Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Perform Howard, Win Game

Since the stat's creation prior to the 2009 season, the Phillies have committed 13 Howards. Chase Utley collected his second Howard of the year last night, and with that decisive victory over the Pirates, the Phils are now 10-3 in games in which The Howard is performed by a Phillie. That's a .769 winning percentage.

The Howard- a feat accomplished when a player hits a homerun, strikes out, and commits an error all in the same game.

Only 1 of the 3 criteria is something positive that would aid in winning a ball game (HR). However, WSBGMs has uncovered irrefutable evidence to prove that when a Phillie commits The Howard in a game it will inevitably end with a W for the good guys. The same cannot be said for the remaining 29 teams' players that commit The Howard, as it seems it's only Karmic retribution for the Phightins.

2011 Howards by Phillies:
Chase Utley - July 2, Phils over Blue Birds 5-3.
John Mayberry Jr. - July 6, Fish over Phils 7-6.
Cliff Lee - July 9, Braves over Phils 4-1.
Chase Utley - July 29, Phils over Buccos 10-3.

2010 Howards by Phillies:
Ryan Howard - April 7, Phils over Gnats 8-4
Ryan Howard - April 28, Phils over Giants 7-6.
Jayson Werth - May 6, Phils over Braves 7-2.
Chase Utley - May 14, Phils over Brew Crew 9-5.
Jimmy Rollins - June 23, Phils over Indians 7-6.
Ryan Howard - July 9, Phils over Reds 9-7.
Ryan Howard - July 27, Phils over DBacks 9-5.
Ryan Howard - September 2, Phils over Rox 12-11.

2009 Howards by Phillies:
Chase Utley - July 30, Giants over Phils 7-2.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Discussion on Hunter Pence

The following is the chatter about the Hunter Pence to Philly rumors that was going on in the comment section of our Pirates Series Preview. Read, then continue discussion in this post's comment section.

Blogger GM-Carson said...
My thoughts on a possible Hunter Pence for Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and another second-tier pitching prospect trade rumor is- DO IT!

Pence is a proven commodity and is under team control through 2013.

Singleton is young with lots of upside, but dude is in A ball and may never pan out.

Cosart has great stuff, but it hasn't necessarily translated into great success in the low minors yet either. We have minor league starting pitching depth, so trading him isn't going to kill the team.

Pence is 28 and just entering his prime. He's a career .290 hitter with an .818 OPS. He's in his 5th MLB season and has been pretty consistent. Added bonus, he's got a bit of speed and a decent outfield arm.

Blogger SirAlden said...
Pence is Solid and will get Domomnic Brown out of RF and into LF next year where he belongs.

I do not do the deal if Brown is included.

Blogger Bob D said...
Brown and Worley need to be kept to make the strongest team this year. If they have to give up a few prospects then so be it. Cosart could be awesome in 2 years in majors, but the added bat is needed for the playoffs more than the season. This team should coast into clinching a playoff birth. They need the right handed bat to balance out some lefty pitching on other teams. Sorry but Francisco just doesn't do it anymore- Mayberry has been pretty good but Manuel was to improve there.

Blogger ripjgarcia said...
I could do without Brown. He's like Darryl Strawberry without cocaine and home runs and batting average. He's lanky, strong, and loafs.

BTW, Carson. The Astros allegedly turned down that offer Wednesday of Thursday. More than likely right after Beltran was traded.

Blogger ACSmitty79 said...
Read a rumor that Houston doesn't even LIKE Dom Brown.

Blogger SirAlden said...
Report: Phils must include Brown to get Pence

SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that "there's a sense out there" that if the Phillies include Domonic Brown instead of Jonathan Singleton in a package for Hunter Pence, a deal will get done.

Well, we should hope so. It was reported previously that the Astros might take a Singleton/Jarred Cosart offer from the Phils, but it appears they're seeking a Brown/Cosart combo instead.

Blogger Randy said...
Throw Brown into the pot and make a deal if that is what it takes. I am not so enamored with Brown.

Blogger GM-Carson
said...
I'd like to keep Brown. I'm not sold on him being a future star, but I think he can be decent enough to want to keep around for the next 4-5 seasons (until he gets more expensive than he's worth via free agency or arbitration).

Blogger Bob D said...
Carson I agree with you there. Pence (or Quentin) is the type of bat this team needs to put that good balance on it. But I think keeping Brown would be the better move. Brown is rough around the edges on his play but he has great potential. If they want Brown then Rube has to offer a lesser pitching prospect than Cosart.

Blogger Bob D said...
Also I think a move will be made today.

Blogger Preserve Jon said...
Perhaps they could add Mayberry and a Michael Schwimer to the deal.

Anonymous Asst.GM-RK said...
Gotta ask yourself, do you want Hunter Pence in a Phillies uni or a Bravos? I think this is the answer on Dominic Brown. I'm still looking for evidence this young player is a hotshot. Can you say Ricky Jordan?

Blogger GM-Carson
said...
Reading stuff over at MLBTradeRumors.com, it certainly appears Amaro is making a big push for Pence.

This means 1 of 2 things.

1. Amaro really wants Pence and will get him.

2. It's a diversion, the real target is somebody that hasn't even been discussed and he'll be in Phils pinstripes by Monday.

Series Preview - Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates (54-49) @ Philadelphia Phillies (65-39)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 7:05, Charlie Morton vs. Roy Halladay
Saturday, 7:05, James McDonald vs. Cliff Lee
Sunday, 1:35, Jeff Karstens vs. Vance Worley

Swashbucklers Bats:
RUN - 394 (26th)
AVG - .244 (24th)
OBP - .311 (23rd)
SLG - .358 (27th)

This team doesn't blow out the competition, they merely eek out victories. Pedro Alvarez is finally back with the team, so he might go yard a couple times this weekend.

Swashbucklers Arms:
ERA - 3.32 (6th)
WHIP - 1.32 (19th)
BAA - .258 (21st)

Pitching staff is the strength of this team as evident by their great ERA. However, based on their WHIP and batting average against, it's surprising they don't surrender more runs.

Their Michael Martinez:
If you're a second baseman and have the first name Chase, then chances are you're amazing. Not in the case of Chase D'Arnaud. The rookie is batting .225 and has an OPS of .539. He's only 24 though, as compared to Martinez being 28, so Chase has a bit more upside. Unluckily for the Phils, he was placed on the DL just the other day.

