Why The Phillies Can Turn It Around


Right now, the Phillies are in a tough position. They have lost five of their last six games, including a series in which they were swept by the rival New York Mets. They are sitting at 14-18, and the frustration by the fans, and surely everyone within the Phillies organization, grows more and more each day.

The season hasn’t gone as expected and it is understandable that we all feel these things. But it’s okay. It really is. I think that when it’s all said and done, the Phillies will be just fine and all of the early struggles will simply be a thing of the past.

There are a few reasons why I feel this way. First, the Phillies are still playing shorthanded. Also, the recent struggles of the bullpen are unordinary, and finally, not to beat a dead horse, but it’s still early.

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley–or lack thereof–are two of the main reasons that the Phillies are struggling so much at the plate. Sure, having them in the lineup should immediately improve the offense on the surface, but their mere presence in the lineup should help the other Phillies hitters to not stress so much. Take John Mayberry Jr. for example. He had a great year last year and looked like he was ready to be the full time left fielder for this Phils team. However, he has struggled immensely this year. He is incredibly impatient at the plate, as his on base percentage is nearly the same as his batting average (.233 to .225). He’s drawn just one walk this year, and has struck out twenty-one times in 73 plate appearances. His extreme lack of discipline could possibly be attributed to him pressing too much due to the absence of Utley and Howard. And it’s not jut Mayberry who’s pressing–almost all of the starters are putting up numbers lower than their career average. Once those two guys get back, the Phils should see an improvement on offense throughout the entire lineup, even if Howard and Utley start out cold.

We know that the offense has been pretty bad this year, but you could argue that the bullpen has been even worse. As a team, the Phillies bullpen is dead last in innings pitched, ERA, strikeout rate, and the rate at which they strand runners. The good news is the ‘pen is getting a small shake up. Just today, according to Michael Schwimer they called up the red-hot Jake Diekman, along with Raul Valdes. Joe Savery was demoted last night and Brian Sanches speculated to be demoted today. If Schwimer is correct and Diekman is indeed on his way to the big league club, Diekman could possibly have the same effect on the Phillies as Michael Stutes did at the beginning of last year, and that is a very good thing. The demotions of Sanches and Savery mean that the two players with the highest FIP among the relievers are now gone, which is an immediate improvement unless Diekman and Valdes completely blow it.

On top of that, there may be some options outside of the organization that the Phillies could acquire. If Ruben Amaro Jr. really wanted to, he could go out and get a guy like Brian Fuentes or someone similar at the deadline. What I would like to see the Phillies go after would be a good 8th inning guy that could alternate with Chad Qualls as the setup man. Guys like Mike Adams, Grant Balfour, or even Cubs closer Carlos Marmol. No one knows who will be available at that time, but there will surely be someone that would help them out.

Now, you’re probably tired of hearing this, but it really is still early. All of the Phillies problems are real and our concerns are legitimate, but the Phils have a ton of time left to turn it around. They usually really pick it up after the All Star Break, and while it isn’t ideal to rely on a great second half to save the season, there is a decent chance that they can do it. I’m confident that they can turn it around and make us forget about the early season woes, and you should be too.

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  1. Jeff Dowder

    May 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    It’s hard to make the statement “once those two guys get back” when nobody has a clue when or even IF those two guys come back. Utley stated that this year’s pain isn’t as bad as last year’s, but he’s now officially behind last year’s recovery schedule. This time last year he was playing in rehab games. He’s not close to that as we stand now. I still think the All-Star break is probably the realistic expectation for Howard’s return.

    Sadly, neither guy will fix the bullpen problems.

    He may have just been trying to send a message, but today is the first time I can recall RAJ conceding that he could be in a selling mode at the trade deadline.

    • Jonathan Nisula

      May 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Valid point. It’s not like they will return on the same day and things will be all fine and dandy, but I really do believe that once one or both of them get back, the offense as a whole will improve, even if just by a little.

      RAJ comments worried me today, too.

