Sunday, May 29, 2011

Things Are Falling Into Place

Chase Utley is back. Domonic Brown is up and hitting. Jose Contreras is back. Shane Victorino just started his rehab assignment. Brad Lidge just pitched in an extended spring training game. Joe Blanton is resting, but Vance Worley is a very adequate fill-in. Things are falling into place.

The Phillies did a tremendous job treading water during this time of inclement health. The offense was the only thing holding this team back from running the table on the National League. Things are a bit different now with Utley atop the lineup and a Dom Brown that poses an offensive threat. It only stands to get better once Victorino returns. He adds speed and pop to the order. I still don't think they're an elite offensive team, but they certainly don't seem to be a bottom third one either any more. Now, if we could only rid ourselves of Michael Martinez...

*NL Ranks out of 16 teams

33-19 (1st)

AVG - .250 (7th)
OBP - .316 (8th)
SLG - .376 (10th)
OPS - .693 (10th)
R - 215 (7th)
DBL - 79 (12th)
TRPL - 10 (tied for 5th)
HR - 42 (8th)
SB - 35 (8th)

ERA - 3.02 (1st)
WHIP - 1.20 (2nd)
BAA - 2.43 (4th)
OPS - .647 (3rd)
BB:K - 138:421 (1st)
QS - 37 (1st)
CG - 6 (1st)
SHO - 7 (tied for 1st)
SV% - 94% (1st)


E - 22 (1st)

Happy Anniversary:
Today marks the 1 year anniversary of Roy Halladay's perfect game.
Here's my post following his performance-

Thank you Roy Halladay. Thank you for winning your 7th game of the season. Thank you for being a true ace. Thank you for knocking Kevin Millwood off the title of "last Phillie to pitch a no hitter". Halladay's perfect performance over the Marlins tonight was pure awesomeness. The Phils didn't give him much wiggle room, as a Cameron Maybin error led to the lone run, but Doc scoffed it off and put 27 Florida batters down in a row. 9 innings, 11 strike outs, no hits, no walks, no errors, no hit batsmen. That my friends is perfect. I am in awe.


ACSmitty79 said...

Random: just noticed Ryan Howard's on a pace to have more doubles than he's ever had. He's also on pace for 199 K's for the 3rd time in his career. Sometimes he looks like he's getting better but he isn't. He is what he is a guess.

ripjgarcia said...

If Ryan Howard could learn to sit back on pitches and hit for higher average he'd hit even more doubles, strike out less, and drive in even more runs.

Hell, I could see paying a guy $20 million dollars the next year for performance like that.

Oh yeah, that's right.

ACSmitty79 said...

nobody in this line up (aside from maybe Polanco) sits back on pitches and it's been that way for a long long time.

in the 8th i think it was last night, we went a head but Jimmy got the last out swinging on the 1st pitch, resulting in a pop up. Yes, we had the lead, but WTF?!!

Of course i'd argue Jimmy is the biggest offender of all. does anyone know if he's that much more successful swinging on the 1st pitch?

Rising Sun said...

Raul made the last out. Same thing though.

Last year Ryan was striking out less and hitting for higher average all the way up to his August injury, and then he didn't hit at all for a couple weeks after. I've begun to accept that when he strikes out more, he also slugs higher and drives in more. Weird connection, but I guess it's reality.

They're not an elite offensive team, like say the Yankees, at 100%, but they are probably a top five NL offense at 100%. Which is about all they'll need.

ripjgarcia said...

Today's offensive lineup is easily the worst one we have fielded all year.

ripjgarcia said...

I am sickened at the fact that Martinez has started 9 of 53 games this season.

GM-Carson said...

Please release Martinez. I don't care if I keep repeating the same thing, because it pisses me off he's on this team. He sucks. No offense to him, I don't know him. But as a player he sucks. Always has and always will.

Speaking of sucking, Worley did today. Youngster has to take his lumps I suppose.

Aaron said...

What the f is Jimmy doing today?

This game was lost though when Charlie put the lineup together. I know guys need rest but how about not all on the same day? Charlie punted this one today.

GM-Carson said...

This reminds me of the shitty Sunday lineups I used to watch when I was a kid. We didn't have cable and really only got to watch the Sunday games on network tv and the manager would always rest the good players and put in the bench guys. That's why I remember so much about the bench players from the late 80's through the 90's. Although it makes me feel nostalgic, I gotta admit is dumb managing.

Aaron. said...

Dude exactly!!! I was having flashbacks of watching Luis Aguayo today. Your right every sunday they would rest the whole damn lineup. John Russell, Rick Schu at thrid instead of Schmidt.
Ahhhhh memories.