Sunday, May 04, 2008

Unearned Win

Multiple times this year, the Phils have given victories away with errors and careless play. Well, they got one back on Sunday, after the Giants made three errors and the Phils scored 5 unearned runs to claim a 6-5 victory.

Game notes:
- Chooch was long overdue. He's only batting .203 but that dinger was huge. (That's what she said...) He needs more of this (and less dropping the ball as Rowand scores the go-ahead run) to maintain his hold on the starting catcher job.
- Victorino went 2-5 and is only batting .231 but he showed signs of life on Sunday. The Phils need a healthy Victorino and Rollins back at the top of the lineup. I can't take much more of Eric Bruntlett six days a week.
Howard the Suck
When is an 0-2 a success? When no strikeouts are involved. Howard's year, day to day, is becoming reminiscent of Pat Burrell's 2003. I never thought I would see a year like that again, but now I'm not so sure. Howard looks clueless at the plate. Totally lost. Hurley isn't this lost. The fact that the Phillies can win this many games, with their 4-hole hitter looking like a slumping Tomas Perez, is a testament to the inspired play of the rest of the Phils, specifically Utley and Burrell. Needless to say, Howard needs to pick it up.
A Bunch of D-backs
There will be a Max Scherzer sighting today. Scherzer, a first round draft pick, went 4 innings and struck out 7 in his MLB debut, which was a relief appearance against the Asstros. He can chuck it. Luckily for the Phils, they are a group of contact-happy batsmen who rarely strike out...

The D-backs have the best record in baseball and this will be quite a challenge for the Phils. A rookie phenom, a grizzled lefty vet, a .400 hitter, and a Cy Young front-runner are scheduled to pitch against the Phils. The series matchups:

Monday - Moyer v. Scherzer
Tuesday - Eaton v. Johnson
Wednesday - Kendrick v. Owings
Thursday - Myers v. Webb

I called 2 of 3 against the Giants, but I'm not as hopeful today. I predict 3 wins for the Snakes.



Bill said...

I hope you are wrong about the upcoming series but if Howard can not find the bat and Jenkins and Feliz can not heat up it is going to be hard to even split. The pitching match ups scare me. At least we do not see Haren but Webb and Johnson are not comforting to see either!

BloodStripes said...

Drew Naylor a 21-year-old from Australia, is 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA, 32 H and a 50/12 K/BB ratio in 44 IP this season. He struck out 11 while allowing one run in eight innings Sunday for low Single-A Lakewood.

Oi oi oi!

GM-Carson said...

It is encouraging to see some early season success by some of the minor leaguers, especially those not of the Iron Pig variety.

I posted this yesterday, but it deserves mentioning again- If there's ever a time for Ryan Howard to get hot it's this upcoming series. Howard's #'s at Arizona- .423 avg. 4 HR, 1.464 OPS...time to start hitting big fella!

A series split against 'zona would be a success.

GM-Carson said...

Yesterday was Charlie Manuel's 500th victory as a MLB manager, congrats.

Bob D said...

How great would it be for a Moyer -vs- Johnson matchup. That would likely be the oldest duo to face each other. But they are 1 day off. I don't know if a split should be considered a success, I'd rather see 3 wins or a 4game sweep.

The Phils are now trying to "rush" along some pitching help for this season. They have promoted and move Castro to AAA bullpen (lefty) and moved Outman (lefty) to the pen at AA. They will give them the month of May to make the transistion, then we may likely see 1 of them in Philly by June. They both have quality and above average pitches, but also have some control issues.

GM-Carson said...

RJ Swindle- junkballer lefty reliever at Reading has been great since being signed out of the Independent League last summer. I want him to get a chance.

furiousBall said...

i'm praying for a split

Skeeter said...

I loved the Hurley/Lost reference

And I say a split for the Phils this week in AZ. Only facing 1 lefty helps us out. And missing Haren is huge.

2 of 4 from the d-bags
2 of the 3 from the Giants
Happy me

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- much agreed, if the Phils take 4 of 7 on this Left Coast trip that should be considered a success. Of course that doesn't mean I don't want them to win each and every game, I'm very demanding that way.

Maria said...

Chase Utley wins NL Player of the month award for April; the last player for the Phillies to win was Ryan Howard- September 2006.

GM-Carson said...

Good News- Injured Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 4-for-4 with two RBIs in an extended spring training game on Monday.

The sooner he comes back and healthy the better!

BloodStripes said...

The Phillies are on to this Scherzer kid. Grand-daddy Moyer with 2 hits and an RBI.

Go you Phils!

BloodStripes said...

10 spot!!!

I love it when Madson comes in to hold a win in check with an 8 run lead. Rock solid. He'll never blow it.

GM-Carson said...

Wow, 11 runs, definetely wasn't expecting that. Victory is sweet!

BloodStripes said...

Top bloody win!