Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Things are Bad

2-8 in InterLeague play, 6 game losing streak, 1-8 over last 9 games, 3-10 over last 13, have tumbled from 13 games over .500 to now only 6...things are bad! Will things get better? Not tonight (Greg Smith 3.51 era/1.26 whip) and not tomorrow afternoon (Rich Harden 2.44/1.19). It's a long season (162 games/6 months), so naturally there will be peaks and valleys, but right now it feels like the Phils have a bad case of diarrhea and are dumping all over us.

Want to discuss how Ryan Howard is a joke, that Chase Utley has 1 hit in his last 29 at bats, how worthless Geoff Jenkins has been, how incredibly frustrating watching Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz hack at horrible pitches is, how 3 of our starting pitchers (Eaton, Kendrick, and Myers) have been ineffective? Nope, me neither! Screw them, they suck!

Honestly, all I feel like doing right now is going off on a F-bomb laced tirade with many "douchebags" and "no-talent ass-clowns" scattered throughout, but we try to keep this a PG-13 blog, so I'll refrain and simply stay with "Screw them, they suck!".

~Carson

19 comments:

GreggyD said...

You're right in saying that there are peaks and valleys in a season, but this is getting ridiculous. This is not how a team that is highly thought to be a world series contender plays baseball. I'm sick and tired of people saying "oh they'll come around when this happens, or that happens." No, the bottom line is that they just need to start playing NOW. I could've screamed this morning when I saw that they lost again, and to just hear that Ruiz grounded into another DP is enough in my mind to just send him to AAA at this point. Jaramillo can't do any worse. Hell, bring up Lou Marson for all I care. Maybe he'll have one of those awesome rookie streaks because pitchers don't know how to throw to him. He knows how to draw a walk too which is such a foreign concept sometimes. This team sucks the big one.

furiousBall said...

as bad as this streak has been, we're still in first place, but we're arguably the worst first place team in baseball

Boogerking said...

hey furious, we wont be in first for long.In fact, I think it will be at least another week before we win again.Playing good teams is not an excuse for crappiness.If you can't beat a good team it's because you are a bad one.We suck.I don't care if we destroy the Braves,Nats,and Mets.It is a they suck/we suck proposition.I do not wish to see the following a*sholes on this team next year.Gordon,Myers,Burrell,Howard,Eaton,Madsen,Bruntlett,Jenkins,Ruiz,Taguchi,Steve Smith and Milt Thompson. Maybe I should just start following some other team.It'd be easier that way.

GreggyD said...

I posted this thought/question over the700level and thought it could be repeated here:



So we all know about the possibility of the organization bringing in CC Sabathia, and I for one have said that I would not bring him in unless he can get signed right away. If Sabathia was re-signed, the Phils might not have many other options in free agency next year because he will demand a very fat contract, probably in the $120 million area.

However, today I read that Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets also wants to test free agency in the offseason. Sheets is 9-1 with a 2.59 ERA. I think the Brewers are a very similar team to the Phillies, one that relies on its offense to get things done. So I ask you, if you had the choice of trading prospects for Sabathia and re-signing him right away and possibly giving this team a chance at a World Series this season, or simply waiting for Sheets to hit the market in the offseason and having just as good a chance next year, what would you do?

Dan said...

The pitching has been halfway decent by league standards during this slump. Really good teams don't go through skids like this. It's a fundamental flaw in the way this team is built. Too many streaky hitters who strike out too much, and they're all doing it at the same time. It's as simple as that.

Sean said...

Carson- Phillies.tk has been put on temporary hiatus due to many reasons. I hope to bring it back someday, but right now, I can't see that happening.

When it does come back, I will be sure to let you know.

-Sean

Sean said...

Greggyd-
I would rather have neither in red pinstripes. Sabathia's pricetag (both in trading value and literally) are too high for the Phillies to still be able to contend five years down the road, and Sheets is constantly hurt. If we could somehow get a Sheets that is healthy 85% (maybe even as low as 80%, providing he performs decently), then MAYBE I might sign him.

Boogerking said...

Please,please,for the love of god don't turn Phillies blogs into Eagle-esque rumor mills about how all great free agents are coming here.First off CC Sabathia is over. They wanted Reading prospect carasco,carusco,IDK,but were told no.Deal off. Secondly, who do we trade if not the only prospect worth a s*it?Thirdly,Ben Sheets will not compensate for the now obvious fact that this is a mediocre line up full of hometown favorites that can't hang with the big clubs.I refer you to our miserable, yet highly anticipated post season series against the Rockies who are now,quite frankly, awful.Yay.If we can't win with Hamels then what?It is bleak.We have a house full of young role players who can be exciting at times but really are middle-of-the-road heyit'ssomethingtodoinsummer roster types.At this point it's more exciting for me to hope they lose and see how far they can carry a winless streak.It's a lot more fun then rooting for them to win one game at this point.At lately much easier to predict.Tonight??Loss #7......Believe.

