It’s a long season. With the Phillies playing 162 games this season, there isn’t nearly the urgency that there was last year with the 60 game sprint. We’re only 12 games in, so with 150 left, there really is no need to panic. However, there is a certain sense of doom when it comes to the offense. John Stolnis wrote about how the offense is the reason for this mii-slide of the team and after watching that performance last night, it’s hard to disagree with him. No one really looks like they are seeing the ball well, nor do they look like they have good timing.
Of course, we could attribute this to having played the Braves and Mets in back to back series twice already. The teams know each other and the weaknesses, so they could have altered gameplans against the Phillies rather quickly. Can’t chalk all the struggles up to that, but it could be an explanation.
On to the links
- Matt Gelb’s take on the Adam Haseley absence ($) is well worth your time since it perhaps sheds a bit of light as to the reasoning.
- The strikeouts are really becoming an issue with this team.
- Yadier Molina became the first catcher to catch 2,000 games with only one team. Whatever you think about Molina, this is certainly quite the accomplishment.
- It’s power rankings time and boy will this list look different in a few days.
- The Atlantic League is going to experiment with moving the mound back (along with other rules) in an audition for MLB.
- The Astros just put a third of their starting offense on the IL.
- Carlos Rodon threw a no-hitter for the White Sox after hitting a batter with a slider in the ninth inning to lose his perfect game bid.