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Rise and Phight: 5/27/2021

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I mean...

Philadelphia Phillies v Miami Marlins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

What is there left to say about this team’s defense?

Outside of Odubel Herrera’s spectacular play to save a home run, this defense absolutely lost the game for the Phillies. Last year, it was the bullpen’s turn to be historically awful. Now, in 2021, it looks like the defense is doing a collective version of “Hold my beer...”

The ball hit to Brad Miller is a ball he has to throw better and make a double play.

The foul ball to Rhys Hoskins should be caught.

The groundball to Miller, though smashed, should at the least be knocked down.

These are basic defensive plays that because they are not being made are costing the team games. Anecdotally, it feels like this defense has cost the team at least 3-4 games already. Were they at least average, not a huge ask, this team would be in first place with ease. Instead. we’re stuck wondering how to fix it.

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