Philadelphia Phillies – Road To The Unknown

Tonight the Phillies are going into the 3rd game of a 3 game series against the Washington Nationals in which they will intend for a sweep.  More importantly than the Nats are the uncoming series against some of the Phightins toughest competitors.  The Phils start off with another 4 game series against the Dodgers, but this time it is at home on our turf at Citizen Bank Park.  Next we have a 2 game series with the Mets at home and then we go on the road to Chicago.  In Chicago we face off against the Cubs in Wrigley Field which is one of the toughest divisions this year.  However, if we can remain close to the Mets for the remainder of August we have a chance at taking over 1st place in September.  The Phillies have an extremely weak schedule in September except for a series with the Mets and Brewers.  The remainder  of the month consists of mostly the Marlins, Nationals, and Braves.

The Pitching match-up tonight is Jamie “the ace” Moyer against Tim Redding.  Redding a pitcher whom is usually lethal against the Phillies line-up was waxed last time against the Phightins in DC.  Redding allowed 7 runs in just 4 innings against the Phillies on July 30th.

On a side note catcher David Ross will not be joining the Phillies for the division run.  He has decided to accept an offer from Boston.  Pat Gillick remains optimistic that they will be able to acquire another bat.  He had said it would more likely be a bench player as opposed to a position player.  Gillick said that they feel comfortable with Jayson Werth in right field.  In addition, I would expect to see Lou Marson in the wing when they are allowed expand on their roster.

Philadelphia Phillies – Offensive Death

I could not bring myself to write about last night’s game.  So, I’ve taken this opportunity to channel my feelings into teaching others.  Below I have posted Merriam-Webster’s online version of the definition of offense in hopes that some of the members from the Phillies will read and learn.  I will just sit back the rest of the day and think about the rally towels from last year and Pat Gillick’s failure to re-sign Kyle Lohse and Aaron Rowand . . . . .  Oh, yeah and Jimmy Rollins whiner baby comments yesterday about the awesome Phillies Phans that he can no longer handle.  He just doesn’t like having to work for his millions!  Don’t worry Jimmy I feel the same way about you.  Maybe this is a wake-up call and a time for a change in the short stop position?

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/offense

Offense

Main Entry:
of·fense  
Variant(s):
or of·fence   \ə-ˈfen(t)s, especially for 3 ˈä-ˌfen(t)s, ˈ-\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin offensa, from feminine of offensus, past participle of offendere
Date:
14th century
1 aobsolete : an act of stumbling barchaic : a cause or occasion of sin : stumbling block2: something that outrages the moral or physical senses3 a: the act of attacking : assault b: the means or method of attacking or of attempting to score c: the offensive team or members of a team playing offensive positions d: scoring ability4 a: the act of displeasing or affronting b: the state of being insulted or morally outraged <takes offense at the slightest criticism>5 a: a breach of a moral or social code : sin, misdeed b: an infraction of law; especially : misdemeanor
of·fense·less  \-ləs\ adjective
synonyms offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure <takes deep offense at racial slurs>. resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will <harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother>. umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another’s motives <took umbrage at the offer of advice>. pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity <in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation>. dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation <stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon>. huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause <in a huff he slammed the door>.
synonyms offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code <at that school no offense went unpunished>. sin implies an offense against moral or religious law <the sin of blasphemy>. vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts <regarded gambling as a vice>. crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <the crime of murder>. scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience <a career ruined by a sex scandal>.

State Of The Union – Myers, Happ, Utley, Eaton and Manny

     The Phillies starting pitcher turned bullpen help Adam Eaton was demoted yesterday to AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  This comes off of a 2 inning mess on Sunday against the Braves that he allowed 3 runs with 2 of them being longballs.  Eaton was recently demoted into the bullpen hoping he could at least fill a need for a right handed long reliever, but he was unable to come into a game and shut down the opponent.  He was pulled into Manuel’s office after the game and gracefully bowed out as Brett Myers had recently done.  Adam will be placed into the starting rotation at Lehigh Valley and according to Ruben Amaro Jr. he will be shuffled around the Phillies affiliate teams in order to stay localized in case he needs to be called up.

     J.A. Happ is being called up to the Phillies once again, but it has not yet been determined whether he will be placed into the starting rotation or as a reliever.  Brett Myers has a start tomorrow against the Washington Nationals which could determine if he is to remain in the starting rotation or be moved to the bullpen and replaced by Happ.

     The trade rumors surrounding Manny Ramirez coming to Philadelphia has been down played by the Phillies organization.  It has been documented that the Phillies and the Mets have both contacted Boston in regards to trading Manny for their respective ball clubs.  The Mets do not have what it takes in trades to be able to get Manny and they are not even sure if they are willing to take the chance on disrupting the club house.  Pat Gillick had stated that the Phillies currently do not have a position open for Manny considering that they currently have Pat Burrell in left field.  I would assume that Manny would at least remain in Boston for the rest of the year considering how much his salary commands from an organization.

