Archive for June, 2010

2 out of 3 from Jays and the Slump is Over.

June 25th, 2010 by Schmitty | Comments Off on 2 out of 3 from Jays and the Slump is Over. | Filed in Baseball

Okay folks I am very close to saying the Phillies nightmare slump is over.

I will say it is official “IF”  they take 2 out of 3 from the Blue Jays up in Toronto this weekend. The offense looks alive again. The starting pitching has been overall solid. Now lets sure up that horrendous bullpen. Get back to consistent crisp defense and get aggressive again on the base paths.

We need Happ back to put Kendrick in the pen. We need Madson back as the bridge. We need a functioning Baez (I think). Don’t be shocked when we sign my favorite the “Old Goat” Pedro in the next several weeks as I predict. We need Ruiz back who is a perfect 8th hole hitter and a super calming presence for our pitching staff.

Lets “GO PHILLIES!” The Braves are good, but the NL East still runs through PHILADELPHIA! YEAH!


Happy Father’s Day!

June 20th, 2010 by Christian | 2 Comments | Filed in General

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there from!

Johnny G’s MLB Power Rankings Part 11

June 14th, 2010 by Johnny G | 74 Comments | Filed in General

1. Tampa Bay Rays (1) (40-23)- The Rays almost get bounced from the top spot in this week’s rankings, but ultimately their consistency gives them the benefit of the doubt. After taking two of three from the Blue Jays, the Rays dropped two of three from their in-state rivals, the Marlins. The starting pitching has shown some signs of weakness but Carlos Pena is really starting to heat up. Pena homered in six consecutive games at one point and BJ Upton’s average has been on the rise, as well. The Rays are finally dealing with a little bit of adversity. Let’s see how they deal with it before removing them from the top spot.

2. New York Yankees (2) (40-23)- I wish I could list the Yankees right next to the Rays this week, but that is not an option. The Yankees have dealt with their fair share of injuries to this point and continue to win games at a consistent pace. That is a testament to Joe Girardi and the job Brian Cashman has done to give this organization some depth in the minor leagues. It seems like every week I say the same thing but Robinson Cano is really coming into his own. We are looking at a perennial MVP candidate, perennial batting title contender, and a tremendous defensive second basemen. With Chase Utley slumping, Cano is the best second basemen in the game.

3. Atlanta Braves (4) (37-27)- The Braves end week 11 fresh off a series win over the Twins and continue to lead the pack in the NL East. Martin Prado leads the league in hits with 90 and Troy Glaus has his average up to .290 with 13 long-balls after hitting under .200 in April. Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson have been a tremendous duo atop the rotation and Billy Wagner has been lights out in the back end of the bullpen.

4. Boston Red Sox (5) (37-28)- Here we are, more than 60 games into the season, and we have three teams in the AL East in the top four spots in these power rankings. Looking back at my pre-season rankings, I was pretty close, with all three of these squads in the top five. Adrian Beltre’s season has flown under the radar for some reason. Beltre is hitting .335 with 9 homeruns and 44 RBI’s. Jon Lester and Clay Bucholz continue to lock down this Red Sox rotation as John Lackey and the rest of the bunch search for some consistency. If the back end of this rotation does find their stuff, the sky is the limit for the Bosox.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (6) (36-27)- The Dodgers impressed me early in the week with a sweep of the Cardinals and then severely disappointed me by getting swept by the Angels. Clayton Kershaw is starting to go deeper in the games along with Chad Billingsley. That is the recipe for success for this Dodgers team. The offense is doing more than enough to keep the wins coming but there has to be some concern for Manny Ramirez. He only has five homeruns so far but he is getting on base at a very good clip. Same old same old for Jonathan Broxton in the ninth inning. He has a 0.95 ERA with 42 strikeouts and only 3 walks. Amazing.


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Charles Darwin to Phils: Change Lineup

June 13th, 2010 by Christian | 3 Comments | Filed in General

The Phillies Must Evolve

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”

–Charles Darwin

The Phillies NEED to change their lineup.  The league has figured them out.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard MUST be separated to make it tougher on opposing pitchers.  It’s too easy for teams to bring in a left-handed specialist in the late innings to mow down the Phils best two hitters.  And what pitcher doesn’t know Howard is a sucker for the curveball low and away? 

Sure, people will argue that this lineup has been to two consecutive World Series, so why tinker with success?  But the Yankees lefties shut down Howard in last year’s World Series, and the rest of MLB was watching.  They all know that the Phillies are vulnerable to left-handed pitching, and that’s due in large part to the configuration of their lineup.


CK Says Phillies Slump Over

June 13th, 2010 by Christian | 11 Comments | Filed in General

I Can Feel Change Coming

I can’t say I have facts to back up my prediction, but I just watched Cole Hamels strike out Victor Martinez on a 96 MPH fastball on the black. And I know pitching has not been the Phillies problem, it’s been a horrendous hitting slump. But sports can be fickle and a team’s fortunes often change with the wind. Something about Hamels demeanor tells me the Phillies are about to catch fire. Save this post, and you can ridicule me in a week, or say kudos!

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Another Phillies Throw Up!

June 12th, 2010 by Schmitty | Comments Off on Another Phillies Throw Up! | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies
Throw up

Throw up

Fellow fans I will make this brief. It is not even July yet, but this Phils team has sent me to the toilet several times already. And I don’t even hit booze anymore!

Seriously, what the heck is going on? Someone tell me so I can sleep!  We came in as a pretty heavy favorite in the NL this year again, but this becoming a joke.  There are tons of games left, but enough is enough!  I may have to turn to golf, which I hate, until they at least show respectability.  The Bad News Bears, with that loud-mouthed blonde shortstop could beat this team right now!

Is heart, hustle, mental cases, over-evaluation of talent, complacency?  I seriously dont know!

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June 10th, 2010 by Schmitty | 4 Comments | Filed in General

More boring baseball for the Phillies! The big question was pitching entering the 2010 season.

Pitching has been pretty good. What I am sick and tired of these big bats, is they resemble toothpicks. I can’t stand watching these players go out on the field and strikeout or pop up or weakly foul  out!  

Early or not in thhe season, they Phils are wasting some pretty good pitching efforts.

It will catch up to them, probably in the Fall! You can only waste  some many games without it catching up to you!

They are wasting Hallady’s great efforts and for Cliff Lee, who needs him when you can’t muster a single run!