Friday, June 08, 2012

Series Preview - Orioles

Phillies (28-31) v. Baltimore Orioles (32-25)

Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:05 - Joe Blanton v. Jake Arrieta
Saturday, 4:05 - Vance Worley v. Tommy Hunter
Sunday, 1:35 - Cliff Lee v. Jason Hammel

Birds Batting:
Runs - 246 (9th)
Avg - .247 (12th)
Slug - .422 (13th)

Birds Pitching:
ERA - 3.73 (8th)
WHIP - 1.28 (12th)
BAA - .249 (15th)

Their Danny Sandoval:
Inning-Endy Chavez is still playing and still making outs. He's hitting .159 with a .403 OPS. Honorable mention goes to perennial "Howard" contender Mark Reynolds and his .218 average. Problem for big Mark is that he's hit only 3 homers.

Their Danys Baez:
The Orioles do not have an arm in their bullpen with an ERA over 4.05.

Magic Number Watch:
The Phillies magic number is busy watching Euro 2012...

The Phillies will leave Baltimore still in last place in the NL East.
Bad, Boring Baseball
The Phils are 3 games under .500, 6 games back in the NL East and 5 games back in the Wild Card. The season is NOT over. Anything can happen. It's becoming less likely, but I haven't given up. However, if I'm going to continue to watch I want the Phillies to do two things right now - 1) get rid of players who will not help the team and 2) create some interest. And here's how I want them to do it:

I love Jim Thome, but it's over. He can't play the field and if he DH's during interleague play, it will not go well. The Phillies need to let him go. And while they're buying bus tickets, get one for John Mayberry (to Lehigh Valley) Chad Qualls (to any city that doesn't have a pitching mound owned by the Phillies).

To create some interest, the Phils need to call up a young player or two. Just look at how the fans rooted for Freddy Galvis and his .220 average. There's something exciting about something new and something with potential. Remember Dom Brown? You think the fans (and maybe the team?) will be energized by a call-up. Sure, his "blue chip" status isn't what it used to be, but you don't think he can produce as much as John Mayberry?!?! Or how about a guy like Cody Overbeck. Overbeck, the 26 year old first baseman, can hit AAA pitching (.279-6-30 in 2012). Can he hit Major League pitching? Who knows, but now is the time to find out. And I'll bet if you put him at DH he'd get more hits than Jim Thome.

The Phils are on a pretty solid losing streak and they are playing putrid baseball, but how much more interested in tonight's game would you be if this was the lineup?

Pierre - LF
Polanco - 3B
Rollins - SS
Pence - RF
Victorino - CF
Ruiz - C
Brown - DH
Overbeck - 1B
Fontenot - 2B


Ben said...

Not very, my friend. Not very.

GM-Carson said...

I'd be more interested with some minor leaguers getting a chance. I'm tired of Mayberry. I had high hopes for him heading into the season, but he has taken major steps backward, so "major" that it should make him a "minor" leaguer.

Anonymous said...

i'm ready for RAJ to blow this team up.

Corey said...

eh, screw the phils. i'm watching greece-poland right now and it's a cracker. russia v czech rep after this then the usmnt in a wc qualifier tonight. joe blanton cannot ruin this sports day for me.

and yes, i also want to blow this team up.

can we trade polanco to detroit? they need a second baseman.

how about john mayberry to the hanshin tigers?

hector luna to the lotte giants.

chad qualls to the york revolution.

jim thome to del boca vista retirement community...

GM-Carson said...

just don't get rid of Mike Fontenot!!!

Anthony said...

Cliff Lee at 3B. That would make the lineup interesting.

Ben said...

I'd watch if the Phanatic played in the game. He can't do any worse that Qualls.

Bob D said...

Phanatic in the game would be great

Aaron said...

I'm at the point now where I don't know weather to root for wins or losses. Oh fuck me.........What the Fuck did Ty Wigginton just do on the bases.......Fuck I can't finish my thought now......fuck the Phillies.
I'm gonna go do something that won't result in me being volcano angry.

Aaron said...

Joe Blanton is doing a great job at being fat.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Blanton is bad. No lead is safe with him.

Wiggy is really bad at 3rd. Man is a matador over there.

Thome with 3 hits, wasn't expecting that.

I'm expecting some fireworks between the teams as far as bean balls, war of words. Adam Jones was pissed off at somebody after that rundown. Then Vic pumps his fist after hitting a 2-run bomb. Fight on the horizon...

Beer-a-Thon said...

Everything I seen of Schwimer suggest he's horrible. Not saying he won't be good some day. Just so happens that day is definitely not now.

Ben said...

I finish Tae Kwon Do for the night just in time to see a 9-4 score and the Phillies stop scoring runs. Sigh.
We Should trade Joe Blanton to Dunkin Donuts. I bet that Jelly Doughnut would be a mean pinch runner.

Beer-a-Thon said...

I love jelly doughnuts. Fan-freakin-tastic!!!