If you were Charlie Manuel on the day that you had to decide who wasn’t going to be joining the Phillies in the postseason, who would you choose? On September 28th & 29th, the Phillies basically held a talent show for the player’s who you don’t see too often, such as Mike Sweeney, Paul Hoover, Greg Dobbs, Domonic brown, John Mayberry and Brian Bocock. Needless to say, I think we know who won that talent show (Roy Halladay, and he didn’t even participate! Astonishing.) But the question is, who’s gonna get the boot? Don’t forget about the ‘pen, too, we’re gonna have to make some adjustments there soon. I think it’s between Danys Baez, Greg Dobbs, Domonic Brown, and Kyle Kendrick.
Danys Baez (T-Mac says “Danny” Baez) Is a 7th inning man. Always has been, always will be. His longest outing of the season was 1.1 IP which he’s accomplished a few times this year. He suffered back spasms in late August-early September which could happen again, we never know! It’s risky to keep him in the roster.
Domonic Brown is your typical bench player. A few hits, 4 of them doubles, and 2 homeruns. He’s mainly been a spectator this year, except for his couple of starts in right field as Jayson took over center for Shane. Hey, remember that ground-rule double against the Dodgers? LOL. That was a classic. Got a chuckle out of Ryan Howard. Anywho, Dom doesn’t have any postseason experience at all, which could be either positive or negative, guess we’ll have to see!
Gregory Dobbs Lol, he’s not a fan favorite, really. Not in my book, anyway! I really believe that Greg is only good when you play him alot. We haven’t needed to do that thanks to Wilson Valdez, but Greg is not having a good year pinch hitting. His PH average is somewhere around .81…. Not so good. Although, he’s had a pretty good couple of postseasons!
Kyle Kendrick Oh, Kyle Kendrick. He truly has been unpredictable and inconsistent this year. He started off pretty well then it all kind of went downhill. I do not see him as a starter this postseason, but instead, a long-relief man in the ‘pen. His last outing pretty much proved that he should be long-relief (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 K).
When it comes down to it, I see Danys & Dom getting the boot. Dom doesn’t have any postseason experience, and Danys really isn’t needed, seeing that we have 8 other guys in the ‘pen who are fully capable of pitching well. But, it’s up to Captain Cholly!
There’s no other way to explain it:
Incredible Really good Pretty good Good Dobbs/Robertson
Hamels Durbin Kendrick Baez ………
Oswalt Herndon Contreras Bastardo
Halladay Sweeney Romero Zagurski
Howard Moyer Worley
Heck yes, do it for Mike Sweeney.
What does the name Jimmy Rollins mean to you? When you think of him, do you think Gold glove/Silver slugger/ All-star Rollins? Or do you think of the very idle 2010 Rollins? Many have turned on him this year, and do not have good things to say about him. I for one still believe that without Jimmy, they aren’t the Philadelphia (soon to be NL East champs) Phillies. His presence has turned this club around, and the numbers are astonishing when he’s mixed in there. This year however, he’s been placed on the disabled list, much to our dismay, 3 times. At one point you may have found yourself thinking “Oh yeah, I forgot we had Rollins”. Come on, you did. The real story behind this however, is the fact that his replacement, Wilson Valdez, has basically been up to par, and a little extra somethin’.
Jimmy Rollins / Wilson Valdez
GS: 82 103
PA: 374 342
H: 81 81
RBI: 37 33
HR: 7 4
BA: .245 .256
R: 47 30
GDP: 4 19
Alright, so, I only added GDP because the fact that Wilson’s hit into 19 is just hilarious to me. But anywho, He’s been our absolute best utility player of the entire season. His numbers almost match Jimmy’s, for a guy who you’d think would just show up at the plate, pop out, play shortstop, repeat. Nope, Wilson Valdez has gotten his fair share of MVP chants from my living room, and probably from a few sections of CBP (keep it phresh, yo).
Wilson has played in 103 games and has filled in: 39 for Chase Utley, 54 for Jimmy Rollins, and 3 for Placido Polanco. Combined, Jimmy and Wilson have scored 77 runs out of the 723 that the Phillies have scored this season.There really isn’t much more you can ask of him, and I have a good feeling that we haven’t seen the last of him.
