Where the Phillies after 2 months
Well, hello June!
The Phillies have now played two months of baseball, and what have we learned.
It would be easy to dismiss them as a banged-up, last place team. But that would ignore the fact that last place in the NL East means you’re all of three games behind, able to throw a blanket over all five teams, as Danny Ozark might say.
But the Phillies face the prospect of soldiering on into the summer without two of their biggest offensive stars, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, as well as ace right-hander Roy Halladay.
We’ll know a little more about this Phillies team after this homestand. They start with three against the red-hot Marlins, who just swept the first-place Nationals. Then perhaps the best team in baseball, the L.A. Dodgers, come to town for a four-game set.
If the Phils can hold their own, they just might be able to salvage this season yet.
The trade deadline is two months away.
Beat writer Ryan Lawrence does not think GM Ruben Amaro Jr. should wait that long to start tinkering with his lineup.
Later today we are supposed to learn the results of the second opinion Halladay had on his ailing right shoulder. He and team officials are supposed to meet the media this afternoon.
What they say might have a lot to do with how much action Amaro needs to take.