Thursday, August 18, 2011

Series Preview - Nationals...again.

Philadelphia Phillies (80-42) at Washington Nationals (59-63)

Season Series:
Phillies 7-4 Gnats

Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:05 - Roy Oswalt v. Livan Hernandez
Saturday, 7:05 - Kyle Kendrick v. John Lannan
Sunday, 1:35 - Roy Halladay v. Wang from Caddyshack

Wang didn't get to pitch last time b/c of the rain delay, so I'm using the picture...again.

[Side note: Every time I write or speak the word "again," I can't help but think of this clip. Take a listen. Skip to 4:50, that's where the real rant begins. Skip to 8:10 to hear the "again" part."]

Generals Batting:
Runs - 474 (24th)
AVG - .240 (27th)
OBP - .309 (25th)
SLG - .378 (22nd)

Generals Pitching:
ERA - 3.70 (12th)
WHIP - 1.33 (20th)
BAA - .260 (20th)

What We're Listening Too
Corey - I have a 3+ hour drive to Pittsburgh today to watch the Buccos play the Reds so the ol' iPod will get a good run out. For a long drive, or anytime for that matter, I love listening to "All In" by San Francisco rock/punk band Nothington. I can't recommend this band enough. I once saw them described as a mix of Leatherface, Social Distortion and Tom Waits and if you don't think that sounds great, then you suck. [Of course, once I'm in da 'Burgh, I'll be jamming to the great Pittsburgh rocker Donnie Iris' "Ah Leah."]

Carson - Weezer's Pinkerton. I played my original cd of Pinkerton so much that it wore out (burned courtesy of Corey), so I bought it this time around. Weezer is my favorite band and Pinkerton is by far their best album. I sing/yell the lyrics while jamming out with my imaginary band in my car while listening to this amazing album. For people that only know "new" Weezer, they should go back and listen to this.

Their Michael Martinez:
Still Adam LaRoche.

Their Danys Baez:
Still Sean Burnett.

What We're Drinking:
Corey - Like I said, I'm off to Pittsburgh so I'll be drinking some Iron City beer and "pop."

Carson - Appalachian Brewing Company's Double IPA sampler. ABC brewed up some 2XIPA's showcasing various hops (Summit, Cascade, and Nugget). Tasty!!!

Magic Number:



Preserve Jon said...

Seeing Livan Hernandez for the second time in a week does not bode well for Hernandez. He can't sneak up on the Phils this time - one would think.

Also, I just heard that Michael Young (who?) got his 2000th career hit last week. Apparently this guy has played shortstop in Texas his entire career. 12 seasons. Although he hits for a slightly higher average, his career numbers are eerily similar to J-Roll's. For example, they both have 168 homeruns. Young has 140 more hits over the course of his career (that's the 30 point difference in batting average). Funny that we really don't hear about him b/c he plays in the wilds of Arlington. Although his WAR is lower than JRolls and he's two years older, he averages 200 hits/year and has a puncher's chance for 3000. Perhaps Young is an HOFer?

GM-Carson said...

Rollins play superior defense to Young, who DH's a lot now, along with playing all infield positions. Young is a hitter in the sense he gets base hit. Rollins has him beat on speed though too.

Don't get me wrong, should he reach 3000 hit, Young goes to the HoF in my opinion.

Asst.G.M. RK said...

When my grandson was 3 years old he called them the "Walgreen's" with the similar looking W on the sombrero! I think it stands for the Werth's now.

Preserve Jon said...

Pink Triangle.

GM-Carson said...

El Scorcho.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Rain delays are stoopid.

Beer-a-Thon said...

From Jayson Starks:
1. We're 122 games into the season, and the Phillies' history train keeps on chugging. They've still had only five instances all season in which they've lost more than ONE game in a row. They would have to keep this up for 40 more games to tie the record for fewest losing streaks in a season of 150 games or more. That's also five, by Three Finger Brown's 1906 Cubs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But the Phillies have a more realistic shot at the live ball era record, which is seven, by Lefty Grove's 1929 A's.

2. What has made those records reachable is that the Phillies have lost two games in a row exactly ONCE since June 4. That was 64 games ago. Elias reports that no team has had a longer stretch than that since the 2005 Cardinals had one losing streak (of three games), between May 8 and June 23, on their way to 100 wins. If the Phillies' streak is still alive by next week, next up would be the 1995 Indians, who had only one losing streak (of four games) between April 30 and July 25, believe it or not. And who was the hitting coach for those 1995 Indians? Yep, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.