Friday, July 3, 2015

Eaton's Struggles Mean What?

Uh, oh. Adam Eaton is struggling again.

Eaton's Struggles Mean What?

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Adam Eaton hears it from the fans after being yanked in the fourth inning.
Adam Eaton hears it from the fans after being yanked in the fourth inning. JERRY LODRIGUSS / Inquirer Staff Photographer

Adam Eaton has pitched terribly the last two times he has stepped onto the mound, and that is a growing concern for the Phillies.

He allowed 10 hits and eight runs (six earned runs) in just 2 2/3 innings July 7 in a 10-9 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed seven hits and eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings yesterday in a 10-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. He's 0-2 with a 19.89 ERA in those starts. Opponents have hit .459 against him, which has people wondering if Eaton is reverting to the 2007 struggles that kept him off the postseason roster.

"I don't know what we'll do until we talk about it during the break," Charlie Manuel said.

Manuel added that if there's "any way to get someone going, I wouldn't rule it out."

Eaton's struggles only reinforces the idea that the Phillies must bolster their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline. Of course, they're still hoping Brett Myers can boost the rotation. He proclaimed himself return to return to the big leagues, although he could make another start in the minors after the break and return to the rotation in the July 22-24 series against the Mets.

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