Wednesday, April 23, 2008

High Fives for #5

You're my boy Burrell, you're my boy! Pat Burrell and Chase Utley continue to see-saw back and forth between MVP of the NL. I know it's premature to start pontificating about postseason accolades, but these two are having phenomenal Aprils and that cannot be overstated. Last night The Bat plated So Taguchi, Utley, and Ryan Howard in the top of the 9th to secure the lead for the Phils, and then Brad Lidge came in to shut the Rox down to earn his 4th save of the season and put the Phils 1 game over sea level (11-10). It's time to give some high fives to our #5.

~Carson

21 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Utley, Werth, and Feliz had fine games offensively too. Myers wasn't very good, but the offense bailed him out (which is what this offense should be able to do more often than not).

furiousBall said...

nice game boys, keep it going

goDuke said...

Burrell is the man. He and Utley are both hitting .357 thats Magnum baby.

Bob D said...

The team is starting to click much better now.

Fabio "Model Dictator" Castro pitched 7 shutout innings last night for AA Reading. There is hope on the horizon down in AA for the Phils pitching staff.
Castro 3-0 2.25, 24K, 24In. 186BAA.
Carrasco 1-1 2.00, 21K, 18In, 213BAA.
Outman 0-2 3.05, 23K, 20.2In, 291BAA.
Overholt 1-0 4Sv, 1.86 12K, 9In, 147BAA.

These guys may make thier way to Philly at some point this year.

GM-Carson said...

I'm keeping an eye on the Phils minors this season more so than in the past and will be giving bi-weekly updates on some "prospects".

goDuke said...

Burrell is the man. He and Utley are both hitting .357 thats Magnum baby.

GM-Carson said...

GoDuke- got the message the first time at 10:36 this morning, but it's okay to repeat because it's worth repeating I suppose.

GM-Carson said...

ESPN.com has Ryan Howard listed as one of the biggest disappointments of the new season because of his slow/horrendous start.

Ryan Howard, Phillies 1B
(.190 batting average, 30 strikeouts in 79 at-bats)

That $10 million salary arbitration award hasn't bought Howard much peace of mind this spring. Last year, he got off to a poor start because of a strained quadriceps that forced him onto the disabled list in May. This time around, he's just messed up mechanically.

You can't hit what you can't see, and Howard keeps telling manager Charlie Manuel and hitting coach Milt Thompson that he's having trouble picking up the ball out of the pitcher's hand. He doesn't trust his hands or his eyes enough to wait at the plate, so he's lunging at pitches and getting caught out in front.

"He's not comfortable, and when you're not comfortable in the box, a lot of bad things happen," Thompson said. "You just have to keep swinging until you get there. It's like a light switch. It'll flick on, and you'll have it."

Howard erupted for 10 home runs last June, 10 in July and 11 in September, so the law of averages dictates that several unfortunate NL pitchers are in for some hard-core suffering down the road.

GM-Carson said...

I hope this is just a rumor and not reality-
According to a source close to the situation, Jimmy Rollins’ injury is more than just a sprained ankle. Jimmy Rollins has a broken bone in his ankle. On April 20th, Jimmy was placed on the 15-day DL for a sprained ankle, but he could stay on the DL longer than first anticipated.

The 2007 National League MVP has only played in 12 of the 21 games this year, but the Phillies have managed well without him. However, Rollins is a vital piece to this team if they have any chance of winning back-to-back National League East titles.

Los said...

Utley is playing out of his mind ... Burrell's playing for a contract.

GM-Carson said...

Freakin' Cole Hamels. Through 1 inning and it's 3-0 Brew Crew. Call the chiropractor, Cole needs readjusted. Prince went deep. He may be a vegetarian, but he still likes a meatball.

GreggyD said...

Just as your post stated, our boys are going back and forth again tonight with both of them going yard. God I love watching these two play right now.

Jacobin said...

One out and a man at third in the ninth... you have to get this run in. Never mind, it seems Werth wants to make their life easier by striking out and putting it all on Pedro Feliz to drive the run home. Maybe they should try to steal home? It seems the safer bet right now.

Jacobin said...

Pedro the Out Machine Feliz lives up to the moniker! Way to weakly ground out with the game on the line. That's no-hit Nunez contact. Why's he batting second?

This seems like a good time to point out that Charlie lifted Burrell when it wound up if the team was going to come back and win, his spot would have been critical in the lineup. Who wouldn't want B.J. Tohn hitting behind Howard in extra innings?

Gah, blah, blech.

Dan said...

Yeah, forget it. Well, on a positive note, this increases the Manuel Loss counter to 1 for the season and gets rid of the goose-egg. Cole was obviously tiring against Fielder and was up to like 120 pitches, to boot.

During the AB, even Chris Wheeler - Chris Wheeler! - noticed this, and pointed out that Cole was losing it. And then BAM.

Good one, Charlie.

chuckm said...

WTF- Just when Uncle Cholly was impressing me with his in-game moves, he comes through with a classic Happy Pappy boneheaded move. Not the type of move where you curse it after the fact, but one where you are sitting there going "What in the hell is he doing". After 110 pitches and JC available Hamels was done after 7 and if you are going to try to squeeze another inning out of him, you have him on a short leash and have JC loosing up just in case. Cole should have been pulled after the first batter got on and Romero come in to face Fielder. Good gravy even a Dusty Baker-dumb manager knows this. This loss is squarely on him.

SirAlden said...

121 Pitches for Hamels!)*(^^%$&(*!!!

WTF DUBEE

WTF!!!!

BloodStripes said...

Thought we were gonna sneak another late win in.

BloodStripes said...

Fuck me roman! Rollins has a break in his ankle and will be out for another 4 to 6 weeks.

GM-Carson said...

Charlie Manuel is a dumbass!

Michael Seff said...

Just imagine if Ryan Howard was hitting right now...