Their Danys Baez:
They don't have one. The Pirates are smart enough to option shit pitchers back to the minors or release them before they do too much damage.

Prediction:
This weekend will be a low scoring affair. Last series Debbie Downer made a correct prediction and today her cousin Negative Nancy rears her ugly head and predicts 2 outta 3 for the Buccos.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kendrick's Last Start?

Is today Kyle Kendrick last start for the foreseeable future? Maybe, if we're lucky. No disrespect to KK, because he's been good enough this year and has served his role of staff swingman well (5 W, 3.45 ERA, 1.32 WHIP). However, the Phils rotation with Roy Oswalt in it is better than it is with Kendrick in it. Roy2 went 4 innings for Lehigh Valley yesterday and allowed 1 run and 3 base runners. This would put him in line to start on Monday in Colorado, or the Phils could opt to give him an extra day of rest and truly replace KK in the rotation and go on Tuesday instead. Guess we'll see.

Kendrick is still the man today though, and his task is to secure the Phillies their 10th straight series win. Going for the Giants is either sick boy Timmy Lincecum or NL ERA leader Ryan Vogelsong (who the Phils released from their system last July).

Props to Kendrick either way. Fans trash on him, but honestly think to yourself where the Phils would be over the past 5 seasons without him. He was a major reason the Phils made the playoffs in 2007 for the first time in 14 seasons. In '08 his ERA was unsightly (5.49), but he did make 30 starts and win 11 games. 2009 was the only season he was virtually a non-factor. Last year he made 31 starts and won 11 games, and this year he's filled in for injured pitchers better than many expected. Lifetime he's 40-28, so give the man some credit.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Blanton and Contreras Injury Updates, Gillick to be Honored, Oswalt and Polly to Rehab & Who Starts for the Giants

Blanton Ultrasound?
When I first read Joe Blanton had an ultrasound on Tuesday, I immediately thought- "Oh my god, he's pregnant." Turns out he has nerve inflammation in his right elbow and is likely finished for the 2011 season. This makes the awesomeness of Vance Worley even more awesome.

Where's Morgan Freeman?
Remember when Jose Contreras was the Phillies closer? What the hell happened to him anyway? Well, it appears age is finally catching up to him. He's listed as 39, but is probably about 55. Jose has been experiencing pain in his right arm and received a platelet-rich plasma injection in it to help soothe his aching. Don't expect this brittle geezer to help the Phils much more this year.

1995 as Detective Lt. William Somerset in "Se7en."

Honoring Gillick:
Hall-of-Fame inductee Pat Gillick will be honored by the Phillies prior to Wednesday's game. Ceremony begins at 6:35 and will be streamed live on Phillies.com for those of you that are into that sorta thing. Patty G made some good moves (Moyer, Utley extension) and some bad ones (Garcia trade, Eaton), but he did help construct the 2008 WFC, so all is good in the hood.

Rehabbing:
Amy Winehouse might not have wanted to go to rehab (too soon?), but Roy Oswalt and Placido Polanco are ready to. Roy2 will need at least 1 rehab start in the minors and possibly 2 before being activated. Polly is hoping to be lifted from the DL prior to the Phils hitting the road on Monday (heading to Colorado).

Knock, Knock. Who is it?
Cole Hamels is the starting pitcher for the Phils tonight, this much we know. Who is pitching for the Giants is up in the air. San Francisco is hoping Tim Lincecum is recovered from the flu, which knocked him out of last night's start, and able to go tonight. If not, Matt Cain is willing and able. Get my little Bible reference there? Either way, it's a tough opponent for the Phightins.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In Progress: The Vanimal's Awesomeness

Vance Worley is awesome. Seriously, homeboy is awesome! He came into tonight's game with 6 straight outings of allowing 1 run or less and going 5 innings or more. Tonight- 8 innings, 2 runs, and only 3 hits allowed. Manuel didn't even pause to contemplate pinch hitting for him in the bottom of the 7th, because The Vanimal had only dispensed 88 pitches, so the 8th was his too. The streak may be over, but he's a winner nonetheless. Love this kid.


Other Cool Stuff:
*Chase Utley hit his 3rd career inside-the-park homerun. National League be warned, the real Chase Utley is back.

*Tim Lincecum was scratched from his start with the flu and Barry Zito was bumped up a day. Zito got hammered by Raul Ibanez and John Mayberr Jr., along with Utley of course.

Checking Our Email:
Hey guys. In May I dropped yous an email asking for thoughts along the lines of "what's wrong with Cliff Lee?". Then June happened and we all thought "ah, back to normal." But we ain't...Cliff is back to struggles and inconsistency. So, is it mechanics? Not likely. His head? Hard to imagine. I'm totally stumped! I wouldn't even be writing this except that it's Lee. Anyone else with his numbers would, on the whole, be lauded....but he clearly is not meeting Cliff Lee expectations. Anyway, I'm not bitching, but I am asking, WTF with Cliff?

Discuss.

Regards. Best blog going on the Phightins.

~Randy

Series Preview - Giants

San Francisco Giants (59-43) @ Philadelphia Phillies (64-37)

Pitching Match-Ups:

Tuesday, Tim Lincecum vs. Vance Worley
Wednesday, Barry Zito vs. Cole Hamels
Thursday, Matt Cain vs. Kyle Kendrick
*7:05 game times

They Might Be Giants Bats:
RUN - 369 (27th)
AVG - .243 (25th)
OBP - .308 (25th)
SLG - .361 (24th)

Offense pretty bad.

They Might Be Giants Arms:
ERA - 3.08 (1st)
WHIP - 1.21 (2nd)
BAA - .229 (1st)

Pitching pretty amazing.

Their Michael Martinez:
So many to choose from, but we'll go with Emmanuel Burriss. With a .493 OPS in 48 games (129 at bats) his only redeeming value is his speed (10 sb). What keeps him on the roster? He can play 2nd, SS, 3rd, and OF of course. Versatility is the ultimate weapon. Ha.

Their Danys Baez:
Every single pitcher that has hurled a pitch for San Fran this season has an ERA under 4, aside from Zito and this dude- Dan Runzler. And just like Baez, Runzler is no longer on the roster. He made 18 appearances before the Giants got wise to his ways with a 6.41 ERA and 1.58 WHIP.

Prediction:
The Phillies have been on an unbelievable run (9 straight series won) and something has gotta give. Debbie Downer in the house and she's predicting 2 of 3 for the bad guys.

