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I saw the same broadcast and agree Hayes was unusually concise and insightful. Marzano, on the other hand, was not particularly bright nor insightful. That said, they are both right. The Phillies can hardly be said to offer up consistent hitting or pitching. They might string together a few games with one or the other but they rarely combine them for any length of time. The series with Milwaukee was pitiful on the front and back ends from a "hitting" standpoint, but it wasn't so long ago their pitchers were bombed. They do not have a few players who can step up when needed, produce in their own right and make everyone else around them better. The Phillies offer an interesting variation on the old cliche "every night a different guy steps up". With this bunch, every game a different guy takes the night off.

I've enjoyed Marzano as well. He doesn't come off as sounding very sharp, but I think that is just a superficial thing, I think he really knows his way around the diamond.

Let me clarify one thing I said: I don't think Marzano is stupid by any means, but he sounded unsure of himself Friday and befuddled a bit by Marcus Hayes, who has been known to fail the test of logic or coherence himself on more than one occasion. Marzano just didn't come off well on this particular broadcast. That said, generally he isn't afraid to speak bluntly about certain deficiencies he sees and to name names when appropriate.

I like Tejeda, but we should becareful b4 we pencil him in for next year. He walks WAY too many batters and somehow so far it hasn't hurt him. If it continues, he's bound to pay the price.

Jason, here's the key statement you made above when you talk about the Phillies starting pitching: "he’s given the Phils a chance to win nearly every game he’s pitched this season."

This is the essence of a good rotation. Keep your team in the game so that they have a chance to win, regardless of the actual score. Stats like ERA and Quality Starts do not convey that. How many runs you allow does not matter. How many runs you allow vs how many your team scores is what matters.

How about the Phillies pitching? Consistent or inconsistent in keeping games close?

Since July 1 (33 games), the Phillies have been 'blown out' 5 times. What is a blow out? I'm defining it here as losing by more than 2 runs.
So in 28 of the 33 games, the Phillies have been ahead or within 2 runs. I think that is 'giving your team a chance to win almost every game'. And I would consider that a consistent effort by your pitching staff.
(The Phillies lost 10 games by 1 or 2 runs in this span, won 9 and went 18-15 overall).

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