The tone. The traffic. The mood: All signs point toward waning expectations. My own interest in writing the same copy has also faded.
I gave myself the night off and don’t regret the decision. It’s getting hard to justify five hours of sleep to stay up and watch the same problems manifest into six hits, three runs and another Cole Hamels loss. How many times can one identify the holes? My apologies if their record, in comparison to where they were at this point last season, does nothing to soothe anxieties over two months of offensive strife and mounting injuries. By October, they may be the team left standing in the National League East. It's very possible. The Mets and Marlins, who trail the Phils by 1 and 1.5 games, have the same number of holes. The Phils need to do whatever it takes to upgrade the offense because the scale can still be tipped. In the meantime, we endure nights like this. Wouldn’t it be nice to just fast-forward to October to see which team successfully backed their rental car into the post-season?