Sunday, April 13, 2008

He's Got Legs

The Phillies speed- burn brothers Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. Phillies with leg injuries- gimp gang Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. The top of the lineup went from DSL to dial-up in a matter of a week and that's a bummer. Rollins is expected to be held out of the game again today in lieu of his left ankle sprain and Vic has already been placed on the 15-day DL with a right calf strain. Both are emotional leaders on the field and in the clubhouse and play with a high level of energy that is infectious, so when you take their livelihood away (legs) that's a bad thing for speedsters like them. He's got legs, and he knows how to use them. I'm worried about the long-term effect these injuries will have on Rollins and Vic, but only time with tell. Until that time, the ugly bearded bastard Eric Bruntlett continues to fill-in for Jimmy and Aussie Chris Snelling has been called up from Triple A to take Vic's roster spot with Jayson Werth and So Taguchi sharing CF now.

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Burning Cole:
Cole Hamels continued his season of dominance last night against the Cubbies and lowered his era and whip to 0.82, while going 7 fantastic innings allowing only 1 hit. I'm going out on a limb here (a big-ass sturdy limb) and suggesting if he continues with this type of performance he'll win 20 games. Struggling batters Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz each went deep for 2-run shots, and Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and Jayson Werth picked up 2 hits apiece to keep the offense chugging along.

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Minors:
*Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs have begun their inaugural season with a dud, dropping to 0-10 on in the Triple A season. Lil' Piggy fans haven't had much to cheer about aside from starting pitcher Ron Chiavacci's 0.79 era in 2 games. Note- recalled Chris Snelling was batting a measly .231.

*Reading Phillies have some hot bats: Mike Spidale, Joey Hammond, Greg Golson, Jeremy Slayden, Jason Donald, and Lou Marson are all batting over .300. Former 1st round pick Golson is finally putting it all together and is impressing scouts while racking up 7 steals through 9 games. Model Dictator Fabio Castro has hurled some gems with a 0.75 era through 2 starts and prospect Joshua Outman has pitched well too. Note- keep an eye on the crafty lefty former Independent Leaguer RJ Swindle, I predict we see him with the big Phillies come season's end.

*Clearwater Threshers prospect Adrian Cardenas is batting .390 and teammate Matthew Spencer .333. In the pitching department: last year's 1st round pick Joe Savery has a 1.50 era and Antonio Bastardo (awesome last name!) and Carlos Monasterios (from Abreu trade) are doing well in the starting rotation too.

*Lakewood BlueClaws firstbaseman Mike Durant has started off on fire clubbing 3 homeruns with a 1.130 OPS and outfielder Matt Spencer is batting .364. Pitchers Tyson Brummett, Yen-Feng Lin, and Moises Melendez have been the standouts on the BlueClaw staff.

~Carson

18 comments:

furiousBall said...

We need J-Roll back ASAP. Bruntlett is adequate in the field (with the exception of that first game), but at the plate... he seems to think there is a contest for the guy who pops out the most. I think the leg injury most shuffle the deck for Vic and get his bat back in order, he needs some time to get his head straight at the plate.

GM-Carson said...

Over the past 3 games Vic was actually hitting, that's what really sucks about this injury. He was playing awesome defense in CF and just finally beginning to hit.

Bruntlett is No-Hit Nunez, so very, very sad.

Happy Birthday to Wes Chamberlain, one of my favorite Phils of all-time.

Maria said...

eric bruntlett could be considered a no-hit nunez except for the sub-par defense. Hopefully jimmy will be back after the one day break.

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

DSL to dial up is correct. that injury really hurts us. i don't know who they are going to have lead off today, the lineup should look real interesting. the game yesterday was awesome though, especially seeing Rollins presented his hardware for his phenomenal season last year. nice minors update too. if snelling struggles or we have problems in CF i want golson called up immediately, his BA is like .357 or something like that and his speed could replace Vic for now...

GreggyD said...

I agree that Golson should be called up if Snelling/the platoon is not getting it done. The lineup is not going to look pretty today with Geoff Jenkins leading off followed by Werth and then the norm. I'm shuddering just thinking about it.

Bob D said...

Good update on the minors, could you do that once a week?

Jenkins and Werth along with Taguchi all have some speed, but not on the Rollins/Victorino scale. I also was noticing Vic starting to hit the last few games so this is bad timing.

Golson, if he keeps playing like that he may end up in the majors soon like how Bourn helped last year.

kentucky phils phan said...

gah i hate that about vic, having j roll out was bad enough.

GM-Carson said...

Golson is finally experiencing some success after years of medocrity, let's not rush him to the big leagues quite yet.

Geoff Jenkins leading off made me laugh out loud, then nearly cry.

GM-Carson said...

This is game is a bunch of crap so far. Phils sucking with runners on base. Umps blew a homerun call, it was obviously foul. I hope the Phils come back and win because I hate it when umps are allowed to effect the game like that.

GM-Carson said...

That ugly bearded bastard Brunt just went deep...wow. Would be a tie game at 3 apiece if not for that fake DeRosa homerun.

GM-Carson said...

Jayson Werth is having a great game. Homerun, walk, hit by pitch, rbi single...great 4th outfielder.

Jacobin said...

Burrell flashed the leather there in the 9th! Charlie gets booted early, so no early defensive replacement for Pat today. Lifted for a pinch runner in the bottom of the 9th though... who gets thrown out at second.

Of course, we really shouldn't be playing the bottom of the ninth since the Cubbies haven't actually scored 5 runs today. It's Phils 5, Cubs 4, Third Base Umpire 1.

kentucky phils phan said...

carson, i think u need to add defense to the loss count, thats whats going to end up costing us the most games

GM-Carson said...

I love Chase Utley, I mean that, my kid has his middle name, but he's been ugly defensively this season. That game should have never been a loss.

Jacobin said...

I'm with Kentucky Phils Fan regarding adding other reasons for losses... today's might appropriately go to the umpires, much like that debacle last year against Houston.

GM-Carson said...

I'd love to whip that ump with a rubber hose!

Los said...

Anyone else concerned about Victorino? He had leg issues at the end of last season, as well ... is this something that's going to stick with him his entire career?

GM-Carson said...

Los- almost the entire team concerns me.