Sunday, September 13, 2009

Stay Tuned

We have a momentous day is Philly sports upon us. Many will be glued to their television sets, swapping channels between downs of the Eagles opening game and pitches of the Phillies first game of the double header today starting at 1 pm. A new season brings new hope, and the Iggles are hoping to kick off the season with a win in North Carolina against the Panthers. Meanwhile, the Phillies send human batting tee Kyle Kendrick to the mound in round 1 of the day/night double header. This is likely a loss because the Mets have Phillie-killer Tim Redding going for them. The nightcap is set for 8 pm on ESPN with a showdown between Pedro and Maine.

Things are getting dicey in Philly. The 9th inning remains problematic, as Ryan Madson is proving to be every bit as bad, and actually badder than Brad Lidge in save situations. Both of them have the stuff pitch-wise, but they seem to lack the mental wherewithal to succeed in high pressure situations. In the past I've blamed Charlie Manuel for many things, but seriously, what's a manager to do?

~Carson

7 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Stupid ESPN had the Mets pitchers flip-flopped.

ripjgarcia said...

Kyle Kendrick's peformance today can best be summed up my Vizzina of The Princess Bride.. "Inconceivable"

I'm sure the back end will find a way to screw this up.

GM-Carson said...

Great game by Kendrick, totally unexpected.

Lidge nearly blew it again. If not for an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th, I'd be once again fuming. Problem with Lidge is that any runner reaching 1st can automatically take 2nd base, because he pays them no mind. He really needs to work on a slide step or pickoff move this offseason, as well as see a shrink.

ripjgarcia said...

I think that their are plenty of things Lidge can work on before he tries to tackle the slide step.

Scottie said...

The problem with the latest Madson experiment is how long will/would it take for him to get back to his dominant 8th inning form? It took a while with the first closer experience earlier this year, so put him back there to get ready for playoffs. Let's make Moyer the closer, can he do worse? This is so phrustrating!

Bob D said...

I vote for Tyler Walker and his 1.67 ERA for closer

GM-Carson said...

Holy balls! I want to erect a shrine in honor of Pedro Martinez. 8 shutout innings, about 130 pitches. I know I wasn't big on the signing, but he's been excellent and just what the Phillies needed. Pedro is awesome!