Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

Would I like any of the following pitchers in our rotation?
Pitcher A: 7-9, 22 gs, 152 ip, 107 k, 3.14 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
Pitcher B: 11-3, 19 gs, 141 ip, 123 k, 2.62 ERA, 1.05 WHIP
Pitcher C: 8-6, 20 gs, 133 ip, 79 k, 2.64 ERA, 1.07 WHIP

The answer is an emphatic "yes". Pitcher A is the reigning AL Cy Young, Cliff Lee. Pitcher B is arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Roy Halladay. Pitcher C is the contract motivated Jarrod Washburn. All three are rumored to be sought after by the Phillies as this Friday's trade deadline looms. Toronto wants an arm and a leg, plus two other unknown body parts for Halladay, which is too steep of a price. It's believed that the Indians wouldn't require the movement of the Phils top prospects for Lee, and he has an option for next season. Washburn could probably be had for a song and dance, now whether that's the "Humpty Dance" or "the Hustle" remains to be seen.

What To Do?
Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton are staying put in the Phils rotation, that much I am sure of. Happ is a mainstay, unless of course his stay is cut short by trade. That leaves two spots in the rotation, currently occupied by Moyer and Lopez. Jamie is a constant up-and-down, but I find it hard to believe the Phils would take him out of the rotation (although they probably should). Rodrigo has been amazing since joining the Phils, and removing him would make little sense to me. Then you have Pedro Martinez on his way back to the majors. What are the Phils going to do with these six pitchers? Add in a possible trade candidate from the list above and you have possibly 7 arms for 5 spots.

JA Happ looks to bounce back from his only loss this season and shake off trade speculation against the Diamondbacks' Yusmeiro Petit. Heading into this series, a sweep seemed unlikely with Grand Pappy pitching Monday and the dominant Dan Haren pitching last night, but the unlikely could happen. Tune in tonight for outcome.

Brad Lidge has gone from one of the best seasons ever in the history of closers to one of the worst seasons ever. As we all know, he was a perfect 41-41 during the regular season and locked down all 7 opportunities during the playoffs in '08. This year he's blown 6 saves, notched 4 losses, and has a 7.11 ERA and 1.79 WHIP. His earned run average is tied for the worst in the history of the game with closers having 20+ saves (the legendary Shawn Chacon being his run surrendering buddy). His walks/hits per 9 innings is 5th highest. Concerned? Yep, and we have 2 more seasons of this crap to follow for $10M+ each year.



BloodStripes said...

2008 was legendary and he deserves all the accolades Lidge and his 2009, 711 ERA = 'Slushy' for an arm. Or one of those microwave burgers from there for dinner. Blah, cough, cough.......blah, vomit.

Washburn is having a top year. Its been a while since he was this good but I think i want Clifford. I'd really like Doc 'cause he rocks but if Cliffy can be had without selling to much of the farm then he's our man. He'd look great in Philly bloodstripes.


GM-Carson said...

I'd love for Jamey Carrol to be added in the Cliff Lee deal. He bats righthanded and plays all over the diamond. Bruntlett could be released then.

ACSmitty79 said...

Agreed on Lidge, but there has to be a balance of showing him respect for what he did last year and not letting him kill us at the same time. Pedro "said" he would help the team "in anyway". Would he close? Can he close?

Sucks to think that we have a bunch of dead money coming off the books this year only to potentially add another $10M from Lidge.

GM-Carson said...

If Pedro proves to be healthy, I say start him out in the bullpen, and if he pitches well there, just leave him there. I don't think Rodrigo Lopez is a world beater, but you can't deny that he's been very effective since joining the rotation. If it ain't broke, don't f'n touch it!

Amanda said...

Halladay or Lee. No thanks to Washburn, even though he's having a great season.

GM-Carson said...

Washburn is also a free agent at the end of the season, he's only a 2 month rental. At least Halladay and Lee would be in the Phils rotation next year too.

philly_phanatic said...

Lee or Halladay, Washburn would be a plus too. I am not sure which one I want most though, well Halladay... Check me out :)

Bob D said...

We may just see Brett Myers make his way back as closer during Sept if Lighten Up Lidge doesn't get his 2008 form back.

Lee Washburn? more lefty's? hmmmmmmm
Halladay yes, but not for the top 3 prospects. Those top 3 are that good not to trade.

A RH bench player is needed more.

Aaron said...

Donald, Marson and Carrasco all not in the starting lineup today and carrasco was supposed to start........HMMMMMM??????

Aaron said...

Just saw a rumor on mlbtraderumors that the Phils and the Tribe are talking about a trade of Knapp, Carrasco, Donald, and Marson for Cliff Lee and another player from the indians.

That would be an outstanding trade to get last years cy young winner without giving up Drabeck, Brown or Taylor???.....common RUBE!!!!!!! GET IT DONE....

Hamels, Lee, Blanton, Happ, and
Moyer/Pedro/Ro Lo

njh723 said...

ah, you guys beat me to it. but espn is reporting carrasco got bumped from his start today for no reason.

im getting pumped for cliff lee

GM-Carson said...

I'd gladly take Lee for that proposed package. Carrasco has taken a major step backwards this season. Knapp is young, so who really knows with him. Donald has played hurt most of the season. Marson could be starting now, but he's blocked my Chooch for the next couple seasons.

GM-Carson said...

Looks like righthanded hitting Ben Francisco, an outfielder, will be the other player heading to Philly. Back to the minors, where he belongs, for Mayberry.

Jay said...

Yeah!!!! Really good I gave you guys props on my website Well sorta.. I disagreed with your post a bit....

Aaron said...

It's on'S OFFICIAL. Fantastic job Rube!!!!!!

Lee without giving up Happ, Drabek, brown or Taylor!!!!!!!! and we a bat for the bench.


Dr. Steve said...

*grumbles* We need a hitting catcher in the minors ASAP *grumbles*

Still an extremely impressive deal.

GM-Carson said...

Guess Rube chose Pitcher A.

Dr. Steve said...

The more I think about it the more awesome this trade is. They didn't give up any real "depth" in the farm system and acquired a real talent that they can (and must) resign for years.

I do hope this draft leads to a bigger influx of talent.