Phillies (6-9) at St. Louis Cardinals (8-6)
Thursday - 7:10 - Cole Hamels v. Adam Wainwright
Friday - 7:10 - Oh No, It's Roy v. Jaime Garcia
Saturday - 7:10 - Cliff Lee v. Lance Lynn
Sunday - 8:10 - Oh No, It's KK v. Jake Westbrook
(For our "out of market" friends, note that tonight's game is on the MLB network and the finale Sunday will be on ESPN.)
Does it matter? Do you want me to run down the failures of the Phillies offense?
The Cardinals have enough offense to score at least 6 runs this series, which should be enough to take three or four...
What I'm Listening To:
The sound of moving air that bats make when they are swung at, but miss, thrown baseballs.
What I'm Drinking:
Certainly not 'Phillies Kool Aid.'
Cardinals take three.
*The Phillies don't score enough runs to win games because they don't get on base. Only two regulars in the lineup (Utley and Young) reach base safely more than 30% of the time. Revere, Howard, Rollins, Kratz, Brown, and of course the pitcher are essentially outs. The team OBP is .287, 26th MLB rank.
*They also don't hit for average (.238) or power (.375 SLG), so they're only averaging 3.5 runs scored per game (52 R in 15 G). In the last 6 games, they've only scored 10 runs. Pathetic.
*We've established they don't score runs, but they also do not prevent them- 4.90 ERA (26th MLB rank).
*Horst, Valdes, and Durbin have been horrible. When a starting pitcher leaves early, you can expect the run differential to only worsen with that tragic trio.
*The Phillies are already in a 6.5 game hole to the Braves.
*It's time Charlie Manuel no longer be the manager of this team. He's not entirely at fault, that blame goes all around to the players and Amaro too. However, it's just not working any longer. See what Ryne Sandberg can bring to the club.