Sunday, July 06, 2008

Hit The Rat But Beat By Tat

That loss was a giant kick in the nuts. After the 9th inning homer by Jayson Werth off of the Rat, I thought for sure the Phils would pull it out. But it just wasn't to be. A Fernando Tatis homer off Chad Durbin? Crap.

I'm going to make three nominees for "Loser Of The Game."

1) Charlie Manuel - He made some real interesting decisions yesterday.

- With the Mets up 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth, Pat Burrell walked to load the bases with 2 outs. Manuel then put Geoff Jenkins in to run for Burrell. Why? Sure, Burrell would not score on a double by the next batter, Pedro Feliz, but his run at that point was be far less important than 1)keeping Burrell's bat in the lineup in a close, late-inning game and 2)not needlessly wasting a bench player. Jenkins hit twice in the game, lowering his average to .233.

- Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless 10th inning. The Phils were sent down without a run in the bottom of the inning as well, with the last out of the 10th being made by 8 hole hitter Carlos Ruiz. So, Charlie Manuel pulls a double switch, putting Dobbs in the outfield, taking Victorino out of the game and moving the pitcher's spot in the order to 7th. To Manuel's credit, he successfully performed the double switch. However, the Phils had already used Condrey, Romero and Lidge. Why wouldn't Manuel want to get two innings from Madson? It was setup perfectly for Madson to go two innings, get lifted for a pinch hitter, and be replaced by Durbin who could go two innings before his spot came around again. Did this make a difference in the game? Who knows, but it was an odd decision.

2) Ryan Howard - Four more strikeouts move his astoundingly high season total to 123. He keeps coming up small in huge situations...yet he leads the NL in RBI. Honestly, I don't get it.

3) CW 15 - When the game went into rain delay, the CW put on some crappy sitcoms. When the game came back, the CW continued with its typically lame, teen drama programming and did not return to the Phillies game. What the hell was that all about?
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Vote For Burrell

Maybe if the Phils would have beaten Clint Hurdle's Rockies in the NL Playoffs last year, Pat Burrell would have been named to the NL All Star team instead of St. Louis outfielder Ryan Ludwick or Houston shortstop and elderly juicer Migeul Tejada.

Even though he wasn't selected by Hurdle the first time around, Burrell still has two ways to get on the team. He can either beat out David Wright and three others in the "Final Vote" or Hurdle can name Burrell as a replacement for injured starter Alfonso Soriano. So, Burrell still has a chance. Cole Hamels on the other hand...





Corey

38 comments:

furiousBall said...

i am voting with a tenacity unforeseen by mankind for Pat to get that last all star spot. he should be starting

Mike said...

I am taking the week off from work, so I can spend all of my time voting for Burrell.
They had better not PR for him in the AS Game!

LynnieMac said...

I already have the week off (or most of it, anyway). The hell with the errands and the puttering around the house I had scheduled. I'm ballot stuffing until they cut me off.

Jacobin said...

I was voting for Burrell (and Longoria from the AL) during the rain delay. I put about 50 votes in until I got supremely sick of typing in those goofy numbers.

It was lovely to see the rat blow the save, and I completely agree on the ridiculousness of putting Jenkins in to run for Burrell. How much faster is Jenkins? It's not like he's a threat to steal any bases. Shit moves by the manager today didn't help anything... too many runners left on base and all the runs coming off homers... this is not going to win postseason games.

ripjgarcia said...

Could you honestly imagine the kind of year Howard would be having if he was hitting .270 with about 40 less strikeouts.. It would be astonishing.... And really thats all Howard really is and should be (.270-55-150) and damn skippy I'd be happy with that.

ripjgarcia said...

They finally DLed him...Here comes RJ Swindle Round 2.

Now I can lay my head down to sleep.

GM-Carson said...

I'm tired of the "Pat Burrell Rule", because its bitten us in the ass a handful of times already this season late in games when his spot in the order comes around again.

Well instead of opting for retirement on scrub time, looks like the Phils took my advice and DL'd Gordon. I'm really getting good at this GM thing.

During the rain delay I listened to some slap-nut talk about how Howard's defense is under-rated and that his strikeouts don't matter. I almost puked, then I got angry. His k's kill, and his has no defensive skill. Hey, that rhymed...sweet!

