Friday, May 25, 2012

Respect the Valdes & Other Little Guys

In a season that has been bleak, there is a nice little storyline going on with the Philadelphia Phillies- the unknowns, little guys, castoffs, and has-beens.  Let's take a moment to give some respect to these players that have helped carry the Phils to a .500 record (23-23) and not fall completely out of contention.

Raul Valdes - came in and put out the fire Blanton ignited last night and picked up the win.  In 4 appearances he's tossed 5.1 innings, striking out 7, allowing only 1 base runner, and no runs.  Small sample size, but nice and tidy nonetheless.

Jake Diekman - aside from one awful appearance (cut the kid a break), he's been outstanding, striking out 10 batters in 5 innings of work.  He has the look of a lefty that can be an effective piece of the bullpen puzzle for years to come.

Mike Fontenot - I wanted him back in spring training, then wanted him called up sooner once the Phils actually got him.  He's batting .500 (7-14) and might be a nice utility infielder to have for the rest of the season.

Hector Luna - Our overpaid first baseman remains on the DL, Thome is AWOL, Mayberry stinks, Wigginton is entirely mediocre, and Nix is hurt...so Manuel has turned to Luna lately.  6 RBI in 7 games is  good enough for me.

Pete Orr - the Canadian is quietly having a nice season as a backup infielder (.300/.767).

Juan Pierre - had to settle for a minor league contract this past offseason, and has proven thus far that he was worth the low-risk signing.  He's helped the team atop the order (.299 AVG/.343 OBP) while J-Roll continues to struggle.

While players like Hunter Pence, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Ty Wigginton, John Mayberry Jr., Chad Qualls, and Jose Contreras have underperformed their expectations, the guys above have helped keep the team afloat.

Oh, and don't forget the Herculean effort Chooch has been putting forth.

15 comments:

Sam said...

The irregulars really have kept us afloat. Speaking of which, it'll be nice when we get Lance Nix back.

Ben said...

It will be nicer when we get Howard back in not too long. I'm not buying any of this bullshit about Utley getting better if he couldn't field ground balls until last week, so I'm just giving up on him coming back for any significant portion of the season.

GM-Carson said...

I'll believe it when I see it as far as Howard and/or Utley coming back and being any good.

Anonymous said...

How about some love for Freddy galvis?

Anonymous said...

And how about some respect for Amaro, Jr. He's the one who signed all these no-names.

GM-Carson said...

Amaro is also the dumbass that signed the Howard contract and overpaid for a closer.

Sam said...

And walked into the season with Chad Qualls and the ghost of Jose Contreras as 8th inning guys

Beer-a-Thon said...

What happened to our starting pitching? Aside from Hamels, the lot has been ho-hum.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Oh, how this team likes to eff with us.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Valdes with the win again.

Pap still perfect.

Go Phils!

Aaron said...

They still all suck.

SirAlden said...

Schneider calls good games like cooch,

Ben said...

Series win verses the Cards- who'da thunkit? I hope this generates momentum- we need it for the next few weeks, they will be rough (Mets, Marlins, Dodgers, and Orioles).

C.M.R. said...

oh great, it's kk pitching a complete game shutout.

what is it about the nationals that makes us want to play like shit against them? seems we can't win against the nats to save our lives...

GM-Carson said...

Davey Johnson practices voodoo.