Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pedro, Beer, Offense & Neil Sellers

The Pedro Party started last night and it was entertaining. In the end, his line resembled the man he replaced (Jamie Moyer), but this was his first outing in a long time, so one could surmise he'll improve upon this start. His pitches had good movement, he just got hurt when he missed his spots (just like any pitcher). One thing for sure, he's every bit as charismatic.

The catch of the night came via Shane Victorino's grab of a routine fly ball that some buttplug Cubs fan decided to douse him in beer while the ball was coming down. Vic- "I gotta tip my hat to the guy, he had perfect timing."

The offense was the real story last night as they broke free from whatever was ailing them and posted 12 runs in the first 4 innings. Jimmy and Vic were the table setters atop the lineup that ignited the fire. Everyone collected a hit except for the pitchers and that ass-hat Eric Bruntlett (who also committed an error). By the way, I love watching guys leg out triples, and Ryan Howard's was a thing of beauty as the big man chugged around the base paths.

Reading Phillies thirdbaseman Neil Sellers has become a favorite of mine in the minors. I look at his stats and possible versatility and I get giddy over the idea he could displace Eric Bruntlett. He's batting .320/.876, 54 r, 28 dbl, 13 hr, and 69 rbi. Jay Ballz of Phoul Ballz was at the game last night in Trenton and was kind enough to ask Neil some questions for us.

Q: You're batting .320 this year and really putting forth a solid effort all around. Can I get you to talk about your success a little bit?
A: I'm just trying to take it one day at a time. One of my goals was to get out to a good start this year and I was able to do that. I was, just, pretty pleased with that. I just try to keep it going, one day at a time and at bat by at bat.

Q: When asked about what players on the team have a shot at making it at higher level, manager Steve Roadcap mentioned you. How does his confidence in you make you feel?
A: That's good. That's nice to get his respect and he's been around the game a long time and he knows his baseball and knows his players, so that's nice to get that respect and to be mentioned with the Michael Taylors' and stuff like that. It's real encouraging.

Q: If you were approached about becoming a utility infielder, a muti-positional bench guy, how would you feel about that?
A: I would be open to it. My dream is to get to the Major Leagues and stay there and I'm willing to do whatever it takes. You know, I've actually played a little bit at second base and first base, and just being able to play all those positions would be beneficial to me.

Q: What ball player would you most likely pay to see?
A: I'd say Chase Utley. He's a superstar and plays the game hard. He has great at bats, and I love watching him hit. Just his approach at the plate as well as his approach to the game too. He's out there every day- playing hard, working hard. It's encouraging to see from one of the best players on the team.

Q: What was your favorite team growing up?
A: I was a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I live in western Kentucky, an Busch stadium was an hour and a half away, so we grew up going to a lot of those games and watching a lot of those games.

Q: What are some differences between the Houston organization and the Phillies organization? (Seller drafted 32nd round by Houston in 2004 draft)
A: There weren't a lot of differences, but as far as the location and stuff...we were down south pretty much (for all my stops) with Houston, and here- we're in the north east at pretty much every level. So that's one thing (with Houston) I got to play closer to home. But they're both real similar- they like guys that work hard and play the game the right way, as well as those who are great individuals off the field.

Q: What ballpark would you most like to play in some day?
A: I'd like to say the new Busch Stadium, since it's the closest park to home. I grew up going to games there, I know it's a new stadium now, but going to that city. But, the number one answer is Citizens Bank. It would be nice to call that home every day. That would be a dream come true.

Q: What would you say to internet bloggers who campaign for your promotion to the Majors? (That would be WSBGM's)
A: Ya know, that's great! It's nice for people to be out there pulling for you. Hopefully, that counts. It's nice that people see the type of season I'm having and that I'm playing hard. And we're doing it as a team as well. We're in second place. We're having a great season as a team. It's nice to be out there and have those people pulling for me.

*Lehigh Valley Iron Pig outfielder Michael Taylor hit for the cycle last night, going 5-5 with 4 rbi (1 single, 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 1 homerun). He seems to be the real deal, but with a talented group of outfielders already in place in Philly, not sure when he gets he chance to shine in the big show.

