2012 Game Recaps

Phillies Swept Out of Miami

The Phillies fell to the Miami Marlins, 5-2, and in the process were swept by a team they continue to chase in the bottom of the NL East. Their losing streak is now at five. The team that won 102 games last year is now 36-45, their worst record halfway through a season since 1997. During that season, the Phillies lost 94 games.

BLANTON GIVES ‘EM A CHANCE

-Joe Blanton gave up three runs over six innings and gave his offense a chance to win it. But as they’ve done for most of this season, they fell short. Blanton fanned seven, but made one big mistake on a home run by Giancarlo Stanton that put the Marlins ahead for good.

-The bullpen continues to struggle. Antonio Bastardo allowed an 8th inning homer to Hanley Ramirez that sealed the deal for the Marlins. Michael Schwimer was able to put up a zero in his one inning, but Bastardo, who has been all over the place this year, couldn’t keep it close.

ABSENT OFFENSE

-Although Carlos Ruiz was named an NL All Star today, he, and the rest of the boys came up short as they have too often. Ricky Nolasco looked like an all-star himself today, holding the Phillies to two runs over seven innings.

-Hunter Pence knocked in a run, but also struck out twice, as did Jimmy Rollins. Just not a great day overall.

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  1. Bruce

    July 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    With all the gloom and doom comments I have been reading here for the past month of June, it feels as if I, a fan, have been the last hold out for team’s chances of turning it around before it becomes too late to do anything about it. I commented previously on another thread that “I see these nine games (against the NL East teams..Marlins, Mets and Braves) as the moment of truth in assessing the team’s chances for the playoffs. ” To fall any further behind for the cellar dwelling Phillies as they reach the halfway mark of the season would certainly spell “doom” on their chances for the playoffs.

    It’s sad to say as of now after being swept in 3 games by the Marlins, I am without hope and optimism. They are now 36-45 and 11 games back of the division leaders (Washington). What is depressing is I see no sign of life..no spark by any individual players that could ignite the team and turn it completely around for the second half of the season. And they certainly will need to do that by playing over .600 ball for the remainder of the season in order to leapfrog the four other teams ahead of them. Even with the return of Howard and Halladay it may be too late given the team’s current zombie -state of performance.

    I and many others here have commented on the team’s many problems which I won’t bother dwelling on ( we know about the injuries) other than to say it began with the absense of Howard and Utley and ended with disappointments in Mayberry, Victorino, Lee and the inexperienced bullpen.

    So now the Philles who are on life support, go to Citifield Tuesday and face a much improved Mets who are determined to bury our team’s chances and have one less team to worry about as they chase Washington for the division title.

    • Yovani

      July 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      The problem is that with Galvis at 2B and Utley at 1B, you take a step down oflfvsineey because in essence you’re replacing Wigginton/Thome, or Mayberry (if Dom wins LF job) with Galvis. So to make that worth it, you’d have to at least have a significant defensive improvement and I’m not sure Utley is any better at 1B than Mayberry or Wigginton, or even Thome. And although Galvis is a great defensive player, it is a new position for him so not sure he’d be remarkably better than Utley right away. Even if he is, I don’t see this adding up.

  2. chuck schreiber

    July 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    It certainly took you long enough. These guys were done when Ruben didn’t properly replace Utley and Howard. Their injuries were known at seasons end 2011 and the best he could fine to replace the two best hitters in the lineup were Wiggy, Nix, Fontenot and the rest of the clowns. Imagine how much further back they’d be if “Chooch” didn’t way overachieve as he has.

    • George

      July 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Amaro didn’t “properly” replace Utley because Utley was healthy at year’s end. He didn’t replace Howard because no one thought he’d have unusual complications and that he’d be back sooner. And you can’t replace players making fifteen and twenty million per with comparable bats, anyway. They’d cost too much, and they wouldn’t sign anyway knowing they’d be out of a job in the second half when your own two bats returned. Wiggy and Nix should have been adequate as stopgaps, but they had to play too much, and Nix (who was batting over .300) unfortunately got hurt. Fontenot was a replacement for a replacement (Galvis), so it’s a damn good thing he was even signed at all.

