Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Mountain Climbing

With 18 games remaining in the 2008 MLB season the Philadelphia Phillies trail the New York Mets by 1.5 games in the NL East and the Milwaukee Brewers by 3 games for the NL Wild Card. 18 games is not a lot, in fact, it's only 11% of the 162 game regular season schedule, and yet it all comes down to this final portion. The rivalry between the Mets and Phils will have to go on the back burner for now because they won't meet again in '08, unless it's in the playoffs. However, the Brew Crew makes a pit stop in Philly Thursday for a crucial 4 game series. It may feel like the Phillies have a mountain to climb, but I think if they dig their spikes in they'll be able to ascend it successfully.

Right now the Phils focus remains on NL East dwelling Marlins for 2 more games with Kyle Kendrick taking the mound tonight looking for redemption in what has been a lost cause for him over the past month or so (last 9 starts: 3-5, 6.45 era, last 5 starts: 9.14 era). Rookie Chris Volstad is his counterpart wearing Florida's gaytastic teal. Series finale is set for late Wednesday afternoon with macho man Brett Myers hurling for the Phils and Ricky Nolasco for the Fish. I'm thinking sweep.






Mixed Bag of Nuts:
*Looks like poor Billy Wagner will be searching for solace in his alpaca farm, because he blew out his elbow is done for the 2008 season and likely for the 2009 season as well. Color me uncompassionate.

*Joe Blanton is actually 2-0 since joining the Phils over 10 starts. He hasn't really pitched all that well, but I suppose well enough. Phils line: 52.2 ip, 52 h, 26 w, 34 k, 4.61 era. Well, he is better than Eaton after all.

*Brad Lidge is still perfect, 35 for 35 in save opportunities.

*Jimmy Rollins swiped 3 bags last night, upping his season total to 41, and moving himself into 4th place on the all-time Phils leaders of stolen bases with 289.

*Jayson Werth has just earned himself the starters badge. He's always killed lefties, but now he's hitting righties well enough to warrant a full-time gig in the outfield. The 3-run bomb off of Joe Nelson in the 7th inning proved to be game saving.

~Carson

21 comments:

furiousBall said...

I've never seen gender change surgery spelled as "Tommy John"

Bob D said...

Blanton has been decent He has had some shaky starts but nothing horrible like Eaton. If he knocked down the # of walks he would help himself go deeper in games.
Hopefully Kendrick flips things around tonight and pitches a gem.

GM-Carson said...

Blanton is getting killed by walks. He's been uncharacteristically wild since coming to the NL. Hopefully that changes over time.

Kendick needs to go 6 tonight while allowing 3 or less.

GreggyD said...

I can't wait for tonight. I am heading down to the ballpark for the first and only time this season (money has been very tight). Dollar dog night should prove to be a blast because it's my first of those as well. Let's just hope the rain goes away and Kendrick remembers how to pitch. Hopefully my heart won't explode from Hatfield overload.

GM-Carson said...

Greggy D- you best stow away 8+ hot dogs tonight or it's considered a failure. Relish, ketchup, and mustard is a must...onions optional.

GM-Carson said...

Werth has earned the starter badge now. He either starts in LF or RF next season. Vic stays in CF, with Stairs and Jenkins also seeing time in the outfield. That means we still need a decent right-handed 4th outfield to semi-platoon with Jenkins/Stairs. All of this means Burrell walks. Burrell has once again shown he is incapable to putting together a full season. In the end his #'s always seem to be about the same, but when he's slumping he's really slumping. Investing 2-3 years at about 14 mil per season in him probably doesn't make sense.

Corey said...

onions optional!!!! just ridiculous. not only is the onion far and away the best addition to the dog, but the cit has those great onion dispensers where you turn the wheel and diced onions fall into the bun. it's a beautiful thing.

GM-Carson said...

But if you're trying to get laid, onion breath is a turn-off. Personally mustard and onion are essentials for me, the rest is just frills.

Bob D said...

Actually there needs to be so much ketchup, relish, mustard, and onions that you can't even see the dog. GreggyD don't forget to bring your mitt, The Phanatic may attack the crowd with his Doggy Air gun and fling a FREE dog your way.

Maria said...

ONIONS AND MUSTARD are all you need.

GM-Carson said...

Gotta love how our conversation goes from Phils to proper hot dog toppings. WSBGM's is the greatest site on the Internet!

dr. steve said...

THE QUESTION:

Is Blanton a better choice than

Happ + Who We Gave Up For Him

Sidenote: Gio Gonzalez struggling this season.

Aaron said...

Joe Blanton is bad at pitching. He's great at being fat though. He looks scared to me when he pitches. I get the vibe that he's not the kind of guy that can handle a town like Philly.

Los said...

I really feel "terrible" about Billy Wagner ... couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

furiousBall said...

Kyle... are you sure you're throwing with the right arm?

Maria said...

I think it's offically time to take Kendrick out of the rotation and put in Happ.

1.1 innings, 7 ER. Seriously?

furiousBall said...

i'm pretty sure Kyle has a dead arm... and by "dead arm" i mean i want to rip his arm off and beat him with it until he is dead

Aaron said...

Our coaching staff lost that game tonight. First of all you don't throw a stuggling pitcher like Kendrick out there in September.
Happ had to start that game!!
Then Cholly single handed loses the game but leaving him in until he gives up 7 Fucking runs!!!!!!!
He shouldn't have even sent him out for the 2nd inning!!!
7 Fucking runs before he takes him out!!!! What a Joke F Cholly, fire him he sucks!!!!!

Aaron said...

I don't want to hear any BS about well the phils showed heart...they almost came back...BS...heart would be coming all the way back and winning the game. Not coming within 1 single of miraculous comback and then shutting down the offense for the last 3 innings.

dr. steve said...

Kendrick is done. Happ is fresh and ready to go. We have other minor league pitchers as well. Now is the time to send up guys the other teams have little tape on. If Kendrick starts another game it will be insane.

AKA normal in Philadelphia.

GM-Carson said...

I feel bad for Kyle Kendrick. He looked as if he might cry last night.