Another June Swoon?
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Another June Swoon?
David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
Last June 13, the Phillies erupted for 20 runs in a 20-2 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. At the time, they looked poise to go on a summer tear. They were 41-28, up four games in the National League East, hitting .265 as a team, averaging 5.4 runs per game.
Well, the bottom fell out.
The Phillies lost their next two games against the Cardinals, then embarked on a disastrous trip through interleague play, losing six straight, including a sweep at home by the Angels. By the end of June, they were just five games over .500, and their lead in the NL East had dwindled to won. After scoring 20 runs that Friday the 13th against the Cardinals, they lost 11 of their final 14 games in June.
During that stretch, they hit just .206 and scored 47 runs, an average of 3.4 per game.
On June 13, through 69 games, Chase Utley had hit 22 home runs with 61 RBI and was batting .317. But he battled through a hip injury, which helped hold him to a .272 average with 11 home runs and 43 RBI the rest of the way.
The Phillies hope it only sounds that way. This year, the line of demarcation is June 11, when the team beat the Mets 6-4. At the time, they looked poised to go on a summer tear. They were 35-23, up four games in the National League East, hitting .263 as a team, averaging 5.5 runs per game.
Now, they have lost five of six, including a sweep at home by the Blue Jays. They are hitting .258 during that stretch, have been out-scored 45-30, and are plagued with an overworked bullpen that appears to be stretched to its limit.
One June 11, through
The good news for the Phils is two-fold: They have a three-game set against the lowly Orioles separating them from a grueling nine-game road swing that will take them through Tampa Bay, Toronto and Atlanta. And they are trailed by a Mets team that has only gained one game on them since this mini-swoon began.