Time to sound the alarm on this Phillies team

Look on the bright side. At least the Phils and Mets did not need extra innings for the fourth consecutive game to decide last night's contest.

Not even close.

The Mets stomped on the lifeless Phils, adding the flair of a 9th inning grand slam to put an exclamation point on a horrific five-game home set for the locals. The final was 11-2 Mets.

It wasn't that close.

The Mets took four of the five games.

Among the many ignominies suffered by the Phils in this series was the sight of Bobby Abreu doing what Bobby Abreu does - hitting a baseball.

The Phils were too concerned about his defense to offer him a spot on their bench. Abreu doubled in his first plate appearance last night, in the process hiking his batting average to a healthy .327.

Dennis Deitch does a nice job of comparing Abreu's production against that of the entire Phils' bench. It's not pretty. Deitch also rings the alarm that last night's ugly loss should heighten the urgency around this team. They already are suffering at the gate. On a gorgeous night, only 26,302 managed to go through the turnstiles.

The Phillies are in danger of becoming an after-thought.

In the first week of June, that is almost as scary as the way this team played this weekend.


Anonymous said…
That's 26,000 people who have no respect for their own money. The Phillies perpetrated a fraud in 2013. They brought a roster of obviously inferior players up from spring training, then regularly brought up mediocre minor league pitchers and talentless position players like Martinez, McDonald, Orr, Wells and others. They made no attempt to build for the future by trading at the trade deadline. The Yankees would have given up some value for Young but the Phillies couldn't return their call. Then they fired the manager because he couldn't win with this minor league roster.