I am not sure which word in my article title is more disturbing; “dead” or “last.” If you haven’t looked at the NL East standings lately, take a moment to prepare yourself for the worst. The Phillies are dead last and the only team in the division that is playing under .500 baseball.
At the start of the year, we all figured they might snap out of it but that is just not happening. They just plain suck. And that fact was no more evident than last night against the Mets in a 7-4 loss after leading by 4 runs at the start of the game.
Here is what we have learned about this Phillies team recently: They cannot hold a lead. The bullpen stinks. The offense is schizophrenic; you never know what might happen next. Wikipedia defines schizophrenia as “…disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction.” That about sums it up.
The Phillies took a quick 4-run lead in this game, thanks in part to a Hunter Pence 2-run homer. John Mayberry Jr. had 2 hits and is starting to find his swing. But that is where the good new ends.
Joe Blanton left the game with 2 outs in the 7th inning and 2 runners on base. Then Chad Qualls punched him in the gut by allowing both runs to score. Adding to the disaster, Pete Orr botched a play at second base, which led to the Mets to taking a 5-4 lead.
Late in games, a one run deficit seems almost impossible to overcome for this team. So as if that were not bad enough, reliever Michael Schwimer added 2 more Mets runs in the 8th. That was the nail in the coffin.
You could not even change channels last night for some relief. The Flyers lost and were ousted from the playoffs. The Sixers lost and have to play again on Thursday. There was no escape…it was a very bad day for Philly sports.
But the drama continues tonight as the Phillies will attempt to salvage one lousy game from the lousy Mets. Ugh. Cliff Lee will come off the DL and pitch starting at 7:05pm…he is our only hope for a win :O(
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