Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Phils Win, I'm In...

So I watched a WNBA game last night. Wow. That was overwhelmingly boring and to my surprise had absolutely nothing to do with horseracing...except for the horses. Anyways, I had to come back to my Phillies. Sure, they abuse me emotionally, but I deserve it. And I can't stay mad at them...

As I return to my blogging comfort zone, hopefully the Phils can get into a zone of their own by squaring off against the National League. Like having a big down blanket or a bottle of tequila, the Phils can curl up and get comfortable against Atlanta, New York, St. Louis and Arizona over the next two weeks.
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Brett Myers
It makes sense to send Myers down to Lehigh Valley, but I was slightly surprised that he actually accepted the move. Hopefully this is a sign that he is willing to work hard, make the necessary changes and become the pitcher he was two years ago.

Myers is a huge key to the success of this team. They can tread water for a while without him (like they've done for the first 3 months), but to win the division or Wild Card, Myers needs to return to the team and pitch well. They can't count on JA Happ. They can't count on trading for CC Sabathia. And they certainly can't count on Kris Benson. So even though Brett Myers is pitching in northeast Pennsylvania, he is still a huge part of the squad that is down in Atlanta.
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Replacement Starter
The Phils aren't sure (or at least, they haven't told anyone yet...) what they are going to do with Myers' spot in the rotation this week. They could just skip it and move everyone up a day or replace him. Some replacement possibilities: JA Happ, Carlos Carrasco, Chad Durbin. If they do spot someone in, who should get the nod?


Who should get the start???
Happ
Carrasco
Durbin
Other


Corey

20 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Give the Happ the nod.

GM-Carson said...

Corey, I thought you would be more happy with the Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle coming to tour in Philly.

Guess you're still in shock of the win.

GM-Carson said...

I'm in favor of giving JA Happ some starts here too. Carrasco isn't on the 40 man roster and he could end up being a headcase if brought to Philly and he doesn't succeed.

GM-Carson said...

Check out this injury to my catcher in the WSBGM's Phantasy League (Chris Snyder of the Diamondbacks)- The Diamondbacks placed Snyder on the 15-day DL Tuesday with a left testicular fracture.

How the hell do you fracture that?!

BloodStripes said...

Ouch! Sounds very painful.

Jimmy O'D said...

I say bring up Carrasco. Every other team in the majors at some point brings up their young phenom to see how he performs on the big stage. Why should the Phils be any different?

Hell...maybe he'll pitch so we'll he'll be a mainstay in the rotation for the next 10 years.

furiousBall said...

I'd go with Happ

Kevin said...

Gotta be Happ. I feel so strongly, in fact, that I argued as much in a post over at our blog (www.themsgoodeaton.wordpress.com).

My fear in bringing up Carrasco is what I like to call "Homer Bailey syndrome." If you bring up a young phenom before he's truly ready, the mental damage it can do is substantial.

GM-Carson said...

Let's be honest too, Carrasco has been all that terrific for Reading this year either (4+ era).

Maria said...

nobody even thinks that Chad Durbin could be an option? I know the Phillies don't want to mess with the bullpen but I really think he's the best option.

GM-Carson said...

Chad Durbin is one of the biggest surprise of the season for the Phils. He's been so good in the bullpen that I would hate to mess him up by sticking him in the rotation. Now, there's always the chance that he could fair well in the rotation and become a mainstay for the remainder of the season, but why mess with it?

Bob D said...

I say give Happ the first shot, another AAA pitcher to consider is Brian Mazone who has been solid the last 3 years at AAA or Japan. His 1 shot to start for the Phils previously was rained out.

I was hoping Fernando Velenzuela would come out of retirement and throw a few donuts for the Phils.

Bob D said...

The Phils are now the last team who used only 5 starters this year as they have not had an injury to the rotation nor lost a pitcher up until now to ineffectiveness. Every other team had used 6 or more starters this year.

GM-Carson said...

A return Fernando Mania would be nice, but I was thinking about that Hairy Monkey Nipple Sid Fernandez as a fill-in starter.

ripjgarcia said...

Im in favor of moving Durbin to the rotation and bringing my man Swindle up.... heh.. In all honesty though, is this not the reason we acquired Durbin to begin with? To be a reliever and spot starter in case of injury or in this case MELTDOWN.

NEWSFLASH: Tom Gordon pitches an inning without a walk or hit. The Braves must really suck. I have splinters underneath my nails from them bringing him in during the eigth inning last night.

GM-Carson said...

Get a load of this story from MLBTR-
Scott Miller of CBS Sportsline has an interesting tidbit today. While the Mariners are still searching for a permanent replacement for dismissed general manager Bill Bavasi, the current ownership group might not be the ones to make the call. Instead, Miller relays a rumor that Hiroshi Yamauchi, current controlling owner of the M's and retired head of Nintendo, wants to sell off his share. Chris Larson, current minority M's owner and Microsoft exec, is a highly interested party. The idea is for him to form an investment group to purchase Yamauchi's shares. One of the partners, though, is a familiar face.

That is former Mariners GM Pat Gillick, he who presided over the Mariners powerhouse teams during the turn of the century. According to the rumor, he would be placed as head of baseball operations, and would select the new GM himself. Currently the general manager in Philadelphia, Gillick has announced his plans to reire at the end of the season. So it's unlikely he names himself general manager.

SirAlden said...

Go Happ!

Happ-y! not

Happ-less!

Will be the Headline.

GM-Carson said...

For as bad as Carlos Ruiz has been, Chris Coste has been that good.

GM-Carson said...

Cole Hamels is good, very good in fact, but he's probably going to get number crunched when it comes to an All-Star nod. Utley will be voted a starter for the 3rd straight season, Lidge has been perfect, and Burrell might just get a bench spot. Hamels deserves an All-Star nod, but there's plenty of starting pitchers in the NL who are also worthy (Webb, Haren, Volquez, Lincecum, Sheets, Jurrjens, Santana, Hudson, Cook, Zambrano, Dempster)...see Cole is good, very good, but not yet elite.

Los said...

I heard Happ is doing pretty well ... maybe it's time to bring him up and see what he can do ... certainly a better option than Myers at this point, right?