As you may or may not have noticed, I took a little time off. No excuses, I just didn’t have it in me…
However, as a Season Ticket Holder I figured I would have to commiserate with someone! Lucky you!
With Roy Halladay scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow. Let’s look ahead and see if the Phillies legitimately have any chance of making noise in the N.L. East.
Let’s be honest, nobody is running away with it at this point. Yes, it’s early but they all count in the end. The Phillies are 4 1/2 games out of first place in the N.L. East. The Braves were insanely hot to start the season, but have since cooled off, and the Nats are playing basically average baseball. If this was the first of September I’d be less optimistic.
Keeping things short, which I usually do, I feel that the Phillies need to take advantage of two things. Crappy teams, and head to head competition with the Braves and the Nationals. They only saw the Braves once, and lost two of three, and will finally see the Nationals next weekend in D.C.
I have to say, I don’t think that the Phillies pitching has been all that terrible. Cliff is pitching great, Kendrick has been outstanding, and Cole, well… It’s been the same old story for him… No run support. If Pettibone and whoever is the 5th starter can keep it together then the starters are going to be alright. Anyone can pitch better than Roy Halladay at this point, so look for the starters overall ERA to drop. The middle relievers look pretty miserable at a glance, but they’re mainly pitching when the game has already been lost. Bastardo, Adams and Papelbon are getting the job done when they have the chance.
Really the glaring problem is the offense. They just are not scoring enough to get the job done. Even if they eeked into the playoff, I don’t see them having the firepower to compete without the pitchers throwing out of their minds.
The Phillies welcome the Cleaveland Indians into town with a two game set Tuesday and Wednesday. The Indians are 21-16, and have won 7 of their last 10. They destroyed the Phillies last month in a two game series where the Phillies mustered just two runs while the Indians tagged the Phillies for 20. When the Indians win, they win big.
The Indians are a tough customer, scoring an average of about four runs a game. They’ve filled their lineup with a bunch of guys that nobody really wanted (Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and Mark Reynolds) but with the exception of Bourn who’d been on the D.L. for a bit of time, they’re producing.
This should lead to be a tough contest for the Phillies.