Stuck in Quicksand

August 26, 2007

Today’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Iguchi, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Dobbs, 3b; Werth, rf; Coste, c; Kendrick, p.

Losing streaks stink.  When you get in a streak such as this one, it seems like we are stuck in quicksand. 

One game, the starting pitching doesn’t do the job, another game it’s the bullpen, there are tight losses and blow outs, games in which you score runs and lose and games in which the offense struggles with runners on base.  Last night, we were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Brett Myers had gone 15 appearances without giving up a home run.  Last night, two were hit off him.  Don’t know what it is but closers often struggle when they come in tie games or games in which there isn’t a save opportunity (more than a three-run lead).  Terrmel Sledge’s pitch homer was the decisive run in a 4-3 loss.  It was his first pinch-hit home run in 677 big league at-bats. 

During winning streaks, every thing clicks and lady luck occasionally joins the fun.

Today’s another day, another game.  Time to pull out the Citizens Bank Park lucky charm, Sunday games.  Since the park opened, the Phillies are 39-11, 5-2 this season, on Sundays.

Utley Update
Chase played second and was hitless in four at-bats last night at Reading.  He’ll be in uniform in Philly today and have his weekly check-up with Dr. Randall Culp tomorrow.  Hopefully, he can be activated this week. 

1 Comment

This is a must win game (not like the other games haven’t). The team has looked lifeless. I think one big offensive game could turn the corner. With the Mets in town tomorrow, this needs to happen today…

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