Everyone take a step back from the edge of the Walt Whitman, we got a whole series to play. Although the Phillies looked as the flat weekend Daily News, there is still plenty of time to rally. Cole Hamels got tagged for a few runs and the offensive was anemic yesterday while the Rockies continued to play like the hottest team in baseball. The bats were just not connecting as Rollins, Utley and Howard were silent with an 0-11 performance, including a golden somberero by Chase. In many ways though, I see parallels to this past weekend series against the Nationals. On Saturday, with the first chance to clinch the division, the Phils came out nervous and unproductive. Once they got that game out of their system, Sunday was a different story. And although the majority of Phillies have no playoff experience, it would virtually impossible for them to repeat their offensive struggles on Thursday. Kyle Kendrick will be opposed by fellow rookie Franklin Morales, which I think may put the youngster at ease and allow him to settle in against the Rockies lineup despite his poor outing against Colorado on September 12. Let’s hope so.
In between the nail-biting of yesterday’s game, I had the opportunity to talk Phillies with Brandon Rosage of MVN Outside Radio. We discussed JRoll’s MVP chances, the loss of Adam Eaton, and prospects for the remainder of the series.
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