      • schmenkman

        July 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        Well said George.

      • Juandavid

        July 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

        Larry, I agree that Larkin was a much better hitetr than Rollins. You may be missing the point though. Counting stats get you into the Hall of Fame. If they didn’t, Tony Perez and Andre Dawson wouldn’t be in right now. Keith Hernandez was a better player than Tony Perez, but he doesn’t have counting stats and will never get close to the Hall of fame.My point with Rollins, is that while he was not better than Larkin, he will accumulate numbers that will get HOF notice, in 4 years. If his counting stats fall off a cliff, like Alan Trammell’s did around age 33, then he won’t get in

  3. Dave The greek

    July 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I like the rep[lacement’s names. FonteNOT and Nix. The names fit the quality of players.

    • schmenkman

      July 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Cute, but in his limited time Nix has been the second best hitter on the team. He would have been nice to have vs. RHPs instead of Mayberry or Wigginton.

    • c schreiber

      July 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Right on Greek. You can’t debate with these “kool aid” drinkers.

      • schmenkman

        July 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        Seriously, where is the debate? Do you mean the bad pun about somebody who, before he got hurt, was hitting .326 with a .392 on-base and .587 slugging percentage?

  4. Brooks

    July 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

    This is so hard to watch.
    For the last 6 or 7 years we have been seeing late inning heroics, mostly by the hitting. Its hard to believe that a lot of the players are the same but not producing in similar situations. The last time something like this occurred (not as bad), Milt Thompson was replaced and frankly, that did nothing in the long run. Who will be first?
    Cholly most likely.

  5. SavannahPhilliesPhan

    July 2, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I stopped watching the entire game….I tune in every once in a while to see how much they are losing by. I am exhausted from yelling at the screen trying to give them encouragement (not that anyone can hear me) and crossing my fingers only to be disappointed. The team has given up, that is obvious….it’s taken the fans a bit longer to give up on this once talented team. They need a shakeup….maybe selling and trading some of the players will be the answer. As I said, I watched Jimmy Rollins being interview after one of the games in the spring and the interviewer asked him about getting to the playoffs and he smirked and said not with these guys or something like that. I thought it was strange at the time but he was right.

  6. Chuck A.

    July 2, 2012 at 7:40 am

    chuck schreiber – Is Chooch “way overachieving”?? Or is he a late bloomer at the plate and gonna have a few of these seasons in a row? Worth pondering…

    • George

      July 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Ruiz, I believe, is more of a late bloomer, although he may be overachieving a little bit this year. He’s been improving at the plate almost every year, which indicates he’s developing late.

      The sad part, though, is he’s 33 years old and playing a very demanding position, so he probably won’t have a “few of these seasons in a row.”

    • c schreiber

      July 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Are you kidding me!! Of course he’s over achieving. He’s already hits more HRs in half a year than in any one year in his career. If he’s not over achiving then he and Barry Bonds go to the same chemist. I take it back when he does it again next year.

      • Chuck A.

        July 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        Ok. Fair deal. And it’s kind of interesting that you seem to know FOR SURE what is going on…whereas I only ASKED the question, “Is he over-achieving or is he a late-bloomer?”

      • schmenkman

        July 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        Just FYI, and Ruiz is certainly helped by this year on this list, but these are the best-hitting catchers in baseball over the last 2 and a half years (since the start of 2010):

        1. Napoli .874 OPS
        2. Martinez .847
        3. Ruiz .844
        4. Posey .838
        5. Mauer .829
        6. Montero .803
        7. McCann .795
        8. Avila .791
        9. Santana .785
        10. YMolina .774

      • Chuck A.

        July 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        Looks like it’s time for someone above to start eating his words…

  7. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I worry that having the offensive burden might hurt his real job.

    I do not like having to hit him in the middle of the line up at all.

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