Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lidge Gets Shot

DL'd closer Brad Lidge got shot yesterday. Wondering why this wasn't a breaking story on ESPN, Fox Sports, and other media outlets? Well, it's because he just got a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired right elbow. However, if he doesn't get healthy and productive soon, it may be time to give him the Old Yeller treatment.

Double Take:
Jayson Werth is playing himself into a massive contract this upcoming offseason. The soon-to-be 31 year old is off to a blazing 2010 racking up tons of extra base hits (28). His league leading 20 doubles in only 6 off his career high, and he is on pace for 88 (how incredible of a feat would that be?!). His slash line is down right scary- .336/.414/.664. Mix in his speed and defense and you're looking at the complete player and a premiere free agent. His payday is easily going to be in the Jason Bay (4 yr/$66M)/Matt Holliday(7 yr/$120M) range.

#1 & #2:
A look at the MLB team batting leaderboard and you'll find the Yankees and Phillies at #1 and #2 in runs, average, and OPS. Now, we all know that offense is only a third of the equation for success, as pitching and fielding are also very important (both teams are very solid in each of those categories too). One has to wonder if we're looking at a World Series matchup repeat.

16 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Here's an article that uses Sabermetrics to decide that Chase Utley is the best player in baseball, even over Albert Pujols.

Corey said...

this is why people hate sabermetrics. what a joke.

GM-Carson said...

I love Chase Utley but there is NO better than Albert Pujols. He's one of the best hitters over a 10 season span the game has ever played host to.

Corey said...

the yankees have four starters with ERAs of 3.7 or under. the phillies have one (excluding 2-start happ). the yankees have joba and mariano while the phillies' closer has one career save with lidge and madson nowhere in sight in terms of contributing to this team. i question the comparison of these two staffs as both being "solid." if these two teams do meet again, the lack of dependable pitching depth will cost the phillies. again.

GM-Carson said...

When I used the term "solid" for the Phils staff, it was in regards to their solid staff ERA of 3.70.

Corey said...

a great example of how one stat can be very misleading.

SirAlden said...

The Key is Halladay Pitching Games 1 4 and 7, and wanting to.

Lee couldn't and or wouldn't.

ripjgarcia said...

Ummm.... we didn't go 7 games in any series last year.

SirAlden said...

1929: During a double-header at Baker Bowl, the Phils and Brooklyn combine for a major-league record 50 runs. Brooklyn wins game one 20-16, but the Phils take the night-cap 8-6. Chuck Klein gets a home run in both games.

When I was a Kid they still had Twi-night DoubleHeaders. You got in and got to see 2 games for 1 price, you did not have to leave. The best.

SirAlden said...

Might have gone 7 if Lee pitched Game 4.

ripjgarcia said...

Woulda shoulda coulda. It's like saying afterward that yer cards came out at a poker game after you mucked them preflop. You cannot predict what would have happened if Lee pitched game 4. For all we know we may have lost.

GM-Carson said...

I hate not having Utley in the lineup. Go figure, get J-Roll back but the tradeoff is minus Utley. Hopefully we've got the full lineup tomorrow against the Cubbies.

Andrew said...

As much as I love how awesome Werth is this season, I absolutely HATE when players "all of the sudden" become superstars on contract years. I mean, if they have this potential, why don't they play their hardest EVERY year? See: Utley, Chase. Werth is awesome and I hope it continues, but seriously, don't start phoning it in when you sign on the dotted line.

ripjgarcia said...

Werth has gradually gotten better each year. Doesn't neccesarily mean he's doing it because its a contract year. I'm sure he didn't decide to start hitting the ball the opposite way alot more because of that, which is one of the reasons for his success this year so far.

Bloodstripes said...

Huge effort from Halladay. Errors hurt his chances again today. I thought Cole was the unlucky one.

Andrew said...

Werth has been getting better, so thats probably true. But still, some players turn it up on that contract year and it pisses me off.