Sunday, July 06, 2008

DL, Retire, or Scrub

Tom Gordon was a very successful MLB pitcher (Career stats- 138 w, 158 sv, 122 holds, 1928 k, 3.94 era, 1.36 whip). In fact he did the "John Smoltz" transformation before John Smoltz did. For the first 10 seasons of his career with Kansas City and Boston he was a starting pitcher, racking up a career high 17 wins in his rookie year, 11+ wins 6 times, and posting tons of strikeouts along the way too. Then at the end of the '97 season the BoSox decided to try him out as closer, and the results were encouraging. The following season, 1998, Gordon became an All-Star for the first time in his career on his way to a 2.72 era and 46 saves. He then left the fame of Boston, where author Stephen King wrote a book with his name in the title, to go to the Cubs, Astros, and Yankees where he was an All-Star set-up man with 36 holds in 2004. In 2006 Pat Gillick inked Tom to a 3 year deal worth a-whole-lotta money to be the team's closer. His first season was successful, collecting 34 saves on his way to his 3rd All-Star nod.

After 2006 things started falling apart for Tom Gordon, and by "things" I mean Tom Gordon himself. Gordon is pitching with a partially torn muscle in his pitching arm, and it shows as he's wildly inconsistent from outing to outing. Last year his era shot up to 4.73 and he spent time of the DL leading to the Brett Myers Experiment in the bullpen and even a time where Antonio "Six Fingered Ant" Alfonseca was the closer (the 2007 Phillies bullpen was obviously craptastic). This year Gordon blew up in the first game of the season. He later settled down and had Chris Wheeler and Harry Kalas slob-knobbing him, giving us daily reports about his era "since Opening Day", but that dumbass propaganda has since been dismissed as Gordon is back to his sucky ways. I started this post by saying "Tom Gordon was a very successful MLB pitcher", and that was purposefully past tense. Gordon's '08 era is now jacked up to 5.16 and it's time for the Phils to DL him, force him into retirement, or make him a scrub pitcher like Clay Condrey while promoting Ryan Madson to set-up man. There may have once been a girl that loved Tom Gordon, but sitting at this computer there's a man who hates him.

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Thoughts:
*Carlos Ruiz pinch-hitting is just about as bad of a choice as So Taguchi pinch-hitting. I'd rather have Cole Hamels or Adam Eaton go to the plate and take some hacks than either of those two, and I say that with a completely straight face. Taguchi doesn't have a pinch hit all season and should flat out be released, but Corey has already covered that. Ruiz on the other hand is not nearly catching enough flak. The backstop is batting a measly .207 with an almost unbelievably gruesome .580 OPS. Ruiz is the new David Bell, where as he grounds out weakly to 2nd base or pop-ups nearly every at bat. When I give a player the David Bell Stamp of Disapproval, that means he's pretty much dead to me.

*What the hell is wrong with JC Romero? The answer is nothing is wrong, this is just the real JC Romero finally rearing his ugly head. He's always been wild and put a buttload of runners on base. We were spoiled by un-Romero-like performances from him for about a season, but those times are now long gone.

*3 run bomb by Ryan Howard = sweet niblets. Yet another error by Ryan Howard = Phurious Phans.

*Kyle Rodney Kendrick (8-3, 4.58 era, 1.44 whip) vs. Oliver Martinez Perez (6-5, 4.98, 1.47) at 1:35 this afternoon.

~Carson

23 comments:

Maria said...

That was perfectly summed up.

JC Romero has just been getting worse and worse over these past few weeks and Ryan Howard can absolutely not throw...it wasn't even close.

Los said...

Yep - It's time to take Gordon out back with the shotgun.

Romero's lost some confidence ... when he had it, he was nearly perfect.

Mike said...

Maybe the Phils should bring back Rod Barajas?

GreggyD said...

I shuddered just reading that comment, Mike.

Mike said...

