Saturday, May 17, 2008

Couldn't Finish the Job

Wow, what a letdown! Jayson Werth hypes up the entire ballpark with 3 homerun in his first 3 at bats of the game knocking in 8 runs in the process and then pops up foul for an out on his 4th and final at bat. Anyone can go out and pop 3 taters in a row and chase 8 ducks from the pond, but only the immortal go deep 4 times and knock in 9+ runs, Werth is werthless. The Phils were only winning by a score of 10-3, they needed that insurance run in the 7th inning that would have been provided by Jayson had he not weakly popped up...ugh! He simply wasn't man enough to finish the job and seal himself into the history books, what a shame. This lack of desire and focus is just another in the long history of failures of Phillies players...I say bench him!

Other Things for the Crapper:
*Ryan Howard collected a hit in his 8th straight game; average on the rise.

*Grand Pappy Moyer won his 233 game of his career, going 6.2 quality innings.

*Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino seem to be getting their grove back at the top of the lineup; 2 hits apiece last night.

*The bullpen is still defying odds and KO'ing the competition.

*The Phils are tied for 1st place in the NL East with the Florida Marlins.

~Carson (in an obviously extremely sarcastic mood)


Bob D said...

Carson- Howard has an 8 game hitting streak (unless you are counting todays game). He has been batting 290 during that time.

Werth will be benched today in favor of Jenkins.

Phils seem to be one of the best 3 or 4 teams in the NL right now.

GM-Carson said...

Bob D- thanks for the heads-up, I made the correction in the post.

The Phils are a good team, better than I thought they'd be.

GM-Carson said...

I'm think Adam Eaton picks up his 1st win of the season today, and the Phils touch up AJ Burnett early and often.

GreggyD said...

I think the thing that impresses me most about last night was that two of Werth's home runs were hit to the opposite field. That's a true example of what power really is. I still don't think he should be in the lineup everyday, but it's going to be hard to keep that platoon intact if he keeps hitting like this. This team is looking really good right now, and with Rollins back in the lineup, Victorino hitting better, and Howard coming around, it's almost scary to think of how good they could be.

This 2008 team could be the same as last year's team, with the most effective bullpen in the league...that's a thought that brings a smile to my face.

GM-Carson said...

Howard Not Sweating Recent Extensions:
Over the past few months, Troy Tulowitzki, Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria, Hanley Ramirez, and Ryan Braun have been locked up to long-term contracts. There appears to be no such deal in place for Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. Though the two teams have talked long-term over the past two off-seasons, they aren't particularly close on terms.

The difference, of course, is that Tulowitzki, Longoria, Ramirez, and Braun all signed before reaching arbitration. Cabrera went to arbitration once with the Marlins, taking home $7.4MM before being traded to the Tigers, where he signed a monstrous extension. However, there is no reason to believe that Howard will get similar treatment. The former MVP is three years Cabrera's senior.

While Howard's potential free agency pay day has been slightly hindered by his extended time in the minor leagues, he should still make out well before then. In his first year of arbitration eligibility, he took home a record $10MM. He'll face arbitration before each of the next three seasons before he reaches free agency after the 2011 season, at the age of 32.

He could rack up over $50MM prior to that, though (counting this year's bounty). And at 32, he might be able to land a decent sum, likely with an AL team to split time at first base and DH. Howard himself says it best: "I've always said it's something that you can't control. The only thing I can control is what I do on the field. If it ever happens, whenever it happens, it happens."

*You all probably know how I feel on this, just ride him through arbitration then evaluate the situation right before he reaches free agency.

GM-Carson said...

I hate Adam Eaton. A Grand Slam to Rod Barajas, are you f'n serious?!

Bill said...

Love it! Is that a Harry Kalas talking toilet? I heard they were a hot commodity.

Jacobin said...

Someone tell me how that piece of shit Rod Barajas has a two-homer night?

Bob D said...

Barajas had 1 Hr, 2RBI's at Citizen Bank Park last year, in how many games???

This year he has 2 Hrs, 5RBI's in just 1 game

GM-Carson said...

Barajas came into the game with only 4 rbi; in the game he jacks 2 for 5 rbi.

Gordon looked like poop.

Eaton is poop.

Ryan Howard's swing was horrible and he dropped yet another throw that hit him directly in the mitt. His defense is getting worse.