Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Shuffle

*Would the real Roy Halladay please stand up?  First 2 starts: 0-2, 7.1 IP, 6 BB, 9 K, 14.73 ERA, 2.45 WHIP.  Last 2 starts: 2-0, 15 IP, 3 BB, 8 K, 1.80 ERA, 0.67 WHIP.

*There has been a lot of bitching and moaning up on this blog to start the season, and rightfully so.  However, we need to give props when they are due- Chase Utley (.300/.898), John Mayberry (.323/.997), and Michael Young (.339/.848) have been hitting.  If they can continue to produce, Chooch returns, and Howard, Revere, Rollins start to go back to career norms, then this offense will be much better.

*Carlos Ruiz suspension lasts for 8 more games (25 total).  Meaning he should be in the starting lineup come Sunday, April 28th against the Mets.

*The Phillies attendance has taken a big hit due to poor play since the beginning of 2012.  Take away the Opening Series and they're drawing less than 80% of capacity.  The young hipster faux-fans aren't gobbling up the seats any more, because The Brick Cit House is no longer the "cool place to be".  Is this what J-Roll meant by "frontrunners"?  I'd go more often if the prices weren't outrageous (tickets, parking, and concessions), traffic wasn't maddening, and the turnpike tolls weren't increased more often than the price of a postage stamp.

*Lefty reliever, Joe Savery, was summoned from the Iron Pigs to take John Lannan's roster spot.


Anonymous said...

Hopefully, we've already reached our lowest point. I think the attendance would've been MUCH better last night except for the weatheforecast. BTW, how about Freddy? He's blowing me away! Is there anywhere he can't play?!

Ken Northridge said...

We all knew Halladay, Howard and Rollins were all getting up there in age, and therefore a risk. But who could see the poor play of Cole Hammels coming? I know the teams record is not his fault, but you have to admit that if Hammels was on his game we'd have a winning record right now!

Anonymous said...

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Ken Northridge said...

No disguises here. I enjoyed reading the post and this was my first comment to this blog. I'm sure Hammels will come around like Halladay did, but an ERA of 6.46 after 4 games is not what the team had in mind when they singed his multimillion dollar contract.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree about the crowds at the Bank. Yes, there are a bunch of fair-weather fans--i.e. frontrunners. And, yes, most are of that college age who jumped on the Phillies bandwagon during the 2008 playoffs and in 2009. I covered the Phillies for my college paper in 2008 and I was amazed at how many people I knew--people who never showed any interest at all in the Phils--started "caring" once they started playing well. It was a joke. There are lots of true fans out there, but there's plenty of the frontrunner variety as well. Glad the attendance is reflecting that.

GM-Carson said...

Hamels will be fine, but those first 2 starts were pure crap.

Aaron said...

Here's some observations. Gio Gonzalez is not so good when not on drugs.

The Phillies have been dreadful and yet stand 2 and one half games behind the 2013 World Champion Nats who hold the 2nd wildcard slot.

Aaron said...

I thought Revere was supposed to be fast? Isn't that his one good attribute. Ive seen so many ground balls this year that i thought theres no way the get him. But they do get him...and it's not even usually that close.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Cliff Lee lost his control tonight.

Utley playing t-ball, running the opposite way of the ball on a routine grounder.

4-0. Game over.

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Bob D said...

Utley's play can be added to Gift of the Day plays (like Mayberry's fall in OF)

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