The Inquirer is reporting that the Phils have signed Brad Lidge to an extension, and will announce it at an 11am press conference.

GreggyD said...

I'm glad that they took care of re-signing Lidge. He was definitely the number one priority in the upcoming offseason and they needed to make sure that they didn't let him hit the free agent market especially with the kind of year he is having. He has been fantastic out of the bullpen and he has definitely earned this $37.5 million over the next three years.

chris said...

i was at the game last night and i made the mistake of thinking tom gordon wouldn't blow up. everyone was booing but i supported him and then he broke my heart. curse you, tom gordon.

and i couldn't agree more about carlos ruiz. we really need to get rid of him and bring up jamarillo or marson.

can we bring sal fasano back? (i'm joking, yet i'm serious at the same time)

GreggyD said...

I've been clamoring for Jaramillo or Marson for awhile. It's not hard to see that they could not do any worse than Ruiz. Jaramillo has seemingly been on the fringe of making the big club for a couple of years and maybe it's his time.

GM-Carson said...

I'm having a picnic at my house and have been busy all morning. Just checked the Internet quick to see the great news of the Lidge extension. Go back and check out the pitching staff predictions before the season started, I said the Phils would extend him in July...damn I'm good!
http://pabaseball.blogspot.com/2008/03/phils-predictions-pitchers.html

ripjgarcia said...

A Google of the phrase "hate Tom Gordon" reveals 16 results.. It should be 99, as in 99% of fans should have given up on this bum by now.

Maria said...

Carson, you're a GM it's your job to know these things.

ripjgarcia said...

The answer to todays Stump the Fans trivia question is amusing.

Stay Tuned.

ripjgarcia said...

All Star update:

Utley: obviously
Lidge: in
Hamels: out
Burrell: out

But, Burrell is one of the candidates in the vote for the final spot.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils are in 1st place in the NL East yet are only assured 2 All-Star spots. That's fucking bullshit! I'd love to kick Clint Hurdle in his nutsack right now. Burrell deserves the All-Star nod, and Hamels is damn close too.

SirAlden said...

I love Tom Gordon. Without his Holds we would not be in 1st place. Gordon needs to be used correctly.

He was overused by Cholly. Do not forget when he was rested last September what he was able to do. He was lights out.

The signing of Lidge, at more than a fair price, bodes well for everyone.

He realized he could get to the World Series with this team, each year we will be contenders. The 10 million he left on the table, will be in the contract as incentives.

Great Signing by the best GM in Baseball. I bet this helps us sign or trade for that top of the rotation starter if they see what Lidge did.

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- you always find a way to put a positive spin on stuff, even the crapfest known as Tom Gordon.

How about putting a positive spin on the PHils complete lack of offense YET AGAIN.

Bob D said...

Ruiz could end up being a valuable trade bait. Marson or Jaramillo could be called up to take his spot. They both could do as well as Ruiz behind the plate and likely an improvement at the plate.

Seanez maybe just one more bad outing away from being out of here. He may have some decent stats but they are misleading in his case. Condrey and Madson have outperformed him and Gordon along with being more valuable as guys who can go multiple innings. Romero should be given a few more off days so he doesn't burn out.

Not having Hamels on the Allstar team could be beneficial to the team as he will get a few off days to rest. Burrell should get voted in as he deserves it.

GM-Carson said...

So what's the over/under on a Ryan Howard strikeout upon return from this rain delay?

furiousBall said...

gordon has a hard on for serving up fat pitches. seriously, it's got to be a fetish

Bob D said...

Wow! Way to go Werth, snagging a probable loss to the Mets and tying the game with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th.

GM-Carson said...

Werth = clutch, Howard = turd.

GM-Carson said...

Fernando "I was out of professional baseball for 37 years" Tatis gives the Mets the win? This is sickening, why do they toy with us?

GM-Carson said...

We need to play the Braves every day, because we suck against every other team. This lack of offense is digusting and ridiculous.