The Phillies have now dropped four games in a row. The issues continue to mount as the team struggles as a whole to hit, and score runs. The pitching continues to be strong, but the offense is killing them.
There is plenty of chatter this morning about Charlie Manuel‘s use of the bullpen last night. I’m totally displeased with the end result, but let’s remember that there were not too many options left in the shortened bullpen. Danys Baez should have been left in the game since we’re begining to see that J.C. Romero is pretty much the same player he last season. Ryan Madson was not sent into the game because he was being held for a possible save situation.
I keep saying that when you’re not scoring runs every other aspect of the game needs to be perfect, and it hasn’t been. John Mayberry’s throw home was a good one, and Dane Sardinha miss played it. Once that ball lands in his glove he needs to be in front of the plate. He most definitely could have tagged Lance Berkman, he just didn’t. Chooch, and Brian Schneider would have made that play, and that’s why Dane is a third stringer.
The Phillies need to score runs. It really is that simple. Their last two games were both very winnable games, but the Phillies haven’t been able to make it happen. The offense is putting a heavy strain on the bullpen similar to the way they did in 2010, and we all know how that turned out.
Kyle Kendrick - After a loss like that it’s easy to overlook what a great job Kyle Kendrick did out of the pen. Kyle came in after Michael Stutes left the game with a muscle strain. Kyle pitched two innings and allowed just one hit, and one walk.
Roy Oswalt - Roy Oswalt threw more pitches then expected on Tuesday. He appeared to quickly establish himself, and was effective. There was a little issue with the radar gun in St. Louis, so his velocity is still kind of a question, but his fastball appeared to have a little bit of it’s “zip” back. It’s a very good sign.
John Mayberry - John continues to show his versatility as a player. He only had one hit last night, but he managed to steal another bag, and his throw home in the bottom of the 4th should have been an outfield assist.