OK, Phillies, that was nice, you got your slump out of your system (5-12 in the last 17) and now it’s time to go back to playing real baseball like adults. There’s no elaborate fix, or obvious plan to break out. The team just needs to hit, period. The hitters need to stop swinging at bad pitches, come up with some clutch hits, and pull us out of this. You can whine and moan about Brett Myers all day, but the starting pitching hasn’t been HORRIBLE during this stretch. If we want to win a World Series, the pitching needs to be addressed, but right now (as in starting tonight) we need to be focused on not playing as though the baseball is the size of a golf ball.
- Interleague play is over – that might allow some of our players to reset mentally
- There are 13 games left before the all-star break
- 10 of those games are at home
- 7 of those games are against the Mets and the Chipper-Less Braves
- If we continue playing this way into the all-star break, who knows if the slump will stop, or if we will just continue to play .500 ball the rest of the year on our way to another incredibly unrewarding 85-win season.
- The Marlins are a 1/2 game back. We’ve been lucky that the other teams in our division are not playing well, but it won’t stay that way. The Mets will make a run, I guarantee it.
We need to go at least 8-5 in these last 13. 52-44 going into the all-star break, then make a move for a starting pitcher and get hot in August.
You showed us how good you can be, and I don’t think I can handle another promising Phillies team underachieving. Let’s get serious starting tonight, enough is enough.