Friday, August 08, 2008

You Know Your Team Sucks When...

...they induct a player into their Wall of Fame who was merely a two time All Star, one time Silver Slugger award winner, and hit less than .270. Moreover, Samuel had two good years ('84, '87) and then parts of 5 others that were nothing short of mediocre. He led the league in strikeouts 4 times, outs 3 times, and had a horrible on base percentage for a top of the order hitter (less than .310 five times.) I'm not here to hate on Juan Samuel, he was a nice player, apparently a nice guy, and was fun to watch for a few years. But is he really Wall of Fame worthy? With selection criteria like this, that wall will be full in another few weeks, because guys like Hayes, Dykstra, Kruk, Daulton, Lieberthal, Schilling, Williams, Bedrosian, Rolen, Rollins, Abreu, Utley, Howard, Burrell have had equal or better Phillies careers compared to Samuel. Heck, Jose Mesa is the team's all time saves leader...
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Joe Blanton Still Doesn't Suck
Blanton's performance was Eaton-esque, if Adam Eaton pitched like a player earning $24 million over three years...
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The Manager Makes Me Angry
Is Charlie Manuel the most inflexible, uncreative, and borderline incompetent manager in baseball? It's games like last night that make me yearn for a different manager. Here are my issues with his decisions last night.

- Howard and Utley have not fared well lately against left handed pitching and didn't do too well they last time the saw Paul Maholm. The Pirates also have tough lefties Burnett and Grabow in their 'pen. Yet Manuel will not shake up his lineup. Having Utley-Howard constantly facing lefties back-to-back following the switch hitting "table setters" Victorino and Rollins is frequently hurting this team, as it did last night. Against lefties last night Chase Utley hit with a runner in scoring position three times and once with a runner on first and no outs. He went 0-5 with 2 strikeouts. Howard was 0-4 with two K's against the lefties. Why can't Burrell bat 4th and split up those lefties against lefty pitchers? Or why can't Burrell at least hit third preventing a southpaw from coming in as soon as the Phils get a runner on in the later innings?

- Why the hell was So Taguchi pinch hitting for Blanton in the 8th inning? There was a runner on first (Bruntlett) with one out and Rollins on deck. I prefer a bunt in this situation but if Manuel wants his guy to hit, then why not use Cervenak instead of Taguchi. I don't know if Cervenak can hit, but I do know that Taguchi can't. He sucks. Please get rid of this guy and find another right handed bat.

- Bullpen decision #1 - Manuel got lucky as hell with how he used JC Romero last night. He replaced Durbin in the middle of the 9th inning with Romero with the pitcher's spot coming up fourth the following inning. So, instead of having Durbin finish the inning and then use Romero for the next, he was willing to risk that the Phils would be sent down in order and he wouldn't waste his best setup man for less then an inning. The luck came when Eric Bruntlett rolled into a double play to end the inning just before Romero's spot was due.

- Bullpen decision #2 - Are they that scared of Steven Pearce? Two out and no one on, yet Romero has to give way to the closer to get the third out. Why? Did they really need that right vs right matchup? My theory is that Charlie Manuel just wanted to prove again that he's finally figured out how to make a double switch. Problem is, Lidge hasn't thrown more than one inning this whole year, meaning he's not had to pitch, sit for a half inning, and then come back out and pitch again. Was last night the first game for that? Nope, Les Walrond came out in the top of the 11th. So Manuel's idiotic change meant that 1)Lidge would only be used for one out 2)Ruiz would replace Coste and bat first next inning instead of using Cervenak to pinch hit and 2)the pitcher's spot would come up sooner!!!!! I guess he hasn't figured out the double switch...

- Bullpen decision #3 - Lidge can only get one out and they can't get more than 4 outs from Durbin or Romero, but Les Walrond, a guy who has recorded one major league out in 2 years before this game, is expected to go two innings. This shit makes no sense...
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23 And Counting
When will the Phils get their next run? And will they still be in first place when they get it?

Corey

28 comments:

Aaron said...

This team has no heart but plenty of Vagina's.

BloodStripes said...

Lame bats and lousy managing. When the bats come good the pitching will suck again.

GM-Carson said...

I want to applaud Joe Blanton for a brilliantly pitched game last night.

That's it for the positives.

This lineup is dysfunctional. We have a leadoff hitter not getting on base. We have back-to-back lefties in the middle of the order that can't hit lefties. We have too many 1st pitch swingers- Ruiz, Feliz, Jenkins. And to top it off, our manager is the Special Olympics flunky.

We're chasing Brad Ziegler for the scoreless inning streak. The A's rookie pitcher is up to 37 innings, so we have a couple games to go.

GM-Carson said...

Les Walrond should not be on any MLB roster. In parts of 3 seasons now he is 0-4, with an 8.00 era, 22 walks in 27 innings, and a 2.07 whip. Demote or cut him now, he WON'T help this club.

GM-Carson said...

Carlso Carrasco has yet to yield an earned run in Triple A. He got the victory for Lehigh Valley last night, and how has pitched 12.2 innings since being promoted while allowing 14 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 14.

GM-Carson said...

Prospect outfielder Michael Taylor struggled after being promoted to High A Clearwater, but now is batting .312 there with an OPS of .835. His overall season stats (combined with time at Lakewood): .341, 63 r, 143 h, 30 dbl, 3 trpl, 13 hr, 71 rbi, 43 bb, 13 sb, .931 OPS.

Bob D said...

Yesterday I said I wanted to see if Les Walrond can handle the majors, well now I have seen enough. That AAA success has not followed him to Philly.

Blanton looks as if he will be a good starter for the Phils, The 1st game was bad, the 2nd too short to determine, but the last 2 have been very good.

