Monday, September 03, 2012

Series Preview - Reds (Labor Day Shorty)

Monday, 1:10 - Tyler Cloyd v. John Cueto
Tuedsay, 7:10 - Oh no, it's KK v. Matt Latos
Wednesday, 12:35 - Roy Halladay v. Mike Leake

A week or two ago, this would have been an important series to help the Pirates. But the combination of some skidding Buccos and some red-hot Reds has made this series meaningless for the Buccos. And some recent failures by the Phils has made the series meaningless for everybody.

Consider this, one more win against the Mets and a win yesterday against the Braves would have the Phils six games out of the last Wild Card spot. The odds would have still been stacked against the Phils, but now at 8 back with less than 30 games to play, there's really no hope...

What To Watch For:
- Tyler Cloyd gets a tough matchup in his second start, but let's see if he can shake off those first-game jitters he had and put in a good effort. It's likely that Cloyd's one-point-whatever AAA ERA translates into a 4.50 career MLB ERA, but like Carson and I've said before, the guy has earned a few starts to prove he can't do it.
- A Darin Ruf sighting? Maybe?
- Michael Martinez is horrible. Still. His average and OPS are down to .122 and .380 respectively. Can he get his average below .100 for the season?
- Can KK continue his success? Will the internet explode when the previous sentence is published?
- Can Phillies catchers continue to be the best in baseball. Besides the excellent defense, Chooch and Kratz have combined for a .300+ average, 22 homers and 79 RBI.

Fantasy Football:
If you're in the league, don't forget the draft is tonight at 9:45.

Short One:
That's what she said. But hey, it's Labor Day, you shouldn't be wasting time reading blogs anyway! Go drink some cold ones, eat some grilled meat and enjoy the weather...

12 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Labor Day marks the "unofficial" end of summer. The Phillies season "unofficially" ended in April.

GM-Carson said...

A fantastic nickname I came across for Ruben Amaro Jr.- "Ruin Tomorrow Jr.". That's clever.

Andrew said...

Some crackpot on Zo Zone has been using that moniker for months. It is creative, but he was annoying

Bob D said...

Well it Martinez can manage not getting a lucky hit in next seventeen at bats he will below 100 Ba. We could call that the Martinez Line.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Cloyd pitched well today. Love how Manuel didn't go with Papelbon today for the save situation, opting to Aumont instead. Wish he would have done that a few seasons ago with Lidge before he blew 88 saves in only 1 week.

Ben said...

Cloyd did well. He's probably not going to amount to be anything more than an average major league pitcher, but considering our other needs, that's fine by me. I see him being a valuable 5th starter (or, who am I kidding, longman, because Kendrick is going in the rotation) next year.

GM-Carson said...

I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but I do think Cloyd can be a 4th/5th starter quality MLB pitcher and that is good. If he is good enough to be that then what of KK?

A lot of fans don't seem to be fans of KK, but he has value. I honestly wouldn't mind him being the 5th starter next season, or even better dealt for one of the Phillies many team needs.

a.hoff said...

"The Papelbon"- Give up a HR, serve one SO, and hand out a BB

Bob D said...

Sounds like the Howard.
Then we could have the JRoll: stolen base, pop up, & benched for not hustling

Anthony said...

Tremendous Bob D, just tremendous.

Chase Trillo said...

Tyler Cloud.

Another pitcher Ruin Tomorrow, Jr. was wrong about.

Chase Trillo said...

*cloyd