Last night, the Phillies were shutout for the 5th time in 18 games. This isn't 2008, the players they're counting on are 5 years older now. Many of them 5 years past their primes. Their record of 14-17 is buoyed by their 9-3 mark against the Marlins and Mets. Take those game out of the equation and they're 5-14 against everyone else. This isn't a playoff caliber team. This isn't a good team. This isn't a mediocre team. This is a losing team.
Losing is the theme throughout the Phillies organization. Not one of the affiliates owns a winning record. The Phillies, Iron Pigs, Fightin' Phils, Threshers, and BlueClaws collective record is 60-82.
Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer sums it up nicely...
"The Phillies were built on the precarious hope that their aging veteran starters would
pitch well and that their aging everyday players would regain their
productivity. Around that central theme, the front office sprinkled
journeymen and prospects who might be good enough if everything else
Except, everything is going tragically wrong.