Archive for May, 2008

Time To Hit The Panic Button?

Posted in Philadelphia Phillies, Recaps on May 31, 2008 by Adam Smoot

At some point during the Marlins 12-3 blowout loss to the Phillies tonight, we started to genuinely wonder about this team. Sure, they’ve been pretty spectacular so far, and it’s kinda hard to knock a team that’s been in first in their division the majority of the time, but are we seeing what’s really there? Or is this just a bit of smoke and mirrors? Granted, we’re former Orioles fans, so we tend to enter good situations with tons of skepticism, but what if there’s even a sliver of truth to that question?

Think about it. Mark Hendrickson was 7-2 entering tonight’s game (unheard of for a guy that hasn’t posted a winning record since 2005), but with an ERA over 4. Scott Olsen started the season 4-1 and looked to be unhittable at times. Dan Uggla has 16 homers and 38 RBI, and is on pace for a career year, as well. But since when does an entire team play above expectations for an entire season? Sure, one or two guys might have career years, but four? Five? That’s what we’ve been seeing so far.

Problem is, sooner or later, things even out. Uggla is 3 of his last 20. Scott Olsen hasn’t recorded a win since early May. Hendrickson has given up 15 runs in his last 8 innings. Even Hanley Ramirez has seen his average drop to sub-.300 since he signed his long-term deal a few weeks ago. What gives? Is this just a slump, or is there legitimate concern that this is truly what this team is made of?

Honestly, it’s still too early to tell what’s real and what’s a mirage, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. The ride has been fun thus far, so we don’t want to be the pillars of negativity, but we are realists, so we don’t have our heads buried in the sand on this, either. We’re just gonna wait it out and see what happens in the next few weeks. If Scotty Olsen and Mark Hendrickson can regain some of their early season magic, our worries will be quelled. But if things continue the way they’ve been going as of late, this could wind up turning into a really long season.

As for tonight’s game, we kinda had a feeling it was going to go this way after watching the first inning. That might’ve been the most uninspiring 3-run first inning we’ve ever witnessed. Single. Walk. Single. Run scores. Walk. Bases loaded, 1-0 score and Myers hasn’t been able to find the strike zone at any point in the first 4 at bats. So what happens next? Uggla swings at the first pitch (huh?!) and pops up for the first out. Gonzalez hits a fly ball that gets misplayed. Two more runs score. Pop out. Pop out.

So 3 pop outs and one fly ball that should’ve been caught. Weakest 3-run first inning ever.

AP Photo/Tom Mihalek

Marlins Look To Beat Myers (Enter Brett Myers Battery Joke Here)

Posted in Philadelphia Phillies with tags , on May 30, 2008 by Adam Smoot

The Marlins (30-22) road trip continues against the Phillies (31-24) tonight. Philly enters their home stadium with a 4-game winning streak, while the Marlins try to patch things up after losing 2 in a row to the lowly Mets. Your pitching matchup for the evening is Mark Hendrickson (7-2, 4.14 ERA) vs. Brett Myers (2-6, 5.79 ERA, 1 Battered Wife), so if you happen to be in the Philadelphia area and plan on attending the game, don’t forget to print out this sign and take it with you to the outfield bleachers.

Alou Teams With Eggo To Create World’s Largest Waffle

Posted in Bartman, Moises Alou with tags on May 30, 2008 by Adam Smoot

Poor Steve Bartman. Two months ago, Moises Alou came clean (suppposedly) to columnist Jim Litke that, “Hey. Ya’ know what. I wouldn’t have caught the damn ball anyway.” (Not an actual quote.)

Although Bartman had already endured what, in all likelihood, was the longest 5 year stretch known to man, he was now free. Free from the burden of costing the Cubs their World Series (Cough! — Alex Gonzalez — cough!) and free to go back to living his life through goofy glasses and a set of headphones from 1993. Ah, yes. Life is just beginning to get back to normal for Steve Bart– Eh. Nevermind.

Moises Alou, currently with the Mets DL, now suggests that he really would have caught that ball.

“I had it,” Alou said Wednesday in the Mets’ clubhouse. “I make that catch, (the playoffs would have been a) different story.”

