Wednesday, September 03, 2008

At Least They Lost To A Good Team...

The Mets top the Brewers,
We lose to a bunch of schmucks.
This is why, this is why,
This is why we suck.

How would you describe losing 2 of3 games to the Harrisburg Senators Washington Gnationals in the midst of a September playoff race? Infuriating? Depressing? Unbelievable? Any way you describe it, it's not good.

The Phils and Mets have very similar schedules for the remaining month and I doubt that the Phils will gain ground in the corresponding fixtures (Phils v. Brewers and Mets at Washington). Frankly, this was a series of games that we probably all expected would result in no worse than a maintenance of position in the standings. Instead, the Phils dropped two games to the Mets. They did gain a game on the Wild Card leading Brewers, so they have that going for them...
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It Fell Off
Chad Durbin has been great for this team this year. He's been a true revelation in the bullpen. But it's over for this year. His arm has fallen off. He's got nothing left in the tank and has given up 10 runs in the last 12+ innings he's pitched. Like I said, he's been spectacular up until the last two weeks, but he can't be the 8th inning/setup guy anymore. I hate to say this, but even Ryan Madson looks like a better option at this juncture.
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The Most Important Series..
...of the year starts on Friday against the Mets. The Phils need at least two wins. A full breakdown of the series and pitching matchups will be up tomorrow.

Corey

29 comments:

Pattison said...

I understand that for much of the year, we needed J.C. Romero to be a left-handed specialist. That being said, with Scott Eyre looking pretty solid, can't the Phils use Romero in a full time set-up role now? Durbin has been great up to this point, but he's spent, and J.C. shined for us down the stretch setting up last year. I think its time the Phils let him assume that role.

ripjgarcia said...

Serious business Corey, its sweep or go home... These Mets do not remind me of last years... Winning 2 still leaves us 2 games down, and honestly, I don't think the Phillies have it in them. All cylinders are not clicking at the same time, which is something that happened last year..

You can't lose games like tonight and expect results down the road to pick you up.

I haven't given up rooting, but I'm being realistic. Starting Friday, I will be wearing my 1924-1930 Phillies hat 24/7 with the exception of turning it inside out in a rally situation.. Best I can do as a fan.

Aaron said...

They don't have enough heart. It's over. I surrender. See you next year.

Chase Trillo said...

Pissing it all away. Pissing it all the fuck away. Prove me wrong in NY. Charie needs to shove his kleets up their collective asses. Too bad he is too much of a pansy to do so. Don't let management fool you, he is not a tough guy. If we fail to make the playoffs, Charlie needs to be axed! We can't have him around to botch things up during the primes of our core players.

BloodStripes said...

Is it me or do the Phillies always struggle in their ballpark? Washington seem to do that to the Phils every September.

22 games left. 3 back. Not out of it yet.

BloodStripes said...

Wagner will be back next week. The 08 choke can resume as planned.

Columbian neck ties.

GM-Carson said...

Eric Bruntlett starting in RF is just plain dumb. In the middle of a playoff hunt and Manuel goes dumbass on us. Why expect anything less.

Durbin had been a bullpen savior, but like Corey said, he's done.

The Nationals are pretty much a minor league team with the exception of a few players (Ryan Zimmerman, Christian Guzman, Ronnie Belliard), so giving up 7 runs and 9 runs to them in games is disgusting.

GM-Carson said...

Not starting Victorino, and offensive catalyst is unforgivable.

Greg Golson is fast. He swiped that bag easily in his MLB debut.

Nice to see Stairs and Cervenak pick up pinch-hits.

Phils did lose though, so I'm still pissy.

BloodStripes said...

Not very often 2 Ryan Howard homers isn't enough.

GM-Carson said...

Howard actually has a 10 game hitting streak going on. I had no idea.

GM-Carson said...

Man I hope Chase is right-
"Baseball is a game of frustration. You have to learn how to deal with it," Chase Utley said. "I look forward to going to Shea. The atmosphere is always intense. We have a team that doesn't give up. We battled back last year, and can battle back again."

Joe said...

Boy, Madson seemed to find his way back to respectability last night.

How in the name of Jesus does Jesus come in there and throw a 3-pitch inning?

This team isn't just poorly managed (lifting Eyre who looked to be cruising, not starting Victorino while he's playing well and Bruntlett is, well Bruntlett), they are poorly coached.

Little leaguers know what to do with a ground better than Howard. How does Victorino come off the bench cold and swing at the first pitch and pop out? Golson gets on but it takes forever to get him to second. And the 3-pitch inning! This is on top of a full season where hitters don't have a clue at the plate.

I still have hope for this team. 2 games is nothing with a head-to-head series. This weekend should be fun.

Joe said...

A quick look at the schedule and I feel a little better.
The Phillies have two off-days in the final two weeks while the Mets go straight thru from 9/11 on. That can kill a bullpen, especially one as weak as the Mets. I hope the Cubs have more fight in them than the Brewers did. and I hope the Brewers prove as beatable as they were against the Mets.

GM-Carson said...

We're 3 back of the Mets, not 2.

furiousBall said...

there's still hope, we gotta give chad some rest. stairs looked great at the plate last night

furiousBall said...

and by great, i mean fat

GM-Carson said...

I like chubby players, gives a big boy like me pride.

Bob D said...

I have been a supporter of Madson, yes he did throw 2 scoreless innings - but he allowed 2 of 3 inherited runners to score (again).

I am wearing my lucky Phillies shirt - and I promise not to bathe until the Phils clinch the division. I will turn it inside out when we need a rally. With that said, it could be a long winter.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

Hey, the NFL starts tonight though, huh?
Fuck, the Mets looked sooooo pissed from last year. Prognosis: Negative.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times talked to Tadahito Iguchi's agent, who said the Dodgers and Phillies expressed interest in his client.

*I'd take Iguchi for the final 3 weeks off the bench. He wouldn't be on the postseason roster if the Phils made it, but he could help get them there.

SirAlden said...

leland5The 10 Games coming up are the hardest, 3 with the Mutts, 3 with Florida, 4 with the Brewers at home. (Florida and the Brewers at home).

The 12 games after that are easier.

Great to be rooting in Sept. 2 Wins or a Sweep will be awsome, 1 Win we can survive barely. To be swept would be death. The Mutts are playing the best of the Mutts, Cubs, Brewers, and Phils at the moment, they are due for a correction.

Jimmy Rollins' injury seems to be fading, his power at driving the ball is back. Jimmy Rollins will Win this thing for us this weekend.

Los said...

They need at least 2 of 3, or their done.

JMS said...

Instead of following my guy on this one ('cause we all know how well that works), I'm instead remaining disgustingly optimistic. It's almost like I'm immune ...or Rain Man.

JMS said...

Oh. Except for Cole Hamels. Don't get me started on him.

Bob D said...

After this series the Phils will be:
1/2 game out = sweep
2 1/2 = win 2
4 1/2 = win 1
6 1/2 = swept

The Phan said...

this weekend is huge. 2/3 would be big.

The Phan said...

the nationals play the mets 6 times. hopefully they can play the mets like they plyed the phils.

Maria said...

Only optimism allowed. The Phillies have not won a series against the Mets all year. It will come full circle this weekend with a sweep; trust me, I know what I'm talking about.

GM-Carson said...

Maria is a fortune teller in her spare time.