The Perfect Storm


barajas 0618.jpgCharlie Manuel
talked yesterday about how the Phillies have not played good baseball for the past week.

There have been mental mistakes upon physical mistakes. They have not swung the bats well at times. The starters can’t get past the sixth inning and the bullpen looks exhausted. The exhaustion is one thing. It has been a long week. (I punch buttons on a keyboard for a living and I’m tired.) But Manuel was asked if he feels he needs to address his team about the sloppy play.

“I’ve been thinking about that for two or three days if you want to know the truth,” he said. “But at the same time with the way things are — we’re kind of beat up, we’ve got guys out, we come back in a game like we did today — I don’t know if that’s the right time to go in there and start screaming and hollering and cussing and throwing things. Don’t get me wrong. I’m headed that way, I guess. But I ain’t quite there yet. Maybe somebody ought to push me into it. But, no, I’ll get it when the time comes.”

The Phillies are banged up. They placed Raul Ibanez, the team’s MVP through 64 games, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. They’re hopeful Ibanez will be back on July 3, when he is eligible to be activated, but Ruben Amaro Jr. said it could be longer. The Phillies already are without No. 2 starter Brett Myers, closer Brad Lidge and left-handed specialist Scott Eyre.

Combine those things – the injuries, the extra-inning games, the rain delays, the mental and physical mistakes – with the return of the American League and no wonder the Phillies have lost 5 of 6.

But doesn’t this seem familiar?

The Phillies entered Interleaugue Play last year at 41-30 with a three-game lead over the Mets. But they won just 1 of 3 against the Red Sox before the Angels swept them at home. Then they lost 4 of 6 on the road in Oakland and Texas.

The Phillies entered Interleague Play this year at 35-23 with a four-game lead over the Mets. They had won 10 of 13. But they won just 1 of 3 against the Red Sox before the Blue Jays swept them at home. They host the Orioles this weekend before they hit the road to play the Rays and Blue Jays.

“We’ve had some mental mistakes over the last couple days,” Ryan Howard said. “You just can’t have that. You’d rather have it now than later obviously, but it is what it is.”

What it is is a perfect storm for losing. The Phillies just hope they can weather it through their remaining nine Interleague games.

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Rod Barajas had the last laugh.

He hit a game-winning homer in the ninth against Ryan Madson in yesterday’s 8-7 victory. Barajas, one of Philly’s most disliked athletes in recent seasons, is 8-for-16 with four homers and 10 RBIs against the Phillies since he left them following the 2007 season.

“I hear them,” Barajas said of Phillies fans. “I laugh at them. I joke around with [Chris] Coste or [Carlos] Ruiz, whoever is back there. When I go up to hit, Coste is booing me, too.”

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18 Comments

Yes, the team is banged up. No denying that. But that never stopped this team before. They seemed to play even better, in the face of adversity. Charlie needs to stop talking about ” screaming and hollering and cussing and throwing things”, and just DO it!!!

Sitting in traffic, trying to get home after the game yesterday, the talk radio guys were saying how the fans REALLY need to start booing bone-head plays. AGREE!!! The honeymoon is waaaay over guys!

Hamels is starting Sunday. That should be corrected shortly.

I’m wondering why the Phillies web site lists “TBD” as Sunday’s starting pitcher against Jeremy Guthrie. Isn’t it Hamels’ day to pitch?
Why wouldn’t he be listed as the starter?

Thanks Todd. I was getting a little nervous! :)

Thought Charlie’s comments were spot on. I have a feeling he’ll at least address some the mental mistakes the team has been making. That needs to stop ASAP! Hope they can redeem themselves against the O’s. Hang in there, its almost time for another road trip :-) GO PHILS!

Is Barajas laughing because he stole money while he was here?

There are names for a guy like him but I won’t use them in the polite company of this blog.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy where we are in the standings. This lousy home record is just really frustrating. When I go to 20+ games a year, I expect a win once in a while! Unless we make the post-season again, I predict season tickets sales taking a nose-dive next year.

Let’s sweep the O’s!!!

@norma48: I wonder if booing will help. What sort of reaction, other than amazement, could you give to letting a guy take second base on a walk? And Victorino plays a lot of stupid baseball, including that boneheaded steal attempt yesterday. He has a ton of talent, but isn’t a very smart player. Maybe Charlie needs to start sitting guys like he did with Rollins last year?

As for the O’s, I’d be thrilled with 2 of 3. If this kid Bergesen pitches the way he has recently, Saturday is in doubt. Guthrie is a puzzle. He’s as capable of throwing a 4-hit shutout as he is of going 3 innings. Tonight against Hill is their best chance to get things back on track, but Bastardo is key.

muleman…….I agree with you about the stealing 2nd on a walk scenario. I happened so quick, that nobody even realized what happened. Thus, no reaction. Charlie kind of blamed Blanton. The radio guys blamed Chase and J.Roll. The radio callers, were split. Either way, it was pretty *little league*. As for Victorino’s attempted steal……That got a MUCH stronger reaction! No boos. But LOTS of yelling. Including, from me! LOL! Didn’t he already get in trouble from Charlie, once before, for the exact same boo-boo? I know Vic wanted to get in scoring position, for Chase. But he didn’t get a big enough jump. The fans could tell he wasn’t going to make it, and started yelling before he was even tagged out. Definitely *bench* worthy.

Maybe we’ll see Werth in center and Bruntlett in left tonight?

Barajas killed us last year too. His statement exemplifies that character flaw that resulted in his release. He can laugh all he wants. Coste has a WSC ring, as do the rest of the Phils. Barajas will be watching this year’s WS on TV……..probably NOT laughing.

I could be wrong, but my impression is that the Phils’ batters are swinging at pitches at home that they wouldn’t think of swinging at on the road. Also, if our starters are so bad, why are they pretty good on the road. Cole’s starts seem to be weeks apart. We desperately need a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. We also desperately need to go on the road for a while.

I’m glad that Rod Bar-haha-jas is having his jollies. Looks like he can play well when he puts forth the effort, but it appears that he doesn’t put forth the effort that often (only against the Phils). I’m glad we dumped that chump and won the World Series without him. You can kiss our rings, as well as our a$$es, Barajas!!!

Oh, come on guys. Do you really think our booing bothers ANY of our hated opponents? I’d be laughing too.

Another pathetic outing, tonight. Tuesday can’t come fast enough!

0-4 for me at CBP this season. I’m not going back till they play the Nats again. It seems the only way I can see this team win in person is if I buy an airline ticket.

Nothings a given at home this year. Even the lowly Nats. How about a road trip to DC? I’m up for it.

I can’t believe how much Barajas was booed in Philly??? He played 40 games as a backup catcher for the team?? What is there to boo? How much impact could he have possibly had on the team in that short time?

It was funny though! I must admit, Philly fans are the most intense that way.
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My favorite booer is Chris Coste. Evidently when Barajas would come to the plate and the crowd booed so did Coste…..LOL!!!!!

Another dismissal loss last evening. Wonder if they’ll get a game in this evening. Right now it rainings pretty steadily here in Mont. Co.

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