Was That A Comeback?

‘Bout time.

The Phillies entered last night 0-28 when trailing after eight innings and 1-9 when tied after eight innings. So fans had little reason to believe the Phillies would win when Jonathan Papelbon allowed a run in the ninth to give the Rockies a one-run lead. They had even less reason to believe when the Phillies picked up two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Aside: Fans begging for Papelbon to be used in tie games/non-save situations on the road might be interested in this stat: Papelbon has not allowed a run in 17 save situations this season (0 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings), but has a 6.10 ERA (7 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings) in non-save situations.

But the Phillies offense kept coming with a two-out rally to win it. The Phillies are sixth in baseball in scoring since May 1, averaging 4.85 runs per game. Only the Rangers (5.26), White Sox (5.06), Blue Jays (4.98), Rockies (4.98) and Red Sox (4.89) are scoring at a higher pace. The Phillies also are third in batting (.275) and extra-base hits (156); fifth in on-base percentage (.332); sixth in OPS (.765); and eighth in slugging (.433).

Aside: The offense isn’t this team’s problem — an underachieving rotation and a shoddy bullpen are bigger issues – although it still needs to improve its situational hitting. The Phillies are second-to-last in baseball in scoring runners on third with less than two outs, bringing them home only 40 percent of the time. The league average is 50 percent, meaning if the Phillies had just been average this season they would have scored 13 more runs. Sprinkle those runs here and there and they might be 36-34 (or better)instead of 33-37.

The Phillies needed a game like last night. I’m not saying it’s going to carry into tonight or begin a turnaround, but it’s a long season and it’s a good mental boost to have players storming out of the dugout to celebrate a walkoff victory on the field.

7 Comments

I truly think this is the beginning of the turn around! Next stop .500, then chasing the Nats.

Great, we finally capitalized on somebody else playing shoddy defense instead of being the team giving it away.

Love the head!

opposing pitcher tonight has a 12 ERA. If they can’t beat him, they need to hang up the spikes. But they are not running down the Nats this season. That ship has sailed. They need to be figuring out how to fix all these problems so they can compete next year.

Steve, this season is still in play. They have around 40 games before the trade deadline, so there is plenty of time to find out.The division will be hard, but the wild card is well within range. I’ll take a one game playoff with either Halladay, Lee or Hamels on the mound.

No.

Great, 1-game playoff, which maybe they win, only to be clocked in the next round. Been there, seen that. I’ll just settle for them finishing over 500 and preferably not in the basement. Not even sure that will happen. This team is greatly underachieving, and history says they will continue. Rarely do you see teams playing like this just flip a switch and everything is fine. But the front office better pay a lot better attention to fixing these problems than they did this past year, because these problems were evident last year too, they were just less severe. And they got rid of Ibanez (how’d that work out) and then lost Madsen, which I thought was OK, but did not replace him with equivalent talent. Last year they had a pretty good 1-2 punch that got them out of late-inning jams. That is gone. Losing Martinez was a bad break, but did they really see him as a replacement for Utley, or were they just drinking the Kool-Aid thinking that Chase would come back quickly and in good health? If so – epic fail. And Howard won’t be back to his normal form until next season, which isn’t all that intimidating anyway. So yeah, I’d say there are a lot of problems that need fixing.

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