Wednesday, June 11, 2008

MLB Leaders of Mistakes

Brett Myers gets the early season nod for the Anticlimactic Asshat Award, better known as the AAA (which is where he should probably be pitching). It seems that when the Phils get on a roll and establish a high (13 games above .500/4 game lead on the Marlins in the NL East), overhyped hyperactive buttplug Myers knocks the team down a couple rungs on the ladder. He was named the #1 starter this spring but has only 3 wins. However, he does lead the Majors in mistakes with 18 gopherballs served up (on pace for 44). This all hearkens back to Brett's childish mindset of pouting until he gets what he wants, but the problem is Brad Lidge is kicking ass as the new closer and there's no need for Brett in the bullpen, so he won't be getting that role anytime soon. Therefore, Brett needs to suck it up and perform in the rotation, but his offseason preparation as well as work between starts has not been taken seriously and has left Brett without quality arm strength, and mix that with a feeble mind and you have a recipe for disaster. I am thoroughly disappointed in Brett Myers performance this season, and it's obvious that he's went from 1st starter in the rotation to questionable/replaceable 5th. Message to Myers- Quit being a bitch and go pitch!

Another dubious leader of mistakes is Mr. Ten-Million-Dollar-Man Ryan Howard, with a MLB leading 89 k's (on pace for 218). Howard is never going to be a contact hitter, contract hitter yes, but not contact. The problem with all those punchouts this season is that the hits aren't coming with them as he's batting a woeful .211. People keep saying he's coming out of his funk, but a 2+ month batting average hovering around the Mendoza Line and an ever-mounting heap of strikeouts is not a funk it's a poor approach to the game. Baseball is survival of the fittest and Ryan Howard is about to go the way of the Dodo Bird. Evolution suggests that as your environment changes so should you to best adapt to your surrounding. Howard's refusal to adapt is hurting this club from the cleanup spot in the lineup. He may have 49 rbi, but he'd be leading the World in that category if he were only producing close to career norms. Message to Howard- Don't pout when you make an out, adjust your swing and knock the next one out!

Tonight- Cole Hamels looks to get the Phils back on track after Myers derailed them last night. Marlins send lefty Andrew Miller to the mound.

~Carson

35 comments:

GM-Carson said...

By the way, the Marlins may have only had 3 people in attendance last night, but those 3 people did one helluva "over-rated" jeer for Ryan Howard...cracked me up.

Stephanie Grace said...

Yes! They were almost as annoying as that douche sing-songing the first names of Phillies in Atlanta the other night.

"Jim-my", "Ry-an"

I wanted to strangle him.

GreggyD said...

It is quite evident that Ryan Howard is having a slump of a season and seeing as my calendar reads June 11, I refuse to say that he is just starting off slow. Howard was paid top dollar for this season and he has done nowhere near enough to earn his $10 million. How likely do you think it is that he gets less money next year? His $10 million was justified by the fact that he had produced so much in his first three years, and at a level that some considered to be out of this world. I think he got that money only because he has an ROY and an MVP on his mantle. Now that he will be two years removed from that MVP season and will be the first player in major league history to strike out more than 200 times in one season, what will his salary look like next year when arbitration comes around?

GM-Carson said...

I'm not an expert in the area of MLB's salary abritration, but I'm pretty sure a player won't get a paycut...unfortunately. Then again, I'd love for Ryan Howard to go nuts for the final 100+ games here and up his production so that's not even a question come contract time.

furiousBall said...

ryan's bat is going to heat up as the weather continues to stay warm. this much is true.

i always quote some spandau ballet whenever talking baseball or making love.

Bob D said...

Maybe Howard should be converted to a pitcher. With a pace of 218 strikeouts he would be one of the league leaders, maybe even bump Myers to the long relief role.

Jimmy O'D said...

I believe a players salary can not be cut by more than 30% from the previous year by an arbitrator's ruling. Anyway, I know for sure a salary can be decreased during the arbitration process but I'm not sure by what percentage.

GreggyD said...

I thought a salary could be cut, but I don't know how much it can be cut by either. I did some research and a 1990 article in the NY Times told the story of a guy who had his salary cut by 20% and that was the maximum at that time. It wouldn't surprise me if that number has risen. I would also love if Howard went off for the rest of the season, but as each game goes by, I see it being less and less of a possibility.

GM-Carson said...

I wonder how many players have ever had their salaries cut back in arbitration. Howard is certainly a candidate for that right now.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
Rosenthal says the Phillies "lack the prospect inventory" to get an impact starting pitcher, which I don't agree with. He says they may look for another lefty reliever or bench bat.

*Taguchi needs replaced and a 2nd lefty out of the 'pen would be nice, but only if the guy is quality.

GreggyD said...

I think that the Phillies have plenty of talent that could be offered in a trade, it's just a matter of what teams are looking to make a deal and what they need as compared to what the team is willing to give up. I don't know if I see the Phils making a move for a "quality" starter or not, especially if the team continues to keep their lead in the division. I think that Manuel likes the chemistry in the clubhouse and might be a bit hesitant to break it up. There are too many if's to even think about a trade. Hell, there isn't even a potential name out there right now.