By different story, of course, he means that Alex Gonzalez would’ve gotten that last out instead of booting an easy grounder — causing more harm than an inconsequential foul ball — and not have opened the flood gates for 37 more runs to come in that inning. Gonzalez couldn’t be reached for comment because, well, nobody knows where the hell he is anymore.

Let’s just take a look at the series of events that took place after the foul ball and see where the blame really lies:

(Click to enlarge.)

Yep. Definitely the guy scapegoat in the stands.

You know, for a brief 2 months, there was peace and serenity in the Bartman household. Way to piss all over the poor guy’s parade, Moises.

Marlins Road Trip Not Off To Best Of Starts

Posted in New York Mets, Recaps, Scott Olsen with tags , on May 29, 2008 by Adam Smoot

Remember when Scott Olsen was winning and we were calling him a pimp? Yea. Those were the days. We haven’t been able to do that in almost a month now.

The Marlins lost a back and forth ballgame to the Mets tonight, 7-6 in 12 innings.

Again, early pitching woes put the Marlins in a hole to start the game. This time it was a Luis Castillo homer in the first that had the Fish trailing 2-0 before an out was even recorded. This is the 3rd straight game that the first 3 batters in the game have all reached base safely. Not something you want your starting pitching to make a habit of. Especially not your supposed ace.

But it wasn’t necessarily a pitching problem that cost the Marlins the game today. This was just a slug it out game from both offenses, and in the end, the Mets wound up slugging more. Without looking, one could probably just assume the names Uggla, Ramirez, Wright and Beltran were involved in tonight’s homerunfest… and that person would be dead wrong.

Take a look for yourself.

Yea, that’s right. It was the little guys doing the damage tonight. Six homers and none of them by anyone you would expect. Well, unless you count Cody Ross, who now has 11 hits this month; nine of them being round-trippers.

Of Note:
Hanley Ramirez is still in his slump, going 0-4 and watching his average drop to .291… I’m wearing a yellow speedo while typing this. (Actually, I’m not. Just wanted to see if you were actually reading this.)

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Marlins Fail In Bid To Get Randolph Fired

Posted in New York Mets, Recaps, Willie Randolph Suicide Watch with tags , on May 28, 2008 by Adam Smoot

For one more night, Willie Randolph is the manager of a professional baseball team. And he has Johan Santana to thank. In games where Santana pitches, the Mets are 8-3. Unfortunately, they’re 16-23 without him on the mound — probably not good enough to keep Randolph employed for much longer.

Tonight was a brief escape from reality for Randolph and the Mets, as they came out of Shea with a 5-3 victory over the Marlins. Santana went 7 innings, striking out 8 and giving up just 3 runs.

For your Marlins, it was a rough first inning that would do them in. Andrew Miller, who’s resembled a Major League pitcher as of late, struggled in the first, loading the bases and eventually surrendering 3 runs in the inning. Things calmed down after that, but the damage was done. The Mets would add a measly 2 runs over the final 8 innings, but those would be just enough to get the job done.

The Fish sit near the top of the Majors with a 30-21 record; good enough for 3rd best in all of baseball (tied with ‘Zona). For this team to really prove itself, they’ll have to at least come out of this stretch of road games with a .500 record or better. They’ve got one more at Shea, then they head out to Philly and Atlanta to take on the rest of their division.

Oh, and because I don’t know how long this will last (especially with this brutal road trip), here’s a picture to savor the moment.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Things Done Changed

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2008 by Adam Smoot

Oh hey there. We weren’t expecting you so soon. Like we said a week or two ago, we’re changing a few things around. Try not to trip over anything as you wander through the halls. Not sure how long this will take us, but if you find anything that isn’t working right, feel free to click that link on the right side and email us. See y’all tomorrow.

Oh, and 2 for 2 on Sunday? Niiiiiiiiice.

Happy Memorial Day

Posted in Alcoholic Holidays on May 25, 2008 by Adam Smoot

The Fish play two against the Giants today and then head out to New York to take on the Mets on Monday. We have Memorial Day BBQs today and tomorrow, so we’ll be drunk for at least the next 36 hours. Enjoy your holiday. See ya’ Tuesday.