Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dodgers and Phillies not living up to hype

Phillies fans get to see Puig at least for this series

The Dodgers came into the 2014 season as being hyped as the team to beat in this year. They are odds on favorites to make it to the World Series as well, but something happened along the way.

The Dodgers have a lot of pitching firepower, think of the 2010 Phillies, when we had 4 legitimate aces on the team but somehow still couldn't get deep into the playoffs. The Dodgers still have a long season to go this year, but they are in 3rd place in the NL West and a little far behind the 1st place San Francisco Giants who now have 30 wins to their season.

The Phillies, who have one of the highest payrolls in baseball is on cruise control, but the problem is that there is no one at the wheel with this team. They are floundering in last place and though it seems like manager Ryne Sandberg is shuffling players around like a deck of cards, not a lot of good is coming from it.

How did the Phillies get in such bad shape? The pundits called them a next to last place finisher not in only the NL but in all of baseball. Could this be possible? This writer didn't think that was the case, but the team hasn't lived up to even modest expectations as of now.

The spotlight needs to be placed on Ruben Amaro, he's had the luxury of having these sky high payrolls and has done virtually nothing with spending all of that money. His watch should be over now on this team, he can do nothing to help it anymore.

It's going to be a long season for this team, the writing is already on the wall for that. With an 8-13 home record, the team would have to turn incredibly hot and start to wins games in bunches, but they appear unable to do that. Any team want some aging superstars who are earning far too much for what they are producing?

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