That first day of the wild NFL season didn’t exactly have too many fireworks, did it? I’m seriously asking, because I was on the golf course getting a sunburn on two or three random places I missed with the SPF 30. The top of right hand should be golden brown by Thursday. Pretty nice day out there, though. If I can offer just a blanket and unsolicited suggestion to any golfer out there: If you can hit the ball with any type of reasonable authority, your biggest concern should be your alignment. Never let your alignment get too far out of whack. Trust me. Speaking from experience. So, to wrap up a slow blog day, I’m going to live blog the Phils and Giants tonight before I head down to the park for the game on Wednesday. I want to get an idea of exactly how putrid this Giants offense is, and it could be Vance Worley’s last start for the Phillies. Who knows. Anyway, back in a bit….
*So, Tim Lincecum has the flu. Someone must have coughed on the bong. So, the Phillies get sloppy left-hander Barry Zito tonight. Some of the Phils have decent numbers off Zito despite his propensity to throw…not hard. As Dub has stated unknowingly in the comments section, it’s shifted the Phillies to quite strong favorites. Zito had his tizzos ripped off 10 days ago against San Diego.
–One thing of note, this was supposed to be a rejuvenated Giants offense. A full season of Buster Posey, the “next Posey” in Brandon Belt, Skinny Panda. Not much has bounced SF’s way on those fronts. Posey got steamrolled, Belt is back to dominating AAA, and they’re scoring less than 4 runs a game. We’ll see how they do against Worley.
–Shame Lincecum isn’t pitching. Puts the Phils in a bit of a no-win. If they beat Zito, people will just say he stinks, if they lose it’ll be time to sound the alarms.
–Giants manufacture a run in the first, and lead 1-0. It’s Zito time. Wonder if he’s written any sweet lyrics lately.
–2 Out RBI Double by Ryan Howard. His VORP just went up by .056. As an aside, despite his recent RBIs and bat flip on a 337 ft homer, Michael Martinez is still killing the Phils in the 2-hole.
–3 Run Bomb for Ibanez. 4-1, Phils. Heard more 25HR/85 RBI talk on the radio today about how that’s just what the Phillies need. Raul is getting there the ugly way.
–Dinner Break. Chicken Quesa-what? Dilla.
–Wheels–”Posey is a guy you want back in the league, because he’s the kind of guy that does everything right.” Except block the plate, I guess, according to everyone who has ever caught an inning of baseball.
–Pittsburgh is jumping on Atlanta again, 3-0. Love those Pirates. Beat the Braves last night and Atlanta is reeling a bit.The other day they lost to Dontrelle Willis who I thought was on a barnstorming tour with Danny Almonte. As an aside, nice job by Pittsburgh starting to sell out Pirates games.
–John Mayberry Jr. homers to left to shake the Phils out of what was starting to look like their typical mid-game malaise when they are carrying a lead. Hard to blame this team for getting comfortable with a lead at times, and it’s now 5-1, so don’t expect too many more fireworks.
–As usual, we are cruising right along. So, here’s a question. Beltran or Pence in a perfect world? I’ve allowed some of the stat guys and pessimists to cool my enthusiasm for Pence over the last day or two, plus that deal does seem less likely. Beltran as a rental is certainly appealing, Met or not. It’s not like picking up Castillo. Assuming Worley or Brown isn’t part of the deal, I’d love to get Beltran. Teams usually do overvalue their young arms. Everyone wants to think they’ve got the next Roy Halladay in low-A ball.
–Inside the Park home run by Utley! He looked out. Samuel waves him with 0 outs. Love it. Samuel waves ‘em all. Head first dive might have avoided the tag. Utley’s knee looks…decent tonight. He’s been a dervish.
–Here’s a great quiz for this site. NFL Starting QBs–2010. Category: Know Your DA People. My Score: 60/63
–I don’t know what Worley’s future holds, but I know his trade value will never be higher. It’s an interesting dilemma. Assuming Oswalt comes back, Worley becomes the 5th starter and would be lucky to see an inning here or there come playoff time. In the meantime, though, he’s been a stabilizing force in this rotation for the last month.
–Tom McCarthy doesn’t know the difference between a pick-off and a caught stealing. Good to know.
–Howard adds a solo bomb to center (4th homer of the night for the Phils) to make it 7-2. This one was about as comfortable as it can get. Great overall game. Worley fires a complete game, Giants manage 3 hits…better luck next time, San Francisco.