Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rock Out With Your Pitching Coach Out

I feel like Bob Apodaca must be part of my family, because I've seen more of him in the last few days than I have my wife. Every time I turn around I see Apodaca jogging to and from the mound. Comcast is so good at sponsorship (Jeep Keys to the Game, etc.), just for tonight they should have the Amtrack Apodaca Trip to the Mound...

Taking two easy ones from the team that swept the Phils from the '07 playoffs has been sweet, but it is sort of sad to see the state of the Rockies right now. Without Holliday, Hawpe or Tulowitzki, the Rockies lineup is straight out of the Pacific Coast League. Combine that with a young staff and an overworked bullpen and the Rockies are as tough to watch as those horrid Sheetz poetry jam coffee commercials.
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I Will Wait No Longer
For whatever reason, I'm picking today to be impatient. R.J. Swindle needs to be in the Phillies bullpen. Tonight. I'm sure Clay Condrey is a nice guy, but if he needs to go to make room for the Great Rock-n-Roll Swindle, then c'est la vie Condrey. The Phils, like many other teams in the league, are perpetually looking for bullpen help. Yet, they have a guy carrying a sub-1 ERA and a 27 to 2 K:BB ratio sitting in the FeHams bullpen. They don't have to worry about burning options or accumulating service time or any of that. The biggest risk is losing Condrey and I think that is a risk worth taking since the potential reward is adding a useful lefty reliever to the 'pen.
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Sweep Vitals
The Phils hand the ball to Gavin Eaton. He sucks. The Rockies counter with Greg Reynolds, the second overall pick in the 2006 draft. [Some pitchers taken after Reynolds that year: Andrew Miller, Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw, Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy and Max Scherzer.] This will be the fourth career major league start for Reynolds, racking up a loss, two no decisions and a 4.06 ERA in his first three starts. First pitch is 7:05, hot dogs are full price.

Corey

19 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Happy Birthday to a WSBGM's founding father Steve Jeltz.

Today is for firsts: 1st sweep of the season and 1st 4 game winning streak.

furiousBall said...

gordon looks terrible last night, we need to get him and seanez back to where they were a couple weeks ago

Jimmy O'D said...

I agree get Swindle up to the majors ASAP.

GM-Carson said...

Swindle is only 24 years old and throws a low 50's curve from the left side...I love it.

Gordon has been good aside from opening day this season, but last night he made me nervous in a game where nervousness should have never played a part.

Jacobin said...

Don't know if anyone saw this report...

The Calgary Vipers of The United League baseball club traded 26-year-old right-hander John Odom to the Laredo Broncos for 10 bats (10 Prairie Sticks maple bats, double-dipped black, 34-inch, C243 style... according to the Prairie Sticks Web site, the bats retail for $69 each, discounted to $65.50 for purchases of six to 11 bats).

If only the Phillies could get that kind of value out of some of their trades!

GM-Carson said...

I did see that transaction last week. I pity the dude that was traded for lousy bats. Wish we could have pulled that maneuver with David Bell the 1st week into his contract.

Dan said...

Indeed...David Bell, what a waste. I also agree about Swindle...might as well give the kid a shot.

I was at the game last night (my first win of the season...hooray!) and I will say this: the fans at CBP have very little patience for Flash. I mean, they were pissssed.

And how about TJ Bohn and his newfound CANNON?!? He hosed that schmuck at the plate. I was impressed - he made it look easy.

Stephanie Grace said...

Bohn did bring his guns to town last night, I was impressed.

However, he's no real replacement for the man (machine?) with the Dirty Laundry at the plate. (Nor Senor Salami Werth or Mr. Greg Dobbs for that matter).

If Jenkins was only better against those pesky lefties...

GM-Carson said...

Dan- do you like the free "Fightins" hat they gave away last night? I want one!

Phils really need to score big tonight and help Eaton claim his 1st W of the season...it's almost June for crying out loud.

GM-Carson said...

From Baseball Prospectus: Lou Marson was one of the Phillies’ breakout players last year, batting .288/.373/.407 at High-A Clearwater while featuring plenty of athleticism behind the plate. All of that has led to another step forward this year, as Marson is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak is which he’s reached base 22 times and driven in 15 runs. Now batting .345/.462/.460 for the R-Phils, Marson has turned into an absolute on-base machine, reaching safely at an even .500 pace in 21 May games, and he’s doing his part defensively as well by nailing 39 percent of opposing basestealers. From nice catching prospect to very good one, Marson could fill one of the Phillies few lineup weaknesses by mid-2009.

*This kid is rising a star, and I'm hoping on for the ride.

SirAlden said...

Draft a college 3B man and a HS 3B man and 4 Starting Pitchers 2/2 in the first 6 picks of the Draft. (first 104 Players).

Pay well and let Pat Gillick go out on a good note, to help poor Seattle.

SirAlden said...

Enjoy Eaton's last start as a Phillie everyone!

Los said...

Let's hope the Phils throw some more runs on the board ... they're gonna need it tonight.

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- why exactly will/would this be Eaton's last start as a Phil?

Kris Benson is getting healthy, but he's still at least a month away. Is there a JA Happ call-up in the works?

Shane Victorino now with a 10 game hit streak, all started when Charlie named Werth a starter over him...go figure.

GM-Carson said...

Jenkins gets an rbi the easy- bases loaded walk...nice!

GM-Carson said...

Unless Adam Eaton complete blows up (like he did last season) he'll remain in the rotation. He's pitched well at times this year and horribly too, but so has Myers and others. I'm not a fan of Eaton by any stretch of the imagination, but relying on him every 5 days shouldn't be undervalued. The Phils are the only team in MLB that has only used 5 starters this season, there's comfort in routine.

It's true Happ or Mazone may do a better job, but for right now nothing is completely broken, so no need to fix it. It is cracked, but not broken, time will tell if that crack (Eaton & Myers) becomes a full-fledge shatter or not.

Dan said...

Did anybody else think that Helton's RBI single that Burrell played off the wall looked pretty catchable?

The white Phils hat from last night is pretty solid. I don't like it quite as much as the McDonald's hat giveaway from last year, though: if you recall, last year was the Fidel-Castro-inspired "Phillies Junta" olive-green army-style cap that looks like it was created as part of a McDonald's-financed takeover of a Latin American country. Fond memories...

SirAlden said...

I was hoping GM-Carson that it would be Eaton's last start.

No such luck.

It is telling that Gillick continues to not mention Happ.

He mentions Mazone 1.1 WHIP, Bastardo, and Benson. Outman in the pen.

No love for Swindle, Castro, Happ, and protective of Carrasco.

We can start dreaming, Cleveland and Milwaukee both have starters to trade. The Phightin's really need a starter even if Myers comes back.

GM-Carson said...

How about Cheeseburger Sabathia in Philly?