Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Why I'm Worried...

1. The Offense-
Phillies offense is facing a very good pitching staff, one of the best in baseball, and after a season of inconsistency and record-setting swoons/slumps the big ball of bad has returned to rear its ugly head again in the playoffs. Through 6 games the Phils are batting .203/.299/.292 and averaging only 3.7 runs per game. All of their power has been zapped, but this comes as no surprise as everyone aside from Werth and Chooch saw a sharp decline in their slugging percentages this season. They have more strikeouts this postseason (43) than hits (39). Putrid.

2. Chase Utley's Defense-
Utley had a 2 error game in the NLDS and yesterday botched a play originally scored an error then later changed to a hit, but he grossly misplayed the ball. He also failed to knockdown Aubrey Huff's seeing-eye single that would have prevented a run from scoring. Giving runs away when the offense isn't scoring many runs to begin with is a major no-no. Disappointing.

3. Joe Blanton-
G.I. Joe is not a bad pitcher, in fact he had a strong 2nd half of the season (6-1 with a 3.48 ERA). However, he last saw real game action during a poor 1 inning 2 run relief appearance in the final game of the season the whole way back on October 3rd. It has been nearly 3 weeks since his last start (September 29th). Rusty?

4. Cody Ross-
Seems nearly every postseason some player of regular or little known status becomes a superstar on baseball's biggest stage (ie- David Eckstein, Sid Bream, rookies Francisco Rodriguez and Andruw Jones, Francisco Cabrera, Steve Yeager, Pat Borders, Scott Brosius, Larry Sherry, and Bobby Richardson just to name a few). Cody Ross is that guy in 2010. By every right he's a decent everyday player, but by no means is he a standout. In this year's postseason he has been though- .348/.423/.913, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, and 7 RBI. Total terror.

So yeah, I'm worried. And you should be too.

20 comments:

Reverend Paul Revere said...

Not only that .203 average in the playoffs, but just .194 in this series. Terrible.

SirAlden said...

Ben Franciso is starting in left against the Lefty.

Aaron said...

wow same shit different day. Vic and Ruiz robbed of walks by the umps. uncalled balk by the umps.

And most importantly the whole offense sucks.

This teams going no where.

Aaron said...

J-Roll ......looking......WTF!!!

Fuck this team they looked scared.

Dr. Steve said...

That strikeout on J-Roll was just embarrassing. And J-Roll stood there and didn't even look like he cared. Just pathetic. I know when things are good everyone praises Manuel, but when things are going like this, who is left to blame?

SirAlden said...

Pollyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SirAlden said...

WHOOPS!!!! WP 4-2

Dr. Steve said...

That's it. Jimmy Rollins is officially my least favourite Philly of all time. I am tired of this guy's shit. He just swung at what, nine balls? He could have walked TWICE. And to top it all, he didn't even get the ball into the infield. AND HE STRUCK OUT. ON A BALL. WITH A FULL COUNT.

Trade Jimmy Rollins. Get rid of him. I hate this guy. I'm done with him. Get some draft picks or some new bats for him. He just needs to LEAVE.

Dr. Steve said...

And Ruiz needs to slide in better. If he slid to the left, he could have avoided that tag. If you're gonna go for a play at the plate, don't run into the ball! You're not going to dislodge it very often.

Come on guys!

Aaron said...

Not so good Heavy B. Not so good.

Aaron said...

STOP FUCKING THROWING MIDDLE IN FASTBALLS TO CODY ROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ACSmitty79 said...

I HATE that after 100+ years, the phillies finally get some kickass pitching and the O spoils it.

Bob D said...

what a frustrating game, a game they could have a good lead in, but poor plays, untimely poor hitting weak swings, and faulty pitching

Dr. Steve said...

What was that, six hanging fastballs with six equally bad wiffs?!

Dr. Steve said...

Roy Oswalt is warming up? Really? Why would we waste him here?! Can we really get him to pitch again after this?!

Dr. Steve said...

Does it really count as a hits batsman if his hand is over the plate and facing the ball when he gets hit? That can't be in the rulebook. If that was the case, every player would be out there with a glove over the plate trying to catch the ball.

SirAlden said...

Love Oswalt. He pitched well.

Dr. Steve said...

He was clearly the best choice. Three days rest, not a relief pitcher, and we're going to need him if we ever win a game.

Great coaching this game. Green lights on all counts.

ripjgarcia said...

San Francisco is just a better team right now. That sums it up.

Sadly,I knew that September fire was due to burn out eventually.

GM-Carson said...

San Francisco is the better team.

Their rotation is every bit as good as ours. Their bullpen is better. Their offense right now is better too.

Lots of misplays that game- Polanco playing a doubleplay into only an out at 2nd, which lead to a run. J-Roll's error on what should have been a doubleplay. Sending Chooch on Rowand. Bad play, bad coaching.