Saturday, April 18, 2009

Brutal Honesty

You want the truth? You can't handle the truth. The truth is this team is playing like it thinks it can just ride on the coattails of last season's success and expects everyone to bow before them. April is by far the easiest month on the schedule versus opponents, yet the Phillies record is a customary losing April 4-5, which is unacceptable. Last night they blew a 6 run lead to the mostly talentless and nameless San Diego Padres. The offense doesn't share too much of the blame as it's been largely the pitching that has been worse than imaginable or explainable.



Offense: 9 homeruns in 9 games. Are we playing in the Dead Ball era? Jimmy Rollins' OPS is .313; that's what you want your leadoff hitter's batting average to be (J-Roll's batting average .125). Jimmy is in drop the barrel of the bat mode and is popping everything up. Over the years we've come to be disgusted with this Jimmy. His partner in table-setting Shane Victorino isn't so swell either (.243 avg/.326 OB%).



Pitching: What the hell is going on? We have the next to worst earned run average in baseball right now (7.06) and it's not like we're playing the powerhouse offenses of the Yankees or Rangers either. 23 homeruns surrendered is a ridiculous amount, and it'll only get worse as the mercury rises. Teams are batting .293 off of our staff with a .919 OPS. Staff ace Cole Hamels has given up nearly as many homeruns (4) as he has strikeouts (5). Chad Durbin looks absolutely horrid- 9.64 era, 2.57 whip, 7 bb in 4.2 ip. Joe Blanton (17 hits allowed in 10 innings) is making me lust after Adam Eaton (okay, that was going too far).

Truth- Phils are 4.5 games back in the NL East.

Truth- "It's cold" doesn't work as an excuse when the opposing offense is blowing bulbs in the scoreboard.

Truth- Striking out 4 times in a game is shameful (yes, you Howard!).

Truth- Ryan Madson is not Mariano Rivera (Scott Boras is a doucheosaurus).

Truth- 2008 is over, and it was great, but it's time to take care of business in 2009.

~Carson

26 comments:

GM-Carson said...

And before some bozo comes and points out that it's only 9 games, you can save your fragile little fingers from typing it. I don't care if it's only 9 games or not, because the entire pitching staff (aside from Eyre) is struggling. It's not like it's only 2-3 guys, it's 11 out of 12 and that's bad, really fricken bad!

Chris said...

If we were even getting DECENT pitching right now we would easily be 6-3. The homeruns are what really bother me. How can you give up that many long balls?! If you took every run away that was a result of a homer then the Phils ERA would be like 1.05 ugh! I didn't do that actual math I am just assuming cause it seems like EVERY run we give up is from a homer and not the result of a string of base hits. Gotta stay positive though...but not for long if this shit keeps happening.

Corey said...

last year the phils were 4-6 after 10 games and 2.5 GB. they didn't reach 2 games over .500 until the 24th game of the year.

the phils are playing like shit, but it's only 9 games. i'm sure the phils had equal or worse 9 game stretches last season. remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint.

Andrew said...

looks like you can add Durbin, Tachsner and even Madson to that bed picture of yours. Maybe Lidge, if you consider how many runners he's allowed. It does look terrible and I forsee yet another mid-April closed door meeting will occur like it does every year and maybe then something will turn around.

I must say, I play fantasy baseball every year and I know most players in the league, even rookies. But Carson is right, the Padres are very nameless right now. And they have NO lefties in the pen!! Come on!

GM-Carson said...

"remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint."

Are you trying to piss me off?

Bob D said...

its only 9 games, oh wait you don't want to hear that- so I won't say it.

Blanton's last game was good (the only quality start)

Bullpen has looked poor so far.

GM-Carson said...

Vance Worley, Reading starting pitcher, hit a 2-run homerun last night to help him win the game. He and Michael Stutes were 2008 draft picks already at Double A fairing well, which is a good sign.

Corey said...

sorry, my bad.

how 'bout, it's the iditarod not a greyhound race, or it's cross country skiing not a downhill, or it's the 24 hours of le mans not the daytona 500, or it's a decathalon not a tricathalon, or it's a 162 games season not 9 games.

GM-Carson said...

That's better, thanks for the rephrasing.

Rob said...

Due respect, it's just too soon to rip 'em. They haven't even had a solid week of uninterrupted play yet. I agree there's reason for concern, but you can't go nuts...yet.

C.M.R. said...

at least they're not the yankees (20-2 lololol)

GM-Carson said...

I don't like sugarcoating shit, because it's still shit in the end. I'm not freaking out yet, or declaring the season a waste. I'm just telling it the way it is.

Chris said...

Out of the 1st inning with no runs!

Aaron said...

Anybody still upset that we signed Ibanez????
Anybody still want to talk about how he's too lefthanded???

Aaron said...

This team sucks. we will finish 4th this year.
once again we are unable to go 1 game without giving up a bomb

Andrew said...

Choo with the Howard... still no Howards for the man himself!

Andrew said...

Manny also Howarded... twice! well, 2 HR

dr. steve said...

IT'S OVER!!

dr. steve said...

And yeah, to Howard twice in a game, you need 2 Errors, 2 Strikeouts, and 2 HRs. It will be some feat!

GM-Carson said...

Not only did Madson suck again tonight, Lidge sucked too. He can't locate his pitches for shit. Blew the save, then the game wide open. These are the fucking Padres.

But what am I getting worked up about? It's a "marathon not a sprint".

Andrew said...

wow, what a run Lidge had. sad to see it "over" but gotta admit, he was pushing it a few times this season already. that bed is officially FULL!

GM-Carson said...

I love what Lidge did for us. I love what Madson did for us. But it's a new season and it's off to a very shitty start. I need to calm down though because it's "cross-country skiing, not downhill".

Aaron said...

Another Fucking homer???????
What the Fuck is going on with all the Fucking homers they are giving up?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The whole pitching staff sucks.....all of them every single one.

This season sucks. Harry's gone and so is this teams heart.

GM-Carson said...

Adrianne Gonzalez had a "Howard" tonight.

25 homeruns surrendered through 10 games. They're on pace to give up 405...nice.

Chris said...

If one more person tonight tells me "We started the season last year 4-6 and won the WS!" I am going to snap their fucking neck. All aboard the negative train. And Carson you get your wish tomorrow, ROLLINS IS DOUCHE OF THE DAY!

GM-Carson said...

Weitzel of BeerLeaguer- "Tonight makes four eight-run games in a row by the opposition. It's safe to say this pitching staff has some issues."

That's to the Gnats and Pads no less.