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Friday, June 21, 2013

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I wish I could believe that Utley was going to make a real difference, and maybe he will against the lowly Mets, but this team has too many other holes for his return to really matter.

We should be reminded how close minded and foolish the Phillies organizatoin is soon, as another impact Cuban defector is said to be hitting free agency.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has gained residency in Mexico after being fleeing Cuba. The RHP is now 26, after being banned from Cuban leagues for failed attempts the last two years. Throws in the mid 90s with a forkball/splitter and a change up.

Sadly, it seems like this team has quit on Cole Hamels. I don't know how that happens or why but nothing makes me think anything will go Cole's way tonight even with Chase Utley in the lineup. In hindsight it would have been better to trade Hamels last year.

should have included that the Phillies will not be linked or make a serious effort to acquire Gonzalez, which is why we'll be reminded of their ineptitude.

We will, however, hear about how the Phillies were in the mix and even made an offer...that was massively dwarfed by every other offer. They did the same with Cespedes too...they probably offered a posting fee for Darvish too along the lines of $2 million so they could say that they tried to sign that Int'l FA but they just couldnt come to terms.

I eat monopoly and sh-t out connect four.

Utley will make a big difference at 2b. Galvis hot alot of time there and terrible offensively and no where near as good defensively. Haven't even been good by utility infielder standards this year.

Revere batting 7th with J-Roll back to leading off.

Batting a base-stealer 7th is about the worst thing you could come up with. Bravo, Manuel.

***Batting a base-stealer 7th is about the worst thing you could come up with. Bravo, Manuel.***

Oh, I'm sure if you challenge him, UC could come up with a worse lineup.

Elmn will likely end an inning any chance he gets, so Revere should get a lot of chances to lead an inning off.

I can't possibly see how, but Hefner has allowed only 1 run in his last 3 starts, and has a 3.46 ERA as a starter since the Phils roughed him up back in April.

*1 run in each of his last 3 starts.

Come On Phightins' Let's Get Rollin'! It's Time!!

So two game rebag and he is good to go? Seems short.

Nice to see Delmon Young starting tonight. =|

Rollins 2013 OBP:

Batting 1st: .309
Batting 3rd: .359

Rollins 2013 SLG:

Batting 1st: .391
Batting 3rd: .312


You can't explain that!

Hamels needs an injection of Lee's attitude - that he goes out to win every chance he gets - not to just throw good pitches.

@MG Utley hasn't exactly been a wizard of oz at 2B himself either.

nepp: look at 2011

Rollins 2011 OBP:

Batting 1st: .331
Batting 3rd: .361

Rollins 2011 SLG:

Batting 1st: .412
Batting 3rd: .346

Rollins can't hit HRs unless he's leading off and he cant get on base unless he's batting 3rd.

Gotta love it.

Hamels needs an injection of Lee's attitude - that he goes out to win every chance he gets - not to just throw good pitches.

Posted by: johnnyd | Friday, June 21, 2013 at 03:37 PM

Yes, because Hamels isn't "trying to win" hard enough.

Hamels is soft...always has been. I still blame the 2008 WS on him. He shows up and we win a WS. Just sad.

NEPP: Seriously. It's like the guy needed a special ring just so he could pitch well. Who needs some dude like that?

If anyone lives near Havertown, PA....

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It would be pretty fun to meet Matt Stairs, I think.

I'd rather see the current Matt Stairs in RF than Delmon Young.

At least the interviews would be fun.

If anyone is going to that, I'd be interested in a vial of Jonathon Broxton's tears.

I guess Lee wasn't "going out to win" last year either...funny how that changes year to year.

Clearly.

There are only 3 possible lineup spots that remotely make sense for Revere: 1st, 2nd, or 8th (ok 4 spots if you count 9th.)

So of course, Cholly bats him 7th. Awesome.

Hamels needs to work on his care-ball.

Don't like Revere hitting 2nd...too many GIDP chances. 1st, 8th, 9th would work.

At least Revere isn't batting 4th or 5th I guess.

Wait why is 7th so bad?

They want him to get on and steal/get in scoring position for Ruiz to drive him in. Isn't that better than 8th where he's getting in scoring position for the pitcher?

I don't think 7th is ideal by any means (9th probably is), but I don't see how it's that demonstrably worse than 8th.

I'd rather see him hitting 8th, where the pitcher can bunt him over and then stealing 3rd is a possibility...considering 90% of the time he gets on base it's a single or BB.

But it's probably a very minor difference overall.

VT: i'd argue the other way around. Steal 2B and get bunted over to 3B.

