Monday, August 25, 2008

I Love (Sweeping) L.A.

I can't help but think that Brett Myers pulled this game from his ass hat.

Myers didn't allow a run, even though the Dodgers had a total of twelve base runners over his seven innings. The Dodgers failed to score despite Matt Kemp leading off two separate innings with doubles, despite having at least one hit in every inning and outhitting the Phils 13 to 10, despite having multiple base runners in 6 innings and despite loading the bases with one out and Kent and Ramirez due up. Two separate innings ended with Manny Ramirez flying out to the warning track in right. In the end, the Dodgers left fourteen men on.

You might be inclined to say that Myers was lucky to escape unscathed last night, but the way he has been pitching over the last month, I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt. Even though he did give up a bunch of hits and put himself in trouble, he worked out of it every time with key strikeouts or double plays. He was able to spot his fastball, especially on the inner half of the plate and the curve was at time devastating and similar to the big hook he was throwing out of the pen last year.

The change in Myers since his brief minor league stint has been miraculous. [In terms of pitching, that is. He proved a few games ago that he is still a huge prick.] He looks like a completely different pitcher, as his head and shoulders are not flying toward first base and he's not looking into the right field upper deck when he delivers a pitch. And he's now 4-1 since he came back and has lowered his ERA a whole point. Check out the stats from his last five starts (not including last night.)

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Mets/Phils
Like Myers, Carlos Delgado has had quite a turnaround this season. Through June, Delgado was hitting around .230 with few homers and runs batted in. There was a lot of talk in the beginning of the year about getting rid of Delgado. Then July came. He hit .357 with 9 long balls and 24 RBIs. In August he's hit 5 more homers and knocked in another 21. Now, the hot hitting Delgado leads the Mets into CBP for a quick two game set. The Mets will go with Pedro and Johan. The Phils counter with Moyer and Kendrick. These pitching matchups are tough for the Phils and it would be nice to get a win in the opening because getting one against Johan doesn't look promising. I'll be happy with a split...

37 comments:

ripjgarcia said...

Agreed that a split is completely acceptable in this series. It would be nice to win both, but the key is not to lose both and give back the ground the Phillies took in the Dodgers series.

GM-Carson said...

Also agree is would be considered good, although I'm still hoping for a 2 game sweep.

Brett Myers has been great since his return. Baseball Tonight's Chris Singleton predicted he'd lead the NL in era for the 2nd half, and it might just be doing that now.

Hey ho, let's go Phils!

GM-Carson said...

In his 7 starts since returning from the minors, Myers the magician has a sparkling 1.66 era. Nice!

GM-Carson said...

From Phillies.com-
Eight Phillies prospects will play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League: catcher Lou Marson, shortstop Jason Donald, right-handers Joe Bisenius, Drew Carpenter and Pat Overholt, lefty Sergio Escalona, and outfielders Quintin Berry and Jeremy Slayden. Since players in that league report in late September, it's doubtful any of them will get a September callup to Philadelphia.

GM-Carson said...

Big ups to Mr. Hustle Jayson Werth for scoring from 2nd base on a Chris Coste groundout to 2nd base. Werth was stealing and never stopped running; helluva way to pick up an rbi.

BloodStripes said...

Phils are putting it together just in time for a mutt killing. Forget Pedro and Johan. All they gotta do is work plenty of counts. Make them pitch plenty so we can see some bullpen action. If the Phils can just stay in the game up to that point they can smoke their relievers to victory. Obviously this is easier said than done but if behind their will be light at the end of the tunnel.

Despite what happens over these two games the mets bullpen worries will leave the door open for the Phils down the stretch. The division is there for the taking Phightin's. Grab it by the throat.

GM-Carson said...

Pedro tires quickly now, so making him work a lot tonight is crucial. If Pedro only goes 5 innings and the Phils get 4 innings of that bad bullpen of the Mets, I'm smelling victory, and victory smells sweet.

BloodStripes said...

Nothing like a Phillie/Met game with the division lead on the line. The match-up is a good one with the two wise and sage like vets on the hill. For a 44 year old Moyer's ERA is sparkling at 3.54. He'll keep us in it. Pedro on the other hand has given up some 1st inning homers lately. Take to him early Phils!

Bob D said...

The Mutts don't support Johan with runs as his record indicates, so that will work also. All the Phils hafta do is score more runs than the Mets.

Corey said...

"All the Phils hafta do is score more runs than the Mets." - sounds like one of the Jeep Keys to the Game for tonight.

furiousBall said...

the plate umpire was HORRIBLE last night. how many times did Brett strike out Kent in that one at bat?

Reverend Paul Revere said...

Seriously, I love Jamie Moyer, but I'm going to the game tonight. It's seriously like the 6th time I'm going to see him pitch this year, and man are those games tough to watch live when he gets a runner on. Takes forever to throw a pitch.
But hey, it was nice to Jimmy back. Am I right?

Squonk64 said...

Payback. They took 4 from us in the Revine, we take four from them at The Bank.

That's baseball.

Squonk64 said...

