Thursday, June 11, 2009

What is an ace?

There are no set criteria for being an ace of a MLB pitching staff. However, in my opinion an ace goes 7+ innings giving up 3 or less runs. An ace is someone who is a workhorse, can shutdown tough competition, and break up a losing streak. Cole Hamels was just that last season, turning in 20 of those efforts during the regular season, and 4 during the postseason. That’s an ace. It’s been a far different story in 2009 though, as he’s only went 7+ while surrendering 3 or fewer runs two times. That’s not ace.

Best Second Baseman Ever?
Jeff Kent, Roberto Alomar, Ryne Sandberg, Craig Biggio, Joe Morgan, Lou Whitaker, and now Chase Utley are considered to be in the top tier of 2-sackers of all-time. Utley was last night’s hero, blasting 2 homeruns, including the game winning shot. He’s got a long way to go to catch up to his predecessors’ career stats, but he’s well on his way. Lifetime #’s: 748 gm, 532 r, 876 h, 200 dbl, 22 trpl, 145 hr, 533 rbi, 65 sb, .299 avg, .910 OPS.

Phils constant nemesis Tim Redding (Lifetime 5-3, 3.29 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) goes for the Mets with Grand Pappy Moyer on the hill for the Phightins in the series rubber match. Taking this series from the Mutts would be a huge morale boost heading into some tough interleague play against Boston and Toronto.



Corey said...

rogers hornsby. nap lajoie. eddie collins.

respect the old school.

Bay Slugga said...

Tonight would be a huge win to go up 4 games in the NL East. It is important for the Phils to go out and handle their business in New York.

GM-Carson said...

Take advantage of a team suffering from injuries too (no Delgado, Reyes, or Putz).

I did 2nd baseman off the top of my head, and didn't mean to disrespect players of yesteryear, they're just not as prominent in my mind.

GM-Carson said...

From Stark/MLBTR:
The Phillies are "hunting quietly" for right-handed outfielders. Ryan Spilborghs is on their radar.

Among top starters, Erik Bedard is "most frequently connected with the Phillies," but many people around baseball doubt he would fit in Philadelphia.

Phillies prospects Lou Marson and Michael Taylor are likely available, but J.A. Happ, Antonio Bastardo, Dominic Brown, Kyle Drabek, Jason Knapp, Jason Donald and Carlos Carrasco would be much harder to acquire.

Anonymous said...

Pablo Ozuna got a 50 game suspension

Obnoxious mets troll said...

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GM-Carson said...

We missed you ol' buddy.

Aaron said...

once again they are making Tim Redding look like Jesus Christ.

GM-Carson said...

Tim Redding is a really shitty pitcher. His lifetime record and ERA are horrible, yet he dominates the Phils. That's just silly.

Aaron said...


Nice win. That's huge to build a 4 game cushion going into a mess of games against the AL East.

I have decided that Rollins is not in a slump.....he's just not that good a hitter anymore. Charlie needs to understand that and put him in the 6 or 7 hole permanently.

Madson is the man and should be our closer when brad gets off the DL.

Rich Baxter said...

Ahhh note to Bud Selig, great replay rule, now we need a new rule on an appeal directly to the MLB control center in New York!
How can these umps have not replayed this is a crime. That's what the technology is there for, if it's in question it should be reviewed!

There's a new Phillies fan's magazine out, get it while it's hot!