What did we say was the Phillies biggest concern heading into the offseason?
I seem to forget …
Oh yes! Pitching!
The Phillies didn’t get it against the Nationals today, losing 11-6. Brett Myers looked mindless, giving up four runs while walking two and hitting two batters. Ryan Madson surrendered a two-run home run.
Despite the bad beginning, the Phillies were able to keep the game close. A first inning run was manufactured by a Jimmy Rollins double, a Shane Victorino sacrifice bunt and a Chase Utley sacrifice fly. Then home runs by Utley and Rollins pulled it to a tie.
But Tom Gordon entered our lives.
He gave up five earned while only getting two outs. He was horrible. Absolutely horrible. Yes, defense did no favors, as Rollins committed two blunders, but Gordon was not good at all. Clearly, he’s not supposed to be pitching in high-pressure situations. Example No. 1 the Phillies did not own up on their offseason concerns.