Wednesday, June 08, 2011

You Gotta Love...

You gotta love...

...a firstbasemen making $20M with a sub .800 OPS that refuses to take a ball 4, who would rather swing and miss at balls out of the strike zone for the K. He swung at a ball that hit him in the ankle the other day. Yeah Ryan Howard!

...a secondbasemen with the "yips", that can't make a throw to any base without it being a minimum of 3-5 feet off target. Yeah Chase Utley!

...a starting pitcher that attempts to pick-off a runner on 1st base without a firstbaseman holding the runner on, that subsequently allows the runner from 2nd base to score and the runner that was on 1st base ends up on 3rd. Yeah Roy Oswalt!

...an offense that scores 3 or less runs with more regularity than a toddler drinking apple juice. Last night marked the 34th time this season the Phillies accomplished that feat. Yeah offense!

...a team that can't hit homeruns. The Phillies have yet to hit a homerun in June, despite the change in weather to the higher side of the thermometer which Charlie Manuel lovingly refers to as "hitting season". Yeah weaklings!

...a team that remains in 1st place despite all these inadequacies. Yeah Phillies!

Screw Michael Martinez!

13 comments:

Corey said...

why would a toddler drinking apple juice regularly score three runs or less?

GM-Carson said...

oh you knew what I meant.

GM-Carson said...

Out of the 23 1st basemen that qualify for the batting title this year, Ryan Howard ranks 13th with a .795 OPS, and the Mets Daniel Murphy is on his heels. That sucks!

Preserve Jon said...

The home run drought is leaguewide, but I also think has something to do with the Phils' age. They not an aging team anymore, they're position players are grasping the last straws of "mature" and can practically be labeled "old."

This team has gone through offensive droughts for the past several years at this time of year. It used to be the teams' traditional June Swoon, but since they've been racking up division titles, it's been the bats but not the victories that have gone away.

Annecdotally - I could go find evidence @ Baseball Reference, but I'm at work and actually busy today - the team performs best in the second half. This is not an excuse for the piss-poor offense and generally piss-poor baseball we've seen lately.

In my mind, the question is, how much does this team have left in the tank? Are we seeing cagey veterans conserve their energies for the stretch drive, the slow decline of skills and talents, or some combination of both?

Preserve Jon said...

they're = their.

Ugh, I did graduate middle school.

GM-Carson said...

Yes, homeruns are down across baseball, but the Phillies homeruns are really down. The Phils are currently tied for 19th in MLB with 47 homeruns. The team OPS is .689, which ranks 22nd. They are getting worse in regards to their peers too.

ACSmitty79 said...

Age + bad batting habits that have always been there but are now and were catching up.

they are what they are until we trade or something. there's really nothing to figure out. they're not going to ever "come around".

Bob D said...

Polanco can still hit and hit for average and he's what?36? The rest except Ibanez are all younger than him. They are mostly 29-33, so its not age - at least not yet. They all should be in thier primes (usually 28-32). Now in 2 years without changes this will be an old team.

ACSmitty79 said...

Polanco is the exception. I think it's because he DIDN'T learn to hit here!
Avg age in the line up is 31.8 iirc; oldest team in the league.

ripjgarcia said...

So I pull up MLB Gameday and I see Andre Either singles on a ground ball to second baseman Michael Martinez. Game over.

GM-Carson said...

I hate Michael Martinez. Damn he pisses me off.

Aaron said...

Ryan sucks. 35 hrs and 120 RBI just don't make up for 200 k,s a year and 20 balls thrown into the outfield over the shortstop on a pick off play.
He is a colossal waist of money and has no ability to adapt his game. He still swings at bad pitches with a horrible uppercut swing, he still can't hit a curve ball and for some reason no one on the phillies coaching staff has seemed to mention to him that he should learn how to bot throw the ball side armed.

This team should have a 10 game lead right now!!!
HIT THE DAMN BALL or give me damn bat and I'll do it for you!!!!
I would also like to add Ryan Howard looks like a hippopotamus

GM-Carson said...

Aaron- we do all this bitching about Howard then he goes deep tonight for the decisive run in the contest.

Of course he struck out twice, once on a wild pitch, and the other on a pitch that was nearly wild.

Like Chris Wheeler says- "Baseball sure is a funny game."