Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Panic! at the Brick Cit House

Panic! at the Disco suck and so do the Phillies; it's time for a Panic! at the Brick Cit House. To get shut down by quality starting pitchers like John Maine, Johan and Ervin Santana, Rich Harden, and Jon Lester is understandable. However, when the offense is sputtering against the likes of Joel Pineiro, Joe Blanton, Andrew Miller, Eric Hurley, and Oliver Perez something is just wrong. What's wrong? Almost every-f'n-thing!

Tonight youngster JA Happ gets his second start of the season against Cards' mending lefty Mark Mulder. Mulder should get lit up worse than your uncle at a family function, but the Phils will probably give him a "feel good start" in which he builds a fine second half of the season on. Dammit this team is so lousy, I can't even pretend to have any optimism. They need to get back to having fun, playing with a swagger and a smile. Baseball is a game, it's supposed to be fun. I know it's their job, but they can have fun too.

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Shuttlecock!
Last week prior to the Braves sweep Corey nearly gave up on the Phils and I too began to venture out on to other sports avenues. I have a feeling if the Phils lose their 5th straight tonight that Corey may be back to following the WNBA and I may be bringing to you the wonderful world of Badminton, which means I will be using the word shuttlecock freely.

~Carson

33 comments:

Joe said...

Whereas Monday's loss was stomachable, last night's was not.

Can't anyone grasp the concept of situational hitting? Does Charlie understand the need to stay out of double plays?

At least Howard does. What a great idea for the big guy: try to drop a bunt while down 2 runs.

GM-Carson said...

F' Carlos Ruiz. I know the catcher isn't typically an offensive position, but his complete lack of offense can no longer be tolerable. Minors bitch!

GM-Carson said...

Too many, way too many people have written the Mets off. I believe they're still the Phils main competition. I hate the Mets, loathe the Mets in fact, but I think they'll still win the NL East, especially with the Phils falling apart like they have been for the past month. Dos Carlos have been picking it up lately (Beltran & Delgado), Wright and Reyes are high quality, Pedro is gaining arm strength, Pelfrey has been good over the past month or so. Their bullpen isn't very good, but look for Minyana to address that here in the next month. I hate to say it, but the Phils blew a golden opportunity to post a commanding lead on the NL East, they've crapped the bed.

Chase Trillo said...

The Phils should do these moves ASAP:

Demote Ruiz/Promote Jaramillo.

Cut Taguchi/Bring Up Watson or Donald.

Remove J-Roll from the leadoff spot.

Start Werth most everyday, whether it's in right or center.

Never use mediocre speed guys (Taguchi, Jenkins, etc.) to replace Pat Burrell on the basepaths!

And if they lose the 2 series before the Break, FIRE MANUEL!!

GM-Carson said...

Charlie Manuel won't be fired unless the Phils continue their tailspin and drop 10 games below .500 to finish the season.

Stephanie Grace said...

Last night was painful. Panic at the Disco painful. Harry and the Potters "wizard rock" painful.

3 inning-ending double plays with RISP? Getting blanked by Pineiro?!

S.O.S.

Going to the game tonight, hopefully they'll pick it up and I'll be able to stomach it long enough to see the fireworks.

PS: Ruiz sucks.

Chase Trillo said...

Maneul should be on the hot seat! If the team loses the Cardinal and D-Back series, they will have been something like 1-9 in their last 10 series! Heads need to role with that type of underachievement!

furiousBall said...

Although offensively we're looking bad. We can't compete with the starting pitching we have today. We're really down two pitchers in my eyes. Eaton has been the worst starter in the majors for the past two seasons. Myers needs to get his head and ass wired together and come in and join the team for the big win. We need to sell out and bring Bedard on board. Otherwise, we'll be saying how we should have made that trade when we don't make the playoffs or make a first round exit.

GM-Carson said...

Trade(s) will come, but I doubt we like the outcome.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
The Phillies-Erik Bedard situation is an intriguing one. The details:

As you know, the Phillies have had longstanding interest in the lefty. Bedard recently appeared on a Philadelphia radio show, an odd choice given that he avoids the Seattle media.
Possible conflict of interest: what if Pat Gillick trades a bevy of prospects to the Mariners for Bedard, and then gets a high-ranking position with the Ms in '09?
Will Carroll notes that Rich Harden, A.J. Burnett, Randy Wolf, and Bedard all carry injury risk. However, the Phillies do not seem concerned about Bedard's health. He says Gillick wants Bedard at a discount, however. Bedard has been shut down until after the All-Star break to recover from nagging injuries.
I imagine Bedard would command a package similar to the one the A's got for Harden. Both pitchers have ace potential and injury risk and are controlled through '09. The situations do differ, though - Bedard is less risky than Harden, and the Cubs deal was complicated by adding a good pitcher in Chad Gaudin. Anyway, I think the Phillies could pull off a Bedard deal if centered around a healthy Carlos Carrasco.

GM-Carson said...

MLBTR also mentions AJ Burnett as the fallback plan should the Phils not land Bedard.

Jacobin said...

This team needs a serious kick in the ass jolt. Sending Myers down apparently wasn't enough of a wake-up call for these guys. I don't know who you send packing (other than "Cooch" Ruiz to AAA and Taguchi to the unemployment line), but something needs to be done to light a fire under their collective unfocused asses.

Bob D said...

Gillick recently had talked about the 'B' list meaning not Bedard, Burnett, etc... Except a Kyle Lohse type of acquisition.

