Friday, August 01, 2008

Phils Trade For Catcher

The Philadelphia Phillies picked up a catcher before the non-waiver trade deadline yesterday. Didn't hear about it? It was under the radar, so low in fact that the trade was for a player already on the Phils roster. The Phils swapped the old Carlos Ruiz in exchange for Chooch Ruiz. Yep, Chooch is back (9 for his last 29, .310). Ruiz was horrible offensively for most of the season, reaching a low point of .202 on July 13th against Arizona. Fans all over the blogsphere (including WSBGM's) were clamoring for his demotion and the promotion of either Jason Jaramillo or Lou Marson. Marson is with Team USA for the Olympics now, and Jaramillo is still trying to figure out how to hit in Triple A. Ruiz on the other hand has bounced back nicely over the past 3 weeks and put up decent numbers. Even when Chooch was struggling at the plate, he remained quality behind the plate. I'm not saying 3 good weeks erases 3 bad months, but it is nice to see him hitting again.

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Last Night:
Kyle Kendrick won again, now 19-9 in 42 career starts. Not bad for a guy nobody would have counted on to step into the rotation of a playoff team last season and continue his success this season. The offense gave Kendrick wiggle room, with homeruns for Rollins and Werth, and solid contributions from Howard and Victorino. The victory was the Phils 5th straight win, and they swept the gNats as I suggested they should. Don't try discrediting the sweep either, because wins are wins, I don't care if you're playing the Washington Nationals or the Guatemala Goat-Gutters.

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This Weekend:
Back to St. Louis for the second time this season. That's cool though, because Ryan Howard mashes Cardinals' pitching- .368, 11 hr, 31 rbi, and a 1.279 in 22 career games. Series starts with Cole Hamels facing Kyle Lohse tonight, followed by Joe Blanton and Braden Looper on Saturday, and Brett Myers and Todd Wellemeyer on Sunday.




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Thank You!:
I'd like to take a moment to thank all the readers of WSBGM's, from both myself and Corey. WSBGM's just wrapped up its best month to date, eclipsing the record-setting June '08 hits total by more than 1600. We put a lot of effort into this site and it's nice to see it becoming more popular. So tell your friends, family, and foes to come join the WSBGM's readership, the more the merrier. After all, we are the 4th and 5th pages referenced when doing a Google search for Steve Jeltz.

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Yo!:
I usually hate commercials, but I love this Mitch Williams "Yo" advertisement for Comcast Sports Net Post Game Live.

~Carson

39 comments:

GM-Carson said...

From Phillies.com:
Phillies right-hander Adam Eaton made his first Minor League start for Class A Lakewood on Thursday night, after accepting an assignment there Monday. The 30-year-old lasted 3 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on five hits, including a home run. He struck out two and walked one.
*He's a disgrace!

Chase Trillo said...

Yo! Eaton...what a disgrace! He should no longer be associated with this team! If that start doesn't say release me and eat my contract, nothing will!

I am disappointed we couldn't land at least a lefty bullpen piece. Ohman or Mahay would have been very nice. Even more so after watching Seanez pitch like crap again last night. Hope Patty G. enjoyed his day off.

BloodStripes said...

No way. Thats incredible. Well at least Chooch is back. Welcome back Chooch. Stick around.

Congratulations boys. Good to see the blog is making inroads towards world domination. Always enjoy your unique humor and the quality Phillies banter. Its always my first stop for Phillies news and views. I have been so busy lately I haven't had time to comment much, but things have mellowed so your stuck with me down the stretch. As always. Keep up the good work.

GreggyD said...

It would have been nice to pick up a Mahay or Ohman, but the asking price was probably through the roof for those two guys. I've heard that Atlanta wanted at least Happ and possibly Golson or another of our top prospects for Ohman. First off, I don't want to trade Happ to begin with seeing as he's our only major league ready pitcher if he's not already with the big club and secondly, there's no way in hell I want to trade some of our top talent within the division.

Nice series win for the Phils. For those people who complain it's only against Washington, you need to realize that a sweep is a sweep, and this is what the Phillies should be doing against a team like the Nationals. They had some shaky spots, but looked pretty good for the most part.

Adam Eaton should be given the Brett Favre treatment. Give the man the rest of his salary not to play for this team ever again.

Congrats to you two guys on your always growing popularity. This site provides some of the most passionate, yet knowledgeable Phillies phodder that I have come across. You do us all a great service. As I always like to say, this little WSBGMs family would be impossible without the awesome work you two do day-in and day-out.

BloodStripes said...

This next series against St Louis ought to be a cracker. Good test for the Phils. Who would have thought Lohse would end up this good and make this next game such a good matchup with Hamels.

C'mon Phils!! Gotta stay on top.

goDuke said...

Its pathetic that Eaton sucks that bad... Just be happy he is killing Lakewood with his rag arm and not the big club.

