Saturday, July 31, 2010

Name That Player & Other Stuff

Who is this former Phillie?

Hints: He had very poor control throughout the minor leagues. He was at one time highly touted. Had more triples than Ramon Castro, he of 1298 career at bats.

Other Stuff:
*Ryan Howard was hot and now is not. Past 3 games 0-13 with 8 k's.

*Roy Oswalt's debut was a buzz kill. He didn't look good all night. We can/should expect much better.

*Last night's loss stung triply because the Braves and Giants both won.

*JA Happ picked up the win for the Astros last night by tossing 6 shutout innings. Of course he did...

(Image from the Phillies 80's Retro Night at Citizens Bank Park)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Greg Gross is the Answer

I'm not sure what the hell the question was, but Greg Gross is the answer. Since he usurped batting coach duties from Milt Thompson, the Phillies are a perfect 8-0. During that time the bats have come alive- 46 runs (5.75 per game) and are batting .319 (87-273). Dude is a hitting guru!

*Last November we featured Greg Gross in a Phillies Phlashback Phriday.

*While perusing the players' stats I noticed a handful of Phillies batters have walked more this season than struck out (Ruiz 35:28, Utley 40:37, and Rollins 23:19 BB/K).

*In case you've just woken up from a coma or your dominatrix finally gave you a break from the Love Dungeon, Roy Oswalt makes his Phillies debut tonight in Washington. Fabulous t-shirt courtesy of The Fightins/Birdland.

*Some "extra" stats for Roy Oswalt: 4-0, 3.66 ERA, 1.44 WHIP in 8 in the playoffs, and .158 batting average during his career.

*The Phillies have 16 players under contract next season for $145 million. Lidge, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Oswalt, Hamels, Ibanez, Blanton, Polanco and Victorino will be making the big bucks.

*Worth mentioning- Charlie Manuel won his 500th game as the Phillies skipper earlier this weak.

In Depth DC/Philly Series Preview

Venue: Obama's Backyard
Bad Guys: Washington Nationals 44-58, Last Place
Good Guys: Philadelphia Phillies 56-46, 2nd Place

Game 1: Craig Stammen vs. Roy Oswalt
(2-4, 5.50/1.47) (6-12, 3.42/1.11)
Reason the Gnats Win: Brad Lidge blows ex-teammate/new teammate Oswalt's masterpiece on an Adam Dunn walk-off bomb in the 9th; fight ensues in the clubhouse afterward.
Reason the Phils Win: Adam Dunn is traded before game time, leaving the Nationals with a dilapidated lineup that is no contest for Roy-2's pitching repertoire. Win Streak @ 9.

Game 2: Ross Detwiler vs. Joe Blanton
(0-1, 0.00/1.64) (4-6, 5.85/1.46)
Reason the Gnats Win: Ian Desmond pulls off the double Howard- striking out twice, committing 2 errors, and hitting 2 homeruns. It's impossible to lose when an event of this magnitude occurs.
Reason the Phils Win: Every time I see/hear R. Detwiler, I think of Rottweilers and with no Save-the-Animals Utley around for protection, that leaves the ugly side of Philly's dog treatment connection. Win streak @ 10.

Game 3: To Be Announced vs. Cole Hamels
(0-0, NA/NA) (7-7, 3.48/1.30)
Reason the Gnats Win: Reading through the scouting report on this To Be Announced fellow and it seems guaranteed victory for the Curly W's. 100+ MPH fastball, biting slider, nasty diving change-up, and a trick pitch knuckleball that actually floats backward for a portion of its trip to the plate before reaching the batter.
Reason the Phils Win: Cole Hamels is a man dammit! Oops, we already knew that. I meant, Cole Hamels is the man. Silly me. Win streak @ 11.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Phillies Add Another Roy

"The Roys" is hopefully the phrase we hear ring joyfully in our ears as the Phillies make their way to a third straight World Series appearance. Ruben Amaro Jr. worked his general managing magic today and landed Roy Oswalt. A stalwart in Houston since 2001, he's leaves being one of the best pitchers in Astros franchise history. Sent packing from Philly is lefty JA Happ and prospects Jonathan Villar/SS and Anothony Gose/OF. Neither are can't miss, but Gose is extremely speedy and Villar may have been an eventual replacement for Rollins. Whatever, the Phils have arguably the best 1-2-3 punch atop their rotation now with the The Roys (Halladay & Oswalt) and Cole Hamels. Plus Ed Wade helped out Philly by kicking $11M the Phils way. Meaning Oswalt costs the Phillies $12M for the remainder of this season and next...pretty damn good. Happ will be missed, but he's been missed all season. Villar and Gose may become something worth mentioning down the road, but for now all that's worth mentioning is that Roy Oswalt is a Phillie!!!

Oswalt, Halladay, Brown, Win Streak & Rumors

Roy Oswalt:
One of the best pitchers of the past decade is set to join the Phillies upon waiving his no-trade clause and whether or not Philly is picking up his 2012 option ($16M). Roy Oswalt would be an excellent addition to a staff already headlined by Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. That would give the Phils a top 3 in the rotation that rivals any team in baseball (Cardinals- Wainwright, Carpenter & Garcia, Giants- Lincecum, Cain, & Zito, Rangers- Hunter, Lee, & Wilson, and Atlanta- Hudson, Hanson, and Jurrjens (when healthy). JA Happ would head to Houston along with some prospects (rumored- slugging firstbaseman Jonathan Singleton of the Lakewood BlueClaws). *Added Bonus- imagine turning to "The Roys" in in the playoffs.

