A capacity crowd advised the defending champs not to let the door hit them on the way out after watching the Orioles complete the sweep, ending one of the worst Phillies' home stands in history.
Four hits and a run was all the Phils could squeeze from their lifeless bodies this afternoon, beaten for six losses in a row by the Jays and O's in a 1-8 home stay. A carbon copy of last June's interleague abomination, the story remains unchanged for good-glove, no-hit shortstop Jimmy Rollins, hitless this entire series and the embodiment of the Phillies' offensive plight. It may no longer be premature to believe this is more than just a slump, but the beginning of a sharp decline for the former MVP. His wimpy reaction to the missed call at first summed up his season.
The rest of the lineup made nobodies look like All-Stars this week, while the defense also fell on its face. Need evidence that their heads and hearts weren't in these games? How else would one explain six in a row against opponents and pitchers like these? No matter how short-handed they may be, a 1-8 home stand can't happen, and shouldn't happen without consequence.
On the bright side, the Phils take to the road as owners of the best road record in baseball, but the play at Citizens Bank Park must improve or their slim stranglehold on the East will disappear for good.