Monday, July 25, 2011

We're Going Streaking!

The Phils have been on a helluva streak since a dismal showing in Seattle back in mid-June. Today they hand the ball to Cliff Lee in hopes of collecting their first sweep since they took 4 straight against the Marlins from June 14-16 (double header sandwiched in there).

Streaks:
*Wins - 5 by Phillies
*Hitting - 7 by Michael Martinez
*Series Won - 9 by Phillies
*Reach Base Safely - 26 by Chase Utley



Go Buccos, Go!!!
The Pirates are in a 3-way tie for 1st place with the Cardinals and Brewers. They're even the featured game on ESPN tonight. Good for them. They play a crucial 4-game series against the Braves starting today, before coming to Philly for the weekend. Let's hope they get they're wins for the week out of the way in Atlanta and backslide a bit against the Phils.

No More K?
Remember not so long ago when the Phillies as a team struck out a buttload? Well, in 2011 that is not the case. Aside from Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez, the team makes pretty consistent contact. They've struck out 627 times this year, which is the 2nd lowest total in the NL (6.3 K per game). Now if they could only turn more of that contact into grounders in the hole instead of weak popups, but let's not get choosy.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ryan Howard- Pinch Hitter Extraordinaire

Ryan Howard pinch hit for the 33rd time in his career yesterday and you all know the outcome- homerun. In 33 plate appearances as a pinch hitter, Howard owns a .433 AVG (13-30), with 3 DBL, 6 HR, 9 R, 13 RBI, and a 1.585 OPS. That's gotta be some sorta record. With Howard's career numbers against lefties being only .233/.753 (.239/.631 this season), Manuel would be smart to sit him against tough lefty starters more often and bring him in as soon as the righty reliever enters the game.

Speaking of Howard...(channeling my best T-Mac here) Seattle's Mike Carp has committed The Howard is back to back games. Funny thing, the homeruns were the first 2 of the season for him and so were the errors. Carp's Howards certainly aren't helping the Mariners win games either, as they're currently on a 14-game skid. Ouch!

Redemption:
Roy Halladay wilted in the Chicago heat in his last start, lasting only 4 innings. His shortest outing since Babe Ruth League. Luckily for Doc, the temperatures in Philly are only supposed to be around 92 degrees at game time with plenty of humidity. Oh wait, that's bad.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Phillies- Best in the Land

Best in the Land:
Best record and pitching staff in the Majors belongs to the Phillies. Cole Hamels notched his 12th win and the Phils 62nd of the season in a dominating performance over the Padres last night. Allowing only 1 run dropped the team ERA to a MLB-best 3.10. They're also winning at a .633 clip, which puts them in line for approximately 103 wins. Just imagine if Oswalt comes back healthy, Lidge is able to be serviceable, and they trade for a bat. Times are good...

Howard Since All-Star Break:
2-25 (.080), .259 OPS, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K.

Good news for Howard, he still leads the NL in RBI with 74. Bad news for Howard, he is 0-8 lifetime against tonight's starting pitcher Mat Latos, and all 8 outs have come via strikeout. Yuck. Maybe try Gload at 1st base tonight?

Bye Bye Baez:
Please allow me to be blunt- Baez Sucks sucked! Brad Lidge hasn't thrown a single pitch for the Phillies this season and he's already made a huge contribution...ridding the team of Danys Baez. In 2 seasons with Philly, Baez was 5-8 in 80 games pitching 83.2 innings, with a 5.81 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and poor 36:46 BB:K ratio. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Series Preview - Padres

Philadelphia Phillies (61-36) vs. San Diego Padres (44-55)

Season Series:
Philles 4-0 Padres

Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:05 - Cole Hamels v. Cory Luebke
Saturday, 4:10 - Kyle Kendrick v. Mat Latos
Sunday, 1:35 - Roy Halladay v. Tim Stauffer
Monday, 1:05 - Cliff Lee v. Aaron Harang

Fathers Batting:
Runs - 344 (29th)
AVG - .234 (29th)
OBP - .303 (29th)
SLG - .334 (29th)

Fathers Pitching:
ERA - 3.16 (4th)
WHIP - 1.27 (9th)
BAA - .246 (8th)

Their Michael Martinez:
28 year old middle infielder Alberto Gonzalez is like most 28 year old utility infielders - relatively useless. You may remember Gonzalez from last season when he played and didn't hit for Washington. He's taken his "talents" to the left coast and is currently batting .210 and slugging .274. Although, he did have back-to-back multi-hit games in May, so maybe he is good...

Their Danys Baez:
None. They have no garbage pitchers on their roster.

What We're Drinking:
Corey - I'll be chillin' in Dewey Beach for a week so I'll be drinking lots of water and light beer that goes down easy all day long. Miller Lite will be my first choice because of it's excellent ABV to carbohydrate ratio. Natty Boh will get a run out because I'm straight ghetto. Irish Eyes has $1.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts all day every day. A few bottles of Sol will also get cracked. Sol is like Corona, except it's cheaper and doesn't taste as much like cat urine. As much.

Carson - visiting Joboy's Brew Pub in Manheim and Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy tomorrow. First trip to Joboy's, but I've heard great things about their grub. Been to Bube's (pronounced "boobies") many times and they constantly are changing up their beers on tap. Food. Beer. Love.

Magic Number:


Prediction:
The Phils swept a four game series back in April, but we haven't had much luck predicting sweeps. So I'll say three out of four for the Fightins.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Won't the Real Michael Martinez Please Stand Up

From waste of space highly criticized 25th man on the roster to hero, that's Michael Martinez. Game winning hits, swiping bags, solid fielding, infectious energy; that's M&M. His average is up to .236 and his OPS is on the brink of .600 (.599). That's still not good, but his last 10 games have been (12 for 38, .316 AVG, .804 OPS, 8 R, 11 RBI, and 3 SB). With Placido Polanco ailing with a bad back, Martinez might just be the go-to guy at 3rd considering the other alternatives (Pete Orr and Wilson Valdez). Might as well play the hot bat.


Good Pitching Ahead:
The Phillies begin a 10-game homestand on Friday against some of the best pitching staffs in the National League. 4 against San Diego, 3 with San Francisco, then wrapping things up with Pittsburgh for 3.

