Howard is awesome at times, and not so great at clutch playoff batting
The World Series is over, and so is baseball for another season. It was a long but fast season this year, and once again the fans have to wait the winter out until March blooms again and brings us Spring Training.
This offseason, the questions are starting to pile up. Are the Phillies too old now? Can they get to the playoffs in 2011, or will they just fall short and look forward to ‘next year.’ Did this team give it’s all on offense or did they just run out of gas?
I don’t think we heard too much anger from the players after the loss in the NLCS, they almost took it in stride, knowing that there is always ‘next year.’
I think the fans might have ended up being a little angry at the end of the season. No offense from a group of players that were supposed to be the real deal. No RBI’s at all from Ryan Howard and only one RBI from Chase Utley during the NLCS. No one would have believed that before the series started. Utley ended the NLCS with a .182 BA, which is pathetic.
Over this long winter, this blog will examine the ‘why’ and the ‘how come’ of what happened to this team. It was amazing just hearing those two stats just mentioned above that the Phillies even made it to Game 6 of the NLCS.
We’ll also recap the season and find out why Ruben Amaro was about to ‘break the team up’ prior to the trade deadline, as he stated that he was thinking of doing. Who would have gone? What a candid statement from Amaro that he was close to sending some players packing.
From the Phillies, here is their highlights in the schedule for Spring 2011:
The Phillies spring training schedule features 16 great matchups at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., as well as two exhibition games at Citizens Bank Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, March 29 (7:05 p.m.) and Wednesday, March 30 (4:05 p.m.).
The Grapefruit League season at Bright House Field officially leads off with the New York Yankees on Sunday, February 27 (1:05 p.m.). Other opponents include the American League Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins, American League East Division Champion Tampa Bay Rays, National League East division rival Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers and the Pirates.