I wasn’t just trying to be funny by writing about The Doors “The End” during the Nationals’ rally last night. It really happened. The song seeped into my brain as Ryan Zimmerman and crew knocked Chad Durbin around.
The end? I hope not (and I don’t think so) — but why else would the song magically appear?
Last night’s loss to the Nationals served as a microcosm of the season so far. In broad terms, the Phils got out to an early lead, fought a bit to reclaim the lead, held it for a while, then were tied, then blew the lead big time before unsuccessfully clawing back late.
But specifically, the warts were again out in full view. Starting pitching, while not completely bad, wasn’t effective enough. Relief pitching was overtaxed. The back of the offense did nothing. Things the Phillies really needed down the stretch — an experienced setup man, a bat for the bottom of the order — were painfully missing.
You can’t drop two games to the Washington Nationals. You just can’t. Not when the Mets are beating everything in sight. Not when a three-game deficit suddenly resembles a six- or seven-game deficit.
And it does — this Mets team seems more composed and relaxed than last year’s bumbling mafia. The Phillies? Tired (now it’s the pitching). There’s always something wrong with this team.
But there’s always hope. Sept. 5, 2007, the Phils dropped a late lead to the Braves, maybe the worst loss of that season. They were five behind the Mets after that game. They actually went to seven behind a week later. But we know the rest of that story.
With just over 20 games to play, there’s absolutely still a chance the Phils can overtake the Mets, or the Brewers, or whatever, to take a playoff spot. We were all packing it in on Sept. 5, 2007. Now here we are, almost a year later, and the situation is eerily similar.
Is it really the end? Or is this team going to channel 2007?