Nothing has been more frustrating this baseball season than watching the Phillies go six,seven, or even sometimes eight innings without a run and wasting a great outing from Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, or even Vance Worley. It’s painstaking to watch a team put up consistent zeros in the runs column, especially when that team has been a serious World Series contender for about five years now. So when the Phillies came up to bat in the first inning and quickly put four runs on the board, it was hard for even the most doubtful of fans to keep a smile off of their faces. From that point on, Vance Worley was strong, the Phillies defense was solid and just less than three hours later, the Phillies had salvaged a four-game series with the Cubs. Continue reading
Nobody was concerned about the Phillies pitching and everybody was concerned about the Phillies hitting. If games were played on paper, nobody would have been shocked if the Phillies won 130 games on pitching alone, winning games 1-0. Without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the line-up would be even more anemic they said.
Well, as sad as it is, if these two games are any indication of things to come, the nay-sayers and skeptics may be right, as the Phillies have shown nothing but dominant pitching and dormant bats. In their first two games, a win and a loss, the Phillies have scored one run, giving up two runs, neither of which are surprising. Game two even took extra innings to complete, both teams only able to score one run in nine innings (whether it was because of the Phillies’ pitching brilliance or the Pirates’ hitting incompetence, the world may never know). Continue reading