Roy Halladay:
Dude is a freakin' beast. 8th complete game of the season which is 1st in the NL by a long shot. Other NL Ranks: 12 W- 3rd, 171 IP- 1st, 149 K- 1st, 1.02 WHIP- 3rd, 2.21 ERA- 2nd. Cy Young? Yes, screw Josh Johnson and the Marlins.

Domonic Brown:

The most hyped rookie debut since Cole Hamels back in 2006, Brown did not disappoint. 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 rbi. That'll do. I'm happy to hear Manuel plans on starting him regularly in Victorino's absence. Gotta think Dom is a better option than Gload or Francisco.

Win Streak:
As predicted earlier in the week, the win streak will rest upon the shoulders of Kyle Kendrick to carry onto 8 in a row. KK has done a decent job as 5th starter this year, and he is far from the problem of this team's previous woes. Offense is back...winning. Pitching is back...winning. They go hand-in-hand for a winning combination in my opinion.

Possible targets (as per MLB Trade Miguel Tejada (I'd rather not, he's gone downhill in a hurry), Jose Bautista (good luck with that one, dude leads MLB with 30 homeruns), Scott Downs (high asking price by Toronto, but very good reliever), Kyle Farnsworth (okay), Christian Guzman (if he comes cheap, do it), Aaron Cook/Fausto Carmona/Jake Westbrook (unlikely with hopeful Oswalt addition), Joe Beimel (he'd be a Phucco, do it), and Octavio Dotel (still k's tons of batters and is just as good as Lidge at closing, also would make him a Phucco).

Best. Video. Ever. Watch!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pay Attention- The Howard Wins Games

Seven times this season a Phillie has committed the dubious act of The Howard and the Phillies have gone on to win each one of those games. The its namesake.

The Howard- a feat accomplished when a player hits a homerun, strikes out, and commits and error all in the same game.

Only 1 of the 3 criteria is something positive that would aid in winning a ball game (HR). However, WSBGMs has uncovered irrefutable evidence to prove that when a Phillie commits The Howard in a game it will inevitably end with a W for the good guys. The same cannot be said for the remaining 29 teams' players that commit The Howard, as it seems it's only Karmic retribution for the Phightins.

2010 Howards by Phillies:
Ryan Howard- April 7, Phils over Gnats 8-4
Ryan Howard- April 28, Phils over Giants 7-6.
Jayson Werth- May 6, Phils over Braves 7-2.
Chase Utley- May 14, Phils over Brew Crew 9-5.
Jimmy Rollins- June 23, Phils over Indians 7-6.
Ryan Howard- July 9, Phils over Reds 9-7.
Ryan Howard- July 27, Phils over DBacks 9-5.

*Jayson Werth may act like an a-hole, but the dude is back to hitting and Rube would be foolish to deal him.

*Winning streak currently at 6, with a good chance to become 7 tonight with Doc Halladay on the mound.

*Phils are 3.5 back of the Braves in the NL East and 2.5 behind San Fran for the Wild Card.

*J-Roll missed yesterday's game because of a foul ball he hit off of his left foot on Sunday. He should be back in the lineup soon.

*Victorino left the game with an oblique strain. 15-day DL stint likely, Domonic Brown with the callup?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In Depth Philly/Zona Series Preview

Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Good Guys: Philadelphia Phillies 53-46 2nd Place
Bad Guys: Arizona Diamondbacks 37-62 Last Place

Game 1: Cole Hamels vs. Rodrigo Lopez
(7-7, 3.40/1.27) (5-9, 4.58/1.33)
Reason the Phils Win: Hamels is a stone cold killer on the mound nowadays and there ain't no stopping this macho man.
Reason the DBacks Win: Lopez is still pissed the Phils let him go during the 2009 season and wants a World Series ring. Message to RoLo- just be happy you're employed, after all Pedro isn't.

Game 2: Roy Halladay vs. Edwin Jackson
(11-8, 2.28/1.04) (6-9, 5.01/1.48)
Reason the Phils Win: Halladay pours diamondback venom on his Wheaties in the morning to make him stronger.
Reason the DBacks Win: Jackson was born in West Germany, and you know they breed some hardass sons-a-bitches over there. Just look at David Hasselhoff!

Game 3: Kyle Kendrick vs. Joe Saunders
(6-4, 4.60/1.30) (6-10, 4.62/1.49)
Reason the Phils Win: KK doesn't want to be the one that breaks up the winning streak, which will be at 7 by the time his turn in the rotation comes around.
Reason the DBacks Win: Saunders is out to prove that he is worth trading Dan Haren for, not only to the Diamondback fans, but to anybody that follows baseball. Good luck with that.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Afternoon Delight

The Phillies are going for the difficult 4 game sweep of the Rockies this afternoon, and if they pull it off it will be 5 straight victories. The Phils haven't had a 5 game winning streak all season, so this would be quite the afternoon delight they're treating us to. With Jason Hammel and Joe Blanton on the mound, my guess is that they're be some sky rockets in flight as well.

Ross Gload and Brian Schneider get the start in place of Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz. Lets go Phils!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Today the Phils look to make in 3 in a row over the Rox by placing a man with a spotless ERA on the hill. JA Happ has yet to give up an earned run in the 2010 MLB season. Of course, that spans only 2 starts and 10.1 innings, but regardless that's a 0.00 ERA any way you look at it. For the Phillies to get back into the playoff hunt, they need the same Happ to show up for the final 2+ months of the seasons that has pitched so well over the last 2 years (Since 2008-: 14-4, 208 ip, 150 k, 2.90 ERA, and 1.27 WHIP). It's doubtful he'll keep his spotlessness intact today, but it sure would be great if he did.

