as the Phils have already taken a two run to nothing lead against the Bucs after one full inning. Chris Coste has knocked in two runs off of Pirates’ starter, Zach Duke with a double, knocking in Jayson Werth (walk) and Chase Utley (walk) for so far the only Phillies’ hit. Meanwhile, Adam Eaton had a one-two-three bottom of the first. Now, if the Phils can just add to the lead.
The Phillies have played 23 games so far this season. Of those 23 games, the starters have had 12 quality starts. For those who don’t know what a quality start is, it means that a starter has gone at least six full innings, and has given up three runs or less during those innings. Ten of those quality starts had occurred before the Phils second series against the Mets.
The important of quailty starts is mainly this: the deeper that the starters can go into games that they are starting, the longer they can keep the bullpen out of the game until they are needed for the late innings. This gives the manager a large numbers of options on how to use his relief staff than he would if the starters were constantly getting knocked out early in the game, and forcing him to bring in those relievers that make up his middle relief corps.
With that said, the Phillies present relief corps, believe it or not, is leading the National League with a 2.60 ERA. That’s right, the Phils relievers are leading the league. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise. I was expecting them to be more towards the middle of the pack, not the ones leading it. Well, guess we’ll see how long that’ll last, won’t we? Now if the pitching staff, as a whole, can get their ERA down from the present 3.68, fifth best in the National League, the Phillies might really go somewhere.
With that said, Adam Eaton, tonight’s starter, have so far pitched four games during the season, of which three has actaually been quailty starts. That’s right. Three quality starts. He has pitched at least six innings and gave up at least three EARNED runs. (Sadly, that has been the numbers of runs that he have given up in each of those games, all earned, and in at least two he was the losing pitcher of record before the Phils rally late to get him off the hook.) In his last start he only pitched five innings and gave up four earned runs, but all of the runs came in the sixth when both he and Chad Durbin were together unable to keep the Mets off of the scoreboard before Durbin was finally able to put the fire out. That seems to be Eaton’s luck so far this year. He pitched good enough to win his first start, but he couldn’t keep the Reds from scoring the tying run late in the game, which led to a lost in the 9th; the Phils got him off the hook by coming back from behind against the Mets on April 10 before finally losing; he was the pitcher of record against Houston on the 15th before the Phils came from behind in the ninth to win that game; and I’d already mentioned what happened during his last outing against the Mets. Now, he’s going to be the starter against the Pirates tonight. Hopefully the Phils will score some runs early and often against the Bucos to get him the victory, as Adam deserves a victory in the worst possible way.
Well, it took me a lot less time than I
thought it would to upload all of those Live Journal posts
here. Guess I wasn’t as talkative about the Phils as I’d
thought. Hopefully that’ll change starting today.
Originally posted on January 31, 2008 and is edited version of a long post with mostly non-Phillies elements:
Well Spring is almost here, and that means the Phillies will be back in Florida. And this year, they’ll be defending a pennant, the National League East to be precise. Although I know that the Phils have made some changes in their personnel over the winter, I’m not as confident that they’ll win again as I was last year. Why? Because of the silent partners who own the team. I mean, come on you idiots. You’d already lost Aaron Rowand, via free agency, because you’re a bunch of cheap skates, and now you may let Ryan Howard, your present main man, go to arbitration, instead of just signing him to new contract. Will someone in the name of sanity please tell me what is going through you morons’ minds? Are you guys so dumb that you think that Ryan might be willing to take less money because of this stunt, and might not in the long run take this as a personal insult and in the future decide not to take his changes on the free agent market to see what other folks may think he might actually be worth. Also, do you guys honestly think you’ll win in arbitration? (Basing on your track record, I would wonder about that.) If you do, sorry but I think the arbitrator is going to be on Ryan side in this and give him what he think that someone of his present stature is worth compared to other first basemen presently in the Majors. (Paging Albert Pujols, paging Albert Pujols, collect your next few millions please.) Guys, do yourselves a favor, just take the bullet, bite on it now and settle with Ryan with a price that’ll be fair to both of you. It’s call compromising. You’ll be glad you did since you’ll more than likely will end up with a very loyal employee. And a few more pennants and a lot of fans coming to the park in the future. Do it sometime, and do it soon!
Originally post November 28, 2007 and edited from a longer post with some non-Phillies elements removed:
Okay, let’s begin….
I hated seeing the Phils get swept in the playoffs by the Rockies. I hated it even worst when they did the same things to the Diamondbacks. But, when I saw the Red Sox defeat the Indians the same way they defeated the New York Yankess back in 2004, coming from behind with a 3 games to 1 deficit, I had a feeling that somebody somewhere was rewinding the film and it was 2004 again, only this time it would be the Rockies playing the part of the NL champ that would be swept in four games by the boys from Beantown. And boy, was I right. The Rockies went down in flames losing to the BoSox 4 games to 0. Anyway, congrats Red Sox. Just please, do not become the 21st Century version of the Yankees..
M.V.P.!!! M.V.P.!!! M.V.P.!!! Need I say more? :) Let’s see, Rollins now owns a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and the M.V.P. for the year, while Aaron Rowland won a Gold Glove for his work in the outfield and Chase Utley won a second Silver Slugger at Second. Boy, that’s a lot of bling this year, isn’t it? ;p But, I agree with JayRoll. I rather have the World Series trophy. Pssst, message for the secret cabal running the Phils: Spend some money on real talent, you morons!!! This team have shown that it can win. Now go out there and get somebody who can get them into the World Series and win it, you idiots, and please, no more of those bargain basement crap players that you guys keep bringing us. I, and a lot of other Phillies fans want to see some Grade-A studs coming here. Is that too much to ask? Oh, and that would incude getting off your collective ***** and get Rowland resigned. Idiots!!!
