Deja Vu All Over Again

29 Jul

OK, so the Phillies lost last night.  It’s just one game, right?  One series in July.  No big deal.

Well, not so fast.  It’s not just that they lost.  It’s not even that they lost two in a row for the first time since June 3 or that it was the first time they have lost a series since June 17th at Seattle.

No, it wasn’t that they lost that worries me, it was the way they lost.

It was way too familiar.  Too uncomfortably like another series they lost to the Giants.  And that one did matter.   It was last year in October and it ended the Phillies season.  Too soon.

And although Kyle Kendrick against Tim Lincecum looked like a mismatch from the start, this loss can’t be blamed on the Phils pitching. It was the offense that let them down.  That here today, gone tomorrow offense that for two games in a row against the World Champions just couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it.  Kind of like that October series in 2010 that ended with a called third strike to the Phillies big piece.

Now, I don’t mean to be overreacting here.  Really.  The Phillies do still have the best record in baseball and a five game lead over the second-place Braves in the NL East.  But I don’t think Ruben Amaro added Cliff Lee to this lofty pitching staff and now equally lofty $170 million payroll just to win the division.

We all know they have their sights on a bigger prize this year.  And all the pitching in the world can’t win without runs.  It’s not the pitchers who are expected to drive in those runners in scoring position.

At least the Giants aren’t that good offensively, either, .  That’s some consolation, right?

Well, not so fast.  That, too, changed a bit last night when they obtained the Mets’ Carlos Beltran to add to the heart of their line-up.  Now Beltran won’t turn the Giants into an offensive juggernaut.  (He really wasn’t a factor last night offensively although he did make a great catch in right field that squelched a potential rally.  And don’t get me started on right field defense.  That’s a post for another day.) But he is a career .310 hitter at the Giants AT & T Park.  He also hits very well against the Phillies and in the play-offs.

So where’s the good news?  Well, if the Phillies’ recent winning play had silenced the cries for a right-handed hitter, now they are back and we can hear them loud and clear.  Ruben may need to pull yet one more bat out of his hat, preferably named Hunter Pence, before the trade deadline on Sunday.

Yes, I know I’m the one who’s always preaching that we should all remember to enjoy the ride.  And I am.  I guess what I’m  saying is that I just don’t want the ride to end too soon.

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6 Responses to “Deja Vu All Over Again”

  1. Chuck Forer July 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Can the Phillies go all the way with Jimmy Rollins as the leadoff batter? He can’t walk; he strikes out too much; and he hits way too many popups. (And he can’t bunt.) I know, I know — he is great in the field and he is an excellent base runner.

    • girlsbestphriend July 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Hi Chuck,
      Thanks for commenting! While I don’t necessarily disagree with anything you said I don’t see the Phillies making a change there, do you? They’re going to win or lose with Jimmy in the lead-off spot. I’m not sure who they currently have who would be better unless, of course, they get someone in the next couple of days who changes the picture. I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned!

  2. Chuck Forer July 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I agree that we can’t make a switch. I am just making a (pessimistic) comment about their chances to go all the way this year. . . .

  3. Lea Dickler July 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    DAVE AND I WENT TO THAT AWFUL GAME LAST NIGHT. UGH!!!! I THINK I AM BETTER OFF WATCHING ON TV. THAT WAY I CAN SEE WHERE THE BALL IS AT ALL TIMES. THEY LOOKED LIKE LITTLE TOYS FROM THE LEVEL WE SAT. WE WERE IN THE 13TH ROW IN THE 3RD LEVEL, BEHIND FIRST BASE. I GUESS I WAS SPOILED BY THE TIME I WATCHED IT FROM JAN’S BOX LONG AGO. THE FIREWORKS WERE AMAZING, BUT WE DIDN’T GET HOME UNTIL 12ISH (YAWN). OH, WELL, TONIGHTS ANOTHER GAME AND ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN. GOOOOO PHILLIES!!!!

    • girlsbestphriend July 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      Oh well. You’re right about tonight. Let’s hope the fireworks are IN THE game!!

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