As for Carrasco, Happ, and Benson they have been good lately in the minors but if Blanton and Myers keep throwing gems like thier last 2, then there is no room except in the pen. We will likely see all 3 come September.

Chase Trillo said...

Well Carson, you did your homework. I don't have to lay out ALL of Manuel's mistakes! What a terrible f*cking manager! I really think a new manager would be the shot in the arm (or balls) this team needs! New ideas, a new line-up, and an actual brain in the dugout would surely help the dynamic of this lifeless and bailing team. Please send Jimy Williams (Manuel's long lost dumb ass twin brother) and Milt Thompson out to pack sand with Big Old Dumb Chuck. They have done nothing but collect a check this season. Worthless! All three!

Also, Vic needs to be benched today. That was total bullshit to end the game last night (not like they deserved to win anyways).

Bob D said...

Noticed they shook the lineup about 2 weeks ago putting Burrell between Utley and Howard moved Vic down and they started to hit. So what is the reasonable course of action to do? Yes, readjust the lieup back to the way it was not working, leaving a bunch of lefties all jammed together in the lineup so other teams can pitch against them easier.

But maybe this time Rollins needs to be moved down to fire him up

Vic
Werth
Utley
Burrell
Howard
Rollins
Dobbs/Coste
Bruntlett/Ruiz

dr. steve said...

How much of this is Charlie's fault, and how much of it it's management's fault? Management needs more blame. We need to do my Protest/Riot idea. Those people not only need to know we hate them, but we have to do it in the most ancient way of telling someone - angry mob form.

Boogerking said...

Dr.Steve it doesn't work.They don't give a shit as long as people keep showing up to the park.And the majority of people at the park got free tickets/bought them way in advance and couldn't care less whether the team wins or loses.
Every team in MLB with a losing record should feel ripped off that the Phillies have a winning one.This lineup is a joke.And for the dipshit that wants to bench Victorino: keep in mind he's the only one capable of getting a fuc*ing hit anymore.I hate the Phillies.Fuc*ing overrated assclowns,all of them.

BloodStripes said...

Fear not phans. Ian Snell sucks big time. Phils will win.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils have been held to 3 runs or less 46 times this season. That's 40% of the games.

GM-Carson said...

Utley needs to do something. I'm tired of his struggles, it's crazy how bad he can be at times. He's my favorite player, I want to show him more love. Give me a reason Chase, give me a reason.

Chase Trillo said...

Yo booger, what's with the dipshit line? I guess it's ok to bench Rollins for dogging it, but we will let the Hawaiian play even though he gets caught with his pants down and Howard on deck.

GM-Carson said...

Boogerking is a mad, mad man. He means no harm by what he says.

This is pathetic. The Pirates have one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball, yet here we are through 17 innings of baseball in this series with only 2 runs scored. Why do I bother?

Aaron said...

Utley Sucks. This offense is brutal. Why do I keep watching this team play. When they lose they make me mad and when they win they make me mad.

Utley is about to lose me a million dollars by breaking my 8 game streak on MLB.com's beat the streak.

Chase Trillo said...

No problem with booger then. We are all angry with some regard to this team. Anyway, I am glad Vic is playing well tonight, but I also have major questions about it.

Chase needs to get it going. He is now 0 for 4 tonight and 3 for 19 this week. Not good.

Aaron said...

More brilliant running by Victorino

GM-Carson said...

I like that Vic is a stolen base threat, but he's getting very careless on the base paths.

Utley is struggling, but our boy Pat Burrell is something like 3-27 now in August.

GM-Carson said...

I'm pleased with Myers outing, and agree with Myers that he shouldn't have been pulled, but you can't show up your manager like that. He and Charlie were nose to nose in the dugout...Uncle Chuck was pissed!

By the way, I think Wheeler is gay for Manuel.

SirAlden said...

He should have been pulled, he was losing it. The Win is more important than EGO.

The last batter Myers faced hit a rocket that almost took Jimmy Rollins Glove Off.

ripjgarcia said...

Wheeler has been gay for Manuel, Ed Wade, and Harry Kalas (what did you think their little feud was about)

All joking aside,

Last night, the Phils just had no excuses.

Tonight, I was happy with Myers results, but very curious as to why Lidge was not in there at the end...

Was he not available(?), or was Uncle Chuckles giving his a little break because although he has not yet blown a save, he is getting damn close.

And don't think I'm ripping on Lidge, because he is the best player on this team this year.

For all of you busting Victorino's balls, have you seen his stats in the last 2 weeks... the guy is really coming around....

Aaron said...

I don't care if they won tonight there still a bunch of vaginas and they will lose tommorow because it's a home day game sell out and the Pirates are throwing some douche bag i've never heard of so he will probably throw a 2 hitter at us.
F the Phillies. They suck.

Gonzo said...

I can't blame the manager too much. Sure, he could mix up Utley/Howard in the lineup, but it's the GM's fault for fielding a very flawed team. Jenkins is a waste. The catchers stink. Your backup infielder is Eric Bruntlett. Rollins is the current day Willie Mays Hayes with all of his damn pop ups. Myers is trash. I'm tired of seeing Burrell, third base and catcher being replaced in the 8th inning every game.

GM-Carson said...

Wow, a win, and yet still a bunch of negatives vibes. Ease up fellas.

The attendance this season is through the roof. Record setting sellouts and will like set an attendance record too. Hopefully the PHils justify that by making the playoffs.

Brandon said...

these comments are pretty hilarious. We are still in first place, by the way. Utley does not "suck", as one person commented. He is in a slump and he will work his way out of it. He's may just go down as the greatest ballplayer to ever wear red pinstripes, even better than Schmidt. The team will snap out of it.

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