Originally posted October 1, 2007:
The Phillies opponent for Wednesday’s Divisional Championship match is the Colorado Rockies, after they’d defeated the San Diego Padres in 13 innings, 9-8.
The Phils will be facing the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park this Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm, with Cole Hamels, the team’s young ace, being the Phils’ starter. The Rockies’ starter is yet to be announced.
Originally posted September 30, 2007:
Noone. At least for now. It seems that a funny thing has happen on the way to the Playoffs. There is presently no National League Wild Card Winner. How did that happened? Well, it seems that first, the San Diego Padres lost what was suppose to be their final game of the season to the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee, 11-6. At the time, they had a record of 89-73 with a .5 game lead over the Colorado Rockies who were finishing their season by facing the Western Division Champs, the Arizona Diamonbacks, in Denver. Of course, the Padres were praying for the Diamondbacks to defeat the Rockies, thus allowing them to get into the playoffs through the backdoor. Well, a funny thing happened along the way as Colorado instead defeated Arizona 4-3, thus meaning that now both San Diego and Colorado are now tied for the Wild Card, both with records of 89-73. So, now the two will be having a one game playoff tomorrow night, with San Diego having to go to Denver to meet the Rockies for the game that will start 7:37 eastern time. So, we won’t know who will be the Phils opponent until late tomorrow night.
Boy, the National League is really being a wild league this year.
Originally posted September 29, 2007:
That’s right, the Phils have just captured the Eastern Division flag of the National League with a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals while the Florida Marlins, obviously woken up by that bench clearing fight yesterday afternoon, defeated the New York ‘Chokes’ Mets, 8-1. Jamie Moyer, who step up, unlike Adam Eaton, pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up only 1 run, unearned, while Jimmy Rollins, who should be the MVP, unless the baseball writers are real jerks, scored a run in the first inning with a single, two steals and coming in on a sacrifice fly, while knocking in a run of his own in the sixth with a triple, making him a member of the very exclusive 20-20-20-20 club (stolen bases, doubles, triples and home runs), while Ryan Howard knocked in what turned out to be the game winners with a two run single in the third inning with the bases loaded and one out and later hitting a home run, number 47, which was a monster of a shot into the right field upper desk, giving him the RBI lead (I hope he can hold on and win it.). Charlie Manuel should be this year’s manager of the year, considering the mostly lousy pitching staff he was given this year by the management, and with the number of injuries that hit the team (20 people placed on the disable list). So, the Phils are finally in the playoffs after 14 years of choking and losing and just plainly blowing it, while the New York Mets, the team that everyone expected to be in the playoffs as the division champs, choked at the end.
Nelson: Ha Ha, New York choked.
Oh, guess what people. The Ghosts of ’64 has been put to rest!!!! And, I’m sure the Cubs fans are all thinking that the Ghosts of ’69 has been put to bed for them, since it was because of their team collapse that year that allowed the Miracle Mets of ’69 to get into the post season for that season while the present team has won the Central Division on Friday.
Now, to just wait for their opponent for the Divisional Playoffs.
Edit: I’d just discovered that this was the first time the Fightin’s have won a Regular Season Championship of any kind at home. SWEET!!!!!
Originally posted September 28, 2007:
A-D-A-M E-A-T-O-N. That’s right. Adam Eaton. He’s done it again. What is it with this guy? He can’t hold a lead and can’t seem to get out of the first couple of innings without giving up runs. Aaarrrggghhhh? Mainly because of him the Phils are now once again tied for first place with the Mets. Ggggggrrrrr!!! The Phils need to dump him during the off season, three years contract be damn!!!! This guy was suppose to help the Phils get into the playoffs. Well, he certainly step up today, didn’t him? I know, I know, those two runs that the Nationals scored late in the game was what did the Phils in, but if Adam had come out and do his job in the first place, the Phils would probably never have been in the situations that lead to those two runs being scored in the second place. GGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRR!!!! I don’t think Adam’s problem is physical as much as mental. Why do I think that? How else do you explain him not going for the third out in the top of the second inning so that Washington’s pitcher would be the first one coming to bat in the third inning. But NNNNNOOOOOO!!! He walked the 8th batter, and then the pitcher, the pitcher, got a hit. Luckily, he was able to get out of the inning, thanks to a foul pop. But, I knew it was only a matter of time before he was removed by the manager. And, he was, in the third.
I am poed, I am angry, I am so…Did I mentioned that I was mad??? AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!
Anyway, I am going to be hoping that the players will be coming out tomorrow on fire and tear the Nationals apart while the Mets drop another one so that the Phils will win the pennant and prevent the need for a one game playoff.
Originally posted September 27, 2007:
Good god, hell must be freezing over tonight because the unthinkable has just happened. The Phils are now leading the National League East. Let me repeat that. The Phils are now leading the National League East!!!! The Phils behind now 15 games winner Cole Hamels have defeated the Washington Nationals tonight 6-0. Hamels pitched 8 shut-out innings while striking out 13 Nats and Ryan Howard has knocked in 2 of the 6 Phils runs with a 2 run homer, his 45th of the season. Meanwhile, in New York, the Mets are still in free fall as they lost to the Florida Marlins 7-4. Damn, this is the first time the Mets have been out of first place since May. Looks like Jimmy Rollins might have been right after all when he said that the Phils were the team to beat. You seems to have been right, MR. MVP! And now, the Magic Number to win the East is now 2! Oh boy, I can’t wait!!!! Oh, by the way, hey, NY, take that!!!!