Sunday, September 23, 2007

Super Bad

The bullpen has been a joke almost the entire season. A long, exhausted, painful, unfunny joke. Do I need to remind anybody that Jose Mesa is a member of this relief group?! Are you aware that our #1 starter at the start of the season is now our mental midget closer?! Can you honestly tell me you trust any pitcher out there with a lead?! Like Bob Dylan said, "the times they are a changin'", because over the past 2 weeks our bullpen has been- dare I say- truth worthy and good. Most notably JC Romero, Tom Gordon, and Brett Myers who have appeared in 5 straight games now, and even Gas Can Geary has seemed to put on a flame-retardant suit for the time being. Overall, the bullpen has posted a 1.84 era over the current road trip.


Surgery Sucks:
Highly touted pitching prospect Scott Mathieson, who spent this season recovering from Tommy John surgery, is set to go under the knife yet again. During a rehab assignment Mathieson felt discomfort in his repaired arm and was shut down, and it has now been recommended he get it "cleaned up" via surgery. Reports have him ready for spring training next season, but as we all know- the Phillies have a tendency to lie in cases like this. Also getting sliced-and-diced will be minor league starting pitcher Zack Segovia.


Holla @ cha Boy!:
*I love Ryan Howard's power. I hate his lack of contact. The man is about to set the single season strikeout record, and with every mounting k I get more and more disgusted. Howard currently has 194 k's, and that's with a 15 day stint on the DL, and will undoubtedly crush the strikeout record set by Adam Dunn at 195. I find it revolting that a player can fail to put the ball in play 38.3% of their at bats. I'm not advocating the exile of Ryan Howard or anything ludicrous like that, I'm simply stating my displeasure for his way of making outs. Here's the stat I'll leave you with, when Howard puts the ball in play he is batting .429.

*Disney doesn't like failures. The warm and fuzzy story of Chris Coste has gotten ugly lately, as his batting average has gone from .365 on August 2nd dipping down to .281 after last night. He's now 5-34 in September, which equates to a horrendous .147 average. Once again, I'm not promoting the deportation of Chris Coste, I'm just pointing out his recent struggles...still better than Rod Barajas.

*At the beginning of the season, who would have thought our staff ace end up being some barely known commodity that began the year in Reading? The barely know commodity is Kyle Kendrick, and he's been everything we could have hoped for and more with a 9-4 record, 3.83 era, 1.28 whip, and 115 ip in 19 starts.

*The Phils are now 15 games above the mediocrity mark of .500 with a 85-70 record, and are winners of 9 out of their last 10 games. Going into Sunday they still trail the Mets by 1.5 in the East and now only .5 games back of the Padres for the Wild Card. 7 games to go...bring it on!



BloodStripes said...

Its been a good 10 days. The bullpen has grown in strength and blitzed it lately. The offense have had a few quite days so should two or three 10 spots left in it yet.

More come from behind wins and several extra innings wins. Its been a great team effort. The Phightin' Phils have been playing true to the name. No signs of it slowing either.

Its Washington's last game in their current ballpark so emotionally they will be up to go out on a winner. I reckon our Phils are up for any challenge so bring 'em on. Hamels to improve and keep us in it for a sweep.

Lets go Phightin's!!!!!

BloodStripes said...

That Howard stat is freaky. Look for more contact Ryano.

Full credit to Kendrick. He has been a real find. Saved our ass. I had full confidence in him last game and he did his job very well.

Hamels said he will be better next outing. He has talked it up and followed it up this year. Not reason to disbelieve him now.

Time for the offense to deliver our solid pitching a big early lead.

Once again.......Lets go Phightin's!!!!!

GM-Carson said...

Hamels better pitch better today. 3 runs in 3 innings last outing is Adam Eaton-like. A sweep is necessary.

BloodStripes said...

He sure was rusty. He'll be better.

Bob D said...

Hamels should have a much improved game and be available to throw more pitches. The offense could help today by putting up alot of runs to give the 3 Amigos a break in the pen (2 days with Mondays offday).

Shame about Segovia and Mathieson, they could be helping right now out of the pen.

Skeeter said...

I just want to point out that Superbad was a freaking hilarious movie. Go see it

SirAlden said...

A win on Sunday — in the final road game of the regular season — would cap the trip off at 9-1, the best mark of any 10-day trip in the franchise’s 125 year history.

SirAlden said...

2 Wins Against The Cards - CHECK!

(3 down) 2 More Wins Against The Nationals

2 Wins Against The Braves

9 Wins -- 89-63 4-3 .667

Will 89 now be enough? If the Mets and Padres lose on our off day monday.

5-2 will give us 90 Wins. (4-2 if we win today)

GM-Carson said...

Bad managing, bad bullpen, bad offense = loss.

Manuel is an idiot, Alfonseca sucks, the offense laid a turd.

6 pack of games left...going down to the wire.

By the way, I loved 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, so I'm sure SuperBad is funny as hell too.

chuckm said...

I dont blame Manuel with the garbage he has been given to work with. I blame over eager hacking Phillies batters for todays loss. This guy Hanrahan, who ran full counts all day ended up getting 7 K's, 1 BB and a ton of barely tapped lunged outs? Just awful hacking at the plate today, esp from Rowand and Werth. Oh well, at least the Rockies are up right now and considering how the Mutts nearly blew another one, they ahve some turds left.

GM-Carson said...

The Mets are assholes! Thanks a lot Florida, way to step up your game.

Werth and Rowand looked horrible today. They've each been productive for us this season so they're allowed to have a crap game every once in a while, but no more for the remainder of the season.

This upcoming Braves series is going to be tough. Both Hudson and Smoltz set to go against us.

By the way, did the Montreal Expos draft Chad Cordero straight out of the Special Olympics...dude looks like a Re-Re.

SirAlden said...

The Padres Lose!

If they lose tomorrow we will be tied in the Wild Card with 6 Games to go.

BloodStripes said...

Crappy loss. Hamels did his bit. Pen not so super today. Still only a half game out but Colorado is now a threat. Its going to be a heart-stopping final week. I can't handle the thought of the Phils not making it. C'mon boys just get there.

Los said...

Loss today, but at least the Padres fell too - time to regroup!

And Superbad was an excellent flick!!!

Jacobin said...

We knew there was a snowball's chance in hell of the Phils running the table to finish out the season. But the chance at sweeping the 'Nats was so tantalizing... At least the Padres lost. I'd love it if we'd take the division from the Mets, but the most important thing is to make it into the post season.

Monday is a day of rest for the team, and then it's time to win, win, win, and keep on winning from here on out!

GM-Carson said...

Romero, Gordon, and Myers should be prepared to pitch in all 6 remaining games. It would be great if the offense scorched the Braves for a few games and gave the staff some breathing room, but the Braves are some tough competition.

Bob D said...

The Phils if they ran the boards here could end up with a tie for the East and a playoff game.