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What Went Wrong

Now that the Phillies have landed at PHL and were greeted by their adoring fans, we can begin the six-month long process of figuring out what went wrong this post-season and how to fix it. We all watched the games and recall what a painful sight it was to see the club at a loss in the batters box and shaky everywhere else. Not even Charlie Manuel’s grab bag of lineup configurations could get things going. Yet to really gain perspective, below you will find a hearty list of lowlights of the Phillies first-round playoff experience.

Game 1 – Philadelphia

  • Jimmy Rollins 0-3, 2 LOB
  • Shane Victorino 0-4, 3 LOB
  • Chase Utley 0-4, 4 Ks
  • Ryan Howard 0-4, 3 Ks
  • Cole Hamels allows 3 runs in the second inning

Game 2 – Philadelphia

  • Rowand, 0-4, 2 Ks, 2 LOB
  • Ryan Howard, 2-4, HR, 2 Ks, 3 LOB, picked off
  • Kyle Kendrick 3.2 IP, 5 ER
  • Kyle Lohse 1.1 IP, grand slam allowed
  • Jose Mes 0.1 IP, 3 ER

Game 3 – Denver

  • Jimmy Rollins 0-3, 2Ks
  • Chase Utley 0-2
  • Pat Burrell 0-4, 3 Ks, 3 LOB, 1 bad route in leftfield
  • Ryan Howard 0-4, 2 Ks, 2 LOB
  • Aaron Rowand 0-4, 2 Ks, 2 LOB
  • J.C. Romero 0.1 IP, 1 ER

As you can see, Rollins, Utley and Howard went a combined 7-for-34 (.206) with 15 strikeouts in the series. Chase Utley was 0-7 against lefty pitching and all told the Phillies recorded 26 total strikeouts. A series that was billed to be a slugfest only featured the Phillies as another notch on the Rockies improbable run. But just as the Mets failed down the stretch, so did the Phillies in the playoffs. There will be plenty of time in the off-season for the leaders of this team to reflect and eventually discuss their poor showing. Really though, all that matters is what they do next year because expectations are running high, especially if Charlie Manuel is back.  Listen to me discuss that and other points of note for the 2007 off season on the end of season wrap up with Mike on WNJC 1360.

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  1. bull

    October 9, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Anyone have thoughts on Manuel and the job he did. He seemed to make poor decisions at crucial times. But the fact still is we didn’t hit a lick against the Rockies!

  2. Angry Fan

    October 9, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    I’ll tell you what went wrong…Howard Blew, Chase blew, Rowand blew, Pat blew, the WHOLE Phillies blew! Especially Hamels. I’m happy we made it to the playoff’s however, but I’m really sick to stomach of always hearing ”Next year”!! Next year what? There going to break our hearts again? We just didn’t want it as bad as the Rockies did. It was actually embarrasing, especially since everyone knows we’re fans, and they rub it in our faces saying ”see I told you they suck”. And at this point I can’t defend them anymore. I used to love Howard, but truthfully I’m disgusted of his terrible strike out season. It was just painful to watch. Truthfully all the man can do is hit homeruns..What about winning us some games instead? And the way he shakes his head like a damn bobble head everytime he strikes out…What an idiot! He thinks he’s the greatest player in baseball, but he isn’t. I say we trade his ass! Thats right! I said it! I’d take Johan Santana over his lazy ass anyday! And the Signed All-star baseball my wife bought me for my birthday with his signature..I think I’ll take my son to the park and use it as batting practice. Maybe I’ll use his bowman chrome rookie card in my sons back tire of his mongoose.

  3. Dan

    October 9, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t know. Manuel did a great job rallying the troops, but he IS NOT a primetime manager. In any event, he was officially extended, so we just have to wait and see. I have respect for him now, but I used to hate his guts.

  4. NateB

    October 10, 2007 at 4:16 am

    to defend howard: 2006 was his first full-season. in the offseason every team in the league studied how to pitch to him to get him out. this year was a struggle for howard learning to deal with all the new tricks the pitchers had saved especially for him. this is commonly known as “the sophmore slump”. during the season he’s learned to see the trick pitches and started to lay off and wait for his pitches, and this offseason he’ll study more on how to get pitchers to make mistakes for him (i.e. making them impatient, fouling off undesirable pitches, etc.) anyway, howard’s “slump” of a year produced 47 HR (30 with runners on base- incredible) and 136 RBI (MVP-type numbers). that will be his worst year until he gets old. if howard looks like a whiner it’s because he’s frustrated because he knows he can do better. the guy is a hard worker. he’s got an amazing work ethic, and isn’t cocky (don’t know why that was ever implied). he should be signed to an utley-type contract this offseason.

  5. Greg

    October 10, 2007 at 7:39 am

    Xs and Os really only do so much in a ballgame, if they work, you look like a genius, if they don’t, you look like a moron. Lohse gets his two-stirke pitch to Matsui at the letters where it was supposed to be, Manuel looks like a genius and maybe the phils win game two. Getting your players up to play is a whole different story and that seems to be one of manuel’s talents at least in the regular season. Good move extending him.

  6. Bill

    October 14, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    The Phillies lack of hitting really did cost them the series. This team can not win without scoring 5 or 6 runs a game. Playoffs come down to solid pitching not great hitting. The Phillies did not have this type of pitching in 2007 and this needs to be the top priority for 2008.

    For those that want to bash Charlie Manual, the Kendrick move was really the only big mistake I felt he made in this series. Bringing in a starter with runners on base is not a good move in April let alone October. Let’s hope this is a lesson learned and that the front office gives Charlie the pitching to win next season.


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