*Roy Oswalt got lit up yesterday by the Reds. Like Corey said yesterday, I'd too much rather have Dan Haren for all the reasons he listed, but also this additional one- .364 AVG/.902 OPS this season at the plate.

*If Joe Blanton and the offense were performing up to expectations, we'd be much happier with the performance Kyle Kendrick has given so far this season. Truth is, he's a decent 5th start, better than a lot of other teams'.

*Jayson Werth (94) has only 1 less strikeout than Ryan Howard (95) in 56 less at bats.

*Vance Worley made his MLB debut yesterday, striking out 2 in 1 scoreless inning.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lopsided & Trade Thoughts

Today's matchup is extremely lopsided, in favor of Colorado. They send Cy Young hopeful Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound while Philly counters with Kyle Kendrick who is fresh off a minor league demotion. Jimenez leads the majors with 15 wins and has only suffered 1 loss, while KK has only 5 wins to 4 losses (although that number should be higher). Jimenez is a strikeout pitcher while KK pitches to contact. In fact, Ubaldo had more K's last year (198) than KK has in his entire career (183). Stunning enough though, Jimenez has not done well at all against the Phils in 2 career starts- 8.10 ERA, 1.90 WHIP. Don't get too excite though, KK hasn't been much better facing the Rockies in 5 starts- 5.93 ERA, 1.72 WHIP. Prediction- Phils win 5-4. What can I say, sometimes I'm an optimist.


Just a quick thought on trading for a pitcher…

Dan Haren >>>>>Roy Oswalt.

1) He’s younger.
2) He’s under control through 2013 (with an option for that last year) so if the Phils have to give up prospects, they are getting more in return, at least in terms of years.
3) He’s just as good, if not better. His ERA the previous three seasons is around 3.20. He’s not having great year in 2010, but if you look at his peripherals and believe those Sabermetrics guys, it’s a trend that likely won’t continue. His K/9 is still very good (9.0) but he’s…well, unlucky. His BABIP is .350 and his HR/FB is way up 14% from previous years. Basically, he’s Girl Parts from the first part of this season, and we see how his luck has turned.

So if Roy Oswalt goes elsewhere, I could care less. I want Dan Haren. And I want the Phils to swap Jayson Werth in a three-way to get him…


Friday, July 23, 2010

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye

How do I say goodbye to what we had?
The good times when we scored runs
Outweigh the offensively bad.

I thought we'd run the NL East forever
But forever's gone away
It's so hard to say goodbye to Milt Thompson today.

I don't know where this season
Is going to lead
All I know is where we've been
And what we've accomplished along the way.

If we get the win tomorrow
I hope it's worth all the trouble
It's so hard to say goodbye to Milt Thompson today.

And I'll take with me the memories
To be my joy after this pain
It's so hard to say goodbye to Milt Thompson today.

And I'll take with me the homeruns and glorious swings
To be my image of you after your departure
It's so hard to say goodbye to Milt Thompson today.

Are the offensive woes and massive inconsistencies Milt Thompson's fault? Maybe, but he's the one being shoveled on with blame. The man who was a 2-time Phillie (1986-1988 & 1993-1994) has been the hitting coach for Charlie Manuel and the Phillies since 2005 has been fired. Taking his place is the man he replaced, Greg Gross, who served as Philly's hitting coach from 2002-2004 under Larry Bowa.
"It's part of the business. I ain't even mad. If somebody else can get them going and they can get in the playoffs this year, that would be great. I did all I could. They're just not responding this year. A lot of injuries and everything. We just couldn't get it going. I'm not considered the scapegoat. I'm serious. I work hard. I know that I'm good at what I do. I'll just move on and do it somewhere else. I can't get mad at that. If they want somebody else in there they think can get these guys going and we're in the middle of the season and we still have a shot, that's fine. I can't explain that. I can only go by what they told me. They want a new voice. You've got to allow them to do that. I'm not upset. I worked hard for the Phillies. I did the best I could."
~Milt Thomspon

Thompson always seemed like a classy guy. I will hold fond memories of him both as a player and coach. Today it's hard to say goodbye to him, but by tomorrow not so much...the game goes one.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pathetic Loser

The 2010 version of the Philadelphia Phillies has become a cast of pathetic losers. Calling a team currently with a winning record and that has been to the playoffs three straight seasons pathetic losers is harsh, but that's exactly what they've become. Every night some facet of their game is failing them, whether it be offense, base running, defense, pitching, and/or managing. Nearly everyone one, fans and baseball analysts alike, picked the Phils to dominate not only the NL East but also the National League. Injuries have taken their toll on this team, but for the vast majority of the season many have just underperformed and anything short of a postseason berth will be considered an epic fail.

*Mark Reynolds had back-to-back Howards, committing his 5th of the season yesterday.

*Vance Worley is up with the Phils as a longman until Saturday's starting pitcher is determined. Wish they had released Baez and hung onto Figueroa.