    • Jonathan Nisula

      May 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Lefty, I hope you’re right.

    • Lee

      May 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Agree with your appraisal. I amalways te one saying “Don’t be negative. Keep the faith, baby”. However, their cheese has moved. Time for some changes.

  2. Lefty

    May 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    No disrespect Jonathan, I enjoy reading your postings. But here is how “early” it really is.

    To win the division they could well need 90 wins.

    Presently they have 14 won of 32 games played. There are 130 games left.

    They have to go 76-54 (.584 ball) to get 90-

    That’s achievable if Howard and Utley are in the lineup tomorrow, and 3 of the five starters throw complete games from here on out. But we know that isn’t going to happen. So I don’t think it’s so early anymore.

    • Jonathan Nisula

      May 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      I hear ya. I still think it’s very, very early. But like I said…that’s not to say that they could continue to suck all the way until the end of the season, they just have a lot of season left to turn things around. I’ll really start worrying if they are in a position to be what RAJ suggested today as sellers at the deadline.

      • Lefty

        May 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        Just my opinion, but I think RA Jr. was throwing that out there to wake up some players. I don’t believe he means it yet. He mentioned it last night on the pre-game radio show too. Maybe it will be effective in motivating the guys, let’s hope so.

    • Stuart

      May 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Keep in mind that if they get going and start winning a lot of games at the end of the season are against division rivals which those wins count as two. You gain a whole game everytime. So if we can just stay within 10 games going into the allstar break we will have more than 10 games against the Nationals and against the Mets or the Braves and if we sweep a couple of those, we are right back in it.

      • c schreiber

        May 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Dreamer and obvious cool aid drinker!!!! 20% of the season is over and by the time our “wounded” return it will probably be 60 – 70 % of the season over if one or both even return this season. ITS OVER BATMAN.

      • schmenkman

        May 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        c – I like your optimism but it’s not over yet — the Marlins, Braves, or even Nats might be able to stay ahead of the Phillies.

  3. Whatthephuck

    May 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Yea and by the all star break the ” it’s still early” will turn into … ” well they still have this many games left” good posts guys

  4. Michael

    May 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    At least the Phils didn’t lose today

  5. brooks

    May 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I wouldn’t put it out of reach but if the team cannot snap out of this funk, especially the bullpen, there is no escaping this hole they’re digging for themselves.

  6. delearyous

    May 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    this article should just start with… “THERE ARE 130 GAMES LEFT!” and end there. Jesus christ people. you all need to relax. i understand they’re not playing well, but panicing about a team 4 games under is just dumb. it’s not like anyone is running away with the east right now. if the braves or nats were 15 games up, sure. panic. trade everyone. do anything.

  7. Ryne Duren

    May 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    forget marmol totally out of the question! fuentes also. he a good loogy only if the manager knows what a loogy is . in our managers mind a loogy is something you spit on the floor! now balfour or adams yes they are both proven tough cookies. if you can get them withour depleting out minors then do it. i would be interested in that headley 3rd baseman on the padres. decent fielder has good numbrs away from his home park, has more power than poly and more speed. plus he’s a switch hitter.

  8. Ryne Duren

    May 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    honestly i bitch and moan but in reality it is early. i like to bitch when they don’t win ! it ruffles my feathers cause you know they’re better than that. i think if they can stabilize the bullpen they’ll be just fine. they’ll score runs too just as someone said in another post. once either howard or utley or both get into the mix maybe they won’t press so much. with out 5 starters who can match that? my god how they’ve pitched whew! we score runs and hold off the other teams they can win alot! does anybody out there think that the braves or knats starters are gonna hold up all year? we know our guys can ( as long as they’re healthy ) oh yea and j-bag has to get with the program too!

  9. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I picked up Clayton Richards today.
    So the Phils have that going for them.
    Kind of sad I target the Phillies for spot starts though. At home in the bandbox.

    But dont worry. Lefty is all in for the program.
    He is Rubens bigest supporter and believes he will make it all good.

