Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Beasts From the East


Folks, your Phillies team is loaded with beasts. That is not a difficult statement to make, based on the all star level talent that is on this Phillies baseball club, but let's exclude those all stars. No Chase, no Ryan, no Jimmy, no Brad, and no Colbert. Think you've still got a team loaded with beasts? You may doubt it, but Jay Ballz is here to assure you that you do.

Beast #1...Jamie Moyer. The last time this 45 year old stallwart gave up more than 3 runs in a start was June 1st. Jamie has pitched more than 5 innings in all but 2 of his starts this year. And Moyer has a 2.84 ERA over his last 10 starts, since that June 1st game where he gave up 5 runs in 7 innings.

Beast #2...Jayson Werth (vs. left handed pitchers). Tonight, Jay-Dubya tied Chase Utley for the major league lead in homeruns hit against lefties, at 11. He also raised his OPS against lefties over 1.000. Werth has hit exactly half his career homers against left handers, in far less than half the at bats.

Beast #3a...Greg Dobbs as a pinch hitter. Already, with two months left in the season, Dobbs has tied the team record for pinch hits in a season, with 20 total. In 47 pinch hit at bats, Greg is batting .426 (20 hits) with a 1.089 OPS. Beast #3b...Greg Dobbs with runners in scoring position. With RISP, Greg is batting .355 with a 1.045 OPS. Beast #3c...Greg Dobbs at home. Roy Hobbs Dobbs at "the Cit" is a .365 hitter this year.

Beast #4...Shane Victorino in July. Shane hit 7 of his 9 total homeruns, and has 20 of his 38 total RBI, during July. The heat in recent weeks has helped Shane-o get hot, as he is hitting .340 with a 1.027 OPS, since the all star break. Shane's career July avg. is 69 points higher than his career June average.


All beasts aside, here's your statement to ponder. The Phillies' best additions for the stretch run won't come from a deadline, or waiver trade...they were on the Phils' opening day roster. Could the Phillies have added a "#1" starter via a trade, once CC Sabathia had be dealt? Nope. Was there really a hot veteran bullpen arm with solid postseason experience under his belt? Nah. But guess what, phans...Brett Myers and Tom Gordon will be/are back. Okay, okay...Myers is no Sabathia, but there are teams that would have liked to add Brett Myers to their team this time of year. And if Myers can get it together, and pitch like he did after the all star break in 2006 (the last time he started regularly for a full season) and get 7 wins, with an ERA under 4.00...most phans would approve. And of course there's "Flash" Gordon. Simply put...a veteran reliever, whose combined ERA over the last three Septembers is 2.70 is one that should be sought after. Be glad he's still on our side.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Pitching improvements, Terrible 2's, and more


Welcome to Philadelphia, Joe Blanton. Blanton is definitely a guy who is primed to come around. While he's not Ben Sheets, and he's not CC Sabathia, Blanton is a needed addition to the Phillies' staff. At the very least, this is addition by subtraction....take away Adam Eaton from the starting rotation and the Phils take a step in the right direction.

Blanton makes his Phillies debut against the Mets on Tuesday, the 22nd. Mets batters David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran are a combined 3-for-20 (.150 avg.) against Blanton. 2 of those hits belong to Beltran.


Statement to ponder...The catchers suck. Everyone's favorite 35 yr old sophomore, Chris Coste, hasn't been able to shake himself out of a slump this month. Carlos Ruiz has been slumping for almost a couple months now. Since seeing his batting average reach a season high of .246 on May 25th, Ruiz has had only 1 multi-hit game and his avg. has dipped just about every week, to where it stands now at .204.

In 11 July games, Coste is batting .125 (4 for 32).

In 11 July games, Ruiz is batting .138 (4 for 29).


As pointed out by several sources, first of which was yesterday's game radio broadcast, Colbert Hamels has given up 6 earned runs in his last 3 starts. 5 of those 6 runs are solo homers. Hamels, to be a real ace, needs to cut down on his homeruns allowed. Oh, the offense scoring some runs behind him, might assist with that also. The Phillies have scored 8 total runs in those same previous 3 Hamels starts, and have lost two of those games.