GM-Carson said...

Iron Pig Les Walrond struck out 17 batters yesterday in a 9 inning shutout win.

GM-Carson said...

I see the Phils making a push for Ron Mahay and Randy Wolf. Mahay would be a great addition to the bullpen, plus he'll still be around next season. Wolf isn't lighting the world ablaze right now, but he knows Philly and Philly knows him, he could certainly help in the rotation.

As for the offense, Ruiz and Taguchi need to be outted. Go grab Jason Michaels off the Pittsburgh scrap heap and call Jaramillo or Marson up while sending Chooch down.

C.M.R. said...

cw15 is owned by clearchannel, so of course they'll run shitty teen dramas instead of the phils game. that's because clearchannel may have no clue what the people want to see, but they know what THEY want to show and by golly they're not gonna let some important baseball game get in the way of pretty white teenagers with problems!

burrell deserves to be in the game, it sickens me that he's not. but look at the AL team, nothing but red sox and yankees...booo!

Bob D said...

Ruiz should be used as trade bait - many teams would like to have his defense and so-so offense for a catcher, then the Phils could bring in Jaramillo who may be a step better or Marson who may be a future all star.

Gordon needs the break. I'll root for Swindle.

Another lefty is needed as Romero is over used he has appeared in what? 80 of the 82 games?? Seanez should be first to go as he is seldom used and Condrey has more value for this team.

I promise I won't bathe until Burrell has been elected to the A/S game. I will create hundreds of accounts. I will be at the game Thursday in RF - I will be the one on crutches and smells really bad if Burrell hasn't made it.

GM-Carson said...

All across the Phils blogsphere I see bloggers campaigning for Burrell. Warms my heart.

goDuke said...

I started off my morning here at work, voting for Pat... before my ritual of checking WSBGM's even. I am voting with a vengance for the Bat. He deserves it... You're my boy Burrell!

GM-Carson said...

I'm really giving this Burrell for All-Star thing my best effort. On Yardbarker I posted a brief "Vote For Burrell" piece that links back to WSBGM's here. Check it out at http://www.yardbarker.com/mlb/articles/Vote_For_Burrell/286437

GM-Carson said...

dammit, it got cut off. add this part to the end of the link above- ell/286437

GreggyD said...

I'm glad Swindle will actually get some game action this time around. Hell, maybe he'll even get in the game tonight. The kid supposedly has a real slow curve that fools hitters. Anything that's fresh and different for this team right now is a good thing.

goDuke said...

From ESPN, Jayson Stark:
• No Victorino on the menu: Despite persistent rumors that the Phillies would trade Shane Victorino for a starting pitcher, an official of one club says: "I don't know where that's coming from." He said the Phillies have "never given the indication they're actively looking to do something with him." There was substance to the Victorino rumors last summer, when the Phillies still had Aaron Rowand around. But his legs and defense in center almost certainly make him an irreplaceable cog this year.

Incidentally, other clubs are reporting the Phillies also won't talk about their Double-A catcher, Lou Marson (currently hitting .322, with a .444 on-base percentage that ranks second in the Eastern League). They're now projecting Marson as their starting catcher in the very near future.

- Maybe this means they'll send Ruiz down to Reading and spare us his anemic bat the rest of the season. Please!!

GM-Carson said...

Marson is an on base machine, with an on base % well north of .400. I'm not sure how well he'd do at calling games for the Phils staff or batting, but the guy is ripping up in Reading and it would be hard to do worse than Ruiz.

Bob D said...

Marson 324BA, 447OBP, 429SLG, 876OPS, 58BB, 52SO, 3SB 3CS, 9E, 7GIDP IN 77 GAMES.

Ruiz 207BA, 298OBP, 277SLG, 575OPS, 20BB, 26SO, 0SB 0CS, 4E, 10GIDP IN 61 GAMES. runners 43sb, 13cs.

Coste 300BA, 358OBP, 520SLG, 878OPS, 9BB, 23SO, 0SB 0CS, 2E, 3GIDP IN 52 GAMES. runners 27sb, 10cs.

Jaramillo 255BA, 317OBP, 365SLG, 682OPS, 19BB, 42SO, 0SB 1CS, 10E, 6GIDP IN 70 GAMES.

