The Phillies must also operate on faith alone when it comes to their lineup, which was no match for young Mets righthander Matt Harvey’s mid-to-high-90s fastball. They managed four hits, one of them for extra bases, and struck out 10 times in 30 at-bats. The biggest piece, naturally, is Ryan Howard, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a sacrifice fly and is now 4-for-27 with 10 strikeouts and no extra-base hits. But they also need more out of the man who prompted them to trade away a piece of their starting rotation: Ben Revere went 0-for-3 with a walk and has now reached base in only nine of his 31 plate appearances. Carlos Ruiz will be back in 3 weeks, and Delmon Young might be back sooner. Otherwise, what you see is what you will get.
The Phillies say that it is early, that Howard’s slump is just the way baseball works, and that Halladay’s stuff looks better, and that the front of the bullpen is filled with slow starters. And, really, they do not have a choice but to believe that all of that is true. But if the Phillies really are a good baseball team, they have not yet come close to showing it.
“It’s early, but I’m concerned about our pitching,” Manuel said. “I still think we are going to score some runs. The guy tonight threw a good game. Their guy, he’s a top-of-the-rotation guy. He threw a heck of a game. But at the same time, we’re going to score some runs . . . Right now, we’ve got to work through the problem we have with our pitching, and things will work for us.”
Until then, you might want to find something else to watch.
Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:31 AM | 30 comment(s)
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