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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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Since declining to call up Jason Grilli last season, he has the following stats with the Pirates, includes 8 IP this year:

40.2 IP in 37 G, 2.66 ERA, 1.082 WHIP, 11.5 K/9, and holding batters to a .188 AVG and a .606 OPS against.

Grilli was one guy I wanted them to bring up last year badly in June. Never did & I don't understand why given the lack of depth they had almost all year in the pen last year.

Don't think Sanches at this point has Grilli's upside potential even over a short span because he doesn't have Grilli's velocity or as good an offspeed pitch as Grilli's slider.

I would have liked to see them send down Savery, call up Diekman, and really try to mix-and-match in the middle innings with 2 LH relievers (Diekman, Bastardo) to go with the RH relievers (Schwimmer, Contreras, Sanches).

Sanches though can be effective as long as his fastball control is decent. Also helps if he faces his share of RH hitters too.

Sanches was terrible in ST and has been pretty terrible at AAA this year. Nonetheless, his body of work over the last 3 years is a whole lot better than Herndon's -- or, for that matter, anyone else in our pen besides Papelbon & Qualls. Maybe he has just lost it but, if he can be anything resembling the pitcher he has been over the last 3 years, he'll be considerably better than Herndon.

Would have liked to seen Diekman come up but at the same time, Charlie would never use him and he'd go cold. Best he keeps working in LHV for now.

"While Pierre had reached base 24 times, he had been eliminated on the base paths four times. If you only factored the times that he reached base and remained there into his OBP, the number would drop from .348 to .290.

The Phillies entered last night leading the National League in stolen base percentage, having converted 16-of-18 attempts for an 89 percent success rate. They have finished atop the NL in each of the last five seasons, with success rates ranging between 80 and 88 percent.

During that time frame, the Phillies have been one of the most efficient base-running teams in the league. Last year, they were picked off just 13 times (tied for the second-lowest in the NL) and gave away just 45 outs on the base paths (2nd fewest in NL), not including stolen base attempts. Heading into Monday night's game, the Phillies had given away eight outs on the base paths, tied for the seventh-most in the NL, which is particularly disconcerting when you consider that they had put fewer runners on base than all but one NL team to begin with.

The Phils really expect Pierre to not get picked off or get thrown out a bunch trying to SB? Ugh.

I really like what Pierre can bring to the table as a backup OF who can PH/PR and occasionally start in LF.

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Cholly is going to have to roll the dice with his bullpen right every night where the start doesn't give him 7 IP.

Hope Bastardo can throw strikes with some degree of reliability.

Hope Contreras has something in the tank that night & wasn't used the night before.

Hope Schwimmer can keep from getting in trouble. Ditto Sanches.

Savery is the mop-up guy at this point. He hasn't pitched since Apr. 23.

The way RAJ & chuckles work ....so well - they deserve eachn

I blogged about 2 days ago about losing Grill -last yearvand they will make the same mistake withb Pods this yr

Sanches kept the phillies off base when he was with Fla... Any reason they cut him from his last gig

With the pen falling apart this just means more added stress (and likely IP) on the starters. Ugh. Being a Phillies starting pitcher is not a fun thing to be right now.

Anyone else see this week as a real measuring stick for this team?

I've been reading for three weeks now how horrible the team is because they're not thrashing the bottom-feeders. If that's the case, then they should get trounced by the two other contenders in the division, especially without a start from Lee against Strasburg (there's a real chance we end up losing all his missed starts).

What would everyone consider a success in these next six games? 3-3? 4-2?

I think I'd be ok with 3-3. I'd be ecstatic with 4-2.

Scotty Pods' AAA OPS is 510.In the same amount of ABs last year in AAA, he had a 682 OPS. I don't think they'll rue the day they lost him (if they do).

Lamenting Jason Grilli and weighing him against Brian Sanches is what makes Beerleaguer special.

Going .500 in these next 6 games would be a miracle.

The Phils really expect Pierre to not get picked off or get thrown out a bunch trying to SB? Ugh.

I really like what Pierre can bring to the table as a backup OF who can PH/PR and occasionally start in LF.

I don't get it -- in one paragraph you are lamenting Pierre's baserunning and then in the next you like him as a PR? You can like him as a PH and occasional LF starter I guess**, but he runs the bases like he still thinks he has elite speed. And he made a lot of outs running the bases as it was.

Playing softball the last couple of years after 20 years of not playing, I somewhat sympathize with Pierre. I find myself calling for in-between popups and flies only to not get to the spot by a yard. While I never had any speed anyway, I find that I have no judgement as to what my "speed" is any more.

** Call me underwowed but there is no alternative right now. When Howard comes back and if Thome shows some sign of life, then no concern here if Pierre wanders off the 25 man and even the 40 man roster.

My personal ratings:

0-6 or 1-5 Upchuck material, BL implosion

2-4 General feeling of disgust

3-3 Satisfied, if not happy

4-2 Ecstatic

5-1 or 6-0 Ecstatic but waiting for the other (huge) shoe to drop

Bob, before these games start, I'm with you that I'll be okay with 3-3. However, I reserve the right to implement "panic mode" depending on how they get those 3 wins.

And frankly, I'm with Dave, I don't see 3-3 happening. Not against the scary Braves offense and the scary Nats pitching.

The scariest component of these match-ups is the Phillies. They're not good at baseball.

3-3 is fine against these 2 teams on the road.

Any other Beerleaguers attending the Nats series this weekend?

A 'disaster' road trip would be 2-7 or 1-8. As offensively-depleted as the Nats are right now and the Mets still not a good team, that's really hard to see.

I said last night predict 4-5. Anything over .500 would be great.

MG, the Mets series is a CBP. Not part of the "road trip."

Great news, everyone! Papelbon just finished closing out last night's game!

4-2 on this road trip? Asking for either a sweep in one series or winning both 2-1?

I would not take such a bet. If they go 3-3 I would consider it a corner turned for the team sans Ultley and Howard.

Jack: I'm thinking about it, but I haven't bought any tickets yet. I live down near DC though, so it doesn't take a lot of pre-planning on my part to go.

I'm hoping for a 3-3 split in Atlanta and D.C.

I actually used a stop watch on Papelbon last night. He was barely throwing 2 pitches per minute to the first batter.

Could you imagine watching a Clay Bucholz start with relief by Papelbon managed by Terry Francona against the Yankees. You'd need a calendar to time that game.

I could care less if Papelbon takes 2 hours to close out the 9th as long as he gets the job done.

Not exactly like Phils' games have been epic marathons this season either. Almost a lock the game is around 2:45 and definitely under 3:00.

When was the last time the Phils only had one all-star? One of the Bottalico or Borland years?

Diekman is much too young for the phils to give him a chance.Only if 6 more pitchers go on the DL will he get called up.

Odds are at least Doc and Papelbon are going to the AS game...probably Hamels or Lee too.

At this point, with all their problems, I'd be more than happy with a 3-3 split on this road trip.

yo, new thread

MG said: "While Pierre had reached base 24 times, he had been eliminated on the base paths four times. If you only factored the times that he reached base and remained there into his OBP, the number would drop from .348 to .290."

If you're going to alter statistics in this way, you should also increase his slugging average by accounting for stolen bases.

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