The Phillies settle for a 5-4 road trip after a 7-6 10th-inning loss to the Cardinals, making it two straight series defeates leading up to their prizefight with the defending champion Red Sox.
It should have been much more. On Friday, it looked like the Phils and Cards, owners of identical records coming into the series, were in different classes. Not so fast. Brett Myers, who allowed six runs and eight hits over six innings, continues to be a pitcher they can no longer trust, at least in his current role. They stranded too many base runners in key spots. They played terrible defense; Chase Utley made two costly throws to first. Utley hasn't had a good season defensively to be honest. The poor defense, base-running and clutch hitting will vary, and a game like yesterday has been a rarity lately.
But Myers, who’s pitching at a replacement level, has become a constant, one that's proving to be costly in every sense of the word. Raise your hand if you suspected their "biggest offseason acquisition" -- Myers reinserted into the rotation -- would not go according to plan.