    He knows about Howard and Utley and you cant question his opinions.

    • schmenkman

      May 11, 2012 at 5:20 am

      “Bandbox”? If it was a bandbox, you would think there would be more runs scored, or at least more HRs hit, in their home games than there are in their away games at the other parks.

      There aren’t.

      • c schreiber

        May 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Don’t that tell you something??.

      • schmenkman

        May 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        Yes, c – it says CBP is a neutral park, not hitter-friendly.

        But something tells me it says something different to you. Can’t wait to hear what that is.

  10. bacardipr05

    May 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Meh i dont know about this its still early stuff. I guess technically you can say that but things are going down hill. So its kind of a hard sell for most people. Anything can happen and the hot team right now can implode later on the year. Everyone is waiting on Howard and Utely. Both are still at least a month away. When they return they will need at least 70-80 ML AB’s to at least get there feet wet. If this continues the way it has been it might be too late by then. To me it seems although its still early the Phils chances of making it seem to be based on other teams possibly falling apart towards the end and the Phils squeaking by.

  11. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 11, 2012 at 1:51 am


    Lefty was here leading the charge for J Roll.
    Without him they could not compete.
    He is here. 3 years 33,000,000.00
    Other teams were wilining to pay alot more.

    We got the bargain.

    Imagine if J Roll wasnt here?
    I cant.

  12. Chuck A.

    May 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I listen to a lot of sports radio during the day and Demeco Ryans was on yesterday and basically said that fully recovering from his achilles injury took a good year until he felt like he was back to normal. So, while Ryan Howard may be back in the lineup at some point, I really don’t expect much from him until 2013.

    Utley??? Yeah, he’s behind schedule from last year’s rehab and yet he says he feels better than last year. I really question what is going on there.

    So, while their mere presence in the lineup may be a good thing….I can’t put much stock into it right now. I want to be positive and keep the faith…cause that’s what I do….but at some point the “it’s still early” argument will not have any legs any more.

    And how bout them Sixers??!!

  13. GM

    May 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Utley says he feels better than last year, but he has also said that last year he focused mainly on flexibility in his knees, and this year he has added to the workout program with the hopes of building some strength in his legs that was missing last year. I’d rather wait an extra few weeks to see Utley come back with a little power, instead of the way he was last year. There are still a lot of games left, and 5.5 games isn’t impossible, its only May. Remember 2007, the Phillies were seven games back of the Mets with 17 to play.

    The bullpen is a much bigger concern right now.

  14. Bob Myers

    May 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Yes, there are reasons they might turn it around.

    BUT, the “it’s still early” excuse has worn thin. The patterns are real. We saw these vulnerabilities before this season began. It’s not like we know when Utley and Howard will return. It’s not like we expect them to jump in and perform as well as they did last year. Each year they have suffered a decline. We have to be realistic.

    130 games left. They are 14 and 18 which means that to reach 90 wins they must go 76 and 54 and to reach 95 they must go 81 and 49, which is a bit of a stretch.

    Will 95 wins be needed to make the play-offs? Probably not. But still, I wish writers would stop with the “it’s still early”.

    I also hate it when people label realistic concern as panic.

    • Don M

      May 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

      It’s May 11th…. and their early problem was that they weren’t scoring, and losing games 2-1 ….. now they are scoring, but the bullpen has been dredful, and we’re losing when we score 4-5-6 runs

      so the “patterns” have changed .. and the most recent one.. the struggling bullpen- they just tried to address by bringing up two new arms

  15. Don M

    May 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    If Rollins wasn’t here.. the SS would be Freddy Galvis … 2b would be Pete Orr…. or Wigginton…

    people can complain about Rollins all they want- but he didn’t put himself in the 3-hole to start the season, when clearly that should’ve been Vic or Pence…

    Anyway … yea, its super-early.. no changes will be made for at least 10 weeks, so we’ll see where we are then. I’ll be 1000% shocked if we’re in the basement of the NL EAST at that time, but if we are … we SELL at the deadline. The Nats and Mets aren’t this good … The Phillies and Marlins aren’t this bad ….

