Friday, April 06, 2012

Friday Thoughts

Freddy Galvis:
No.

I know it's only one game, but he hit into two double plays and looked absolutely pathetic in two other at-bats. His WAR after one game is already -0.1. If Galvis continues to get significant at-bats, he will not hit above .200.

Polanco should be moved to second with Wiggy at third, then mix and match Pierre/Nix/Mayberry/Thome at LF and first.

I miss Wilson Valdez. I even miss Michael Martinez...

Schedule:
Major League Baseball really knows how to kill enthusiasm.

First, they start the season in Japan and don't even broadcast the game live. I got up early to watch a few innings of the A's-Mariners to find the game came on at 9:00 AM, just when the game was in the 8th inning in real time. Weird.

Second, on Opening Day, only one game started after 5 PM. I mean, I like not watching boring baseball games as much as the next person, and my interest in other teams fades in about one week, but I'd like to see a few games on Opening Day.

Third, the Phils follow a strenuous series of ONE GAME with an off day. Way to build excitement, MLB.

Schedule 2:
The Pirates, if you haven't noticed, have been pretty sucky recently. [Or, as David Murphy would write, "keen observations of baseball related phenomena have allowed discerning intellects to deduce that the baseball organization known as the Pirates has been fundamentally and consistently atrocious."] They don't have the best attendance. Opening weekend is solid. Friday and Saturday games do well. And when the Phils come to town, they sell out. So Major League Baseball, in all of their wisdom, combined all three, essentially robbing the Pirates of a few sellouts. They owe the Buccos an apology and some cash.

Mets:
I don't know if this is a clever spin or just garbage written to fill space on a blog, but over at deadspin.com somebody wrote a piece titled "Mets Fans Should Be Proud Of Not Selling Out Opening Day." Basically, the ownership has "shit upon" the fans" and there is nothing "to get excited about" so not only should Mets fans not feel bad about not showing up, they should take pride in sticking it to the owners.

Really? The fans should have "pride" in only going to the stadium when things are going well? I know what Jimmy Rollins would call this sort of fandom...

8 comments:

GM-Carson said...

What is the biggest concern facing the Phillies this season? Scoring enough runs! Freddy Galvis is not going to help that situation. I know he's only 22 years old and yesterday was his MLB debut, but let's look at the facts. Facts- in 5 minor league seasons he's only a .246/.613 hitter. That does not translate well to the majors. He has poor base running instincts, having been caught 33 times in 101 attempts. That's a below 70% success rate. His OB% is .292, holy shit that's horrific! His defense might be solid, but his bat is atrocious. He needs to go. Bring in Mike Fontenot until Utley comes back.

An Idiot Says said...

slow your roll carson. give the kid a chance. remember, it's a long season. and just because the kid has never hit before doesn't mean he won't hit in the majors. and moreover, his biggest asset is his glove. his defensive metrics are off the chart. and with this pitching staff, defense is more important because they only have to score one run a game.

GM-Carson said...

Yep, you sure are an idiot, as that is exactly what an idiot would say.

Panhandle Phan said...

I believe you need to give Galvis more than 4 ab as a 22 y.o. rookie. Many of the greatest players of all time have looked overmatched at that age, and certainly in their first game. I agree that he doesn't look good hitting, and I don't believe he will be that good, but have you actually looked at the other options. Fontenot's last 3 years OPS .677, .706,.681 with average at best defense. I'll take a chance with Galvis.

GM-Carson said...

Fontenot's defense has been average, and those OPS are at least 100 points higher than what Galvis is likely to produce. .613 OPS in the minors. Wake the hell up son, that's not even close to .677. That's a big difference over the course of 200 or so at bats.

Corey said...

what really bugs me is that chase utley never stepped onto a field this spring. they seemingly had weeks to find somebody to play second or third (assuming polanco could be switched) that could function as an average major league player. i'm not asking for the second coming of ryne sandberg. i'm just looking for pokey reese. or nick punto. or marlon anderson. or warren morris.

SirAlden said...

I even miss Michael Martinez...

Me too.

GM-Carson said...

Someone on one of our Facebook links send not to worry about Galvis, he'll hit. Then he said he remind him of Larry Bowa.

Bowa- .260/.620 for his career. News falsh, he couldn't hit either, and Galvis won't even touch that.