Thursday, May 30, 2013

Celebrate Good Times, C'mon...It's a Celebration!

Ryan Howard committed The Howard last night.  It was the Phillies first of the season and of course it ended with the good guys winning.  Since the stat's creation prior to the 2009 season, the Phillies have committed 20 Howards, and are 17-3 in those games (.850 winning percentage).  A homerun, error, and strikeout never felt so good!

*Michael Young has been placed on the bereavement list and Cesar Hernandez has been called up in his absence.  He went 0-2 in his MLB debut last night, but was hitting .305/.810 for the Iron Pigs before his promotion.  He's a second baseman by trade and is a .291/.736 hitter spanning 7 minor league seasons.  He's 23 years old and his biggest asset is his speed (129 SB in 521 G).

*Dom Brown, or as a commenter called him in yesterday's post "Domain Brown", is the driving force of the Phils offense.  He now has a club leading 13 HR and 32 RBI.

*Turkey sausage boy, Erik Kratz, is proving to be a quality backup catcher.  He plays solid defense and has good pop.  In 86 games with the Phillies over parts of the last 3 seasons, he's hit .244/.772 with 15 HR and 40 RBI while throwing out 38% of would be base thieves.


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Anonymous said...

What's amazing about the Howard is that Howard hadn't committed an error in like 60 or 70 some games (forget the exact number) For as lousy of a left arm delivery he has to second base it's pretty amazing.

Ben said...

They should rename this team the Philadelphia GIDPs.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Delmon Young sucks. Pops a homerun every once in awhile, but does nothing else of merit. His homerun tonight makes Manuel think he's great and will keep him in the lineup for the rest of the f'n season.

Anonymous said...

Why is Chad Durbin still on this team?

Beer-a-Thon said...

Cesar Hernandez 2-4 tonight.

Chad Durbin 3 more runs allowed. He f'n horrible. Please release him immediately.

I have this feeling the Phillies won't reach or break .500 all season.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Watching the Phillies during the Bowa years and early Manuel years gave fans hope. It was fun. Finally saw progress and possibly a playoff berth in the future. Then came 2007-2011 and it was a helluva ride. Then 2012 and now 2013 not fun. The rise, the peak, and the fall. The fall sucks. They're just not fun anymore. Bad getting worse. Low getting lower. It's sad, really.

Anonymous said...

Release DURBIN.

Release him now.

Release DURBIN.

I don't care HOW.

Release DURBIN.

Let him sit on a couch. Let him count his millions. Just get him OUT.

Andrew said...

There is no good reason, "veteran leadership" included, that Chad Durbin is still on a Major league team. Even Aumont was better than him and we sent him down. It just baffles me.

Same with Horst. Some people say you only see guys like Durbin or Horst when the game is already out of reach. Well a 4-2 deficit is far from out of reach. Leave it to goons like Horst and Durbin to make it out of reach, though

Anonymous said...

Saw Cesar play at Reading. Interesting prospect...

Anthony said...


I disagree; 4-2 IS out of reach for the Phillies. They scored no more runs the rest of the game.


Andrew said...

Anthony -

Ok, well now you're just being pessimistic, although accurate! I realize this current squad can't score runs for the life of them, but just generally speaking, we shouldn't be digging holes and throwing in the towel over 2-3 runs. Relief pitchers are a dime a dozen, no need to hang onto dead weight.

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