Sunday, April 20, 2008

Finger of Blame

The finger of blame is being wagged at Mr. Ten Million Dollar Man Ryan Howard. With igniters Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino both out of the lineup Howard is needed more than ever, but just like a midget at the checkout counter he's coming up small. Stats- 18 g, 66 ab, 9 r, 12 h, 4 hr, 9 rbi, 26 k, .182 avg, .715 OPS. Yes, he's struck out 26 times in only 18 games; that's alarming! He's becoming a one dimensional player, albeit it he's one of the games best in that dimension (power). On defense he's horrible at starting a double play, range is limited by lumbering big body, juggles more balls than a clown, and fails to block bounced throws even though he's got more width than a hockey goalie. On the base paths he's slow. At the plate it's either homerun or strikeout, with the latter outweighing the prior by a huge margin. Do I think this will last all season? No, but it's lasting right now and the Phils are losing right now, and they're currently being dominated by the Mets which makes matters all the worse.


Phormer Phils Pitching:
*Vicente Padilla- 4 gs, 2 w, 26 ip, 15 k, 3.12 era, 1.54 whip.
*Randy Wolf- 3 gs, 1 w, 19 ip, 18 k, 1.42 era, 0.89 whip.
*Gavin Floyd- 3 gs, 2 w, 19.1 ip, 10 k, 1.40 era, 0.88 whip.
*Kyle Lohse- 4 gs, 2 w, 24.1 ip, 10 k, 1.48 era, 1.03 whip.
*Todd Jones- 7 g, 7 ip, 3 sv, 4 k, 1.29 era, 1.29 whip.
*Aquilino Lopez- 8 g, 1 w, 13 ip, 9 k, 0.69 era, 0.92 whip.
*Kevin Millwood- 4 gs, 1 w, 26 ip, 12 k, 2.42 era, 1.46 whip.
*Nelson Figueroa- 4 g, 2 gs, 1 w, 15 ip, 14 k, 3.60 era, 0.80 whip.
*Jon Lieber- 5 g, 2 w, 11 ip, 5 k, 1.64 era, 1.27 whip.
*Trever Miller- 8 g, 5.1 ip, 4 k, 3.38 era, 1.50 whip.
*Justin Miller- 8 g, 1 w, 11 ip, 10 k, 3.27 era, 1.18 whip.
*Gas Can Geary- 8 g, 8.1 ip, 8 k, 2.16 era, 1.08 whip.
*Billy Wagner- 7 g, 7 ip, 4 sv, 6 k, 0.00 era, 0.14 whip.
*Justin Germano- 3 gs, 20 ip, 6 k, 1.35 era, 1.00 whip.
*Carlos Silva- 4 gs, 3 w, 29 ip, 11 k, 2.79 era, 1.14 whip.
*Ryan Franklin- 10 g, 8.1 ip, 3 k, 2.16 era, 0.96 whip.


John Marzano:
Former MLB catcher for the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners John Marzano was found dead in his apartment at the tender age of 45 from what is believed to be a heart attack. He played 10 seasons in 301 games with a .241 batting average and 11 homeruns. Recently Johnny Marz has been on Comcast doing baseball analysis for the Philadelphia Phillies. I always enjoyed his in-depth nonsugarcoated viewpoint; it was refreshing to hear someone tell it like it is. It's strange to think that yesterday's starting pitcher, Jamie Moyer (the elder statesman of the MLB at 45), was the same age as Marzano. Rest in peace bro.




still can't believe johnny marz is gone...and yes F ryan howard. im trying to be calm and realize the mets are almost gone. but if we dont get this one today i will break mass amounts of stuff that i own.

GM-Carson said...

One thin about the city of Philly, if you're a high-priced "talent" but aren't producing (ahem- Ryan Howard) you're going to hear it from the fans. They'll love ya too, once you get going that is.

Jeremy said...

