If a batter were to collect 18 hits in his last 29 at bats, people would say he's "on fire" (.621 average). What about when a players strikes outs in 18 of his last 29 at bats (62%)? People would probably think that's a pitcher at the plate. Nope, it's our crestfallen mammoth slugger, Ryan Howard. Since his battering mate, Chase Utley, went on the DL the times have been hard on Mr. Howard. Not only is he striking out, he's doing so on pitches well out of the strike zone (either high up near the shoulders or outside and nearly brushing the dirt). With an offense now minus its sparkplugs of Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, Howard needs to balls up and play like he's got a set, because right now he looks like Bugs Bunny spinning himself into the ground following yet another swing and miss.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due:
*Last night's loss certainly should not be credited to rookie Kyle Kendrick after he once again pitching a helluva game, rather the offense and Chris Coste should share the blame. Aside from Pat "The Bat" Burrell, the offense was terrible, and Chris Coste cost Kendrick a run in the 1st inning by dropping a good throw by Jayson Werth at the plate. Brewers' opposing rookie pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, pitched a helluva game too and it was fun watching he and Kendrick duel it out over 7 innings.
*I want to congratulate lefty JC Romero for finally recording an inning pitched with the Phils without walking a batter...huge accomplishment considering just how awful our left-handed relievers' aim has been this season.
*Phils now sit 5 games behind the Mets in the NL East and are 1.5 game back in the Wild Card standings with the Padres, Dodgers, and Cubs ahead of them. Wasting opportunities comes back to bite you square in the ass!