     Chase Utley has been having some soreness in his right hip according to Ruben Amaro Jr. and David Montgomery.  However, Utley has down played the injury stating that his soreness has nothing to do with his issues surrounding the recent hitting slump.  I would not expect Chase to be placed on the D.L., but you may see him get pulled out of games if they have a comfortable lead in order to rest his hip and get Eric Bruntlett some playing time.

Philadelphia Phillies – If I Was Pat Gillick For A Day

1.  My starting rotation would look like the following:

  1. Cole Hamels
  2. Brett Myers
  3. Jamie Moyer
  4. Kyle Kendrick
  5. J.A. Happ

     Trade Adam Eaton or make him another righty in the bullpen to replace Tom Gordon.  Tom Gordon should no longer be in the Phillies future.  He is no Jamie Moyer . . . . .

2.  I would either trade off Carlos Ruiz or reassign him to AA or AAA.  Then bring up Lou Marson as a replacement.  If he is not ready bring up Jason Jaramillo from the Iron Pigs.

3.  Geoff Jenkins needs to be traded off for another lefty to platoon with Jayson Werth in right field.

4.  So Taguchi is an absolute waste and needs to be outright released and can be replaced by Snelling or someone else from the Iron Pigs. (Not T.J. Bohn) !! 

    None of this is rocket science, but all I hear about is getting another starter.  Why?  Okay we do need another lefty in the bullpen, but do not sacrifice our future for it by trading Carrasco or Marson.  If they focus on fixing our current issues like Jenkins, Taguchi, and Ruiz we will be solid enough to go in the post season.  If the front office would not be so proud we could have come back and counter offered Kyle Lohse before he was picked up by the Cardinals.  We would be in excellent shape since we acquired Chad Durbin.  With all of this being taken into consideration I’m sure they will most likely do the exact opposite of everything that I’ve stated.  I’m glad that this is Pat Gillick’s last year with the organization . . . . .

Philadelphia Phillies – Catcher Help Wanted A.S.A.P.

     With the trade deadline closing in some of the top pitchers have already closed a deal with the Phillies sitting on the benches.  So, where does that leave Philadelphia?  There is nothing set in stone, but I would venture to say that the Phillies will not acquire another starting pitcher.  I believe that they will be sitting on Brett Myers with hopes he will continue to improve in his rehab assignment and come back into the starting rotation.  I also see them holding onto J.A, Happ for the rotation which puts them at 6 pitchers.  Kendrick will stay so, that leaves Moyer and Eaton.  Well if you go by pure stats Moyer far exceeds Eaton, but Eaton is younger with a stronger arm.  You can make an argument for both of them, but one will most likey be sent to the bullpen or thrown in a deal with a position player.  With Jenkins slowly coming out of his slump the next most logical position would be the catcher.  Chris Coste has already said that he is not going to be the regular catcher due to his knees and age.  So, that leaves Carlos Ruiz . . . . . . .   Yes, that is chooch!  His recent batting average has dropped to 206!!  He is also the king of the double play ball when a clutch hit is needed.  Pat Gillick has recently mentioned that he would consider improving on the catcher position.  However, it is very difficult to acquire a solid productive catcher because no team wants to give them up.

Here are some of the potential trades for catchers:

  • Ivan Rodriguez – Tigers
  • Ramon Hernandez – Orioles
  • Paul Lo Duca – Nationals
  • Johnny Estrada – Nationals
  • Miguel Olivo – Royals
  • Yorvit Torrealba – Rockies
  • Gregg Zaun – Blue Jays

     Now with all of that taken into consideration if the Phils look internally they maybe suprised.  I have listed below the top prospects from the Reading Phillies and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  I also listed their stats in comparison to Carlos Ruiz.  It is difficult enough for an offense to absorb the pitchers role in the line-up, but the catcher should not be a sacrifice position.  I would much rather see the Phightins stick with what they found in J.A. Happ and hopefully Myers and replace Carlos Ruiz to bolster the offense even more.

  Carlos Ruiz – Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)

    Jason Jaramillo – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA)

   Lou Marson – Reading Phillies (AA)

  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
Ruiz 63 189 24 39 7 0 2 20 52 21 26 0 0 0.299 0.275 0.206
Jaramillo 72 253 24 66 14 0 5 27 95 19 42 0 1 0.311 0.361 0.251
Marson 80 269 47 87 15 0 4 44 114 60 54 3 3 0.447 0.424 0.323

70 Philly Dingers, Dongers, or Taters

No matter what you call it they are impressive feats.  The Philadelphia Phillies are currently at 70 homeruns which leads Major League Baseball with the next team (Marlins) floundering 5 in the hole.  Are the bats starting to come alive in Philly?  Well if you consider 30 hits in the past 2 games lively then you have your answer.  The bulk of their homeruns are comprised of the the top 5 which are Chase Utley (14), Ryan Howard (13), Pat Burrell (11), Jayson Werth (9), and Pedro Feliz (7).  The Phillies are currently on pace to 231 towering drives this year which would be equal to the Milwaukee Brewers 2007 season totals.  Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel put together a team this year that not only improved upon their starting rotation and bullpen, but they will even top out last year’s Phillies offensive on slaught.  What the Phillies fans waited 14 yrs for last year may be coming to us a little quicker this year!