SirAlden said...

There was a great article on Myers fitness levels - it tracked when he was ripped, and when he was not, and what his arm speed was and his success rate.

Myers need to follow Utley around like a little puppy dog and sniff his ass while Utley goes about his hard hard core workout routine, give it a try, then thank him by licking the sweat generated by said workout of Utley's balls.

Thank you! Woof-woof!

If Myers realizes this, the fitness created will generate 50-80 million dollars for him on his next contract.

Woof!

GM-Carson said...

Dogs, sniffing ass, licking balls...what is this a twisted porn flick?

SirAlden said...

Took awhile to find this...

http://mlbplayers.mlb.com/pa/pdf/cba_english.pdf

D. Maximum Salary Reduction
(1) A Club may not tender, sign or renew a Player under reserve
to the Club pursuant to Article XX(A) of this Agreement and paragraph 10(a) of the Uniform Player’s Contract to a Uniform Player’s Contract that provides a salary for Major League service that constitutes a reduction in excess of 20% of his previous year’s salary or in excess of 30% of his salary two years previous.

(c) Special Exceptions to Maximum Salary Reduction Rules
(i) A Club may submit a salary figure for salary arbitration
that is at least 80% of the Player’s previous year’s salary and
earned performance bonuses (and at least 70% of his salary
and earned performance bonuses two years previous), the provisions
of Section A(5) above notwithstanding. This exception
shall not be used by any party, or considered by any salary
arbitrator, in support of, or in opposition to, any argument
regarding the evaluation of Player contracts. (ii) A Club may submit a salary arbitration figure without
regard to the provisions of Section D above if the figure submitted
is with respect to a Player who, in the immediately preceding
year, won a salary arbitration which increased the Player’s prior year’s salary by in excess of 50%.

So the number usually would be 80% of the previous year, EXCEPT (read the last sentence) it seems to state that if a player went up more that 50% the previous year (Howard fits this) you can offer any number in Arbitration.

You would still have to win.

SirAlden said...

Doesn't arouse me, so I guess it's not a porn flick...

UNLESS YOU HAVE A MAN CRUSH ON UTLEY!

SirAlden said...

The What Were They Thinking Department

The Mets announced after the game that infielder Abraham Nunez has been designated for assignment.

Nunez was 0 for 2 during his six days with the team.

SirAlden said...

I am kinda mad at Brett Myers does it show?

GM-Carson said...

Brett Myers is an ass, so it's okay to be pissed at him...he deserves it.

Los said...

Adam Eaton thinks that Myers stinks right now.

GM-Carson said...

I tell you who stinks- Ryan Howard. I'm tired of him, he's been largely trash this season all-around.

Hamels chuckin' well tonight, now only if the offense would wake from their slumber.

GM-Carson said...

Son of a bitch! Seriously, Jorge Cantu again? Dude has 3 jacks in 2 games in this series already and we could have had him playing 3rd base for damn near nothing, yet we have Pedro Feliz the Out Making Machine manning 3rd for millions...yippie!

GM-Carson said...

Carlos Ruiz sucks! 2 GIDP's tonight...thanks asshole.

BloodStripes said...

blown save, blown save, blown save.

C'mon Phils!!

GM-Carson said...

The Phils are playing ugly, but they're still in it.

BloodStripes said...

Even better.....Billy Wagner gives up a 3 run homer. D-Backs tie it 3-3. one strike to win it and its a homer. Top stuff Bill.

C'mon Flash!!!! Don't do the same.

BloodStripes said...

A friggin' salami. Nice job Tom. You even out did Bill Rat.

C.M.R. said...

Ugh, Gordon's performance made me physically ill. Why did they go with him and not Lidge?

ripjgarcia said...

Flash Gordon
14 balls 6 strikes
2 walks 1 hit
1 grand slam.
UGH.

Maria said...

you expected that grand slam or at least a sac fly. In Tom Gordon I do NOT trust. I hate him and Charlie Manuel's constant faith in him.

Granted he's been pretty solid this year other than game 1 but I'm always nervous when he gets into the game.

Such a wasted effort by Cole Hamels.
The Phillies just can not get swept tomorrow. It'll mean the ATL sweep was for nothing.

Maria said...

And Tom Gordon is officially pitching away from contact. It seems like when he throws something for a strike it's going to get hit and hard.

C.M.R. said...

tom gordon is a loose cannon, and he gets results.

sure his results are crappy, but he gets results!

ripjgarcia said...

My apologies to Tom, he actually had 7 strikes according to the official scorer. Certainly that extra strike will make up for the rest of it.

Maria said...

it's easy to forget about that seventh strike. It was the GS so at that point you probably stop.

SirAlden said...

I have said it before. Said it last week.

We are using Gordon too much. Too many innings. He needs to be rested
so he can snap off his killer tight
curves.

Aside from that things seem to be going well on the strategy side.

*ouch* learn from this.

GM-Carson said...

That game pissed me off, the Phils had to work to lose that game because the Marlins were handing it to them, but the Phils refused to take it...pitiful.