Well the season hasn’t started as a I hoped. Probably not how any Phillies fan had hoped.
Sure it’s early, and I know there’s still 158 games left to play, but right now we’ve all been treated to some ugly Phillies baseball. The Phillies have been outscored 29-16, and if not for an eight-run seventh inning on Wednesday would be 0-4.
The pitching, the key to last years success, has been a total abomination. Starters have a combine ERA of 10.61, and as a staff, they’ve allowed nine home runs.
The offense has yet to find any type of groove. The teams table setters (Jimmy Rollins & Shane Victorino), are a combine 4 for 34. Blame it on the WBC, blame it on lack of concentration. All I know it it’s bad baseball.
The boo-birds have already started to come out (and not just becasue Adam Eaton was in town). It lasted about 18 minutes before the first boos rained down on Citizens Bank Park. It’s definately a good thing we’re World F. Champions, or fans would start to panic. This is Philadelphia, we do that.
Again, it’s early, I understand that. I’m not jumping ship or trying to bash the club, I’m just saying it would be nice to see a Phillies club for once have a prosperous April.
It’s been four games… Four long games…
While the Marlins find themselves 4-0, the Braves 3-1, and the Mets 2-2, the opposing fans are already starting the chatter away. Let them, that’s fine by me. There’s 158 games left, and if the past couple season have taught me anything, it’s not to panic in April.
Kyle Kendrick takes the mound for the Phillies tonight as they look to take two of three from the Braves. Kendrick has only faced the Braves once in his career, and though he should have had the win, he took a no-decision. Kendrick was the starting pitcher on September 5th, when the Phillies blew an 8-2 lead losing in the bottom of the ninth 9-8.
Former manger Jim Fregosi referred to some of his players as Red Light Players, meaning when the big game arrives they step up. Jimmy Rollins is someone Fregosi would consider a Red Light Player. Currently having the finest season of his professional career, Rollins will have his eye on John Smoltz tonight as the playoff push continues. In his career, Rollins is hitting .353 with three home runs and twelve RBI’s off Smoltz.
Last night Chase Utley snapped his nineteen-game hitting streak as he went 0 for 3. While snapping a hitting streak is never good, Utley has a lot of success the following day. On days after Utley goes hitless, his season average the following game is .403.
Aaron Rowand is in a mini-slump, going 2 for his last 12, including 1 for 8 against the Braves. Tonight might be the game he breaks out to start a tear to finish the season. This season, Rowand has hit the Braves well (.316, 1 HR 7RBI’s), and in his career against John Smoltz his career average is .333.
Well it’s almost game time. The Phillies are 10-3 over their last 13, and can smell the division lead. Expect Citizens Bank Park to be rocking tonight, as the regular season playoffs continue.
Let’s go Phillies!