*Cole Hamels has his work cut out for him today. Not only does he have to face the hard hitting Cardinals lineup, but he's opposed to super starter Adam Wainwright (33-13, 375.1 ip, 342 k, 2.40 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP since 2009).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Howard Update & Other Stuff

Ryan Howard has been surpassed for the MLB lead in The Howard by last year's co-winner Mark Reynolds. Reynolds is more strikeout and error prone than Howard and has every bit as much power, so this is no surprise. Reynolds has 4 while Howard and Ty Wigginton have 3 apiece (full standings on the right sidebar).

Other Stuff:

*Roy Oswalt may become a Phillie, but it won't be easy. He has a full no-trade clause and is demanding that his new team pick up his $16M option for 2012, something that Amaro currently doesn't want to do. Astros would likely get JA Happ and some prospects from the low minors.

*Speaking of the Astros, Nutsack Face Ed Wade is back to his old shenanigans of acquiring ex-Phillies, this time claiming Nelson Figueroa off waivers.

*Amaro has been a busy boy, because he's not only trying to get Oswalt, he's trying to get rid of Jayson Werth offering him to the Rays for BJ Upton or Wade Davis. Not sure either is all that great.

*Tonight- Blanton and his hefty 6.21 ERA face the Cardinals and Jamie Garcia who will likely shutout the Phillies due to his impressive 2.27 ERA.

Do You Doubt It?

Roy Oswalt won't save this team. Domonic Brown won't save this team. A healthy return of Chase Utley won't save this team. Season over. Do you doubt it?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jimmy Rollins Might Suck Now

Jimmy Rollins won the MVP in 2007. Since then, things haven't gone so well for Young James.
         Avg    OPS
2007 .296 .875
2008 .277 .786
2009 .250 .719
2010 .232 .725
Injuries have taken a toll on Jimmy. He started the season well and after his second stint on the DL Jimmy had three hits against the Blue Jays on June 27 to raise his average to .311. But he's lost 80 points on his average in about three weeks and is 2 for his last 20.

It's hard to find a good shortstop so even a light-hitting Rollins is valuable, but given the steady decrease in production, it's time to reassess his role in the lineup. He should probably be moved down in the lineup but philosophically it might be time to stop thinking about Jimmy as key offensive cog. When Utley comes back he becomes the 7-hole hitter with Victorino moving up.

Jimmy will be 32 next season and will be making $8.5 in the last year of his contract with the Phils. It's been a great contract for the Phils but if Jimmy's trends continue it will be interesting to see what this team will offer him. Of course, a lot of things can happen in a year and a half.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Not Selling Out Yet

                        W   L   GB  
Colorado Rockies 50 41 --
Cincinnati Reds 51 42 --
San Francisco Giants 50 42 0.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 49 43 1.5
New York Mets 49 43 1.5
Philadelphia Phillies 48 43 2.0
Things aren't looking great for the Fightins right now but over the last three years the Phils have been in similar positions and have come back to make the playoffs. So instead of focusing on the negatives (ie the offense, the bullpen, 60% of the rotation...) I'm going to point out that the Phils sit only 2 out of the Wild Card. And I'm not even going to mention that still puts them in 6th place in the WC race...

Now, if they are still in 6th in the WC and third in the NL East at the trade deadline, the Phils have to sell (Werth...), but we'll burn that bridge when we get there.

Turning Japanese
The poor Pirates. Not only are they putting the finishing touches on another losing season, a few minor league pitchers are jumping ship (walking the plank?). AAA pitchers Hayden Penn and Vinnie Chulk are leaving for Japan. I guess if you aren't good enough to pitch for the worst team in baseball, you might as well try a different league.

Rule V
David Herndon has only given up a run in 7 or his 29 appearances. Unfortunately, like yesterday's appearance, he's given up multiple runs most of those times. In most years his 4.18 ERA would be enough for me to call for this guy to be sent down, or in this case offered back to the Angels. But he still has a better ERA than Contreras, Baez, Lidge and Madson. So until they have somebody proven to be better, they might as well stick with the guy for awhile.

Today's Loss Game

KK hasn't started a game in 11 days so he should be well rested when he meets the Cardinals tonight. Blake Hawksworth, who started the season in the bullpen, goes for St. Louis. Hawksworth gave up a run in relief and took the loss when the teams met earlier this season. Unlikely to be a pitchers duel. Bet the over.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Macho Man Cole Hamels

It's no secret that I have gone to excessive lengths to mock Cole Hamels. I've been referring to him as parts of the female nether regions for the better part of the past year now. Well, it's time I stop and pay the man some respect.
"Hamels has gone seven or more innings in seven of his last eight starts, delivering an impressive 2.96 ERA and 49:18 K:BB ratio during that span (54.2 innings)."
~Sir Alden

The 26 year old lefty is having himself a decent 2010 campaign. 7-7, 119 ip, 113 k, 3.63 ERA, 1.34 WHIP. With better run support he'd easily have 12+ wins. He's far from the problem, he's part of the solution. So, no more unnecessary name calling of Colbert Michaels Hamels...until his next crappy start that is.

*Randy "Macho Man" Savage (Randy Mario Poffo) was a minor league outfielder in the Cardinals and Reds organizations in the early 70's before becoming a professional wrestler.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Little Good, A Lot Of Bad

Losing 2 games out of the gate to the lowly Cubs is disheartening, especially when you considered the momentum they had rolling into the All-Star break. Now the Phils sit only 5 games above .500 and 5.5 back of the NL East leading Braves. There's been little good to speak of lately, but there is some. Tons of bad though...

Ryan Howard, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, JC Romero, Chad Durbin, and um, what's his name, oh wait, nobody else.

