In season with 162 games, there will be games where an offense explodes, a defense plays incredibly, a team’s pitching will be lights-out and the team will win 8-0. Sometimes, teams will play against other teams that have those types of games and lose 8-0. But then, there are games where a team pitches poorly, is unable to get anything going offensively, botches multiple plays in the field and, to make matters worse, plays a bad team that gives them ample opportunities to score. It’s games like these that are the worst and it was a game like this that the Phillies played in their last of a four-game series with the Padres, a game which the Phillies lost 6-1, dropping their record to a disturbing 7-9 against a group of teams that have been nothing but average. Continue reading
Just when you thought that the Phillies couldn’t sign any more big-name (for the record big-name and good are far from the same thing) pitchers, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. brought former Rookie of the Year, and runner-up in Cy Young voting to Philadelphia.
This big-name former Rookie of the Year, is none other than Dontrelle Willis, the man who made himself a household name with a crazy wind-up and a 22 win season in 2005 with the Florida Marlins. Continue reading