GM-Carson said...

This lineup is complete shit. Jenkins, Feliz, and Ruiz have no plate discipline and make way too many EASY outs. I'd like J-Roll to produce more, but he's not the problem. Vic is doing exactly what people should expect from him. Utley needs to cut it loose and stop him temporary suckfest. Howard sucks, I'm tired of him. Howard in the middle of the lineup really hurts, along with the blackhole at the bottom...thanks Patty G!

GM-Carson said...

I hate all those stupid metaphors like "it's a marathon not a sprint". When running a marathon you don't just STOP and start running backwards, but that's exactly what the Phils have done over the past 1.5 weeks.

ripjgarcia said...

Watching some of Utleys swings in this funk is painful. He looks like he's been hanging out with Howard.

Me thinks its time for Ruiz to be gone also. We gave him his shot and his job behind the plate doesn't make up for the rest of it. I also wouldn't mind seeing more playing time for Dobbs. He's great in pinch hit situations but the guy gets good at bats almost every time he comes to the plate. That, and Feliz is not the godsend fielder we were expecting.

Boogerking said...

There is an up and coming catcher in the farm system. GM mentioned him before, can't think of the name right now.If he pans out Ruiz can take a hike.I wish we could determine now whether Dobbs is capable of being an everyday hitter.Let him have Howard's job rather than doing a mega-deal with the strikeout king.Yeah, mgmt will seem like idiots for paying him the ten mil (or do they actually seem really smart now for taking him to arbitration?) but signing him long term for $$$$$$ is a waste.GREGG DOBBS FOR 1ST BASE IN '09!!!!!!!!!

C.M.R. said...

just watch, we'll send howard to an al team and he'll become better there than he was in all his years here combined.

IT NEVER FAILS

GreggyD said...

As mentioned in my above post, I am a big fan of having Ruiz in AAA and giving Jaramillo or Marson a shot. There is no way that they play worse than Ruiz. Marson is less likely to be called up seeing as Jaramillo is in AAA, but I like his skill set better. The Phillies are shaking up the lineup tonight, but I think that they need to do some real shaking up (i.e. get Taguchi and Ruiz out of here) and figure out what the hell is wrong with Brett Myers. Honestly, I want a starting pitcher so badly because I think they could send Brett back to the bullpen, but then again that might throw the pen into disarray, and why mess with what's broken. Too many thoughts about this team...it's so damn frustrating

BloodStripes said...

Single, double, triple. 3 for 3 so far. Utley is back.

SirAlden said...

We WON!

SirAlden said...

A good day... all around a Win and... Shawn Chacon brought out a 55 gallon drum of 'ass whoopin'
on Ed Wade.

“I sat down to eat and Ed Wade came to me and very sternly said, ‘you need to come with me to the office.’ I said ‘for what?’ I said 'I don’t want to go to the office with you and Cooper.’ And I said ‘You can tell me whatever you got to tell me right here.’ He’s like, ‘oh, you want me to tell you right here?' And I said, ‘yeah.’ I’m not yelling. I’m calm.”

It deteriorated quickly afterward, according to Chacon.

“He started yelling and cussing," Chacon said of Wade. "I’m sitting there and I said to him very calmly, ‘Ed, you need to stop yelling at me. Then I stood up and said 'you better stop yelling at me.' I stood up. He continued and was basically yelling and stuff and was like, ‘You need to (expletive) look in the mirror.’ So at that point I lost my cool and I grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground. I jumped on top of him because at that point I wanted to beat his (butt). Words were exchanged.”

GM-Carson said...

Wait, what? Nut-sack Ed Wade was beat by Chacon. I'm not sure if that's cool or disgraceful...probably both.

Wait, Phils won? I don't believe it.

GM-Carson said...

Revamped lineup scores 4. Can't really say that worked. I like the fact that Ruiz and Jenkins weren't in the lineup though. Looks like Manuel tried to go R/L/R too to alternate batting sides. Howard sucked yet again and left 5 men on base himself. I'm so sick and tired of people pointing out his 64 rbi (or whatever he has) because he should have damn near 90 if he were only batting .250.

Kendrick pitched the best game of his young career, very solid and encouraging.