The Phillies ended their opening series on a sour no OH MY GOD WHAT IF THE PHILLIES HAD CLIFF LEE AND ROY HALLADAY.
Though the season has started, this topic is, like a corpse that nobody’s disposed of, still sitting in the same place it was killed. And Jimmy Rollins is sick of the smell.
Big League Stew informs us that J-Roll took to the airwaves with his questions regarding Ruben Amaro’s wheeling and dealing.
“I have no idea. I’m sure we could afford him,” he says. “I don’t know. You should have Ruben on here,” he says.
Well, goodie. Jimmy’s calling out the GM three games into the season. Moving along.
Nationals 6, Phillies 5
You know what they say about losing to the Nationals: You really, really shouldn’t be losing to the Nationals.
So, I think we all know what a big turning point for the game may have been. And so does Sam Perlozzo, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Jayson Werth’s helmet. Like kicking the dog after losing the Henderson account, Werth watched Howard not stop in time coming around third and get thrown out at home, and abused his poor head gear, mercilessly firing it to the ground.
On the one hand, it was a total brain fart on Ryan’s part (Which I Tweeted, and was then RT by another user named “I <3 Farts”), but on the other, third base coach Sam Perlozzo held his hands up pretty late. And Ryan Howard is a lot of person to stop suddenly while thundering around base path at full speed.
Its like the top of a mountain falling off during an avalanche and a guy standing in its path going “Whoa, hold up, there, buddy.”
It was a stupid, preventable mistake, and wouldn’t even be looked at with this much scrutiny if there hadn’t only been a one-run deficit, but now we’re on our way to Houston with a loss stinking up the plane.
On the offensive side, other than the aforementioned blunder, there was not a lot to complain about, again, unless you were part of Jayson Werth’s equipment. Chase bounced up a few points in the… the chase. Werth had like 20 doubles (Actual number: 3), and everybody in the lineup from Rollins to Werth had at least two hits… while everybody from Victorino to Schneider had 0.
Oh, and we were 2-15 with runners in scoring position. I guess you could complain about that. If you wanted to like, win the game, or something.
But that brings us to Kyle Kendrick, who, thanks to Joe Blanton’s oblique, got to start and would not give up until his ERA finally hit that 11.25 mark.
ROY HALLADAY 2010 STATS: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 9 K
PITCHERS WHO ARE NOT ROY HALLADAY COMBINED 2010 STATS: 9 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 6 K
All right, so the differences aren’t alarming or anything, but it is upsetting that the other two starters didn’t get to even six innings.
And that’s about it. Oh, Chris Wheeler did a Jose Mesa impression that was just offensive. Not racist, but just really, really bad, like his tongue got caught between his teeth or something.