Monday, April 23, 2012

Series Preview - D-backs

Phillies (7-9) at AZ D-Backs (8-8)

Pitching Matchups:
Monday, 9:40 - Kyle Kendrick v. Wade Miley
Tuesday, 9:40 - The Vanimal v. Josh Collmenter
Wednesday, 3:40 - Ol' Girl Parts v. Trevor Cahill

Runs - 64 (17th)
Avg - .224 (25th)
Slug - .375 (21st)

The Phils are catching the D-backs offense at the right time. Justin Upton hurt his thumb in the first week of the season and still hasn't recovered. He's hitting around .200 with no power. Chris Young started off great but ran into a wall last week against Pittsburgh and is on the 15 day DL. Other regulars (Goldschmidt, Montero, Hill, Bloomquist, Roberts) are all hitting below .240.

ERA - 4.01 (18th)
WHIP - 1.33 (17th)
BAA - .253 (17th)

Wade Miley, eh? He was a first round pick and made his MLB debut last August. Last season between AA and AAA, he was 8-3 with a 4.30 ERA. He made seven starts last year with similar results (4-2, 4.50). All three appearances this season have been from the bullpen.

Their Phillies-like Hitter:
Ryan Roberts - He may have a ton of ugly tattoos, but he can't hit the ball. After a decent season in 2011, he's only hitting .173 after 52 at-bats.

Their Danys Baez:
Joe Paterson - Let's hope this guy pitches every game, because it might be our only chance at happiness. Paterson has given up 10 hits and 6 ER in only 2.2 innings.

Their Chris Wheeler:

What I'm Drinking:
Corey - Turkey Hill Diet White Tea Peach - The container says 'Limited Edition' so I may go out and buy a few cases of this stuff.

What I'm Listening To:
Corey - H2O - 'Don't Forget Your Roots" - NYHC band H2O did a tribute/cover album to their favorite hardcore and punk bands. Rancid, Gorilla Biscuits, Ramones, Sick of It All, Social D, Clash, Madball, Bad Brains, and 7 Seconds all get songs covered. Awesome.

Magic Number Watch:
The Phils are not in first place. This section is obviously completely unnecessary but I'm going to leave it here, if only as a painful reminder of the last 5 seasons...

Kemp Watch:
Kemp still leads the Phils 9-7 in homers after both went homerless yesterday. The Dodgers host Atlanta for three games starting today. The Phils definitely have the stadium advantage this series as the ball flies out of Arizona a little easier than Chavez Ravine.

I'm saying 8 runs and a win...for the series.

And finally, another look at that D-back's employee and a .gif of his crazy eyes after thinking 'Wagner' starts with an 'R.'


GM-Carson said...

1. I need to get a copy of the H20 album.

2. Ah, I've got nothing...

GM-Carson said...

Phillies released Joe Thurston from AAA. Not that it matters.

Corey said...

"I need to get a copy of the H20 album" - follow the hyperlink. you can download it there.

Anonymous said...

We need to sign Tony Taylor or Cookie Rojas for the infield if they are still alive.

Aaron said...

On the bright side, as bad as they have been. They are 2 games back of the Muts for a playoff spot.

Ben said...

I like SirAlden's idea. Let's sign Schmidt to play third- even in his 60s, his OBP will be way higher than Polly because he knows how to take a freaking walk.

Corey said...

i think kruk could still get hits. well, i know he could hit the ball to the outfield that wouldn't get caught. running all the way to first might be an issue.

GM-Carson said...

I'm not sure why we're only signing Burrell to a 1-day minor league contract. Seems to me we could really use him in the lineup now. Even with his busted foot.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Utley update- he's feeling better/stronger. Swung bat with no pain, but when fielding feels pain.

I say, eff it. He's going to be in pain until the end of his days anyway. Might as well play in pain, than be in pain and not play.

Aaron said...

And now Pence is hurt. Fuck this season.
And as for Utley, that fucker needs surgery and he needs to stop putting it off!!!!!

Beer-a-Thon said...

Wait, what, Pence is hurt? Shit this season sucks so much.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Pence hurt shoulder diving for ball, to be evaluated soon. Meaning he'll be on the DL within days.

Wigginton is the cleanup hitter tonight.

I hate this offense. It's hard to believe it's gotten this bad.

Ben said...

The Phillies lineup that is taking the feild tonight it basically a Double-A Baseball team, with special guest stars Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz. How the hell did this happen so fast? This was a great team as recently as last August!

Go Flyers, I guess?

GM-Carson said...

KK was terrible. TERRIBLE!

McStudley said...

My new fantasy baseball strategy is to pick up whatever journeyman pitcher is scheduled against the phils each series.....we make 'em all look like Cy Young.