Jaramillo would likely be tried at catcher first.

TJ Bohn likely to replace No Pinch-Hit Taguchi first.

Also look for a lefty reliever to be traded (likely from the Pirates) to the Phils.

Bob D said...

Oh yeah, call up Brian Mazone and release Eaton into the stratusphere

Chase Trillo said...

What is this team's lovefest with TJ Bohn? He is terrible. He can't hit AAA pitching let alone ML pitching! It's like replaceing Taguchi with someone who is actually worse! I mean .194 with 3 HR and 8 RBI in 170 ABs! 170 ABs and that is the best you can do?!

GM-Carson said...

The fact that So Taguchi is on the Phils 25 man MLB roster and TJ Bohn is on the Phils 40 man roster speaks volumes.

GM-Carson said...

Many things need to be done in my opinion.

In no particular order:
*Get a reliable starting pitcher. Doesn't have to be top-notch, just someone who can go 6-7 innings with an era around 4.5 (like Kyle Lohse from last year).

*Get anothe reliever, lefty or righty, just as long as they get outs. Gordon's health is dicey, and Romero has been unsteady lately. Someone like Ron Mahay or Damaso Marte would be wonderful.

*Release So Taguchi and get a capable pinch-hitter. Jason Michaels would be okay with me, but to be honest there should be dozens of players that are available and are better than Taguchi come the Trade Deadline (ex- Conine 2 seasons ago).

*Fix the catching situation. Jaramillo probably not an upgrade over Ruiz. Marson still needs more time. That means scouring the trade market for someone.

I believe these things will all help the Phils maintain their 1st place standing in the NL East. Howard's bat is getting better, Utley will catch fire again because he's awesome, Myers will probably return and be better (pure hunch there), and Jenkins will stop pressing so much and have a better 2nd half.

GreggyD said...

The more I think about sending a bunch of prospects to Seattle for Bedard, the more I don't like it. I don't see Gillick as a snaky guy, but it just seems so shady. Maybe it's just coincidence that the guy they're after is on the team that our soon to be former GM will be working for. I still don't know how I feel about Bedard. I was never all that high on him even when they were trying to get him from Baltimore. Plus, as we've all clearly seen, this team needs a whole hell of a lot more than a starting pitcher at this point.

GM-Carson said...

Freakin' Marlins already won today. The Mets can smell a victory over the Giants. We have a bum Mulder on the mound against us...what will the offense do?

GreggyD said...

Burrell will have an OBP of 1.000 tonight and the rest of the team will gather 4 hits, including a surprise base hit by Ruiz followed by 2 more GIDP. 1 run on the board for the good guys tonight.

I have no faith anymore...

GM-Carson said...

1st inning Mulder leaves with injury, but Howard bails out the Cards by grounding into a double play. I'm tired of GIDP's against the Phils, too many too often.

GreggyD said...

Burrell on base again! God I love that guy. He's our best option to lead off right now for crying out loud.

GM-Carson said...

If Burrell isn't on the All-Star team it's a total sham. Dude gets on base as good as anyone. Too bad nobody drives him in.

GreggyD said...

Doesn't help when Carlos and Pedro are almost directly behind him in the order.

GM-Carson said...

The IZ Bros. wreck the lineup.

GreggyD said...

Bring on the shuttlecock! This team sucks!

GM-Carson said...

Shuttlecock! Shuttlecock! Shuttlecock!

GreggyD said...

Look at Clay Condrey clutching up and striking out the side! Very nice, very nice.

GreggyD said...

Even Pedro is getting in on this! That was a big shot after Howard delivered the first insurance run on a solo jack of his own. Lidge just needs to do his thing...against Pujols.

He should be fine.

Dan said...

Great work by Condrey, for sure. Especially in a pressure situation. Werth looked a bit overpowered tonight...I hope Jenkins pulls his head out of his keister soon and we can get the platoon working again - there is so much potential there.

Ruiz is brutal, he is great trade bait though - a catcher with no health problems with good D and good mobility. Knowing our front office, though, we'll cut Coste, bring up Marson or Jaramillo, and keep Ruiz as the "starter". Sheesh.

And as much as Burrell obviously deserves to be an all-star, you've got to consider: if he makes the all-star team, it becomes that much harder to sign him. I hate contracts. Baseball's salary structure and free agency rules are the worst thing to ever happen to the game (worse than Pete Rose gambling, worse than the Black Sox, worse than steroids). It just cheapens the game massively...ugh. It sickens me to even think about the idea that I don't care / actively want Burrell to get (unfairly) snubbed just because it makes our chances of signing him just a bit better.

Jacobin said...

It's nice to get a win after losing four in a row... now if they can get another 45 to 50 wins the rest of the way, things will be looking pretty good!

ripjgarcia said...

If I see one more of you comment that Ruiz is great trade bait... I will puke.. Honestly... we have NOONE who sits as great bait now, exception being Happ who is showing promise..tonight the kid deserved the standing O. He still walked 4.. I will never accept more than a .33/inning walk ratio though.

As to Burrell, there is no signing happening next year by the Phil's because current ownership will not lodge more than 2 years + option for an older guy and the AL will eat him up as a DH

Get over it.

GM-Carson said...

Happ pitched better than Eaton or Myers, so I say he stays in the rotation for the time being. He probably is decent trade bait though. Ruiz on the otherhand is not.

The Howard/Feliz homers in the 9th was key. They actually looked like a good team last night. Funny how winning has that effect.