Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Hot!

ESPN has taken notice. Opposing managers around the NL have taken notice. Phans have taken notice. The Philadelphia Phillies are HOT! Over the last 9 games they are 8-1 and have outscored the opponents 78-37 (more than doubling them). During this hot streak we've seen offensive explosions of 20, 15, and 12 runs; and we've witnessed fine pitch performances from Adam Eaton (twice), Brett Myers, and Kyle Kendrick. Shane Victorino had a hitting streak, Brad Lidge continues perfection in save situations, Pat Burrell is more clutch than a stick shift, Chase Utley is a hitting machine, the bullpen continues to shut up all the naysayers from the offseason. Phils are now 10 games above .500 with a record of 35-25, good for a 2.5 game lead over the pesky Marlins.

The Phils are on a roll, and it may be difficult to stop them. Enter stage left: Edinson Volquez (aka- difficult), with a MLB leading 83 k's, 1.46 era, and 7-2 record. The Reds got him in the Josh Hamilton trade. That trade is amazing, as Hamilton may go on to the be the MVP of the AL while Volquez the Cy Young of the NL. Last time Volquez faced the Phils he dominated them while his counterpart Brett Myers (also tonight's match-up) fizzled. Should shape up to be a good ball game if the rains permit.

*Happy birthday Juan Carlos Romero. JC has compiled a 1.26 era since joiningg the Phils mid-summer last season pitching in 76 games, logging 57 innings, racking up 27 holds, and striking out 49 batters.

~Carson

25 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Good test for both Volquez and the Phillies hot offense. Myers has some confidence back after his last start. Just keep us in the game Brett.

GM-Carson said...

Volquez could probably get away with throwing only fastballs, because each one is different with the amount of movement he gets on the pitch.

Bob D said...

The bullpen has been one of the best in baseball this year. Greg Dobbs (368) and Chris Coste (327) have been hitting machines with Dobbs leading all of baseball in pinch hits with 14.

Joe said...

Charlie tried his best to over-manage last night.

He pulls Eaton one batter too soon for the lefty-lefty match up with Dunn. I say, two outs, bases empty and a two run lead, let Eaton finish and if Dunn hits a home run, you're still up 1 and then Romero comes in.

Gulp, can't believe I'm saying this, Eaton earned it. He should have finished the inning. Or at least had a chance.

A walk and some sweat later, Romero gets out.

Of course Taguchi comes in to remove Burrell's bat. (Is he a better fielder? Yes. Enough to make that move? No.)
Dobbs was burned as a PH.
Then Gordon stumbles in the 8th.
Lidge has a rocky save in the 9th.

One hit ties that game and we stumble into extra innings with no bench and no bullpen.

I know you can't manage to lose, but why tie your hands early? Why not keep some one in the pen fresh?

The odd take-away from last night: Adam Eaton was the only pitcher last night who did not stumble.

I guess he does have a heart (and some talent).

Jimmy O'D said...

Was it necessary to cheer Griffey Jr. last night as he dug into the batters box in a 1 run game? And then to boo Gordon after a 4 pitch walk.

Don't get me wrong I like Griffey as much as the next guy but I don't want his 600th to come at the expense of a Phils win.

GM-Carson said...

Gordon doesn't deserve to be booed any more. He's been fine since opening day. Sometimes Philly fans are too unforgiving in my opinion. Without Gordon this team wouldn't be as good as they are.

I agree Eaton should have been left in to finish the inning. He only threw 85 pitches (or something close to that) and he was working the Reds over good. But Charlie's decision ended up being alright, because they did win after all. However, Gordon and Lidge likely aren't available tonight, meaning Myers needs to go deep into the game so that Madson isn't put into a pressure situation.

goDuke said...

I can't believe no one has said this yet... You're my boy Burrell! He smoked that ball...

GM-Carson said...

Burrell is playing himself into a nice contract. He's worth the 14 mil he's making right now.

Bob D said...

Burrell should stay in close games just incase they need his bat. Burrell is not a bad fielder and he has one of the top arms in the OF in the NL. If replacing him defensively in a close game occurs, it should be done only if the bench has not been exhausted and leaves you with only 1 or 2 players left. That could lose you a game at some point if the other team ties it and you have no bench. At least Hamels is a 300+ hitter.

GM-Carson said...

At this point Charlie will not revoke the "Burrell Rule", because it's been working. He probably views it as a way to keep his bench players fresh, and keep Burrell fresh by giving his legs a couple innings off.

GM-Carson said...

The Braves are holding a press conference at 11 am and it's expected that John Smoltz is going to retire because he needs yet another arm surgery. He's a great man, and a Hall-of-Famer. Even though I hated almost every Brave over their decade+ run, I had respect and admiration for him.

Jacobin said...

Most recent thing I saw on Smoltz says he is getting the surgery in hopes of returning to pitch next year... but he is done for this season. He's been a good pitcher for then for years, and I can't really complain because he wasn't one of the poster boys for strikes six inches off the plates (see Glavine and Maddux). I hope his surgery turns out well and he gets to enjoy a healthy life... but not so much as I hope the Braves spent the next 10 or 12 seasons with a losing record.

Jacobin said...

Also in today's baseball news is that Willie Mays Aikens, a former major league player who opposed the Phillies during the 1980 World Series as a member of the Kansas City Royals, was released from federal prison after serving 14 years. In addition to his previous baseball career, Aikens was a crack dealer.

Federal sentencing guidelines are brutal. I got a conviction on a coke dealer on Monday and that guy will serve 10 years at the most.

Aikens says he would like to find a career in baseball... someone needs to tell him they're testing for drugs now.

furiousBall said...

pat kicks ass

GreggyD said...

God we need a nice effort from Myers tonight. We definitely need him to go deep, but I just don't have any faith in him despite his nice start in his last outing. I expect Griffey to get his 600th over the next two games because Brett and Cole know how to serve up the long ball.

Stephanie Grace said...

Going to the game tonight...I'm hoping that the tornado warning issued for Lancaster doesn't blow towards South Philly.

BURRELL! is the man.

GM-Carson said...

Stephanie- I want a game report tomorrow! Don't let your car pull a "Wizard of Oz" on ya on the way there.

ripjgarcia said...

I would love to thank whoever kidnapped Adam Eaton and created a robot that looks exactly like him. They probably have Adam tied to a chair somewhere with the game on, whacking him in the back of the head with a whiffle bat, saying "this is how you should pitch".

GreggyD said...

Looks like Griffey will be sitting again.

GM-Carson said...

This entire Griffey ordeal is stupid and pissing me off. It happened about 4 seasons ago when he was on the verge of #500 and in town...this is cheap on the Reds organizations part.

Sean said...

I have that hot sauce. Delicious, actually.

Jacobin said...

Myers night is over... too many walks, but he was "effectively wild" (I guess that's the right way to put it). Too bad the offense seems to be snoozing tonight, or he'd be leaving the mound looking at a win.

Jacobin said...

Painful loss tonight. Myers pitched well enough to deserve a win. The Phils need to go out tomorrow and take care of business... oh wait, it's a damn day game isn't it? Hamels never looks right during day games.

Gonzo said...

Nice blog dude. Keep up the good work.

GM-Carson said...

Thanks for the "props" Gonzo, this is only our 3rd season.

Anyway, Myers was good last night, wild, but good. Edinson Volquez was just gooder...dammit, my grammar is worser than I thunk.