Did last night totally suck? Abso-f’n-lutely! Should we be scared of 9th inning save situations for the remainder of the season? Yep. However, yesterday’s loss was only 1 loss, even if it felt like a centuries worth of losses all balled up into one big shit sandwich. That’s right, only 1 loss, the 51st loss of the season; meaning the Phillies still have 72 wins and a 7 game lead in the NL East over both the Marlins and the Braves. It’s time to regroup, take care of business in Pittsburgh, and get back to winning ways and securing a NL East division championship for a third straight season.
Speaking of "regrouping” (I'm like T-Mac with annoying segues up in here), the same needs to be done by struggling southpaw Cole Hamels. The kid was very good last season and phenomenal in the postseason. He has the ability to be a top of the rotation pitcher. The Phillies need him to straighten himself out by the time the playoffs come around, or defending the World Series trophy may not be an option. A quality start tonight, coupled with a win will be a step in the right direction.
On a more exciting note, the Keystone Cup remains up for grabs with the Phillies leading the Pirates in the season series 3-1.
Can we sign this kid to be our closer...
...at least he knows when to throw in the towel.