Yesterday, I wrote that the Phillies could really benefit from some production from third base. Today I'm saying what they need most is to stop playing the Blue Jays.
They've been shutout by a dominant J.A. Happ, who let three runs stand up for Toronto on Monday. They mounted a dramatic comeback on Tuesday, only to lose in extra innings. And last night they could do nothing but watch as the Blue Jays punched a hole in Cliff Lee during a catastrophic seventh-inning, nine-run misadventure, and lost by 10 runs. The beat writer tweets reached a new level of "grim:"
If he dies, he dies.— Chris Branch (@ChrisBranchTNJ) May 8, 2014
The Phillies have been outscored in this series so far 19-5; two out of three games they were on the wrong end of shutouts. They have gotten runs across the plate in only one of their last 35 innings. They have scored no runs on a former pitcher (Happ) and given up runs to a former catcher (Erik Kratz) (That one isn't really important, it's just tragically poetic). They've allowed runs on things as unsubtle as three homers in an inning and as surprising as a dropped third strike.