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What A Mess

werth ugly shot What A MessWhat happened Saturday to the Phillies is the kind of devastating loss that can deflate a team, not that the Phillies have had more than their share of disappointment already in a season filled with bad karma.You can just imagine what it was like walking through the morgue that was the Phillies’ clubhouse after being rocked by the Minnesota Twins. What stings even more is that the Phils looked as if they were about to break  through the malaise that has gripped them in 2010. A pair of victories from unlikely sources Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick to close out the New York Yankee series and a opening-series victory on Friday against the Twins had the diehards believing again.

Then Saturday happens. A five-run ninth. A Brad Lidge breakdown. A total team breakdown. A waste of 10 runs. A waste of a decent Cole Hamels effort. All junked.

Can the Phillies dig themselves out of this psychological mess?

The Phillies are now 9-16 over their last 25 games. They’re also 28-30 since starting the season 7-1. Saturday also marked the first time since June 15, 2007 that the Phillies lost a game when they hit five homers. So it doesn’t look like the sudden influx of offense is the panacea of everything that has ailed the Phils during this downward spin.

Maybe Lidge put it best when he was quoted as saying “We were just bad.”

They were.

The Phillies should have beaten the Twins on Saturday. They didn’t. They blew it. There’s been no doubting the collective character of this team. But there are cracks in the wall. Who knows what will happen next in what’s been a very unpredictable year thus far. Maybe the Phils will be able to look back on June 19th one of two ways: Either as the day the Phillies changed their 2010 misfortunes and began playing the way everyone expected them to entering this promising season, or view Saturday’s demise as a microcosm of the season, when just as they were building momentum, the season collapsed in a five-run, ninth-inning haze.

  • Marty Shore

    It is very doubtful. There have been problems all season , whether pitching or timely hitting. They have only two starters. No bullpen (Lidge was done last year), (His elbow is shot) Reuben took a very risky chance putting together a bull pen that has failed and thinking Blanton and Moyer were worth the savings over Lee. I think over a season Lee can be more consistent than Hallyday.

    Worth will not be resigned. Brown is ready to come up. Red Sox need bats and an outfielder. Red Soxs have to have something Phils need I am not saying dump the season just make changes from a position of strength and get ready for next year especially if Happ is done.

  • Eric

    Unfortunately, about 80 percent of the fans in that stadium listened to the loss on their radio while stuck in parking lot traffic; most of them left while we were ahead. So let me get this straight, we boo them if they lose and leave early when it looks like they will win by a lot? That makes a lot of sense…

    I realize we are slumping right now, but I also know for a fact that those guys hear the fans and play off the energy we bring into the stadium with us. We are a talented team in a bad mental funk right now…let’s not add to the issue.

  • Bill Lehmkuhl

    I have thought the strategy of Charlie Manuel and the way he has managed (?) the Phillies has been way off course all season but after Saturday’s nightmare that man should be fired!! Anyone could see that Lidge did not have it Saturday and to leave him in there and lose that ball game is INEXCUSEABLE!! I hope Phillies management has the wisdom to see that we need a managerial change. For goodness sake, I could manage better than Charlie. For now I can only hope and pray Phillie management will wake up and get him out of town.

  • Mark.

    Wow what a nonsense! The phials finally get back to hitting and they lose a game that was a tough way to lose. That stuff happens. To everyone. The pitchers wont always have there a game. That’s baseball. The negativity is just Purely For the purpose of writing an interesting article. I am tired of this and the phils are fine!

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