    • George

      May 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

      The Nats may not be as good as they seem, but they’re pretty close to being as good as they seem. They’ve got a tremendous starting staff. They can also make trades; they’ve got more payroll flexibility than the Phils, and probably some higher drafted prospects. I fact, hey are right now trying to get the Angels’ center fielder.

    • George

      May 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

      I recall that a lot of people thought the Phils could go after a cheaper option at short: Alex Gonzalez.

      In that case, they’d now have Galvis at short and Orr at second. ūüôā

  16. GM

    May 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I agree with Don, we are still 2+ months from any meaningful trades. In 2011, there were only 10 trades made before June 30th, and 28 more from that date until the trade deadline. The big moves happen in July. Take a look at the early moves, do any of these get you excited?

    04/18/11 РToronto Blue Jays traded LHP David Purcey to Oakland Athletics and Sacramento River Cats traded RHP Danny Farquhar to Las Vegas 51s.
    04/22/11 РColorado Rockies traded RHP Chris Malone to Toronto Blue Jays.
    04/30/11 РArizona Diamondbacks traded John Hester to Baltimore Orioles.
    05/13/11 РCleveland Indians traded RF Bubba Bell to New York Mets.
    05/20/11 РColorado Rockies traded LHP Franklin Morales to Boston Red Sox.
    05/26/11 РChicago Cubs traded LHP Ryan Buchter to Atlanta Braves for RHP Rodrigo Lopez.
    05/27/11 РColorado Rockies traded RHP Felipe Paulino to Kansas City Royals.
    05/27/11 РDetroit Tigers traded 2B Scott Sizemore to Oakland Athletics for LHP David Purcey.
    06/01/11 РKansas City Royals traded C Lucas May to Arizona Diamondbacks.
    06/13/11 РBoston Red Sox traded C Michael McKenry to Pittsburgh Pirates.

  17. Keith

    May 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I know Utley won’t/doesn’t need to give details on his rehab. It’s his health after all, and we aren’t all sharing our health problems with the world. But, the continued general “things are getting better, but are not there yet” is getting old. At this point, I would rather hear, “I may not be back this year, because I just can’t seem to get to the next level of rehab.” Wouldn’t that be more honest?

    • George

      May 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I’m not sure even Utley himself knows what’s next. I don’t think anyone can be certain what they’ll feel like the rest of May, let alone the other 130 games of the season. It’s important in recovery to be confident until you discover one day that you really CAN’T improve more. I think if he did feel he might not be back, he’d say so, but saying so now might be counterproductive to his efforts.

    • c schreiber

      May 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Here, here!!!!

    • schmenkman

      May 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Yes, well said George — hear hear!

  18. TheDipsy

    May 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Don M – respected poster – Jimmy has always been a bit of a diva. He wanked last year about his contract. Nobody was gonna pay him but we did – OK. He’s not a team player. Great fielder. Fast – won’t bunt. Won’t take pitches. Doesn’t wanna bat third. Too bad you don’t wanna bat third – you’re a switch hitter to protect Pence and you do have some pop – or you used too. There was nobody else – so Charlie put you there and you complained (and he did). As far as I am concerned, Jimmy should shut up and do anything Charlie wants him to do at this point.

    The Dipsy

    • GM

      May 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Dipsy … Agreed, but Jimmy & Charlie have been together for 7+ seasons, so Charlie should know how his “diva” is going to react. This isn’t the first time they’ve tried to move him out of the lead-off spot. Jimmy can really spark the team, when he wants to, and Charlie’s job is to keep him focused.

      Batting Jimmy 3rd for the first month was a poor baseball decision, for the reasons Don mentioned above, as well as a poor personnel decision. Charlie needs to do better in both of those areas.

    • schmenkman

      May 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Just fyi Dipsy about taking pitches, over the last two years Rollins has walked more than any NL team’s leadoff hitters.

