Three garbage-time runs on Sunday are the only thing separating the Phillies from being shut out in their last four games.
Tonight, Hisanori Takahashi became the latest opposing starter to befuddle the Phillies, tossing six scoreless innings in an ugly 5-0 loss at Citi Field. The Phillies have not scored a run in 28 consecutive innings against a starting pitcher and have been blanked in three out of their last four games. According to reports, Charlie Manuel is holding a closed-door meeting.
Beerleaguer: Atlanta beat Florida, so the Phils will have a 2.5-game lead over the Braves after tonight. The last time the Phils were blanked in back-to-back games was Florida and Pittburgh back in 2008. This is similar, but I remember feeling worse about that. The most disheartening part about this series has been their lack of intensity. They need and should expect more from Ryan Howard in particular. The Phillies have every right to walk into New York and act like they own the place after winning the division three-straight years, but it's the Mets who've set the tempo, and guys like Howard have been hanging their heads. Even Sam Perlozzo left his stones in Philadelphia.
What has happened to these guys all of a sudden?