Opponents NL ERA/Rank:
Giants - 3.12 (1st)
Padres - 3.19 (3rd)
Pirates - 3.34 (5th)

Other Stuff:
*Vance Worley is awesome. 6 straight starts of allowing 1 run or less while going 5 innings or more. Impressive for anyone, especially for a rookie on the best team in baseball.

*Brad Lidge will likely be activated Friday. Good? Bad? Guess we'll see.

*The Phils have won 8 straight series. That's getting the job done.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Topless @ Cubs Game

It's 90+ degrees in 48 out of the 50 states in America today (47 out of 49 if you don't count North Dakota as a state). In Chicago, Illinois where the Phillies are currently playing the Cubs the heat index is over 100. That's hot! Scorching freakin' hot! Naturally fans in the stands are going topless. Observe below...


The temperature isn't the only thing that's hot, as the Phils are up on the Cubbies 7 to nothing and the Vanimal is mowing 'em down through 4.5 innings. The Cubs have 2 more errors than hits, and they have 2 errors, so do the math on the hits.

*Thanks to @_d_m_c for the screen grab.

Howard & Utley Cartoon

Ever wonder what players talk about on the bus? Speculate no more...


*Thanks to FuriousBall for the tip on this one.

Got another video for ya too. This one features Iron Pig Tagg Bozied in a commercial for Lehigh Valley. He's playing the role of the most interesting man in baseball, which is a knockoff of the Dos Equis ads featuring the old dude doing crazy shit as the "most interesting man in the world".


*Originally viewed on The Fightins.com

Is Ryan Howard a Top MLB Talent?

Ryan Howard is being paid like a top-tier talent and his 5 year $125M contract extension hasn't even kicked in yet (starts next season). Below you will find his 2011 MLB ranks among qualified first basemen and all MLB batters. No opinion, just facts. My question to you- is Ryan Howard a top MLB talent?

Ryan Howard MLB Ranks:
*Qualified Players Only
(1st Base/All MLB)

OBP - .342 (15th/66th)
SLG - .453 (14th/60th)
OPS - .795 (15th/62nd)
AVG - .246 (17th/115th)
RUN - 49 (7th/47th)
RBI - 73 (2nd/3rd)
DBL - 18 (12th/70th)
HR - 18 (7th/18th)
XBH - 37 (5th/37th)
K - 104 (1st/6th)
WAR - 0.8 (19th/114th)
Pay - $20M (3rd/8th)

WAR = Wins Above Replacement and XBH = Extra Base Hits. Stats through games played on July 19th.

*Used ESPN.com, Wikipedia.org, and FanGraphs.com to help compile data.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Charlie Wants, Charlie Gets?

Manuel wants Amaro to make some moves before the trade deadline and he's requesting a bat and an arm. More specifically a right-handed bat and a relief pitcher. From the mouth of Fuqua- "I'm talking about a good one. If we can find a good bat and we don't get a good reliever, well, then we'll take the good bat. I want somebody good. If we're going to get somebody, I want somebody good. I want somebody that's going to help us. I don't want to get what we've already got. I always think big. There's some guys out there. They're going to be hard to get. We'll see. Ruben and our front office, they do a pretty good job with that." Sitting near the brink of the luxury tax this will be a difficult task, but whatever, make it have Rube. Carlos Beltran and Mike Adams would look nice in red pinstripes.


About Last Night:
Last night sucked on many levels. Roy Halladay proved to be human, breaking down in the 5th inning due to heat exhaustion. Stupid sun. Stupid humidity.

The offense looked flat...again. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are a combined 2-30 since the All-Star break. Now that's the type of production you expect from the 3 and 4 spots in your lineup right?

Injury Updates:
*Shane Victorino will be activated from the DL today and Pete Orr is the roster casualty.

*Placido Polanco's back isn't getting better and has requested a cortisone shot to help with the healing process. Yeah, more Michael Martinez. Yuck.

*Brad Lidge continues his rehab assignment and continues to make everybody nervous about his return to the Phillies and blowing games.

*Are Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton still alive?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Series Preview - Cubs

Philadelphia Phillies (59-35) @ Chicago Cubs (38-58)

Pitching Matchups:
Monday, 8:05 - Roy Halladay v. Rodrigo Lopez
Tuesday, 8:05 - Cliff Lee v. Matt Garza
Wednesday, 2:20 - Vance Worley v. Ryan Dempster

Season Series:
Phillies 3-1 Cubs

Little Bears Batting:
Runs - 388 (16th)
AVG - .261 (7th)
OBP - .314 (21st)
SLG - .397 (12th)

Little Bears Pitching:
ERA - 4.69 (29th)
WHIP - 1.48 (30th)
BAA - .270 (28th)

Their Michael Martinez:
Statistically, the worst offensive player on the Cubs' active roster is Koyie Hill (.213-2-8) but he's a backup catcher. So the nomination instead will go to a player the Cubs already demoted, outfielder Tyler Colvin. Colvin was hitting .105 with a .386 OPS when he was sent down. The former first round pick hit 20 homers last season, until this happened:

"Colvin's season ended Sunday when a shattered bat punctured his chest. Colvin was headed to the plate from third base when catcher Wellington Castillo’s bat broke as he was hitting a double to left field. Colvin was hit in his upper chest, allowing air into his chest well. He was being treated with a chest tube to prevent a collapsed lung."



Their Danys Baez:
John Grabow - 5.40 ERA. 1.63 WHIP. $4.8 million dollars in salary this season.

What We're Drinking:
Corey - Arizona Unsweetened Iced Tea - I hate sweet tea but sometimes I'm too lazy to brew my own batch of tea or too impatient to wait for it to get cold. So, I shell out a few bucks for Arizona's Unsweetened Tea. It's not as good as brewing your own tea because they add some citric acid/preservatives but it comes in a big jug, it's refreshing, and it has zero calories.

Carson - Samuel Adams Longshots. Friar Hop Ale, Honey B's Lavender Ale, and Blackened Hops. I aspire to have one of my homebrews win a competition and be made by a brewery like these three lucky "longshots" have.

Magic Number:


Prediction:
Sweeeeeeeeep!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Michael Martinez & Mila Kunis


To celebrate Michael Martinez's first and possibly only MLB homerun, WSBGMs is going to give him some face time with Mila Kunis. Why Mila Kunis? Just read the ridiculous comments from Sir Alden the notorious frog-licker below...

