Thursday, May 16, 2019

NBC Sports Philly Michael Barkann calls out Arrieta via twitter after Phillies loss






"He's got to understand, we need him in right field," Arrieta said after the game. "I don't care how bad the umpire is. He wasn't great for either side. I'm out there trying to make pitches, he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there."
"We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn't matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren't and it showed," he added. "It's troubling. I'm out there doing everything I can to win a game. I need my guys behind me and they weren't."
Jake Arrieta.. after the Phillies loss to the Mets April 22, 2019


When Jake Arrieta called out the Phillies in a loss after the April 22nd game in New York, it was an eye opener, rarely does a pitcher go out of his way to call out a team following a loss. It does happen, but it's very rare. After I heard Jake do this, I thought to myself, he's probably going to jinx himself in saying it's the team not doing well, not necessarily critiquing his pitching as harshly. Now take the comments into context, Bryce Harper was steamed at the home plate umpire, got ejected out of the game against the Mets. Gabe Kapler was steamed, probably the most upset we've seen him in a Phillies manager's uniform, and the game had a rain delay. So it wasn't a typical game, and Arrieta's remarks weren't typical either.

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Bruce Willlis stopped by yesterday for the ceremonial first pitch and took some BP too!

It seems like Jake Arrieta has done just that, he jinxed himself, because after making those statements to the press on April 22nd, he hasn't been that good himself. Yes, he's a veteran pitcher, is he a Cliff Lee? No, not at all, or even close. He's earned respect with the time and accomplishments he's made in the game, is he a dominant pitcher? No really either, he's given up the long ball and have walked a lot of batters.


Watch the recap of the game by NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies lost last night to the Brewers, again it was a team loss. Not really all of Arrieta's fault, the bats sort of went silent. So the Phils and the Brewers will wrap up their 4-game series this afternoon in Philly at 1:05PM and will aim to salvage this series with a tie if they win.

It's Eflin vs. Davies today in the game with the continuing battle of first place teams. And the name of both pitchers is Zach - so it's Zack vs. Zack today on the mound (weather permitting of course!)

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