Archive for May 10th, 2011

Phillies Offense Is Offensive

May 10th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies Offense Is Offensive | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The Phillies managed one run in their latest defeat. I could understand if Josh Johnson had his “A” game and was just mowing down the Phillies left and right, but that wasn’t the case. The Phillies were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They left a small village on base, stranding ten. Twice ended the inning with the bases loaded, and in one occasion had the bases loaded with nobody out. Is it complacency? Do they think that they will just hit mid-August and run away with the division? Is it ambivalence? Is it the manager? Are we finally seeing the reason why Charlie was let go in Cleveland.

On his way back to Washington?

Personally, I can’t tell what the problem is and it doesn’t look like the Phillies know either. The one thing that I am sure of is that a shakeup needs to take place. The first step towards doing that is offering Michael Martinez back to the Washington Nationals. The Rule V pick has had his batting average steadily decline and is now hovering around .150. Let him go back to Washington and bring up Domonic Brown.

In 49 atbats across two levels, Brown is hitting a combined .367 with 3 2Bs, 4 HRs, and 10 RBIs. I’d bring up Brown and sit Francisco. For every night Francisco has that makes you think he can hold down the right fielder’s job, he has had atleast 10 games that make you groan in disgust. I would also consider giving John Mayberry more playing time as he continues to hit for a quality average (.308) and have a  high on base percentage (.400).

On track to be back with the squad before mid-June.

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Fact vs. Feeling

May 10th, 2011 by Mike H. | 6 Comments | Filed in General

The Truth Lies Somewhere in the Middle

Baseball intellects, or self-proclaimed intellects, are engaged in battle. The end result will never be met, because neither side will ever give an inch. The cause of it all? The best way to determine a player’s value. On one side, you have fact givers. In the age of baseball in which we live, there is a stat for everything that will prove, or disprove, any point you can come up with. Some people live and die by these stats, most commonly referred to as Sabremetrics, and will make their player evaluation based purely on even the most rarest and obscure stat.

Then there are the people that go by that gut feeling. You know, when you have nothing concrete to base your opinion off of. It’s just a feeling that you have, that may or may not be blown to bits by a Sabremetrician. It’s a vibe you get from the environment. It’s the perfect storm of weather, location, emotion, etc. Heck, it could be that instantaneous look you saw in a players eye for a fraction of a second, that makes you think today’s the day.

A perfect example of this debate is the recent struggles of Raul Ibanez. The stat guy (or gal) will turn to you and say that Ibanez is done. He stinks. 0-for-34. They need to consider releasing him. However, that gut feeling will utter three simple words that may possibly boil the blood of the statistician, “But, he’s due.”

I like to think that I roam somewhere in the middle. Sometimes you gotta go based of stats and sometimes you gotta rely on that gut feeling. Every once in a while when the odds are stacked one way or the other, the impossible happens. More often than not status quo happens, but you always have the intangibles that could throw a wrench in the best laid plans. I guess that’s why they say, “That’s why the game isn’t played on paper.”

The Bulls need Boozer and Deng to step it up

May 10th, 2011 by Brandon Pemberton | Comments Off on The Bulls need Boozer and Deng to step it up | Filed in General

The Bulls need more scoring from Luol Deng if they want to make it out of the 2nd round and to the Eastern Conference Finals

By Brandon Pemberton

www.brandononsports.WordPress.com

In game four against the Atlanta Hawks, a game that the Chicago Bulls lost 100-88, Derrick Rose scored 34 points on 32 shots. Yes Rose is the league’s MVP and the best point guard in the world, but he needs help on the offensive end. That help should come from two sources, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng.

The Bulls signed Carlos Boozer to a 5 year deal for 75 million dollars last off-season to be the 2nd scorer and post player they needed to take the next step and be a legit title contender. Boozer missed 23 games this season due to a hand injury that happened when he fell at home. He put up 17.5 ppg and 9.6 rpg, which are right at his career averages. But in the 2011 playoffs his production has dropped off as he’s putting up 10.7 ppg and 9.1 rpg. He says he injured his right big toe in game 5 of the first round series against the Pacers, but he was playing horrible before the injury. Boozer never was a defensive player to say the least and he’s needs to produce, bottom line.

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‘Nails’ Strikes Back!

May 10th, 2011 by Johnny G | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Lenny isn’t going down without a fight. Dykstra took out a full page ad in the New York Post in what is basically an open letter to his “fans”. You can’t make this stuff up.

I address the people of the great City of New York:

You need to buckle your seat belts, because what you are about to read could not be made up. What I have somehow lived through the past 2½ years, and continue to live through now, makes me fully understand that God would never make someone endure what I have endured unless there was a reason for it.

That being said, I was wrong when I thought God put me on this earth to entertain people at Shea Stadium. (Remember? I was pretty good at that.) However, I have come to realize that God put me on this earth to help people, to be a factor. And that, my friends, is what I intend to do — because at the end of the day, it’s all about results. The kind of results I will bring to the party will be unlike any seen before. Talk is cheap; I am about walking the talk.

To begin with, I had $100 million in assets when I filed my Chapter 11. It is also important for you to know that I did not get stupid overnight. I didn’t make bad investments; every company that I have ever created or owned was and still is a winning company. And I sure as hell was not going to get on my knees, put my hands behind my head, and let this corrupt group of people masquerading as attorneys execute me — as that is what bankruptcy is all about. Just because they do this to everyone else does not mean I was going to let them do it to me. The corrupt world of bankruptcy is best described as “the death chamber.”

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Clash of Titans

May 10th, 2011 by Christian | Comments Off on Clash of Titans | Filed in General

Doc vs. The Kid Tonight

Great pitching matchup tonight when one of baseball’s best young pitchers, fireballer Josh Johnson faces off against arguably the best pitcher in MLB over the past decade in Roy Halladay.

Halladay is the reigning Cy Young winner and comes into the game with a record of 5-1,  a 2.19 ERA and 57 strikeouts.

Johnson is 3-1, with a miniscule 1.68 ERA and 46 strikeouts.

Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET

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Looking Ahead: 2012 Bullpen

May 10th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Looking Ahead: 2012 Bullpen | Filed in General

One of the factors that will come into play at the trade deadline for the Phillies is salary obligations. Not just in 2011, but also going forward. Currently, the Phillies have $112.903 MM dedicated to 11 players. That number does not include Cole Hamels’ 2012 salary, whether it be an arbitration amount or a long term contract, Jimmy Rollins’ (or replacement’s) salary, the six arbitration cases, not including Hamels’, and the possible additional $14 MM if Roy Oswalt decides to stay with the team. Based purely on my own speculation, I imagine that Ruben Amaro has been in steady contact with both Hamels’ and Oswalt’s agents, trying to work on possible extensions.

Currently, only one reliever is on a guaranteed contract for 2012: Jose Contreras. If Contreras can come back and have continued success in the bullpen, he is probably all but a lock for that veteran right hander in the pen for 2012. Other than Contreras, the relievers will be in full competition next spring. Between the relief talent in the minors and the free agent class for closers/relievers, the Phillies should be able to have a high quality, low cost bullpen in 2012. (more…)