Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nifty 50, Shutouts Galore, Deserving Reader Comment & Undeserving Polly

Nifty 50:
The first team to reach 40 wins this season was also the fastest to 50...go figure. The Phils moved to 20 games above .500 last night with their 50th victory of the season. Pretty damn impressive, especially considering the amount of injuries they've endured.

Shutouts Galore:
So this Cliff Lee guy is alright after all. 3 straight complete game shutouts is pretty good. I've seen better though. My boy Corey once went an entire Little League season without surrendering an earned run. Of course tons of runs were scored on errors, but that's neither here nor there. Lee is amazing and has put any early seasons concerns behind him. Far behind him.

Deserving Reader Comment:
The following is from yesterday's comment section in which loyal reader Preserve Jon laid out the following...

After Victorino's homerun, I made a conscious decision to relax and enjoy the rest of the season. At 50-30, the Phils are 20 games above .500 before the midway point in the season. They're on their way to 100 wins and possibly the best record in franchise history.

Sure, the bullpen is up and down and shows signs of leaking some oil with all the injuries. Sure, Oswalt has a balky back and will be out until August. And Blanton? Who knows, but he'll make a solid 4th or 5th starter on this team upon his return. Sure, they could use a power-hitting right-handed bat. But you know what? I'm not going to gloss over the minor problems this team has, but in 2011 every team has problems.

I've said it before, but over the past several years, this team has produced better in the second half. So I fully expect a team of the Phils' caliber, with the Phils' experience to play even better. The pitching is everything we hoped it would be in the offseason. Halladay, Lee and Hamels have the three best records in all of baseball and are right up there in ERA as well.

I may complain here and there, but I've decided to just sit back, watch some great baseball, and enjoy this great, great baseball team. Not to get too sentimental, but in the future I think a lot of us agree that we'll be telling our children about watching this team, much the same way my parents and grandparents told me about the teams of the 50s - early 80s*.

I'm so happy to be a Phillies fan right now. I wouldn't have it any other way.

*SirAlden later noted that should include mid 70's through early 80's.

Undeserving Polly:
Last night the always brilliant Sarge commented on Placido Polanco's leading of the NL All-Star vote for 3rd basemen. He said that Polly is the best because no other guys are really doing any better. Really? Might want to check out some quick reference stats there genius!

Placido Polanco/PHI - .289/.707
Chase Headley/SDP - .303/.808
Aramis Ramirez/CHC - .291/.790
Ryan Roberts/ARI - .254/.779
Chipper Jones/ATL - .252/.754

It is true that the usual suspects (David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman) have been dinged up and unable to produce All-Star quality seasons, but Polly isn't the best that the NL has to offer at 3rd. Then again it's all a popularity contest anyway for an exhibition game, so who really gives a shit.


Bob D said...

Well put Preserve Jon.

Remember just a few weeks ago Polly was hitting 320+. So at one point he was arguably the best.

Neat to see Utley bunt a runner over last night. A run is huge now-a-days as they are harder to come by.

GM-Carson said...

Polly had an outstanding April, batting near .400, but has been horrible since then.

Preserve Jon said...

Thanks for my fifteen minutes.

Let's go get the World Series Trophy.

ripjgarcia said...

Polanco is injured. Guaranteed. His time on the DL is coming soon.

Bob D said...

Atleast the bullpen is well rested. Thank you Halliday CG, Off Day, and Lee CG. Stutes needed it the most, he has walked 3 batters in last 2 weeks that all have scored. Other than that he has been great.

I can see Lee, Halliday, and Hamels as Allstars with Madson and Bastardo getting serious consideration.

Hopefully Worley gives us a strong quality start tonight

ripjgarcia said...

Nice Bob, ya beat me too it. I was just gonna post about all three of those starters getting all star slots. It would be injustice to have it any other way.

Bob D said...

The top 6 canidates as of now for CyYoung are: Halladay, Hamels, Kershaw, Jurrjens, Lee, and Hansen and likely in that order. But its really close with them all. And there are a few pitchers within striking distance.

GM-Carson said...

Halladay, Lee, and Hamels will be All-Stars. If not, then they damn well should be. Hamels is set to start the Sunday before the All-Star game, so that will make him ineligible to pitch in the actual game, but he can still be on the team. Madson's injury hurt his chance to making the team. Bastardo has been one of the best relievers in baseball this year. He's amazing.

ripjgarcia said...

Sir Charles on the state of the Phillies offense. Barkley is pretty much dead on here.

Barkley in Blue Jays booth talks about Phillies.

ripjgarcia said...

Well the link had good intentions.

GM-Carson said...

JC Romero signed a minor league deal with the Nationals.

ripjgarcia said...

Someone buy Brian Schneider a haircut.

GM-Carson said...

Someone buy Brian Schneider a batting average.

Anyway, Worley, Stutes, and Bastardo were fantastic tonight.

Best offense in baseball held to only 1 run in 2 games. Awesome.

SirAlden said...

51 Victories at the half way point.

102 Projected.

The 1976 and 1977 Phillies both had 101 Victories, followed by 1993 and 2010 at 97.

Who do you want to bat 5th and Protect Ryan Howard?

Carlos Beltran, Hunter Pense, or Michael Cuddyer? Someone else as long you we are dreaming?

GM-Carson said...

Hunter Pence will come at too steep of a price.

I like both Cuddyer and Beltran. Cuddyer has versatility, but Beltran is still the better player even at his elderly age.

Beltran would be a difference maker in this lineup.

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