Monday, May 11, 2009
The Phillies are home for three games this week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. All three games are very important for the team as the Mets have now slipped into first place after being several games back just a week or so ago.
Whatever was and has been wrong with Phillies pitching has to be corrected really soon, or this could be a really long season of frustration if the Phils continue on this path of pitching that they have been on so far. Chan Ho Park gets the ball on Tuesday night against his old team. The Phillies should get it together and go out there and support Park with all the offense he needs.
Wednesday night, a pitcher that really no team wanted found a home with the Dodgers again, none other than former Phillies pitcher, Randy Wolf. Wolf has found his old form again and he is currently sporting a 2.95 era with a 1-1 record. He will oppose Jamie Moyer who is searching for the cause of his troubles the last time out. I watched him talk to pitching coach Rich Dubee today at the pregame warm ups. Moyer seemed to be concerned with his delivery of his pitches and his release point. We'll see if he has found out the correction for this on Wednesday night. This Wed. game will be an ESPN game as well with a 7:05 pm start.
Thursday afternoon will be the marquee matchup of the series with Cole Hamels going for the Phillies and Chad Billingsley going for the Dodgers. Billingsley has been on fire and he already has a 5-1 record with a 2.45 era. The Phillies would love to have any starter with that low of an era that is for sure. What happened to the starting pitching on this staff? They rank last in almost all catagories in the National League. The whole season so far the team only has 9 quality starts and that is last in the NL as well.