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Phillies Home Schedule Ends with Loss to Mets

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 22, 2013 08:31 PM | Comments: 9
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It was a fitting end to the home schedule. Another loss for the Phillies.

They fell to the Mets 4-3 and were swept, despite eight strikeouts over seven innings from Cliff Lee. After 81 games at home, the Phillies finished the year at 43-38.

On offense, Domonic Brown finished the day 1-for-2 with two walks, but the rest of the offense was unable to provide much as the team finished 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

As the old adage goes, there’s always next year. Over 3 million people watched baseball at Citizens Bank Park here, meaning interest in the team is still high. In just a week, the fun begins.

Once the remaining games on the road are done, Ruben Amaro Jr’s. job is to fix what ails this team. Can it be done?

 

 

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  • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

    He couldn’t after last season!!! What makes anyone think this offseason will produce better results. He needs to go and let someone else try to fix this problem.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    By my account two options exist here. Amaro can pretend to contend or go into rebuild. My first guess will be option 1. If Amaro cedes and freely admits to option 2 ticket sales etc will plummet even further. Maybe he can pull it off with the right moves a little luck and if key players remain healthy and productive.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I think you hit on it. Amaro won’t say the “r” word publicly, but he’s been rebuilding since July of last year:

      - they haven’t traded a single prospect worth anything since the first Pence trade 2 years ago
      - they had their strongest draft in a decade
      - they haven’t spent more than $8mm per year on anyone in free agency since December of 2011
      - MAG was the first foray into a big internatonal signing (we’ll see if that goes through, but either way it’s encouraging to see them using that avenue, along with the Encarnacion signing)
      - they’ve added through draft or trade: Morgan, Martin, Revere, Joseph, Simon, Lino, JP Crawford
      - guys they developed are playing in Philly with Franco on the way

      In the meantime he’s been trying to make the small moves that, if things broke right, could have put them in contention. Obvioulsy, things did not go right, with the injuries to Adams, Howard, and Halladay, and with Delmon continuing to stink rather than repeat his one good year of 2010.

      The strategy wasn’t bad, but the execution has been lacking.

       
      • Posts: 5530 Lefty

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        Well stated-
        I give them credit, I think the strategy was actually a good one.The high priced FA’s for the most part didn’t pan out anyway. I hope they maintain that strategy, ( making pick protection unnecessary, but I doubt they will, there were too many patches of blue if you know what I mean)

        Anyway back to the point, the strategy is good IMO, but as long as they keep eschewing the use of analytics to make the decisions on players they pick within the strategy, it won’t work.

        Is there anyone on any board anywhere, that had a doubt in their minds that Delmon Young was not what this club needed? In fairness, to George’s point the other day, maybe they tried other options first and ended up settling for Young in the end, that we’ll never know. But they did just throw Nate Schierholz away necessitating the D. Young move to begin with.

         
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    I cannot see this team being good any time soon.
    (Copied and pasted from the Eagles,Sixers, and Flyers message boards )

     
  • Posts: 32 joycedaffodil

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    Once the remaining games on the road are done, Ruben Amaro Jr’s. job is to fix what ails this team. Can it be done? –

    What a statement. If we were all working and this was Mr. Amaro’s job performance I think he would be looking for a new job or unemployment. Last season he was going to fix things, this season he was fixing things, now it’s almost over and the fixing isn’t done. We were discussing Ryan’s promotion, when they are done with him he will receive a Charley award.

    Where is Charlie?

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    There is absolutely no patience among fans. It took the Pirates more than a decade to successfully rebuild. The Cubs have been rebuilding for decades without even the success of the Pirates. But for some reason Amaro isn’t even being allowed two years to try to get the job done; everyone wants him gone.

    The game is changing. Free agents are no longer the option they once were. Trade strategies have changed. Young players are being locked up by their present teams and prospects are being guarded like Fort Knox. Amaro, in the past two years, has been changing his own tactics (see Schmenkman’s comment above) so it’s not as if he has no clue. If the pieces are available, and that’s a gigantic “if,” he’ll do his best to get them, but the two years since the team’s core got ruined by injuries is not nearly enough time to fix everything. Give Amaro at least another year before cutting off his head.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    The Phillies can improve next year, but they will not contend for at least two years from now, more likely three years. They need to invest confidence in their young players and bring them up next year. Pitching will be a problem next year, unless we develop another starter and a proficient bullpen

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    It’d be nice to share a positive Phillies story right about now, and I suppose there’s material available, but way off center peripheral vision isn’t in the cards.

    Over the winning years, Ruben frequently attributed the present, and projected the future referenced the way fans were supporting the club. Massive TV numbers and a lengthy sellout streak said it all.

    Last year’s 81-81 finish, which included the empty second half playoff chase, and the Phils TV ratings dropped 39%. Today, we learned that through July 5, viewership of Phillies games dropped an additional 36%. This includes both cable and free television, summarizing total viewership.

    That this problem is multiplied by other larger markets, and partially offset by improvements in smaller markets like San Diego and Kansas City isn’t exactly inspiring industry wide, coupled with poor network ratings, but the habit changing that will go on as the Phils attempt to rebuild certainly doesn’t lead to thinking the Phils will automatically get back to the recently set attendance and TV ratings the club enjoyed so quickly. A long term losing period seems a better candidate to make fans and spenders hungrier. But I will point out my ignorance as to how the MLB.com package figures into viewership which could be a source of added revenue
    softening the blow..

    So we’ll call it an educated guess that Phillie viewership has slipped to about 120,000 homes per game through July 5. A good 100,000 homes less than 2011.

    It should be mentioned in the spirit of objectivity that there might be feint hope the numbers improved since July 5. The management change and Halladay’s return might have sparked some rekindling out of curiousity, but that might be comparable to Hitler having improved the world’s economy by creating WW2.

    The actual attendance pretty much speaks for itself. Announced crowds were down half a mil. That’s probably 20 mil in revenue. Then again, announced and actual aren’t necessarily siiamese. The 2.7 mil is relatively fascinating. The Phils drew that in around ’81, and off what they drew in the 60′s, that was TREMENDOUS. Now we see it as a bottoming trend. That’s a fascinating comparison.

    All that change, and when you come down to it, Monday night’s game at If We Build It, They Might Come Park is probably gonna have a feel of the Senators at the St.Louis Browns in the 1940′s. It’s especially funny to think that at least in those terms, things haven’t changed a bit.
    At least with that tunnelvision perspective.

     
 
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