Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Rox vs. Phils Series Preview

When the Phillies faced the Rockies back in the beginning of April they were a dismal team heading towards playing bottom dwelling baseball that would lead to their manager being fired. Since then Colorado has flipped the script and become one of the hottest teams in baseball and a serious contender for the NL Wild Card. Phils are fresh off of a scorching month of July, but have started August most disappointingly. This 3-game set with the Rox will not be easy.

Pitching Matchups:
Tue- Jamie Moyer (10-7, 5.32) vs. Jason Hammel (5-6, 4.66)
Wed- JA Happ (7-2, 2.97) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (9-7, 4.68)
Thu- Cliff Lee (8-9, 3.02) vs. Aaron Cook (10-3, 3.88)

Previous Tale of the Tape for Colorado.

A name I hardly see get mentioned at all is Lakewood BlueClaws pitcher Brian Rosenberg. The righthander is 23 years old and stands 6'2" weighing 200 lbs. Since being drafted in the 13th round of the 2008 draft he's put up this ridiculous stat line: 10-3, 84.1 ip, 114 k, 29 sv, 0.96 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and only 2 hr allowed. Why is he still at Lakewood and not being promoted to Reading or at least Clearwater?


Rumor has it Darren Daulton was a adviser for the film.



GM-Carson said...

Adam Dunn committed his 4th Howard of the season tying Mark Reynolds for the MLB lead.

GM-Carson said...

Baseball America's updated Top 10 Phillies prospects:
Though the Phillies decimated their Top 10 to acquire Cliff Lee, it's hard not to love a deal that brought them a reigning Cy Young Award winner without costing them Happ, who's been pitching over his head in Philadelphia, or any of their most valued prospects: outfielders Dominic Brown and Michael Taylor, and righthander Kyle Drabek. You could rank those three in any order and defend it.

Before the Lee trade, those three and Knapp had separated themselves form the rest of the prospects in the system. There's an even steeper dropoff now after the big three, but it was worth the major upgrade to the big league rotation.

1. Dominic Brown, of
He's not doing anything to dispel the Darryl Strawberry comparisons.
2. Kyle Drabek, rhp
Tommy John surgery helped him mature, and his stuff hasn't suffered.
3. Michael Taylor, of
Has proven his 2008 breakout was no fluke by tearing up Double-A.
4. Travis d'Arnaud, c
Some talent evaluators would have taken him over Marson in the Lee trade.
5. Sebastian Valle, c
Wasn't ready for low Class A at age 18 but is destroying short-season pitching.
6. Trevor May, rhp
The latest product of the Phillies' extensive scouting efforts in the Pacific Northwest.
7. Anthony Gose, of
Speedster is coming on after scuffling in his first two months in low Class A.
8. Yohan Flande, lhp
The lone 2009 Futures Gamer who wasn't written up in the Prospect Handbook.
9. Brody Colvin, rhp
The most talented Phillies 2009 draftee slid to the seventh round, remains unsigned.
10. Antonio Bastardo, lhp
Struggled in his big league debut before going on the DL with a shoulder strain.

Lake Fred said...

The first game (actually any game) with Moyer starting scares me. Maybe the dice will roll in our favor. I like the Phils chances better in the last two games against the Rox. The last features our new Ace, Cliff Lee.

GM-Carson said...

Anytime Moyer starts nowadays, I too am scared. Regardless, the bats need to heat back up as they pretty much went silent the last 5 games or so.

Jay Ballz said...

BJ Rosenberg is a REAL prospect. Good guy, has his head on straight and tries to learn all the time.

Corey said...

who is bj rosenberg?

GM-Carson said...

Victorino back in the lineup tonight. Yes!

Corey said...

who is victorino?

GM-Carson said...

Corey- what the hell is your 3rd blog "Penguin Blood"?

Dr. Steve said...

Travis d'Arnaud is my new hero. Just because I miss Marson.

Phillieswise, they need to not suck. Not sure what else to say. I am very hopeful our farm system is still strong, and that the upcoming draft is full of gems. I just would like to have a real team. I don't want to go back to the 90s. I want this World Series win to mark decades of competitiveness and winning divisions/pennants/world serieses. As well as always having a high payroll, being in the runnings for the big free agent, and being a team that's personality expands beyond our usual borders of Penn State, Mid-New Jersey, and Baltimore.

I want it to become the Red Sox and Yankees of the world. Except better because the Red Sox and Yankees suck.

Dr. Steve said...

Lopez to the bullpen.

GM-Carson said...

Why the hell didn't Moyer retire on top? I truly hope he retires this offseason.

Dr. Steve said...

Howard at the plate, 2 outs, bases loaded, full count, pitcher sucks.

Changeup Swinging Strikeout.

Aaron said...

can we please not go through another month long team wide batting slump?

Jesus Christmas......hit the Damn ball.

Aaron said...

The problem with Moyer is that he is never just so so. He either pitches really well or he pitches soooo bad that you have no chance of ever coming back.....aka ....his performance tonight.

I love the guy to death. He is one of my favorite players of all time....but he really needs to be taken out of the rotation.....we have better options.

Aaron said...

ok now im getting pissed off.
there is no way this douche bag should be striking out the side on us....wake up a-holes!!!

njh723 said...

i think its time we make up an injury for moyer. lopez deserves better than getting put in the pen after 1 bad start.

GM-Carson said...

This team is quickly erasing all those warm fuzzy feelings from July.