GreggyD said...

I hate to be one of those guys, but I just posted to my blog, "View From The Bottom." I've had it for awhile, but haven't had the time to keep up with it until lately. Go check it out if you get a chance and leave me some comments letting me know what you think. I'd really appreciate it.

viewbottom.blogspot.com

Thanks guys.

Bob D said...

I am happy that many of our prospects are still around and not traded for just decent rental players. I agree with Greggy as Happ is needed now for insurance and a possible lefty reliever. Also don't worry, the team can make a trade thru waivers this month.

Pirates may have helped themselves not this year but the next few should be good.

furiousBall said...

this team needs some winning right now. seeing the smiles in our dugout was a good sign.

Jeremy said...

I found this site while researching information on my phavorite phil as a kid Mr. 5 for 1 Von Hayes. I read one entry and have been hooked for over a year and a half. Keep up the nice work guys it is appreciated. Semper Fi!

Jeremy said...

Oh by the way my second phavorite phil of all time phucco, Kent Tekulve.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

Anyone who likes anything that Mitch Williams does needs to be examined.

Andrew said...

great blog guys!

I was at last night's game for my second outing at Nationals Park this season. Has anyone else noticed how incredibly vigilante the ballpark attendants are about sitting in the wrong seats? It was 2 outs in the top of the ninth inning, Phils up 8-2, hordes of Nats fans making their ways to the exits, when me and my group moved down to the lower level and found a few (among hundreds) of empty seats. Not 5 minutes later did some jerk employee ask to see our tickets and made us move. Really? With 4 outs left in a wash of a game for the home team? RIDICULOUS!

Well at least the Phils won again and it was a fun game to watch! Its only a matter of time before the Nationals leave DC for yet another useless town.

GreggyD said...

That Mitch Williams spot is hilarious. I like it and surprisingly like Mitch on PGL. He may be a bit dry, but the guy knows what he's talking about and provides insightful and honest commentary.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

I'm so pissed people like Mitch Williams. He singlehanded ruined my life.

Just watch that home run to you know who once and try to still like the guy.

And come on, he has the answers for Brett's control problems? You ever watch Mitch pitch? He walked everyone!

GM-Carson said...

I think Mitch does a great job on PGL, and I'd welcome him in the TV booth for live game broadcasts any day. He tells it like it is, just like John Krunk does. Much respect for that.

Greggy D- I'll link your site some time this weekend for ya bro.

Thanks for all the WSBGM's love on here today.

GreggyD said...

Thanks Carson.

I am just as bitter about Mitch giving up that pitch as the next guy, but that has nothing to do with his knowledge of the game. I love that he will praise the Phillies when necessary, but won't hesitate to rip into them or an individual who is coming up short. Sports media outlets paint a beautiful picture far too often, and Williams isn't like that which is refreshing.

furiousBall said...

Mitch Williams is the best analyst on Comcast Sports, and I can't freakin' wait to hear who Jeremy's third favorite Phillie is

Reverend Paul Revere said...

I think a Darren Daulton analysis would be wildly entertaining.

kentucky phils phan said...

congrats on the record number of hits. sorry i haven't been around lately to post, i've been pretty busy..anyways, the Phils have a nice little winning streak going here and it would be nice to see them keep this up and put some distance between themselves and the rest of this division.

GreggyD said...

Darren Daulton wouldn't have any analysis because he'd disappear into another dimension during PGL.

GM-Carson said...

Dutch Daulton...my mom loved him. Now he's a looney toon.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

Something about that '93 team. Dutch is crazy. Kruker is on national television. Schilling is a blogger. Dykstra is a mogul and incoherent. The real question: What is Tony Longmire up to?

GM-Carson said...

Tony Longmire runs the Bunny Ranch in Vegas baby.

SirAlden said...

The food at the Guatemala Goat-Gutters ballyard is pretty
tasty!

Ever had good perfectly browned
Goat Curry over rice?!

God Yum. Not to mention the perfectly browned Goat-Gutters
Ball Girls. God Yum Squared!

Jeremy said...

My third favorite phillie would have to be a tie between, Shane Rawley and Mickey Morandini.

GM-Carson said...

I'm still bitter Kyle Lohse didn't take the 3 year 21 million dollar deal Pat Gillick offered him this offseason. Phils better start hitting him soon, he's looking good.

SirAlden said...

The Phillies purchased the contract of 31-year-old lefty Les Walrond from Class AAA Lehigh Valley!!!

Seanez to the DL.

This will be fun....!

BloodStripes said...

Cards too good. Streak comes to an end. Bummer.

GM-Carson said...

Cards too good or Hamels too bad?

Either way, the Phils play horribly against good competition.

BloodStripes said...

At least NY and FLA lost as well.

Burrell seems to be moving into a hot streak. Pick 'em up Pat and carry us to the playoffs.

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