2012 Game Recaps

More Offensive Woes in Phillies 6-2 Loss to Marlins

Hamels was lackluster during the home opener (AP)

As the wind whipped and wrappers and napkins littered the field at Citizens Bank Park, the offense was once again trashed by the opponent’s starting pitcher. The flagpoles moved at a feverish pace, which is more than you can say about anyone holding a bat on the Phillies side.

Omar Infante led the Marlins with a two home-run effort and Anibal Sanchez went 6 1/3 strong innings in Miami’s 6-2 victory.

Once again, it was a sorry performance from all involved (save for one base-knock by Freddy Galvis). Not only did Cole Hamels struggle in the Phillies home opener, but the offense was again non-existent. Hamels allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

The Marlins struck early as Jose Reyes led off with a single to right field, followed by an Emilion Bonifacio single to left field. Throw in a double steal and the Marlins were in business right away. Reyes would touch home as Hanley Ramirez knocked him in on a ground out to second base. It could have been much worse but Hamels struck out Gaby Sanchez and Austin Kearns to end the threat with Bonifacio on third base.

Miami got one in the fourth as Ramirez doubled and was brought in by the next batter, Sanchez, with a single to right field. The wind howled all day long, but the left to right breeze wasn’t enough to keep Infante from going yard twice; once in the fifth off Hamels and again in the seventh to lead off the inning against Joe Savery, who made his major league debut.

Savery had just that one blemish in 1 2/3 innings.

Even the mighty Jonathan Papelbon couldn’t get out unscathed. In his second appearance with the Phils, Papelbon allowed a ninth inning home run to Austin Kearns. So much for that wind playing a factor.

Freddy Galvis went 0-for-12 to begin his career, but got off the schneid in a big way. Galvis roped a double to left-center field off Anibal Sanchez in the seventh, bringing home Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz to make it 5-2 Miami. The Phillies would do no more damage. The lineup managed just six hits, two of them from Rollins, the only player with multiple hits in the lineup.

All told, the Phillies managed just — hits. Moans and groans from the 45,574 permeated throughout the ballpark as a lackluster effort all around did them in. That’s now just eight runs in four games for your Fightin’s.

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  1. Carlos Cortes

    April 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    When the wind bites your Ass! You get thicker skin.

  2. Face

    April 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Still love them, not jumping off the bandwagon, but damn we’re screwed. Hamels will be a Dodger next year. I can damn near guarantee it.

    • branderson925

      April 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Don’t speak like that…

      That would be an real nice top of the rotation Kershaw Hamels Billingsley (bearing in mind Billingsley gets his act together which I am predicting he does this season (not just based on his one start in 2012))

    • c schreiber

      April 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      He might be a Dodger this June!!@!

      • kittykat

        April 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

        Just like last season it always comes back to trading Cole Hamels as the solution to all the team’s woes. Every forum, every discussion turns to trading Cole Hamels as the only option. At this point, I just wish they would do it. It’s especially bad when he doesn’t throw a 2 hit shutout. I was cringing when he gave up some runs because I knew the trading Cole floodgates would open. It never ends with him in this town and I will be glad to see him go. It’s exhausting.

  3. sportsphan

    April 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Does anyone know where I can buy one of those “5 in a row” National League East T-shirts? I didn’t buy one last year, thinking I would surely be able to get a “6 in a row” one this year. But it’s not looking good. My frustration level is already being exceeded and it’s only the fourth game! I remember, back in the dark days of the 90’s, I would go to loss after loss with my brother and say “This team stinks…and it’s boring”. I’m starting to feel the same way now. I think the glory days are done.

    • schmenkman

      April 10, 2012 at 1:41 am

      Do you feel this way every time they lose 3 out 4?

      If by “glory days”, you mean 102-win seasons, then you’re probably right — you might as well quit following the team now.

      But if you mean making the playoffs and having a shot at winning it all, the chance of that happening is still very real, and I for one, wouldn’t want to miss any of this season.

  4. Jeff

    April 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    They did nothing to get younger. Juan in left is a fin joke. He s u c k s

    Ruin tomorrow jr. Trade lee for a power hitter. Shoot chase like a
    Horse. Get rid of Polly for a pack of smokes.

    • EricL

      April 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Well, he does sUck, but he sucks less than Ibanez sucked so he’s still an improvement over lastseason (or at the very worst a wash).

    • schmenkman

      April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Take a breath.

      – Pierre is good if used properly (i.e. against lefties, where he has a .400+ OBP).

      – Ruin tomorrow jr — I like that

      – Utley was one of the best second basemen in the league last year, and if he can give them something like that in 2012, it would be hard to improve upon.

