Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bigger Winner: Phils or Phelps?

Rather than focus on another demoralizing loss tacked on to the wrong column of the standings, I'm going to divert my (and anybody reading this) attention to the winning side of the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies and Goldenboy Olympian Michael Phelps. The Phils are in 1st place; Phelps just boosted his Olympic gold medal total up to a best-ever 11 lifetime and 5 already in the '08 games. The Phils hold a slight lead over the Mets (1 game) and Marlins (1.5); Phelps continues to break World and Olympics records with every swim. The Phils have been continually accused of underachieving; Phelps just keeps on achieving. The Phils have a legitimate shot at the playoffs; Phelps has a legitimate shot at making himself the most celebrated athlete in the world.
Who is the bigger winner?
2008 Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Phelps
  
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I'm not a swim fan, but I have to admit watching the 2008 Summer Olympics and Michael Phelps dominance is the better show in comparison to the Phils lackluster performance. They've dropped 2 in a row against the Dodgers, in what we knew would be a difficult series. Time to see if Blanton can continue to be the anti-Eaton and secure us a win tonight.

~Carson

24 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Pat Burrell yanked again late in a game. I'm starting to hate Charlie Manuel more and more with every passing game this season. I took it easy on him for the better part of the year, but the man is irking me again. Burrell could haven't gotten a crucial hit late, and Burrell may have threw Martin out at the plate in the 9th. Leave Pat in! Also, bat Pat 9th against lefties, not Ryan Howard who turns into worse than No-Hit Nunez against them.

GM-Carson said...

The fact that the Mets stink hides the Phillies ineptitude. For example, the Phils have gone from tied with the Brewers in a potential wild card race to 4.5 behind them in just over 10 games. Phils now 23-27 since June 13.

GM-Carson said...

Some good news this morning. 2008 draft pick Michael Stutes won again. His stats (Lakewood and Williamsport) 6-1, 10 gs, 53 ip, 24 h, 20 bb, 61 k, 0.85 era, and 0.83 whip. Nice!!!

Chase Trillo said...

I know I beat the fire Manuel drum a lot, but what would it actually take to get Manuel canned, given the annual complacency of Gillick and team ownership? If they wait til the end of the season, it most likely will be too late (which is a damn shame with a weak NL out there for the taking). Manuel continues to have a big part with regard to the failures of this team. It's well past time he was sent packing!

furiousBall said...

i think phelps has an equal chance of heading to the world series as the phils do...

GM-Carson said...

I heard Phelps has a helluva split-finger strikeout pitch, and he's a decent batter too.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

I bet Phelps can hit better than the Phillies when Hamels pitches.

GM-Carson said...

Hell Hamels hits better than the regular lineup dwellers when Hamels pitches.

Boogerking said...

Olympics blow. We will have a new manager next year, though I'm not convinced that anyone could step in and fix all the problems right now.Pat Burrel rule is getting old.Why he does this in close games is beyond my ability to fathom.

GM-Carson said...

The Olympics excite me. Team USA takes on Korea tonight at 7, and I'm hoping Jason Donald and Lou Marson do well.

Bob D said...

The Phils signed pitcher Jonathan Pettibone (110th pick) to a contract. He would have been a much higher pick if teams knew he would not goto college. The Phils broke from norm to pay over ($500,000 bonus) to get him in the fold. This is a good sign for the Phils as they get a better prospect with a later pick.

SirAlden said...

Pat should be left in, unless the Phils are 2 run up. Burrell would
have thrown him out at the plate.

Hope Victorino, who is last month's
only spark in the offense is OK.

Amazing to be missing Feliz. Wish we had an Andy LaRoche to root for, I would even settle for a Josh Fields about now.

GM-Carson said...

Don't know where I got the 7 time from, but Team USA is on MSNBC against Korea right now. USA, USA, USA!

GM-Carson said...

South Korea is starting an all-Lee outfield. Yep, 3 outfielders all with the last name Lee.

GM-Carson said...

I would LOVE a high batting average guy in our lineup that wasn't all about OPS, just getting hits. A guy like Polanco, Ichiro, or even Aaron Miles would help this offense.

GM-Carson said...

From a BeerLeaguer commentor:
"It has become fashionable to bash batting average as a useful measure of a hitter's effectiveness. But the fact is, there are plenty of times in the course of a game when a walk won't do, and the batter just needs to get a hit -- even just a single. Batting average remains the best measure (in fact, the ONLY measure) of a hitter's ability to perform this skill.