July 11th:
Did you hear? Michael Martinez is Dating Mila Kunis? He is taking her to the All-Star Game's After Party. She loves her M&M's.

"Screw Michael Martinez," GM-Carson.

"I think I will," Mila Kunis.

July 12th:
If Cholly says he loves his M&M like Mila Kunis does, and that he fields as well as Omar Vizquel, who is the greatest fielding SS of all time, then top 25th Man for me..

July 13th:
Associated Press Mila Kunis - "Yes we are very much in love. Yes it happened very fast. Sometimes in life things just happen like that. Last night after the All-Star Game after after party when my cutie M&M hit the light switch across the room? He was under the covers with me! Before the light was out! Fast! But not fast with taking care of me..."

July 17th:
"My squoooogie woooogie was great last night! I will be in the Stands in the Big Apple Rooting for my M&M" ~ tweeted tiny starlet Mila Kunis

"OHHHHH squoooogie!!!!! MYYYY woooogie!!!! HR baby! Homerun! I Love you!!!~ twitter Mila Kunis

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bastardo Best Reliever in Baseball?

I've already documented that the Phillies employ the best starting pitcher in all of baseball and his name is Harry Leroy Halladay, but you can call him Doc. Philadelphia may also be able to stake claim to the best relief pitcher in all of baseball. His name- Antonio Bastardo, but you can call him Tony Bastard.

2011: 3-0, 37 G, 34 IP, 14:39 BB:K, 0.79 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 5 SV, 7 HLD.

His ERA is the best among MLB relievers, his WHIP is 2nd, and he's perfect in save situations. He has not allowed a run since May 25th. He has not allowed a hit since June 5th. He's allowed only 1 hit over his last 16 IP. Yeah, he's okay.


Good News:
The Baltimore Orioles signed shortstop JJ Hardy to a 3 year extension worth roughly $22M. That's about $7M per season for you math whizzes. Anyway, this is good news because this makes Jimmy Rollins more affordable. Hardy is younger (28), is better offensively, and is currently having a solid year for a SS (.275/.823, 35 R, 14 DBL, 13 HR, 33 RBI, in 63 G). J-Roll is 32, remains solid on defense, but is not what he used to be offensively (.264/.714, 52 R, 15 DBL, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 19 SB, in 88 G). I suggested earlier this season the Phils offer him a 3 year $15M extension, and I'm sticking to that.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Series Preview - Mets

Philadelphia Phillies (57-34) @ Flushing Queens (46-45)

Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:10 - Vance Worley v. RA Dickey
Saturday, 4:10 - Cole Hamels v. Jon Niese
Sunday, 1:10 - Kyle Kendrick v. Mike Pelfrey

Season Series:
Philles 6 - 3 Mets

Muts Batting:
Runs - 399 (11th)
AVG - .262 (7th)
OBP - .333 (4th)
SLG - .389 (17th)

No David Wright. No Jose Reyes. No Ike Davis. And I wouldn't be surprised if Carlos Beltran is traded before the first pitch. Not much to fear here.

Muts Pitching:
ERA - 3.95 (17th)
WHIP - 1.33 (21st)
BAA - .256 (19th)

This is the fourth series against the Mets so I'm sure everybody is familiar with the starters. As for the bullpen, who's going to close games now that K-Rod is gone? Parnell or Byrdak or Beato or... Jason Isringhausen? Who knows, but we probably won't find out this weekend since the Mets are unlikely to win a game.

Their Michael Martinez:
Brad Emaus - The 25 year old Emaus was taken by the Mets in the first round of the Rule 5 draft after hitting .290-15-75 in the minors between AA and AAA. During Spring Training he won the starting job at second. However, after 14 games and 42 at-bats, Emaus was hitting only .162 with a .424 OPS. So the Mets cut bait and offered him back to Toronto. Emaus has since been traded to Colorado and his currently hitting .313-9-28 in Colorado Springs.

Their Danys Baez:
DJ Carrasco - In 24 innings pitched, Carrasco has a 5.14 ERA and has walked 11 compared to only 12 strikeouts. Fortunately for the Mets they signed him to a two year deal this winter so he has another year to "figure it out."


What We're Drinking:
Corey - Brooklyn Lager - I generally don't drink much lager because around my area "lager" mean Yuengling and I'm not much of a fan. And many other lagers are pretty bland, generic or skunky, over-priced European shit (see: Heineken). But Brooklyn Lager is something different. It's smooth and refreshing as you would expect from the style, but because they dry-hop this beer, there's much more hop aroma than other amber lagers. It's a great session beer for the summer, especially while watching the Phils crush the Mets!

Carson - prune juice. Need to cleanse my system.

Umpire Mets Need To Win Series:
This guy.


Prediction:
Something funky will happen and the Phils will lose one. So, two of three for the good guys.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

World Series Tix & Romero Back to MLB

Got this email yesterday:
Hey guys,

With MLB taking the day off, I thought you may be looking for some additional content for We Should Be GMs. If so, this note may be worthwhile – it’s brief and basically offers fans the chance to win World Series tickets for supporting charity.

Last Monday’s Home Run Derby helped get the ball rolling for State Farm’s Go To Bat campaign. Go To Bat encourages people to support their favorite charity – all it takes is a show of support online. Each week for the next 10 weeks, one charity will be chosen to receive $18,000 and one person who went to bat for the organization will be selected by State Farm to receive a pair of tickets to the 2011 World Series.

With World Series tickets up for grabs, I think your readers would be interested to find out how they can get involved. Who wouldn’t want free tickets to the Fall Classic? And who knows? It’s not hard to imagine these lucky fans watching the Phillies play for the title.

Check out Go To Bat and find more information on the campaign, along with videos and photos from the campaign kick off in Phoenix.

Best,
Jake Ricker
For State Farm

From MLBTradeRumors:
J.C. Romero intends to opt out of his deal with the Nationals and sign a minor league deal with the Yankees if Washington doesn't promote him to the Major Leagues by Friday, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney. Romero, who hasn't yet been promoted, wants to secure his release and sign with the Yankees, according to Olney.