BTW--maybe this "operation cheer" thing might be getting the best of you, but...

In the "old days," you'd want a sweep not a split. Me? I am absolutely happy with a split. Afterall, we are facing their two best pitchers in Martinez and Santana. Realistically, The Phils are a better team than the Mutts, but with those two starting the two games against the Phils...

Hold your breathe, and pray for rescue.

Jeremy said...

I think a split it a real good possiblity, as long as the Phils keep hustling and putting pressure on the other guys they are hard to beat. I also agree about the pitch counts. Keep Bruntlet out of the line up and take a pitch or two guys. Anyone else feel the mometum change over the weekend, I think I did.

GM-Carson said...

The umpire last night was pissing me off. Brett had Kent struck out on 2 different at bats on multiple pitches, yet the friggin' ump wouldn't pull the trigger on strike 3. I'm not sure if anyone else saw it, but Myers saluted the umpire in the dugout after the 7th inning before he went up the tunnel. Classic.

GM-Carson said...

Phils are reportedly interested in Braves outfielder Mark Kotsay. I'd love to have him onboard for the final month of the season, but it's hard to see the Braves dealing within the division.

Los said...

I'm hoping for a split ... I don't see any way Kendrick can keep up with Santana at this point.

Aaron said...

I officially hate Ryan Howard. Everytime he is up I wish someone else was up.
He is completely clueless as to where the strike zone is.
I am now convinced that we are better of trading Howard in the offseason than keeping him.

And WTF with Damion Easley. He always kills us.

GM-Carson said...

If the Phils don't make the playoffs this season it's because they've been dominated by the Mets. I hate to admit that, but it's true. The Phils wear a dog collar with "Mets Bitch" stitched on it.

Why does Ryan Howard bother taking a bat to the plate?

JMS said...

Oh...God...poor...Jamie...

I HATE the Mets. This is so painful to watch.

GM-Carson said...

Phils might actually be winning this game if it weren't for a horrible call earlier in the game. Horrible call- Tatis hit a ball that hit the runner Beltran who was in fair teritory while leading off 3rd base. Beltran would have been out and runners would have been on 1st and 2nd with 1 out. Instead it was ruled foul and Tatis went on to smack a 3-run bomb.

GM-Carson said...

Howard is doing what he does best- strikeout, make errors, and hit homeruns.

BloodStripes said...

J-ROLL!!!!! Is he back or what? Slump busted. Met killer.

Light at the end of the tunnel Phils. C'mon Chase!

BloodStripes said...

Yeeeaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!

BloodStripes said...

Tied game is great. But Madson now.

Yikes

Maria said...

Wild.

Aaron said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's the Phillies I remember from last year!!! Heart....ALL HEART!!!

the phils were down 7-0 and I started building my first borns crib. I think it might be lucky crib.

Halleluya pass the mashed potatos!!!!

BloodStripes said...

It took 13 innings but the Phils do it to the mutt bullpen again.

When I said stay in the game. I wasn't thinking a 7 run deficit. 3, maybe 4 runs but whatever it takes boys.

What a game. It had it all. Awesome win.

1st!!!!

BloodStripes said...

Listening to the recap on WPHT is spine tingling.

Woooooo baby!!! Man I love baseball.

ripjgarcia said...

My buddy who tried to re-initiate our bet from last year (Mets vs. Phils, who finishes better) must be squirming today.. Thats a solid win, and I see the team spirit that got us to the playoffs last year kicking back in...

Campaign cheer may be spilling into the dugout.

dr. steve said...

Some Mets players are complaining about the stadium's small size as an excuse.

I have NEVER understood this excuse. Do the Phillies bat in a smaller Citizen's Bank Park than the Mets? How can they say the park is too small when they have an equal chance in it? They're nothing but a bunch of crybabies.

BloodStripes said...

Suspect bunch of poofters. What a load of bollocks.

What is the Phils record since campaign cheer? The PMA has definitely spilled into the dugout. It worked a treat on Rollins. J is Rolling again. Phils too.

ripjgarcia said...

"It's frustrating to see yourself ahead, but in this stadium, with this team, you just never know," Martinez said. He had started for the Mets and was in position to win before the bullpen imploded. "Five runs, seven runs is not enough. I've seen it before. It's not the first time. This team never gives up, especially playing here.

"This bandbox over here is the perfect place for them to play. They know how to play in this field, too. They take advantage of the fans, they take advantage of everything that goes around, and they understand how to play this place.

"This is not the first time that you've seen this -- not only in this field, but any field. Until you get out 27, you're not completed. And I've seen it happen not only here in Philadelphia, all over the place. It depends on the day and how effective you are, and how well you play the game. Today, they were resilient, and they got away with a win. Hopefully, tomorrow, we'll be able to just do what we're supposed to do and beat them again, and we'll be right back where we started."

ripjgarcia said...

Next question: Where the hell did Pedro learn words like RESILIENT!?

GM-Carson said...

Are the Mets mad that Citizens Bank Park is small or that they all have an extremely small penis?

Aaron said...

We'll played Carson....well played