Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 10/1/13
(AP) If you didn’t follow the Phillies closely and searched Jonathan Papelbon’s numbers, you’d think that, on the surface, he had a pretty stellar season. A 2.92 ERA in 61 appearances with a 1.13 WHIP hardly seems like a debacle. But you are a Phillies fan and you know better. Papelbon began the year with a sketchy performance in Phillies’ second game of the season, a 9-2 loss to Atlanta in which he allowed two runs in an inning of work. For the next two months Papelbon would cruise, not allowing a run until May 29 against a familiar team, the Boston Red Sox. He’d convert 13 straight saves before running into the buzzsaw that was the middle of June. Papelbon would blow four saves over five appearances, somehow managing to win two of them. It was during that time that the Phillies, who were 31-30 on the first day of a 10-game road trip, would take a nosedive. From June 7-12, the Phillies lost five in a row and returned to Philadelphia four games under .500. They’d hit the .500 mark j...
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