Phillies Lose Sixth Straight

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, July 02, 2014 10:45 PM | Comments: 17
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With their 5-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, the Phillies have lost their sixth consecutive game.  The Phillies had a brief run of success in mid-June coming within 3.5 games of the National League East, but have since fallen in a terrible slump leaving them 10.5 games out.  The change happened quickly, within just two weeks.  The Phillies have now lost ten of their last twelve games.

Cole Hamels had trouble with his command, although his line wasn’t horrible.  Hamels finished after five innings, allowing three earned runs.  He walked four, and only struck out three.  Hamels had such a terrific month of June, but he wasn’t able to put up those lights-out numbers on Wednesday.  It was the first time in 11 straight starts that he didn’t make it to the seventh inning.

Meanwhile, the Phillies’ offense continues to struggle.  Tom Koehler and the Marlins’ bullpen shut out the Phillies, limiting them to five hits.

The Phillies face the Marlins again on Thursday, looking to avoid the sweep.

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  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Sigh. At least there is the fact that the Man will be playing in the All-Star, which is something to look forward to in the coming days. That’s the only positive I got. Oh, and at least one of Dom Brown’s “tools” is connecting. Lol.
    Hoping Amaro is, by some act of God, fired before the fire sale, but that isn’t happening.

    • Posts: 0 MartinWilkes

      I agree on the All-Star nod that will be something to look forward too. And Dom Brown……He was the key to this season in my opinion. If he took a step forward this year just slightly, instead of going backwards, this season might be going better. It definitely would have taken some pressure off the old guys(Utley, Rollins, and Howard). Lets just hope Amaro has run out of bad moves and makes some good decisions in the near future since he wont be let go.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I know many of the columnists/bloggers predicted the Phils to be bad. I however didnt think they would be this bad. Its a shame that its going down this way as well.

  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    I keep hearing and reading in the papers and the radio that Hamels didn’t have a stellar game. I think that’s a total crock. Put that line on any other pitcher on our staff and we would be reading how they pitched good. Hamels like Lee are held to such a high standard that when they pitch like mortals they get ripped. Hey if the team actually hit like professionals, or fielded the ball as they are supposed to. Hamels would have more wins! He’s had 14 starts. He’s 2-5 with 7 no decisions. A 2.98 era. Barkann on the radio yesterday posed the question of trading Hamels or Lee. Because of lee’s age and contract he said Hamels would bring the better players. He’s only what 30 years old.
    Why trade a guy who would be the center piece of the rotation of a rebuilt team. And does anybody trust the man who’d be trading him? I’m glad the Philly media doesn’t run this team. They’d make Ruben look like a genius.

    • Posts: 0 Dave

      Maybe Hamels wants to leave. Why continue to pitch for this mess and hope our AAA lineup can score a couple runs? He’d have 30 more wins over his career on a good hitting team.

    • Posts: 0 George

      The question here is whether the team can be rebuilt soon enough for Hamels to be the center piece of anything that’s better than the 2014 Phils.

      Personally, I don’t see the pieces around to build a contender from this mess before Hamels’ extension runs out.

      • Posts: 0 Dave

        I agree. Based on the past moves, I have absolutely no faith in the front office to make sensible moves for the Phillies going forward. They are back to being irrelevant for the next several years.

  • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

  • Posts: 0 Art

    Hamels is a good pitcher, but he’s not a great pitcher. The ace is supposed to be your stopper. He should have gone out and pitched 8 shutout innings against a lousy hitting Marlins lineup. The guy will make almost a million dollars per start. That’s ridiculous.

    • Posts: 0 George

      So, in other words, one less-than-stellar start from Hamels cancels out the ten straight games he did pitch like an ace. A merely “good” pitcher never throws like Hamels did for ten straight games.

    • Posts: 0 Scotty Ingerton

      First of all, the Marlins don’t have a “lousy hitting lineup”. I’d take their young outfield over the Phillies’ OF any day of the week. And you may want to take a look at the season Casey McGehee is having. Cole Hamels is not the problem. His supporting cast is the problem. Hamels could have pitched 12 shutout innings last night and still lost.

  • Posts: 0 Art

    Watch Adam Wainwright pitch and then tell me if Hamels is a great pitcher.

    • Posts: 0 nahroots

      Such a ridiculous argument…..

      • Posts: 0 Chris

        There’s nothing ridiculous about it. Cole Hamels is overrated. The Phillies don’t score runs for him either, but he’s also not as good as some people make him out to be.

    • Posts: 5434 Lefty

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      Hey Art, you’re welcome to your opinion sir. I don’t think any sane baseball fan would argue against Wainwright being a top 20 MLB pitcher, because when healthy, he’s very good.

      But up until this season he’s also been the benefactor of a very, very potent offense in St. Louis.

      In addition, his last four season’s ERA of 1.89, 2.94, 3.94, and 2.42, all are very much in line with Cole Hamels numbers when considering home park factor. That would indicate that he doesn’t throw many 8 inning shutouts. And I agree with the comment above that the Marlins are no longer a “lousy hitting lineup”.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    They have to keep Cole. Even if they are rebuilding it will be nice to have at least one established Ace in the lineup. I think for now they will wind up keeping him. However, one never knows especially if Amaro is involved. By now most of the GM;s know a fire sale is coming and will attempt to fleece the Phils. If anything its best to wait to after the season to even attempt to trade Cole, not that i recommend such a move.

  • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

    Everyone except this incompetent FO knew this team was going to bad. Scary thing is, for the most part, the veterans are playing at the level most people expected. I still think 67 wins will be about what they end up with.

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