Sunday, April 27, 2008

Get Away Day?

Would you be happy with a 5-2 record on a 7 game roadie? I would be. And I'm pretty sure the Phils would be too, because they went into PNC on Sunday and played the final game of their trip like they couldn't wait to take their 5 wins and head back to Philly.

Some credit must go to southpaw Paul Maholm though, who pitched a gem. The Phils managed only a Pat Burrell double and Eric Bruntlett single, both coming in the 5th inning. Burrell also smashed a liner to left that was tracked down by Jason Bay. Other than that...nothing. The ugly facts:

- The team was 2-26 overall.
- Mendoza Watch: Five of the eight position players that started yesterday are hitting below .220 - So Taguchi, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Pedro Feliz, Eric Bruntlett.
- Brett Myers has a worse ERA than Gavin Eaton. And how Myers-esque was it that he walks the opposing pitcher, loses focus, and gives up a dinger to the next batter.
Pirates Pay Morris To Not Pitch
Subtititled: If you don't have anything good to throw, don't throw at all.

Like Jason Kendall before him, Matt Morris will get paid huge dollars to NOT play for the Pirates after the Buccos determined his best contribution to the team would be to not contribute at all.

At first I felt bad for Morris. He seems like a nice enough guy and getting booed off the mound to end your career is a little sad. But then I remembered the $10 mil, and I don't feel so bad anymore...

The move to send $10 million home cements last seasons trade with the Giants not only as Dave Littlefield's worst, but possibly the worst in Pirates history.

The release of Morris opens a spot on the roster and in the starting rotation. Maybe they can tap that great resource in San Francisco and get Barry Zito. He's a great pitcher who doesn't make too much money...



GM-Carson said...

Barry Zito is awesome. He gave up something like 7 runs in about 2 innings today. Dude is money! Wasted money that is.

Bob D said...

I thought the same about Eaton: best contribution that can be done is not to contribute.

How about an Eaton for Zito trade.

Myers with 10Hrs already this year. That has to be a record pace.

GM-Carson said...

Myers is a mental midget. Dude just needs to pitch like he's capable of instead overthinking and overthrowing everything.

Eaton for Zito would be horrible because Zito has more years and cash owed to him, at least Eaton is gone after '09.

GM-Carson said...

I'd love to see the Phils win one of either Tuesday or Wednesday just to say they've had a winning April. Of course if you want to get technical, 1 loss came in March so they're 14-11 in April, and that's already a guaranteed winning April. Still though, wins are nice and essential to contending, so racking them up in the beginning of the season is a good thing.

Phillies pinch-hitters are batting .302 (13-for-43) this season. The team leads all NL clubs in pinch-hits, pinch-hit average, home runs (three), slugging percentage (.558) and RBIs (nine). ... Pat Burrell has started all 26 games this season in left field. Burrell and Chase Utley (25 at second base, one at first base) are the only Phils to start every game this season. First baseman Ryan Howard and third baseman Pedro Feliz are the only other players to appear in every game thus far. ... Philadelphia is 1-2 this season after an off-day.

GM-Carson said...

Everyone's favorite minor league prospect Tony Bastard (Antonio Bastardo) is ripping through Single A with a 1.17 era over 5 games started in 30.2 innings pitched with 47 k's.

GM-Carson said...

From Yahoo-
Apr 27 CF Shane Victorino is expected to be activated from the Phillies' disabled list before Tuesday night's game against San Diego at Citizens Bank Park. But there's no guarantee he'll be in center field. Before Sunday's game, manager Charlie Manuel said he may consider keeping OF Jayson Werth in center field and returning strong-armed Victorino to right, where he played last season. Werth is batting .263 (15-for-57) with five homers and nine RBIs in 14 games since Victorino strained his right calf April 12. "I think Werth has shown he can play center field," Manuel said. "When you're hurt, usually you don't lose your job unless somebody knocks the (stuffing) out of the ball. I always thought if I was better than somebody and I beat them out, I deserved the right to play. I'm 64 years old, and I still think that way. It's up to that guy to win his job back. Victorino is one of the better right fielders that I've seen in quite a while. He could play in right, but also, I see him as a center fielder. We'll just have to wait and see what happens." Victorino went 2-for-4 Sunday for Class AAA Lehigh Valley (Pa.) and finished 6-for-16 (.375) with one RBI during a five-game minor league rehab assignment. Werth batted .323 (10-for-31) with four homers and seven RBIs on the just-concluded seven-game road trip.

goDuke said...

How long before the Phillies try to sign Morris?

GM-Carson said...

I heard the Phils were ready to offer Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Ruiz, and Carlos Carlos for Matt Morris just last week.

By the way, Kris Benson suffered a setback in an extended spring training start the other day...doh!

SirAlden said...

Myers is a punk. He refuses to long toss as Dubee has asked, and abandoned the game plan he agreed to minutes earlier, to drop the cutter against the Pirates.

I really thought last year had helped him mature, and he was ready for a break-out year.

Ed Wade not bringing back Schilling from Arizona 3 years ago sadly sealed Myers fate. He adored and revered and may have picked up his work ethic with his guidance.

GM-Carson said...

I'm quickly going from a fan of Myers to a hater. He has a world of potential that he's wasting because he pouts, has a crappy gameplan, and thinks he's unhittable. Dude needs a reality check!

Scotty said...

I think Myers has some frustrations that he needs to release, maybe a 30 pack and a couple slaps to his wife would relieve him of his stress and he could get back to being a legit #1 starter in the league!

GM-Carson said...

Scotty- low blow. Maybe Pedro can take his frustration of being DL'd out on a bunch of cocks. You know he loves the cock...fighting that is.

GM-Carson said...

Phils Still Looking For Lefty Relief Help
David Murphy quotes Phillies GM Pat Gillick as saying he's still looking for lefthanded relief help. Recently signed lefty Steve Kline is in the mix to fill the role, but isn't a lock. Kline's currently with the Phils' Triple A club.

The Pirates' John Grabow would be a nice addition; he's thrown twelve scoreless innings. Damaso Marte is also probably available. Ron Mahay, George Sherrill, Scott Schoeneweis, Jamie Walker, and Royce Ring are other possibilities in my mind. But since the Phils already have J.C. Romero doing a nice job, maybe they'll just pick up a lower-cost guy like Ray King or Mike Stanton.

*I say call up Kline and send Condrey down to the Iron Pigs.

Bob D said...

If you want a cheap lefty reliever, just have Condrey throw with his left hand.