No Offense, Phillies & Eagles

Missing Franco, Hernandez and Howard from the starting lineup has certainly had an effect on the Phillies offensive production.  Six straight losses including a series sweep of three weekend games in Atlanta in which they dropped three straight 2-1 decisions.

Phillies got three straight strong performances from their starting pitchers but three bullpen losses.  Morgan, Eickhoff and Nola were the starters, allowing a total of three runs.  Because of his shoulder surgery of Jan. 8, 2014, Morgan didn’t pitch at all last season.  This season he has 152 between AAA and the majors. He’s being shut down for the rest of the season.

Offensively, the Phillies produced three total runs on 16 total hits that included one double and one home run.  Loss #100 is just six away with 12 to play.

Well, things could be worse!  E-A-G-L-E-S.

Pitching Talks
How important is pitching? The top five teams in the majors in ERA are all headed for postseason play: St. Louis, Pittsburgh, LA Dodgers, NY Mets, Chicago Cubs. The bottom five: Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Phillies, Rockies.

Top five in saves: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Mets.  Bottom five:
Detroit, Phillies, Miami, Toronto, Oakland.

Top five in batting average: Detroit, Kansas City, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto. Bottom five: Houston, Mets, Cubs, San Diego, LA Angels.

Top five in home runs: Toronto, Houston, NY Yankees, Baltimore, Seattle.  Bottom five:
St. Louis, San Francisco, Phillies, Miami, Atlanta.

Top five in fielding percentage: Baltimore, Dodgers, Miami, Houston, Arizona.  Bottom five: Phillies, Pittsburgh, Texas, Milwaukee, Oakland.

Alumni Notes

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This Date In Phillies History
September 21, 1911
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander hurls his fourth straight shutout at Chicago.  Others were September 7 (at Braves), 13 (Dodgers) and 17 (at Reds).

September 21, 1964
Holding a 6 1/2-game lead with 12 games left in the season, the Phillies lose, 1-0, to Cincinnati as Chico Ruiz steals home with Frank Robinson at bat. The defeat launches a disastrous 10-game losing streak during which the Phillies fall out of first place.  Phillies drew 1,425,891, their largest attendance ever.

September 21, 1981
LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Bob Gibson as the NL’s all-time strikeout leader when he fans Montreal CF Andre Dawson in the third inning for his 3,118th strikeout.  Expos win, 1-0, in 17 innings at Montreal.

September 21, 2010
Phillies beat Atlanta, 5-3, as Roy Halladay becomes first Phillies right hander to win 20 games in a year since Robin Roberts in 1955. Halladay sets club record for most wins in a season at Citizens Bank Park with 12.

Around MLB

Kendrys Morales of the Royals had a single, triple, three home runs and five runs scored in four at-bats but only drove in three runs.

Felix Hernandez of the Mariners finished the season 5-0, 1.83 ERA vs. the Rangers.

Jimmy Rollins pinch-hit on Saturday, his first at-bat since September 6. He was sidelined with an injured right index finger knuckle.

In walk-off decisions, the Rays are 2-11 after winning on Sunday.

Yadier Molina left the game on Sunday with a thumb injury.  When he is playing, the Cardinals are 88-58.  When he’s out of the lineup, 5-8.

Cole Hamels is 4-1, 3.73 ERA for nine starts with the Rangers who have taken over first place in the AL West.  Jake Diekman, 0-0, 2.37 for 21 appearances.

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