Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chan Hope?

What do we make of Chan Ho Parkinglot's stellar start against the Muts? Has he turned the corner or is he just traveling down a straight stretch to the bullpen?

Park's six inning, one hit, five strikeout performance has not silenced his critics, with many pointing to the "pitcher's park" aspect of Bailout Field as the primary factor contributing to the change in success. A good outing at home will go a long way to establishing his place in the rotation. Another dud will strengthen the calls for a replacement...
Tale of the Tape
The NLCS last season spawned the original WSBGM's TotT, so no need to repeat today. I will strengthen one of the arguments I made in that post though. Specifically, the one comparing the fans of each city. I mocked LA fans for "showing up late and leaving early." As proof, below is a picture taken (*according to the reader who sent us the picture...) just prior to first pitch of Game 5. It looks like a Wednesday night game at PNC Park, not an NLCS game. [Click pic for larger view.]

Fun With Stats
Much of the discussion yesterday focused on the struggles of Jimmy Rollins and replacing him in that first spot with Shane Victorino. But it's not like the Flyin' Hawaiian is tearing things up either. Both table setters are struggling, especially in the categories valued highest for players hitting at the top of the lineup. Just look at how the additive stats of our top two hitters compare with the best hitter in baseball, Albert Pujols.
                 OBP   R   BB  SB
Vic/Rollins .550 38 14 4
Pujols .443 32 22 5

*Aaron, thanks for the pic.



Dr. Steve said...

Did we make up for the week-long plus absence on the Howard tracker yet?

Joe said...

Manny's absence is bittersweet.
He's great fun to watch, but having his bat out of the line-up is a big plus for the Phils.

I lived in LA for 3 years and went to a number of Dodgers games. To cut the famously laid-back fans a little slack, it is impossible to get to Dodger Stadium on time. There is no traffic like LA traffic. It's the one thing in the metro LA area that lives up to the hype. So, with the odd start times of playoff games, more fans than normal cramming the access roads to Chavez Ravine and a tendency to arrive later than normal, you have a perfect storm for empty seats.

It is a gorgeous place to see games and people watch in the crowd for SoCal hotties.

This series will be a nice test for the Phils. Should give us a close approximation of what the talent level really is this year.

baseballqueen said...

Dr. Steve - check the answers to your previous comments on previous posts. The Howards had been updated the whole time. Between posters providing the info and Carson emailing them to Corey, they're up to date ...

Andrew said...

wow, so quiet around here without our resident Mets "fan" chiming in anymore

furiousBall said...

as much as i would like to see Chan Ho pitch like he did against the mets, i'm a-doubtin' it

Aaron said...

That is my picture and so help my God I took between 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of Game 5 of the NLCS. Dodger fans are pathetic!!!! the worst in baseball!

And I don't wanna hear this BS about it's impossible to get to the game on time in LA cause of the traffic........BS.....I drove from San Diego for game 5 of the NLCS and made for the batting practice!!
Also if traffic is so bad and they don't get their until the 3rd inning, why do they leave 3 innings later??
Aside from Detroit, LA is the worst city in America.

Aaron said...

on a different note. J-roll sucks and needs to be batting 7th or 8th in the lineup. He is officially Steve Jeltz and is making me miss Dickie Thon.

The Pitching is F'ing horrible. I think Cole is back to form but other than that our starters are complete shit. Happ needs to be in the rotation, i don't care whose spot he takes. I love Jaime Moyer to death but he looks like he might be done.
JC needs to be freed because I can't watch Trashner pitch anymore.

The Phils are VERY LUCKY to only be a game out of first at this point.

Joanne said...

I would love to think that Park has turned around, but really? If he (or any other player) can completely rebuke career norms with sheer will, I'm getting some of their DNA.

GM-Carson said...

The Howard tracker is up-to-date, trust.

GM-Carson said...

Zolecki is reporting on the Zo Zone that J-Roll is batting 5th tonight.

1. Vic
2. Utley
3. Werth
4. Howard
5. J-Roll
6. Howard
7. Feliz
8. Ruiz
9. Park

Dan said...

Haha, I know it's a mistake, but I would love to see Howard bat cleanup and in the six-hole... ;)

Ladies and gents, I'm pretty sure that Carson means that Ibanez is batting sixth...

GM-Carson said...

S.O.B.- yes, RAAAUUULLLLL is 6th.

GM-Carson said...

Holy shit Chan Ho blows!

Dan said...

Wow. What a night. Werth? Amazing. Timely hitting from J-Roll and Ibanez. And timely walks to the *iz brothers. Nice work boys.

Chris said...

Jayson Werth...