The Phillies have lost 47 games so far this season. Some of them have been very ugly, some of them have been sleep-inducing and some have been downright aggravating. But last night’s 6-5 loss to the Mets may have been the worst loss for a number of reasons.
For starters, the Phillies were actually able to score 5 runs off one of the best pitchers in baseball right now, R.A. Dickey. And they should have scored even more. The Phillies left 9 men on base and went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position. They had opportunities and missed out.
Cole Hamels was not spectacular, but he kept the team within a run of the Mets. Over 7 innings, Hamels allowed 4 runs and walked one batter. But he was by no means awful.
Then Antonio Bastardo came out in the 8th and actually pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Based on the rest of his season so far, that was pretty amazing.
The Phillies fought to hang on to that one run lead only to see Jonathan Papelbon, their $50 million closer, blow it in the 9th. And that is what really makes this one sting more than the other 46 loses. They stayed in it, they battled and came up short anyway as Papelbon gave up a lead-off double, walked a batter and hit a batter before finally surrendering the winning runs. It was ugly.
And the timing could not be worse. This loss puts the Phillies at 13 games out of first place with 78 games left to play. It is another series lost and one more nail in the coffin of this 2012 season.
Do the math. The Phillies need to win at least 50 of their last 78 games, based on the current pace of teams in the NL East, to even have a shot at a Wild Card spot with 87 wins. That means they have to win ALL 22 of the 3-game series’ left and at least split the 3 remaining 4-game series’. Yes, win or split EVERY remaining series this year. ALL OF THEM.
Based on the Phillies performance so far this season, anyone out there think that is possible?
It saddens me to say this, but I believe this is the game that signals the end of the 2012 season for the Phillies. When you look back later for a turning point, this is it. I hope I am wrong, but things are not looking good right now.
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