Phillies get swept at home
When he was here, Rod Barajas got little respect. Well, he returned in a big way to say “Remember me?.” All throughout the series, the former Phillies showed that they still had game. Scott Rolen went 2-5 in this game and was on a tear the other games in this series. The Jays have been surging of late despite a setback at home recently against the young Florida Marlins. The Blue Jays came into this game this afternoon only 5 GB behind the Boston Red Sox in 3rd place in the AL East.
Players love to come back and haunt old teams. Pat Burrell would do the same if he was healthy against the Phillies next week in Florida. That is just the way the game is played. It’s a player’s chance to say, “Hah, I am better than you thought!” The Blue Jays didn’t even need the services of ace Roy Halladay who was put on the DL retro to June 14th for a groin pull, the same affliction that Raul Ibanez has.
A couple disturbing events in recent games that I’ve noticed: Pedro Feliz making costly errors that are leading to losses. The game was tied 5-5 and Feliz went to field a grounder and couldn’t get a handle on it, and thus the Phillies didn’t get out of the 8th inning with a double play. Ryan Madson saying to hitters, “I am going to throw the ball straight down the plate at 90 mph, see if you can hit it”, and Barajas did with a long center field homerun that he didn’t even get the whole bat on. Madson didn’t get a blown save there, but he got the loss today which is even worse. Suddenly, what was so automatic is not appearing to happen so automatic for the Phillies anymore. The Phillies making stupid errors that are allowing teams to capitalize and beat them on stupidity rather than superior play. The Phillies aren’t getting any mileage out of their starters, they all barely make the 5th inning and they are getting used to it.
Bring in Baltimore now, as the Phillies continue to look for answers. Ruben Amaro should start to do something with pitching real soon, I don’t think it will be good to stand pat with this rotation much longer. Moyer is looking worse as the starts go, he is keeping the team somewhat close but teams are tagging him almost every time out there.
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