Sunday, December 14, 2008

Prediction & Outcome (Phils vs. Mets)

Jimmy Rollins January, 2007- "I think we are the team to beat in the NL East...finally, but that's only on paper."

Phillies win the NL East on the final day of the season as the Mets stumbled through a historically horrific collapse. Oh, Jimmy won the MVP too.

*Jimmy Rollins November, 2007- "We'll win probably 100 games...100 games will get us to the playoffs. There's going to be fireworks, I know that much...and I plan on another celebration, but not just one. I don't plan on giving up that title of NL East champions, I know that much. I don't know if we can make a run like the Braves did [14 straight division titles], but we've started."

*Carlos Beltran February, 2008- "Let me tell you this, without Santana, we felt, as a team, that we had a chance to win in our division. With him now, I have no doubt that we're going to win in our division. I have no doubt in that. We've got what it takes. To Jimmy Rollins: We are the team to beat."

Phillies win the NL East, the Divisional Series, the NL Pennant, and the World Utley Series; winning 103 games total. Mets, sitting at home with a thumb up their ass yet again.

Francisco Rodriguez December, 2008- "Of course, we're going to try to win the division. Of course, we're going to be the front-runner. Of course, we're going to be the team to beat. I don't want there to be a controversy or the other ballclubs in that division to take it personally or take it in a bad way. If they ask me, 'Oh, which ballclub is going to win the National League East?' It's going to be the Mets. Easy question."

The 2009 season still lies ahead, but Cole Hamels did give us a little inside track on the outcome- Mets are choke artists.



GM-Carson said...

Polls still open for the 102nd Reason to Love the Phillies. 11 votes Dollar Dog Days, and 12 votes apiece for Joe Roa and the Schmitter.

SirAlden said...


So. It is the day after the World Series Parade.

We have the World Series Roster, now what do we do?

First we must EQUAL or Exceed Pat Burrell’s Production in LF.
We look around and see all the options are Free Agents, aside from One, so we know we will be overpaying in years on a contract.

The Options: Manny Ramirez - 80 Million over 4 years, hyper lucky
Get him for 60 Million over 3 years, using Cholly to help the signing.

Pat the Bat - 40 Million over 3 years, hyper lucky if you get him for 30 million over 3 years, but he turned down, 22 Million over 2.
.215 BA .313 OBP .413 SLG .726 OPS After the ALL-STAR BREAK in 2008.

Raul Ibanez – 30 Million over 3 years, you can throw the 3rd year away, Multiyear will be the cost for signing anyone this year for 2009. .321 BA .385 OBP .536 SLG .921 OPS After the ALL-STAR BREAK in 2008.

Adam Dunn – 30 Million over 3 years, a Walk or Homerun like Pat,
More of them in fact, and a better fielder, but even Arizona did not try.

Milton Bradley - 24 Million over 3 years, love him or hate him.

Bobby Abreu – 24 Million over 3 years, been there done that, hard to believe He would accept that reduction.

Delmon Young – Crazy Mutha F*cker – But could Cholly calm him down?
See Manny and Milton above. (Cost Donald and Happ).

Who ever is signed, aside from Pat or Delmon, will cost a 1st round, most likely a 2nd rounder if once a Type A Free Agent Pitcher like Lowe is Signed. Not offering Arbitration to Pat was the Correct move, he would have accepted 16 Million for 1 year.

You are the GM what are your 1 2 3 options? Mine would have been 1) Manny, 2) Raul, and then 3) CMFer Delmon who has a CANNON ARM. These are all high average options in the 3rd,5th,or 6th slot - will put the ball in play, creating MORE RUNS (oh how soon we forget Howard, Burrell, and Bell, KKK). Which is worse lefty righty imbalance? OR too many K’s in a lineup? Did anyone believe Mark DeRosa was our leftfielder of the future?

LEFT FIELD: Check. Arguably the best non-Manny for 2009, time will tell. Solid “Pat Gillick” Signing.


SirAlden said...

Ty Wiggington would be perfect with a DeRosa 6 Mil, type contract.

GM-Carson said...

I wanted nothing to do with the crazed persona of Milton Bradley. Delmon Young would have cost us prospects, and he's had a history of a bad attitude and short fuse. I like Ibanez, just not on the Phils, but I'm prepared to be wrong. Manny would be a dream. I hate him, but love his bat. I wanted Burrell back, but alas he's gone.

SirAlden said...

Wiggy could play 2B, 3B, LF, and come in for defense at 1B in the late innings.

GM-Carson said...

Wiggy would have been the perfect fit has Rube not signed Ibanez. He's going to want guaranteed playing time and the Phils can't offer that with their lefthanded crowded outfield.

GM-Carson said...

Here's a fun recap of the annual Mets threats from The Fightin's.

JMS said...

Not to drag politics into this, but I'm looking at the whole Ibanez thing the same way I'm looking at the whole Obama thing.

I hope and pray that I'm wrong about not wanting them. I hope we're about to have the best President and LF in human history. But if not, I'll be the first one in the voting booth/throwing AA's.

furiousBall said...

the mets can eat the peanuts out of our shit

Bob D said...

Ibanez would have been the perfect signing if he was righthanded. Offense wise he probably brings the best lefthanded option to the lineup available. If there was a righthanded option I thought would be a good fit that was practical to obtain it would have been Ordonez in a Detroit salary purge. As for trading Happ, Donald, Marson, or Carrasco I was/am opposed to. I would rather lose the first round pick than any one of those prospects.

Ibanez brings power 20+Hrs, 40+doubles and high average 290+ to the lineup. The more I ponder this signing the more I like it.

GM-Carson said...

Dollar Dog Days wins the 102nd Reason to Love the Phillies contest with 20 votes, Schmitter in 2nd with 17, and Roa in 3rd with 15. Food was obviously the driving forece.