Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Give It Away

Big Blows:
Bases loaded triple by Jose Reyes, Mets go on to win 6-2.

Walk-off 2-run homerun by Prince Fielder, Brewers win 7-5.

Errant pick-off move by Cole Hamels and a fat pitch to Casey Kotchman, Phils lose 3-2.

Phillies gave last night's game away. It wasn't all Cole's fault, although he did come up very small despite what his line might suggest- 7 ip, 8h, 3 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 7 k. However, he did battle through 7 innings and with any modicum of offense would have likely been the victor and receiving praise this morning. The offense was essentially nonexistent last night, and when batters managed to become base runners they ran themselves into costly outs (Burrell, Victorino). Overall, it was a poor performance late in the season in a game they could ill afford to lose. Luckily they've been playing well lately and built themselves a thin cushion that is now down to 1.5 games over the Mets. Tonight Brett Myers looks to redeem himself against Jo-Jo Reyes and the Braves. Don't give it away!

Greedy little people in a sea of distress,
Keep your more to receive your less,
Unimpressed by material excess,
Love is free, love me, say hell yes.
Give it away, give it away, give it away now.
Give it away, give it away, give it away now.
Give it away, give it away, give it away now.
I can't tell if I'm a king pin or a pauper.



GM-Carson said...

ing matchup
PHI: RHP Brett Myers (10-12, 4.46 ERA)
Myers is coming off the worst start of his career, an outing in which he allowed 10 earned runs in four-plus innings. He had posted an 1.80 ERA in 11 starts prior to that, indicating that the poor start was a bump in the road, and not a severe regression to his first half, when he posted a 5.84 ERA.

ATL: LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (3-11, 5.74 ERA)
This will be Reyes' final opportunity to make the positive impression that he's been unable to provide while going 0-7 with a 7.79 ERA in his past 12 appearances. The 23-year-old hurler agitated Braves manager Bobby Cox while allowing the Mets five earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings on Friday. It marked the seventh time in 11 starts that he didn't complete at least five innings. He is 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against the Phillies this year.

Shane Victorino's 11-game hit streak was snapped Tuesday night. The center fielder finished 0-for-4. ... The Phils did not hit a home run Tuesday for the first time in 18 games. Their 18-game home run streak had been a club record.

Joe said...

This off season, I thought the Phils should have gone after Schilling. Of course, with the possible career ending injury, not getting Schilling worked out better. Hindsight is better than 20/20.

But, I imagined Schilling mentoring Hamels in a way Moyer can't.

Schilling could have helped put some killer instinct into the soft Californian. Like him and his opinions or not, Schilling knows how to pitch a big game and to carry a team. Like him or not, Hamels has been unable to put teams away like an ace since mid season. I don't care that he's tired. Every MLB player is.


The Phillies were not going to run the table. Neither will the Mets. This loss, and the cutting of the Division lead, should light a fire tonight. I expect a big night from Myers. His second start on regular rest after the 3-day move. An off-day tomorrow. No travel before they close out against the Nats. Stay focused Phillies.

GM-Carson said...

The off day tomorrow will surely help, every bullpen arm should be available tonight. The loss probably got the offense a bit concerned, and hopefully did "light a fire" in them. I'm looking for a 7-2 type win tonight.

furiousBall said...

i think we'll clinch the NL East on Saturday, which will be fine by me

GM-Carson said...

From Todd Zolecki's blog:
In the Phillies Notebook- every player except Tadahito Iguchi is eligible for the postseason roster, which means Greg Golson could find hmself in the playoffs for his pinch-running capabilities. The Phillies also could skip Cole Hamels' spot in the rotation Sunday, if the Phillies clinch before then. That would set up Hamels to pitch Game 1 of the NLDS with Brett Myers starting Game 2.

In the Baseball Prospectus Postseason Odds Report:

The Phillies have an 87.42 percent chance to win the NL East, an 11.08 percent chance to win the wild card and a 98.51 percent chance to make the playoffs overall.
The Mets have a 12.58 percent chance to win the East, a 59.57 percent chance to win the wild card and a 72.14 percent chance to make the playoffs overall.
The Brewers have a 29.30 percent chance to win the wild card.

GM-Carson said...

Last night sucked, but it's over and done with, time to move on to more pressing tonight's match-up of Myers vs. Jo-Jo. It's not a "must win", but it's damn near close, because losing tonight coupled with the off day tomorrow could be recipe for disaster. Just win and all is good in the hood.

Los said...

Now's not the time for let-downs ... we control our own destiny ... let's just go out and win, dammit!

So, I'm watching DNL, and it looks like there may have been some sort of bomb-threat at the park ... anybody else hear this?

GM-Carson said...

WTF?! Brett Myers. He's really shitting the bed tonight, looks almost as bad last his last start in Florida. 1 bad outing is excusable, 2 bad outings is damning, and makes me think the bad Brett is back. C'mon you mental pansy!

BloodStripes said...

C'mon Phils get it going!!!

GM-Carson said...

I officially hate Brett Myers right now. That was disgusting.

GM-Carson said...

Last 2 starts for Myers: 8.1 ip, 19 h, 16 r, 14 er, 4 bb...2 huge losses!

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard's defense came shinning through yet again tonight. Anyone that suggest his defense has improved should be verbally and physically beaten until they openly weep and/or bleed.

GM-Carson said...

From Zolecki:
The Philadelphia police bomb squad detonated three suspicious packages outside Citizens Bank Park this evening that actually were hot dogs accidentally left behind after a Hatfield commercial shoot that involved the Phillie Phanatic and his hot dog launcher.

Police received a call at 4:13 p.m. about the three packages found on a light post near the first base gate on Pattison Avenue near Darien Street. Once the bomb squad arrived, Pattison Avenue was blocked from traffic and pedestrians and game-day employees evacuated the building. Phillies employees whose offices were near the activity moved to the other side of the ballpark, but were not evacuated.

The bomb squad detonated the packages. The Phillies said the hot dogs were heavily wrapped in white packaging and duct tape so they could be fired from the Phanatic’s hot dog launcher.

“We just did what we thought was appropriate,” said Mike Stiles, senior vice president of administration and operations. “We looked at it. And in this day and age if you have a question you call the police. The police came and they said, ‘Yeah, this merits the bomb squad to take a look and take action.’ They detonated it. It’s important to let people know that although it was suspicious, it did not contain any explosive device and we didn’t get any bomb scare notes or threats.”

*Wow, that's just funny and sad.

Chase Trillo said...

Another pathetic performance from Brett and more incompetence from Charlie. Manuel should have yanked Myers after the third (9 hits at that point!). At least the Cubs just took the lead on the Muts. Kinda sad we have to rely on them to improve our odds. The day off should help. Rollins and Werth look like they could really use a day.

ripjgarcia said...

Cubs win..

Brewers tied with Mutts for wild card.

SirAlden said...


The Phils lost the second straight game to the Braves, while the Mutts in lost Extra Innings to the Cubs at Shea. Mr. Met is not getting any cuddletime from Mrs. Met tonight after that one.

89-70 Phillies are in 1st Place atop the NL East. 1 1/2 Game Lead with 3 games to play.

87-71 Mutts lost to the Cubs.
Tied! In the Wild Card with the Brewers with 4 games to play.

87-71 Brewers beat the Pirates
Tied! for the Wild Card with the Mutts with 4 games to play.


Phillies Magic Number for the Wild Card - 3.

Phillies Magic Number for a second straight NL East Crown - 3.

ripjgarcia said...


It's fine to hate the Mets, but don't do too much cheering for the Brew Crew.