Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 5/10/12


On Wednesday night, the Phillies got swept by the New York Mets in the final game of their week long series by a final score of 10-6.

When Cliff Lee came out of the game after 6 innings of work, the Phillies held a 4-2 lead.

What happened?

The bullpen happened. Again.

Let's spit out some stats for you guys, courtesy of Phils beat writer Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki):

@ToddZolecki: The Phillies bullpen has a 7.92 ERA (39 earned runs in 44 1/3 innings) in 17 appearances from April 21 - May 9.

That simply can't happen. When this offense is able to produce on a given night, the pitching staff (outside of the starters) needs to get the job done.

Cliff Lee had some comments on his team's performance:

@ToddZolecki: Cliff Lee: "I feel like we were due for something like that. Something needs to change."

And after the game, Charlie Manuel called an unplanned team meeting. The players all had a positive response from the skipper's post game pep talk. JRoll on the meeting:

@ToddZolecki: Rollins, on meeting: "We don't plan on having any more. That's a good thing." So message received? "Any time you manager talks, you listen."

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