Hamels looks for win 100 again tonight, he’s not having a great year so far with a 5.32 ERA
Losing streaks just seem to happen in baseball.
The Phillies are in the middle of one right now, having lost 4 in a row now and the owners of a bad home record of 6-12 already in this baseball season.
The team has anchored itself to the bottom of the NL East for the moment, and it’s early as I’ve said, so there is no where to go but up for the Phillies soon, but they better start playing better.
What is the reason for this? They seem to have players that are very capable to do well. The problem is that they aren’t doing well, and it’s very evident as the Phils are the third from the bottom in the NL in runs scored, but surprise the Atlanta Braves are even worse than the Phillies in that category but are in first place.
That would bring us to pitching. The Phillies have the next to lowest ERA in the NL, the only team that is worse is the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Atlanta Braves lead the NL in the lowest team ERA, so there you have it. While you can’t place all of the blame on the pitching, the Braves are scoring a lot less runs but giving up even fewer runs, and the are atop the NL East.
Batters also have the highest combined batting average against the team at .268, so combined with that and the Phillies lack of run production, you have a last place team.
Where can they go from here? Things have to change, pitchers and batters have to get better, and start to turn this ship around fast. All the while, we’ll probably hear nothing from GM Amaro, who will issue the standard line near the All-Star break that he will have to trade some players, and he’s done that before and the team has gotten worse.
We’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it, but for now it’s another chance for Cole Hamels to earn win 100 of his career tonight in South Philly.