Saturday, May 09, 2015

Phils deal Dark Knight his first loss, Chase still struggling

Chase still looking for the exit of his tremendous slump 

The Phillies come up with a surprise every now and again. Last night was one of those surprises.

Matt Harvey looked like he was cruising his way to a possible Cy Young candidacy in the first month of the season, but the Phillies managed to give him his first loss on the year.

Harvey brought his 2.41 ERA into last night's game and his .9 WAR number that leads the Mets in that category. It was Harvey's sixth start on the year, and he had reeled off 5 wins against teams like the Yankees at Yankee Stadium and winning twice so far against the Washington Nationals.

The Phillies countered with Cole Hamels, in arguably his best start of the year. It was Cole's 7th start of 2015, and allowed 4 H in 7 IP and struck out 8 for the victory. It was only the 2nd win of the year for Hamels, but a great one against one of the hottest teams in baseball.

Chase Utley still has not found the key to his miserable slump. His BA is now below .100 and he doesn't appear to be seeing the ball all that well. Can he find the keys to what will make him snap out of this prolonged slump? The 13th year veteran even heard some rare boos at CBP last night, maybe that will motivate him more to get back to business.


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