I hate to state the obvious, but this Phillies team just plain sucks. This fact has been made plainly evident after the Phils lost 4 of 5 games to the Mets in spectacularly bad fashion. The secret is out. When I was at the game on Sunday, the only reason I did not hear crickets in the stands was because of all the Mets fans there.
I cannot think of a single strength on this team. The pitching is impossible to predict, the defense is awful, base running seems like a mystery to these guys and the offense is practically non-existent. Even the attitudes suck. Just in the last week, we have witnessed veteran players making mental mistakes, lazy play, especially in the outfield, and a lot of “that’s baseball” comments after games. This team seems to have accepted that they suck and that is exactly how they are playing; like a defeated group with no hope of recovery.
I do not think the Phillies stand a chance this year. Still, they need to make some moves to, at the very least, appease what fans they have left. First, send Domonic Brown to the minors and bring back Darin Ruf to play left field. Brown has been lazing about in left and needs a reality check. Ruf deserves a shot. It doesn’t matter that his defense is not great because, really, where is this team going anyway? Nowhere. So give this guy some playing time.
Please send Phillippe Aumont back to the minors. Or better yet, give him away to another team for free. He does nothing but walk guys and give up home runs; last night’s grand slam was the final straw for me.
There are many other moves I would like to see, but some are just not possible. I still hear chants of “trade Ryan Howard.” To those people I say, good luck with that. No team would want him with his salary. I’d like to see the Phillies play a centerfielder better than Ben Revere, but who exactly would that be?
There are a few guys in the minors that may help at some point (Ken Giles, Maikel Franko), but why bring them up before they are ready? The team will still suck either way. And you then risk exposing them to what appears to be a negative clubhouse environment where older players are setting very bad examples for younger ones. Do you really want Franco to learn how to play with a total lack of urgency and swing at every pitch regardless of circumstance or location? How about teaching him to get thrown out on the base paths? If this is what you want him to learn, bring him up!
The last thing I’d like to see…fire Ruben Amaro Jr., his staff and all the scouts and START OVER. This team needs a serious reboot with a NEW approach to the draft and scouting. The same old, outdated approach has run this team into the ground. They need to start pouring sabermetrics on top of their traditional scouting cereal for breakfast and get with the times. I am not discounting traditional scouting nor touting sabermetrics as the savior, but a nice combination could maybe get things going in the right direction. And frankly, what do the Phillies have to lose?