Thursday, September 09, 2010

Off Day: Root for the Cardinals

The Phillies are in first place and have the best record in the National League. That could all change tonight and the Phils have no control over it. After playing 24 games in 23 days they finally get a day off to recoup and recharge. In the meantime the Braves host the plummeting Cardinals with an A+ match-up of Jair Jurrjens versus Adam Wainwright. Atlanta is only a half game behind the Phils and with a win tonight would draw even with them in the NL East at 81-60. However, a loss would mean a full game in the standings. Still not a lot of wiggle room, but better than tied for first. So...Go Cardinals Go!!!

Other Stuff:
*There's been a lot of talk about the Phils lining up Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels to pitch against the Braves in both 3 game series remaining with them this season and to do so they would have to go to a 4-man rotation some of the time. However, guys would still get their full days of rest, so it's not like it would alter their routine. When a 5th starter is needed Manuel could choose from Vance Worley or Kyle Kendrick (I pray to God it's not Nate Robertson!). Zolecki does a nice job breaking down the schedule on The Zo Zone.

*For as inconsistent and pathetic that the Phillies offense has been at times during the season they are still ranked 5th in the National League and are only 2 runs behind the #2 team. Scoring is down all over baseball in The Year of the Pitcher Part Deux.

*The Phillies pitching staff has only issued 357 walks this season and are 2nd in the Majors in that category (Twins are 1st). That's about 175 less free passes than the Giants have gifted the opposition.

10 comments:

SirAlden said...

"Muck the Fets!"

SirAlden said...

Rooting for the Cardinals for two reasons.

1) For the Phillies
2) Jair Jurgens is Pitching for GM-Carson's Fantasy Team.

I hope he gives up 7-8-9 earned runs.

Bob D said...

#5 pitcher -3starts, Hamels& Blanton -4starts, Oswalt&Halladay -5starts left.
Looking at the playoff schedule the Phils can go with a 3 man rotation with Blanton getting a start in the NLCS and 1 in the World Series. For some reason MLB has scheduled alot of off days during the playoffs (ends Nov4th). 2 Off days between each series - even more if the teams sweeps.

Preserve Jon said...

Mr. Finger shows the under appreciated Madson some love.

http://fingerfood.typepad.com/

He's not exactly old two-run Mad Dog anymore.

GM-Carson said...

One scout's take on J-Roll:
"He just looks like he's throwing at-bats away. Even when he gets into good hitting counts, there are times he'll just put a weak little swing on the ball. I'm seeing a lot of swings where he's working under the ball, and his head is coming off too soon. I'm not sure what's going on. His approach seems to come and go from at-bat to at-bat. You'll see a couple of at-bats where he looks like he used to look, but all the at-bats around that are bad."

GM-Carson said...

From ESPN.com:
- The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed right-hander Cesar Carrillo off waivers from the San Diego Padres and designated left-hander Nate Robertson for assignment.

The NL East leaders also placed right-hander Scott Mathieson on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain on Thursday. He appeared in two games this season.

Carrillo was 5-14 with a 5.60 ERA in 27 starts for Triple-A Portland. He made three starts for the Padres last year.

SirAlden said...

Thanks Jair!

SirAlden said...

Cesar Carrillo

Drafted: Selected by San Diego Padres in 1st Round (18th overall) of 2005 amateur entry draft (June-Reg) (Signing Bonus: $1,550,000)

Carrillo attended Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago which boasts other famous sports alums such as Donovan McNabb, Simeon Rice, Antoine Walker, Chris Chelios, and Denny McLain.

In early 2007, Carrillo's arm had not responded to rest and it was determined he needed Tommy John surgery on his elbow.

Bob D said...

Awesome - Nate Robertson designated for assignment, atleast we wont see him anymore this season.

And Cards defeat Braves nice!

GM-Carson said...

Polanco has bone fragments in his elbow and will absolutely need offseason surgery. It's quite ballsy and amazing the way he's been able to play and produce through the injury/pain this season.