Lastly, I want to touch on the Matt Holliday trade rumors. Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What the Utley?


New Yorkers must not read the Phoul Ballz Phillies blog. Perhaps the 1260AM Yankees blogger, Charod, can pass the message along to Yankees fans that Chase Utley is ABOVE THE BOO. I get the whole rivalry thing. Jeter gets booed in Boston, and that whole deal…White Sox and Cubs are booed at one another’s parks also, but certain guys are above the boo.

Utley, not used to hearing jeers, due to his saint-like, Cal Junior-esque status, reacted in a manner that was out of character, during introductions at the MLB all star homerun derby, last night. He quickly forgot about the microphone on his jersey & the camera in his face and jokingly said an expletive directed right back at the NYC crowd. I am here to set the record straight. The national reports of Utley swearing on the live broadcast are incorrect. Sure, it sounded like the F-word. However, Chase Utley has a different style…you should recognize it. When Chase Utley uses that word, it starts with a “Ph”. Don’t get it twisted.

The boos should be louder than ever during tonight’s All star game at Yankee Stadium. Yankees fans, I don’t phreakin’ blame you, but while Utley has now clinched his permanent boo-berth in NYC for years to come, he has also clinched his cheer pass throughout the rest of baseball. Boston? They’re going to LOVE Chase Utley for cursing at the Yankees' crowd. Oakland and Anaheim? Mmm-hmm…they’ll like a guy who tells New Yorkers what’s up. Cleveland, Baltimore, Chicago…? The list goes on. Chase Utley is likely now the most popular National Leaguer in American League baseball cities, except one…and it’s all phuck’n good.

Monday, July 7, 2008

What to say?

Question to ponder...Is there anything blog worthy with this Phillies team lately?

Oh wait...here's what's good- Chase Utley and Brad Lidge are all stars. More all star news- Vote Pat Burrell in as the 32nd man (or whatever the final roster spot is these days, since we used to vote in the 30th man when this option began several years back). Pat's statistical rankings among NL outfielders are outstanding (2nd in OBP, 1st in slg %, tied for 1st in homers), so you must vote for him. The Majestic store at CBP already has 2008 Utley all star jersey for sale at a lovely price of $139. Chase Utley plans to appear in the MLB homerun derby during the all star break. And in one more bit of all star news...only one Met on the NL team so far.

Is there anything else worthy of writing about with this team? Oh trade rumors? Yeah, well CC Sabathia is off the market. Would Roy Oswalt or Greg Maddux waive their no-trade clauses for the Phillies? Would the M's give up on Erik Bedard so fast, after they gave up the farm for him this past off season? Would the Phils be able to get AJ Burnett? Could the Wolf Pack return to "the Cit"? Not enough information available to really do more than speculate at this stage.

What else is there? Oh yes- are Phillies phans racist? 76ers' legend Charles Barkley appeared on NBC 10's Sports Final last week, and when asked why Chase Utley gets a pass with the Phans while Ryan Howard takes a verbal bashing from the crowd, Barkley pointed out a double standard with the city's phan base. He said, "They're always tougher on black guys here", and cited Donavan McNabb as a prime example. Sure...it has nothing to do with us wanting our players to live up to their top dollar contracts and how Ryan Howard strikes out four times a game, we just don't like his skin pigment.

Any more? What about that Brett Myers guy who pitches for the IronPigs? He's got an agreement to be back with the Phillies after a maximum of three weeks. If he still sucks, what can the Phillies do with him? They could trade him to Chicago so he could shine like the 1st round draft pick he is, just like Gavin Floyd is doing with the White Sox.

"What else, Jay Ballz?", you ask! Finally...RJ Swindle and "Jay" Happ have both returned to Philadelphia. Hopefully, they can both lay the smack down on some opposing batters' candy backsides.

Link to vote for Burrell-
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2008/fv/ballot.html

You all stay phunky phresh and I will holler atcha later. This has been a Fox Sports 1260 presentation.