What will Ruben Amaro do with this team at the trade deadline this year?
The Padres looked as if they won the World Series last night when the team beat the Phillies and once again, the Phillies bullpen imploded and lost another game for this team that is now reeling and in need of a total makeover of the entire pen.
The Phillies desperately need to scrap this bullpen and get a competent relief core in if this team is to have any chance of even finishing .500 this year. Forget about the playoffs, that is so far removed from what we are seeing on the field.
Jonathan Papelbon has 4 blown saves now for the team and he is included in the cleaning - if you could find a team to take him. That wouldn't be easy though, every time he has been called upon this week to close out a game, he has given it up. What went wrong with Papelbon?
Through all of this state of collapse by the Phillies, GM Ruben Amaro hasn't been saying much about his team to the press. He's been strangely silent and not tipping his hat to say anything except the normal, "We need to win" type of comments. Could we be seeing the unravelling of this whole franchise from the GM and down?
Here is how Jonathan Papelbon's June has been for the Phillies? Pap has had 4 blown saves in a week's time, starting on the June 18th game vs. Washington. Two of Papelbon's blown saves were nullified as the Phillies came back to win the game in the bottom of the 9th inning.
|21||Jun 4||PHI||MIA||W,7-3||9-9||1.0||9t --- 0 out tie||9t 3 out tie|
|22||Jun 9||PHI||@||MIL||L,1-9||8-GF(8)||1.0||8b --- 0 out d7||8b end d 8|
|23||Jun 13||PHI||@||MIN||W,3-2||9-GF||S(12)||1.0||9b --- 0 out a1||9b end a 1|
|24||Jun 14||PHI||@||COL||W,8-7||9-GF||S(13)||1.0||9b --- 0 out a1||9b end a 1|
|25||Jun 17||PHI||WSN||W,5-4||9-GF||BW(1-0)||1.0||9t --- 0 out a1||9t end tie|
|26||Jun 18||PHI||WSN||W,4-2||9-GF||S(14)||1.0||9t --- 0 out a2||9t end a 2|
|27||Jun 19||PHI||WSN||L,2-6||9-9||BS(2)||1.0||9t --- 0 out a1||9t 3 out tie|
|28||Jun 22||PHI||NYM||W,8-7||9-GF||BW(2-0)||1.0||9t --- 0 out a2||9t end tie|
|29||Jun 24||PHI||@||SDP||L,3-4||9-9||BS(4)||1.0||9b -23 0 out a3||9b 3 out tie|