Friday, September 23, 2011

Red Flags- Not the Kind You Want to Fly


The top 5 batters of the Phillies lineup are either hurt or having one of the worst months of their career.

Ryan Howard was producing, but can't shake the pain in his ankle. Hunter Pence was hitting, but he felt his knee pop and is out with patella tendinitis. That's the Phils 4 and 5 spot in the lineup that are currently questionable.

Then there's 1-3. 1- Jimmy Rollins .196/.468, 2- Shane Victorino .170/.539, and 3- Chase Utley .175/.543 in September. The Giants laugh at that.

John Mayberry Jr., Placido Polanco, and Carlos Ruiz are hitting over .300 for the month, but that's not enough.

Offense isn't the only red flag being flown. The bullpen is missing a key component, a reliable lefty. Antonio Bastardo was that man for the first 5/6 of the season, but has fallen apart over the last month. He's not attacking hitters anymore, rather nibbling around the edges and putting himself in counts where he's walking them or grooving hittable pitches so that he won't walk them. He looks tired and confidence appears to be shot.

Bastardo isn't the only faltering reliever, he's joined by rookie Mike Stutes. Since the beginning of August, Stutes has appeared in 17 games logging 20.2 innings with a 5.23 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and has walked 15 batters. Luckily Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge, and even David Herndon are doing well. And with the Phils rotation, maybe that's all the relief they'll need. Don't forget Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick, who both go to the bullpen for the playoffs. Worley might be able to handle setup, and at this point should be given a chance over the likes of Stutes and Bastardo.

In the rotation, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee continue to dominate, but once again red flags run up the pole. Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt aren't doing what is expected of them. Hamels has given up 7 homeruns in 4 September starts with an ERA of 4.18. Oswalt has given up 5 runs in 2 out of his last 3 starts to bad offenses (Astros and Nationals).

Hopefully these red flags don't ruin the chances of the Phillies flying a championship flag.

Are you worried?

14 comments:

Brain said...

Hell yes I'm worried. Bad baseball isn't a switch you turn off when you want to. I hope to god this gets turned around pretty damn quick or its time to shake things up via trades. It seems like the whole lineup has gotten complacent aside from mayberry. That's just my $.02.

ripjgarcia said...

Hard to trade overpaid players.

Preserve Jon said...

One. And. Done.

Anonymous said...

Worried? No. Disgusted? Yes.

GM-Carson said...

I'm worried and disgusted.

Oswalt voiced his opinion after the game about worry setting it because there is no magic switch to flip.

This is bad.

GM-Carson said...

Phils traded Mike Zagurski to the Dbacks for a player to be named later. Hey, that's better than getting nothing for him.

Bob D said...

Good luck Ziggy!

Rollins, Utley, Victorino are not all likely to continue these slumps. They all have a track record to rebound. 0-32??

Ben said...

I'm guessing I will read a post here in october, how the phillies turned it on in the NLDS, but it was too late...

GM-Carson said...

From MLB Trade Rumors:
C.C. Sabathia thinks Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins may sign with the Giants in the offseason, reports Jon Heyman from Sports Illustrated (Twitter link). Sabathia and Rollins are long-time friends and, as Heyman notes, Rollins was the first to predict that Sabathia would sign with the Yankees in the 2008-09 offseason.

My take- go ahead and sign with the Giants, that means you're officially washed up (see past signing they've made- Tejada, Rowand, Huff, Burrell).

Bob D said...

No loss tonight folks

Andrew said...

Observation: The 2011 Brewers bear a strong resemblance to the 2008 Phillies.... Power hitting young core, moderate pitching, iffy bullpen and lights-out closer.

GM-Carson said...

Hence, the Brewers scare me.

Anonymous said...

By all means, remain worried then. I will remain a little worried for now.

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