Sunday, August 10, 2008

Brad Lidge Is Stiff, Which Isn't Good

This sentence from Yahoo! sports makes me shudder, "Phillies closer Brad Lidge was unavailable because of stiffness in his right shoulder." has an entire article here with a little more info. I'm going to take a naive positive approach to this and assume he'll be fine in a day or so, but if I even here "MRI" or "Dr. James Andrews" I'm jumping out of the window...
Reserved Happiness
Be thankful the Phils won this series against the Pirates, but don't get too excited. The Phils did just enough to win two games that would have easily been losses against a good baseball team, like the Dodgers, for instance. Lowe, Kershaw, Penny and Kuroda are all solid pitchers and if the untimely hitting continues (I think they just hit into another double play...) they will lose all four games.

On the other hand, Kendrick, Myers, Hamels and Blanton are also all pitching well and the Dodgers just lost a series to the struggling Giants, so there is always hope...
As many of you probably already know, singer Isaac Hayes died yesterday. He was found dead next to a running treadmill. I was never a big fan of Hayes, but "Shaft" was my joint. So, in typical WSBGM's fashion, here is our Isacc Hayes/Shaft tribute.


Who's the right handed stick
That hits longballs for all the chicks?
You're damn right

Who is the man
That would hit the wall for his pitcher man?
Can ya dig it?

Who's the cat that won't strikeout
When there's runners all about
Right on

You see this cat Burrell is a bad mother--
(Shut your mouth)
But I'm talkin' about Burrell
(Then we can dig it)

He's a complicated man
But no one understands him but his woman
(Pat Burrell)



Aaron said...

Breaking News.......Dr. James Andrews performs an MRI on Chase Utely's game bat and finds Lance Parrish's vagina inside it.

No wonder Utley can't hit lately.

GM-Carson said...

Two good black men died this weekend. First funnyman Bernie Mack then Chef Isaac Hayes.

JA Happ yesterday- 6 ip, 2 h, 1 bb, 10 k. He damn well better get a shot at the rotation next year.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils never seem to be honest in terms of injuries, always downplaying the seriousness of a player's ailment, so consider me worried with Lidge.

I bet this all goes back to that dipshit Clint Hurdle's retardedness of warming Lidge up for over 100 pitches in the bullpen during the All-Star game.

GM-Carson said...

For all those people that didn't want Melvin Mora for 3rd base this offseason in a salary dump by the O's, he's now batting .265 on the season with 23 dbl, 17 hr, 78 rbi, and a decent .775 OPS.

GM-Carson said...

The Good Phight has an excellent post up today. Here it is:
They will kill you. We certainly have developed a feeling of deservedness. What is good can always be better. The old version is always better than the new one. How quickly we forget what it was like when we had the old version. If only I could break the space-time continuum and have people taste test last year's Phillies with this year's and really see what they'd prefer. 2 less wins and in third place or 2 more wins and in first place? It seems obvious, but, you'd not think that listening to a lot of grumbling around town. It took the Atlanta Braves like 6 or 7 years to get sick of making the playoffs. We aren't even through half of the second season...

Whiner: The Phils aren't as good as last year! Their offense sucks and their pitching is lucky!


Last year:

Phils Scored: 5.51 runs/game (OPS+ 111)
Phils Allowed: 5.07 runs/game (ERA+ 97)

This year:

Phils Score: 4.89 runs/game (OPS+ 103)
Phils Allow: 4.27 runs/game (ERA+ 113)

So, we have a net loss of 8 points in OPS+ and a net gain of 16 points in ERA+. Our offense has obviously dropped off from last year while our pitching has made up for it two-fold. The easiest complaint is that the pitching is playing over it's head and isn't this good. Can we not make the same comment about the offense?

Whiner: The Phils playing down to their opponents. They can never beat scrubs from bad teams!

Truth: Like every team in the league doesn't do the same thing. The Phillies have losing records against 7 clubs:

BOS 1 2
FLA 5 7
LAA 0 3
NYM 4 9
OAK 1 2
TEX 1 2
TOR 1 2

Those teams have an average winning percentage of .533. Only Oakland had a losing record and that is because they traded off a few of their best players.

Whiner: But the Phils are so inconsistent in their offense. They have been shutout 8 times. Look at the Mets, just 4 shutouts!

Truth: Many good teams are inconsistent.

Marlins: 7 shutouts
Cubs: 6 shutouts
Braves: 11 shutouts
Red Sox: 6 shutouts
Detroit: 11 shutouts
White Sox: 9 shutouts
Yankees: 7 shutouts

Look, I'd love for them to be shutout less, but would 1 or 2 runs really do it for you?

