means with some rest he'd get better. Unfortunately, I think Eaton's piss-poor pitching this year is actually attributable to his pitches being easy to hit, his pitch location being nothing remarkable, and his ability to adjust being nonexistent.

Maybe if this guy had a good pitching coach, he could get his act together and turn into a crappy 5th starter with a 4.98 ERA, but that isn't happening with Dubee as our pitching coach... and I think Jamie Moyer only takes young pitchers with promise under his wing.

GM-Carson said...

I agree that Eaton's "injury" will be stick around as long as Durbin (his replacement) pitches well. If Durbin gets shelled in an outing, I'm sure we'll here about Eaton's healthy healing. Also, Jacobin, you brought up a good point about Moyer helping out pitchers. I think almost everyone agrees he's a better pitching coach than Dubee, Dubee is more or less there for appearance sake, but Moyer doesn't waste his time with pieces of pooh like Eaton.

Maximis said...

So being that I live on the other side of the state, I finally got to see live and in person my first Phillies game this season...and not only that, a free concert by Smashmouth/ Giant Fireworks Extravaganza after the game...further proving that Smashmouth is a band that is completely underserving of their millions of dollars.

But besides Smashmouth, I got a chance to observe (basically) what our WSBGM faithful writers and many other Phils fans have been saying all season: our pitching SUCKS.

J.D. 'Turdbin' is clearly one of the biggest enigmas in the MLB. Somehow the man has a 3.98 ERA, a 5-2 record, and a COMPLETE GAME this season...yet is still atrocious. Reading today's post just really reaffirmed what it is to be a Philly fan. You can never count your team a winner.

For those amongst us who love Philly sports, you should all read a book called 'If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?' by Jere Longman. It details the Eagles run to the super bowl, and is a nice commentary on Philly fans. I enjoyed it, and so should you.

But seriously, Clay Condrey and freaking Mike Zagurski have no business being in the Majors. Zagurski throws like a girl...and he's fat. And the strong showing of Phils fans in attendance last night all joined together to loathe the piss-poor outing Clay Condrey had.

Nonetheless, we won. Just like you guys said, we may be tied for the Wild Card lead right now, but my God if Fuqua thinks its a good idea to bring in Zagurski in the 9th, I don't care if we have a five run lead...it ain't enough.

By the way...has anyone been to PNC park and seen the players painting random shit the first time they get up to bat? It is one of the funniest/worst things I've ever seen, and I love making fun of it every game I go to.

BenJah said...

siralden: i'm actually totally on board with everything you had to say today!! particularly where you write "screw adam eaton." obviously i didn't know that the howard comment was in reference to another blog's discussion....i definately think the phils should try to sign him, but it would have to be for less money than they gave utley. howard just isn't as good, or as valuable to this team.

Jacobin said...

The economics of baseball will probably dictate that Howard will wind up with a larger contract than Utley, simply because Howard's big contract chronologically comes after the deal Utley signed. In the scheme of things, Howard's deal may be less than Utley's from an adjusted viewpoint, but more in a dollars and cents consideration. Baseball contracts are not going down in value, they keep going up.

Oh, and speaking of going up, did anyone see that the Tigers gave the 27th pick in the draft a $7.3 million contract?! Apparently this high school pitcher had Boras as his agent, meaning that bastard has pretty done yet another maneuvering to corrupt the usefulness of the amateur baseball draft from a standpoint of taking players based on their talent and potential. With his shenanigans over the years (see J.D. Drew), a team has to put equal if not more weight on how much it is going to cost to get a draft pick as they do in considering if the player would be good for the organization's talent pool. This most recent play will encourage draft picks to hold out until the middle of August rather than getting signed and beginning to play.

I know we've had banter about overpaying for a player in the slot they are drafted, and I agree with that practice to an extent. Grabbing some kid in the 12th round and paying him $250k more than he should have got to convince him to be a pro is one thing, but a Boras client getting $7.3 million at the 27th pick right out of high school nauseates me especially considering the commissioner's suggested contract for this slot was $1.17 million!

Scott Boras is to all of baseball what Bill Giles was to the Phillies.

Bob D said...

10 spot by the 2 teams combined and not even done the 2nd inning. Burrell launches another one.

furiousBall said...

I farted.

Jacobin said...

The anemic offensive performances in Washington are being followed up by offensive ridiculousness in Pittsburgh... damn tied game 6-6 in the fourth.

Maria said...

Everything's trash. What a throw for Abraham Nunez. The only reason he's ever in there is for defense. Our pitching is so god awful and inconsistent. I keep praying Cole Hamels has a twin that pitches just like him.

GM-Carson said...

Yeah pitching!

Oops wrong game. 10 Spot for the sort-of-bad guys. Seriously, when the hell did the Pirates offense get good?

Bob D said...

When they can face the Phils thing that they call pitching

Jacobin said...

Wow, tonight's pitching was total crap. Gotta take the game tomorrow or we're losing a series to a bunch of minor leaguers.

BloodStripes said...

Totally crap alright.

BloodStripes said...

Totally crap alright.

SirAlden said...

Atlanta Lost - San Diego Lost

GM-Carson said...

Wow, the game was so crappy that it cause BloodStripes to a have a stuttering problem.

No-Hit Nunez sucks. We all know he has no power to speak of, and when he makes an error it underminds the only attribute he has which is defense.

Grand Pappy just didn't have it working last night, his prescription discount drugs must have gotten lost in the mail or were on backorder.

Burrell with some pop. His ressurrection is great, because I was starting to think the Phils may trade him this offseason while eating almost his entire salary, even worse than the Thome deal in which we're still paying.

GM-Carson said...

From Phillies.com- Right-hander Freddy Garcia made a rehab start with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies on Saturday. It was his first outing since landing on the disabled list June 9 with right shoulder soreness. Garcia worked two innings and threw 28 pitches.

Catcher Rod Barajas, on the disabled list with a strained right groin, began a rehab assignment on Friday night with Class A Lakewood. He was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI and caught four innings. He is scheduled to catch seven innings Saturday and nine innings Sunday for Lakewood.