Every time you try to get a little excited about this Phillies team, just a little, something happens to take all the wind out of your sails. Like yesterday’s completely lackluster performance in a 9-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Phils were behind 4-0 by the second inning and it only got worse from there.
It’s actually hard to believe that just this past Thursday this same Phillies team was really on a roll. They had won five games in a row to finally pull themselves above .500 for the first time all season (31-30) and climb into second place in their Division.
This is it, we thought. Finally what we’ve been waiting for. It took a while but it’s all up from here.
The stadium was full, again, red shirts were back in style and there were even a couple of games in that stretch that almost felt like the old days at the ‘Bank,’ the days when ….no, I can’t even say it.
But today, just four short days (and three losses) later the Phillies sit at 31-33, looking up at .500 once again and back in third place behind the front-running Atlanta Braves (that one’s for you, Alan!) and the underperforming Washington Nationals.
I could go on, but why bother? A rainy Monday here in the East is depressing enough.
“The sky is not falling,” Michael Young said after the game.
Yeah, Michael, but if I remember my fairy tales correctly, that’s what Chicken Little said right before he and his team were eaten by the foxes.