I know nobody wants to hear this right now but if you look at the first 16 games in April of last year the Phils were like 2-14. We still won the NL East on the last day of the regular season so if the team can gear it up like last year we should be in decent shape.

GM-Carson said...

Jeremy- I'm well aware of that. Are you aware that was LAST year and for that historical collapse to happen again is like a 1 in 1 million shot. April matters just as much as any other month, so get it done now!

Big Hurt Frank Thomas was released by Toronto for hitting nearly what Ryan Howard is. I know the circumstances are far different, but I'm just saying.

Los said...

I can't believe Johnny Marz is gone - he was the pride of South Philly, and really a good analyst, and a funny guy ... it's gonna be hard to replace him.

Corey said...

it was such a breath of fresh air when marzano joined comcast. i love to here real phillie fans talk honestly about the team. it was nice to have a guy on tv share the frustration of losing and delight of winning, instead of the typical non-emotional, non-biased talking head. if you missed the game and turned on post-game live, you knew who one just by looking at marzano, you didn't need to see a score. he'll be missed.

GM-Carson said...

Our Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are a miserable 2-15, that's bad.

Bob D said...

Ron Chiavacci is the only Iron Pig that is have a good start so far 1-1 ERA under 3. The best average for a hitter 278??? and that for a part timer. Jaramillo does have 2HRS and 2RBIs but is hitting 180something. But AAA looks brutal right now. AA on the other hand has done well.

GM-Carson said...

There's no talent at Triple A for us, it's all a bunch of has-beens, never-weres, and who-the-hell-are-theys.

Our Double A and below does have some prospects though, so that's encouraging.

Phils vs. Mets prime time ESPN game of the week tonight.

GM-Carson said...

Jimmy Rollins and Chris Snelling just hit the DL. Call-ups: TJ Bohn and Brad Harman, neither are hitting a lick in the minors, so needless to say they'll be worthless.

Rollins should have been DL'd right away, but since he's been pinch-hitting his time table for the DL has been prolonged...ugh!

This organization continues to find new ways to piss me off. Whether it's the manager, GM, or the players I never seem to be short on reasons to openly bitch.

GM-Carson said...

Check out these winners:
Harman, 22, was hitting .222 (12-for-54) with three doubles, one homer and three RBIs in 16 games for Reading.
Bohn was hitting .190 (8-for-42) with one double in 13 games in Triple-A, where he played all three outfield positions.

furiousBall said...

Terrible news about Johnny Marz, a truly good guy and fun to listen to.

GM-Carson said...

Seriously, with our heart soul of the offense just DL'd (J-Roll) coupled with being blown to smithereens by our arch rival the Mets, could this April get any worse? If so, I don't want to know how.

BloodStripes said...

Another killer pinch hit. Way to go Pedro. Uts on fire tonight.

Jacobin said...

Utley has been reminding everyone why he was tabbed to be the third consecutive MVP out of Philadelphia...

I'm not enjoying this ninth-inning jam. Thankfully Lidge gets a strike out... oh, and now man-lover David Wright is up (who hasn't been retired yet this game).

Jacobin said...

My God! Ryan Howard made a defensive play at a big spot in a game... nearly screwed it up, but caught the foul off of Wright's bat!

You know, the really lame part about this is that if this drama plays out well for the Phillies, we're only taking 1 out of 3 against the queens of Queens.

Wow, Bruntlett made a nice play to end this game! Kind of makes me forget about the 3 or 4 errors he had in his first two games... only kind of makes me forget.

BloodStripes said...

Eaton much better this year. Top play by Bruntlett to end it. A deserving win. Good stuff Phillies!!!

LynnieMac said...

Is it bad that when I saw that Frank Thomas was released I wondered what Toronto would give us for Howard?

And Carson, please do not ask if it could get any worse. I've found that when you do that, it pretty much instantly does.

BloodStripes said...

Another Aussie Brad Harman is back with the big club. Probably won't do anything but he is there for a couple of weeks all the same.