Either way you look at this, it's good news for the Phillies. 1) Romero is no longer walking batters in a Phillies uniform. 2) If the Gnats call up Romero, he's bound to work his way into some games in the 2nd half against the Phils and do some damage...to the Gnats chances of winning the game. 3) If Romero goes to the Yanks and for some unforeseen reason sticks around to make their playoff roster, he sure would be fun to face in the World Series (just as long as he's not back on his vitamin regiment). He currently has a 1.29 ERA in 5 games and 7 innings for Washington's triple-A team.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Halladay Throws Strikes, Lee Hit, K-Rod Gone, Where's Martinez & Chooch SI Cover

Perfection:
Roy Halladay is a cyborg according to San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, and that he might be. Dude throws almost exclusively strikes. 2 innings, 19 pitches, 14 strikes, 6 AL All-Stars up, 6 AL All-Stars down. Best pitcher in baseball.



Lee Hit:

Cliff Lee didn't fare as well, surrendering the lone run for the American League. No fear, NL won 5-1. An Adrian Gonzalez blast was the blemish, but he did go 1.2 innings against the best the AL had to offer. It's only an exhibition game though, so whatever. Of course it is nice that the Phils get 4 home games in the World Series if need be.

Peace Out K-Rod:
Francisco Rodriguez's days with the New York Mets have gone the way of the buffalo, as he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday. He'll likely become the set-up man to John Axford. K-Rod is probably happy because he now has a shot at the playoffs, but unhappy because his shot at having his $17.5M option for next season guaranteed is not gonna happen (needs to finish 55 games). Instead, he'll have to take his $3.5M buyout and hit the open market. Please Jeebus, do not let Rube sign him to replace Lidge.

Where was Michael Martinez?
The National League can breath a sigh of relief because they pulled in a victory despite the manager's, Bruce Bochy, dumbassery. Why didn't he pinch run with the fastest man on the planet? Why didn't he pull all the fielders but the pitcher and catcher in the 9th and allow the best gloveman ever to play the game to showcase his immense talent? The All-Star game obviously needs more Michael Martinez, the best 25th man in all of baseball. Go ahead and preach Sir Alden...

Ruiz Gets His Due:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Michael Martinez Limited Function Utility Tool

The Phillies just announced a new giveaway for the first home series after the All Star break: the Michael Martinez Limited Function Utility Tool.



The MMLFUT is a Swiss Army Knife style tool, with a picture of the popular Phillies utility man on the casing. However, the device will contain no actual utility tools. The knife, scissors, screwdriver, bottle opener, etc. have been removed.

To obtain the tools, owners of the MMLFUT must send the Phillies $5 per week for the next year. After one year, the Phillies may send these owners some of the tools. But probably not.

Carson and I think this is a terrible promotion of a useless object and should be replaced by a better one. We sent an email to Phillies public relations director Scott Palmer specifically addressing this concern. Here was his response:

“Useless? Useless!?!?!? Then you, sir, know nothing about utility tools.
You know who does know a lot about utility tools? Charlie Manuel. He loves the Michael Martinez Limited Function Utility Tool. During Spring Training he put the LFUT in his left back pocket. It counterbalanced his wallet, allowed him to sit with his weight evenly distributed, and cured his sciatica. Would you rather have your team’s manager suffer from sciatica?

And even though the Michael Martinez LFUT has no appreciable tools, it does have value if you use it correctly. Just use your imagination. Let’s say you’re at a stone skipping contest and you forgot to bring stones. The surface of the LFUT is very smooth, practically frictionless. Combine that with a symmetrical, elliptic design and you have the fastest water-skipping object possible. Sure, you’ll be disqualified for not using a stone so there is no chance you’ll win. But damn that thing skips fast.

Let’s say you crash your car in some significant body of water and your doors and windows, for whatever reason, will not open. You can take the Michael Martinez LFUT and hit it against the window until it breaks. Crack-Boom! Life saved! And you know, a life saved is equal to a life created. Granted, any hard, otherwise useless object could have saved your life and the LFUT will never help you get laid, but it could save your life. You want to die? No, then you must like the Michael Martinez LFUT.

These are just two examples. I could think of more very easily. It would make a mediocre paper weight. You could use it as a bookmark in a phonebook. Everyone needs a phonebook bookmark, right? It would be an awesome space occupier in that drawer in your kitchen where you put random shit that you never use but you look in every time you need something useful.

You think the Delwyn Young Slightly More Useful Utility Tool would be better? Ridiculous. With the MMLFUT, the possibilities are limited! I mean, UNLIMITED!”

Monday, July 11, 2011

Martinez Earns All Star Nod With Stellar Display

With multiple All Stars unable to play due to various injuries, National League manager Bruce Bochy has had to improvise. And like a fantasy manager filling out his bench with up and coming hopefuls, Bochy hopes he's hit the jackpot by selecting Phillies utility player Michael Martinez.

"He may not be a household name, yet, but we couldn't ignore his recent offensive performance," Bochy told reporters last night. "Some might argue that there are more deserving players, but none of them had four hits today."

Before yesterday, Martinez was hitting below .200 with a sub-.500 OPS. However, since Saturday Martinez is near the top of the NL in most offensive categories. He's the league leader in hits (4) and co-leader in runs (2). He raised his average almost 30 points since July 8th. He's still only hitting .229 but if this hot streak continues he should be hitting ~.350 in a few weeks.

"That young 28 year old can run," proclaimed Bochy, "But I might try to get [Home Rund Derby Captain] Prince Fielder to add him to the team. Sure, he's never hit a major league homerun but he does have a .800 slugging percentage over the last 24 hours."

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Fuqua's Milestone
Charles Fuqua Manuel won his 600th game in charge of the Fightins on Friday night. Here are the top 5 managers in terms of wins in Phillies history. Here's hoping Charlie catches Gene Mauch this season.

1 Gene Mauch 646-684
2 Harry Wright 636-566
3 Charlie Manuel 601-462
4 Danny Ozark 594-510
5 Jim Fregoai 431-463

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lee Awesome, Offense Not

Cliff Lee's outing = awesome. Cliff Lee's homer = awesomer.

Ryan Howard's plate performance = shitty. Ryan Howard's dropped foul ball = shittier.

Seriously, why the hell do these guys wear their sunglasses upside-down on top of their hats when it's a day game with a high sun? And what's up with trying to make the stylish over-the-should catch, when he had time to hustle under the ball and get both hands up.

Yesterday's loss wasn't all Howard's fault, plenty others were at fault. It was a team loss aside from the awesomeness of Lee and the great relief work of Perez and Bastardo. The Phillies need more offense, really, truly, need more offense.

A win today makes everything seem better though because it ends the first "half" on a positive note against the Phils biggest competition.

