Monday, May 19, 2008

Who Starts? Who Cares? Phils Lose

Charlie Manuel's statement to beat writer Randy Miller that "Right now, [Werth is] definitely one of our starters," left a few people scratching their heads. One of them was Shane Victorino, who said, "I was the starting everyday center fielder before I got hurt. What am I now?"

The simple answer to Vic's question is "not a starter." The questions I'm asking are, "Is Jayson Werth really a starting outfielder?" and "Why is Manuel doing this?"

The first question has been talked about and debated already. The consensus - probably not. I'm not going to waste time with that. The why question, however, is more interesting.

He said to Randy Miller, "We're trying to win. I'm playing the guy who is doing more than he is. Hit .320 or .330 and you'll be sure to be in there. If you're hitting .235..."

Fine, Manuel is going to start players that are hitting better because it gives the team a better chance to win. That makes sense. Of course, Chris Coste is hitting .324 and hasn't been named the starting catcher in place of Carlos Ruiz. Greg Dobbs is hitting .345 and isn't starting at the hot corner in place of Pedro Feliz. So Taguchi is pathetic, hitting in the .170's, yet there is no replacement in sight for him. The first baseman is hitting .187. Yet Victorino is the player singled out to officially lose his starting job. It makes me think there is more to this change than just simple stats.

Also, Manuel needs to check his stats. He says "hit .320 or .330 and you'll be sure to be in there," but Werth's May batting average is .255. Victorino is hitting .257...
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Game Thoughts
- I'm not going to get into how awful Brett Myers has been this year. I don't want to know why he's lost gas on his fastball. I do want to know what sort of bet he lost so he had to get that horrible tattoo on his left wrist though. Do you think he has a tramp stamp too?

- Did anyone cringe when, after falling behind Howard 3-0, Tim Redding struck him out on three straight fastballs. The last one he just blew right past him. Not exactly what I want to see from our best slugger. I know he's been swinging better lately, but that was ugly.

- I love the grey brick behind home plate at Nationals Park. Very sharp.

- I wanted to throw my remote control through the television screen when Pedro Feliz popped out to first in the fourth inning. Twice Jenkins led off an inning with a double and twice Feliz failed miserably to advance him to third. It didn't even appear that Feliz was trying to take the ball to the right side.

- Great episode of House last night. It saved me from the final three innings...

Corey

21 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I too gave up on the game by the 7th inning and played Bubble Bobble on my Wii. Yes, Bubble Bobble was for the original Nintendo, but I downloaded it because those little bubble blowing dinosaurs are awesome! More awesome than the Phils getting shutout by the gNats for sure.

GM-Carson said...

Happy 29th birthday to Jayson Werth today. He's sure to get the start tonight because Manuel's a sucker for emotion like that.

GM-Carson said...

I know I may be in the minority, but the Phils are damn near unwatchable and certainly aren't very entertaining this season all but a handful of games.

RM said...

Disgusting game, one of many lately. This pattern of making heroes out of people like Barajas, Redding, etc. gets very old. What's up with losing series' to teams like the Nats and Giants? These "find a way to lose" games to a mediocrity are becoming a more than occasional irritance.

And I have the sense that Cholly is playing with fire with this whole Werth/Vic/Jenkins mishmash. I suppose he is trying to maximize the output for any given game, but I'm worried that where we are headed could be to a stale Jenkins who never really gets untracked, an overused Werth whose flaws are exposed, and a disgruntled Victorino who never gets his game on quite right either.

GM-Carson said...

I don't give two pinches of poop right now about the Phils "winning record" because anyone who watches the games knows they should have a good 5-7 more wins on the season. The Mets and Braves are giving the Phils a golden opportunity to take an early NL East lead, but their blowing it because they blow!

SirAlden said...

Agreed.

Myers wear a wife beater and man-up!

Howard the Yankees and Red Sox are not going to give you what you are puffed up by your family to believe you are going to get. Focus man/boy.

Eaton your arm is limp as a wet noodle and we are thankfully getting closer to the tipping point in your contract where it can be eaten.

You are the Main three reasons we have not broken out. The three of you earn th most money on the team aside from Pat the Bat. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

SirAlden said...

And Benjah you suck. Not. We miss you!

GM-Carson said...

Ken Rosenthal thinks it makes sense for the Phillies to shop Shane Victorino for pitching, since Jayson Werth is playing well. That'd increase reliance on Geoff Jenkins, though. The Marlins expressed some interest in Victorino last year.

GM-Carson said...

Over the last 3 games (all losses) the Phils are 4-32 with runners in scoring position...pathetic!!!

Dan said...

Agreed...this entire past 10 days has been sickening.

Now I'm waiting for this guy to return to MVP form and drive a stake through the Phillies' collective hearts:

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8155306/Mets-reach-minor-league-deal-with-Nunez

Dan said...

oops, link got chopped off...bottom line, Abraham Nunez was so bad that he actually got cut from the AAA minor league affiliate of the Brewers, only to be signed to a minor league deal by the hated Mets. My prediction is that he gets called up to the Mets in June and hits .380 with 30 HR in a half-season. 15 of these HR come against the Phils.

GM-Carson said...

I have a sneaking suspicion that No-Hit Nunez will indeed make the Phils suffer sometime in the future too (he made us suffer 2 years he was here, isn't that enough?!).

Jacobin said...

Considering Meyers outing last night technically qualifies as a "Quality Start," I really think that stat is loaded bullshit. He didn't get through any inning without allowing at least one man on base. Considering how pathetic Washington's bats are, Meyers' performance probably would have resulted in a 10-spot against a team that could hit worth a damn.

Los said...

Yes, I most certainly cringed at Howard's at bat last night ... plus I cringed at their inability to score against the Nationals ... AGAIN! It's not like they're the 2000 Yankees, is it?

Dan said...

Myers was ugly last night, true. But we do need to give him credit: he only let three runs score. It wasn't pretty...at all. And it was not easy to watch.

But hell, if he wants to load the bases every inning for the rest of the year while giving us outings of <= 3 runs in >= 6 innings, I'd take that in a heartbeat...

Marc said...

The Phillies have a great team. It's unfortunate that they lost this game. Hopefully, they'll win their division though.

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GM-Carson said...

I hope Hamels shuts out those bastard gNats and the Phils' bats go gonzo. I need an entertaining well played game to get me back to feeling my baseball blogging mojo.

Jacobin said...

With a 1-0 score, the Phillies claw out a win. I didn't realize the Nationals had so many Cy Young candidates in their pitching rotation.

Dobbs has been fantastic off the bench as a pinch hitter. The radio guys said the Phillies had been 0-for-the-last-20 when runners were in scoring position prior to Dobbs dumping that hit into center.

BloodStripes said...

Hamels dominant again. Phils take the win. Well done boys.

BloodStripes said...

Carlos Carrasco threw seven shutout innings and struck out nine Tuesday for Double-A Reading.

Get him up to the bigs soon Phils.

GM-Carson said...

Carrasco needed a good outing in Double A, he was struggling prior to that. We need him to remain a "top prospect" because we don't have many.

I can't believe the Phils won. That game had loss written all over it.

By the way, that was textbook block of homeplate by Jesus Flores in the top of the 9th.