Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Any time the Phils win I should be happy. However, last night had loss written all over it until Greg Dobbs made some magic happen in the top of the 9th. Dobbs has been an amazing asset as a bench player and occasional starter during his time with the Phils, collecting his league leading 10th pinch-hit and 9th rbi. The pitching was great for both sides last night with Cole Hamels having another dominate performance notching 11 k's over 7 shutout innings. Tom Gordon came in and pitched the 8th to win his 4th game of the season with Brad Lidge taking the 9th inning for his 11th save. I should be happy, I keep telling myself- "Don't worry, be happy.", but I just can't wrap my head around the fact that the Phils offense is scoring less than an amputee playing basketball. Over the past 4 games the Phils have only scored 9 runs, losing 3 of those games and lucky to not have lost all 4. Pat Burrell has gone cold, Pedro Feliz continues to hack at the first pitch, Ryan Howard's average is going downward once again with the k's increasing, Chase Utley isn't the force he was a couple weeks ago, Rollins has been inconsistent, the list goes on. They wait for the homerun, but the homerun doesn't always come, and when it doesn't come the Phils fail to score runs. Situational hitting has always been an Achilles heel for this club, and make that tenfold this season. Entering last night's game they were 4 for their last 32 with runners in scoring position and I know that number probably got even uglier last night with the Greg Dobbs hit being the only hit in that situation. Bottom line, this offense is wasting some damn good pitching performances that they'll wish they hadn't because it's highly doubtful that it'll continue all season long. So, yes I'm happy they won, but I'm also worried about this offense.

The time is now for a series win, as the winless Matt Chico toes the rubber for the rubber game of the series tonight against Grand Pappy Moyer. C'mon Phils, show some phight, and knock that baseball so hard it cries.

~Carson

21 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Knock Chico around and get a win Phils!

GM-Carson said...

Chico is 0-5 on the season, they damn well better friggin win!

Bob D said...

Thats scary, it has Cy-Young performance written all over it.

The Phils tend to do that for pitchers who are not very good. (see Tim Redding - 2 shutouts against Phils this year)

Joe said...

Dobbs makes things happen.
Players like that need to be in the line-up.
Put him in. He's only had 43 ABs against lefties. How does anyone know he needs to sit against lefties? His numbers are as good as Feliz. (I know small sample size for Dobbs.)

That block of the plate was textbook. Watch and learn kiddies, watch and learn.

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

we win with ease tonight...

GM-Carson said...

I will hold you to those words LongDrive.

By the way, Aaron Rowand is still hitting well for San Fran. I thought last year was his career year by far, but he's putting up very decent #'s again so far this season...dammit Fence-Face!

NE Phillies Phan said...

Hamels has finally put it all together this year and become a pitcher instead of a hurler. He could be on the verge of a very special career if he stays healthy. Steve Carlton Ver. 2.0

GM-Carson said...

Hamels has pitched very well so far this season, too bad the offense hasn't backed him up so he could get some more wins.

ASponge said...

In our opinion, Dan Uggla has surpassed Chase Utley as the premier 2B in the NL this year. We're curious to know if you guys agree. Here's our piece:

http://thesouthfloridafan.blogspot.com/2008/05/his-name-is-dan-uggla.html

Let's start a debate!

GM-Carson said...

I called Uggla a misfit before the season started and I couldn't be more wrong. He has been amazing this season developing into a solid all-around hitter, not just a slugger. He's a great player, and it's hard to imagine he was a Rule 5. Uggla's having the better season right now, but Utley is the better 2nd baseman.

ill said...

bob d - I consider Redding a decent pitcher. Bergmann I do not, which is why I was baffled as to why we couldn't hit him last night. Hopefully, Cy Chico will not be a problem. Just need to keep making contact and hope the ball drops.

joe - With Moyer pitching, we need to have Happy at the hot corner. Dobbs is not good at defense and is much better coming off the bench.

GM-Carson said...

On Ryan Howard-
The "it's early" excuse is out the window now, because it's no longer early. He's going on a 2 month slump with no hope in sight. It's not the weather's fault, it's not Charlie Manuel's fault, it's Ryan Howard's fault. We all know the talent this man has, he needs to adjust to what the pitchers are giving him and get back to producing like he is capable of. Having him in the heart of the lineup kills this team. Yes, the finger can be pointed at Feliz and Ruiz as well, but Howard is the cleanup hitter and is supposed to get the job done on a consistent basis. He disgusts me right now, I literally hate watching him play. He pouts after every at bat, sulks in the dugout, and even carries himself poorly on the field while playing defense. Get a few inches closer to the plate, keep your front shoulder closed, and swing the damn bat!

GreggyD said...

Well said my friend. My sentiments exactly. I am ashamed to even own a Ryan Howard jersey at this point. In no way has he merited his $10 million salary, and sadly for him, the Sixers and Flyers playoff runs are done. With the eyes of the city shifting over to 1 Citizens Bank Way, Howard will be more scrutinized than he probably ever thought possible.

Los said...

Dobbs should've bowled the catcher over on the play at the plate, though.

Dan said...

Yeah, I was going to point that out...Dobbs had a really bad slide into the plate. No way you can let the catcher push you off of the plate like that...gotta roll him over. Evidently he is a little bit dinged up though in the upper body...that might have had something to do with it.

SirAlden said...

Bottom of the third Shane goes back and makes the catch! Noone else would have caught that. 2 runs would have scored.

GreggyD said...

Wow Ryan Howard is a big tease. My fatal pessimism is telling me that in his next game he goes 0-4 with 4 K's. God, I hope I'm wrong.

Jacobin said...

BOOM! How about that game for a punch in the mouth? Geez, where's the offense been? You'd think Adam Eaton was out there pitching against the Phils tonight!

BloodStripes said...

Top win. A slaughter. Chase with 2 hits and Howard with 2 bombs. Beautiful. I hope Chase is warming up out of his slump.

GM-Carson said...

That was one helluva game, finlly entertaining.

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