Monday, May 19, 2008

Various Views

*Ryan Howard, after snapping his 8 game hit streak Saturday night wasted no time going deep in his first at bat Sunday afternoon. On the day, he collected 2 hits and upped his average to .191.

*Pat Burrell provided some 9th inning fireworks with a 2-out homerun to bring the Phils within 1 run of tying the game, then Chris Coste doubled but was stranded on 2nd when Eric Bruntlett struckout to end the game.

*Jimmy Rollins is back, and back with authority. Went 2-3 with 2 walks yesterday and his average is on the rise (.342) and he's hitting the ball all over the diamond, stealing bases, and making fantastic defensive plays.

*Chad Durbin was awesome for 3.2 innings in relief of Kyle Kendrick's rain shortened outing.

*Chad Durbin pitched like poop for 1/3 of an inning. As Lyle Overbay was standing in the on-deck circle Sarge talked about how he wasn't a homerun hitter despite his huge frame and was more of just a linedrive gap power kind of guy. Well, that gap power turned into a pinch-hit 3-run upperdeck homerun yesterday...good call Sarge, surprised ESPN isn't burning up your phone line trying to coax you into a contract.

*Jayson Werth was a man amoung boys Friday night belting 3 homeruns and 8 rbi. Naturally that means Charlie Manuel will have to make sure he's in the lineup for the rest of the month of May even though he may get cold, and cold he has gotten. Since those 3 consecutive homeruns, Werth has gone 0-8 with 5 k's. Werth succeeded Friday night because he was in the right situation, but starting him everyday against righties is not the right situation, and Charlie needs to go back to his original gameplan of platooning Werth/Jenkins and leaving Victorino in CF for the most part.

*Next time Manuel intentionally walks someone I'm going to intentionally boot him in the testicles. I wish there were a stat to tell me exactly how many times the Phils have intentionally walked a batter to have that same batter come around and score, because to me it seems to happen 90% of the time (ex: Matt Stairs yesterday during Rudy Seanez's awful 6th inning).

*The Phillies loaded the bases 3 times yesterday and nary a run...that's why you deserve to lose! Phils had 13 hits and 4 walks and only managed 5 runs, while the Jays had 6 hits and 4 walks scoring 6 times.

7:10 in DC with douchebag Brett Myers set to take on 1-hit wonder Tim Redding. Everyone remembers the gNats series win over the Phils to begin the '08 season, guess it's time for some revenge.



GM-Carson said...

I've been pleasantly surprised by Charlie Manuel's decision so far this year, but now he has named Jayson Werth the starting CF with Victorino being regulated to platoon with Jenkins in RF. This is not the smart thing. Werth kills lefties (.321/1.107 this year, .290/.902 career), but not so much against righties (.236/.734 this year, .248/.748 career) which he'll mostly be facing. Bad Charlie, bad.

Bob D said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the intentional walk is the worst play in baseball. Why add more runners on base to score? Why not in most cases take the 70% chance that you wil get the guy out? Why not face the weak #8 hitter or backup scrub and let the pitcher leadoff next inning? If I was manager you may see my team use that once or twice a week not each game.

A little caution now that it is reported that Rollins "tweaked" his ankle. That word scares me, but he is a warrior and is likely OK.

GM-Carson said...

I saw Rollins scrunch up his face in pain a few times yesterday. Once after he made a great twirling play up the middle, and another time when he moved to get out of the way of an inside pitch. He'll be in the lineup tonight though.

Jacobin said...

I believe the one person in the "One Hit Wonders" collage would be none other than ukulele playing Tiny Tim. And strangely enough, there is a Phillies connection with this guy.

In 1996 I spent a season working for the Reading Phillies (doing just about everything to the tune of 100+ hours a week when they were at home). What a memorable year that was with future major leaguers like Scott Rolen, Marlon Anderson, Bobby Estalella, and Wayne Gomes on the team (and future can't miss turds like Carlton Loewer and Chad McConnel). Such a great team that they finished 66-75.

Anyway, during that season one of the special attractions was a performance by Tiny Tim. Which was one of the last, if not the last, complete public performances by Tiny Tim.

SirAlden said...

I agree completely about Victorino. He should be the Center-fielder.

(even if werth is on my wsbgm's fantasy team)

If he needs a rest then start Werth.
We need his D and his speed and for him to develop into the number 1 CF in the Division.

GM-Carson said...

I think everyone agrees that Vic is by far the superior defensive centerfielder, but in Unlce Idiot's...oops, Charles Fuqua Manuel's opinion, Werth's offensive contributions outweigh Vic's and therefore gets the starting nod. I'm rooting for Werth to succeed, but doubtful this retarded experiment goes well.

GM-Carson said...

I just fixed the post, my memory had it worse than it really was as I typed that the Phils were swept by Washington to start the season, but they only won the series.

Dan said...

Pedro Feliz sucks so much. Ugh. What a worthless piece of crap.

(He just failed to move the runner from 2nd to 3rd with no outs...instead, he decided to follow the ever-popular "ground ball to third base" route).

GM-Carson said...

Seriously, what the hell is wrong with this team?

Top 1st- inning Ryan Howard gets an ill-advised green light and swings at a horrible pitch and proceeds to strikeout.

Bottom of the 1st- Jimmy Rollins makes a horrible throw home allowing a runner to score.

Top of the 2nd- Geoff Jenkins leads off with a double but is stranded on base.

This team since Saturday is playing like a bunch of losers. It's disgusting.

Jacobin said...

You left out the bits where Victorino should have advanced from first to third, but had brain freezes on the base paths tonight... wouldn't necessarily have meant they would have won, but it would have resulted in two runs on the board.

I don't get why the lousy Nationals give this team problems. Washington sucks. I mean, they're a garbage AAA team (though not nearly as bad as the Iron Pigs... now that's a shitastic team).