Seventeen games in seventeen days is a lot of baseball. For a team like the Phillies, it made yesterday’s day off all the more important. Saturday’s wild extra inning loss took a lot out of the team and it showed Sunday as they looked incredibly flat all night long. In the long slog of a baseball season, a team is going to have games like Sunday and while it makes for poor viewing on our part, it at least makes some sense. It’s not an excuse, but at least it makes a little more sense.
Now they’ll head to the nation’s capital to take on the Nationals, followed by a trip to Florida to take on the Blue Jays. It’s a chance to make up some ground in the NL East against two beatable opponents.
On to the links.
- The Phillies bullpen’s inability to come up clutch cost them a playoff spot last year and it’s already costing them this year.
- As bad as you might think some of the players performed this weekend, the team needs to produce more like them from within.
- Want to make the postseason? Better get better on the road.
- No. Just......no.
- I guess you can call this a state of the union address, only it applies to all of baseball.
- People are always looking for parity in the game, preferring anyone have a chance rather than a few dominant teams. Have we reached that point?
- Has baseball’s plan to alter the baseball had a drastically backwards effect? It isn’t just the Yankees experiencing a down offense ($).
- Jacob deGrom had good news on his MRI, but he’s still officially going on the IL.
- Jarred Kelenic is getting the call up this week, expected to be promoted on Thursday.