Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Do my eyes deceive me?

It's roughly 9:30pm Eastern time and the Phillies/Astros game is heading into the bottom of the 9th with the Phils down 3-nuttin'. I ponder turning off the tv and catching some early z's, but I resist the temptation of sleep and decide to stick around to watch the finale of this lousy game. It has been a lousy game to this point too, the Phils offense is nonexistent, Adam Eaton & Co. pitched well but all for naught, and Jimmy Rollins is still out of the lineup. I was already to go off on one of my patented tirades and rip this team a new one, then the bottom of the 9th begins and I think my eyes are deceiving me as what happens next is more like a hazy dream than harsh reality...

*Aussie Chris Snelling pinch-hits and takes Astros closer Jose Valverde deep...this can't be real, guess he ate his Vegemite. Phils down 3-1, no outs, none on.

*Chase Utley gets plunked, like that never happens. No outs, 1 on.

*Ryan Howard strike outs, this is bound to happen 200+ time this season with the way that schmuck is hacking haphazardly. 1 out, 1 on.

*I turn to my wife and say, "My boy Burrell is going deep to show Howard how a real man gets the job done.". Sure enough, yack 'em jack 'em, Burrell 2-run opposite field roundtripper. Score 3-3, 1 out, no on.

*Brett Favre steps up to the plate to attempt a last second Hail Marry to win the game, but strikes out flailing. Luckily the pitch escapes catcher Brad Ausmus and Jenkins scampers down to 1st. 1 out, 1 on.

*Our Swing-happy 3rd baseman Pedro comes up and Feliz Navidads a double down the line while Jenkins runs through the stop sign to slide in victoriously safe at the plate on a bang-bang play...Phils win 4-3.






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Do Work Son!:
*Hat tip to Adam Eaton for proving many wrong through 3 starts. Here at WSBGM's have predicted a return to career norms, so we'll take partial credit for Eaton's "success" thus far. Each time Adam has taken the mound, he's gone at least 6 innings and given up 3 runs; that my friends is a quality start (4.12 era, 1.32 whip).

*The bullpen, also a grave concern of many, has been a shining component of the Phils this season. Chad Durbin (0.75 era) eats innings in middle relief like Rosie O'Donnell woofs cheeseburgers. Rudy Seanez has yet to surrender a hit, and he, Brad Lidge, and JC Romero still have sparkling ZERO eras.

*The City of Philly is known for their blue collar work ethic and appreciate their athletes to have the same gumption. Pat Burrell is embodying that blue collar mentality and winning over the hearts of Phans with his performance (.349 avg, 9 r, 5 hr, 15 rbi, 2 more walks than k's, and a 1.273 OPS). Way to get the job done Pat. You're my boy Burrell, you're my boy!

~Carson

14 comments:

GM-Carson said...

From Yahoo-
Apr 15 Ken Mandel, of Phillies.MLB.com, reports an MRI revealed the strained calf muscle Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino (calf, knee) suffered Saturday, April 12, is in a different area and not as severe as the one he suffered last season. The MRI also showed a slight tear in the meniscus of his right knee, though that was likely from a pre-existing condition. "It's not as bad as I expected. I don't feel like it's going to take me 15 days. It's still early. We'll take it day-by-day," Victorino said.

goDuke said...

Burrell's not your boy, he's my boy... I said it before Pat Burrell MVP. Now that has a nice ring to it... Chase is gonna have to wait until next year!

GM-Carson said...

GoDuke- he can be you're boy, but he's my boy too. I've been using that phrase for over a year now regardless of you declaration of Burrell for MVP.

Corey said...

rosie eats burgers, too? i thought her diet consisted mainly of carpet and shrubbery.

that's all i have. see you next week...

Pedro Feliz said...

i want props for my game-winning double, you bastards.

bsg said...

I'm pissed i missed this one, at the ironpigs game and i'm in the clubhouse store and hear the final score of the game and let out a LOUD "YES!!!", scared some folks and caused some head turns!, glad to see there's one ironpig to root for... way to go snelling, ....well at least lehigh valley has played better the last 2 games for whatever that's worth. who knows if K.K keeps pitching the way he does, they'll call up chiavvaci who had 8 k's monday night...... the post was great until i scrolled down to rosie o'donnell, i don't know whose scarier her or ed wade..........

bsg said...

You know,...... ed wade looks like a cross between one of the those troll dolls with the day- glow don king hair(minus the hair) and dana carvey doing his George Bush Sr. imitation(it just wouldn't be prudent!)..what a bad combo!....just a thought......

Dan said...

Great win last night - unbelievably exciting. Not a bad showing by the Flyers, either...all in all, a pretty good night for Philly.

I'm headed down to the game tonight...let's hope that last year's wunderkind Kyle Kendrick can wake up and beat a superior opponent in Roy Oswalt (although, Roy has kind of stunk it up this year, so who knows).

The only remaining issue is whether I wear the 1983 Matthews home jersey or the 1983 Andersen away jersey (thank you, incompetent Phillies staff who printed up too many "free jersey" cards during a promotion last year...anybody else remember this?)

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

i was at the game last night, it was unbelievable. after the game the phils late inning rally, coupled with a flyers win, the streets of philly were insane. people screaming and throwing random things. couldn't have asked for a better night. well maybe slightly better, last night being game 7 of the WS.

GM-Carson said...

"the streets of philly were insane. people screaming and throwing random things."

*Is that how the streets of Philly are after a great win or a horrific loss?

Pedro Feliz- congrats on the game winning double. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Keep making us write good things about you.

Corey- are you suggesting Rosie is of the lesbian persuasion?

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
Phillies left fielder Pat Burrell was awesome in July and August of last year. Outside of that, he was just decent. He's off to a blazing start in his first 14 games of 2008. He turns 32 in October and can explore free agency after the season.

Burrell is earning $14MM this year. Which players might serve as comparables for Burrell's next deal? Carlos Lee is similar, though he was a few years younger when he reached free agency in '06. Lee received $16.6MM per year for six years. Burrell could be compared to Alfonso Soriano, who received an even bigger contract. Hideki Matsui's average annual salary of $13MM seems like the floor for Burrell. If he has a typical Burrell year, I expect him to want something in the range of four years and $60MM (similar to Travis Hafner's current deal).

The Tigers, Mariners, Rangers, Braves, Mets, Reds, Padres, and Giants are teams that may have left field vacancies after the season. The Rays could have room at DH. If first base becomes an option, even more teams enter the mix. The Phillies haven't ruled out bringing him back and he'd love to re-sign. Burrell will face competition from Mark Teixeira, Adam Dunn, Raul Ibanez, Bobby Abreu, and perhaps Manny Ramirez.

*I'd offer him a 3 year extension for 42-45 million right now, and an option year at 17 mil.

Jacobin said...

It's fantastic Kendrick got back to pitching well... it's craptastic that Oswalt picked the same night to start pitching well again too.

Bob D said...

Maybe its time the Phils just say, lets put Rollins on DL for 15 days. This would give a needed break to rest that leg and not push it and come back at 70%. But again the Phils probably have no-one able to help from the minors. Woodward or something or Olemeda???

GM-Carson said...

It appears that they should have DL'd Rollins right after he hurt his ankle. However, because they keep pinch-hitting him it bumps the timeframe back for a DL stint every time. For example if they would have DL'd him last Wednesday he'd be eligible to be activated April 24. He pinch-hit last night making a DL stint last until May 1st.

Wonderfully pitched game, horrible offense.