The Phillies Suck

Lee_rThe Phillies are so useless.

Not more than a few hours after I wrote a post about how Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon may be too valuable to be traded, the pair helped blow a 3-0 lead in the ninth. And the Phils wound up losing, 4-3, in 10.┬áBut don’t blame Lee, the best pitcher in the National League– he threw eight scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking one. He gave up a single and double to start the ninth, and, at 112 pitches, was removed in favor of Papelbon, who promptly blew his fourth save in a week. Just look at this play-by-play after Lee left the game in the ninth:

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Gross.

So, how does Papelbon, the same guy who criticized teammates last week, explain what happened? “Shit happens,” he told reporters.

In the 10th, Justin De Fratus gave three hitters a free pass and gave up a game-winning single.

Maybe, just maybe, if Charlie Manuel had capable arms in the bullpen, or a closer who wasn’t in a “little funk,” as Manuel called it, Lee never would have gone out for the ninth nearing 110 pitches. Or, maybe, five hitters wouldn’t have been given free passes in the final two innings.

34 Comments

  1. Homer's helmet

    June 25, 2013 at 8:23 am

    RJ is guilty of malpractice. They don’t have guys who throw hard or guys who throw trikes i the bullpen. Other than that, they’re tremendous.

  2. Crucify Wheels

    June 25, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Maybe if they could score more than 3 runs and not make every shlomo they face look like Koufax?

  3. Rube has a lifetime job with the phils. Uncle Dave ain’t firing him

  4. Steve Jeltz's Jerry Curl Juices

    June 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Do the phils ever score more than 3 fucking runs??? God forbid they can actually put up a 4-5 runs in a game

  5. ThePhillyFlash

    June 25, 2013 at 8:34 am

    “The Phillies Suck”

    Many thanks for your extensive, in-depth, hard hitting analysis, Kyle. Where would we be without you? Yeah, the irony of Lee and Papelbon conspiring to cost the Phumblins another game last night after the previous post about Ruben wanting to keep them is too funny for words. Funny like a goddamn crutch. Well, Ruben needs to trade Pap NOW while he still has value, I heard Detroit recently canned Jose Valverde, Pap would be the ideal replacement for the Tigers in exchange for a top prospect or two. This team is going NOWHERE, boys and girls. Time to blow it up.

    • That you would say Lee and Papelbon conspired to lose the game suggests you didn’t watch the game but rather are repeating what you heard from ass clown Angelo Cataldi this morning. Lee was brilliant but was clearly gassed in the 8th at 109 pitches. He should never have been on the mound in the 9th. That’s what closers are for. The fact that Charlie sent him back out is a direct result of Amaro’s inability to construct an even marginally capable bullpen for the third straight year and Cinco Ocho’s recent performances/mental break down. Like everything else this season, blame lays squarely at the feet of Ruben Amaro Jr.

      • ThePhillyFlash

        June 25, 2013 at 9:52 am

        Wrong, I did watch the game, start to finish, why I have no idea as viewing a Phillies game is more chore than pleasure these days. In hindsight, perhaps “conspire” was a bad word to use, but I’m annoyed with EVERYONE on this damn team right now, including Kyle’s magnificent steed. Sure, Lee did his part, but Uncle Charlie should’ve put Pap in to start the inning, not wait until things had already gotten shaky. The whole game was a microcosm of the train wreck this season’s become, and why I want this kennel euthanized as soon as possible, no waiting for next month’s trade deadline, do it RIGHT NOW.

  6. Not saying that manuel, paplbon and a random cog of a defunct bullpen arent at fault, but im starting to get tired of hearing about our pitchers staying in to the point of their throwing arm falling off, simply because they want to win. Seriously, how many times did we hear with doc, “Oh his passion to win is amazing, youd have to pry him off the mound” …and now look at him. Again,bad bullpen or not, Charlie needs to pull those guys out earlier for sure…But for fucks sakes id wish that a guy like Lee or Halladay would just recognize that Charlie is that way and be like, “look cholly, my fuckin arm is going to fall off and im going to start giving uo runs. Send in a reliever next inning” it doesnt mean he isnt competitive, it means he wamts to pitch longer and not hurt his team.

  7. Crucify Wheels

    June 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Even if Ruin Tomorrow trades Lee he’ll probably get the modern equivalent of Travis Lee and Omar Daal in return. Because he’s a douchetard.

    • Yup…what’d we get last time…A 7 foot tall Canadian that can’t throw strikes and another guy that is currently in jail…AWESOME! Rube sucks…

  8. Sil Campusano

    June 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Fire charlie

  9. Choooch is cooked. Fat fucking drug addict blew the game last night

  10. Cliff should not have been in there in the 9th to begin with, this offense can’t score any runs, the bullpen is a scrap heap, and Pappelbon is completely imploding.

    I’ve been the voice of optimism for most of the this season, but I think we’re nearing the true “end of days” for this team…If we haven’t seen it already.

  11. Was at the game with my son last night.

    Great time for the first 8 innings and then . . .

    At least Kevin Frandsen autographed my son’s Phillies cap.

    No way Cliff should have started the 9th.

    • Frandsen seems to be one of the few guys on this team who busts his butt on every play.
      Maybe some of the more talented guys on the team should take a cue from him.

