From Extreme Highs to Extreme Lows
This has been an up and down year so far for the Phillies; feast or famine. And we never know which one is coming and when. They win 6 in a row, lose 4 in a row and then win 4 in row. Up, down, up down…repeat…
Someone needs to stop the roller coaster and let me catch a break. This has been exhausting.
On Saturday, another extreme high occurred when Kyle Kendrick pitched his first career complete game shut-out for a 4-0 win over the Cardinals. Kendrick’s season has mirrored the team as a whole; some ups and some downs.
But after winning that 4th straight game, Sunday brought on another extreme low. Roy Halladay got blown up in the first inning against the Cards with a grand slam, putting the Phillies in a quick 4-0 hole. But worse than that, after just 2 innings of work, Pete Orr suddenly appeared in the on-deck circle to bat for Halladay. This left many scratching their collective heads…
As it turns out, Halladay was pulled for having “right shoulder soreness.” There has been no word yet on what exactly this means or how serious it may be. However, one can surmise based on Halladay’s last several outings, that this is not a new issue. Halladay has not looked right for some time now.
After a 1.95 ERA in the month of May, Halladay pitched to the tune of a 6.11 ERA in May. Obviously, something is going on. But with the cloak and dagger routine the Phillies brass has employed this year in regards to injured players, like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, we may never know the full truth.
And as if that was not enough drama for one day, Utley got hit with a foul ball while sitting in the dugout during the 7th inning. It appears to have hit his hand and then knocked his sunglasses off his face. No one looked terribly concerned afterwards, so we shall assume for now that he is fine….aside from 2 bum knees, of course.
The Phillies walked away with an 8-3 loss today, although they did win the series 3 games to 1, which is the good news. But as has been the case all season long, what lies ahead next is anyone’s guess.
A 3-game series with the Mets begins tomorrow in New York. The Memorial Day game time is 1:10pm; Cole Hamels will pitch.
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