Friday, October 24, 2008

Magnified Mistakes

I haven't experienced such a painfully gigantic waste of 3 hours since I was dragged to the movie theatre to view Meet Joe Black. Last night's game was apparently over before it started because the homeplate umpire decided to rewrite the rule book, Brett Myers continued his 1st inning pitfalls, and the Phillies offense continued to be a big ball of butt-substance.

Magnified Mistakes:
*Myers walking the leadoff batter in the 1st inning, who later scored that inning. Overall he pitched well enough (4 runs, 3 earned in 7 innings) that the Phils could have easily won the game had they posted any run support, but his 1st inning meltdowns continue to be a concern and this time ruined him.

*Jayson Werth- check out his magnitude of maladies last night: error in the 1st inning, strikeout with a man on 3rd with less than one out, getting thrown out at 1st base on a fly ball, and 0-3 with men in scoring position. By the way, he now has struck out 16 times this postseason. If he's a full-time player next year, he very well might challenge Ryan Howard for space in the K-Watch.

*Speaking of scoring position, the Phils are now 1-28 in the series with men in scoring position (0-13 Game 1, 1-15 Game 2), with the lone hit being an infield single that didn't even score a damn run.

*I'm not sure why we even bother having a DH, because Greg Dobbs and Chris Coste have been atrocious. Dobbs watched 3 strikes zing by with a runner on 3rd with 1 out, then swung at 3 balls out of the strikezone to k with a runner of 3rd with only 1 out. Brett Myers would have put in a better effort than that. Hell, Jim Abbot would have given a better effort than that.

*Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell are a combined 0-16. Enough said.

*Things are bad when Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz are the hitting highlights of the game.

*Homeplate Kerwin Danley was so bad last night that it was laughable. He called a Rays batter out on a 3rd strike then decided to reverse the call mid-arm pump. In the 9th Rollins was hit by a pitch and Danley told him he wasn't, although replay clearly showed he was. The calls were so disgustingly wrong, that even Buck and McCarver were crying foul. Both calls lead to a swing of runs, extra ones for the Rays, less runs for the Phils. Final score 4-2, you do the math.

All is not lost however, the Phils split the games at Tampa and now head home to Philly with the series tied 1-1. The Rays are a good team, but so are the Phillies, they're simply just not playing like one right now. I expect the Phils to take 2 out of 3 here at Philly then hoist the World Series trophy in the air back down in Florida sometime next week.

~Carson

24 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Was anybody else extremely annoyed by the multiple hilight clips of the Joe Carter homerun? Made me puke and cry at the same time.

Daryl said...

Not only did that guy call an awful game last night, but was I the only one who had trouble staring at him too? Those goofy teeth always just barely visible.... Looking like Freddy Kreuger with a catchers mask on.....

GM-Carson said...

Daryl- funny you mention Freddy, as I flipped to Nightmare on Elm Street 2 between innings last night. The dude looks and is mentally handicapped.

Andrew said...

Down in a "philly" bar in Baltimore, everyone was booing and grimacing when the Joe Carter clips were shown. They didn't even apply to the part of the game they were shown during!

Reverend Paul Revere said...

agreed on all counts

Maria said...

that Joe Carter homerun will never die.

Bob D said...

Despite the bad calls the team needs to take advantage of scoring oppurtunities. And yes it should have been a Philly win rather than a loss, I figure (3-2). With a few hits the Phils could have scored several more.

furiousBall said...

J-Roll needs to stop swinging at that high bullshit and get on base

GM-Carson said...

I'm pissed at the ump, but despite his blown calls, it was still the offense's fault they lost.

GM-Carson said...

From Victorino's blog:
We definitely wanted to win two here, but we got a split, so we came up short in the end. I'm sure you guys will be excited for this weekend. We'll take a day off, work out and be ready for Saturday.

Because we didn't get the job done with runners in scoring position, maybe it seems like you're pressing. I know I'm not. I'm sure a lot of guys in here aren't. Heck, I popped out with two guys on and no one out, and swung at the first pitch. I was trying to get a hit. I'm aggressive. I'm always going to be aggressive.

It's not about making excuses. We're just not doing it. They scored early by executing. Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria grounded out and two runs scored. We didn't do that.

Still, we got ourself in a situation to tie the game with one swing, and that's without executing. We have to look at the positives. We won one game without executing and lost one game without executing. If we do the little things, we'd be alright. We have to keep playing. We'll show up and get ready to go in Game 3.