So in otherwords Jaramillo would likely do about the same as Ruiz with more strikeouts. Marson with a good eye and more speed would likely be an improvement at catcher. I could not find the sb/cs for the minors but it is very clear that Coste has outplayed Ruiz on offense and defense thus he should get most of the playing time. Marson should be considered for a callup to replace Ruiz. Hopefully Ruiz (or Jaramillo) could be traded for a reliever or starter that could help the team now. That would make sense since this team has 4 catchers that all could play in the majors now and they would be trading from a position of strength.

GreggyD said...

Nice stats Bob. It looks like if they were all "major league ready" that Coste and Marson would be the two best options and Ruiz would be the worst. What's that saying? They need to bring up someone. Ruiz sucks the big one.

Bill said...

I'll go two out of three with you. Manuel and Howard both deserve the award. My CW played the Richie Ashburn film then came back to the game. I would be fuming if I were you.

As far as Manuel goes, I still am not sure he totally understands the double switch!


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Jacobin said...

The CW I watched the game on went to the frigg'n "King of Queens" (which is somewhat appropriate since the Phils were playing the Queens from Queens), but at least they came back to the game once the rain delay was over.

Marson is having a nice season in Reading, but he isn't showing much pop in his bat and he is doing well against AA pitching. I think it's a stretch to believe he'll be the answer this year. He hit .245 in Batavia in 2005, .243 in Lakewood in 2006, and .288 in Clearwater in 2007. Hopefully his performance at the plate this year is what you can expect out of him, rather than the exception in his career.

Bob D said...

If you are looking for defense first at catcher it would be:Coste, Ruiz, Jaramillo & Marson. As for offense: Coste, Marson, Ruiz, Jaramillo.

What I am saying is if the right deal comes along to trade Ruiz and bring up Jaramillo or Marson they should do so.

GreggyD said...

Looks like Eaton is getting off to a great start. I'm very happy that I'm at work til 2 am and won't be able to see the game at this point.

GM-Carson said...

Getting butt raped by the Mets, oh so much fun.

Eaton sucks, the entire offense sucks, this team sucks. Other than the Braves series, this team has been complete shit over the past month.

SirAlden said...

Voted 100 more times.

Swindle is about to make his Major
League Debut!

GO R.J.!!!

Chase Trillo said...

Eaton is terrible. Taguchi continues to suck. Charlie continues to be an inadequate manager. If it were up to me, all three would be gone tomorrow!

GM-Carson said...

Don't be fooled by the 1st place status, this team is in trouble.

GM-Carson said...

RJ Swindle's debut not good at all.

Burrell and Utely the only thing good about this game.

Chase Trillo said...

Burrell and Utley are the only good thing about this offense all season!

Well maybe Werth and Dobbs, but after that, forget it!

Bob D said...

Who else can we call up to replace Eaton?

GM-Carson said...

I heard Myers pitched well for the Iron Pigs tonight. Not that it matters because that's the friggin' minor leagues!

Eaton is back to being complete crap. And I'm back to blaming Pat Gillick.

LynnieMac said...

Just got an email update on the voting. Pat is currently in third, behind Mr. Sunglasses at Night and the Idiot New York Third Baseman in Spats.

Vote MORE people!

C.M.R. said...

argh the comeback falls one run short

why???

Jacobin said...

Woohoo!! Offense puts up 9 tonight!

Oh, wait, Eaton gave up 8 runs in less than three innings and then the Mets tacked on a few more runs... this one was disgusting and painful.

GreggyD said...

Awesome...9 runs...and mostly all of them coming from the homerun. If this team doesn't learn how to get people on base and manufacture runs it's going to be a long rest of the season because the homer isn't always going to be there. This team is craptastic. I hate watching them. My buddy kept saying "Look they're coming back" but I knew better. The Phillies suck.

BloodStripes said...

Phils need to sign a good pitcher. I read they are sniffing around Burnett and Bedard among a few.

GM-Carson said...

Harry and Wheels were pissing me off last night. They were about to blow their load just because the Phils almost came back. Almost doesn't count for shit, they still lost, and therefore the comeback attempt doesn't matter.