Just OK:
Kyle Kendrick, Jayson Werth & Shane Victorino (both borderline bad, especially Werth who has been spinning his wheels for a month or so now), Wilson Valdez (greatly outperforming expectations), Nelson Figueroa, Brian Schneider, and David Herndon.

Joe Blanton, Jamie Moyer, Ryan Madson, Raul Ibanez, Danys Baez, Greg Dobbs, Juan Castro, Jimmy Rollins, Jose Contreras, Brad Lidge, Ross Gload, and Ben Francisco.

Too Hurt To Register:
Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Chad Durbin, and Placido Polanco.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Odd & Ends

Brett Myers a Met?
Myers has had a good season. By certain Phillies fans' standards, he's having a Cy Young season. His 3.41 ERA would place him only behind Roy Halldady among Phillies starters. Other teams have taken notice and the lowly Wade-led Astros most certainly will be willing to deal. One team mentioned on multiple sites to look at Myers is the Muts.

I don't want the Mets to get pitching help, but there is also part of me that would love the drama of Myers pitching against the Phillies during a playoff race...and completely laying an egg, of course.

Polanco Back
Polly made a rehab in Clearwater last night going 1-4. He's scheduled for another rehab start today and then possibly back to the Phillies for the game against the Cubs tomorrow.

Today's Game
Teddy Lily's 2010 season in two words - unlucky, inconsistent. His era is an acceptable 4.08 but his record is a poor 3-8. He's had seven starts where he's allowed 2 runs or fewer but four starts with 7 or more runs allowed.
Joe Blanton's 2010 season in two words - complete shit.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pinball Wizard - Fuqua Remix

This is a WSBGMs exclusive. We recently uncovered a gem. Apparently, back when Uncle Cholly was tearing up the NPL, there was a fan ‘zine published by a pair of genius Japanese baseball fans called “We Should Be Most Honorable GMsons.” They just happened to do song parodies. Weird. This is the one they wrote about their American idol, Charles Fuqua Manuel. Enjoy.

Ever since I was a young boy
I've hit the old baseball
From Tokyo down to Hanshin
I must have hit them all
But I ain't seen nothing like him
In any batting hall
That pudgy slow redneck
Sure hits a mean baseball

He stands like a statue
Takes apart the Jugs machine
Feeling all the pitches
Always hits them clean
He hits by intuition
The home run records fall
That pudgy slow redneck
Sure hits a mean baseball

He's a baseball wizard
There's got to be a trick
A baseball wizard
He's an American hick

How do you think he does it?
(I don't know)
What makes him so good?

He ain't got no distractions
Can't hear those horns and squeals
Ignores bunt signs they’re flashin'
He's hitting to all fields
Always smackin’ line drives
Never pops out at all
That pudgy slow redneck
Sure hits a mean baseball

I thought I was
The hardball king
But I just handed
My triple crown to him

Even with the “gyro ball”
He still hits the best
His skipper pencils him in
And he just does the rest
He's got crazy hittin’ statistics
Never seen him fall
That pudgy slow redneck
Sure hits a mean baseball

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

3 Decades of Phillies All-Stars

2010- Roy Halladay (P), Ryan Howard (1B), Chase Utley (2B)
2009- Ryan Howard (1B), Raul Ibanez (OF), Chase Utley (2B), Shane Victorino (OF), Jayson Werth (OF)
2008- Brad Lidge (P), Chase Utley (2B)
2007- Cole Hamels (P), Aaron Rowand (OF), Chase Utley (2B)
2006- Tom Gordon (P), Ryan Howard (1B), Chase Utley (2B)
2005- Bobby Abreu (OF), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Billy Wagner (P)
2004- Bobby Abreu (OF), Jim Thome (1B)
2003- Randy Wolf (P)
2002- Vicente Padilla (P), Scott Rolen (3B), Jimmy Rollins (SS)
2001- Jimmy Rollins (SS)
2000- Mike Lieberthal (C)
1999- Paul Byrd (P), Mike Lieberthal (C), Curt Schilling (P)
1998- Curt Schiling (P)
1997- Curt Schilling (P)
1996- Ricky Bottalico (P)
1995- Darren Daulton (C), Lenny Dykstra (OF), Tyler Green (P), Mickey Morandini (2B), Heathcliff Slocumb (P)
1994- Mariano Duncan (2B), Lenny Dykstra (OF), Danny Jackson (P), Doug Jones (P)
1993- Darren Daulton (C), Dave Hollins (3B), John Kruk (1B), Terry Mulholland (P)
1992- Darren Daulton (C), John Kruk (1B)
1991- John Kruk (1B)
1990- Lenny Dykstra (OF)
1989- Von Hayes (OF), Mike Schmidt (3B)
1988- Kevin Gross (P), Lance Parrish (C)
1987- Steve Bedrosian (P), Juan Samuel (2B), Mike Schmidt (3B)
1986- Shane Rawley (P), Mike Schmidt (3B)
1985- Ozzie Virgil (C), Glenn Wilson (OF)
1984- Al Holland (P), Juan Samuel (2B), Mike Schmidt (3B)
1983- Mike Schmidt (3B)
1982- Steve Carlton (P), Pete Rose (1B), Mike Schmidt (3B), Manny Trillo (2B)
1981- Steve Carlton (P), Pete Rose (1B), Dick Ruthven (P), Mike Schmidt (3B), Manny Trillo (2B)
1980- Steve Carlton (P), Pete Rose (1B), Mike Schmidt (3B)

Monday, July 12, 2010

American Pie - Cliff Lee Remix

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How the Phillies used to make me smile.
And I knew if they had one chance
They’d win and make the Phanatic dance
And, maybe, I’d be happy for a while.

