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Phils Bullpen Must Hate Cole Hamels

P4208288_hamels_cr …Seriously, it is the best explanation I can come up with for why they consistently blow leads in the 8th inning after Hamels has pitched. Poor Cole must feel like a red-headed step-child in this group. Well actually, it’s not just Hamels. They have consistently blown leads in the 8th the entire month of August. Tonight, it was a 4-1 lead going into the 8th, and they came out losing 6-4. On previous occasions, I was hesitant to place blame on the pitching, because they had been great all year and the offense was not producing. But tonight, this is absolutely inexcusable. We are in the heat of a pennant race here. These guys need to step up and get the job done. Ryan Madson, who was responsible for 3 of the runs in the 8th, has just been terrible. He had a very short stretch where he pitched well, but aside from that, he has been a nightmare. I cringe every time he walks onto the mound. And Chad Durbin, who was lights out most of the season, has suddenly joined the bullpen follies club, giving up a grand slam to Aramis Ramirez. He has gotten into the habit of basically clearing the bases of inherited runners as soon as he comes in, and then can’t get out of the inning. I don’t know what has gotten into these guys, but someone had better figure it out and fast. And just for the record, neither Madson nor Durbin pitched yesterday, so they did have at least a day to rest.

The Phillies struggled all night to move runners again, with only Chase Utley (3 for 5) and Jayson Werth (2 for 3) earning more than one hit in the game. They left runners on base again at a record pace: 9 for the game. Pat Burrell continues to struggle, going 0 for 5 with one of those being a double play. But even with the offensive struggles, Cole Hamels did his part and kept them in the game, going 7 innings and only surrendering the one run. That makes this loss so much harder to take; if you can’t win with your ace on the mound, things are NOT going well. With 3 more games against the 1st place Cubs to go, this does not inspire confidence. I guess we’ll see if they can bounce back tomorrow…

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Missed Opportunities

The Phillies blew a great opportunity tonight to really take the steam out of the Mets’ sails as they lost 6-3, after leading the game by a score of 3-2 until the 8th inning.  Right now, I am feeling like I ate some very bad Chinese food.  This is just sickening.  Yesterday I mentioned how many scoring opportunities the Phils squandered away, yet still came away with the win.  Tonight, they were not so lucky.

Here’s the ugly breakdown:  5th inning, with men on 1st & 2nd, Chase Utley grounds out to end the inning; 6th inning, Pat Burrell hits a lead-off double and then Ryan Howard walks – Shane Victorino proceeds to strikeout, Jayson Werth pops out and Pedro Feliz strikes out.  Lead-off double and a walk wasted; 7th inning, Chris Coste hits a lead-off single, but Greg Dobbs grounds into the double play to wipe them both out.  Still, they had more chances here…Rollins walked, Utley was intentionally walked, but Burrell grounded out to end the inning.

So why then, with a one run lead, do we allow Rudy Seanez to pitch to Carlos Delgado, who had already homered once in the game?  Frankly, I do not understand this “not available” crap with the pitchers.  Coaches treat these guys like porcelain dolls instead of the athletes they are.  JC Romero should have handled that batter, no question.  Even so, Seanez gets the nod and Rich Dubee, pitching coach, even came out to the mound to talk to him and Coste before they pitched to Delgado.  So, exactly how is it that Seanez comes out immediately tossing low balls to Delgado?  EVERYONE knows that Delgado hits the crap out of the low ball!  I mean, don’t they?  Every home run this guy has hit off us has been on a low pitch!  How do they miss that?  And it wasn’t a mistake that they threw him low either…Coste was set up low so it was obviously intentional.  UGH!  And that home run in the 8th inning that tied up the game is the one that totally turned the ball game over to the Mets.  Then Charlie Manuel puts Brad Lidge in for the last out of the 8th, in what is then a non-save situation, and of course, they hit the pants off of him too.  Next thing you know, a 3-2 lead turns to a 6-3 disaster.  And people wonder why I have an ulcer after watching this team play…

Screaming And because I feel like screaming right now, let me continue…  Did Manuel NOT think this game was crucial?  We have a 4 game series against the 1st place Cubs coming up who are just crushing teams right now; the Phils needed this win to take some of the pressure off them going into the Chicago series.  So again, why are any of our pitchers not available?  Sure, they are all tired.  Sure, they had a rough night last night.  But it is nearing September and the time for rest is over…everyone should want to get in the game every day and Manuel needs to stop babying these players.  They are not going to make the playoffs with this kind of approach.  This is the time to bear down, suck it up and earn your friggin’ millions!

Now excuse me for a moment while I try desperately to find my “happy place” so I can get some sleep tonight…  Ahhhhh….  Think, puppies & rainbows; kitties & wildflowers… J  Ok, I think I have meditated my way from furious to mildly annoyed.  And how are all of you doing out there in baseball hell?  Feel free to drop me a line and let me know!  We should not suffer alone. J

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