Yesterday’s postgame set a negative tone about the pitching. This morning, we start the day with a sunnier outlook.
“Good teams win when they play well, exceptional teams find a way to win when they don't. The Phils could easily be 5-13, but they aren't and that says worlds about a team that is batting .262 while its opponents are hitting .284.” - kuvasz
“This is essentially the same pitching staff that won the World Series last season. Give them a little bit of time to iron everything out. Hopefully, the Phillies' bats remain red hot while the pitchers find their way. A month from now, if the pitching hasn't improved significantly, I'll start to be concerned.” - DSD
“Jeez, now the wins aren't good enough because it's 'not a recipe for sustained excellence.' And after 18 games, we're assuming that the starting pitching- comprised of the same pitchers who won a World Series last year- is going to continue to be this inept throughout the entire season. You know what? I think we should give the rings back, too- they're too big and shiny.” - Iceman
“The Nationals have played 18 games, scored 85 runs, and hit 21 homeruns. 27 of those runs and 12 of those homeruns have come in their 3 games against the Phillies. That's really bad. Bullpen- our pen is already thin, and losing Lidge would really hurt. Guess we'd have to get lucky and hope Koplove or Majewski could step in and handle Condrey's role for a bit as he'd get bumped up the food chain.” – GM Carson
Beerleaguer: We rarely discuss intangibles, but reaching baseball’s apex must have something to do with this sixth sense for winning in the late frames. The defending champs have opponents exactly where they want them when trailing late. Tom Gordon once said relief pitching is 65 percent mental, but it’s true for all aspects of the final innings. In the Phillies' minds, no deficit is too great to overcome.