Well, it is official. This is the worst start to a season that the Phillies have had since the 10-22 start in 1997. Today’s loss to the Mets gives the Phils an 11-21 record, which is spectacularly awful. They have been bad in all areas; pitching, offense and defense. Even the bullpen, which was supposed to be the highlight of this team, has been sub-par.
But just to keep us watching, there are a few glimmers of hope here and there; but none of them long-lived. When pitcher Chad Billingsley smashed a solo homer today in the 3rd inning, the small crowd exploded. While it was very exciting, Billingsley crushed the celebratory atmosphere in the top of the 4th by giving that run back to the Mets, who continued to score until Billingsley was finally pulled in the 6th.
Even with the 1-5 deficit, the Phillies kept pushing for a comeback. A string of hits in the 7th inning brought the Phillies to within 1 run of the Mets. But Jeanmar Gomez proceeded to give the Mets 2 more runs in the 8th. The 4-7 hole was one the Phillies meager offense simply could not climb out of.
Here are some burning questions I would like answers to. Why does Ryan Howard insist on first-pitch swinging in critical situations? Is he giving Darrin Ruf lessons? If so, he should stop. Will Ben Revere invent a new outfield spot, since he has already played all 3 current spots this season? Maybe Ryne Sandberg could move him to the outfield stands next just to be annoying? Revere could catch all the home runs this staff keeps giving up. Next, has the bat boy quit? Because Odubel Herrera was seen shagging fouls and discarded balls from the dugout throughout the game. And finally, how much worse will this team get? Oh wait, maybe don’t answer that one…
On a lighter note, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! Darrin Ruf’s mom, dad and wife joined him on the field before the game, which was a bright spot of the day.
Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game.