Thursday, April 01, 2010

Haven't the Foggiest

We here at WSBGMs love us a Phucco. However, if Josh Fogg makes it into the elite company of Andy Van Slyke and Dan Plesac we'll be less than thrilled. The Phillies inked Fogg to a minor league deal yesterday for some depth in the system. If they were looking to stockpile craptastic pitchers, then BINGO!, they found their man. Fogg may have rolled up a 3.74 ERA last year with the Rockies, but prior to that he was a hot mess. His career ERA spanning 9 seasons with the Rox, Buccos, Reds, and ChiSox is 5.03 with a record of 62-69. He's not Kyle Abbot bad, but he's not even Omar Daal good.
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What Ales You?
When spring training began JC Romero was the player lagging behind health-wise. Now, he's the leader of the injury brigade. Romero is likely to return to a MLB mound near you mid-April. The same can't be said for Brad Lidge as he received a cortisone shot yesterday in his elbow to help reduce swelling and gain ease of motion. He's been horrible against minor leaguers so far this spring and his fastball is only hitting 87 mph. Not good! Also, Joe Blanton strained an oblique yesterday which means DL is a probably destination for him too. That's 3 prominent pitchers to start the season on the DL. Kyle Kendrick can fill in for Blanton during his absence, but the bullpen options for Romero and Lidge are lackluster.

13 comments:

Preserve Jon said...

Scheise! I reached and took Blanton in my fantasy draft, too!

furiousBall said...

i'm still confused... they keep saying Heavy B pulled his abs... HEAVY B has ABS? maybe one big ab

GM-Carson said...

Oblique strains can turn into big problems. Heavy B may not see to have abs, but underneath that awesome belly are some and if they're ailing that good be really bad news.

Andrew said...

DL for 3-6 weeks. nuts

Dr. Steve said...

looks like it is important to have depth.

now let's hope we don't need to go any deeper because we're stretching it.

GM-Carson said...

Zolecki names Michael Stutes and BJ Rosenberg as possible surprise candidates to fill KK void in the pen. I love Rosenberg, think he's a future closer or at least quality set-up man.

Dr. Steve said...

As long as Herndon is still on the team. I think he has the stuff to be a set up man or closer.

GM-Carson said...

Dr. Steve- I think that's a reach. Herndon hasn't been much of anything in the minors and has zero MLB experience. He may end up being a serviceable reliever like Condrey, but I doubt he's ever set-up/closer material.

Andrew said...

http://espn.go.com/mlb/blog/_/name/mlb_spring_training/id/5047294/april-1

Carrasco optioned to AAA, didn't make the 5th starter job. If anyone cares...

Andrew said...

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/04/phillies-interested-in-tim-redding.html

April fools?

GM-Carson said...

Sign Tim Redding so the Phils never have to face him again!

Dr. Steve said...

What are you talking about Carson? Herndon needs to stay on the team or he goes back to the Dodgers or whomever.

And, I think he has the stuff to be a closer. So if he goes back to the Dodgers, he can't close for us IN THE FUTURE WHEN HE IS READY TO BE A CLOSER. I in no way think Herndon is ready to be a MLB closer.

GM-Carson said...

Herndon is from the Angels organization and because of his Rule 5 status must remain on the active 25-man roster and/or DL this season. The part I was disagreeing with was the part about being a future closer. I just don't see him ever reaching that status.