But December made me shiver
With every paper they’d deliver.
Bad news on my doorstep;
I couldn’t take one more step.

I can’t remember if I cried
When I heard where he will reside,
But something touched me deep inside
The day Cliff Lee went bye.

So bye-bye, Cy Young lefty Cliff Lee.
Drove me to insanity,
Seattle got him for free.
And them good old blogs were writing “How?” and “Why?”
Singin’, "this’ll be the day the playoffs die."
"this’ll be the day the playoffs die."

Would you try to restock the farm,
And do you have faith in Moyer’s arm,
If Amaro tells you so?
Do you believe in the hit and run,
Did Ibanez lose it in the sun,
And Fuqua walks to the mound real slow.

Well, I know that you’re in love with Roy
`cause I saw you jumpin’ up for joy.
You both kicked off your shoes.
Why were you guys at the zoo?

I was a lonely middle-aged blogging schmuck
With a Dell computer and a pickup truck,
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the playoffs died.

I started singin’,
So bye-bye, Cy Young lefty Cliff Lee.
Drove me to insanity,
Seattle got him for free.
And them good old blogs were writing “How?” and “Why?”
Singin’, "this’ll be the day the playoffs die."
"this’ll be the day the playoffs die."

Now for three months we’ve been on our own
And division domination has long been blown,
But that’s not how it had to be.
When Harry the K sings his classic song,
About the ant that’s going strong,
It’s a voice that pleases you and me.

Oh, and while Harry was looking down,
Seattle stole our Cy Young’s crown.
All the Phils fans were concerned;
No good players were returned.
And while Carson read Zolecki’s book,
Blanton pitched but got an early hook,
We sang “High Hopes” and the stadium shook,
The day the playoffs died.

We were singing,
So bye-bye, Cy Young lefty Cliff Lee.
Drove me to insanity,
Seattle got him for free.
And them good old blogs were writing “How?” and “Why?”
Singin’, "this’ll be the day the playoffs die."
"this’ll be the day the playoffs die."

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday's Matchup & Stuff

The Phillies try to go for the sweep (walkoff sweep?) of the Reds today at 1:35. Ol' Girl Parts will throw for the good guys. OGP sports a pretty average line, 6-7, 4.05 ERA, and for the most part, has been pretty average. Problem is, with the way the offense is performing, an average performance may not get it done. His opponent today will be ex-farmhand Matt Maloney. Maloney was once traded for Kyle Lohse. did a full writeup of Maloney at the time of the trade here. Or I'll just sum it up for you if you don't like reading that much: soft throwing lefty that dominated the low minors at an older age needs to cut down on the walks to reach ceiling of major league 4th/5th starter. Well, Maloney has only walked 9 batters in 46 big league innings but has a 5th starter-like ERA of 4.86. Phils need to jump on this guy early and put this one to bed by the 5th inning.

WSBGMs Phantasy Update:
Carson and I still sit atop the standings, but this update is all about condolences to the owner/manager of "Thank Bill Buckner." Not only does the team have Utley, Heyward and Ellsbury on the DL, they had to suffer from Mike Scoscia allowing Scott Kazmir to stay on the hill last night and absorb 13 earned runs. How the hell does a manager leave his starter out there for that long? No long reliever on the team? Ridiculous.

Cliff Lee Question:
If Cliff Lee would have been Seattle's only All Star representative, would the league have to add a Mariner after Lee's trade or would they allow the game to go on without a player from each team?

Cliff Lee Update:
Lee lost to Baltimore last night. Baltimore. Wow, he sucks. I bet the Yanks are glad they didn't get him.

Come back tomorrow for the next installment in the long line of WSBGMs song parodies, an epic folk tune inspired by Cliff Lee...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fact- The Howard Wins Ball Games

Another Howard, another win, this one in walk-off fashion. Way to own it big guy!

The Howard- a feat accomplished when a player hits a homerun, strikes out, and commits and error all in the same game.

Only 1 of the 3 criteria is something positive that would aid in winning a ball game (HR). However, WSBGMs has uncovered irrefutable evidence to prove that when a Phillie commits The Howard in a game it will inevitably end with a W for the good guys. The same cannot be said for the remaining 29 teams' players that commit The Howard, as it seems it's only Karmic retribution for the Phightins.

2010 Howards by Phillies:
Ryan Howard- April 7, Phils over Gnats 8-4
Ryan Howard- April 28, Phils over Giants 7-6.
Jayson Werth- May 6, Phils over Braves 7-2.
Chase Utley- May 14, Phils over Brew Crew 9-5.
Jimmy Rollins- June 23, Phils over Indians 7-6.
Ryan Howard- July 9, Phils over Red 9-7.

There's no denying, it's just meant to be. Last night sealed the deal. Down 7-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Phils pulled off the improbable comeback (or as T-Mac would put it "magic"). The most amazing thing...Howard hit the homerun off of a dominate lefty (Arthur Rhodes).

Friday, July 09, 2010

Time To Trade Today

Lots of news on the interweb this morning about the Evil Empire being close to getting Sir Cliff Lee.

