Pre-Game: Plans for F-Mart, Tejada, Josh Thole has X-Ray

This afternoon at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Jerry Manuel told reporters Fernando Martinez and Jeff Francoeur will platoon with each other in right field.

In addition, Manuel said Ruben Tejada will become the everyday second baseman, with Luis Castillo heading to the bench.

Frankly, I’m not sure why there is even a discussion of a platoon between Francoeur and Martinez – if Martinez is up on the big league roster, I just feel he has to play everyday and they have to see what he can do against left handed pitching.

I mean, if Manuel is giving Castillo’s job to Tejada, and is going to see what he can do at least for the time being, why not see what F-Mart can do in a full time role. After all, this was the kid they would not trade for Johan Santana back in 2008.

Finally, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, Josh Thole underwent an X-Ray after fouling a ball off his foot during last night’s 7-5 loss to the Phillies.

X-Rays were negative, and Josh Thole said today he feels ok.




14 comments
Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith

Pugh played one of the most horrendous games I've seen from an offensive lineman with the sacks allowed combined with penalties.  Walton got dominated up the middle, but it was a far cry from what Pugh was dealing with.  I obviously wasn't thrilled with Richburg's personal foul but it was beautiful to see some fight from an offensive lineman.  On both sides of the ball it seemed like we stuck to the same things as the game progressed despite terrible results.  Rushing four against Foles was not working at all and he had so much time to just sit back and find an open receiver.  I think we match up much better against the Cowboys and expect us to go 4-3.

cj1786
cj1786

Its typical after a loss, especially a terrible one like this, is to try and find reason why, or what happened.  In this case I just don't think there is an answer, or even a couple answers.  I mean people will get on the coaches or the play calling, but I mean how can I even evaluate the plays they called when most of them were blown up before they could even develop.  I mean yea they could have gone max protect and ran one or two man routes but while it might have protected Eli a little, they weren't winning that way.  They just got beat on the field.  Philly set a tone and it snowballed and the Giants never recovered. That's it, to me there is no smoking gun here. 

dminches
dminches

Most of this is on the coaching staff.  Besides McAdoo's horrid play calling, they had no answer to the eagles pass rush.  You have to keep adding guys to the protection until Eli has time.  Instead, the answer was to run the ball on 1st and 2nd downs and put the team in 3rd and long all night long.  Guys were holding because they aren't that good (Jerry) and they had no help.  The defense wasn't that bad, but after a while you get worn down and after Cruz left the game they were done.



Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

every time I start believing in this team and try to give them a chance; they perform like this. The eagles had a make shift OL and the DL couldn't do anything as McCoy looked like he was playing in a 7 on 7 flag football game. On Offense, Manning wasn't sharp, but a lot of that had to do with the ineffectiveness of the OL. Hard to believe that this same OL was rated the 3rd best OL in the NFL overall. Horrible loss and with Dallas and then Colts up next, this team is possibly looking at a 3-5 record at the half way point.

David Lopez
David Lopez

One of the most embarrassing losses for the franchise in recent memory.

Walton and Pugh looked like little boys going against grown men tonight.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

Look, I know we are going to lose from time to time, but I'm not sure anyone told the Giants there was a game tonight.


As you mentioned - thoroughly outplayed from start to finish.  Offense, Defense and Special Teams were all mistake ridden.


time to forget about this debacle, and focus on the Cowboys.  Hopefully this will serve as a lesson for this team, and they will be better prepared on Sunday.


As far as Cruz goes - damn shame he was hurt - and i hope this is an injury he can recover from.  (Still wish he could have held onto the ball - but at least he had an excuse for this drop).


Time for someone to step up

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

Terrible. Losses happen, but the Giants weren't in this game from the opening kick. What really bothers me about the Giants is that they take forever to make adjustments. If something's not working try something else before your gown by 3 TDs. I hate to say this, but if Rex was the DC on this team our defense would be a force. Instead we have Fewell who has the talent but can't do much with it.

jimm1200
jimm1200

My eagles friend labeled this "SackFest".


:/


That oline is gonna get their ears chewed off this week.

Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith

@dminches Good point about running on first and second.  I agree that sticking to the run as a must, but when you're down 20 and getting an offensive penalty other play, you can't afford to run for a gain of 1 or 2 and then no gain on first and second, inviting the eagles to blitz on a make or break play.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

I was surprised Pugh didn't play well. For the most part he has been good. Can't say I'm surprised with Walton. Hopefully, they bounce back next week.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

Maybe they will give Washington a look. He has size. Wouldn't mind him getting some chances in the end zone. They really have nothing to lose.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Matt Drucker  They did a good job making adjustments last week against Atlanta.  This week was just a brutal beatdown.


Lick your wounds, forget about it as fast as possible, and get ready for a trip to Dallas.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

@Matt Drucker Washington isn't a slot receiver.  They would have to move Beckham into the slot for this to happen.  The Giants seem to be vested in playing Beckham outside.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

True. I guess will find out who steps up next week in Dallas.