Wednesday, February 27, 2008

#1 or #1.5?

Charlie Manuel bestowed the honor of Opening Day starter on Brett Myers for the second year in a row. This is to the surprise of many, as Cole Hamels seemed to be the incumbent #1, but I pose the question- does it really matter? Brett Myers and Cole Hamels each have top of the rotation stuff, so I don't think of Myers as the go-to-guy or Hamels has the runner-up, rather view it as we have two #1.5 starters and it makes sense to have Myers go first (right) followed by Hamels (left) then Kendrick (right) then Moyer (left) then whatever trash we throw out their for the 5th spot. Prepare yourself- this is one of those rare occasions where I understand Manuel's reasoning and agree with it...mark this date.

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Reinforcement:
I'm not sure the general public knows this, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are pretty bad. Despite the Buccos' propensity for sucking and housing underwhelming players, the Phils have decided to give shelter to yet another one of their castoffs. Earlier in the offseason the Phils took in Shane Youman, and now have blessed us with Ray Olmedo. A veteran of 5 seasons with the Reds and Blue Jays, Olmedo has appeared in 198 games playing 2B, SS, and 3B compiling a .228 average and .569 OPS. He won't make the 25-man roster, but he is only 26 years old and will serve as depth for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (*added bonus, this makes Ray a semi-Phucco). To make room on the 40-man roster, super prospect John Ennis has been designated for assignment...and to think he had so much promise.

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Cancellation:
The rain put the kybosh on a Florida State trouncing of the Phillies last night...thank goodness, that could have been very embarrassing for our Phightin's. Kidding aside, Joe Savery was pretty disappointed about not getting the opportunity to shine in front of the Phils supposed Opening Day lineup which was set to play behind him. Now we move on to the real Grapefruit League action against some Major League competition, or at least of bunch of guys wearing Reds' uniforms who could some day maybe make a brief appearances in the Bigs. Grand Pappy Moyer gets the thrill of throwing the Phils first official pitch of spring training (like he hasn't done that 289 times before) and will be followed by Travis Blackley, Clay Condrey, Carlos Carrasco and Ryan Madson.

~Carson

21 comments:

Bob D said...

Must be kidding about John Ennis. The Phils lineup -vs- Seminole pitching = lots of runs.

Tony said...

...this is one of those rare occasions where I understand Manuel's reasoning and agree with it...

I agree, too.

What time can I expect the collapse of the universe upon itself today?

GM-Carson said...

Yes Bob D, I was very much kidding about John Ennis. In my opinion he falls into the "who gives a crap?" category of players in the organization.

furiousBall said...

I think if Ryan Howard used an aluminum bat against FSU, he'd kill someone.

GM-Carson said...

Funny you bring up aluminum bats, as I feel the NCAA should go to wood as well.

GM-Carson said...

From a clever poster on BeerLeaguer about new Phillie Ray Olmedo- "If you took Abraham Nunez's stem cells and grew them in a Petri dish for 26 years, you'd have Ray Olmedo. Except with less power because even the first copy fades a bit."

*That's KWality stuff right there.

the Ascetic Sensualist said...

Opening day is a day game. Game 2 is a night game. Hamels is much much much much much much better in night games. That's reason enough for me to start Myers on opening day.

Bob D said...

Will Olmedo unseat Utley at second base? You know coming from the same jeans/genes as "No Hit" and all.

I like the idea of Howard hitting with aluminum bat, however replace the baseball with golf balls and see how many get hurt/DOA.

GM-Carson said...

I used to launch golf balls off of an aluminum bat back in the day...all those poor squirrels.

GM-Carson said...

From Jayson Starks blog-
• STRIKE TWO: Now that Kris Benson -- the first player picked in the 1996 draft -- is a Phillie, the Phillies are one of two teams with more than one No. 1 overall pick on their big-league roster. Anybody want to guess the other? I'll let you know at the end of this blog.

Oh, and speaking of Benson, he says he's only about a week behind the rest of the pitchers in camp -- and, at this point, thinks he can be in the rotation by mid-April. In reality, the jury's out on that, given that he's only 11 months down the road from shoulder surgery. But he's the Phillies' best fifth-starter option, by a mile. So watch this development very closely.

*By the way, the other team is the Twins with Joe Mauer and Delmon Young.

GreggyD said...

Nice clobbering of the Reds today by the Phils. Grand Pappy was solid in his first outing and I am impressed with Travis Blackley's line as well. It was good to see Feliz collect an RBI in his first game and Howard's double just goes to show us even more that when he makes contact, he does good things with the baseball. Overall, I am very happy with this first win of the grapefruit league schedule.

GM-Carson said...

Spring Training doesn't mean diddly-squat come Opening Day, but winning is nice regardless. I'm personally rooting for Travis Blackley or Vic Darensbourg to make the staff. Super happy Feliz got 2 hits in 2 at bats, the more comfortable and confident he feels the better. I know it's 1 game, a spring training one at that, but still good things can come from it.

GM-Carson said...

Phils won 8-1. Moyer and Blackley pitched well, while newcomers Feliz and Bruntlett had 2 hits apiece. Dobbs crushed a 3 run shot. Condrey gave up the only run.

Jacobin said...

It's great to kick things off with a win, even if it is spring training... what really matters is April this year (not that we haven't been saying that the past few seasons)! Where would this team's have record been if they could just came out and had a solid opening month?

Let's get out of April five games over .500 and begin the march to October a little earlier this season!

LynnieMac said...

I agree that a winning April would be nice, but as long as the Phillies are playing in October, I can't say I care much how/when they get there. Just as long as they get there.

SirAlden said...

Blackley (H, 1) 3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

BloodStripes said...

I really hope Blackley makes the team. Go Aussie go!

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- if Blackley makes the squad, are you purchasing a jersey?

BloodStripes said...

I already have a home and road jersey so I probably would have to settle for a t-shirt.

GM-Carson said...

I wonder if you could get a "black" Blackey Phillies mock jersey t-shirt.

BloodStripes said...

Now that would be good.