      • All Kevin Frandsen does is go 2 for 4 every game he plays with an extra base hit and an RBI or 2. He’s a bum.

      • He was very cool. Wasn’t in a hurry, interacted with the kids that were there.

        Pretty funny moment – some teen-age girl ran up and sort of abruptly asked him to autograph her jersey, but called him “guy” (like, “Hey, guy! Sign my shirt!”). He stopped what he was doing, looked up and said, “Did you just call me ‘guy’?” (She seemed to have no clue who he was.)

        She then asked him (in front of a bunch of little kids, including my 4-year-old son) to write something dirty on it (!). He responded by saying, “How about my name?”

        He was very kind to my son – totally made our day.

  12. Everything about this team is nauseating, players, manager, general manager, ownership.
    The most infuriating part? With the core talent and the funds alloted for salary, this team had they should have won multiple world series. The manager and the GM fumbled those chances away. If the GM stays and i think he will (because the ownership group are the original pragmatists) he seems to think they can “retool”. Wrong! Retooling was what they should have attempted to do 2 years ago. it’s over….time to move on.

  13. Chases Greasy Mop

    June 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Last night was an absolute worst case scenario for the Phillies. Lee pitched great, but that 9th inning hurts. And Paps blows another save. The two guys who actually might have some trade value on this team both hurt that value.

  14. Crucify Wheels

    June 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Charlie is too loyal to guys who now suck

    Rollins guaranteed to soon go into full J-Stroll mode

    Old Howard is never, ever coming back

    Utley is brittle like frozen lettuce

    Hamels is probably now a terminal headcase as long as he’s here

    Darin Ruf might be Rico Brogna but never Old Howard

    Delmon Young

    Sandberg waves absolutely anybody home on a throw to the plate

    Team OBP is .306

    The ownership is happy with a parade once a century

  15. Passed balls, errors, bad plays not called errors – I saw all three in 4 of Pap’s blown saves. And, the douchebags never build on a lead.

    This TEAM sucks. There is no leadership on the team or on the coaching staff.

    Keep waiting for them “to get hot.”

  16. Phils are terrible. Fire that Jew rube

  17. Oh the Humanity

    June 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I’d take a raging maniac like Larry Bowa right now. This team has no heart, no fire, and no chance of winning.

  18. I’ve never been a big believer in sabermetrics, but in today’s game I think all GMs should have at least a good working knowledge of some of the basic tools and concepts.
    Ruben is apparently an intelligent guy (Stanford educated), but does he have even the slightest clue about some of these concepts?
    I’ve seen the Cardinals win with marginal guys like David Freese, Allen Craig, and Pete Kozma. The same with the Giants with guys like Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan, and Ryan Theriot. All marginal players but they look at a lot of pitches and make the opposing pitchers work and they play smart baseball. Ruben is missing the boat with these type of players.

    • ThePhillyFlash

      June 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Maybe so, but the Cards also had Albert Pujols in his prime while the Giants leaned on one hell of a strong pitching staff. Perhaps Ruben did miss the boat on bringing in the sort of players you mentioned, but even if he did, would Uncle Charlie, as old school as they come ever play them? Just as Larry Brown publicly scoffed at the concept of analytics in the NBA, Manuel wouldn’t give sabermetrics the time of day.

  19. The Kyle Scott Religion

    June 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I bow to you Kyle, the prophecy hath fortold this moment. Now where’s my tax-exempt status?

  20. Ascuse you me my home slices. Cliff was the finest done doctor up here in philadelphia and raised a nice family up dere on dat tv show. Cliff Huxtible is a model americin and shows why we’s be runnin dis here world, ya heard.

    • Someone explain to me what the fuck this is.

      • What it is, what it be’s. I agree 104% Philly Trizzy! Cliff Hubstibles is a model Americuns and dat be’s why we’s be runnin dis here wizorld! Word it be son!

  21. I still hope Amaro keeps Utley.

    Rollins and Chooch are done, IMO. (When was the last time Jimmy drove in a big run – 2009?)

    And can we please get rid of Delmon Young now and see what Darin Ruf can do? Young is doing nothing worthy of impeding Ruf’s progress.

    Heck, sat this point, I’d be more interested to see what kids like Ruf & Asche can do with the big league club than the two [old] Youngs. Would also be happy to see Galvis as the starting shortstop. This team needs an infusion of youth & ‘give a darn.’ I say bring the kids up & put Sandberg at the helm. Why wait?

    • ThePhillyFlash

      June 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Because Dave Montgomery and his overlords are scared to death that the Bank will turn into a ghost town overnight if the fans think the team’s run up the white flag and given up on the rest of the season. For whatever it’s worth, I’m all for blowing up this kennel, but I suspect the front office will keep this team together to the bitter end as long as they can keep putting fannies in the seats.

  22. Phillies' 40 Year Old Phenom Prospect

    June 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    maybe people will begin to realize that the Phillies are fucking trash and need to be cleared and rebuilt ASAP.

  23. What it is my G thangs. Y’alls just geolous that ya ain’t gots lebron on yo team! Miami son son! Word up my slizzles!

  24. The sad part about this is that for the 2012-2013 sports season the Phillies have arguably been the best Philadelphia team.

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