Thursday, April 03, 2008

Classic April Phillies

Score big but give up bigger. Pitch small but hit smaller. This is classic April Phillies baseball right now. The losing ways of the Phils in the opening month of the season has been well documented in almost every media outlet (rumors of a silent black&white movie as well as a book in Braille coming soon). As I type this post, the Phils are one of only four teams that have yet to win a game in the 2008 season (both Chicagos and Detroit being the other losers). In the past few seasons under the masterful guidance of Charles Manuel the Phils have always hit the skids to begin the season, then come back firing like Rambo. However, odds are likely to catch up with them this season, chiefly because surrounding competition is better. I'm tired of reading the same screen play, it's time to rewrite the script or throw the old in the burn barrel, douse it with gasoline, and light that bitch up because we know it's played out. Play baseball in April like you play baseball in September; play every month with equal effort, intensity, and concentration. Jamie Moyer takes the mound for redemption this afternoon, he doesn't screw around, and hopefully neither will the crew backing him. Time for that first win gentlemen, time for first blood.

~Carson

37 comments:

furiousBall said...

i like your take on this and i agree, the phils needs to play with some attitude today and just get it done.

GM-Carson said...

In my mind, Moyer is the best option for the Phils to take the mound today. He may only throw 75 mph, but he is tenacious and brings a gritty attitude with him to the park. Time to stop being pussies and fire this shit up!

GM-Carson said...

Phils already losing 4-0 in the 1st.

Howard's defense disgusts me, but apparently because he's God of Offense, I'm not allowed to point out his shortcomings.

GM-Carson said...

Box Score shows a throwing error of Utley, but it's a ball Howard should have come up with. Regardless this is yet another loss in holding.

furiousBall said...

Think Moyer is pissed off at how confusing the Medicare prescription plan is?

GM-Carson said...

Wow, when you give up 2 doubles to Christian Guzman in 2 inning you know you suck. So much for suggesting Moyer was the warrior we needed for today's game. He and Gordon are past experation date going sour.

GM-Carson said...

Over the past 2 games (counting today) the Phils have more errors (3) than hits (1). Does baseball get any worse?

GM-Carson said...

I know I'm talking to myself right now, but I don't give a shit. Now 3 errors in the game with only 1 hit. How can they be this bad?

GM-Carson said...

Now 4 errors in the game. 1 each to Rollins, Utley, Moyer, and Feliz. Who do you blame? I blame the players and the manager who doesn't drill the shit out of these losers.

Bob D said...

I think I swallowed my vomit. No, that is better than the game today.

GM-Carson said...

I hate the Phillies right now.

furiousBall said...

wow, Jamie's WHIP has to be about 9 at this point. which is consequently what our average number of errors per game with just today's stats

GM-Carson said...

I would be arrested if I were attending the game today. This is a disgusting display of baseball, and there is no reason to be playing so poor, and especially because it's against a seemingly far less superior team.

furiousBall said...

ok i just spotted this on the play-by-play on ESPN.com... we're stinking it up, but that's just not fair.

GM-Carson said...

Phils phightin' back, just took the lead with Vic's 1st hit of the season, now 7-6 in the bottom of the 6th, bases still loaded with 1 out.

GM-Carson said...

Shit Utley...dick just ended the inning with a double play. The Phils suck with the bases loaded.

GM-Carson said...

I'm sorry Chase, I still love ya. Just frustrated we can't pick up some insurance runs. Bases loaded 1 out- no runs. Next inning, men on 2nd and 3rd no outs- no runs.

BloodStripes said...

Excellent comeback from the Phils. C'mon sketchy bullpen hold on for the win!!

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- what time is it over yonder?

BloodStripes said...

7:00 am mate. Catch this game before work.

C'mon Phillies!!!!

GM-Carson said...

Extra frames here we come. 7-7 after 9.

BloodStripes said...

started watching at about 5:30.

Condrey for the win?

BloodStripes said...

Good pitching Clay Condrey. Very nice.

Top of the order. Lets walk off now.

BloodStripes said...

Awesome baserunning from the NL MVP!

GM-Carson said...

Nice bunt by Vic, way to take two bases by J-Roll, nice walk to end the game. Finally a win!

Mike said...

They fired that shit up!

GM-Carson said...

Ugly win, but a win. I'm just glad they didn't lose again.

BloodStripes said...

Good enough for me.

Phils on the board.

Los said...

Thank goodness they won. But, you bring up a great point. Who's fault is it ultimately that they start off slow every year? It's gotta be the whole coaching staff, right? Maybe the trainers? It's frustrating.

GM-Carson said...

Los- my default I blame Manuel.

EckT1 said...

This game could have won easily in 9. In the 6th and the 7th we had runners in scoring position. Imagine if Howard had been sent home on Burrell's double. He looked like he got turn.

GM-Carson said...

Unfortunate news from my homeboy Jayson Stark-
There are signs that Ryan Howard wants an unprecedented contract - he won't be using Miguel Cabrera as his model. A trade before he reaches free agency (after the 2010 season) seems likely.

*Told you he wanted A-Rod type money.

GM-Carson said...

Stark's post on ESPN-
Ready to rumble
• Miguel and Ryan: Miguel Cabrera may have had a bearing on Ryan Howard's income level for this year. But don't connect any future dollar-sign dots between those two guys, just because the Tigers were able to sign Cabrera to an eight-year, $153.3-million long-term deal.


In the short term, Cabrera is probably the biggest reason Howard will make $10 million this year. Why? Because many people believe Howard wouldn't have won his arbitration case this spring if the Phillies hadn't made the mistake of submitting a bid lower than the $7.4 million Cabrera won in arbitration last year.



But there are no indications that Cabrera's big deal provides any kind of blueprint that would enable the Phillies to get Howard signed long-term.



For one thing, the two sides haven't spent 10 seconds talking about a deal since the arbitration hearing. For another, Howard and agent Casey Close continue to position him as an unprecedented player, who therefore deserves an unprecedented contract.



So there's no sign they view the Cabrera deal as being any more applicable to Howard's situation than, say, what Mark Teixeira will get in free agency this winter or what Matt Holliday will rake in the winter after that.



Which means that eventually, the Phillies' biggest decision almost certainly isn't going to be what to pay Howard. It's when to trade Howard.




"One of these years, they'll have to decide to move him," says one longtime baseball man. "And the longer they wait, the more his salary goes up, so the shorter the list of teams. If you move him in a year, he's what -- a 10-team guy? Wait a few years, and he becomes a five-team guy. So they're in a tough spot."


• Howard, Part 2: Business issues aside, though, Howard seems primed for a spectacular year. He pounded balls to the opposite field all spring -- a sure sign he'd rediscovered the left-field power stroke that proved so elusive to him last season after he strained a quad muscle in spring training.


"He didn't have his legs last year," says Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson. "When he has his legs, he can trust his hands. When you don't, you've got to use your body to generate power. That's what he was trying to, and it got him away from that swing."

Mike said...

The Phillies should deal Howard to the Yankees for C.J. Henry.

Maria said...

I'm not too worried about the Phillies. Trust me, they will make the playoffs and have at a least a .500 record in April. The pitching and the offense will come together. The first game they have good offense and bad pitching and in the second game they had great pitching and no offense. There's still 159 games left.

Maria said...

And I don't know if you've mentioned this, Wes Helms finally designated for Assignment.

And doesn't 1-2 look so much better than 0-3?

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

THANK GOD A WIN! i go to the first 3 games every year and finally they pull out at least 1 win! it was ugly yes, but a win none the less. can't wait to see your post on it tomorrow.