The Phillies faced a knuckleball pitcher, a very rare breed, for the second game in a row today. This time it was against the Mets.
And for the second game in row, all the Phillies offense got out of the experience was a knuckle sandwich as pitcher R.A. Dickey smacked them around. And here I thought Dickey’s went out of fashion after the 19th Century….who knew?
The Phillies had the bases loaded twice and could not score. Carlos Ruiz hit into a 1-2-3 double play with NO outs and the bases loaded, as one example. And altogether, the Phillies left so many men on base, it began to look like they were doing it on purpose as some sort of weird, confuse the defense-type strategy. You know, like the Mets were going to panic and screw up: “There are runners everywhere! Maybe we are hallucinating? Where should I throw the ball? Oh no….there are just SO many of them to choose from! Crap! I dropped the ball….” It could happen. ;o)
Ryan Howard did his best to help out with 2 hits, one of which nailed the pitcher in his non-pitching elbow. While that had to hurt, it did not affect Dickey’s delivery. Helpful hint, Ryan: hit the OTHER elbow next time. Got it? Ok, thanks.
So while the Phillies enlisted the LSD-offensive technique, the Mets chose simply to hit the crap out of Jamie Moyer’s slow-motion not-so-fast balls. Moyer lasted only 5 short innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks with some lack-luster defense behind him.
So what have we learned this week, Phillies fans? 1 – The Phillies cannot hit knuckle balls. 2 – Leaving men on base, whether it is confusing to the defense or not, is totally NOT helpful. And 3 – If the offense keeps going into mega-slumps like this, it is going to be a very, very long season.
So the Phillies lose game 1 to the Mets, 0-8, with a little extra destruction from our bullpen. Yuck. But enough of that…on to happier things!
In yesterday’s Phillies Phestival report, I told you all about Bryan, a local Cole Hamels look-alike. Bryan was kind enough to send me a copy of his photo with the actual Cole Hamels, shown to the right. They could totally be brothers. You can email Bryan with questions or comments about his life adventures while being mistaken for Cole. Hey, I wonder what he will be for Halloween this year? Let’s hope the costume includes a second World Series ring ;O)
And if you have not seen the results from today’s All-Star balloting report, you should quickly stop having a life and spend more time tracking useless stats, like me. Or….maybe not. So, congrats on having a life, which I plan to someday…but for now, here is the preliminary report:
Essentially, Chase Utley owns the National League ballot. Hey New York, who’s YOUR Daddy? That’s right; it’s Chase Utley. Read it and weep: With 687,724 votes, Utley is the league leading vote-getter so far.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, third baseman Placido Polanco, center fielder Shane Victorino and right fielder Jayson Werth are all in line to start at their positions with first baseman Ryan Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz in second place at their spots. Rollins has spent more time on the DL than on the field, but maybe this will make up for previous years when he should have gone and did not.
But balloting does not end until July 1st, so keep VOTING for those Phillies!!