Cool Air Cools Off Phillies Bats

Brett Myers seems to have a cloud hanging over his head….or maybe it is our entire pitching staff?  Then again, perhaps it has something to do with the weather?  Is it just me, or does it seem like the Phillies only hit when it is warm outside?  Let us examine this theory:

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Note that as the temperature spikes, the run total spikes as well; and when the temperature plunges, so do the runs.  This chart includes all games from Opening Day to last night’s 4-1 loss against the Nationals.  Manager Charlie Manuel calls the warm weather “hitting season.”  So, what should he call the cold weather?  “Sleeping season?”  Guess Phillies fans had better start praying for summer to get here – fast!

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Of course, sloppy pitching is not helping the situation.  While Brett Myers had a decent start again, going 6 innings with 3 runs given up, he did get hurt unnecessarily with walks in the 3rd inning.  He not only walked the pitcher, a mortal sin in baseball, but he also walked a run in two batters later.  Still, he kept the team in the game but the offense failed to score any runs for him, except a solo homer by Shane Victorino in the 1st inning.  You cannot score only one run and expect to win, even if the temperature is only in the 50’s.  Maybe bats fear the cold?  Hmmmm…

Regardless of the phobias of inanimate objects, offensive problems abound:  The Phillies left the bases loaded with only one out.  Jimmy Rollins got caught stealing.  Nats pitching handed out 5 free passes to Phillies batters, which they did not take advantage of.  In all, 10 men were left on base.  Scott Olsen did pitch a great game for the Nats, but he also did not leave the Phillies without opportunities to score.  The good news is, the Phils had won 5 games in row prior to this and the team has an off-day today to rest up for the Mets series this weekend.

Hamels in a bubble.jpgBoth Cole Hamels, the new bubble boy of the team, and Brad Lidge are scheduled to throw bullpen sessions on Friday.  Hamels will test out the sprained ankle and hope it bounces :O)  Lidge is hoping to avoid the DL with right knee discomfort.  If Lidge doesn’t snap out of it soon, I guess I will have to build him a bubble too.  Carlos Ruiz is inching closer to a return as well; he will play for the Iron Pigs a few more times and hopes to be back with the team by the end of the weekend.

So, let us all take this day off as an opportunity to elect the Phillies to the All-Star game!  VOTE up to 25 times per day, per email address!  Are you tired of me typing this yet?  Well, buckle up folks!  We have MONTHS left to go! :O)

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6 Comments

I love the bubble boy! And too many of our teams are leaving lots of men on base. The Red Sox have been guilty of this. Here’s to warm weather!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Right there with you guys on the weather (if it helps Brandon Phillips swing the bat!). Actually, I don’t care if it is 20 below just so my Redlegs win! ;-) Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

“Bubble Boy”… love it. Like they say, “if the shoe fits, wear it, just don’t get hurt.”
–jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

The Yankees always get off to slow starts and they always say it’s the cold weather. So how to explain the hot starts by teams like the Royals and Jays? So weird.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Also, how to explain last fall’s postseason success? Some of those games were pretty darn cold!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

The bubble boy reference is hilarious…and so true! Myers is available in a couple of fantasy baseball leagues I belong to, but I just can’t bring myself to pick him up…warm weather or not. Have a great weekend!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

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