Or rather, smashed it to tiny, tiny bits… Adam Eaton
takes the loss last night in the Phillies 7-1 dive against the LA Angels. In what was looking like a turn-around season for Eaton, he gave possibly one of the worst performances of his career, production-wise. Pitching only 5 innings, he gave up 12 hits, 6 earned runs, which included one home run by Vladamir Guerrero, 3 walks and recorded only one strike out.
Let’s talk about that offense though for a minute. Sure, Guerrero is a GREAT hitter, and arguably the best player on the Angels team with Casey Kotchman running a close second; but Vlads 11 homers, 40 RBI’s, slugging .484% and .285 average don’t stack up at all when you compare him to our best players. Chase Utley (when he’s hitting!) – 22 HR, 63 RBI, .600%, batting .291; Pat Burrell – 18 HR, 47 RBI, .583%, batting .275; Ryan Howard – 19 HR, 63 RBI, .480%, batting .219. Aside from Ryan’s low average, which he has been bringing up, statistically speaking, we should be beating the pants off this team!
So, even if you totally ignore Adam Eaton’s lousy outing last night, how is it the Phillies amazing offense only scores one run? And that one run came from a struggling Utley, still hitless in 23 at bats, lifting a sac fly to score Jimmy Rollins from third base. The offense produced only TWO hits on the night total, one from Shane Victorino, and one from Chris Coste. I understand everyone runs into good pitching sometimes…we saw it in the last 3 series. But sometimes you HAVE TO hit that good pitching. That is what separates the great teams from the good teams. In the last 3 series, the Phillies have not done it. Well, they have two more games against the Angels to see if they can repair their halos. Go Phillies!