Another good pitching performance was wasted by the Phillies today as they lost to the Marlins 7-3. They quit scoring runs after the 4th inning and the bullpen allowed a tied game to go to a 4 run deficit. Combine all those issues and you’ve got your basic Philly Fan nightmare L I am afraid to go to sleep tonight as visions of Fish with bats hitting doubles up the middle are sure to haunt my dreams. Add to that my usual Freddie Krueger nightmare, and you’ve got one hell of an evening…
Perhaps the Phillies have been having the same horror movie dream…because they all look like they are starved for sleep. Except for Brett Myers today, who pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 8 hits with 9 strike outs. Not his best outing, but certainly workable. How is it that this team scores 8 runs for Kendrick, who completely stunk last night, and for Myers, who has been excellent, only 3 runs? They lost both games too, giving the series to the Fish, 1-2.
The bullpen was awful again with Chad Durbin, JC Romero and Clay Condrey combining efforts to allow 4 runs in the 8th and 9th innings. And as for our previously hot line-up, it does not even look like the same team. Chase Utley, who started the year as an All-Star, is about to finish it in Freddie Krueger land. He is batting a .257 in his last 10 games without a single home run. Not a very Utley-like performance. Pat Burrell, who was the most consistent player in the first half, has batted a .176 in his last 10 games, also without a home run and 2 RBI total. And Shane Victorino in his last 10 is at a .205, no homers and only 2 RBI. The lack of power numbers, with the exception of Ryan Howard, has really hurt them. More proof that this team still has not learned situational hitting.
What does all this mean? Well, for starters, if the Mets win tonight, it is my belief that the Division title will be out of reach. Also, if they are to contend then for the Wild Card spot, they will need to sweep the Brewers. Oh, my head hurts! So, what do the rest of you think their chances are? Feel free to comment below. And do try to get some sleep…if you can J
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