Philadelphia Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel dropped some nice quotes following yesterday's sickening extra inning 1-run low scoring loss to the Marlins. Here's how Chuck summed it up...
"We're not hitting the baseball. Our situational hitting is absolutely terrible. Off the chart, really. The guys might be trying too hard, and it seems like when you remind them to make sure you get [the runner] over, all of a sudden, they don't do it."
*Situational hitting, what a novel idea.
"Also, we strike out a lot. People don't realize, we have a different lineup than we had last year. We have different people. And just one guy makes a difference. It's called execution, and hitting the ball in the right place. When we don't do that, it's going to be hard for us to win."
*Missing Aaron Rowand, added Geoff Jenkins and Pedro Feliz.
"That was big. When your pitcher pitches like that, you have to win the game."
*Cole Hamels continues to get screwed by the offense.
From Jimmy Rollins' dumb mouth- "You don't get concerned until you don't have a chance, then it's too late. There really is no room for concern. Coaches do that. That's their job. We got out and play. As long as we have a ball or a bat in our hand, we got a chance to rewrite the story."
*Oh, it's way past time to get concerned J-Roll. You at the top of this piddling offense that sucks better be concerned!
From Cole Hamels enlightening mouth- "It's just one of those things where the time off hurt me. My whole body was tighter, and because of that, I couldn't really push it. If I would've pushed it, I would've probably been on the disabled list."
*Glad we gave him those extra two days rest, that must have made him all the tighter (where the hell's his chiropractor?!). Hamels should have started on Friday.
Ways to Lose:
The Phils are awesome at night time, churning out 41 wins to only 27 losses. The rest of the time they pretty much suck: 12-19 in day games, 15-18 in 1-run games, 4-6 in extra innings, and 4-11 in InterLeague games.