Phillies Go to Washington
It is the team’s last ceremony surrounding their 2008 World Series championship. I know some players are excited to meet the President, but I know even more are happy to finally put ’08 behind them.
’09 has been uneven to say the least. The starting pitching remains the worst in baseball with a 6.17 ERA. The offense had been brilliant through the season’s first 24 games, but has hit .190 since May 5. That ranks last in baseball, and is 16 points lower than Chicago White Sox, who are 29th in the league in that span. Closer Brad Lidge is 0-1 with an 8.56 ERA.
This team just can’t seem to get on a roll.
Reasons not to panic?
- This is just a lull for the offense. They should score plenty of runs before the end of the season.
- The defense has been nearly flawless. Cole Hamels‘ unearned run in the third inning yesterday was the first unearned run a Phillies starter had allowed this season. Elias Sports Bureau reports the Phillies set a franchise record by going 31 games into the season without a starter allowing an unearned run.
- Hamels looked good yesterday, which is encouraging.
- Lidge is struggling, but the rest of the Phillies’ bullpen has a 3.48 ERA.
Some good signs, but the fact is that the most important thing for this team — starting pitching — has been killing them.
It must improve.
I just read about this Brewers fan who caught Florida’s Chris Coghlan‘s first career home run this week at Miller Park. He wanted a Coghlan signed bat and a Hanley Ramirez bat in exchange for the ball.
Unreasonable request? It never hurts to ask. But the Marlins thought so, and I have no problem with that, either. Why? Because why should Ramirez have to give up one of his bats for somebody else’s home run ball? The fan explained that is what he felt was fair, but in reading his blog post, he also sounded like he felt entitled to it. I catch baseballs as a hobby. I work in law enforcement. These guys are millionaires. He seemed shocked — SHOCKED! — that some of the Marlins had a problem with him.
Like I said, I have no problem with him asking for two bats. I just have a problem with the sense of entitlement he had while asking.