Archive: June, 2008
The pounding has stopped.
The Phillies finished interleague play yesterday with a 5-1 loss to the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. The Phillies went 4-11 against the American League: 1-2 against the Blue Jays, 1-2 against the Red Sox, 0-3 against the Angels, 1-2 against the Athletics and 1-2 against the Rangers. We’ve seen some bad baseball the last couple weeks. Fortunately for the Phillies, they won’t play the American League again until they a) make the World Series or b) open their Grapefruit League schedule next March.
The World Series seems eons away at this point.
Brad Lidge has a funny feeling the Phillies are about to start playing much, much better than they have played the past couple weeks.
I'm sure Phillies fans hope he's right.
The Phillies beat the Rangers last night at Rangers Ballpark, 8-6. Here's why Lidge is optimistic: the offense. The Phillies have scored 15 runs in their last two games. They had scored just 15 in their previous eight games. Chase Utley went 3 for 5 with two doubles and a home run, his first homer since June 13. He is hitting .444 (8 for 18) in his last four games. Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run, his first homer since June 16. Jayson Werth had two RBIs.
Sometimes when you say nothing you say everything.
Brett Myers left Rangers Ballpark quickly and without a word to reporters after last night's 8-7 loss to the Rangers. He had thrown just two-plus innings and allowed five hits, five runs and four walks. It was the shortest start of his career, and just another poor start in a season that held such promise. Myers is 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA. The Phillies are 4-13 when he pitches.
How much longer can this last?
Back to Ground Zero.
The Phillies have been shutout five times this season, including yesterday's 5-0 loss to the A's at McAfee Coliseum. They were shutout just three times last season, and just three times in 2006. Obviously, that's not good. The Phillies have lost seven of their last eight games and 11 of their last 15. They have hit just .181 and scored just 15 runs in their last eight games. They have hit just .229 and scored just 60 runs in their last 15.
“We’re not playing well,” Chase Utley said. “We’re getting some decent starting pitching and we’re not swinging the bats. That will change."
Charlie Manuel wasn't happy that his team scored just four runs last night in a 4-0 victory over the A's, so he continues to tinker with the Phillies lineup.
Check out today's lineup against A's righthander Rich Harden:
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Pat Burrell, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Greg Dobbs, 3B
6. Shane Victorino, CF
7. Jayson Werth, RF
8. Geoff Jenkins, DH
9. Carlos Ruiz, C
Don't pin this one on Jamie Moyer.
He did his job.
He pitched beautifully through six innings last night in a 5-2 loss to the A's at McAfee Coliseum. He just got no run support, which has been a trend in the Phillies' six-game losing streak. The Phillies have the worst record in baseball since they swept the Braves in Atlanta a couple weeks ago.
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Charlie Manuel is shaking things up for tonight's game against the A's:
1. Jayson Werth, RF
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Pat Burrell, LF
5. Ryan Howard, DH
6. Pedro Feliz, 3B
7. Shane Victorino, CF
8. Chris Coste, C
9. Eric Bruntlett, 1B
Talk amongst yourselves.