Remember the cartoon voiced by the likes of Howie Mandel and Christine Ebersole? It featured a precious little boy in a Generic family who had constant daydreams? And it’s coming back says Howie himself!
Yes, you got the all important ‘win’ last night, but you have just sucked all season long. You blew your third save, your ERA escalated to 5.40 and you’re letting on 2 baserunners an inning. It’s time to jump ship with this oldhead and give the tight innings to someone more capable…such as Myers. If the Phils are going to keep on with this farce of Myers in the pen, at least put him to use in the tightest spots.
After the 11-4 massacre of the Houston Astros last night, the Phillies pulled to within 5 games of the NL East leading NY Mets. The Phils now sport a record of 7-11, decidedly better than the 4-11 only 3 days ago. Jimmy Rollins led the team off with a first inning home run, and finished the day going 4-5 and a double short of hitting the cycle. Pat Burrell also went 3-4 before being unceremoniously pulled in the 7th inning for the hard-hitting Michael Bourn. Even Rod Barajas got a hit, raising his mighty batting average to .182. Go Rod!
So the Phillies now stand in much better shape than they were a week ago. They’re on a streak, their bullpen has pitched alright the past couple days, and outside of Adam Eaton their starters have thrown up some amazing performances. Their offense exploded last night for 20 hits.
Oh, and the Phils left 10 men on base, as opposed to the Astros 6. Men being left on base isn’t a bad thing. What it means is that the team is giving itself more chances than their opposition to score. And that’s never a bad thing.
So now the Phillies face the floundering Washington Nationals, who were the only team that made me feel alright a week ago. If the Phillies were playing as bad as they possibly could, they still had the same record as the Nationals at their best. The Nationals SHOULD be an easy 2 wins, if not 3. With the way this team is starting to play, it would be a great way to pick up some wins and some ground in the NL East. It’s up to old man Moyer to start us off against a fairly unknown entity in Jason Bergmann. Let’s get to it.
As stated previously, Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is making AL pitching his bitch. He’s now officially hitting .400 witha .453 OBP after 75 at bats, and is slugging a ridiculous 1.053. That means his OPS is 1.507!, to go along with the 14 homers he’s already hit in April(now tied with Albert Pujols for the all-time record for the month). Sick, sick numbers, and he’s impressing everyone, even those who believe that the only numbers that matters are those acrued in the 9th inning(3 game winners already).
But only one stolen base Alex? Surely you can make yourself MORE valuable buddy!
I’m going to straight copy and paste from this SI update on their situation and tell me that you don’t just feel sorry for down on her luck Jean Strahan:
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — New York Giant defensive end Michael Strahan’s ex-wife held a posh garage sale Saturday at her Montclair mansion, allowing bargain hunters to sift through and cart away the defunct millionaire couple’s cast-offs.
Items on sale outside of the $3.6 million home included cocktail dresses, a bronze football statue, handmade rugs, antiques and a set of cassette tapes on how to make relationships survive.
Diehard Giants fan and Montclair resident Jamal Callaway walked away from the sale with two televisions, with 32- and 20-inch screens, for only $100.
“I get to cheer for Mike on his TV,” Callaway told The Star-Ledger of Newark.
When asked if the televisions were flat screens, he replied: “She’s not that mad at him.”
Jean Strahan is fighting to get the $6.5 million she says her ex-husband still owes her following their 2005 divorce, a legal proceeding that became notorious for its mudslinging.
In court papers filed last month, she claimed that she can’t afford to keep the 30-room mansion, which has an eight-car garage and clear views of the New York skyline.
In January, a judge awarded her $15.3 million and set child support at $18,000 a month. Michael Strahan has paid more than half of the money but is arguing that the remaining $6.5 million is too much.
Let’s keep another divorcee off the streets and help her hang onto that 30 room starter house with an 8 car garage. She may have to downgrade to a 15 room place if she didn’t get that remaining 3.2 million.
A tear shed for you Jean.
Now you know why Mike Strahan is not-so-slowly going crazy.
edit: And as I go through some blogs, I noticed that With Leather called her a Colossal Bitch.
At 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, King Cole Hamels is off to a terrific start to the 2007 campaign. He went the distance on Saturday against the Reds, striking out 15 and walking only 2. He’s even limiting batters to a .238 batting average, similar to his 2006 .237. He’s the real deal, and he could be an all-star this season. Hell, he SHOULD BE with the poise and control he has out there. So how’s he rank up against the rest of the league?
- 2.57 ERA (14th in NL)
- 1.07 WHIP (9th in NL)
- .238 OBA (19th in NL)
- 28 IP (7th in NL)
- 33 Ks (1st in Majors, 1st in NL)
- 10.6 K per 9 (3rd in NL)
- 5.50 K:BB ratio (6th in NL)
Not too shabby. Those last couple really show that he’s for real, and not getting lucky like some. He’s not relying on his defense to bail him out or for them to be in the right spots to catch line drives. Hamels is a strikeout pitcher with great control, and one of the biggest reasons that this season is not lost.
