Saturday, September 03, 2011

Rowand, Carpenter, Blanton, Wins & Cy Young

Rowand Back?
Aaron "Fence-Face" Rowand was released by the San Francisco Giants the other day and as soon as he clears waivers the Phils might throw an old dog a bone and bring him back to Philly for the final month of the season. He wouldn't be postseason eligible, but it would be a feel-good story and I'm sure the Phans will love it.

Carpenter Gone:
To create space on the 40-man roster, Andrew Carpenter was released and those cost conscious San Diego Padres picked him off the waiver wire. Carpenter is expendable, compiling a 1-1 record in 11 games with a 8.53 ERA over the past 4 years with the Phillies. The converted starting pitcher had a great season in Triple-A as a reliever, striking out over a batter and inning and posting a 1.79 ERA. Good luck to him.

Blanton, Bullpen Ace:
If Joe Blanton returns to the mound in a Phillies uniform this season it will be in a relief appearance. Yesterday, Blanton had a 1-2-3 inning for the Lakewood BlueClaws, which is an encouraging sign. Showing that his arm is healthy might increase his trade value, which is currently nothing.

88 wins in a season is no big deal unless you're talking about a team's record in the opening days of September. The Phils are now a franchise best 42 games over .500 and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Cy Young:
The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw is having a helluva season, and so are the Phils trio of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee. With each likely making about 5 more starts this season, a lot is yet to be determined in this final month, and one of those things is the Cy Young. Doc is having a nearly identical season to last year, which in case you don't remember, he was the NL Cy Young. Hamels may have missed 2 starts, but his overall numbers are still very impressive. Then you have Lee, who has pitched 2 of the best months a pitcher in the history of the game has ever had. My gut tells me Halladay repeats.


GregVince said...

Not that I'm suggesting it but if the Phillies got Rowand and added say Francisco or Gload on the roster and decided to DL them couldn't they indeed add Rowand? I'm not 100% on that one but I believe you can take anyone on the 40 man if you have to DL in the playoffs.

GM-Carson said...

Greg- I think the player had to at least be in the organization prior to September 1st to be postseason eligible. The minor leaguers are available, but not people just coming in.

Corey said...

To be eligible for a team’s playoff roster a player must be on either a)the 25 man active roster, b)the disabled list, c)the bereavement list, d)the suspended list as of August 31st at midnight.

Asst.GM-RK said...

I say we leave him off all lists. I wake up nights seeing him and Pat the Bat striking out in critical situations from the past. True mercenary. What's with that batting stance anyway?

Bob D said...

Corey you are right.

Halladay will likely repeat.

Hamels set back was probably enough to knock him from getting serious consideration for top spot.

Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Madson, Bastardo, and Worley may all end up getting some points in the voting (likely the top3)

Andrew said...

yikes... ugly loss... but to take your minds off of it, check out my wife's blog in which I guest blogged about my new Phillies Phancave

GM-Carson said...

5 hr allowed. bad.

Corey said...

love the phancave. maybe this offseason we'll run a series of posts on this sort of thing where readers can show off their phancave or wherever they spend their summer evenings watching the phils.

GM-Carson said...

Corey and I have nice man/phan caves too. I like that idea for an offseason series of posts.

Andrew said...

would love to see what other people do! mine is continually evolving. I have a reserved empty space for whatever may happen this season

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