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On Thursday, many families will crowd around the dinner table and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in their life. Some are in good or improved health, others have recently found employment or received a promotion, still more have found love. Me, I’ll be giving thanks for the grown men who run around in pajamas chasing a spherical object for seven months out of the year. Join me, won’t you?
Marlon Byrd was drafted when I was ten years old. At that time I was much more concerned with trying to get Jimmy Rex to trade me his first edition Gyarados card than I was with the Phillies 10th round draft pick. Honestly, most of what pre-teen Eric remembers about the first Marlon Byrd Phillies era was how great his name sounded coming out of Harry Kalas’ mouth. Byrd has had a really interesting career and I wanted to find out more about it, so I’ve done some digging. Let’s discuss how Byrd got here and why he is what he is and has been what he has been. Continue reading…
Freddy Galvis is rooting around the Venezuelan Winter League right now, playing shortstop for los Aguilas de Zulia. When he returns stateside, he’ll almost certainly have a spot with the big league club in 2014. Galvis has two seasons of non-arbitration team control remaining, and has established himself as exactly the kind of utility player any manager would love to have in reserve for the league minimum (or possibly more).
Cliff Lee was in a bit of trouble in the top of the fourth against the Mets this afternoon. After allowing a single to Eric Young, Jr., Wilmer Flores laced a line drive down the right field line. While Young was running to second, Utley acted as if Flores had hit a pop-up. This caused Young to slow up to find the ball in case he had to go back to first base. Of course, he didn’t, but once he found out it was too late to round third base and go home. While Young eventually came around to score on a ground out, Utley did save a run with the Academy Award-worthy acting.
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Lots of things have gone wrong for the Phillies since coming back from the All-Star break. They have lost 13 of 15 games and have kissed any of the previously-improbable odds of making a run at the post-season goodbye. Injuries have stolen Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, and Ryan Howard from the Phillies and they have been hard-pressed to replace the lost production.
The Phillies dropped last night’s nationally-televised game to the Braves 4-1, giving the Braves their tenth win in a row and the Phillies their fifth loss in a row. It was a depressing game all-around, but it was Delmon Young who ran away with the worst performance of the night. In four at-bats, he struck out four times and saw a total of 15 pitches. Those of you quick at math realize that it takes three strikes to strike out, so with four strikeouts you have 12 of your pitches gone right there, meaning Young saw only three extraneous pitches in four at-bats. It was, in the time between when you wiped the tears from the corner of your eye and your next crying fit, comical.
Let’s relive Delmon’s night together, in .gif form after the jump. The usual caveat applies: if you have a slow computer, the barrage of .gifs may bog it down, so be forewarned.
Ed. Note: This was originally scheduled to run prior to the start of last night’s Braves-Phillies game, but Eric had trouble getting WiFi at the airport.
Tonight marks the debut of Ethan Martin, a 6’2” righty who was the primary return in the Shane Victorino trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer. Martin has one of the better arms in the system but also has a few issues that could prevent him from pitching as a starter long term. I’m writing this post in the Philly airport, waiting to board for a flight to Florida, so bear with its length, which is considerably shorter than you’re used to seeing from me.
On Thursday, we relived a hellish inning in which Phillies pitching surrendered eight –yes, count ‘em, eight — unearned runs to the Detroit Tigers in one inning. There were three errors, two walks, and only two hits, the last of which was a soul-crushing grand slam. At the time, it seemed like the perfect send-off into a roster liquidation, but alas.
Seemingly motivated to one-up themselves, the Phillies played an inning and a half of some of the worst baseball you will see this year. Scholars are debating which has been worse, the eight-run inning against the Tigers, or the end of last night’s series finale against the Giants. For science, let’s relive all of the awfulness in .gif form after the jump. As usual, if you have a slow computer or Internet connection, this page will probably bog it down.