The Phillies will simply go to sleep on you, and are likely headed for an early slumber.
Beerleaguer: So because the comatose Phillies couldn't muster an attack against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros Saturday night, in what might have been the worst loss of the season due to the sheer lethargy of it, they're in a must-win situation, down three with 16 to play, counting on a shutdown effort from Roy Halladay this afternoon and a ton of help over the next two-and-a-half weeks. Down, but not out, says ESPN's 2.6 percent odds of making the postseason, which is about where they were Tuesday.
The problem with the offense is that it isn't very good. And if you want to be honest about it, the last time they fielded something to write home about was 2009, maybe 2010 in a stretch, but even the 2010 team shut it down over long stretches. Man, the lineup used to be air tight with big-time power, including a trio of All-Stars in the outfield. Mercy.
So now that I've set the mood, here's today's lineup: Rollins, Pierre, Utley, Howard, Ruiz, Mayberry, Brown. Martinez. See, that's exactly what I mean.