There are no more videos to be had, and I don’t know how to make any. I hope you had a fun year of Boy Meets World Mondays, I know I did. A new show needs to be crowned the King of Mondays…any ideas? I’m thinking maybe Bobby’s World
It was injured in the 10th inning of last night’s debacle as it tried to stretch for first base and run out a fielder’s choice. It is day-to-day. No word on when it’s to return. For now enjoy Greg Dobbs at first base.
The Phils defeated the Washington Nationals regardless, as Jamie Moyer led them to a 4-2 victory. Aaron Rowand homered, Shane Victorino had 3 hits and a steal, and Pat Burrell walked 3 times in place of Ryan Howard in the 4 hole. Greg Dobbs went 0-4 in Howard’s spot at first.
A win’s a win, and we need all we can get.
When things go bad, apparently the Phillies will try absolutely EVERYTHING:
Manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday the Phillies will move Brett Myers into the bullpen, while inserting Jon Lieber into the starting rotation.
Manuel said he was comfortable using Myers in either the seventh or eighth innings and might even use the former starter to close on days when Philly’s regular closer, Tom Gordon, is not available for use.
When asked if this was out of desperation, Manuel replied, “No, I think this is a way of us trying to fix our pitching staff, having the best pitching staff we can have.”
Myers has struggled so far this season, going 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA. He has failed to even make it out of the fifth inning in each of his last two starts.
Lieber hasn’t fared any better; after two appearances out of the bullpen, he has a lofty 11.57 ERA. Last season, he started 27 games for the Phillies, going 9-11 with a 4.93 ERA.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Phillies are going to send their second-best starter behind King Cole Hamels to the bullpen. Brett Myers is going to set up for Tom Gordon and pitch on Gordon’s off-days in tight situations.
This is a baffling move. Just baffling. You don’t send your second best pitcher to the bullpen, and you don’t it after 3 starts. Myers had 2 bad outings and was banished despite multiple seasons of good work…doesn’t this mean that we should think about moving Utley or Howard around because they are slumping? That’s stupid and so is this. The utter lack of logic reeks of the ‘see if it sticks’ attitude that this organization has taken over the past two seasons that Pat Gillick has run the front office.
No sense. Just none. I’ve got no problem with Jon Lieber going to the rotation where he can be best used, but not in place of Myers. Maybe you send Eaton to the pen, but not Myers.
It seems to be the common theme to skirt the issue of Don Imus and his remarks and instead focus the spotlight on Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. This reader writes in to let us all know how these two make it OK for Imus to say what he does:
Perhaps the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should listen to rap music before demanding an apology from Don Imus.
Maybe these two self-appointed leaders of the black community should consider the rate of black-on-black crime before crying for Imus’ termination.
I have heard more inflammatory rhetoric from these two race hustlers in 43 years than I have heard on any radio.
I am no fan of the Imus show, but he does have a body of work, almost 40 years in broadcasting and countless hours and dollars in charity work. What have these two to show for their shenanigans?
These two bully boys make their livelihood threatening corporate America with boycotts while contributing nothing.
Dare I mention Tawana Brawley and Hymietown?
Imus made a stupid comment as a throwaway joke. It wasn’t funny, and it fell flat. He apologized. It wasn’t inflammatory or racially charged.
If it’s not an Federal Communications Commission violation, it’s fair game.
Remember, having freedom of speech means having the freedom to offend, particularly in comedy.
South Heidelberg Township
Editor’s note: The Federal Communications Commission received several complains about Don Imus’ remarks concerning the Rutgers women’s basketball team and is investigating. It remains to be determined whether a violation was committed.
Freddy Garcia was taken off the disabled list on Saturday and was supposed to start yesterday’s scheduled game against the Houston Astros. However, the weather didn’t cooperate, and that start is being pushed to today. He’ll start against the Mets at 7:05.
So what should we expect from Garcia? Here’s what Mike Arbuckle says:
“He’s had to pitch when it’s on the line. He’s had the opportunity to do things you want a pitcher to be able to do,” Phillies assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle said after acquiring Garcia. “He’s going to fit nicely into our rotation and we feel like he’s a guy that’s going to be able to give us innings. He’s a proven winner.”
Yay proven winner!!! But what does that mean? Apparently last year it meant being a league average pitcher (103 ERA+ with 100 being average) who lost 6 miles off his fastball, had the highest opponent’s batting average of his career, and gave up 32 homers. But he did pitch 216 innings, so that’s a plus. I’d expect a similar line this year, with him sporting an ERA around 4.40 or so and a WHIP of 1.28. Ironically, that’s exactly what his career WHIP is…must’ve been a coincidence.
Look. Garcia’s a hired gun. I doubt he’s going to be signed long-term, and I hope he isn’t. There’s every indication that he’s plateaued and that the worst is yet to come. Let’s hope we get a better than league-average performance out of him in 2007, and then get whatever draft picks we can when he signs a bloated deal with a stupid team next season. Let’s also just hope that the decline hasn’t started to snowball and that the Phils bear the brunt of it and totally crap out on their deal with the Chicago White Sox. Because wouldn’t that just totally suck?