Frustration over the Phillies' halfhearted effort has yielded to a fear that injuries, fatigue and holes will lead to a hard fall until the All-Star break.
Credit the Blue Jays for taking three on the road, but there's no excuse for the Phillies to get swept at home against a below-average, depleted Blue Jays' pitching staff. With mounting injuries of their own, the Phillies are in no position to take anything for granted, but that's exactly what they did in the horrid series that ended with an 8-7 loss this afternoon. At what point do the Phillies realize there will be no Brett Myers this season? When do they recognize that perfection will no longer come from Brad Lidge? Now? Now, after starting the homestand 1-5? Now that their most productive player has gone on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time?
But bearing down will only do so much. The bullpen is battered, beaten and eyeing Antonio Bastardo's start a little over 24 hours from now. They're desperate for pitching. They've hit the interleague wall, just as they did last June. Many would argue that everything came up roses. Perhaps, but that team was perfectly healthy, while the current club is falling apart before our very eyes.
Injuries handicap every to club and cannot be predicted, but something must be done to get this team to dig deeper and improve the focus at home. Up 0-2 on Rod Barajas, there's no way he should be getting a letter-high fastball. Ryan Howard. After six years in the league, he must know B.J. Ryan is throwing him a down-and-away breaking ball. The front office. They must recognize that they've allocated resources to the wrong areas, and it's had a direct impact on the downward spiral.