Nats Overpower Phils

1 Jun

The Phillies opposition has a new approach for the Phillies stellar pitching…

Swing Early.

Cliff Lee throws a lot of strikes, but unfortunately he wasn’t hitting his spots on Tuesday and the Nationals took advantage of him.

“I want the other team to be aggressive and swing early.” Cliff Lee said “Nine times out of ten that’s good, but every once and a while they’re gonna get some hits on you early.  In my opinion as a starting pitcher that’s what you’re trying to establish.  You’re trying to establish that you throw strikes and you work ahead in the count.”

Cliff was aggressive, but his location wasn’t there, and the Nationals pounded him.  Lee needs to make some adjustments to his game because you can’t make mistakes like he did, and expect to win.  Cliff is most effective when he is landing his pitches for strikes low, inside and out.  His cutter hasn’t been cutting and both of the home runs he gave up to Danny Espinosa were cutters that were right down the middle.

Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. went back to back with homers in the 5th, but those were the only two runs the Phillies would score.

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4 Responses to “Nats Overpower Phils”

  1. mlblogsbarbward June 1, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    That was a nasty game but some games are just like that. Your team is flat while the other team was on fire. Question- “Where were our hitters yesterday?”.. I’m talking about Rollins, Howard, Ibanez? Not good! I hate to bash on Lee so I won’t. It is what it is.

    • Phanatic Addict June 1, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      I hear you. It’s hard to knock Lee, but he’s got to figure it out. He’s healthy, which is good news. He’s had personal slumps like this, so I’m not really worried.

      • Barb June 1, 2011 at 11:21 am #

        I’m not worried either. 🙂

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