|Rich Dubee confers with Kyle Kendrick on the mound (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The Phillies had back to back series where they faced getting swept in the past two series with the Mets and the Nationals. Last night, the Mets succeeded in sweeping the series from the Phillies. Take heart though Phillies fans, it's only the first time since 2006 that the Mets were able to sweep a series from the Phillies (in Philly). * thanks dear reader!
That is a lot of games that the Phillies and Mets have played since 2006, so as bad as it may seem, it's not all that bad in the overall picture of things.
Yes, the Phillies did look bad again last night. They did bang out 15 hits though in the loss, and if you had to blame a part of the Phillies on this loss last night, you would have to blame the bullpen.
Kyle Kendrick, earned the loss (0-3), looked like he was serving up batting practice, he was only in for 1 inning but gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 2 BB's in his brief appearance on the mound. What happened to the steady Kyle Kendrick? He's going to have to improve his game as his ERA has soared to 7.32, and Jose Contreras has a balloony 8.59 ERA himself.
The Phillies bullpen is in a total state of collapse in the last few weeks, and there has to be something done about it.
The Padres come to town for the weekend, and the Phillies need wins. We'll see if they can turn this downward spiral around. The Phils are now 5 full games out of first place, and solidly in the basement of the NL East.
These type of losing streaks and bad play test the fans patience with the team, and of course the press jumps on the bandwagon as well. Can the Phillies improve and play like they are capable of playing?