Yesterday afternoon the Phillies had another opportunity to win back-to-back games for the first time since the first week of the season and push themselves back over .500. Instead, the boulder rolled back over top them. No matter how many times they climb the hill, it seems, they cannot get over its summit. The season is only a month old; so, feelings of futility have not yet set in. But as today’s articles will suggest, the questions about their futility are rising. To the links themselves!*
- Bryce Harper shows impressive magnanimity after getting hit in the face by a bludgeon.
- Girardi blames himself for yesterday’s unraveling. I don’t think he prevented the offense from scoring more than 3 runs though.
- Bob Brookover expresses the rising tide of frustration as the Phillies continue to waste opportunities to jump ahead of a mediocre crowd in the NL East.
- At Baseball Prospectus, Jason Turbow looks at the Harper/Gregorius/Cabrera incident($) and breaks down how the warning system and three batter minimum rules fail to protect hitters.
- And David Murphy weighs in on the absurdity of policing the game by throwing at batters.
- Finally, the Phillies do good by local teachers. Yay!
- The Phillies won’t face Jacob deGrom in their weekend series against the Mets, which sounds good. But they’re missing an opportunity to win a game 1-0.
- If you’re like me, you still get excited when a Phillie hits a ball back through the middle, and then get extra disappointed when the ball is hoovered up for an out. Apparently, increasing outs on balls up the middle is a very long-term trend.
- The NHL shootout to decide games is an abomination. MLB, please don’t do this!
- As pitchers become more dominant, more batters are being hit.($) Hmmmmm.
- One more team decides Brandon Workman isn’t an MLB reliever.
*Why, yes, this is a silly paraphrase of a phenomenologist slogan from the early 20th century. I have to do something with all this arcane and useless knowledge.
In case you’re feeling the frustration, may I offer you a song to soothe your troubled soul?