Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What's Going On?

Quick recap of what's going on in the Phillies world.

*Curt Schilling officially announced his retirement yesterday on his blog 38 Pitches. Now the debate of whether he's a hall-of-famer begins.

*Kyle Kendrick, Lou Marson, and Jason Donald have all been optioned to the minors. Donald was the only one of that group making a positive impression this spring, but some Triple A schooling will be good for him.

*Cole Hamels 4th starter? Well, not really, but he may be ready to go by the 4th game of the season.

*Ultimate fighting, Cold Stone Creamery owning relief pitcher Rudy Seanez reportedly turned down an offer to return to the Phils this season. He's said to have interest from some other teams, but he's mulling retirement.

*Miguel Cairo (batting .286 with 3 hr) and Marcus Giles (batting .182) are still fighting for a bench job. However, that would mean either Geoff Jenkins or Matt Stairs would have to be traded or released (both not likely).

*The Phils helped out 5th starter hopeful JA Happ yesterday by supplying 8 runs to defeat the Yankees 8-3. Happ went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned), 5 hits, and 3 walks. Condrey, Eyre, and Lidge followed him in relief working scoreless innings.

*For what it's worth (and probably not much), Eric Bruntlett is batting .340 this spring with a .971 OPS, 12 r, 6 dbl, 1 hr, 6 hr, 10 bb, and 6 sb.

*Cole Hamels pitches in a minor league game today and the other 5th starter hopeful Chan Ho Park goes against the Blue Jays.

*Rumor- righthanded batting, utility infielder Jeff Baker is out of option with the Colorado Rockies and they're looking to swap him for pitching. Ken Rosenthal lists the Phils and Kyle Kendrick as a possible match. Baker is 27 years old and can play 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and OF. Career line: .262/.319/.468 over 219 games and 4 seasons with the Rox.

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GM-Carson said...

I'm not sure I'd do the Baker/KK trade. Baker doesn't seem too good, but then again KK is pretty much lost it.

Andrew said...

I'm not sure the Phils need KK. Next season will be Hamels, Moyer, Happ for sure. Maybe Carrasco. Maybe Myers and/or Blanton. Plus whomever else is chomping at the bit in AAA. We have an excess of good pitching right now and for the future. Trading KK might be for the best, but doesn't seem like Baker is a good return.

GM-Carson said...

Baker's home/road splits are atrocious. He was born in West Germany though, so that's got to be worth something right?


I don't think they should sell low on Kendrick. Wait till he has logged some minor league innings then shop him. If he performs well then his value goes up a bit, if he doesn't then his value remains exactly how it is. It's a win-win.

GM-Carson said...

Here's another Phillies preview I did for the website Bird Watchers.


The Chris Wheeler dance has been coined "The Wheelio"


GM-Carson said...

Phils have the "real lineup" going today, but aren't scoring any runs. Ho Park is getting hit around too, but has 6 k's through 3 innings.

GM-Carson said...

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who went 4-for-4 in Team USA's 9-4 loss to Japan in the semifinals, was the only American to make the team (All-WBC Tournament Team). In all, Rollins batted .417 with a home run and four RBIs, and he tied for the tournament lead in stolen bases, with four.