Rough Road Trip
The Phillies started a 16-game stretch against teams with losing records May 27.
So far they’re 4-5 after a road trip through New York, Washington and Pittsburgh.
The Phillies averaged 3.89 runs per game on the trip, which ranked 11th in the National League in that stretch. Their .360 slugging percentage ranked 14th. (I know it’s not just me, but it seems like the Phillies go days between extra-base hits.) They also had a 4.18 ERA, which ranked ninth. So for once this season it wasn’t entirely the offense’s fault. They had a couple rough pitching performances, too. But it’s still mostly the offense. The Phillies have had their everyday lineup together for three games and they’re 1-2, but the way the Phillies historically play in PNC Park maybe that 1-2 should come with an asterisk.
(* – Disregard these offensive performances because they never hit or win here.)
The Phillies open a nine-game homestand tonight against the Dodgers. Maybe they’ll rekindle some of that NLCS mojo from a 2008-09 and hit a few balls in the gap.
From Elias Sports Bureau: The Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak behind Roy Halladay yesterday. Since joining the Phillies, Halladay has won the only two starts he has made with the Phillies on a losing streak of four or more games. He pitched in that situation 17 times with the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 6-7.
Kind of Phillies related: The Brewers won three games over Florida this weekend by scores of 6-5 (Friday), 3-2 (Saturday) and 6-5 (in 11 innings on Sunday). The Brewers hadn’t won three straight games by a one-run margin against the same opponent since they swept a three-game series against the Phillies, May 16-18, 2006. They won that series by scores of 3-2, 8-7 and 5-4. I remember Ryan Franklin made an awful throwing error in the ninth inning to cost them the first game in that series. I had to look up the other details: the Phillies scored three runs to tie the game in the ninth inning Saturday only to have Arthur Rhodes allow a run in the ninth to lose it. Ryan Madson took the loss Sunday.
The Phillies’ starters that weekend: Cory Lidle, Gavin Floyd and Cole Hamels.