"When you're five games below .500 and eight games out of the last playoff spot with 29 left, it is a mathematical impossibility to suffer your worst loss ever," argues one reader. "Hell, it wasn't even the worst loss of the year on games ending on Chipper Jones walk-off homeruns."
Worst loss of the year? "I honestly can't even keep track at this point. There have been so many of them. The three that would probably stand out in anyone's mind are the Jordany Valdespin walk-off, the Cliff Lee 10-inning shutout, and the 15-13 loss on the first Chipper Jones walk-off. But discerning the worst loss is largely a matter of aesthetics." - bay_area_phan (who also contributed the summary quote)
Pap smear: "Papelbon is 31 for 35 in save situations (89 percent) this year. He also has come into a tie game four times and lost it by giving up at least a run. Also had another appearance where he blew the lead but the Phils game back to win (Thome PH walk-off vs Rays on June 23). So Papelbon has blown eight games this year where the Phils were ahead/tied when he appeared in 43 appearances. Need to see other similar numbers for benchmark comparison but that isn't terribly impressive.
"I don't know many Phils' fans who have taken a likening to him. On the field, he works at a crawling pace and combines it with his unnecessary theatrics. Off the field, Papelbon just comes out as your prototypical meathead athlete. Almost always think of Nuke LaLoosh when Papelbon speaks. It almost painful at times to watch him give interviews especially after a game." - MG
Frandsen's fatal error: "You can watch the play on video. It was pretty routine. It did take a bad hop at the end, which made it look like a tough play. But it would never have taken than bad hop if Kevin Frandsen had charged it and played it on the high hop -- which most third baseman would have done without any great difficulty. There was absolutely no risk to charging it. It was not a hot smash, but a slow hopper. It was not going to go down the line if he had misplayed it." - bay_area_phan