Thursday, April 19, 2012

Series Preview - San Diego Padres

Phillies (5-7) at San Diego Padres (3-10)

Pitching Matchups:
Thursday, 10:05 - Vance Worley v. Joe Wieland
Friday, 10:05 - Cole Hamels v. Edinson Volquez
Saturday, 8:35 - Roy Halladay v. Cory Luebke
Sunday, 4:05 - Joe Blanton v. Anthony Bass

Runs - 48 (20th)
Avg - .217 (27th)
Slug - .340 (25th)

This is a pretty sad bunch of hitters. Third baseman Chase Headley is having a nice season (.283-4-12) but after that, it gets pretty sketchy. Nick Hundley, Cameron Maybin, Jesus Guzman, Jason Bartlett and Orlando Hudson all have at least 39 at-bats and are all hitting below the .200. Add Yonder Alonzo's .225 and you have the majority of the lineup hitting well below what most would consider respectable.

ERA - 4.07 (18th)
WHIP - 1.36 (18th)
BAA - .231 (7th)

Joe Wieland will only be making his second career start. The Padres got him from the Rangers for Mike Adams last July and Wieland had a great minor league season. He pitched A, AA, and AAA with totals of 13-4, 1.97.

Anthony Bass was a starter throughout his trip up the minors posting a career minor league ERA of 3.01. He pitched out of the bullpen last season with success (1.68 ERA). This will be his 6th career major league start.

The other two starters you should already know...

Their Freddy Galvis:
There's no more 'O' left in the ol' O-Dog. The "nO-Dog" is well below the 'Sandoval Line,' currently hitting only .128.

Their Danys Baez:
Their least successful reliever so far has been Brad Bach. He's given up three runs in only five innings.

Their JD Drew:
I like the Padres. I'm going to give them a pass on "playa hatin'" today, especially since Edinson Volquez cut that awful hair.

What I'm Drinking:
Corey - Stone Cali-Belgique IPA -Stone has a brewery just north of San Diego in Escondido, CA. If you ever have the chance, get there. They do brewery tours every few hours and there is a great indoor bar and outdoor eating area with really good food. The Cali-Belgique is my favorite Stone beer and probably one of my favorite beers across all categories.

What I'm Listening To:
Corey - The Steve Czaban Show podcasts from Yahoo!!!!!. Sport talk radio generally sucks, but FM radio only plays country music, classic rock and Lady Gaga and I can only listen to "talk radio" for a short time before my head explodes in anger. Thankfully, there's Steve Czaban. Greatest freaking sports radio show out there. Period. Lock it up. He's on from 6-10 but the podcasts are up that morning, split into easily digestible thirty minutes segments.

Magic Number Watch:
The Phils are not in first place. :(

The Phils score only 7 runs the whole series but still win 2 games.


GM-Carson said...

I wonder how many games the Phils will be out of 1st place by the end of April.

Ben said...

That would depend on how frequently the Nats/Braves/Marlins play eachother. The rest of April for the Phils stil holds 8 winnable games against the Padres and Cubs, but I expect being swept and outscored 4 to one in the D-Backs series. I'll say 7 out.

GM-Carson said...

David Murphy wrote an article today pointing out that Polly, Mayberry, and Thome aren't hitting and wonders if the Phils would have been better served prioritizing a bat over a closer.

Duh! No shit Sherlock. Closers are so freakin' overrated. The 9th inning is important, but not $10M+ a year important.

Corey said...

especially when he only pitches in 5 run ballgames, watching tie games in extra innings from the bench...

Anonymous said...

is polanco our freddy galvis

Ben said...

Can Cliff Lee play Thrid?

Aaron said...

I hate eveyone except Juan Pierre.

GM-Carson said...

This is how it's going to be. The Phillies pitchers can't give up runs, and even then wins aren't guaranteed. 2-0 is how they're going to win, not 7-5 or 5-2. The bats are lifeless.

Julievaoc said...

especially when he only pitches in 5 run ballgames, watching tie games in extra innings from the bench...