The club has rallied through adversity in the past, but it appears that injuries to Jimmy Rollins, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ and several other setbacks have exacerbated the Phillies’ sudden fall.
Last night, the Phillies hit an unofficial low of the young season in a 6-2 loss to Todd Wellemeyer and the Giants, knocking them from the NL East perch for the first time since May. Wellemeyer, who carried an 8.16 ERA into the game, held the Phillies to three hits as the offense continued to search for a spark. The drought coincides with the injury to Rollins, and after being hit on the elbow by Tim Hudson, fellow table-setter Placido Polanco, who had been fire-hot, has just two hits in his last 21 at bats. So an offense that was seemingly scoring at will has shut it down: no power and no luck driving in runners in scoring position, either. Meanwhile, the rotation and bullpen have experienced their own strife in the absence of two of their top four starters. For more on that, I hand it off to my esteemed colleagues:
“If Moyer has pitched better than his stat line up to tonight, he damn sure pitched a lot worse than his stat line tonight. Practically everything the Giants hit for six innings straight was an absolute rope. And mind you, this was against one of the most futile offenses in baseball, in one of the best pitchers parks.” – bay_area_phan
“Getting completely shutdown by a stiff like Wellenmeyer has to be the low point of the early season. He made a few nice offspeed pitches, but his control was modest at best and he made a ton of mistake pitches that the Phils did nothing with.” – MG
“This team stinks right now. Starting pitching is bad. Bullpen is bad. Offense is bad. Bench is bad. Even the radio broadcast is bad (Jim Jackson is a nice guy and a good host; but he is no Franzke.) But every team goes through streaks like this during a 162 game season. The Phils usually go through one in April, one during interleague and one other one in the summer every year. Need to get some of the pieces of the puzzle back soon. Hard to win a lot of games against decent teams without two of your four top starters, your closer, your best lefty reliever and your leadoff hitter/best defender.” – denny b.