Whiner: But they hit into so many double plays!

Truth: Before last night's debacle...

Phillies: 77 GIDPs. 25th in MLB and just 1 more than the 28th team.

Whiner: But they have a #1 and 4 #5s!

Truth: Phils have a #1, a #2 and possibly 3 #3s.

Hamels: 133 ERA+
Moyer: 118 ERA+
Kendrick: 102 ERA+
Myers: 87 ERA+
Blanton: 136 ERA+ (limited time)

Myers has looked very good since coming back up and Blanton is somehow getting it done. I think most teams wish they saw these numbers next to their starter's names.

Whiner: But this team has no heart like last year's team. With Rowand, we'd be like 10 games up and suckling on the teat of division champions already!

Truth: Mr. Grit took his flying facesmash act to where the money was. If he wanted to win so badly he would have stayed in Philly. We can see how good his BBQs are doing for the Giants. Also, his line is very mediocre.

2007: .309 .374 .515 OPS+ 123
2008: .281 .352 .432 OPS+ 106

That is 28 points in BA, 22 points in OBP, 83 points in SLG and 17 points in OPS+.

Whiner: But this team is so unlikable! Whaa whaa whaa.

Truth: You are just looking for a reason to hate. Last year's team wasn't any better than this one. You only loved them on the final day of the season; they were frustrating as all hell up until that point (ok, maybe Hamels' beaut on the Friday before). The Phillies are in first place on August 11th and have been there for 63 days this season. Last year's Phillies were in first for 2 days.

Bottom Line: Of the three teams in the NL East, the Phillies have played the best so far. They have the best run differential AND record, which means that as inconsistent as they have been, the Mets and Marlins have been even MORE inconsistent (lets not forget that the Marlins lost a game where they scored 17 runs). Interestingly enough, the Phillies are 7 games better than the Mets against the rest of the league and 4.5 games better than the Marlins against the rest of the league. The Mets and Marlins are not better than the Phillies, so, we can expect them to play better against those two teams.

Take a freakin pill you effin whiners. Your team is LEADING the NL East by 2 games, has the SECOND best run differential in the NL, has the THIRD best record and has a solid 60% chance of making the playoffs. All people do around here is complain. Maybe we have found out the reason why the Phillies have the WORST homefield advantage in all of baseball since 2004. The fans here can really suck.

Bob D said...

I was all for Mora, but I also believe that Feliz was not a bad choice either. Feliz has not been spectacular but has been solid. His fielding has been excellent.

As of right now Myers and Blanton are not allowing Happ to return as a starter. Happ has been outstanding for the last 2 months. It is good to have this delema.

Corey said...

carson, the interweb has these things called links and hyperlinks. more information can be found here and here.

i just got freaking carpal tunnel scrolling through all that shit, i might have to go on the blogger DL...

GM-Carson said...

Corey, I'm not being a smartass in saying "thank you" for those links. I had no idea how to do a hyperlink in the comment section, but now I know. I'll try to use it from now on.

GM-Carson said...

This is a test run to see if I'm hyperlinking correctly-
More Hardball.

Frank said...

Okay, the Hayes tribute made me laugh.


GreggyD said...

That was an awesome post at the Good Phight. I was wondering if you had seen it. It's very true that we are down on this team all the time, but we were very down on the Phillies at this time last year as well. The lasting memory of clinching a berth on the last day of the season will be hard to top for a long time.

I just wish these bats would heat up. Their record would be so much better if they could actually get 5 runs per game because most of the starts from their rotation have been quality ones lately.

furiousBall said...

noooo, shoulder issues? argh

Boogerking said...

Oh please,is this the same guy who had us debating rock,paper,scissors because our team wasn't worth talking about?Now you want to criticize us for being lousy fans?!?!? I'm offended you think the disadvantage at home is due to a lack of fan support and not the tiny matchbox dimensions of our park.Utterly ridiculous.And as for the whiner/truth article here's the REAL truth: This is exactly the same team as last year.What has changed is that the Mets suck worse than usual.THAT'S why we're in first place.It has nothing to do with an improvement in our talent, it has everything to do with a decline in other teams'.

SirAlden said...

Mora/Bedard would have been the ticket, but Carrasco would be long gone now.

Maybe lower level Outman/Cardenes
and having Blanton/Carrasco is a wise move. If it is few will remember and credit Gillick.

Thanks for the long Post without the link, it was news worthy. We all feel lack luster when Utley and Rollins are not producing do to injuries, but the whiners or Philly are so sad when you wake up to think - wow I could be a born a fan of the KC Royals.

GM-Carson said...

