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Willard Preacher
Los Angeles
Enjoying show business, the So Cal weather, and following the Phils.
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BAP, as the world's foremost Giants fan, I'm surprised to see you showing an affinity for the Dodgers. Or are you 'hate rooting?'
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Good commentary on the TGP thread about Burnett, his "expectations," and potential outcomes for the future. I'll posit that my own recommendation as a better investment for that $12.75M would be to give the majority of it to another team along with Jonathan Papelbon. This feels like one example where there's potential "addition by subtraction" by shedding all of Burnett (if he allows), Paps and cash.
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dragon, I tend to agree with you there. And that will, of course, bolster the consistency of the starting rotation. Of course, that is consistent mediocrity, but consistency nonetheless!
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Since we've been kicking around the last couple days: Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki Burnett coy about future after giving up lead in loss. http://mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_09_16_phimlb_sdnmlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=phi …
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Don't get me wrong, I actually think this is a very cool thing that the Phils are doing for TGJ, and I'm sure he's immensely thankful to have this opportunity. I don't think they do this if they're 2.0 GB in the Wild Card race or if Revere hadn't recently fallen out of the batting race contention. But therein lies the crux of my frustration with this team. By doing this, they are finally, essentially, admitting that they're no longer trying to win first and foremost (again, rightfully so in this respect). Yet, still, Darin Ruf and Mikael Franco do not start and get a maximum number of AB's against MLB caliber pitching (or at least San Diego's reasonable facsimile of such). I cannot comprehend the mindset that is being employed with this effing team.
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Matt Gelb @MattGelb A Cool Thing: Tony Gwynn Jr. will start in center field tonight at Petco Park, which is located on Tony Gwynn Drive. Ah, well, then that explains it. Glad to see the Phils have a little bit of heart (despite having previously released TGJ after DFA'ing him).
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When you need to both still win games (are they still saying that?) and develop young talent at the same time, you absolutely need to have Gwynn, Asche, and Sizemore in the lineup. No room for washed up talentless clowns like Ruf and Franco. But hey, at least Burnett maxes out his vesting option for next year tonight!
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As I read that Murphy article, I can't help but think of gravitate toward a potential outcome. What if Giles proves to be absolutely dominant in the closer role? Are the Phils exposing themselves (not pun intended) to a potential union fight if they decide that KG is actually the better closer? How much interpretation is there, anyway (even if KG is only "so-so," can the Phils argue that his stuff, once he gets a feel for the job, will only get better)? As I read about all the "tip-toeing" it's interesting that we may start to soon see some actions that allow the Phils to start to take an active role in not getting Paps the requisite "games finished," and the inevitable battle that it sounds like Paps may be preparing for if/when that occurs. Call me dubious, but this could get ugly...
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@PLM: "If he had enough Cojones he should of admitted he was wrong and apologized. Instead of denying what he did." I think Paps having Cajones is precisely the reason he's in this situation to being with...
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Has Burnett given any more indication on where he falls on pitching next year? Last I heard he was still leaning retirement, though I believe his next start maxes out his option, which could make it a pretty compelling lean the other direction...
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I could nit pick with BAP's specific odds (and I'm sure many will!), but I 100% agree with his general sentiment. That's about how I'd rank them.
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Bonehead, the gist of your comment/question is actually quite sound (assuming I'm interpreting correctly). In general, the odds are definitely against it. That said, your best shot is Franco, and only because he's yet to throw a bucket of cold water on our hopes and dreams like Dom Brown has. ;) And Ryne is going to ensure that doesn't happen. He's doing a good job of letting us get used to the idea of Franco as an MLB player without actually giving him the regular chance to dispel that optimism. Nice work, Ryne!
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Glad the Phillies are still rolling out their "win now" lineups, rather than trying to get these young call-ups as many AB's as humanly possible. It's really going to pay off so that the vets can get on a good hot streak before the playoffs start.
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Anyone know if Rollins is going to be healthy in time for the playoffs? (sorry, just so quiet around here...)
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Pretty sure that Ruf would not be eligible for any postseason roster if traded (not 100% certain of the injury/replacement guidelines, but the deadline for trades for postseason eligibility passed a couple weeks ago).
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Matt Gelb ‏@MattGelb Ryan Howard's OPS at time of benching: .682. Ryan Howard's current OPS: .687. Posted by: GBrettfan To me, the funniest part of this tweet is referring to it as "benching." I've seen rest stop bio-breaks last longer.
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I thought we got our Kyle Kendrick start out of the way already this week?
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Juums, very reasonable take on the situation. Though, I'd draw attention to one of your parentheticals: "Though the cult of upside guarantees Dom will get another chance as "change of scenery" guy." If this is true, it makes the discussion moot, as I think you have to capitalize on this aspect before even discussing Ruf as trade bait.
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Hmmm, Perhaps Williams doesn't have his command tonight?
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Trying to win now, indeed. So, I suppose I should act shocked and amazed when the bottom half of the order collectively puts up 2 infield hits (my guess is one each for Galvis and Asche) on the way to being shut out and kick off the narrative of "Vance Worley: Phillie Killer?"
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I get that you want to be fair to Asche, but I'm kind of with clout here. There's no reason that Franco shouldn't be playing every inning from here on out for the rest of the season. Kill two birds with one stone and get Asche some time in the outfield.
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I feel like this is the Phillies doing Vance Worley a favor? If I'm Vanimal, I tell my catcher to not even put down any signs, I'm throwing a fastball right down Broadway all night long. Let the infielders get some work.
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Cyclic, did he happen to mention whose old school ideas they are that the team is now paying for?
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"So, the hairdresser won the Paul Owens Award for the Phillies' best minor league pitcher." Still trying to process whether or not this is something he should be proud of. Would have been Giles, except for the fact that he was actually good enough to not be a minor league pitcher all year...
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