I’m really bored right now, sitting alone in my kitchen, so thank god for the internet. Here are some pretty interesting facts about anything and everything:
Just so you know:
Just so you know: Today, the cheapest price for a ticket on stubhub to tonight’s game is $54, which is the most expensive among any other game tonight in the country. The cheapest for the Yankees-Rays game is $7. Huh.
Just so you know: Wilson Valdez is starting in tonight’s game (yes, again) but i’m not complaining. In games he’s started, he has possessed a .255 Average, while replacing Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, and mainly Jimmy Rollins. I’ll save the rest of his awesomeness for my next blog post which shall be entitled “The Wilson Valdez Era”.
Just so you know: Shane Victorino’s cousin, Kanekoa Texeira is a relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, who we won’t be seeing in the 2011 interleague schedule.
Just so you know: Brian Schneider and his wife, Jordan, picked some pretty strange names for their kids. First child born: a girl, named Tatum(it means cheerful). 2nd born: a boy, named Calin(I have no clue). 3rd born (just a few days ago): Holden McKinney(meaning, a hollow valley). Why Brian, why?
Just so you know: Jimmy Rollins is the co-publisher of Justin Beiber’s single “Eenie Meenie”. Terrible choice, Jimmy. (Story courtesy of Crossing Broad).
If I have any other interesting stories/facts, I’ll be sure to post them in this article.
We’ve all been in one of those weird moods where all you want to do is stare into space… thinking about nothing. You really shouldn’t stare into space though if you know for a fact that you may be on TV. Although sometimes, you just like to sit there and make strange faces. That’s what my camera is for.
Example 1: “Maybe I shouldn’t have had that iguana before the game”.
What, you think i’m kidding? Carlos eats lizard. It’s a Panama thing.
As the 2010 regular season comes winding down with the most crucial games just around the corner, the Phillies are beginning to expand their active roster. This past week, the Phils made their first move and called up catcher Paul Hoover, who spent the season in AAA-Lehigh Valley. This season he has played in 6 games for the Phillies, backing up catcher Brian Schneider. In the minors, Hoover is hitting .247 with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homeruns, and 21 RBI’s.
I don’t know about you, but I think the Phillies are definitely going to call up the following from AAA-Lehigh Valley in the next umpteen days: Greg Dobbs (IF), Vance Worley (P), Scott Mathieson (P), Drew Carpenter (P), Mike Zagurski (P), Cody Ransom (IF), and John Mayberry Jr. (OF).
We obviously already know what Greg Dobbs can do, much to our dismay, but what about the other guys?
Vance Worley- This year, he’s played for AA and AAA. Combined, his record is 10-7, and he’s allowed 157 hits, 126 runs (59 earned). He has walked 46 batters, but he’s also struck out 118.
Scott Mathieson- For the IronPigs, his record this season is 3-6, not so great, but his ERA is around 2.85 in 53 games. He has allowed 49 hits and 8 homer’s in 63.1P
Drew Carpenter- He has started 26 games this season, possessing an 8-11 record alongside a 4.10 ERA. He’s allowed 139 runs (66 earned), and 16 homeruns. He has struck out 111 batters, but he’s also walked 53.
Mike Zagurski- He has almost always had a losing record in his 5 seasons with the minors. This season his record is another losing one (2-3) which isn’t fantastic for a relief pitcher. He’s struckout 67 and walked 37. I won’t get too into what else he’s allowed because frankly, it’s not that great…
Cody Ransom- Who I nick-named Cody Random, just because we used him in… what, 3 games? 4? Either way, he’s not too shabby down in AAA. He has hit 25 doubles, 1 triple, and 16 homers. Reminds me of a Chase Utley season around July/August. He’s batted in 60 runs, stolen 5 bases, although he was caught twice. His average is around Shane Victorino’s with a .258 BA.
John Mayberry Jr.- Another Chase Utley mirror image, except taller and not quite as epic. Mayberry has batted in 64 runs with 24 doubles, 1 triple, and 14 homer’s. He’s got a .263 BA in 530 PA (124 G).
So who’s going to really shine this september and make their way up? I guess we’ll have to find out! Postseason here we come.