Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stupidity Loses Ball Game

Jayson Werth getting picked off 2nd base to end the inning after Chooch got intentionally walked was inexcusable. He just put his head down and moseyed on back to 2nd completely oblivious to the game going on around him and Astros catcher Quintero rifled the ball to catch him dazed and confused. CS = caught stealing? No, not in this case, CS = caught stupid.

Ryan Howard's futile glove-stab at Michael Bourn on his bunt was unnecessary. The smarter play would have been to toss it to 1st for the out instead of playing cat-and-mouse with the elusive pipsqueak. Bourn went on to score the winning run with 2 outs. You do the math- minus Bourn's run, plus another out equals a Phils win.

Wilson Valdez is supposed to be a good bunter. Nice f'n bunt directly to the firstbaseman on the fly skippy. Instead of advancing the tying run, he advanced himself further into Phillies fans' doghouse.

Joe Blanton is not a speed demon, so sending him on contact from 3rd is likely to end with a bad outcome. It did, he was out by 10 feet. It seems that running on contact with the drawn-in infield hardly ever works for the Phillies, yet they continue to do it expecting different results...that's stupidity.

That game should have been won 2-1 or 3-1 Phils, but it goes down as a crucial loss due to stupidity instead.

It was also a night of ex-Phillies haunting the team. Jason Michaels and Michael Bourn combined to go 4-6 with all 3 runs scored, and Brett Myers held the Phils to 2 runs over 7 innings while striking out 9 to pick up the W.

11 comments:

Corey said...

actually, the phillies won last night. madson didn't give up two runs in the 8th, you only perceive it that way.

GM-Carson said...

I hated Chris Wheeler's brown-nosing of Werth after the fans started getting on him with a Bronx cheer when he successfully didn't get picked off 1st later in the game- "What did you do for me lately? Tough town." Shut up Wheels! Werth is constantly doing stupid shit on the field because he's unfocused and doesn't keep his head in the game. He make ill-advised throws to show off his arm missing cutoff men, he gets picked off, it's just annoying.

Andrew said...

he's become too obsessed with the beard. go back to the landing strip and crew cut and all will be well again....

furiousBall said...

In all of the years of playing, coaching, and watching baseball - I've really never seen that happen before

Preserve Jon said...

Mistakes overwhelmingly contributed to the Phils loss last night and the GMs rightfully point this out. And maybe the stay pufft marshmallow man would have hit a 2 run HR off Madson instead of a wounded quail 2-run single. It's impossible to predict the future.

I'm not going to go all Inquirer Columnist on you and blame the umpiring crew for the loss, but let's explore the possibility that 1B umpire Greg Gibson missed the call.

Howard should have flipped the ball to Utley, no doubt about it. It is the safe, correct play to make. But he chose to lunge for the quick Bourne, who lithely twisted his body out of the way. Gibson apparently maintained that Bourne stayed within the baseline on his way to first. Set aside the point that Howard appears to have brushed Bourne as he pirouetted out of the way. Why didn't Gibson simply ask for help? During Cholly's argument it was possible to clearly read Gibson's lips as he stated, "I saw it." Yeah, well three other umpires (including one with a better view), 46,000 fans, and 500,000 viewers also saw it dillweed.

The umpires union has pushed back against any expansion of replay review saying that umpires should hold their ground and not open the door for potential reversals by asking for help. This is BS.

Eff You Gibson. Ask for help. I understand that an umpire is under no obligation to ask for help. But consider another perspective why don't you? It's why HP umpires routinely go to 1st and 3rd umps to verify a check swing. In this instance HP Umpire Scott Barry had a much better view of Howard's lunging tag and Bourne's attempt to avoid it. It's an umpiring crew you d'bag. Not every umpire for himself. Use the resources you have at hand. I have no doubt that Barry would have provided a different opinion and crew chief Sam Holbrook would have reversed Gibson's call.

I am one who has long argued that human error is part of the game. Now that it has directly impacted a Phils game in the middle of a pennant race, I'm pissed.

Eff You Greg Gibson.

ripjgarcia said...

There is already an entry of wikipedia concerning Gibson from the game last night.

GM-Carson said...

I'm not all for instant replay. I agree on homerun calls and fair/foul, but nothing else. The human element needs to remain. With that said, the ump should have asked for help. Letting pride getting in the way of doing the right thing is the wrong thing.

GM-Carson said...

From a commenter on BeerLeaguer:
"Why Werth was even taking any lead at all on an intentional walk is something only he knows. Hoping for a wild pitch perhaps? I vote for daydreaming. Jayson Werth presents an interesting case when it comes to whether the Phillies should re-sign him. He is a walking contradiction in terms. His 299 BA says contact hitter, but he is on pace to strike out over 150 times. His SLG (512) and OPS (912) say power hitter, but he's on pace for a pedestrian 20 HRs. He has good speed but is a terrible baserunner and has just 8 SBs. He takes a lot of pitches per AB, one of the highest totals in the league, yet has a much higher BA early in the count and hits poorly with 2 strikes (225 BA). He usually bats 5th in the order, yet has a BA of 159 with RISP. He has no baseball IQ at all. A true enigma."

GM-Carson said...

The offense hates Cole Hamels.

GM-Carson said...

We're witnessing a more mature Cole Hamels. He hung a pitch to Carlos Lee and he tagged it for a 2-run bomb, but he didn't sulk, just bared down and got the next batter. Then the ump dicked him on a pitch right down the middle for what would have been a called 3rd strike, but he didn't let it phase him. Just got the ball and threw it and k'd the son of a bitch anyway.

Scottie said...

We're witnessing a more mature Hamels, an idiot in both Barry and Weth and the return of the abysmal offense. I'm sure Barry is proud of having a hand in two straight Phillie losses, but again, where are the bats against this cellar dwelling team?