Other Stuff:
Brad Lidge is obviously ready to be activated, because he blew a save yesterday for the Lakewood BlueClaws. Blowing saves is Lidge's forte.

Vance Worley tossed 6 scoreless inning for the Iron Pigs yesterday and picked up his 5th minor league win on the season. The kid is good.

Joe Savery might be the next Brooks Kieschnick (hitter/relief pitcher), because he's back to pitching again and doing well. He's currently DHing and in the bullpen for Reading. Batting: .292/.758, 24 R, 31 RBI, 18 XBH. Pitching: 1-0, 6 G, 10 IP, 0:12 BB: K, and only 1 R allowed. Don't forget he's a lefty.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Series Preview - Braves (Part 4)

Atlanta Braves (53-36) @ Philadelphia Phillies (55-33)

Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:05 - Roy Halladay v. Brandon Beachy
Saturday, 4:10 - Cliff Lee v. Tommy Hanson
Sunday, 1:35 - Cole Hamels v. Derek Lowe

Season Series:
Phils 4, Braves 5.

Native Americans Batting:
Runs - 358 (17th)
AVG - .240 (26th)
OBP - .309 (24th)
SLG - .390 (16th)

The third baseman for the Braves is Chipper Jones. His real name is Larry.

Native Americans Pitching:
ERA - 3.02 (1st)
WHIP - 1.18 (3rd)
BAA - .229 (1st)

Atlanta pitchers are good. They throw the ball hard. Occasionally they throw it with slightly less velocity. They call that a "change-up."

Their Michael Martinez:
None, because the Braves don't keep garbage on their roster. Outfielder Matt Young was hitting .208 with a .498 OPS. Gone. Shortstop Diory Hernandez was hitting .212. Gone. Utility man Joe Mather was hitting .213. Gone.

Honorable Mention - Dan Uggla is hitting .183. He co-leads the team in homers (14) but his OPS is still only .612. And he's in the first year of a 5 year, $62 million contract.

What We're Drinking:
Corey - Bluecoat Gin and soda water. If you're a gin fan you have to try this Philadelphia made spirit. It's delicious. In the winter I prefer a very dry Bluecaot martini but in the summer a few ice cubs and a splash of club soda (don't ruin that beautiful gin flavor with tonic!) makes a potent, refreshing cocktail.

Carson - Yuengling Premium. I'm heading to the beach on Saturday for a week and the beer of choice while on the sand and in the sun comes in a can and is brewed by America's oldest brewery. By the way, it's a far superior beer to Yuengling's Lager. I'll also be hitting up Dogfish Head's brew pub next week for some delightfully different beers. Cheers!

Prediction:
Two of three for the good guys and a 3.5 game lead into the break.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

A Losing Howard?

John Mayberry Jr. collected the first Howard of his career last night. In the past when a Phillie performs this dubious act of hitting a homerun, striking out, and committing an error they have gone on to win. In fact, as recently as Saturday the Phillies were riding a 9-game win streak on such occasions. Last night's contest ended differently, but it was Charlie Manuel's fault, not Mayberry's.

Why the hell was Manuel so antsy to get into the Phillies bullpen yesterday? I know they haven't seen a lot of action lately with the way the starting pitchers have been tossing, but some of them are better off not seeing anything but the bullpen mound (Carpenter, Mathieson, Herndon, Baez). Kyle Kendrick wasn't pitching a gem, but he had gone 5 innings while only allowing 1 earned run by deploying 81 pitches. KK was good for another 1 or 2 innings, or at least let him pitch until he got into a bit of jam. By taking the game to the bullpen so early, Manuel was pressing his luck, and that luck bitch slapped him in the face. Aside from Stutes and Bastardo, this current group of misfits in relief are questionable at best. Get as many outs from your starting pitcher as possible is normally the plan, but not for good ol' Chuck. Way to manage that pitching staff Charlie, it's your true strong suit. Not!

2011 Howards by Phillies:
Chase Utley - July 2, Phils over Blue Birds 5-3.
John Mayberry Jr. - July 6, Fish over Phils 7-6.

2010 Howards by Phillies:
Ryan Howard - April 7, Phils over Gnats 8-4
Ryan Howard - April 28, Phils over Giants 7-6.
Jayson Werth - May 6, Phils over Braves 7-2.
Chase Utley - May 14, Phils over Brew Crew 9-5.
Jimmy Rollins - June 23, Phils over Indians 7-6.
Ryan Howard- July 9, Phils over Reds 9-7.
Ryan Howard- July 27, Phils over DBacks 9-5.
Ryan Howard- September 2, Phils over Rox 12-11.

Other Stuff:
*The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs were no-hit yesterday.

*Domonic Brown's defense has been very suspect. He takes bad angles, doesn't always hustle, and commits errors. This needs to improve.

*The 25th man on the roster, Michael Martinez, started his 3rd straight game. His amazing defense and speed won the game for the Phils. Oh, wait, no it didn't.

*Why is Baez Sucks still on this team?

*The Phils are currently with a 10-man pitching staff and 2 players short on the bench because of the injuries to Polanco and Victorino. DL them both retroactively and call up somebody for the time being. This also gets Polly and most likely Victorino out of the All-Star game.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Michael Martinez: Blind Squirrel


2 games in Florida and all of a sudden Michael Martinez is worth a pinch of poop? Nope. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.

From yesterday's The Zo Zone:
Got a tweet from a Phillies fan last night saying the Phillies needed to cut Michael Martinez … on the night he got the game-winning hit. My Lord. I understand the frustration, but a little perspective, please. I remember when So Taguchi hit .220 as the team’s fifth outfielder in 2008. I remember when Eric Bruntlett hit .171 and Matt Stairs hit .194 in 2009. I remember when Greg Dobbs hit .196 last season. The 25th man on the roster is not going to cost this team a trip to the playoffs or the World Series. Yes, it’s ideal to have a more productive player in that spot, but there are bigger issues surrounding this team. Is it frustrating? Yes. Is it worth being that angry about? No.

My Response:

Todd, I love you man, but your point on Michael Martinez is wrong. In the NL all 25 roster spots matter. I could understand the purpose of Martinez if the Phils didn’t have Wilson Valdez, but they do, so Martinez is pointless.

