Sloppy Times, Sign of Times?

Ryne SandbergMaybe the Phillies need more pregame drills and pitching talks.

It’s doubtful actually. The Phillies are on the field before every game, working on fundamentals. They’re constantly talking to their pitchers about how to attack hitters. But their last three games have been a nightmare for a manager that stressed fundamentals and clean play throughout Spring Training. The Phillies have allowed 10 unearned runs in their last three games to fall to 3-5. They lost their home opener Tuesday, 10-3, and their second home game last night, 9-4.

Elias Sports Bureau said it is the first time the Phillies have lost their first two home games allowing nine or more runs in each game since 1929 at Baker Bowl.

A closer look at some ugly numbers:

  • The Phillies lead baseball with 10 unearned runs. No other team in baseball has more than seven (Padres and Marlins).
  • Elias Sports Bureau found it is the first time the Phillies have allowed 10 or more unearned runs in three consecutive games since they allowed 10 from July 26-29, 2008. Interestingly, the Phillies went 3-0 in those games while they went 0-3 in these three.
  • They are fourth in baseball with nine errors. Only the Dodgers, Marlins and Rangers have more with 11.
  • Since they scored 14 runs on Opening Day, the Phillies are averaging 3.57 runs per game, which is 21st in baseball.
  • They are 25th with a .197 average with runners in scoring position since Opening Day.

You hate to say the ninth game of the season is a must win, but if the Phillies lose tonight with Cliff Lee on the mound, A.J. Burnett will be asked to outpitch Marlins ace Jose Fernandez tomorrow night. Fernandez went 1-0 with a 0.50 ERA in three starts last season against the Phillies, striking out 16 batters in 18 innings and holding them to a .359 OPS. Fernandez has been dominant in his first two starts this season: eight hits, one run, two walks and 17 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. If the Phillies play anywhere close to the way they’ve played the last three games against Fernandez tomorrow night they’ve got no chance.

“It’s possible early-season stuff, but we’re still in the process of ironing that stuff out and continuing to work at it and stress it, that’s for sure,” Ryne Sandberg said.

6 Comments

The only thing more depressing than the play has been the commentary from the TV broadcasting booth. Scott and Larry have been the only thing that actually works right so far.

Couldn’t agree more. Many folks have to fess up to missing Wheels. As much as he got on some people’s nerves, he was much better than Moyer and Stairs have been so far.

it isn’t just Stairs and Moyer. It’s McCarthy, whose unbearable blabbering has been endorsed by the team by keeping him in the booth. It’s a shame that a first-class organizaton has such drek in the TV booth.

different skipper, same results. anyone with one good eye can tell this team is just mediocre. as for moyer and stairs, i said it from the beginning, be careful what you wish for. wheeler knows the game and enjoys it. moyer and stairs have no idea what they are looking at half the time and i get the sense that stairs would rather be watching hockey at some dive in canada.

What’s this? Jamie Moyer is not so good in the booth? How can this possibly be considering all the games he won as a pitcher?

Hey Weinus, how’s that attendance thing working out? Noticed u guys won one against the lowly Fish. Guess you can’t call em lowly when ur in last place. This is a two horse race again, might as well bring up all the kids. Could they do any worse?

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