      – Polanco can’t hit much, but he makes up for it with great defense — overall he’s been solid. After all, the great predictor of Wins isn’t a team’s runs scored, but the differential between how many you score and how many you allow, and Polanco is still helping the team.

  5. BoilerUp

    April 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    1-3 in 2009….World Series appearance.
    Just relax.

  6. robthomas

    April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    it’s not that fact that they are 1-3 and it’s only the 4th game of the year. Its that the fact the offense is picking up where it left off last yr thats got me worried. In fact it’s worse b/c Howards not in there. The pitching looks pretty good so far.

    • Nursultan

      May 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      We may eventually offer theerdad/nested comments on walls. This would allow us to implicitly support the reply feature on walls.In the meantime, we would have to rebuild the reply feature for walls from scratch in order to support it. I’d rather save that development effort for eventually building theerdad/nested wall comments, so I’m going to go ahead and mark this as resolved.Please feel free to continue to comment and request this feature! Just resolving it for now to indicate that it’s not something we currently plan to build.

  7. bacardipr05

    April 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Well its expected the Aces will throw a stinker now and then. Before when they did we still had the offense to climb up and over. Now unless we get a great pitching performance its a wrap…

    • schmenkman

      April 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      “Now unless we get a great pitching performance its a wrap…”

      bacardi, by “now” you mean the last 4 games.

      The Phillies are hitting .198, with a .498 OPS. The worst numbers in the NL last year were .237 and .653 (both by SD).

      OPS so far, vs. OPS over their last three years…

      Rollins .500 vs. .719
      Polanco .368 vs. .712
      Mayberry .583 vs. .846
      Galvis .297 vs. (Martinez last year: .540)
      Wigginton .311 vs. .724
      Nix .200 vs. .767
      Pierre .444 vs. .680

      Barring a mayan-type catastrophe, there is only one way for each of these numbers to go, and that’s UP. Way up.

  8. mikemar

    April 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Are you paying attention Ruben? Don’t count on demand in a lingering recessesion if the fans figure out your 6 figure salary is failing to adjust to put a quality supply back out there. It’s just simple economics. Do your job and they will come.

    • EricL

      April 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      You think Amaro only makes six figures? I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t make seven figures per annum.

  9. Fritz

    April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Say this isn’t so Rube.

  10. interstategar

    April 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    The year is starting like the last few games of the playoffs. I have no confidence in any hitters except Pence, and Ruiz when we need hits. Woe is we.

  11. c schreiber

    April 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Its the “Cursed of Valdez”. It must be because Amaro traded Valdez. Right!!! That’s all you clowns was posting about for about two weeks when I was posting we need hitting not a utility infielder. Bring back Valdez; he can do it. Clowns.

    • schmenkman

      April 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Again with the clowns? Is that what the “c” stands for?

  12. The Original Chuck P

    April 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    A few things… First, I hope that everyone realizes how much Ryan Howard means to this team. Driving in runs is hard and that’s why the power hitting RBI guys get paid the big bucks.

    Pierre will be off the roster at some point this season- I’m still waiting to hear a good reason for him to be on this team.

    The Phillies need to stop pretending they’re a small ball team. Theyre not and every game they try to be one, they get further away from their comfort. After the game, Rollins brought up the fact that guys are adjusting to hitting in spots they’re not used to… I think it’s taking everyone out of their comfort zone, Charlie included.

    Letting Galvis hit in the 7th was a big moment and it’s huge that he came through… Charlie showed confidence by sticking with him and he came through.

    Last but not least- I parked in the M lot and never once saw a Phillies Nation sign but it was a zoo… Worst traffic ever.

    • c schreiber

      April 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Rollins is making an excuse for his lack of hitting.., If your a hitter you can hit in any spot in the lineup. Charlie should try the old put names in a hat to make a lineup. It can’t hurt anything.

    • schmenkman

      April 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Pierre should be playing against lefties, with Mayberry at first.

      Pierre’s last three years vs. LHPs: .314/.411/.342 (.752 OPS)

      .411 OBP is not bad for your leadoff hitter.

    • Nene

      May 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      i tried looking arunod, and didnt find one then i went on the website to buy a new 1B mitt, and i saw the locations and there were some in Dallas and SA, but not a single one in the Houston area this was in 08, so to answer your question it aint there anymore

  13. The Original Chuck P

    April 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    One of those games where the wind was blowing HARD to right field but the ball was jumping off the bats to right field… Swirling vortex of Bull Luzinski.

