Thursday, May 16, 2013

Big Z & The Terrible Trio

With Lannan and Halladay on the DL and the Phillies in need of starting pitching, Amaro inked Carlos Zambrano to a minor league deal, that includes and opt-out clause of July 1st. Big Z's temperament has been well documented, whether it be fighting with teammates, coaching staff, or umpires, he's a hothead. It's a low risk, high reward signing, that doesn't bother me as long as he doesn't come to fisticuffs with Utley by the 3rd inning of his first start. It may be hard to believe, but he's still only 31 years old and has been a good pitcher for most of his career. Zambrano owns a lifetime 132-91 record over 1959 innings with 3.66 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with the Cubs and Marlins. He's a helluva hitting pitcher too- .238/.636 with 75 R, 24 HR, and 71 RBI.

Terrible Trio:
This cannot be overstated- Raul Valdes, Jeremy Horst, and Chard Durbin suck.  That is not mean, that is a fact.  When they come into a game, the losing score only becomes worse.  It's Charlie Manuel's version of the white flag.  As soon as he motions to the bullpen for any of the terrible trio, you know it's game over...for the Phillies.

2013 Stats:
Valdes - 7.65 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 5 HR
Horst - 5.29 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 2 HR
Durbin -7.30 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 3 HR
Collectively - 49 IP, 10 HR, 6.80 ERA, 1.67 WHIP.

Amaro, do something!  Please!

With the way the Phillies have suffered through injures over the past few seasons, they might want to invest in some Better Braces for the 25 man roster.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

sure, zambrano's career ERA is fine. but who cares that he got batters out 8 years ago? in the last two seasons, his ERA is almost 5. i say, low risk and low reward. this is a desperation move for RAJ. he and manuel will be finding new jobs soon.

GM-Carson said...

Zambrano's last 2 seasons (2011-2012):
16-17 record
59 G/44 GS
278 IP
196 K
4.66 ERA
1.47 WHIP
1.1 WAR

Halladay's last 2 seasons (2012-2013):
13-12 record
32 GS
190.2 IP
167 K
5.24 ERA
1.26 WHIP
-0.3 WAR

Just saying...

Anonymous said...

just saying... what?

looks to me like they both suck.

so, is the justification for signing zambrano that he's not been as bad as halladay, who has been terrible? might as well go get adam eaton back.

Ben said...

I think it's pretty telling that Horst, Durbin, and Valdez seem to be getting used when games are lost, while Aumont, Bastardo, Adams, and Papelbon are getting used when there's actually a lead to defend. I really think Manuel has a clue for once and knows what we all do and RAJ doesn't- there needs to be a roster move.

Bob D said...

We will see on Zambrano

Horst has benn the best of the trio.
watch Savery, DeFratus, and maybe Diekman or Robles replace the Terrible Trio. I predict one of them is off the team when they need the 5th starter. Only an Adams DL stint may save them :/

Bob D said...

Anonymous, just saying Zambrano has been better than Halladay. But I'm hoping Halladay comes back later in year and is effective and regains his pitching. If anyone can do it - it would be him.

GM-Carson said...

I have hope that Halladay will return later this season and be effective, albeit a shell of his former self.

Zambrano is a fine 5th starter. Most teams don't have a 5th starter of his quality.

GM-Carson said...

The Phillies lead MLB with 27 quality starts. That leads me to believe the offense is mostly at fault for the losing record.

Anonymous said...

RT @DashTreyhorn Jeremy Horst is really pretty good. If you judge him based on this inning, I'm not sure what to say to you.

Ben said...

Halladay seems to just wear out too easily to be an effective starting pitcher again. I can seem him pulling an Eckersley and becoming a great relief pitcher to close out his career, but I just don't seem him recovering the stamina to start.

GM-Carson said...

Doc closing is an interesting idea.

Horatio has been largely ineffective this season. He's been bad many outings and okay only a couple. Said.

GM-Carson said...

That should read Horst not Horatio ...f'n auto correct.

Anonymous said...

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from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet.
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