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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Not surprised they passed on Lidge. It was clear when Amaro didn't even offer Lidge a contract this offseason that he had no interest in Lidge & that his time here was done.

AS game has always been a popularity contest.
Since the AS game is mid-season, the second half last year & the post season enter into consideration for a lot of voters.

Really, name recognition is probably the biggest factor.

Most all the comps that are written up are on 2012 ytd performance, but thats not necessarily the only criteria for selection.

MG: It's funny to me that r00b passed on Lidge only to essentially sign Lidge (in the form of Chad Qualls).

15th different lineup in 15 days.

Glad to see Mayberry as a starter tonight. His bat showed a little life over the debacle road trip. Gotta hope for something .

Dave - Difference was that Qualls had been healthy while Lidge has been a fixture on the DL but yeah I get what you are saying.

Qualls is here only because of the injuries and ineffective that have gutted the pen. Otherwise I wouldn't have been surprised if Amaro had released him.

You look at Qualls' numbers from 2010 (non-Petco Park numbers) and he's hasn't been a MLB-caliber reliever. Gotten hit and gotten hit hard with regular frequency.

7th start in a row at second for Martinez. That didn't take long.

There's not much more left for Cloyd to do. See what the young lad has.

DH Phils: 8th. He's insidious.

It's also not helping Chooch that the team is bad. I bet if they were setting atop of the division people outside of Philly would be more inclined to vote for him because most people are stupid and use this line of thinking sometimes too.

Vote for Chooch. He's going to hold his bladder until you do.

Crap! I've been saving my MG impression for the right moment and it gets lost at the end of the last thread.

"Michael Martinez might have the best attitude of all time, but he can't play worth of sh!t."

Fata- in defense of Martinez though he doesn't have a single skill that he excels at though. Just a guy that can't hit or run the bases well and doesn't have a single position he plays well in the field.

Guy has a cocky attitude too. Have never seen a guy like Martinez with a ton of swagger yet a 'zero' baseball IQ. Ditto intangibles. Have no idea about his attitude and don't care.

Posted by: MG (impersonated by Iceman) | Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM

How can anyone hate that face?

Cholly:

Updated expected W-L. Cholly's teams including his year in Cleveland all end up with 2-3 games of their expected W-L.

2000: -2
2001: +3
2002: -1 (39-47 under Cholly)

2005: -1
2006: -1
2007: +2
2008: -1
2009: +1
2010: +2
2011: -1
2012: -2

Not the greatest measure but does look like a guy who manages to his talent. My sense is that as long as the coach at least manages to his talent and he has a good relationship with his players he generally isn't a drag on the team.

This year though I do wonder if the Phils had a different manager or one who wasn't so stuck in baseball orthodoxy that they wouldn't be 2 or 3 games better in the standing. I do think you can make a decent argument for that (no I am not arguing that Cholly needs to be fired now or even this offseason).

2012 is obviously through tonight.

I hate Molina's face.

Zolecki: Freddy Galvis suspended 50 games for PEDs. Suspension begins immediately.

Short of the team plane going down, this season now officially cannot get any worse. And I still say counting DL time as suspension time is total crap.

GALVIS?!? PED'S?!? WTF?!?

Wow are you serious? Jesus. What a year.

Galvis suspended 50 games.

They better appeal that suspension and say that it was Michael Martinez's sample and fight for a lifetime ban.

Say it ain't so Freddy!

Zolecki: Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.

This sort of thing happens when you juice while wearing the wrong color pinstripes.

Your 2012 Philadelphia Rimbauds!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Season_in_Hell

Well, maybe his back can heal during his 50 game suspension. In all seriousness, this is a complete shock. Freddy Galvis??!!! He probably thought that Human Growth Hormone would make him taller!

Not that my BIL is an inside source but as I noted before he told me they have AllStar ballot boxes in a bunch of places in
PR and they are stuffing them for Yadi. No boxes in Panama.

In all seriousness, for me Galvis was about the only enjoyable part of this increasingly wretched season. Now we find out what little batting skill he had was fraudulent, & I'm officially disgusted w/ him, & the entire organization. Blow it all up & start fresh.

Fata- in defense of Martinez though he doesn't have a single skill that he excels at though. Just a guy that can't hit or run the bases well and doesn't have a single position he plays well in the field.

Guy has a cocky attitude too. Have never seen a guy like Martinez with a ton of swagger yet a 'zero' baseball IQ. Ditto intangibles. Have no idea about his attitude and don't care.

Posted by: MG (impersonated by Iceman) | Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM

I could care less if Mini Mart has a 'cocky attitude' but he does make more than his share of mental mistakes and doesn't have some of the prerequisite skills you effect out of a backup infielder (e.g., ability to bunt, etc)

Posted by: MG | Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM

These are the greatest back-to-back posts in BL history. Is this the same person, or did the first impersonation nail MG perfectly?

What event could possibly happen to make this season worse? This has to be rock bottom, right?

Tonight is a night where they need Vic and Mayberry to step up. Both of these guys have struggled mightly vs RHP

Mayberry - .215/.277/.290 (.587 OPS) in 101 PAs
Vic - .225/.300/.324 (.624 OPS) in 229 PAs

Outman only has 3 pitches - a 4-seam fastball; slider; changeup

Mayberry can't hit changeups to save his life but he kills sliders & hits fastballs well when he isn't staring at them right over the plate.

Vic too is a guy that should hit Outman pretty well too even though he isn't a good changeup hitter either.

No reason each of these guys don't have at least 1 hit tonight vs Outman if they get at least 3 ABs.

Next someone will tell me that the Santa Claus that we pelted with snowballs wasn't real.

Hope he gave others some to help em

Mini Mart isn't a bad 2B. Given Fontenot's butchery there this month, I guess Mini Mart is the starter there until Utley comes back in ~2 weeks.

I too take PEDs. Pretzels, Entemanns and donuts.

Love the Phils tonight but I guess so does Vegas. Not touching a -250 line.

David Murphy: not a fan o' Galvis.

I'm pretty sure David Murphy is a fan of David Murphy. Not sure about his affection towards others.

I'm with GTown. This blows. And agree, too, that it makes no sense to allow suspension to be served while on the DL. How is it punishment if you're already not playing?

We still have another month to wait for Halladay's return, at least, plus up to a month to see what Utley & Howard can do for us.

We'd better beat the Rockies, but why do I fear that our BP will give back runs that their pitchers allow?

Todd Zolecki ‏@ToddZolecki

Stutes could be headed to exploratory surgery for his shoulder. Herndon could be on his way toward Tommy John surgery. Would be blow to pen.

'Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate; above CBP would be appropriate this season

Todd Zolecki ‏@ToddZolecki

Oh yeah, Laynce Nix suffered a setback today (strained left calf). Pretty much bad news everywhere.

Officials at Citizens Bank Park say the seats in the ballpark inexplicably can not be folded down into the sitting position. People will have to stand and watch tonight's game.

Meh. People were expecting too much of Nix, anyway. He would've come back & become himself, much as Wigginton has become Wigginton.

Yo, newer threads

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