Sunday, August 10, 2008

Moyer, Myers, More Musings

Moyer in '09:
Screw electing the President. Obama and McCain don't hold a match to our noble clubhouse presence Jamie Moyer. According to Grand Pappy, he will be back in 2009 with the Phils, "I'll be 46 next year and I will be back next year. I enjoy the National League, and I'm swinging the bat well. Well, I'm swinging the bat well in batting practice. I do intend to play next year, and I feel pretty good. Not as good as I did the first day of Spring Training, but I don't think anyone here feels the way they did the first day of Spring Training. I have an obligation here that I plan on upholding next year with the Phillies, so I will be back at 46. Hey, 50 is five years away. It's not something I'm ruling out.".


Myers vs. Manuel:
The cocky hotheaded Brett Myers is back, and that's a good thing. He has a swagger about him that he is a world beater and can get anyone out. He needs to not show up the manager though, as he yelled curse words at Manuel as Charlie came to take him out of the game in the 8th inning. The two then went nose-to-nose in the dugout in what I'm guessing was not a breath-check. In the end cooler heads prevailed, Manuel- "We're just two strong-willed people disagreeing. But everything's all right. I just got through talking to him. He's fine. He just wanted to stay in the game. I like that. There's nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, if he doesn't want to stay in the game, I'd probably be mad.". Myers (while grinning)- "It's all patched up now. We're buddies.". Myers since his return July 23rd, in 4 starts: 2.14 ERA, 25.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 BB, 13 K.


Stat Check:
*Chase Utley's OPS has steadily gone down every month this season. It really is becoming alarming because he's a crucial member of this offense, and if he's not producing in the 3-hole that's probably a good indication that he's part of the inconsistency. He's a great player, and too great to let this swoon continue until the end of the season.

*Our boy Burrell is 3-27 (.111) in August. He could probably use a day off. Tough decision for Manuel to make, but it could help in the long run.

*I love Shane Victorino's aggressiveness on the base paths, but that aggressiveness is quickly turning into foolishness (10 caught stealings, doubled off bases). He's been spectacular since the All-Star break {25-78 (.321), 16 r, 4 dbl, 1 trpl, 6 hr, 16 rbi, 4 sb, .989 OPS}, he just needs to use his brain a bit more.

*The Phils are apparently more popular than ever as they had their 39th sellout of the season yesterday, and 13th in in a row. They're on pace to set a single season attendance record.

*Jimmy Rollins owns Ian Snell. Usually "owns" means a few homeruns and a batting average above .300. This time "owns" means 12-19 (.632), with 1 double, 4 triples, and 1 homerun.

*Phils still in 1st, 1 game ahead of the Mets, and 2.5 ahead of the Marlins.

*Bullpen savior Chad Durbin picked up his 1st save of the year, and awesome-as-a-Phillie JC Romero picked up his 16th hold while dropping his era to 2.17.

*Reading Phillie Anthony Bastardo came back from injury last night, but was off his game allowing 3 homeruns in 2.2 innings. It's just nice to have him back and healthy, because I still have visions of that Bastard's Phan group in Philly.

*Just promoted Clearwater Phillie Mauricio Romero is a name to remember. In 19 minor league games spanning this and last season he is 4-0, with 6 saves, 26 k's, a 0.50 era, and a 0.78 whip in 36 innings pitched. By the way, we keep a list of who we (WSBGM's) view as Phillies prospects on the left sidebar of the page.



Bob D said...

Still not alot of offense, but the way the starters are throwing they only need to score 4-5 runs a game.

Myers, good to have him back.
Hamels the ace (struggling abit)
Myers showing he's the #2 here
Moyer a solid #3 pitcher who defies all odds and pitches better than most team's aces
Kendrick still amazes as he continues to succeed
Blanton much better than a#5 or Eaton
Happ just waiting in the wings

GM-Carson said...

Great edition of "Outside the Lines" on ESPN today, talking about the unfair treatment of minorities and females in Nascar. Very eye-opening stuff.

GM-Carson said...

The starting rotation has been good of late, and that's a good thing. If the offense can start performing in the 5 run a game spectrum again, the playoffs will be ours.

GM-Carson said...

From Todd Zolecki- "The Phillies have hit .240 and averaged 4.13 runs per game in 46 games since June 13. They hit .265 and averaged 5.41 runs per game in their first 69 games of the season. To put those numbers into perspective, the 5.41 runs per game is better than the Cubs (5.33) have averaged this season. Only the Texas Rangers (5.57) have been better than that. But the 4.13 runs per game the Phillies have been averaging for the last nine weeks would be the fourth-worst mark in the NL, better only than San Francisco (3.84), Washington (3.79) and San Diego (3.75)."

Bob D said...

Being in the same group as San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington would be good only if its in the NFL.

GM-Carson said...

Bob D- good observation, although I have to argue the 49ers have sucked in the past years.

Los said...

It's not our pitching at this point. Our starters are pitching REALLY well for the most part. Our bats are about as inept as our government.

Jeremy said...

Is anyone else sick and tired of seeing Brunlett ground into a DP? Dobbs should be a full time PH. Chase starting to turn things back around. Lets go Lidge close this one out.

GM-Carson said...

Lidge not availabe because of shoulder tightness...not good!

Bruntlett at the plate...not good!

Geoff Jenkins at the plate...not good!

Phils win, and go 2 games up in the NL East...kick ass!

PhillyFriar said...

It's great to hear that Moyer wants to give it another go next year. I read a piece a little while back (which I can't find now) talking about how Moyer has adapted to CBP, scrapping his curveball and throwing cutters and sliders more often to induce more groundballs. He's at a career best GB% because of it (45%), which helps explain why he's at a 3.81 ERA right now.

There are enough questions heading into next year -- let's keep Moyer around to keep some continuity in the rotation.

GM-Carson said...

Moyer is a constant standby, and a decent one at that. I love having him on the team. Best move Gillick has made yet. And yes, I think it's better than the Lidge deal even.

SirAlden said...

Greatest move was opening a spot for Howard to have 2 of the finest seasons any Phillie ever had, and getting Aaron Rowand. That move getting the Phillies owners to eat
millions gave us our first flag since 1993.

Oh Moyer and Lidge were steals too.
Don't forget Werth and Dobbs.

Boogerking said...

Well woopty-doo.We won a series against the Pirates.Myers looked good.....against the pirates.Rollins looked good in two games.....against the pirates.I guess this makes the series totals for home and away even (or minus one for us)....against the pirates.We've only won 9 games against the Mets and Fish combined.I'm still holding my breathe.

Aaron said...

Another Game that we deserved to lose thanks to the bunch of chokers we have in our lineup.
1. Bases loaded 1 out Utley grounds in to a DP.
2. 1st and 2nd no outs, Jenkins grounds into a DP.
3. man on 3rd no outs, Rollins grounds out to first run does not score.
Next batter Victorino pops out run does not score.
The Pirates gave them opportunities all day and we pissed them away. we scored two of our runs on the gift that was moyers bunt and 1 of our runs on a wild pitch after our failed yet again to get a runner in from 3rd with less than two outs.
PATHETIC....Again i don't care that they won today.....there a bunch of Vagina's with no cohones.

The Philadelphia Vagina's ...Catch the fever!!!

GM-Carson said...

If a vagina is running a fever, I'm staying the hell away.

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