Saturday, July 07, 2012

Depress Yourself

The Phillies are literally one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball.  This is not hyperbole of a blogger that is infuriated by their beloved squad's play.  At 37-48, they are 11 games under .500, 13 back of the Nationals in the NL East, and 9 out of a Wild Card spot.  The vaunted pitching staff- 4.23 ERA, 22nd in MLB.

The reinforcements?  They've won only 1 of the 9 games since Utley has returned, and lost last night in Howard's.  Halladay is supposedly coming back shortly after the All-Star break, but it doesn't matter.  This team is dead, this season is over.  The sooner Amaro admits this, the better.  Anybody that is set for free agency should be made available on the trade market in hopes of retooling the team for next season.  Hamels and Victorino have the most value and should be able to get good talent in return.  Players like Pierre, Blanton, Wigginton, Polanco, and Fontenot might net the team some minor league depth in the form of a "prospect" that could pan out down the road.

It is clear that the current cast of characters is not winning, which includes manager Charlie Manuel.  If overhauling the team is in the works for the last 2 months of the season and some youth are being given a chance to play, then Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg would be my preference to man the helm.  What's the worst that could happen, they continue to lose?  Yeah, that's already the case.

This team might still be historic though- going from 100+ wins to 100+ losses in the matter of one season.  Yikes!!!

10 comments:

Chase Trillo said...

I agree on the choice of Sandberg. This team is now 10-24 since June 1st! Obviously, that is not .600 baseball or .500 baseball. It's not even .300 baseball! Manuel needs to go (they can send most of the coaching staff packing as well). Yes, some players have been hurt, but as you mentioned, the team is now 1-8 with both Utley and now Howard returning. Changes need to be made.

Ben said...

I agree wholeheartedly. This age of the Phillies was special, five division titles, two pennants, and a world series ring. And when you look at the individual years, we only deserved at most two rings ('08 and '11, the '10 squad had the most wins but had many obvious problems), so they didn't do all that badly for themselves compared to other historically great teams. I'm satisfied, and I would be happy to put up with a couple losing seasons while they rebuild. Why dawdle?

ACSmitty79 said...

I'm not a big charlie manuel fan but i don't see how you justify his firing (5 divisions, 2 WS, 1 Championship), especially when i've been watching fatass andy ried hang around this town for 13 years having done significantly less.

Beyond that, sell sell sell.

Bob D said...

Id like to Amaro retool for next year. Keeping Wigginton Fontenot and Pierre maybe a good idea to keep the likes of Mini Mart off team. Polanco Blanton Schneider and a few others could net a prospect. Hamels and Victorino if they can be resigned then don't trade them. Time to look at a few arms from minors for next year.

GM-Carson said...

I'm at the point where I don't want Victorino back. He's already peaked and will cost too much.

I would love to keep Hamels, but how in the hell do the Phils afford 3 starting pitchers making $20M+ a year? It will leave too many gaping whole elsewhere.

Manuel did this team well over the years and is an icon in Philly, but it's time to move on.

Chase Trillo said...

I agree with GM-Carson. Manuel did a decent job during his tenure, but if the team is going younger, I would want a new manager and coaching staff. I am sick of Victorino as well. I can't wait to see Lee drill him when he is on another team.

As for Mini-Mart, make any team that wants a Victorino (or someone else) take him as well. I don't ever want to see him play another inning for the Phils. He is worse than Abraham Nunez, and that is a hard thing to do.

Finally, before the start of the games tonight, FOX announcers reported that Hamels may be going to Boston. The Phils should start any such talks with Middlebrooks. They would need a couple of other decent prospects as well. Otherwise, no deal!

Andrew said...

I wouldn't mind seeing Vic walk/get traded either. But Hamels is still young and good. They've got to sign him. Its hard to believe Halladay or Lee wouldn't be trade targets. Yes, they have a high price tag, but wouldn't the Rangers or maybe Orioles want one?

imafan said...

Recent history has showed that we don't get very good value when we make trades.. it's kind of depressing to think about what we get back if the fire sale begins.

Ben said...

The Phillies are starting to look Cubs-esque. That unsettles me greatly.

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies truly suck.