The Phillies' team batting average is in the bottom half of the National League and the bottom third of the majors. Plain and simple, they are a poor hitting team. They compensate for this by hitting lots of homeruns. But it should come as no surprise that every time the Phillies face a half-way decent pitcher, they get shut down completely. Poor hitting power hitters are precisely the kinds of hitters who are most likely to be shut down by decent pitchers. In the Phillies' case, the problem is compounded even further by the fact that they have so many hitters whose hitting ability is almost 100% dependent upon their facing a pitcher of the opposite hand (i.e., Howard, Werth, Jenkins, Feliz, Coste).

No matter what happens this year, the Phillies' offense needs to be completely blown up in the off-season. Guys like Jenkins and Feliz add nothing to the lineup. We already had plenty of homerun power in our lineup. What we needed were some complementary players who could hit for decent average and get on base. And it's also fair to ask whether it makes sense to commit 10 to 15% of the team's payroll to a prodigious left handed power hitter who absolutely needs to be platooned, and whose defense is so bad that it's really killing the team. I can't bring myself to believe that that's a productive use of resources -- especially considering that keeping Howard & resigning Burrell are undoubtedly mutually exclusive alternatives."

*That is so very true.

Chase Trillo said...

I see Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro have voted on your "Bigger Winner" poll.

Squonk64 said...

My late mother went for swimming. She was alive long enough to witness such wonders as "synchronized swimming." She did not surivive to see the absolutely captivating performance that they now call "synchronized diving."

Not that I hate Mr. Phelps, being a DC-area ttansplant, and a considerable homey when it comes to sports. But the DUI. The failed drug test (oops, he passed all of the follow-up tests, you know, because there is this thing called a "false positive.") Hard to root for the guy, sorry.

I am waiting for any sport involving water to draw 1 to 2-million fans, per venue. Hell, Chase Utley's home could outdraw any athlete that does anything involved in anything that has to do with water on a 10-to-1 basis.

Synchronised doggy-paddling, anyone?

GM-Carson said...

Phelps hard to root for? Hardly. I'm rooting my ass off for him, he's fun to watch.

GM-Carson said...

Apparently there's an episode running of The Best Damn Sports Show Period with Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard on it tonight and Rollins calls Phillies Phans "frontrunners". If indeed Rollins made that blanket statement about all Phillies fans, he's a dumbass. I loved the Phils since I can remember remembering anything. The Phils haven't been good for most of my life, but I never waivered. I'm not the only fan like this, there's many more like me. So shut the F' up J-Stroll!

Aaron said...

just finished reading Rollins comments about Philly fans being front runners. Below is my editorial response:

F YOU J-ROLL!!!!
MOVE TO ST. LOUIS SO THEY CAN GIVE YOU A STANDING O FOR NOT RUNNING HARD AND NOT SHOWING UP TO THE GAME ON TIME.
I'VE HEARD ENOUGH FROM THIS GUY HE JUST CAN'T KEEP HIS DAMN MOUTH SHUT. GO GROUND OUT TO SECOND BASE AND JOG DOWN THE BASELINE SOMEWHERE ELSE.
CALL ME A F'ING FRONT RUNNER!!!
IVE BEEN WATCHING THIS F'ING TEAM LOSE SINCE I WAS 5 YEARS OLD YOU F%$K.
F YOU F-ROLL YOU F'ING C-SUCKER!!!!!!

SirAlden said...

Jimmy Rollins is right, Philly is tougher on their team than any other team in Baseball.

We are a what have you done lately for me crowd, simmered in the bitter brew of poor ownership, who are now selling out every game.

I do not believe that Jimmy meant that we only support or care for a team if they are in the front. I think he agreed that when we are not in front, the bitterness,
comes out in Boos.

It has to be harder to play in that environment year and out asa player.

Take your curse words and direct them at the owners. Create a Website with photographs and directions to all the gravesites
of Phillies Ownership going back to he 1800s so we can all go pee
on the Headstones.

Dick Allen felt the same way when
he wrote the words "Boo" and "OCT2" in infield dirt behind 1st Base as he was run out of town to play successfully for other teams. It was the Owners fault then and it is the Owners fault now.

GM-Carson said...

No, I'll take my curse words and direct them straight at Jimmy Rollins. I'll even keep it shot- "Fuck you J-Roll".

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