The Phillies Phlounder in Atlanta

4 Apr

The best decision I made last night was  that I would paint my son’s bathroom while I listened to the Phillies game.  I figured I might need a distraction while listening to Roy Halladay’s way over-hyped first start of the season.

Well I would have needed to paint my entire house to distract myself from last night’s 9-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.  But I’m still not quite sure what to make of Halladay’s outing.  It was actually one of the strangest pitching performances I’ve seen.  He struck out 9 batters in the 3 1/3 innings he pitched.  That’s 9 strikeouts in 11 outs.  In fact, Halladay become the first pitcher since 1916 to strike out nine in less than 3 2/3 innings.

The problem was that in between all those strikeouts, Halladay gave up six hits, five runs, three walks and two home runs.

Not the pitching performance we were hoping for but unfortunately what many were expecting. It’s not what Halladay is hoping for either.  He knows what he wants to do, what he used to be able to do and the lack of results is understandably taking its toll.

“I’m frustrated. I should have gotten deeper than that. Not aggressive enough early in the count and went deep counts, and that’s the most frustrating part, really. I’m going to clean that up and be more aggressive. I’ve got to be more aggressive getting ahead of guys and putting guys away…   But I felt good, felt good in the bullpen and felt good on the mound.”

It’s hard not to root for the Doc to get his mojo back or at least figure out how to pitch without it. I think we need to at least see a couple more outings to fairly judge what he’s got left but it’s unlikely he’ll be the dominating pitcher he once was.  Baseball can be a cruel game.

It’s still way too soon to panic.  We’re talking about 2 games and it is a long season.  But the team’s goal was to get off to a quick start so the Phillies don’t dig too deep a hole like they did last year.  So far, not so good.

In other notes, Chase continued to hit driving in the Phillies only 2 runs with a double and J-Roll and Domonic Brown each had 2 hits which was a good sign.

And after having 2230 hits with the Texas Rangers, Michael Young got his first hit as a Phillie last night. Let’s hope it’s the first of many.

Ryan Howard, however, is still looking for his first hit.

And the Phils had the all too familiar problem of hitting with runners in scoring position.  They were a dismal 1-11 in that key stat.

On the pitching front, it was great to see Mike Adams get his first action and  he looked great as advertised recording two strikeouts in his one scoreless inning of work.  However, Jonathan Papelbon, not so much.  No, it wasn’t a save situation when he entered the game but it was even less of a save situation when he left.

So Cliff Lee gets his first start tomorrow so maybe, just maybe he can pitch the Phillies to their first win.

Of course, the weather forecast for Atlanta is for all day and night rain so we might all get a break and a night off.

That way I can put the second coat of paint on my son’s bathroom in peace.

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5 Responses to “The Phillies Phlounder in Atlanta”

  1. geetie cohen April 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Important question,”What color did you paint the bathroom?”

    • girlsbestphriend April 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      I love how you always cut to the “chase.” It was the user’s choice and he went with a dark espresso brown. There’s not tons of wall space so it actually looks pretty good. At least he’s happy!

  2. Ray April 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Susan,

    I think you hit the nail on the head with pointing out our performance with runners in scoring position. That has been our weakest area for the last few years now. We are certainly able to get hits and runners on base, We just lack the ability to get those runners in to score on a consistent basis. Two games does not a season make (right..?.), so we shall see how this all shakes out.

    Happy painting !!!!

  3. Michael Gillen April 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Susan, enjoying blog from Down Under, but not hearing of phloundering. See you guys soon, I begin return in about…24 hours. Just one more party to go!

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