Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quick Hits

- The Phillies didn't do themselves or Vance Worley any favors by putting him in the bullpen after his last start on May 4th. Prior to last night he had made one start in 19 days. He admitted after the game that he tired after the third inning and by the fifth, well, we all saw what happened. The Phillies had two options earlier this month 1) hold Blanton until he was fully healed while keeping Worely in the rotation or 2) send Worley down to AAA when Blanton is activated to keep him "stretched out." They chose the less successful third option and it may have cost them last night.

- Despite Worley's fatigue and lack of command, you have to love how the guy battles. He worked out of some jams he put himself into and some jams that were caused by jam-shot bloopers. All I could think last night was that if a young Gavin Floyd was on the hill, the game would have been 10-3 Reds after a few innings. I realized that commenting on a players mentality is completely subjective and arbitrary and rarely accurate or useful, but this guy's seems like a "bulldog."

- The most disappointing thing about last night was that the Phillies had a great chance to win a Cueto-Worley matchup. It feels like the Phils gave one away.

- Thumbs down to Jimmy Rollins for getting thrown out at home by a country mile on Utley's first hit of the season. Of course the television cameras pan directly to Jaun Samuel after the play, but I'm not putting this one on him. Sammy has been pretty conservative sending runners this year, often holding the slower runners, but he had to think J-Roll could score on a clean single to the right of centerfielder Drew Stubbs. However, J-Roll got a bad jump and Stubbs hosed him down.

- Thumbs up for Cooch Ruiz in the 6-hole. He's 5-6 in the last two games.

- Ross Gload couldn't pinch-hit in the ninth because he has an injured hip. Fine. But choosing Michael Martinez to hit over Wilson Valdez... or Cole Hamels. With Utley back it's time to eliminate redundancy. Either Valdez or Martinez must go. You all know where this blog stands on the subject...

16 comments:

Dr. Steve said...

I don't even think any of the players care about the 3B coach. I've seen them run through signs like its their job.

Which it is not, for the record.

GM-Carson said...

There have now been 30 Howards committed this season.

GM-Carson said...

1. That's 2 base running blunders in the past two games by the Phils. Last night J-Roll was at fault for getting thrown out. And the night before Ryan Howard failed to tag and score from 3rd of a Dom Brown line drive to LF.

2. I love Vance Worley. Fun kid to root for who obviously loves playing the game. Corey is right in that the Phils did him wrong by bullpenning him and only getting 1 start in the last 3 weeks.

3. I don't hate Michael Martinez, but I hate that he's on this team. I am not exaggerating or posing a hyperbole, he is worthless. He has no upside and he is one of the worst position players in all of baseball, yet the Phils continue to trot him out there. Pisses me off!

Matty said...

Worley has potential, and it's quite obvious. They should put him in the #5 starting position and just leave him there. Regardless of how he does, just let him pitch every 5th game. He's clearly better than Blanton.

And has anyone noticed that no matter who is pitching, and no matter what the score or the game situation, Phils pitchers ALWAYS allow baserunners in the 9th inning. ALWAYS....and yet I never hear or read anything about this. Am I the only one who notices this??

ripjgarcia said...

If you look across the scoreboards you will see tons of games where a baserunner is allowed in the ninth. It's not just native to this team.

GM-Carson said...

Even the best closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera, allows runners on base in the 9th. Is it nerve-racking? Yes, but it happens.

Aaron. said...

Rube was right. Send Brown back down.

Aaron. said...

JC Romero is no longer a major league pitcher.

ripjgarcia said...

ROFL WTF 1/3 inning 3 walks.

ripjgarcia said...

Baez incoming.. chalk this one up as a loss.

AARON. said...

GOOD GOD HIT THE DAMN BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jack said...

Tom McCarthy is absolutely insufferable. I can't think of one redeeming broadcasting quality. It has been doubly painful tonight.

AARON. said...

WILSON VALDEZ IN TO FACE JOEY VOTTO, ROLEN AND JAY BRUCE, CHOOCH PLAYING 3RD........NICE WORK CHARLIE REAL GOOD.

YOU HAVE GOT TO USE A A STARTER....RIDICULUOUS. CHARLIE BASICALLY JUST GAVE UP. F'ING TERRIBLE!!!!!!

AARON. said...

I STAND CORRECTED.

UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE

GM-Carson said...

Wilson Valdez is the first player to start the game in the field and pitch in relief and win the game since Babe Ruth back in 1921. Wow!

Danys Baez worked 5 scoreless innings. Hat tip to that man.

The Phillies bats still suck, but hey, they won.

Preserve Jon said...

I wanted to scream like Tom Hanks this morning when I saw the highlights, "Wilson!!!!!!!!!!!!"