Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thirsty Thursday: Bottoms Up

Looks like the Phillies have saved the WSBGM's readership from coverage of the WNBA and other obscure sports yet again. Yesterday wasn't a bluff either; if the Phils had lost, a big ol' shuttlecock was coming your way today. Jokes aside, last night was a decent ballgame with some new quirks. JA Happ pitching well enough to warrant a couple more starts. Clay Condrey pitching the 8th inning of a tie game and striking out the side. Carlos Ruiz actually getting a hit, and putting the guacamole on the taco by scoring the first run of the game. Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz "clutching up" (thanks Sarge) by homering for the go-ahead run and insurance run in the bottom of the 8th. Then the old standby of Brad Lidge shutting down the opposition in the 9th for yet another flawless save opportunity. That win came at a good time because not only were the fans starting to panic, so were the players and coaching staff. So, bottoms up fellas, and chug until your stomach churns, but be ready for a Business Persons Special today at 1:05 with Grand Pappy Moyer going against Braden Pooper-Looper.

~Carson

24 comments:

furiousBall said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAT-XqHjzZc

from the game last night, notice how my daughter instantly stops dancing as soon as she hears pedro feliz introduced... just like i taught her.

Joe said...

Nice game.
Could have done without Durbin's clown show. But he gets a pass for the work he's done so far this season.

Imagine if Myers could have done what Happ did: 6+, 2R. That's all we ask for. Not Cy Young.

I'm off to CBP with one of my sons today. Great summer experience. I'm glad it's Moyer on the mound, so at least one guy there will be older than me.

GM-Carson said...

Complete hunch, but I think Myers will come back after the All-Star break and pitch relatively well (4.25-4.75 era) and rack up about 6 wins in the 2nd half.

Furiousball- you've got a smart girl there. Pedro Feliz has been coming through recently though.

Bob D said...

Time to relabel the Mendoza watch. Howards above 230, also I knew he has been steadily getting hits lately but I had no idea that he had a 12 game hitting streak going.

Happ deserves to pitch at least a few more games, he may even be able to secure a spot in the rotation the way he is pitching. Kendrick, Moyer, and Hamels have pitched well lately and that is encouraging.

furiousBall said...

carson - exactly, she's keeps it cool so pedro can concentrate

GM-Carson said...

If Happ can do something like Kendrick did last season then we're good. Eaton/Myers spot in the rotation will then be the worry.

Sean said...

Howard has a nice watch on in that picture. I wonder if he got that before or after his ridiculous contract.

GreggyD said...

Happ was optioned to AAA today and they called up Mike Cervenak who in Allentown was hitting .310 with 7 HR and 52 RBIs.

Whereas some are questioning this decision, it makes sense because Happ wouldn't have to pitch until after the All Star break anyway. Apparently, Cervenak has an 8 game hitting streak right now and Lord knows he can't be any worse than So Taguchi coming in to pinch hit. I just hope that Happ gets his due and they call him up again after the break. The kid has looked pretty damn ok so far.

GM-Carson said...

Good start to the game, Howard strikes again. "Strikes" meaning homerun, not a strikeout.

I think they'll probably call up Myers after the All-Star break. If Eaton's next start goes crappy, Happ may just take his spot in the rotation.

GM-Carson said...

Per MLBTR-
Jeff Blair of The Globe and Mail has details on the Phillies' pursuit of Burnett. He says the Jays are scouting the Phils' Double A club, and like Greg Golson, Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Donald, and Brad Harman. It seems that Carrasco, Golson, or Marson would have to be in a deal. Blair says the Phillies might try to convince Burnett not to opt out of his contract so he can remain near his Baltimore home for the 2009-10 seasons.

Additionally, the Phillies inquired about Derek Lowe's availability with the Dodgers.

11:46am: Pitching and hitting...two things you need to win baseball games. Insightful, eh? The Philles are looking for both - manager Charlie Manuel wants a "blue-chip pitcher" as well as a "good bat."

Pitching is the team's priority. David Murphy bandies about names like A.J. Burnett, Roy Oswalt, and Erik Bedard. Or the Phillies could look to the B list, like they did last year when they acquired Kyle Lohse. Lohse, by the way, wasn't a fan of the "B list" comment by Pat Gillick.

So who's on the '08 B list? I'll suggest Bronson Arroyo, Joe Blanton, Boof Bonser, Greg Maddux, Randy Wolf, Jarrod Washburn, Odalis Perez, Jason Marquis, Tim Redding, and Paul Byrd.

GreggyD said...

If anyone goes it should be Golson. I would like to keep Carrasco and they definitely need Marson. There's no chance that he's going anywhere. As for a bat...who knows who they could get.

GM-Carson said...

If a team is going to give up a decent starting pitcher for a package headlined by Greg Golson then I'm totally cool with that. Brad Harmon is alright to deal too. I'd like to keep Marson, Donald, and Carrasco though if possible.

