Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 5/9/12
The supposed “grand dynasty” that is the Philadelphia Phillies appears to be wavering to this point in 2012. Inconsistent bullpen work, aging players and awful defense have resulted in their resting at the bottom of the NL East 30 games into the season. Some teams would mope and continue to free fall, others would rise up and return to glory, but the Phillies have had a different approach so far; win, by any means necessary. Just look at the past week, starting with Cole Hamels plunking star-prospect Bryce Harper on the back as an “initiation” to the big leagues. Harper of course later showed up Hamels by stealing home off of him later in the inning. After the game, Hamels later admitted to purposely hitting Harper and is currently serving a five game suspension as a result. Then fast forward to Monday night against the Mets. Hunter Pence hits a groundball with Shane Victorino on second and Victorino goes basically laterally to slide tackle Daniel Murphy to break up the doubleplay. ...
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