Monday, June 23, 2008

Weak week

It's been a long time...I shouldn't have left you without a strong blog to step to. Think of how many weak blogs you slept through. Time's up. Sorry I kept you....

So, those Phillies are still clinging onto first place after one of the most sucktastic weeks in recent memory. 5 straight losses to the two best teams in the American League. 9 total runs scored in those 5 losses. .166 batting avg. during that streak. And 4 straight series losses to top it all off.

Slumps R Us. The much talked about Chase Utley slump (0-for-24) was broken on Sunday with a double. The Philadelphia phaithful responded by offering the all star second baseman a standing ovation for hanging tough and getting back into the proverbial swing of things. Utley's sad stretch now stands at a 1-for-27 (.037 avg) skid. Silently creeping up to match Utley's recent ineptitude, is Pat Burrell. Pat the bat is currently stuck in a 1-for-19 (.053 avg) slump. The season long pinch hitting slump continues for Phoul Ballz phavorite, So Taguchi. After his poor showing on Sunday, Taguchi has reached 0-for-12 (.000 avg) in pinch hitting appearances this season.

Statement to ponder: Chase Utley is suck-proof.
Getting back to Chase Utley, and his immense popularity that I tossed around, last time...what would this guy have to do to get booed in Philadelphia? He goes hitless for 20+ at bats, and got a remarkable crowd reaction, once he broke it. If Chase went all J-Mike on the police, would the phans be upset? If he got impatient with a media member and called him a retard like Brett Myers did, would anyone be offended? If he got his "TO" on and bashed his teammates and made a circus of the locker room, would the CBP crowd tell him about himself? It's quite possible that Mr. Utley would be immune to such judgements, but rest assured he would never suck, in any of those manners. Chase Utley is certainly above the boo, and he's suck-proof. It's true times two, and you heard it here first.

Stats to ponder...The Phillies have 4 wins and 11 losses in games in which Jimmy Rollins steals at least one base. That is a .267 winning pct. The Phillies have 9 wins and 6 losses in games in which Shane Victorino steals at least one base. That is a .600 winning pct.
Dear Charlie, Please, keep the leadoff guy from ripping off bags and send the Hawaiian guy more often. Thanks.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"Chase Utley, you are the man!"

Harry Kalas' famous quote is being used an awful lot these days. Even Kalas, himself, is saying it.

Utley continues to make a serious bid for himself to become the Phillies' 3rd straight National League Most Valuable Player. For the second time this season, Chase has hit homers in five consecutive games. That feat has only been accomplished by three other major leaguers in the history of the game.

Statement to ponder: Chase Utley could very well hurt his chances at being a league MVP by acting like a humble shy guy.
While Utley's outstanding talent increases his popularity each day (Utley leads all ML'ers in votes for All Star voting), I can't help but feel he could be far more adored. Is it too much to ask for Utley to pump a fist, or tell the guys on Daily News Live that he's excited about this team's chances and how he's been playing? I want personality and I know I am not alone. I don't need a "hot dog" the likes of Manny Ramirez, I just want a star player who will celebrate a game winning homerun (remember all the fun Ryan Howard used to have with Rick White over the phones and with Chris Roberson & Smooth-Roll in the dugout in 2006?)...or a guy who will clap his hands and give a wink toward his team in the dugout (recall how Jimmy Rollins constantly did this sort of thing in 2007?). Showing some emotion, certainly wouldn't hurt a player's chances to win such high recognition.