Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Mumbles

The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros are two of the worst clubs the National League has to offer, and they just so happened to be the Phillies first two opponents of the season covering the first 9 games. Naturally, the Phils bent them over Deliverance-style and sprinted out the gate to a 7-2 record. This weekend brought the first real test to the Phils and they failed. The test- the Florida Marlins, a real team, real competition. Does this mean Good Competition = Bad Results? Probably not. This is the Phillies, and you know their offense is going to cower into the foxhole at times, then come back guns blazing. Trust in the process.

*Raul Ibanez continues to prove me right, and I wish nothing more than for him to prove me wrong. .171 avg, .538 OPS. Please Raaaauuuullll shut me up!

*The Phils have only swiped 3 bags. I understand that J-Roll isn't in the lineup, but Vic, Werth, and Utley still should steal.

*With today's off day the Phils may have been inclined to skip the disappointing Kyle Kendrick's turn in the rotation and keep JA Happ on regular rest, but Happ has a bit of soreness in his pitching arm and needs the extra day to recuperate.

*Things you wouldn't expect: 1. Pudge Rodriguez leads the NL in average at .444, and 2. Livan Hernandez leads the NL in ERA with no runs surrendered through 2 starts.

*Harry Kalas Cialis (Corey) and Lidge Ledge Leapers (me) currently sit at #1 and #2 atop the WSBGMs Phantasy Baseball League standings.

6 comments:

furiousBall said...

yeah, i have been posting "RAAAUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLL!" as my facebook status far less frequently so far this year.

Corey said...

no worries about the hitting. fuqua always says the bats heat up when the weather does. first week and half of the season - warm. this weekend - cold. no coincidence.

the pitching on the other hand...

Corey said...

check that, no worries about the pitching either. i just read that cliff lee threw a good bullpen session and should be back real soon so that will help. oh wait, they traded lee for players that may help the team some day. good thing we don't need pitching. refill on my kool-aid, please.

GM-Carson said...

Can't wait to see Corey's prediction for the Braves series. Sweep for the bad guys?

Andrew said...

Keep in mind that Hamels DID look good. So thats encouraging. Too bad the bats didn't back him up. And Moyer is a tough one. He had one shit inning (the 1st) followed by 5 lights out innings. Not sure what to do about that. Blanton is two weeks (and about 2-3 KK starts) away from being back. Weather should heat up and so should the bats.

By the way, how hot is Utley? Yeah, very. I, too, noticed the complete lack of stealing. I attribute much of it to 6 games with Pudge catching (too good to steal upon) and the offense being out of control on 3-4 of the other games, thus not making aggressive baserunning necessary. Now that things seem to be even-ing out a bit, I expect some more running.

GM-Carson said...

Hamels start was much needed. The fans were starting to turn on him. He can be so good, but will he is always the question.