The Phillies were looking to get off on a good foot with this series tonight with the Mets. The stage was set for a series that a lot of people were looking forward to see. Phillies starter Chan Ho Park looked younger with his haircut real short, but he didn't quite pitch like he did when he was younger tonight. Chan Ho constantly fell behind in the count with batters, he pitched just 4.2 innings and gave up 8 hits and 7 earned runs before he was done for the night. Chan finished tonight with 6 walks as well as only one strikeout, and his era is now 7.77. Could this be why he no longer earned the spot in the Dodgers rotation and was a relief pitcher for them? Chan Ho is starting his 16th season as an MLB pitcher, he started out when he was 21 in 1994. He also was sent down to the minors in 2007 after losing his stuff with Texas. He is not the same guy we remember in the early 2000's with the LA Dodgers. He is one of the few Asian pitchers the Phillies have had in the last 20 years, Chan really got the boos tonight down at the ballpark, and that's not a good thing.
The Phillies did have some life in the offense, they looked like they were coming back, as they've had to do all too much already this year. They can not keep coming back like this all year because of poor pitching. If the Phillies are to have a chance of getting to the playoffs this year, something will have to be done really quick about this situation. Ruben Amaro Jr must be feeling the pressure of this rotation. The Phillies record doesn't show the full results of all the bad pitching they been dealing with. It's amazing that they are still above .500 with these kind of performances.
Games 2 and 3 of this series looks a bit on the dubious side with rain forecasted all weekend. Will they even be able to play all the games of this series in Philly remains to be seen. The fickle fans will start demanding better soon with the vocal booing and constant comments in the newspapers and radio if things keep going like this. Amaro can only cross his fingers and start planning.