A day after Cole Hamels realized he needed to "step back and start over" in preparation for the 2014 season because of a "fatigued arm," the Phillies' starting pitching got no better on Friday.
The game was not televised locally, but here were the lines for Burnett and Gonzalez.
Burnett: 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Gonzalez: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb, Gonzalez was burned by a few seeing-eye singles, but was erratic and fell behind five of his nine batters faced, while his fastball clocked between 88-90 mph.
Sure, it's only spring training, but just about nothing has gone right for the club's starting pitching, which, before the team even arrived in Florida, was besieged by question marks.
It's only gotten worse.
At the plate
• Darin Ruf is hitting .316 after clubbing his second homer of the spring
• Marlon Byrd had a hit and an RBI and is batting .368 thus far
• Ryan Howard delivered a two-out, RBI double off of left-hander Brian Matusz
Not just the arms
The Phillies' bats have been just as worrisome as the starting rotation. Among all of baseball this spring, the Phils are dead-last in batting average (.189), on-base percentage (.279), slugging percentage (.301) and extra-base hits (17).
The Phillies host the Astros on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Righty Roberto Hernandez will make his third spring start.