    • c schreiber

      April 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Hey original Chuck..What the F are you babling about? No balls were flying to rf from the P’s bats. They were 2 hopping to infielders and popping up.

    • The Original Chuck P

      April 10, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Wind was blowing towards right field but the balls were jumping to left field (making Omar Infante look like Babe Ruth).

      • The Original Chuck P

        April 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

        The ball that Galvis hit just kept going and going… the Phils hit a bunch of grounders and never struck the ball hard. There isn’t a wind that’s going to help a ball hit on the ground.

      • Ines

        May 13, 2012 at 12:58 am

        I’ve believed Victorino to be a #2 hiettr all season. I think the solution is to move Rollins to 5-6 and acquire a 3B or OF suitable for the position.The White Sox seem to love Rowand; I’d be more than open to a trade if we could address some team weaknesses. Otherwise, he’d be in RF or backup CF on my team.There was a huge Burrell debate on Beer Leaguer recently. I think he’s mediocre for a left fielder, but Beer Leaguer seems to think he’s valuable because his OPS is higher than Rollins’. Ridiculous comparisons between LF and SS aside, I wouldn’t mind him so much if he weren’t so expensive. He’s arguably not even an everyday player anymore. I’ll take him if he’s the best we can do, but I think a better fit for this team exists. We need someone who can realistically protect Howard. Dellucci seems like a non-issue at this point: he’s worn out his welcome in both personality and performance and doesn’t want to be here anyway. He’s welcome on my team as a platoon LF.Lately every thought on Beer Leaguer seems to run contrary to mine. That clout guy is overly pessimistic for my taste, but he’s correct more often than the others.

  14. psujoe

    April 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I won’t worry until I see Utley is done for the year and Howard won’t be back until August.

    Phils still control theor own destiny, LOL.

  15. Big Ang

    April 10, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Like the trash blowing around the park tonight, the winds of change are blowing thru the NL East. DC and the Marlins are on the upswing. The Phil’s and Braves are on the decline, with anemic offenses. And what the hell is going on in Flushing, Queens!!?? The Mets are a fluke right now, but they are building a nice young core and may be ready to compete sooner than anyone had thought. The Phil’s need to make a bold move right now to bolster their bats. They can’t just stand pat with superior pitching lest they be left behind in this new-look division.

    • schmenkman

      April 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

      No, they don’t need to make a move at all.

      They can trade for a bat, but they would have to either give up current players (and just change the balance between their hitting and pitching), or more prospects (and increase the chances they revert to losing for several seasons in a row). If they trade current players, for a trade to have a real impact it would have to significantly increase their runs scored, without at the same time increasing their runs allowed.

      “The Mets are a fluke right now.” — It’s four games. EVERYTHING is a fluke right now, where it looks like one (Mets, 4-0), or not (Arizona, 3-0), and making a panic move based on any 4-game stretch is always insane.

  16. Bruce

    April 10, 2012 at 12:31 am

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh “woe is we”. LOL

  17. Mazinman

    April 10, 2012 at 7:49 am

    We can’t over react with only 4 games played. There are a lot of other good teams struggling right now. The Yankees, Red Soxs, and Giants are also 1-3 and the Braves have not won yet. From what I have seen off our pitching I am confident that if Charlie can find that right mix to produce a few more runs we will be alright until Howard and Utley can make their returns.

    • schmenkman

      April 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

      My take on the best lineups with the current roster, given their platoon splits:


      vs. RHPs: Rollins, Polanco, Victorino, Thome, Pence, Ruiz, Mayberry, Galvis
      if no Thome: Rollins, Polanco, Victorino, Pence, Mayberry, Ruiz, Nix, Galvis

      vs. LHPs: Pierre, Polanco, Victorino, Pence, Mayberry, Ruiz, Rollins, Galvis

      • Manny

        April 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

        Agreed on all counts here. I’d only add that you could give Wigginton some starts against LHPs if Mayberry is off/struggling. Really like your suggested lineups vs RHPs, especially with Rollins leading off and Shane in the 3-hole. Makes so much more sense than what we’re trotting out there.

  18. Chuck A.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

    The first time the Phillies throw up a crooked number on the board all will change. Relax, everyone….take a deep breath and just freaking enjoy the fact that it’s April and we all have baseball back in our lives on a daily basis.

  19. mikemar

    April 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Whatever with Amaro’s salary. Point valid whether he makes $999,999 or a mil+. How many of the paying fans can match it? They deserve a great product. Hell…the lowest paid player earns what ten of your avg fans make. Still…players and execs need to get cracking is the point.

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