Morning Phil Up – 5/15/2014 – The Philadelphia Phillies’ interleague futility continues


May 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) pitches during the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday’s Game

Angels defeat Phillies 3-0


Emotional reaction immediately after the game

This offense is saddening.

Less emotional reaction after thinking about it a bit

Maybe at some point they’ll beat an American League team. Maybe.


Garrett Richards shut the Phillies out for seven innings. Raul Ibanez‘s RBI single in the first inning would prove to be enough offense for the Angels. (Although they added two more runs anyway.)


A.J. Burnett‘s early season control issues re-emerged as he walked five batters in his five innings. Although considering the offensive futility, that was really the least of their concerns.

Today’s Game

The Phillies have an off day before a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Link of Interest

The Good PhightThe tale of the Phillies and the dying home run

The Phillies offense has struggled lately. And while the team doesn’t really excel at any facet of hitting, the most pressing concern may be the lack of home runs. Their top home run hitter is on pace for 30 homers, and nobody else is even on pace for 20. Unless players like Chase Utley and Dom Brown start hitting more balls over the fence, the Phillies will likely continue to have problems.

Tweet of Importance

Time to make some hay against the National League, am I right?