2009 Recaps

Park Incapable Of Holding Mets

Chan Ho Park surrendered seven runs in 4.2 innings as the Phillies lost, 7-4, to the Mets.

Opinion: After four starts, we know what we’re getting with Park: A pitcher completely reliant on placement who, if just a smidge off, will give up numerous baserunners. Early he was walking batters. Later he was allowing line drive hits. It wasn’t pretty.

Meanwhile, JA Happ pitched two innings that, at times, looked close to dominant. Happ looks more seasoned, refined and ready than Park. It’s almost time to pull the plug on the great Chan Ho Park experiment; sorry Chan Ho, but you may have fooled the Phillies into giving you a role you don’t quite deserve.

The Phillies offense takes some blame, too, for not being able to hit a thoroughly hittable Mike Pelfrey. The usual suspects — Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz — did their work, but as always, it was Jimmy Rollins that stood out to me. His 0-for-4 and penchant for early contact is getting terribly annoying. And let’s not forget the suddenly slumping Jayson Werth; his 0-for-3 put him at .250 for the season.

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