That was a disappointing end to a homestand. Sweeping the Mets to start things off was the best possible outcome. Losing two of three to the Dodgers was disheartening, but expected. Losing two of three to the Reds? That one stings a bit.
The team didn’t get a Zack Wheeler start, but after the string of excellence he has put together this season, spotting him a mulligan seems appropriate. Especially when one considers the type of defense the team played during the game, blame can’t totally be pinned on him. The game on Sunday also was disappointing, but even with the poor performance (again) from Aaron Nola, the team should have escaped the ill fated seventh inning unscathed but for some equally poor umpiring from Sean Barber. It’s never the umpire’s fault that a team loses, but boy did Barber play an exaggerated role in the loss.
Still, the Phillies are in an enviable position. They head out to Arizona where they should at the very least take the series from the worst in baseball Diamondbacks. They’ll get a tough task when they head to San Diego next, but this is still a team that has a very good chance at making the playoffs. It was a disappointing end, but by no means was it THE end.
On to the links.
- Some observations about the Phillies following yet another disappointing performance from Aaron Nola.
- Here’s a good look at Hans Crouse, the newest pitching prospect from the Kyle Gibson trade.
- If the Phillies have the easiest schedule on paper for the remainder of the season, they had better take care of business.
- This lineup is pretty good in the middle. At the top? That is where the struggles have been ($).
- Looks like the rotation could have some reinforcements soon as Zach Eflin threw a simulated game yesterday.
- The big news of the weekend came out of Arizona as a former Phillies farmhand threw a no-hitter in his first big league start.
- The Padres had been floundering. All they needed was Fernando Tatis, Jr. to come back, play a new position and hit two home runs.
- The Yankees have had some Covid issues of late, but they’ll get getting some pitching back in the next few days.
- Brandon Crawford is going to stay in San Francisco for at least two more years.