A little help here, please? Anybody? It may still be early in the season, but the Phillies ship is sinking fast. Is 15 games into the season a bit too early to begin yelling, “Mayday! “? Maybe not…
With a 7-8 record, the Phillies are barely staying afloat in the NL East where they are tied for last place with the Marlins. Last nights’ awful 5-1 loss to the Padres combined with star pitcher Cliff Lee being sent to the DL is making a lot of fans sea sick, and with good reason.
Lee’s injury occurred in the 10th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Giants where he apparently strained his left oblique. The injury may have nothing to do with Lee going 10 innings, as he only threw 102 pitches. However, had the Phillies offense given him any support at all, Lee probably would not have been on the mound for the 10th.
This Phillies offense seriously needs to batten down the hatches and figure out how to score or be sent to walk the plank. Too many guy are simply not toeing the line.
There were only 3 hits in the game from the Phillies, and one of those came off the bat of pitcher Roy Halladay. The only run scored came with 2 outs in the ninth on a Ty Wiggington double. In the 4th inning, the Phillies had 2 men on and no one out. But the extremely undisciplined hitting killed the rally; Hunter Pence struck out while swinging at pitches way out of the zone; Shane Victorino flied out and after Wiggington walked, Freddy Galvis flew out.
Halladay had walked three batters in a row for the first time ever, but he still battled back and gave up only 2 runs. He made the adjustment. The offense did not. And so once again, the Phillies waste a strong pitching performance. Here is a silly thought…Maybe Lee really did not hurt his oblique pitching on Wednesday; maybe the offense simply made him so nauseous that he threw-up one too many times after the game? This entire pitching staff is probably feeling sea sick along with the rest of us.
So, what is the answer? No one really knows, but I do wish everyone would stop whining about Ryan Howard and Chase Utley being out. Because they are not the answer either. When you have most of your lineup regularly swinging at bad pitches and watching good ones fly by, it makes no difference what Howard and Utley might do.
All I know for sure is that if this team does not figure it out soon, they are going to sink like the Titanic.
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