  19. Don M

    May 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    So on May 11th …. people are wishing that Jimmy Rollins wasn’t our SS … and/or he’s the reason we’re 14-18 right now ??

    Or is that just an unrelated fan-rant going on.. like the “flavor of the week” kinda thing?

  20. hotdog

    May 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

    they have one or two plays a game in this stretch that have killed them. Rollins not making the double play in Atlanta, No umpire at third in washington, Papelbon not getting a rookie out, scoring men from third with less than two outs, Orr throwing the ball away when wright was giving us the out to score a run, Victorino and Pence fielding there positions better, Worley not making gio look like ted williams, Charlie leaving kendrick in too long. They need to get more focused. They need to have faith in themselves not worry about Utley and Howard earn there spots not wait for the other guy to do it. I am sure Lou gherig wasnt waiting for walley Pip to get back.

  21. TheDipsy

    May 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Don – His anemic offense has contributed to our poor start. Yes – he is a reason. This team happens just happens to have 10 reasons why it sucks.

    The Dipsy

  22. brooks

    May 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Don, Jimmy has always been a catalyst for this team. As PG has said time and time again, where Jimmy is pretty much says where the team will be.
    We still might be competing for last place but it would be more fun to watch if Jimmy were hitting some.

  23. Don M

    May 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    he’s ONE of the reasons ….but again….. would people rather have a different SS right now? Of the available options – Rollins was the right play. 6 weeks into the season, he hasn’t hit the cover off the ball yet (like many players in baseball including Pujols, Bautista, Holliday), etc. . . so people are saying his 3-year-extension is a bad deal ???

    anyway ….. we’re 14-18 ……..from the majority of fans right now you would think we were 4-28. Relax people. If we’re still 4 games under .500 on July 1st, you can consider me worried ……. but the season is a grind ……. the horse that takes the early lead in the Kentucky Derby almost never holds on down the stretch – and one of the horses that works its way through the crowd has the momentum …get it, horse… Phillie …. anyone?? no? …

  24. TheDipsy

    May 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Don – news flash – WE HAVE NO PLAYERS.

    The Dipsy

  25. Don M

    May 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Dipsy, you should just stop watching the team right now then if they suck so bad …… and i’ll let you know what time our first playoff game starts, so you can get back on

    • c schreiber

      May 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm


  26. TheDipsy

    May 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Of course I’m watching the games. Every freakin torturous minute. As a fan, and not a bandwagon jumper, or jumper offer, I can say that we have bad players. Because we do. Is it your contention that we do have good players? because I’m all ears if you wanna defend that position. Do you think that I DON’T want the team to be better? Do you think I revel in this? I don’t. I don’t have blind faith like you do. The situation is bad and its going to keep getting worse and then Ruben will have to figure something out. Hard decisions will have to be made – like what to do with Hamels.

    The Dispy

  27. Don M

    May 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    With basically the same roster that won 102 games last year …..and multiple NL East titles in a row ……… yea, I think we have good players. …which is the reason i’m among the few not crying that we’re 14-18 in the middle of May

    the expected W-L of this team pegs them at 15-17 (real life= 14-18)… and the Nats at 17-14 (reality 19-12) ……… so while 5.5 .games back right now, isn’t a good thing ………. again, the Nats are playing above their heads, and we aren’t playing up to our potential

    if the bullpen gets straightened out (probably the easiest fix on a team)… and we don’t blow all these 7th inning leads, we’re right in the thick of things…. It’s too early to say that players who have proven it before, all of sudden can’t play …….. Rollins and Victorino are among the best at their positions …. same with Chooch and Polly …….. and Pence ….. so adding Utley/Howard can only help ….. and we have to hope the bullpen guys can pitch the way we’ve seen them do it before.

    The Phillies WILL be in the playoffs again this year, regardless of this “terrible, they suck” start to the season

    • schmenkman

      May 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Yes. This.

  28. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    They won the world series ?

    You are part of the problem.

