Slacking Offense Wastes Another Great Pitching Performance

Once again, this team could not have asked for a better job out of their starting pitcher, and still they could not manage to win the game.  Losing to the Mets 3-1 and dropping out of first place in the NL East for the first time since May 31st, the Phillies managed to fall apart behind an amazing performance by
P6221999 moyer cr.jpg45 year-old Jamie Moyer.  Moyer went 7 full innings and gave up only 1 run on 2 hits, 3 walks and struck out 6.  You could not have asked the man to do more, unless of course you were expecting him to pull a rabbit out of a hat or an elephant out of his butt!  And for all that effort, what does he get?  One home run by Jayson Werth.  That’s it.  Geez.  I hope they brought some lubricant for the elephant trick…

The other 2 runs were surrendered by JC Romero in the 8th inning, but really, what can you say about that?  The offense should have put some runs on the board…period.  With a bullpen that has been stellar all year, I cannot in good conscious bash them here.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both struck out 3 times; Chris Coste twice.  The ONLY guy who produced today was Eric Bruntlett, who replaced Jimmy Rollins at the last minute for reasons yet unknown; he had 3 hits on the day, 2 doubles and a single.  With 7 hits for the offense, those 3 were 43% of the total on the day.  Sad.  (…UPDATE, 7/24 PM: Rollins was late to the game and thus, was benched for breaking the team rule.  Read about it HERE in the Phillies official release.)

So now you have just created a situation that you really did not need…in the Mets, you have now created a monster.  The Phillies have just lit a fire under them.  Look out now…this is not good.  This is going to play out one of two ways; A – The Phils will cower under the pressure and continue on this downslide, in which case, kiss this season goodbye! OR B – Falling out of first place will turn out to be the kick in the butt they needed to get back on track and start winning again.  Let us all hope for Plan B…

4 Comments

It’s no longer a secret. Jimmy was late getting into the ballpark, thanks to NY City traffic from the team’s hotel, thus breaking the second of Charlie Manuel’s two rules: Be on time. Anyway, I won’t comment on whether Charlie was right to bench Jimmy this time, but I will say this: Plan B better happen, else Plan A is going to happen and the Phillies are soon going to be saying hello to the woeful Nationals.

Yup…saw it on the post game coverage a while ago. Wonder why he did not travel with the rest of the team? Anyhow, I am right there with ya on the Plan B scenario…crossing all fingers, toes and any other body part that will cooperate :o)

Nice idea why he wasn’t on the team bus with the rest of the team. Guess Jimmy needs to explain that a way lot better than he has so far.

ooops, meant no, not nice idea.

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