This can't happen. If the EE gets Sir Cliff, it's over. The Yanks getting Lee would be like Chancellor Palpatine convincing Luke Skywalker to go over to the Dark Side. Might as well start making the World Series rings now. Somebody, anybody, needs to step in and get him before the EE do, although I'd prefer it if it was the Phils. And as a "Should Be GM," I already have a few trade possibilities worked out.

Phils get: Cliff Lee
Mariners get: Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies, JC Ramirez
Why it works: Sure, on paper these three prospects seem rather disappointing. But the game isn't played on paper, is it? No! It's played on grass, or a grass substitute. So there's hope that their relative unsuccess in the minors will miraculously translate into stellar big league performances. It happens all the time, right? Minor league scrub turns into Major League All Star. Also, these three were good enough to get Cliff Lee for a whole year, they certainly should be good enough to get him for a four or five months.

Phils get: Cliff Lee
Mets get: Jayson Werth
Mariners get: Three useless Mets prospects kind of like Frenchy, Sucky, and Hearing-impairedy.
Why it works: Ooh, a three way. Phils get pitching. Mariners get prospects. Mets get offense. Also, this is the perfect way to sabotage the Mets as Werth can start sleeping with David Wright's...or Jose Reyes'...or, aww crap, they're all gay. This won't work.

Phils get: Cliff Lee
Mariners get: Cole Hamels
Why this works: Maybe you didn't know, but Cole Hamels is made of girl parts, except for a heart, he doesn't have one of those, apparently. In Seattle, they don't mind this sort of thing. They are more tolerant in the Pacific northwest. Lee, on the other hand, is from Arkansas. All man. All heart. He would never carry a dog in a backpack, unless he planned on using it to hunt and kill other animals later.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Victorino Wants Your Support

Shane Victorino did everything but call Phillies fans "frontrunners" following last night's loss to the NL East leading Braves. He's upset by the lack of support for the team right now at Citizens Bank Park. He feels that the team deserves better because of the success they've had the past 2 seasons. Booing is every fans' right, but I don't really see much of a purpose in it. Many players attribute home field advantage to the park's atmosphere created by the fans, and if it's a negative one you gotta think it has an adverse effect. Boo, cheer, or indifferent, I feel that they better start winning some ball games before Amaro is tempted to trade away Werth for a package headlined by some "prospect" that ends up retiring from baseball a year later to become a Bed Bath & Beyond manager. But for now, lets just give Vic what he wants...some jock support.
"Quick to forget what happened the last two years, you know? That's the thing that frustrates me more than anything, listening to that kind of stuff. They're quick to forget what we've done the last two years. When I hear things like that, it eats me. OK. I see. Jimmy used that word. I'm not going to use it, but you know what I'm talking about. It's tough right now. We've got to find a way to figure this out. There's no reason to panic or throw in the towel. We can't panic. If we panic, we're just going to add pressure to ourselves. If I'm a fan of a team and they're not doing good, I get frustrated, too. But don't throw in the towel. Get behind us. Find a way to get behind us and pick us up. We need them. That's what this game is about. It's not just us. The atmosphere that they've created, it's been awesome. They're still coming out, even though we are struggling. But to hear those things, it's like, 'Oh, really?' It's frustrating when you hear those things from your own fans. Don't forget what we've done here. We're not giving up. Comments like that ... they're thinking that we're done. I think that's what I'm trying to get at. Stick behind us. We're going to keep playing. We're going to keep plugging along. We're not done."
~Shave Victorino

*The Phillies were featured on The Food Network's Dinner Impossible last night. The show was taped during spring training and featured minor leaguers Chance Chapman and Justin De Fratus (who was just promoted to Reading) as assistant chefs.

*4 game series set to start tonight in Philly against the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds. 10 games back by All-Star break?

*Did you know that the Phillies (43) have only 4 more wins that the Royals (39)? That's bad!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

What's The Number?

A. Games behind the Braves
B. Multiplied by Mike Zagurski's cholesterol level
C. Minus the number of starters with ERAs above 4.50
D. Plus the amount of money I wish they didn't owe Joe Blanton
E. Multiplied by the sum of bad trades and bad contracts overseen by Amaro Jr.
F. Divided by the number of wins for Cliff Lee as a Phillie in 2010

My Favorite Pirate

John Smiley. Really? Yes. John Smiley. When I was a kid I followed his career very closely and thought he was one of the best pitchers in the Majors. I was mostly wrong, but for one season - 1991 - he was pretty damn good. That year he won 20 games for the Pirates while sporting a 3.08 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Smiley was an all-star that year and finished 3rd in the Cy Young balloting. 1991 was his final year in Pennsylvania though, as he was traded to Minnesota for prostitute hound Denny Neagle. Then in 1993 he signed with the Reds where he remained until part way through the '97 season and was once again traded this time to Cleveland where he ended his career that same season. In 12 seasons he won 126 games and posted a 3.80 ERA. Far from spectacular, but I was a kid and was drawn to the name...Smiley, makes you feel warm and cozy. He does look a bit pissy on this baseball card though. Smiley was born in Phoenixville, PA...not far from Philly.

*This is my 3rd and final Pirates post...excruciating.

*3 hits in 11 innings for the Phils is pathetic. They suck.

*Jamie Moyer- 267 wins, Kris Medlen- 8 wins. Jamie Moyer- 47 years old, Kris Medlen- 24 years old. What's the correlation? Nothing, just wanted to post it.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

What's the #?

