On Sunday the Phillies' problems were all encompasing. From Halladay giving up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings, the Phils were two-hit over seven innings by Kevin Slowey, a pitcher who lost his last 10 decisions and hadn't won a game since September of 2010. This came a day after the Phillies were blanked on a one-hitter from Jose Fernandez.
Forget about the starting pitching and the dearth of hitting... how about the relief pitching? In the 14-2 loss, Raul Valdes, Chad Durbin and Jeremy Horst combined to give up five runs and a pair of homers. Sure, the white flag went up early and there wasn't much on the line in Sunday's game. However, aside from Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon, which reliever can Charlie Manuel depend on?
And the hitting? Five hits and one earned run in two games ... against the Marlins?
Here's a depressing development: The Marlins have six wins against the Phillies and Mets and only four against every other team in the majors.