Your 2014 Phillies?
It felt much longer.
The Phillies dropped four of five to the Mets, who entered the series tied with the Phillies for fourth place in the NL East. The Phillies, who have the third-highest payroll in baseball, now stand alone in last place, three games behind the third-place Nationals and Mets. The Phillies went 4-7 on their just completed homestand, which included their first no-hit loss since 1978 and one other shutout loss.
Are the Phillies worried this is who they are?
“I’m not a negative person, so, no,” Chase Utley said.
Does this team have the talent to win?
“We’ve showed better baseball before this series,” Ryne Sandberg said. “We’ve showed better baseball than we’ve played overall and I believe that the core group is there.”
But the evidence suggests otherwise. The Phillies are 24-31, two games worse than they were at this point last season when they lost 89 games. They can’t hit consistently. They can’t pitch consistently. There are fundamental mistakes every night. There is nothing right now to suggest this team can get on a hot streak.
“I’ll say that we’ve showed signs of fundamental baseball,” Sandberg said. “We’ve played better defense than we’ve played in this series. It’s just putting together the pitching, the defense, executing throughout the game and having some timely hits and some better support. Putting it all together or more of the parts of the game together to put together a game.”