You mentioned all those other guys as not hurting the team, but Martinez is worse than all of them. OPS is more telling than batting average and Martinez is lower than all of the players you mentioned. OPS 2010 Dobbs- .583, 2009 Stairs- .735, 2009 Bruntlett- .462, 2008 Taguchi- .580, 2011 Martinez- .457.

He’s versatile, that’s it. He is 28 years old with 5 minor league seasons under his belt and a .263 average and .683 OPS.

The Phils pitchers deserve better pinch hit options.

*Here's some memories of the 1993 World Series I contributed to the site Philly Sports History.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Protecting Hamels

Cole Hamels needs protection. A condom only covers his nether regions. Body guards aren't an allotted position on the baseball field. A pitching screen is only used in batting practice. A bubble can easily be popped by splintered bats after he saws some batter off. A gun is too ghetto or NRA. What to do? A heat seeking force field of course! Below you will find a demo of the defense mechanism Hamels will deploy tonight in Florida. Its combination of yellow, orange, and red sensors allow for it to detect incoming objects and alter the path of them. This should keep Cole's non-pitching hand safe tonight and it'll also protect him at the plate should any Marlins pitcher get a bit erratic.


In Other News:
*Vance Worley was optioned back to Lehigh Valley to keep his regular turn in the rotation going through the All-Star break.

*John Mayberry was recalled to take Worley's roster spot and probably play CF while Shane Victorino's thumb recovers.

*Brad Lidge worked a scoreless inning for Lakewood yesterday in his first rehab outing.

*Bryce Harper was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg yesterday and Corey and I are going to go see him play later this week.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Series Preview- Marlins (Part 4)

Philadelphia Phillies (53-32) @ Florida Marlins (38-46)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday, 6:10, Vance Worley vs. Ricky Nolasco
Tuesday, 7:10, Cole Hamels vs. Chris Volstad
Wednesday, 7:10, Kyle Kendrick vs. Anibal Sanchez

Previous Meetings:
In the middle of June the Phillies had a 4-game sweep over the Marlins and have won 7 of the 9 contests this season. The Phils have outscored the Fish 43 to 21. Yikes!


Fishy Bats:
R - 321 (25th)
AVG - .243 (24th)
OBP - .310 (23rd)
SLG - .374 (22nd)

Gaby Sanchez (.296/.847), Logan Morrison (.268/.832), and Mike Stanton (.255/.833) form a solid middle of the lineup that would be even more potent if lazybones Hanely Ramirez decided to give an effort (.227/.669). Greg Dobbs is still starting most of the games at 3rd base and is still batting over .300.

They have a poor stolen base success rate (66%), so that might help Chooch gun them down considering his rate is poor too (27%).

Fishy Pitching:
ERA - 3.93 (15th)
WHIP - 1.31 (14th)
BAA - .248 (10th)

Today's starter, Nolasco, can be lights out or extremely hittable. I'm hoping for the later. Volstad comes in with a 5.08 ERA. Sanchez is their best starting pitcher 3.30 ERA, but can be gotten too as swell. This series looks good for the Phightins if they decided to pack their bats on final leg of this 6-game road trip.

In the bullpen they've got LOOGY Randy Choate, and we can be sure to see him in to face Utley and Howard. Leo Nunez has closing duties, but he's far from a sure thing. Rookie Steve Cishek and ex-Padre Edward Mujica are becoming their go-to guys.

Prediction:
Given the fact that KK is making a start in this series and the Phils are allergic to sweeps, I predict 2 out of 3 for the good guys.

Their Michael Martinez:
Dewayne Wise, he is a Quad-A lifer that is never good enough to hold down a MLB roster spot, and this season is no different (.189/.394). He plays outfield, but that's it. He plays outfield, he doesn't hit. Currently in his 9th MLB season with a .220/.630 AVG/OPS in 389 games.

What We're Drinking:
Corey - water. Lots of water because I've had nothing but but beer since Thursday.

Carson - Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade). It's hot as balls and I need something refreshing.


Happy 4th of July!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Cliff Lee Hates July

We're all well aware of just how awesome Cliff Lee's June was. 5 wins, 0.21 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 3 straight shutouts. Like I said, awesome. Historically over his career, June has been Lee's favorite month.

June: 25-6, 44 GS, 299.1 IP, 76:227 BB:K, 3.07 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8 CG, 5 SHO.

Going for his 4th straight shutout and the sweep of the Blue Jays today, Lee faltered badly (7.1 IP, 7 R). Historically over his career, July has been Lee's worst month.

July: 18-14, 39 GS, 256.2 IP, 57:193 BB:K, 4.35 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 6 CG.


Cliff Lee hates July.

The Howard Still Wins Ball Games

Eight times last season a Phillie committed the dubious act of The Howard and the Phillies went on to win each one of those games. Same shit, different toilet; as Chase Utley performed the first Howard by a Phillie of the 2011 season in yesterday's victory over the Blue Jays.

The Howard- a feat accomplished when a player hits a homerun, strikes out, and commits an error all in the same game.

Only 1 of the 3 criteria is something positive that would aid in winning a ball game (HR). However, WSBGMs has uncovered irrefutable evidence to prove that when a Phillie commits The Howard in a game it will inevitably end with a W for the good guys. The same cannot be said for the remaining 29 teams' players that commit The Howard, as it seems it's only Karmic retribution for the Phightins.

2011 Howards by Phillies:
Chase Utley - July 2, Phils over Blue Birds 5-3.

2010 Howards by Phillies:
Ryan Howard - April 7, Phils over Gnats 8-4
Ryan Howard - April 28, Phils over Giants 7-6.
Jayson Werth - May 6, Phils over Braves 7-2.
Chase Utley - May 14, Phils over Brew Crew 9-5.
Jimmy Rollins - June 23, Phils over Indians 7-6.
Ryan Howard- July 9, Phils over Reds 9-7.
Ryan Howard- July 27, Phils over DBacks 9-5.
Ryan Howard- September 2, Phils over Rox 12-11.
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The King of Howards:

The Howard co-winner in both the 2009 and 2010 upped his lead in the exclusive category with his 4th of the season. Congratulations Mark Reynolds. The young slugging, strikeout prone, erratic fielder has 13 Howards to his name since the creation of the stat prior to the 2009 season. 9 Howards were committed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the 4 most recent with the Baltimore Orioles. Mark Reynolds is truly The Howard King.


Mark Reynolds has clubbed 93 homeruns, whiffed 516 times, and got the ugly E on defense 61 times since the beginning of the 2009 season.