Day Game:
Don't forget to tune in at 2:20 today for the series finale, as Cliff Lee and Phils look to sweep the Cubbies with Ryan Dempster on the mound. If you're at work, put on one of the score trackers (ESPN, Yahoo, or MLB) to follow the's sometimes better than listening to T-Mac and Wheels.



GM-Carson said...

The Rockies called up Adam Eaton. Fools.

Preserve Jon said...

And so it is written that the Curse of Eaton shall strike again. Muah ha ha ha...

Seriously though, how great was it to see Pedro's back-up breaking ball buckle a few right handed Cubbies? No one else on the Phils staff throws that pitch and I think it's been missing from Pedro's bag of tricks for a while. Glad to see it.

GM-Carson said...

Bruntlett- .129/.198/.200 in 98 plate appearances. His .398 OPS is the 7th worst this decade by a non-pitcher, and the 98th worst since 1901. Plus he has 4 errors this season. Suck!

bronxbomber said...

Victorino should have taken the ball, turned around, and drilled that d-bag in the face. He should have gone all Gary Sheffield on him. F the Cubs.

GM-Carson said...

I'm glad Victorino didn't react that much. He didn't give the d-bag fans the show they were hoping for.

Jay Ballz said...

Reaction from the Reading locker room last night, after the Cubs fan tossed the beer into Shane's face..."Nice timing."

Reverend Paul Revere said...

For serious, what the hell is Bruntlett still doing on this team?

Viva la Pedro!

Joshua Lattanzi said...

Waiting for the spin that the Cubs fan was really a Phillies fan in disguise. Stupid media memes.

I actually feel confident about a sweep, with Cliff Lee on the mound today. Not so confident about scoring a boatload of runs, since they have a hard time doing that in back to back games, it seems. I could be wrong though.

Andrew said...

I actually like that the fan did that since now Cubs fans will be called jerks and Philly fans will be overlooked, for the time being...

Bob D said...

We should talk Charlie into playing Bruntlet in the OF for one game them arm everyone on that side with batteries, beer, and other large harmful objects

Joshua Lattanzi said...

Get him on the 60 Day DL so they can open his 40 man roster spot to someone else.

Aaron said...

I was actually pretty impressed with Pedro. He just needs to build up some stamina....just like his starts in the minors he was real good for 4 innings and then tired in the 5th.

I felt way more comfortable with him on the mound than Moyer.
The Phils new pitching duo is 3-0.

GM-Carson said...

Pedro has upside, Moyer does not. With a couple more starts Pedro will build some stamina, get back in the routine of pitching from the stretch when need be, and refine his control. This is a good move, considering our other alternative.

GM-Carson said...

Click here for an article about the worst closers this year in baseball. Brad Lidge is ranked near the top (in a bad way) for each category (except strikeout rate). Man he's bad.

GM-Carson said...

From Jayson Stark- Life on the Lidge: The Phillies' biggest worry down the stretch isn't how to fit six starters into a five-man rotation. It's the continuing misadventures of closer Brad Lidge, whose strike-throwing percentage (just 60 percent) is at a career low. "There were times last year," said one scout, "that his stuff was so good, he could have told the hitters what was coming and they still couldn't have done anything with it."

But not anymore. Opposing batters have a .949 OPS against him -- nearly 400 points higher than last year. And it's all about total lack of command. "His delivery has really deteriorated, in just about every aspect," said another scout. "He was always a little bit of a drop-and-drive guy, but he kept his front side closed, and he got it done. Now his front side is gone. He's falling way off toward first base. … And he has no fastball command at all, because his release point is actually behind him now." The Phillies need to rebuild both Lidge's delivery and his confidence, and they're running out of time.

njh723 said...

I honestly think Cliff Lee is a better pinch-hitting option than Bruntlett

GM-Carson said...

Cliff Lee is a better pinch-hitting option than Cliff Lee. And as Corey pointed out earlier this week, so is a telephone book.

GM-Carson said...

Cliff Lee as a Phillie- 3 gs, 23 ip, 23 k, 1.17 ERA, 0.96 WHIP. Not bad.

GM-Carson said...

Update on Cliff Lee as a Phillie-
Cliff Lee as a Phillie- 3 gs, 3 W, 24 ip, 23 k, 1.13 ERA, 0.92 WHIP. Not bad.

First sweep in Chicago in 25 years.