*Sounds like we need a dose of David Bell, because as Chris Wheeler would claim "he does all the little things".

Joe said...

I wish I put a lump of coal up Werth's ass because I'd have a diamond by now.

He looks like the tightest of a tight crew.

The rest of the team should drink from whatever Ruiz is drinking from. He's the most relaxed.

Looking forward to CBP. But not the weather.

Corey said...

if somebody ever got a group of adults with Down's Syndrome to do a remake of "The Matrix", Kerwin Danley could play Morpheus...

Maria said...

I totally forgot about David "I do the little things" Bell. That seems like forever ago.

Josh Abel said...

Ryan Howard is just testing our faith. He's giving up the short play to set up the long one, and it will be GLORIOUS when it comes.
At least, that's what they say at ryanhoward.org, and somehow, when they say it, it makes sense...

GM-Carson said...

Click here for a sorta naked Phils Phan.

ripjgarcia said...

So in the last couple days I have now seen two new kinds of pump-fakes.

The 1st was some character named Losev on the WSOP ME ESPN coverage.

The second was last night.

Believe me, both were reprehensible and cost the other guy in the end.

GM-Carson said...

I know rumors are just rumors, but I'm reading a lot of Manny to Phillies stuff. I hate Manny, but I love Manny's bat. Can't say I see the Phils giving him the years or the moolah it takes to land him though...or Pat Burrell for that matter.

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Howard has come to the plate four times with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the Series, and struck out all four times.

"It's not like I go up there and say, 'Hey, there's a runner in scoring position -- I think I'll strike out right now,'" Howard said. "It's part of the game, and it happens. Look at it how you want to look at it."

*How I want to look at it? Like your ass doesn't deserve 10 million!

ripjgarcia said...

Did he REALLY say that after game 1 or 2?

If so, his head is not in the right place. He's basically accepting the fact that he's hitting like a d-bag right now, and that is not a winning attitude.. Just cause you make $10 million dollars doesn't mean you can buy excuses.

Blogman said...

Please refer to 'Blogman' (me, moron for the default id) as PhilCali, assuming no other moron assigns him/herself as 'Blogman'. I'll close as PhilCali so other moron's named 'Blogman' are not confused with PhilCali the moron. That said, here goes...

furiousball...
Rollins is only swinging at the high bs because he is taking fastballs down the middle on almost EVERY first pitch and falling behind 0-2 or 1-2 in ALMOST every at-bat. The book on him is that he ALMOST NEVER swings at the first pitch so pitchers groove it. He takes WAY TOO MANY srikes over the middle of the plate. Bascially, he's choking and batting 'stupidly' (1/2 bottle of wine caused that gem).

Howard, J-Werth, and Burrell suck royal. I love all three but this may fall under the 'choking' category as well. Why do our guys swing at such AWFUL pitches but the Rays are much more patient?

I'm a diehard Philly sports fan since approx mid-sixties (yes, old man but kicking ass!).
Warning: You should kiss my ass for the knowledge/history I have.

Anyway, this is a great blog but I must say the incessant level of 'butt', 'down-syndrome', etc. references/jokes should be re-thought. I'm no prude but you guys can do better comedy that that. I loved Beavis and Butthead too, but really. I know, f-me. I get it. Just sayin'.

Apologies for the long-winded diatribe but it's been a month's worth of reading and non-venting prior to this virgin post.

Peace to all.

PhilCali

GO PHILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blogman said...

Forgot to include Rollins in the triumvirate (now quad-umvirate) of 'chokers'. I implied him when I went off on him for watching batting cage pitches go sailing by on every 1st or 2nd pitch of almost every at-bat.

PhilCali

P.S. Angelo Cataldi sucks ass for coming down so hard on Myers. His numbers were hurt by errors and a hitless lineup. He wasn't that bad.

SirAlden said...

A tragedy...if not for the error, the reversed strike three call, and the non-called HPB for Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies would have handed the ball to Lidge in the bottom of the 9th with a 3-1 lead.

Builds Character.

The Phils are getting on-base, and the Rays do not have their DH for the next 3 games. Things are going to be OK.

Go Phils!

GM-Carson said...

Blogman- for the record Corey and I love Beavis and Butthead, so although we're capable of much better humor, that style will be used from time to time.

GM-Carson said...

Blogman/PhiliCali-

Here's a reference in the blog to Corey and I being like Beavis & Butthead.