Jose Valverde was designated for assignment by the Tigers this afternoon. So in two days you have two contending teams in the AL that have either said they are removing their closer from his role (Boston) or sending their hail mary pass closer back to the scrap heap where they put him initially after the 2012 playoffs (Detroit).

I know Amaro wants to hold onto Papelbon but he needs to recognize here that he has an extremely valuable asset to teams out there and get one of them to pony up big time. Not using his assets to his advantage would be a horrendous miss by the GM. Far more than not signing some scrap heap SS.

lore - probably true. works either way I guess.

I know Amaro has said he wants to hang onto Papelbon, but when has Amaro ever been honest in public about these things?

I don't put any stock in his statement that they need to keep him...if some good trade options pop up I'm sure they'll explore it.

Chris: "Delmom Young will be our starting RF."

10th best record in the NL...clearly we need to be buyers, not sellers right now.


Watch DET and BOS make trades for other closers and Rube get left holding the bag again on July 31st...only to sell him off for pennies on the dollar.

Personally, I'd rather see Revere 8th over 7th b/c of the scenario Chris/Lore detailed. But it's true there's probably not that much difference either way.

I am actually upset that the Tigers removed Valverde already. It gives time for the plenty able Benoit and Smyly to take over and be successful.

More reason to do what TTI suggests.

Chris: "Delmom Young will be our starting RF."

Posted by: lorecore | Friday, June 21, 2013 at 04:05 PM

That's true, but I was referring specifically to trade scenarios...he's never really laid out his true intentions to the public in those situations.

Its way too early for Rube to make a move. He's holding out hope that the team will make a run, especially now that everyone is supposedly healthy, and he won't have to sell his precious big money closer.

Hey, where's the "Saint Utley" graphic?

@nokwurst

JW's dead bro, read the papers

Yeah I know, but doesn't Saint Utley transcend website ownership?

Its way too early for Rube to make a move.

We're exactly where we were about this time last year. RAJ's getting most of his guys back from injury, and he'll give them a few weeks to see if they can climb back into contention for a wild card. There will still be plenty of time to sell in July.

That said, if Detroit (which just DFA'ed Jose Valverde) comes a-calling with Castellanos, Papelbon's gone.

I apologize in advance:

I'm going to the game tonight, so expect a Mets rout!

Christ, this FO effort has the smell of Dr. Frankenstein's lab with cadaver parts astrewn in heaps trying to assemble a living, breathing baseball team.

I fully expect to see Amaro rush to the media screaming "its alive!" the next time Young (the Fatter) hits a dinger.

Replace DYoung with Ruf and this is a pretty good lineup.

If Castellanos could still handle 3B, that owuld be more exciting. Still, his bat still profiles fairly well as a LF so it'd still be a good trade to make.

He could probably still handle 3B until Franco comes up though...

NEPP: where did you see he can't handle 3B any longer? The only things I saw where that he moved for a clearer path to the majors.

I thought Castellanos moved to the OF because Cabrera is blocking him at 3rd.

That said, if Detroit (which just DFA'ed Jose Valverde) comes a-calling with Castellanos, Papelbon's gone.

I'd try and get Garcia and or Rondon to even if we have to add peices.

I've read that he doesn't project there long-term and that was also part of moving him regardless of Cabrera blocking him long-term.

I dont think he's a plus defender there by any means.

I'd still take him in a heartbeat.

Sweet, thanks Lore!

Castellanos probably couldn't show up and play third tomorrow, but given an offseason and spring training to prepare, he'd be playable (certainly to a team that's used to Michael Young there) next April. If not, his bat will play at an outfield corner.

"If Castellanos could still handle 3B, that owuld be more exciting. Still, his bat still profiles fairly well as a LF so it'd still be a good trade to make."

Sadly, we wouldn't have room for him in LF, b/c Brown's there (and of course we can't move Brown to RF b/c that's where _elm_n plays)

This is the 2nd time this year that MM's demotion deserved its own header, but all we get is something about this Utley guy.
I can picture MM haunting us for the next 20 years as the new Mens Warehouse guy.
"I made Pete Orr look good, I guarantee I can make you look good."

I'm pretty sure MM can be the new spokesperson for Meineke, since Foreman hasn't been doing their ads for a while.

"You won't pay a lot, but you'll... Get about what you pay for. I guarantee it!"

Interesting fact: If Chooch was moved to 5th in the lineup, we would have perfect continuity between infield and outfield hitters.

Just checking out some Iron Pigs' stats over the last 2 weeks and, oh...

FREE RUF

"I can picture MM haunting us for the next 20 years as the new Mens Warehouse guy."

He can do better than that. He will haunt us for the next 20 years with his annual presence on the Phillies' roster. "Rube's gonna like the versatility that I can bring. I guarantee it!"

