Thursday, February 26, 2009

Phils Lose Opener, End of Times Ensues

Pirates 8 - Phillies 2, not the way you want to start the season. Luckily, it's only spring training, these games mean diddly-squat, so save your "end of times" comments for now (April 6th they may be necessary though). Seriously, pitchers are only going 1 to 2 innings a pop in the early going, hitters are sitting on dead-red so offspeed is going to fool them, and managers are more interested in the minor leagues guys trying to make an impression.

Jamie Moyer started the game for the Phils tossing 2 scoreless innings, but it was all downhill after that, as Joe Blanton, Joe Bisensius, and Scott Nestor all got touched up. Dave Borkowski, Jake Woods, and Mike Koplove went 1 clean inning a piece thereafter. Offensively the Phils sputtered, with the only rbi's coming from singles for Raul Ibanez and John Mayberry. Rollins, Slayden (2), Dobbs, and Jenkins had hits as well.

Phillies are at home at Bright House Network today against the Toronto Blue Jays with Carlos Carrasco and JA Happ ready to begin the competition for the 5th spot in the rotation.
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Spring Flings:
*Being the kind generous souls that the Phillies front office are, they decided to advance a portion of Scott Eyre's salary to him because his funds are frozen temporarily due to an investigation with his financial institute. The man had only $13 liquid to his name the other day, and he's got to pay the bills. His teammates are willing to help out too, which is nice. Hey Lidge, I'll take $3M...I'm good for it.

*Grand Pappy Jamie Moyer, the 46 year old pitcher, is in his 25th spring training as a player...wow!

*Rollins is back at "it". "It" being arriving late. He missed team stretching and the beginning of batting practice, due to what is being called "bad directions". The World Series championship must have softened Manuel, as he still penciled the shortstop into the leadoff position to kick on the Grapefruit League competition yesterday. I'd have benched his ass for a month (no, not really).

*Amaro handicapped the possibility of getting Nomar Garciaparra at 50/50, and said that they're still willing to bring aboard one of the lefties (Beimel, Reyes, or Ohman), but only at a discounted price well south of $1M.

~Carson

7 comments:

Kevin McGuire said...

Break up the Pirates!!!

GM-Carson said...

My buddy, who I wrote about on Saturday who predicts the Pirates will win 87 games, just said that prediction includes spring training wins. Even with that, I think he's pushing it.

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

I am really excited to see Happ and Carrasco pitch today. Hopefully they both throw 2 scoreless.

GM-Carson said...

I think Happ is ready to be the 5th starter, but Carrasco will definitely be ready to step into the rotation sometime this season...there just may not be room for him.

LONG DRIVE: A PHILLIES BLOG said...

Yea I think Happ ultimately wins the job, but Carrasco will impress this spring and continue to dominate in AAA. He will be ready to step up in the event Moyer's age catches up to him or Happ shits the bed. Or dare I say it, Myers reverts to first half Myers from last year...

GM-Carson said...

Johan scratched from his start tomorrow because of elbow soreness...oh no!

GM-Carson said...

Happ and Carrasco both good today. Happ went 2 innings, giving up only 1 hit, and striking out 1. Carrasco started the game, and also went 2 scoreless innings, but gave up nothing while k'ing 3. Let the battle beging.