Phillies: This Tweet from Ruben Amaro Jr. Did Not Age Well
Former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is just like the rest of us on Baseball Twitter, live-tweeting our favorite teams’ games and watching our tweets turn into cold takes.
The Phillies dropped both games of this week’s mini-series against the Nationals on Wednesday, blowing the finale 13-2.
The game was absolute madness. Travis Jankowski and Bryce Harper each contributed early home runs, and even Phillies starter Vince Velasquez got in on the fun with an RBI single in the fourth to make it 5-0.
Andrew McCutchen hitting a pinch-hit go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning, and Josh Bell hitting a go-ahead grand slam for the Nationals in the sixth.
The Phillies were trailing 11-10 in the 8th, before tacking on two more runs to regain the lead in what seemed like an endless tug of war.
The game started at 1 PM Eastern, which means that Amaro’s tweet presumably came in the later innings one of the many times the Nationals and Phillies relievers were going back and forth giving up the lead.
Unfortunately for Amaro and the Phillies, Hector Neris did the same thing in the top of the ninth. He allowed back-to-back singles to Josh Bell and Josh Harrison to begin the inning before giving up a third single to Starlin Castro to score both Joshes.
After Wednesday’s game, Joe Girardi told reporters that he would be using the day off before their series against the Mets to ponder the future of the closer roles. That’s not a vote of confidence for Neris, who now has a 3.54 ERA over 30 games this season.
Neris has allowed at least one run in three of his six appearances in June. He has three blown saves in his last five appearances, and his ERA over his last seven games is 10.13 with only one save. That isn’t closer material; that’s a liability.
Everyone in sports has had at least one cold take in their life, but this one is especially awkward, considering Amaro was GM of the Phillies when they signed Neris in May 2010, and still does color commentary for the broadcasts.