Play Frandsren in right field.

Clearly Hamels lack of passion and softness carries over into the offensive production of the team. If he was hard and passionate the Phillies could be a lot more offensive.

I read a few times that the Tigers are trying to fast-track Castellanos to get him to the big leagues this season to help the team in August/September. So since he's in their plans, I doubt he'll be available. I'd still hold out for a one-for-one with him and Papelbon as long as possible.

However, if they offer a package of Garcia+, Rube would be a fool not to take it. If he stays fixed on Castellanos, he could probably end up getting dombrowski to offer Garcia. He would be more than fair return for a closer.

Maybe aksmith could give us an idea of negotiating voodoo mind tricks on how to get both of them.

With MM gone,I guess Billmeyer is elmn's new pinch-runner.

"Unable to stop the rain, the Canadian government called Philadelphia. With an important series about to start, Amaro and Manuel held a summit in the clubhouse. A compromise was settled on. Instead of starting Martinez, virtually guaranteeing a series sweep, the Phils would recall Utley early from his DL stint and keep Martinez apprised of the flooding situation in the dugout. If needed in Calgary, Air Force One was made available with several crates of extra bats in the back."

- from Life of a Baseball God, by "R. A. Marrow, II"

Sorry. I meant to include the next paragraph:

"As the day wore on, it because apparent that the situation in the Northwest had become untenable. Ottawa again called Amaro, pleading this time, for intervention. Martinez apologized to Manuel but said, "Baseball is important - winning is important; but lives are at stake. Tell them to buck up and hold the fort. I'll return when the rains stop falling. And we will win again."

"Many of the guys, Papelbon especially, were in tears. But Delmon Young picked up his back and said, "Go on, Mike. We got your back here. Let's win one for Marty.

"Utley, wiping his eyes, said, "I'll try, buddy. We'll get'em for you.""

- from Life of a Baseball God, by "R. A. Marrow, II"

I miss the JW graphics.

Clearly Hamels lack of passion and softness carries over into the offensive production of the team. If he was hard and passionate the Phillies could be a lot more offensive.

Posted by: Andy
************
Absolutely, Andy. Clearly human beings don't have an emotional/affective impact on one another sufficient to alter even slightly performance in a game as simple to play as major league baseball. Now, if humans were moody, or wore their emotions or their sleeves, or were prone to holding grudges, or even displayed different motivation levels in different situations, it would be a different story.

Honestly, Andy, if you were to consider self-publishing, I would pay up to TEN dollars to purchase your ghostwritten wares.

/*hopes he sees that as a compliment

dear god the Mets lineup might be worse than the Marlins.

I'm the man haters keep on keeping on.

Wheel's sounds less annoying than T-Bag!

Classic At bat from jimmy

Wheels is a moron. Dom is NOT up there to pull the ball and get Ryan Howard to 3rd. He's up there to drive him home. He's not Freddy Galvis.

wtf, how does DOM not get home on that? That is pathetic. Even with the late jump, he still could have scored, Byrd didnt he even throw it in.

again, revere has to steal. no if ands buts.

I think Scott Eyre is having a good time at the ballpark tonight.


scott eyre ‏@scotteyre47 37m
Chillin at the phillies/ mets game with my kids. We got to go in the clubhouse and see some old friends... Makes me miss it a bit

scott eyre ‏@scotteyre47 7m
@philliesfan1000 I love this park!

scott eyre ‏@scotteyre47 6m
Chooooooooooch got heem!

must steal on this pitch

Personally, I feel like Cole should have swung away.

That was why I thought Cole should have swung away. I had no confidence at all that Rollins would get the runs home. We just got lucky on a truly horrendous play.

Luckily, Cole didn't.

Where is T Mac tonight?

Kber: Was wondering the same. I was confused to hear Wheels & Sarge doing the game.

Would be great to see the mets get beaten badly tonight

i appreciate chase saying that he feels 100%. it's so easy to fudge it and give a slightly lower number to lower the expectations.

tmac is attending his sons hs graduation.

Cole getting ahead early using change well fewer foul balls of course it is against a poor line up feels like cg so

tmac is attending his sons hs graduation.

Posted by: bullit
*********
You think his kid wants him there?

2 pitches 2 hits.

free mayberry !!

tmac jr looks like a jock. and dad's a celebrity. i think he does.

There goes the no-hitter

Not gonna panick yet

Maikel Franco with his first homerun at Reading.

Nice play by Rollins. He doesn't usually get to that ball these days.

classic jroll.

Jimmy Rollins still has it.
If Utley and Howard were aging as well as Rollins is, this team would be a division winner.

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