Went fishing today, caught 5 bass and one helluva fish took my bait and teased me for an hour afterward by flopping out of the water every so often just to rub it in.

For the record, I have no problem with people bitching about the Phils, it's human nature. I complain about them, because overall I feel they're underachieving and deserve criticism. With that said, we negativians need a reality check every once in a while, and be reminded our team is still in 1st place.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-'s Joseph Santoliquito talked to Pirates manager John Russell, who opined that Phillies lefty Jamie Moyer could pitch til he's 50. When asked about the idea, Moyer wouldn't rule it out.

At the least, Moyer intends to pitch next year. He said:

"I have an obligation here that I plan on upholding next year with the Phillies, so I will be back at 46."

The quote comes as a surprise to me, because I had Moyer listed as a free agent after the season. Perhaps he is referring to a verbal, rather than contractual, agreement in place with the Phillies for '09? The old dog learned a new trick this year, bumping his groundball rate to 44.8% to push down his home run rate. His average fastball velocity is holding steady at 81 mph.

Boogerking said...

Fish stories.The Phils have a few about "the one that got away".Hope this season isn't another tale of angler angst.Moyer coming back would be awesome.I'm convinced he's better than Hamels.

ripjgarcia said...

I made the comment the other day that I wondered why Lidge didn't pitch Saturday in the closing role... I was hoping he was just unavailable... Now that I know that he was UNAVAILABLE... YIKES!

SirAlden said...

Mutts lost in the 9th to the Pirates!

"Raise the Jolly Roger!!!"

GM-Carson said...

I really like the Pirates, just not when they're playing the Phils. Phils 1st, Buccos a distant 2nd. I like to keep it in the State.

By the way, Adam Dunn was traded to the Dbacks for not much of a package.

SirAlden said...


Big Difference if they keep it up.

The Mets Pitching is in a Shambles.

GM-Carson said...

The AL East leading Rays took a hit today, losing both Longoria and Crawford to the DL. I hate the Yankees, and now hate Boston too, I hope Tampa can keep it together and stay in 1st.

GM-Carson said...

Phils record when leading

after 6: 43-5
after 7: 44-4
after 8: 53-0

When the Phils score first they are 45-12. When they score more than 3 runs they are 56-15.

Goes to show how vital the offense is. They don't even have to be amazing, just adequate will do.

Bill said...

I can't believe it is August and we are still talking about the offense being inconsistent. At this point I am beginning to believe they are not as good as we thought.

At least Lidge will get another day off. It'll take a miracle for the Phillies to need a closer in tonights game!

SirAlden said...

Lost opportunity.....

Lidge got to rest however.

Aaron said...

Well another handfull of runners left on 3rd base tonight with less than 2 outs.
If this team could replace ground outs to 3rd base with sac fly's we would be up 10 games by now.

Here is my argument for Managing outside the box. Kendrick gets through the first two innings but it is obvious that he does not have anything close to his good stuff. If i'm manager at that point I go to the pen. Yes I know it's only the 3rd inning but I think we all saw that his sinker was not sinking and that it was only a matter of time before Kendrick got lit up.

I am a West Coast transplant so I will be at the game tommorow in LA as well as the whole Padres series.
So when you are all watching the game at home and you hear someone in the crowd yelling at the Phillies and calling them a bunch of vagina's.....That would be me.

GM-Carson said...

Aaron- some day I will make a voyage out to the West Coast and tour all the parks, but until then, I can't even stay awake the entire game. I peaced out after Manny's bases loaded double. F'n Manny!

GM-Carson said...

What is Pat Burrell's status? Are the Phillies trying to re-sign him? He has had an awesome offensive season and his defense hasn't been bad either, over 100 games without an error, and he leads the league with 11 assists. It would be an injustice to Pat and the fans if he's not re-signed. He wants to stay and has shown he deserves to do so.
-- Paul K., Ashland, Penn.

Noted. Burrell has long stated his desire to stay and his stance on waiving his no-trade clause seconds this. For their part, the Phillies will wait until after the season to discuss bringing their left fielder back. They're open to it, but, as with most cases, many factors must be weighed. How much money and for how many years? Who else might be available on the free-agent market to replace his right-handed bat should he leave? How ready is prospect Greg Golson for an everyday job? There has been plenty of discussion this season regarding how removing Aaron Rowand's productive bat hurt the offense, but consideration must also be paid to a down all-around season from Jimmy Rollins, a lower batting average by Ryan Howard and a painful right hip for Chase Utley. The Phillies and Burrell will likely meet while they still have exclusive negotiating rights, but it appears that Burrell will hit the open market.

*If they go with Golson as the starter, then they must be in rebuilding phase, because he'd challenge Howard for the strikeout record.

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