Here's how the postgame looked in the Oakland/SF area last night after the A's won
The Oakland A’s aren’t on too many lists to make it to the playoffs this year. You wouldn’t know that last night in Philadelphia as the Athletics pitching held the Phils in check for most of the game. Trevor Cahill is one of the younger players in the MLB, and he’s looking like he may be on his way to being a great pitcher. Cahill broke into the league at 21 years old, in 2009. Last season, Cahill put up an 18-8 record for the A’s and sported a 2.97 ERA in 30 starts. He just made his 17th start of the season last night, and now improves to 8-5 on the season behind the 4-1 victory.
Silent bats and lack of hustle spell defeatPhillies bats went silent last night, 5 players at the core of offense for the Phillies all produced no hits, Rollins,Polanco, Howard, Ibanez, and Brown. It’s games like these that make you wonder about this team, can they get the job done when they need to? Yes, they are sitting up in first place with a 48-30 record, but we haven’t seen them get in sync in the offense department all that much this season yet. They still have the best record in baseball, and I can’t figure out how that is with this balky offense.
Domonic Brown got a chance to start last night, he is getting a taste of major league life, but I am not so sure he’s ready for the every day job of playing for the Phillies. Yes, he has potential but he isn’t seasoned to the point where he is ready to take on that roll, it is something that must be earned. Take his hit last night to second base, the ball was bobbled and Brown had been running at half speed to get to first, so he was out anyway. Does he have potential? Sure, but that doesn’t mean that he’s going to use it.
Hamels and Halladay just can’t seem to win their 10th lately
Cole Hamels was denied a chance to win his 10th game last night, he’s been affected by the Phillies offensive drought as many pitcher’s have already this season. Roy Halladay will again go for the first Phillie with 10 wins on Sunday in the series finale with Oakland. C.C. Sabathia has already won his 10th game over in the AL last night.
It’s Roy Halladay (9-3 2.51 ERA) vs Josh Outman (3-1 2.86 ERA) today at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay looks for win #10 and the Phillies are looking for win #49 on the season. Let’s see if this offense can step it up a bit.
Phillies injuries are now forcing pitchers into new rolesThe hand injury to Ryan Madson leaves the Phillies with an unlikely closer now in Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo. This is how deeply the closer has been hurt in Philly. Are these young guys up to the challenge? Brad Lidge may only be a short time away from returning, but the Phillies have never needed him more that now. According to many reports including on Philly.com, Roy Oswalt says he hopes to return in August. We’ll see what the Phillies can do without Oswalt in the rotation.
Phils have off day to prepare for Red Sox Series
The Phillies have an off day on Monday and then welcome in one of the biggest hyped series of the season with the Boston Red Sox, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The Red Sox have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, coming from 5 games back in the bottom of the AL East standings in the early part of the season. They poured it on a little this season, sweeping the Yankees in 3 games in New York in mid-May, and sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in a 4 game series in Anaheim back in mid-April. The Red Sox started the season winning only two games on their first 12 games of 2011 to catapult themselves into first place in the AL East today with their 44-32 record. The Red Sox just lost on Saturday night to the Pirates, who had their largest crowd ever last night at PNC Park, who beat the Red Sox 6-4.