Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dodgers humiliate Phils on ESPN 16-2


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The Phils had some chances last night with Kershaw - they only came up with 1 run

Well, so much for being ready for the Dodgers. The Phillies did hang tough for the first 4 innings, and Zach Eflin should not be pitching for this team anymore. He's now 7-9 on the year, 9 losses attributed to the way he pitched the game. How many more times do we have to see games like this before there is a realization that Eflin falls apart most times. Last night it was in the 4th inning, and Eflin gave up 6 runs in the inning.

The game wore on, and the Dodgers kept scoring. Exposing the Phillies weaknesses to the national crowd watching on ESPN. The Phils did cling to a 1-0 lead prior to this explosion by the Dodgers. The Blue Crew had a huge contingent of fans with them for last night's game at Citizens Bank Park. At times they drowned out the Phillies crowd, especially on the radio.

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The Dodgers seem destined for greatness, but the Phils really looked bad last night

A national broadcast can bring out the problems and peculiarities with a ballclub, and the ESPN crew spared no expense at letting the viewers know what they thought. The prior game of course was on Fox Sports, and the Phillies ended up winning that game, but last night's game was ugly.

It's getting more difficult to watch the Phillies as the season goes on. I kind of thought the win on Sunday would give them a little more confidence to do well for Game 1 of the series with the Dodgers. There is no turning back sometimes from bad innings like we saw Eflin turn in. The Braves lit up Eflin for 6 ER on July 4th.

Gabe Kapler doesn't believe in advancing runners in a small ball type of play in most instances. The Phillies desperately need to do this a lot, but since Kapler doesn't think that's part of the game, it rarely happens. With all the sloppiness and things that are noted with not hustling, night after night with this Phillies team, you have to start wondering about Kapler now. This is Kapler's team, he's got to be responsible for all of this.

The nightly broadcast has been a tough watch, the bullpen is a subpar bunch of pitchers, once they get into a game, it's usually a very bad thing. Not too much more to say with this team, the weaknesses are apparent, and at this point, I think Kapler should be held accountable as well for this team, it's his players that are playing this way, maybe they benefit from a different manager?

The Dodgers have the number 1 record in all of baseball, it was evident to see as the Blue Crew are now 30 games over .500 - this is a winning ballclub.

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