The Phillies rode the bats of Pat Burrell and Chase Utley through April, but May has proven to be the kryptonite for these men of steel.
Following a 6-3 loss, there's really no need to get into the same, tired Adam Eaton rant because it’s the same issue over and over. He caught the fat part of the plate more than you should with a fastball he had trouble controlling early. He made dumb mistakes and didn't put away batters when he had the chance. Rod Barajas’ grand slam pitch wasn’t a bad one, but for the most part, the Blue Jays waited for Eaton to get behind or make mistakes and hit him harder than the box score suggests.
Ryan Howard had his fifth three-strikeout 0-fer of the season, as the home fans continue their unrest. But it wasn’t Howard who blew the biggest opportunity. That honor went to Chase Utley, who grounded out on one pitch with the bases juiced in the third inning. Utley has seen his average fall from .369 to .310 this month and has one extra-base hit since May 6.
For the first time since April 3, Pat Burrell’s OPS fell below 1.000 after an 0-for-4 night. After a scorching start, voted as one of the runner-ups to Utley in National League Player of the Month voting, his line now reads like that of a human being - .286/.427/.564 - and he hasn’t gone deep since May 2. Comparatively speaking, Howard has been the better producer than these two lately, although you’d never know it by the tone being fostered at Citizens Bank Park.