The Philadelphia Phillies haven't been under .500 this late in the season since 2007, when they went on to win their first of five consecutive NL East titles.
Though there's plenty of time to recover, the Phillies still are concerned with their uninspired play to begin 2012.
After being swept for the first time this season, Philadelphia looks to bounce back when its hosts the opener of a three-game set against the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
The Phillies' bullpen struggled in a 10-6 loss to New York on Wednesday, allowing eight runs over the final three innings. The team's relievers have the worst ERA in the majors at 5.47.
Philadelphia (14-18) was outscored 22-12 during the three-game sweep.
"We have to wake up and play better," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We don't like what we've been doing. If we want to win, and be able to go where we want to go, we better start playing better."
Philadelphia has left 36 men on base over its last four games.
"Things that we do need...