Saturday, June 21, 2008

Drought Alert

Drought Alert- Chase Utley now without a hit in his last 23 at bats spanning 6 games. He's too good of a hitter for this to continue much longer, but it sucks nonetheless.

Hiatus- Following the great awakening Ryan Howard experienced (3-5, 1 triple, 2 homeruns, 4 rbi) against Boston on Monday he's fallen back asleep (1-11, 7 k's) in the 3 games since. I know Corey and I have been critical of him this season, but he truly deserves it. Dude is on a pace to strikeout 225 times, shattering his own horrific record of 199...but strikeouts don't matter according to the omnipotent statheads.

Drought Alert 2- Last Friday was a special night, 20 runs scored by the Phillies in one game has that sort of effect. However, since the 20-2 drubbing of the Cardinals, the Phils bats have been putrid posting a .214 batting average in the past 6 games and have scored only 21 runs (3.5 per game).

Power Outage- Geoff Jenkins was signed to compliment Jayson Werth as the left-handed part of the right field platoon. Jenkins has been an utter disappoint since coming to Philly posting a weak .697 OPS with only 17 extra base hits in 199 at bats. In fact, the RF platoon of Jenkins/Werth has combined for some of the worst offensive output in the NL for their position. I wonder if this lack of production has anything to do with both of them having ordinary names with retarded spellings...just a thought.

Drought Alert 3- Sweep of the Braves = awesome! Losing 2 out of 3 to the Marlins, Cardinals, and Red Sox = pathetic! Phils lost again last night to the Angels making them 3-7 over their last 10 games. Last nigth was extremely pathetic as they only had 2 hits, meaning that 3 Angels alone outhit them in the game (Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero 3 hits apiece and Howie Kendrick with 4).

Missing You- Kyle Lohse making all of $4,250,000 is now 9-2 with a 3.63 era and 1.22 whip on the season. Hindsight indeed is 20-20, but he'd look damn good in our rotation in place of one of our scrubs (Eaton, Myers, or Kendrick).

Drought Alert 4- The thing about droughts is that everything becomes so dry that the slightest spark can catch the whole damn thing on fire. The Phils are waiting for that spark, and hopefully it comes sooner rather than later.

Fun with #'s- Angels slick fielding bat wielding firstbaseman Casey Kotchman has less strikeouts (99 in 1018 ab's) in his career than Ryan Howard does this season (104 in 279 ab's). Also, up until last night he committed less errors in his career (6, but now 8 because of 2 misplays last night) than Ryan Howard has this season (7, 38 in his career).



Bob D said...

I was at last nights game and observed several things:

Eaton looked horrible, only half of his pitches were strikes.

Madson and Condrey have been pleasantly average this year but Madson could not keep the inhereted runners from scoring, he did come back with a 2nd inning that was good. Condrey also allowed a run.

Utley despite taking an of'er, was 2 really good catches in the outfield from breaking out of his slump.

Victorino made an impressive play to short hop a wicked liner and prevent another run from scoring. He is very valuable.

This team needs another pitcher, maybe Brett Myers will show up and go something like 10-5 the rest of the way.

furiousBall said...

this phils team reminds me of the great astros teams in the late 90s with the killer B's. especially the year they signed Randy Johnson for the playoff push. i'd like to see a marque starter put on the pinstripes.

GM-Carson said...

I know every baseball analyst out there thinks Cheeseburger Sabathia is going to cost a king's ransom, but why? He's a young lefty in a walk year of his contract. Why should a 2+ month rental cost a bunch of prospects?

ripjgarcia said...

Strikeouts do matter. Had this argument the other day over a drink. No matter how many RBIs or HRs you get, if you are striking out, you are not putting the game in motion. You are not moving baserunners, you are not getting SAC flies, you are not even allowing for the chance for things to happen. This is a game of motion. If the offense isn't moving, you aren't scoring runs, and you simply can't win the game.

I thought Howard might get a little better in the contact department this year, but obviously this will not happen without some intervention, and fact of the matter is, I honestly don't see him being a Phillie for more than another year, but time will tell.

JMS said...

Wow. I can't believe the 20-run game was only last Friday. The mood in Philly has changed dramatically since then.

I cringe when Madson comes out with runners on base. He never does well in those situations.

I missed last night's game, but I was at the second Boston game, and from that and all of the others since our um, issues, began...I've really noticed how much the team affects itself. If one guy's hot in a particular night, they're all hot. If one guy's striking out, everyone's striking out. (RyHo is exempt from this little observation, of course).

And about pitching, I agree to an extent. The bullpen was doing so well in April and May, but they can't work miracles when our starters are allowing 3 and 4 runs in the first few innings. However, if the offensive production were there, we could live with opposition runs. When we were scoring 10, 15, 20 runs we scared other teams.

Come on, Chollie. Everyone says you know hitting. Work your magic.

SirAlden said...

It's all Brett Myers Fault.

GreggyD said...

Oh and Philadelphia's favorite starter is taking the mound today!!!! How exciting!!!! I can't wait to get the text alerts tonight telling me that he gives up 4 runs in the first inning.

God help me.

GM-Carson said...

It's to the point now where I almost hate Brett Myers, sad but true.

Corey also thought Howard would be more contact this year, predicting he'd k less that 180 times. Hell, I picked him to be the NL MVP again...foolishness!

ripjgarcia said...


Brett Myers made it through the first inning without giving up a run. I thought Harry Kalas was going to jump out of his seat as they went to commercial.

ripjgarcia said...

How bad have the Phillies been this week? Ryan Howard is the Indepedence Blue Cross player of the week. Says it all right there.

JMS said...

Alright Werthless, good job on the homer!

...even though it was Sarge's kid's fault.

GM-Carson said...

Wow, when this team sucks they really suck. Brett Myers giving up more homeruns. Phils playing more bad defense. Phils hitters still not hitting. There's nothing good about this team right now, nothing!

GreggyD said...

Brett Myers falls to 3-9. Absolutely beautiful.

After CC's monster home run tonight accompanied by 10 Ks, maybe the Phillies should pursue him if he's willing to sign a long-term deal. Myers is just killing me right now, and I wish he would be yanked out of the rotation at this point. He needs the Dontrelle treatment.

SirAlden said...

ouch Ouch OUCH ouch! OUCH! OUCH!
ouch!! Ouch!! OUCH!! ouch!!! Ouch!!!
OUCH!!! ouch!!!! Ouch!!!! OUCH!!!!

ripjgarcia said...

After many hours of poker and some though, I've decided this is not on Myers. Period. He actually till the inning after he should have been pinch-hit for... (thank you once again for your miraculous baserunning E. Bruntlett) pitched a good game.. The first Vlad homer was on a low and outside fastball. And the second, ok, that was bad.. But this offense should be able to come back from these things... and then my buddy fuzz face decides to go to second because WHY???? If Feliz gets thrown out, inning is over.. If he scores team is up and stay at 1st anyway... GROWL

So Taguchi is horrible... That was worse than Gary Jr. deeking the cameras on the Werth homer... WTF is he still here for....

Come on Cole... we need a good one today...

GM-Carson said...

I liked the Taguchi signing at first because he had been a good fielder, good base runner, and a good pinch-hitter in the past. However, he's been the complete opposite of that this year and should be outright released immediately.