The Marlins' cast of rookies is too much for alleged No. 1 starter Jon Lieber, as the Fish strong arm the fading Phillies 4-3 to open the series.
Freshman lefty Scott Olsen held Phillies hitters in check through 6 2-3 innings, giving up eight hits and one earned run.
Jon Lieber (0-4, 7.99 ERA) made quick work of the Fish through four innings, but served up line drive after line drive in the fifth and sixth. So far, Lieber’s season is what one would expect from a No. 5 starter battling for a job with the Kansas City Royals.
The heart of the Phillies lineup, Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell and Chase Utley, combined to go 1-for-11. The team stranded seven runners and left three runners in scoring position with two outs.
Sal Fasano added credence to the fact that defense has been just as culpable for the slow start. Fasano tried to throw out Miguel Cabrera’s stolen base attempt at second, but forgot to look Dan Uggla down at third, allowing him to score on the play.
I’m at the end of my rope with anything having to do with Jon Lieber. If I’m the manager, Lieber is back pitching to Lieby next start, and Fasano, the position player least deserving of a major league job, will catch Floyd and make a spot start here and there. Fasano is too much of a defensive liability to risk pulling one of the better hitters this season out of the lineup when Lieber is on the mound. The other reason is this: "Too damn bad, Jon Lieber. You're not good enough to have a personal catcher."
The Phillies are hitting .181/.281/.318 with runners in scoring position.
Allow me to repeat that, since this is a redundant theme.
The Phillies are hitting .181/.281/.381 with runners in scoring position.
The main offenders have been Pat Burrell, who is just 2-for-20 with runners in scoring position (.100/.208/.150), David Bell, who is 1-for-9, and Ryan Howard, just 1-for-7.