Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Continuing anatomy of a losing streak part 2


     The Phillies were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays making the first time the Phillies lost a 3 game set against the same team at home this year. The Phils then welcomed in the Baltimore Orioles for a weekend series. Baltimore had just left the NY Mets in New York and there they took 2 out of 3 games from the Mets. In the series prior to NY, the Orioles did the same to Atlanta, they took 2 of 3 games from them. Baltimore is rolling along for a last place team in the AL East. Let’s look at some stats from the first game vs. Baltimore at home for the Phillies:


Jimmy Rollins 0-3 with 2 BB
Chase Utley 0-5 with 5 LOB
Pedro Feliz 0-4
Antonio Bastardo 7 IP – 5 H – 4 R – 4 ER
Phillies Scored 2 runs on 6 hits

   The losing streak brings out certain stats to the front. Several players are hitting “O fors” with just the three batters listed above, the total is 0-12 and with batting like that among your key hitters, you are not going to win ball games. The losing streak extends again as the luck luster offense can only manage 2 runs in the first inning against Baltimore who win it going away 7-2. The streak that Phillies fans hate to have is now at 4 and they are all at home which isn’t good for morale either.


Game 2 vs. Orioles


    The streak is at 4 now before the second game with the O’s, the Phillies have the third worst home record in baseball, yet they still occupy first place in the NL East. This is unprecedented, a World Series team from last year with such a bad home record the following year. By the time the night is over, the Phillies streak of losses will be to 5, and they now hold a 13-21 record at home after this one. Only the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks have worse home records. Let’s look at some stats in this game:


Jimmy Rollins 0-3  1BB
Chase Utley 1-4  1 RBI
Ryan Howard 1 HR pinch hit
J.A. Happ 6.0 IP – 10 H – 2 R – 2 ER
Ryan Madson Blown Save (3) & loss

   The Phillies were in the driver’s seat to win this one. Ryan Howard comes off of the bench and was just released from the hospital with flu like symptoms to hit a pinch hit 3 run home run in the 7th inning to give the Phils a 5-3 lead, but the ninth inning proved costly for the Phillies as the bullpen gave this game up again.  Ryan Madson gave up the go ahead home run to Brian Roberts, who had 4 RBI in this game, in the ninth inning. The Phils lost another tough one by a score of 6-5. So this is the second game that the Phillies by most accounts ‘should have’ won in both series with the Blue Jays and Orioles. Lady luck didn’t visit Philly recently though and the streak carries on.


Game 3 vs. ORioles


   The losing streak is in full swing now, it has a life of it’s own. Sunday looked as if that streak may have a chance to be over. Cole Hamels has the ball for the Phillies and there is optimism that the Phils will win this one. The game is a classic pitcher’s duel, it shouldn’t have been, because the pitcher for the Orioles isn’t the same caliber as Hamels, but on this day, the Phillies couldn’t get anything going offensively and both of their top run producers are now out with Ryan Howard being in the hospital with the flu, and Raul Ibanez still mending on the DL. The Phillies scored first with a lonely run. That wouldn’t be enough and the Phils drop another at home, and hit the road with the losing streak in their suitcases. When will it end? Next stop tonight at St. Petersburg Florida, with the defending Champs going against the guys they played in the World Series!


Phillies home record 2009 13-22
Current last 10 games 2-8
Losing streak 6 games
Current record 36-31 
Phillies road record 2009 23-9 best in the MLB so far

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