GM-Carson said...

Samantha! Alyssa Milano is in the booth right now with T-Mac and Sarge...lucky bastards!

GreggyD said...

Sarge is definitely hot for Alyssa Milano from what I'm reading over at Beerleaguer haha.

Oh if only I wasn't stuck at work watching the game on mlb.com's Gameday for the third day in a row...

GreggyD said...

Ryan Howard is tearing the cover off of the ball once again ladies and gentlemen. If he keeps this up does he start challenging Utley for front runner in the MVP race or do his K numbers hold him back too much?

GM-Carson said...

Sarge practically asked to see Ms. Milano's hidden "ink"...meaning tattos.

Moyer good though 7 inning, yeah Grand Pappy!

I pose the question, to which I do not have the answer- When was the last time the league leader of both homeruns and rbi at the break was left off the All-Star team?

Mike said...

I have voted for Burrell so many times that I have figured out the sequence of validation key numbers.

In other news, phuck Tatis.

GM-Carson said...

The rebirth of Fernando Tatis brings me hope that maybe we can bring Steve Jeltz back.

I'm happy with today's game so far, but Chris Coste is in a huge funk at the plate. Both he and Ruiz are horrible lately.

GM-Carson said...

Bottoms up! Phils win 4-1, with Moyer picking up the W and Howard going deep twice. Romero with the save, creative use of the bullpen by Manuel. In fact Gordon's injury may be a blessing in disguise because it's forced Charlie to use various guys in various situations.

Mike said...

Joe Millette needs to be the next big comeback.

I have been entering "5" as the validation code for the last 100 Burrell votes. Why didn't I realize this worked sooner?

GM-Carson said...

From my homeboy Jayson Stark-
*The buzz in Philadelphia is that GM Pat Gillick has convinced ownership to take on a big contract if the right starting pitcher falls into their zip code. We're not sure how hard that was, but even the most skeptical members of a conservative ownership group can't help but see that the Phillies aren't going anywhere without a high-impact starter. Then again, Sabathia was the guy they'd targeted. Yet they wouldn't talk about either their best minor league arm, Carlos Carrasco, or their most advanced position player, catcher Lou Marson, in those Sabathia discussions. So without altering that stance, they might not even have the ammunition to get a second-tier starter. Phillies executives have been telling people they're wary of both Erik Bedard and A.J. Burnett. But at this point, they have no choice but to stalk both of them.

*Brad Lidge's three-year, $37.5-million extension in Philadelphia knocks one of the hottest free-agent closer names off many teams' shopping lists. But don't expect the Phillies' other impending free agent, Pat Burrell, to be the next to sign. We're hearing that the Phillies' extension conversation with Burrell's agent, Greg Genske, was short and not real sweet. It's hard to envision the Phillies offering more than two years and around $20 million to Burrell. And that's not even close to what Burrell and Genske have in mind.

*The Phillies may well look to trade Brett Myers, but it won't be in midseason. And Myers might still feel like his future is in the bullpen, but now that Lidge has signed, that bullpen gig clearly won't be in Philadelphia. So while Myers is confused about his future, the one report this week that appears to have zero substance is former Phillies closer Ricky Bottalico's suggestion that Myers wants to be traded.

"You can say a lot of things about Brett, but you can't say that," one of Myers' friends told Rumblings. "In fact, getting traded is one of his biggest fears. To be honest, I still think he doesn't ever want to leave the Phillies."

*Radar gun stunner of the week: Thirteen months ago, Phillies left-hander R.J. Swindle was pitching in the Atlantic League. Monday, he made his big league debut and might have set some kind of record -- for slowest radar gun reading by a non-knuckleballer. He threw five pitches clocked slower than 60 miles per hour, topping (or is that bottoming?) out at 54 on a strikeout of Carlos Delgado. Asked if he'd ever seen a non-knuckleball register below the speed limit before, one scout replied: "Not until now. My kid threw 39 the other day, so at least he's 15 miles an hour faster than him."

Maria said...

Corey Hart and Matt Holliday will be going to the All-Star game and not Pat Burrell. That's a bunch of bull.

Los said...

Another win today - Howard is ove .230 - I think he is in no danger of the Mendoza line anymore.

So they sent Happ down again ... he couldn't have been too "Happ"-y.

Jacobin said...

Happ's demotion made total sense from the standpoint that he wasn't going to be pitching for the Phillies for at least two weeks because of the way the schedule lays out with the All-Star Break. They called up a right-handed bat for pinch hitting duties and I'm okay with that considering how awful Taguchi has been this year. Maybe he needs to go back to St. Louis where he was a great pinch hitter and spot starter for that team, something just isn't working in Philadelphia... maybe it's Fuqua's butchered West Virginia-Japanese dialect.