With their second straight loss to the Braves yesterday the Phillies have almost certainly sealed the fate of some of their teammates. They have had their chances, but yesterday’s game was filled with poor at-bats, and uninspired play from a team that needs to be giving it their all.
The Phillies only mustered up 4 hits, and are now 0-10 with runners in scoring position in this series. They also committed two more errors in the field.
The Phillies are 11 1/2 games back from the second Wildcard spot. No, not the Division, the Wildcard.
Yesterday’s pitching performance bodes well for Joe Blanton. As you probably remember the Phillies acquired Joe from the A’s in 2008 and he was instrumental in their championship run. He would certainly help solidify a contenders starting rotation, and in his last three starts has proven to be as durable and reliable as ever. Joe allowed just four hits and two runs over seven innings. He walked just one and struck out seven.
At this point I’m starting to think that Blanton, Victorino, and possibly Juan Pierre are as good as gone. With the amount of speculation surrounding these three, and how poorly the Phillies have played this weekend, it’s almost a forgone conclusion.
What else should Ruben Amaro Jr. do? It would be irresponsible of him to let the opportunity to trade and try to re-tool this team pass him by. The current Phillies have done little to tell him that he should keep them together.
There are three days left until the deadline… Such a shame.
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