Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The April Answer

The Phillies can't win in April. They were 15-13 after the first full month last year, which was their best in a while. 2007 saw them go 11-14 in April. It was worse in 2006 and 2005 when they went 10-14 both years.

But why can't they win consistently in April? I know, because it's cold!

The Phillies aren't built to win with their pitching. After Cole Hamels, the rotation is stacked with a bunch of solid, but mediocre starters. The strength of the this team is its hitting. And if you ask Charlie Manuel he'll tell you, it's hard to hit in this cold weather.

Sure, Myers and Moyer had rough outings, but they weren't horrendous and the pitching staff as a whole did enough to keep the games winnable. The batters just didn't do their part. Eight runs given up in two games isn't bad. One scored is pitiful. Consider this, last season, in the first 15 wins of the year the Phils scored less than five runs only twice. And five runs is what they needed to take the first two games this season.

The solution to this problem?

1) Play all home games in April at Brighthouse Networks Field. Right now it's like 70 degrees in Clearwater...
2) Heat the field. They installed hot water pipes under the football field in Green Bay to keep Lambaeu from becoming the Frozen Tundra. Why not do the same for The Cit?
3) Dome it up. That's right, slap a roof on that sucker. Or at least a giant bubble. It might take a few (hundred) million to get done, but if the Phils wanted to go "green" and make the dome out of solar panels, I bet the government would give them some of that "porkulus" money to do it.



Corey

21 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Stat Attack (Thru 2 games):
Starting Pitching- 11 ip, 16 h, 8 r, 3 bb, 8 k, 5 hr.
Bullpen- 7 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 6 k, 0 hr.
Offense- 10-65 (.154), 5 bb, 9 k, 1 r.

Andrew said...

gotta love that bullpen though. the bats will come around and so will the pitching (when Hamels starts, that is) but the bullpen is looking great. Taschner has been surprising

GM-Carson said...

I wrote Taschner off before he ever he put on a Phils jersey, but so far so good.

Bob D said...

I feel Blanton will have a good year as he has shown a very good spring. He is one who could very likely be the 2nd best starter on this team.

GM-Carson said...

Bob D- I couldn't agree more with you, in fact I believe I said almost the exact same thing about Big Baby Blanton a day or so ago.

Corey said...

"Big Baby"?

Chris said...

Big baby Blanton! I've always called him that and everyone looks at me like I'm crazy. Do people not see the baby face? and the fact that he is "big"? Anyway I agree shit isn't all that bad something I pointed out today in my post is we have Blanton and Hamels coming up next, not Kendrick and Eaton, like we did last year. So this year we have a better shot at going 2-0 the next 2 games.

Also I apologized to Taschner in my post today(not like he will see it)but hes been good so far so I will give him the benefit of the doubt, that is until he fucks up.

Andrew said...

one more positive note... Howard got two hits yesterday and neither was a HR. Has he figured out how to deal with a shift? or has he just gotten lucky so far?

GM-Carson said...

I must credit Chris with the "Big Baby Blanton" nickname, I read it on his site.

Howard hasn't figured out how to beat the shift (only way to do that is go opposite field). He's actually had 2-3 would-be hits taken away from him already this season because of the shift. I do like his 2 singles yesterday though, he just put a nice swing on the pitches without trying to kill them.

GM-Carson said...

I've heard rumors that Adam Eaton actually had the audacity to show up to receive his World Series ring. Wonder what sorta reception he was met with my the always forgiving Philly fans.

dr. steve said...

If Tom Gordon gets a World Series Ring, does Jason Donald get one as well? I mean, he did more than Gordon ever did, and he barely played.

dr. steve said...

WHAT!?!? BLANTON WAS PITCHING SO WELL!!! WHAT HAPPENED?!?! THIS IS INSANE!!!

GM-Carson said...

14 karats and 103 diamonds can't save the Phils from giving up 2 runs in the 1st inning for the 3rd straight game.

That's a shitty pattern to fall into.

GM-Carson said...

7 runs given up by Blanton so far. Our starting pitching has been disgusting.

Aaron said...

How the hell did these guys win a world series???

Why is Blanton still pitching?

I almost forgot just how awful these guys looked at times last year. But boy do i remember now.
Pedro Feliz is worthless call up Donald

Corey said...

i'm more disgusted with those ugly blue batting helmets.

GM-Carson said...

Blanton was crap, and now Happ is crap. This is the worst stat imaginable.

The World Series glow is gone. As Everclear would sing "So much for the afterglow".

ripjgarcia said...

This is so typical of the Phillies.

I really think that they believe the season starts on tax day.

GM-Carson said...

Damn, that offense actually has a halfway decent game, but the pitching completely shit the bed.

Andrew said...

oh snap. 4 bases loaded walks and the braves pitchers can't throw strikes!!!!!!!! PHILS WINNING!

Bob D said...

wow