A. Homeruns hit by Gary Redus as a Phucco.
B. Plus Andy Van Slyke's league leading double total.
C. Divided by Dan Plesac seasons as a Phucco.
D. Times Kent Tekulve's career high in appearances.
E. Minus Benito Santiago's hits as a Phucco.
What's the #?

*I couldn't bring myself to do a second consecutive post focused solely on the Pirates. Therefore I went with the mixed theme of the Phucco (Phillie + Bucco).

*I'm still baffled by Charlie Manuel's selection of utility infielder Omar Infante for the NL All-Star squad over the 1st half MVP Joey Votto. Infante is batting .309, but it's empty because he only has amassed 9 extra base hits. Meanwhile Votto boasts a 1.017 OPS and has nearly as more RBI (59) than Infante has games played (57). What the hell was Fuqua thinking?!

*Roy Halladay is on a pace to pitch 278 innings this season. Gotta think he'll fall a bit short of that.

*Chase Utley is shooting for a return to the lineup in 6 weeks, rather than the original prognosis of 8.

*Big ups to Greg Dobbs who has went 6-21 (.286) since his brief stint in the minors.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Pirates Make Me Eat My Words

From Know Your Enemy- Pittsburgh:
Phils take two. If the Buccos win this series, I will...I haven't decided yet, but it will be drastic.

By the way, if the Pirates take this series, I will post about them for at least 3 straight posts the upcoming week. Could be a weak week ahead...

Freakin' Phillies. Freakin' Pirates.

Well, Pirates Post #1 will focus on their lone All-Star representative Evan Meek. 2010 stats: 4-2, 38 g, 47 ip, 42 k, 1 sv, 5 hld, 0.96 ERA, 0.85 WHIP. He's a fantastic setup man and deserves the all-star nod. Meek was drafted by the Twins in 2002 in the 11th round. After struggling mightily in their system he was released and then signed as a minor league free agent by the Padres. San Diego tried him as a starter to no avail and again was sent packing, this time as part of a packaged deal to Tampa Bay. He finally made it to Double-A with the Rays after toiling in the lower levels of the minors for 4 years. After 1 season in the Rays organization the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Meek in the Rule 5 draft. Even in the Buccos lowly state, they were unable to justify keeping him on the active 25-man roster for all of the 2008 season, so they offered him back to Tampa, but the Rays preferred cold hard cash, so that allowed him to remain with the Pirates go to the minors. Since 2009 Evan has been able to stick in the Majors, and do a fine job relieving where he's averaged nearly a strikeout per inning all while making pennies compared a high-priced setup bust like Danys Baez.

*Joe Blanton '10: 12 gs, 3-5, 74.2 ip, 44 k, 6.27 ERA, 1.43 WHIP. Cliff Lee '10: 13 gs, 8-3, 103.2 ip, 89 k, 2.34 ERA, 0.95 WHIP. Ruben Amaro Jr. is gigantic imbecile!

*Kyle Drabek threw a no-hitter in Double-A yesterday.

*Clearwater's Harold Garcia kept his hitting streak going yesterday, now at a Florida State League record 37 games.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

4th of July Fireworks Display

Happy 4th of July everyone. If you're not American, it's just another day, but if you are from the U.S. of A. then Independence Day means many things to you. Above all- freedom, followed by picnics, baseball, and fireworks. Last night the Phillies treated fans to a fireworks display on the scoreboard, busting out 12 runs. Will the bats continue to send bombs bursting in air today as they attempt to even the series in Pittsburgh? Well, even if they are shutout for the gazillionth time this year, you can still enjoy some cold brewskies, hot dogs, and apple pie.

*Mark Reynolds took the MLB lead in Howards, committed his 3rd offense of the season yesterday.

*Clearwater's Harold Garcia smacked a homerun yesterday to extend his hitting streak to 36 games.

*Last night was Kyle Kendrick's first career complete game.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Bat Suckitude, Minor Happenings & Moyer's Accomplishment

Bat Suckitude:
Corey may think pitching is the problem, but I tend to point the finger of blame at the lack of scoring runs. Cliff Lee would be a welcomed addition to the pitching staff, but with the lineup's current construction they're not winning any games regardless of the starting pitcher. They've scored 2 runs in 2 games off of the Pirates worst 2 starting pitchers. Yes, it's that bad. I agree that pitching wins the playoffs. Problem being, the Phils aren't going to make it to the postseason if they don't start scoring some f'n runs!

Minor Happenings:
*Domonic Brown is batting .419 with the Iron Pigs since his promotion to AAA. Phils brass continues to stifle talk of the jump to the bigs though, as Amaro & Co. are apparently satisfied with Raul Ibanez's shitastic line of .237/.712. I mean, who wouldn't love those numbers from a decrepit 38 year old outfielder making $12M?

*Clearwater secondbaseman Harold Garcia has a 35 game hitting streak going. What's more impressive is that he's only played in 43 games this season. He's batting .343/.892 with 26 r, 30 rbi, 18 xbh, and 17 sb.

*Ryan Madson tossed 2 scoreless innings for Reading yesterday. A return to the Phils bullpen is imminent, as well are continued 8th inning meltdowns.

Moyer's Accomplishment:
Hey did you know Jamie Moyer is as old as the pyramids and has pitched since the inception of the game back in the 1800's? Yeah, what gave it away, the nickname Grand Pappy? Anyway, being that ancient and tossing slowballs since the beginning of time has lead to him becoming the all-time leader in homeruns surrendered, and the Phils made a t-shirt to honor him. *Hat tip to Todd Zolecki on this one.