    If they play game 5 with the Cardinals 100000000 innings they score 0 runs.

    Thank you Chris Wheeler.

    • Don M

      May 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      speaking of 100000000000 …… that just marked the 10000000000th time you said the same exact thing on this site .


      Someone tell me the team that is going to win the World Series this year … chances are, someone might get lucky and guess correctly – but the reality is, as MANY GMs have said (Theo Epstein, Brian Cashman, RAJ, and Billy Beane included) .. the playoffs are a crapshoot ….. you try to give yourself a good chance to make the postseason, and take your chances from there.

      Not every year that we fail to win the WS is a failure …. last year, we had a great season, but lost to the hottest team and eventual WS champion (for the 3rd year in a row)…

  29. TheDipsy

    May 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Don – Utley and Howard are not part of the roster. Thats part of the whole damn problem. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re injured and no one has the slightest clue when you’re coming back, you’re not really on the roster. I am not counting Utley (who I don’t think is coming back) and Howard (who when he comes back in July/August, I personally, will expect very little out of).

    Jimmy is not one of the very best at his position. Neither is Polly. Neither is Pence.

    Don – Come to grips with the fact that the machine is broken so we can agree on a common goal: Fixing it.

    The Dipsy

    • Don M

      May 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Pence’s defense has been absolutely terrible this year ….. but he’s still a power threat that every team in baseball would love to have on their roster

      I swear to god people forget that DEFENSE is a large part of the game too (unless its to complain about how bad someone is) … so Polacno and Rollins are still among the best at their positions defensively ……..and we know what we can do with the bat

      their defense is a constant, and their offense started slow – so people for some reason think that’s the definition of their offensive production from this point- forward !??

    • Don M

      May 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I DO NOT think they are broken ……..and I guess that’s the difference … I think that they by far the most talent in the division, thanks in large part to their Starting Rotation – which despite early sucess, is that much better than the Nats.

      If you are in the camp that the “machine is broken” … really the only way to “fix it” is by trading Victorino and Hamels … and Blanton… and anyone else that can get you a prospect in return..

      They either ride with the team they have, which i still think is good enough ….
      or trade whatever they can to start a rebuilding process, which i think is uneccessary..

    • c schreiber

      May 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Here, here.

    • c schreiber

      May 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Here, here..Got to agree.

  30. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Donny loves Chase and Ryan
    Donny why did Ryan swing at 3-0 pitch in the 7th inning to lead off?
    Wouldnt 1 run have been something?

    Donny why did your line up fail?

    Donny I am glad in June 2012 you see it like its 2007.

    Donny you really believe the line up was good enough in 2010 and 2011?

    Me love Donny.
    Pass the Kool Aid and Wheelers hair peace for me.

  31. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm


    Donny why does this major injury make you so excited?

    Donny he is going to go back up?

    Donny says the pariplegic will get back to a .900 OPS

    Thank you again Donny

    • schmenkman

      May 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      LOL – 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 — interesting choice of years

      So if your point is that 2006 was a career year that we’re not going to see again, what a tremendous insight that is. Very nice.

      The fact is that in recent years he has been remarkably steady.

      Last 4 years’ OPS+: 125, 141, 127, 125

  32. Manny

    May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    The Phillies WILL turn it around. Barring catastrophe, a team that wins 102 games doesn’t drop to under 85 just like that. I know it’s hard to watch them right now, but this is essentially the same team as last year –our BEST year overall. Even if we’re 10 games down by the All-star break, I’m pretty sure we’ll claw ourselves back to the top somehow. Remember how mid-2010 felt like? Almost everybody was jumping off the bridge and then things clicked and we went on to the NLCS.

    I’m frustrated with the Phillies… but still confident that they’ll make it.

  33. George

    May 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I can’t really fathom the Jimmy Rollins hatred this early in the season. He’s ALWAYS had bad stretches at the plate. This one is just happening at the wrong time, a time when so many others aren’t producing. At least Jimmy is always steady on defense. Give him a break.

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