Saturday, June 07, 2008

1 Tough Game Down, 34 Tough Games To Go

Thank goodness I didn't push the power button on the remote when Chris Coste hit what should have been the game ending pop-up, because I would have missed one helluva finish to the game. Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson drops the ball allowing Eric Bruntlett to score, but did throw Pedro Feliz out at the plate, thus ending the top of the 9th with the score tied 2-2. Tom Gordon worked a scoreless frame in the bottom of the 9th, then magic-maker Shane Victorino stole the show in the 10th. Chris Snelling doubles, Jimmy Rollins sacrifice bunts, Vic triples (2nd of the game), Chase Utley doubles...Phils up 4-2. Then in the bottom of the 10th Brad Lidge surrenders what looks to be a game-tying single, but Vic guns the 2nd runner down at home plate to save the game and Phils triumph in the series opener in what is going to be just one tough game in a series of tough games. Starting with last night, the Phils are set to play 35 games before the All-Star break and every single club they face has a record of .500 or better (thanks scheduling geniuses!).

That truly was a great game last night. Jamie Moyer pitched well, Tim Hudson was dominating, Phils bullpen was good, Pat Burrell and Vic threw men out at the plate, home plate umpire was getting bitched at from both dugouts, Brian McCann showed why he's one of the best young catchers in baseball...just a great game, and made all the greater because the Phils won and gained ground in the NL East (now up 3.5 on the Fish).

Notes:
*Bobby Cox is a fun manager to watch. He's the smartest manager I've ever had the pleasure of viewing on the diamond, and he really goes off when he thinks an ump makes a questionable call.

*Jayson Werth may be activated from the DL today just in time to be slotted into the starting lineup as the Braves toss lefty Jo-Jo Reyes at us tonight. Poor Chris Snelling is likely ticketed to Lehigh Valley. Snelling has sparked two victories with pinch-hits this season, 1 against the Astros and the other being just last night.

*Run differential is a stat that many use to judge the true effectiveness of a team, because it takes into a account for offensive, pitching, and defense. Through 63 games the Phils have outscored their opponents 332-260 for a run differential of 72 runs...wow!

~Carson

18 comments:

furiousBall said...

that was quite possibly the best regular season game i've ever seen

GM-Carson said...

That's a game I'll remember for a lifetime. It's one helluva way (lucky way) to start this difficult stretch.

ripjgarcia said...

The Ump was huge in the game:
And for all the BS inside fastballs that called strikes, he finally got it right when it mattered.. that throw will see airplay on Comcast so many times and I'll never get sick of it.

GM-Carson said...

Blanco was out at home. It was a very close play, but it was the correct call.

Phils need to light yo-yo Jo-Jo tonight. I've seen him a few times now and haven't been impressed.

By the way, why the hell isn't Dobbs getting a start at 3rd against tough righties anymore?

Bob D said...

Victorino has likely secured his spot in the lineup/field over Werth with that game last night. And yes poor Chris Snelling, who would you rather keep on the team: Taguchi or Snelling?

GM-Carson said...

Taguchi has been almost completely worthless. Snelling still has upside. He's not as fast as So, but so what!

Werth pretty much sucks against righties this year, so Charlie would be smart to go back to platooning him in RF with Werth. Vic is the CF and that's final!

Maria said...

That was so wild.

The only reason I can think of as to why Pedro Feliz is out there against RHP instead of Dobbs, is his defense. But it's not like Dobbs is terrible, you just replace him late in games when it matters.

Maria said...

And the Mets lost 2-1 again to the Padres (with Johan pitching)!

GM-Carson said...

Vic is awesome in CF. I truly believe he'll deserve a Gold Glove following this season. He's a sparkplug atop the lineup and that's where he should remain. He's a switch hitter too, so that's an added advantage.

Werth needs to go back to platooning with Jenkins in RF where that's how to maximize his value. He kills lefties, not so much against righties. Using Werth too much overexposes his very long looping swing. I love Werth, and am glad to have him on the team, but I'm actually thankful he got injured because that's exactly when Manuel named him a "starter" and that may have messed this entire resurrection of Vic up if Manuel would have indeed kept plopping Werth into CF over Vic.

GM-Carson said...

2 weeks ago I argued that the stat of total runs scored is misleading and today I brought that same stat into play when I used the runs differential stat. To explain where I'm coming from, one doesn't necessarily go with the other. The total amount of runs scored can be misleading because of huge offensive outburts, they jack the total up. For example, look at the Pirates, they've scored a ton of runs this season, but many games have seen the bats go silent. Lots of runs scored should mean lots of wins. However, their pitching staff is horrendous and gives up a ton of runs, thus negating the good done by the offense any way. The Phils offense and pitching has been quality overall and therefore the huge run differential. At the time when I posted that 2 weeks ago, indeed the offense was erratic and still is to a point. However, 2 weeks ago I was only talking about the offense. Today I was talking about the offense, pitching, and defense, which altogether is producing quality games.

SirAlden said...

.587 95-67

Put the pedal to the metal boys!

Myers may be back as well as Werth.

Wonder if Feliz is benched or fined for not running hard on Coste's pop up with two outs in the nith. Ironic, just one day after the Jimmy Rollin lesson. He should be.
It resulted in him being out by 10 feet at the plate in the 9th.

GM-Carson said...

Werth activated, Snelling designated for assignment. I hope he accepts the minors again and doesn't opt for free agency.

Jacobin said...

Two wins against the Braves! Let's just sweep them tomorrow and get it over with!

GM-Carson said...

That game last night was weird. It felt like a loss for most of the game, even when we were up 2-0. I can't believe the Braves storied offense has been shutdown at home for 5 runs through 2 games. Phils dominating!

BloodStripes said...

Just got done watching a full replay of the 4-3 win. Bloody awesome. What a game. What a way to end it. A walk-off throw to the plate. Vic's arm is sensational. Phils adding daylight on their lead.

Team to beat!! j-Roll 100 wins this year. The way they are playing you never know. This is great.

Go Phils!!!

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard ranks dead last in MLB in batting average amoung players who are qualified (.206), but first in k's (86). Also, has 6 errors.

BloodStripes said...

Wow. That stinks.

GM-Carson said...

No, he stinks!