After a convincing 4-1 win Friday night, the Phillies dropped a deuce, losing the final two games of their series in San Diego, and were outscored 11-2 in those games. The offense (or lack thereof) seemed to be the hot topic at the post game presser on Sunday. Charlie commented “This is the worst we’ve played in a long time.”
"Oh Crap, Oh Crap, Oh Crap, Oh Crap"
Saturday and Sunday's games both wound up overshadowing a great start by Cole Hamels on Friday, who only allowed one run on six hits. Just before game time on Saturday, the weekend took a sour turn as Cliff Lee hit the DL, and from there the Phillies seemed to be out of the game just like their left handed ace.
Corey Luebke dominated on Saturday, tossing eight innings of two hit ball. On Sunday, Anthony Bass (who?) pitched six innings allowing three hits and five walks for only one unearned run. In case your wondering his name is pronounced bass, not bass (what?). These two games left a dark cloud over the Phillies, who were at least hoping to win the series in San Diego after posting victories in the first two games Thursday and Friday.
The Phillies hope Arizona treats them a little better, as they head to a 3 game set in Phoenix and Chase Utley rejoins the team. Ruben Amaro is optimistic saying he’s heard good things
about Utley’s health. They also can expect an update
on Ryan Howard’s injury Monday as he will be examined by a doctor to see if he can pick up some more baseball activities.
Not that Utley and Howard are anywhere near seeing action in a major league game anytime soon, but the Phillies could definitely use them on this West Coast trip. Here are some depressing offensive numbers (and one depressing pitching number) about the road trip that no amount of rally caps and face paint could help.
- The Phils have batted .200 with runners in scoring position (12 for 60)
- They have left 50 men on base
- They have 11 extra base hits
- They have a total of two 2-out RBI’s; one by Wigginton the other by Roy Halladay
- They’ve left 28 runners in scoring position with 2 outs.
- They’ve stolen a total of 5 bases.
- Joe Blanton has an 0-2 record with a 5.72 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP
I also wanted to accentuate the positive as well, so here are some good numbers. (Side Note: you should watch that show)
- The bullpen has not been terrible, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in 12.1 innings pitched
- Jonathan Papelbon has saved 3 games (the only wins), allowing only 1 hit
- Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Vance Worley have combined for a 3-1 record, with a 1.18 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 33 strikeouts on the trip
- Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch and promptly told everyone in the stadium to screw off (I wanted at least one offensive positive)
The Phillies are long past needing to inject some life into the offense, and they could be getting closer and closer to just saying “screw it” and bring up Dom Brown. He’s only hitting .263 with 5 XBH at Lehigh Valley (no one on the Phils right now has more than 4 XBH), but some new blood may be what this offense needs. He may be a liability in left field, but I thought Hunter Pence did his best Dom Brown impersonation yesterday in right, so maybe they will just cancel each other out. Pete Orr would be the likely candidate to be sent to AAA in his place.
Kyle Kendrick gets his first start of the year, replacing Cliff Lee in the rotation. Out of the bullpen this year, Kendrick has pitched 4.2 IP, allowing 4 hits, 1 earned run and striking out 2. In his last outing against the D-backs, Kyle came out of the bullpen and pitched 2 perfect innings.
"I got ya, Charlie."
For the Diamondbacks, LHP Wade Miley gets the nod in place of Daniel Hudson. Miley is coming out of the pen this year, and hitters are batting a modest .206 against him. Only Ty Wigginton has faced him before, going 1 for 6.
Tuesday features Vance Worley vs. Josh Collmenter. Collmenter has been roughed up this year, allowing 14 earned runs in 12.1 innings pitched in his first 3 starts. In one start against the Phillies last year, he allowed 2 runs on 8 hits in 6.2 IP. Worley is coming off a career outing, striking out 11 en route to a victory against the Padres Thursday. He pitched 3 innings out of the bullpen last season vs. the D-backs, only allowing 1 hit.
Finally on Wednesday, Cole Hamels goes for the Phils. He will be opposed by Trevor Cahill. Justin Upton is 4 for 12 against Hamels, who has pitched to a 3-1 record against Arizona, and has a 3.72 ERA against them. Trevor Cahill has only pitched once against the Phils, tossing 7.2 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run last June for Oakland.
The Phillies will need to take 2 out of 3 from the D-backs in order to come home with a .500 record on the road trip (They would be 9-10 overall) If they sweep they will be back over .500 on the year (10-9 overall). They will get a much deserved off day after 15 consecutive games Thursday and welcome the Cubs in for a weekend series at CBP.