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Pitching Disappoints, Phils Lose 12-6

A.J. Burnett‘s string of recent success came to a screeching halt as the veteran righty gave up seven runs, six earned, in a 12-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, cementing a sweep for the Jays.

Not Burnett’s Best Night

The wheels came off early for Burnett. Edwin Encarnacion led off the second with a homer. A Colby Rasmus solo shot later in the second put the Jays ahead 3-0. Burnett would give up a third homer in the bottom of the sixth to Adam Lind. Burnett struggled to throw strikes all night, throwing just 59 against 59 overall. Luis Garcia made his return to the Philadelphia bullpen by giving up five runs, three earned, striking out two and giving up a pair of homers, one to Encarnacion and one to Juan Francisco.

Offense Puts Up Six, Fooled By Knuckleballer

Overall, tonight wasn’t a horrible night for the offense. The Phillies put up six extra base hits, including a double and a triple from Chase Utley and a ninth inning, too-little, too-late Ryan Howard homer. Despite their successes, the Phillies managed to strike out 12 times, including eight times against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Dickey went six and a third to pick up the win.

The Phillies head to Citi Field to face the New York Mets tomorrow. Roberto Hernandez, the last Phillie to record a win, looks to get the Phils back into the win column against RHP Jenrry Mejia.




  1. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I decided to look up the first place Marlins pay roll.
    Its 48 million.

    Really Ruben you didn’t spend your $180,000,000.00 as well as you could have.

    With the Marlins being respectable that puts either the Phillies or Mets last.

    I am still hoping the Mets can somehow lose one more game then the sorry Phillies.

    Obviously they wont fire Ruben.

    Why doesn’t he just resign or quit?

    It cant be fun to do your job this poorly. You just aren’t up to it.

    Accept it and move on.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      May 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

      With attendance in decline for the second straight season, we’re getting closer to the end of Amaro’s reign of ineptitude. A loss of revenue usually gets the attention of ownership. It wouldn’t even be a surprise to see Comcast put pressure on the team. They paid big money for a product that is almost impossible to sell.

  2. Hogey's Role

    May 8, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Pencil us in for another top ten pick in the draft next year… Woo hoo awesome

  3. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 8, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    The next time the Blue Jays are doing a film documentary of batting practice, I wish they would let the opposing team’s fans know ahead of time.
    Get me the hell out of Canada.

  4. bacardipr

    May 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    The Jays manhandled the Phillies.

  5. Dave

    May 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

    This is by far the worst Phillies team I’ve seen in my 40+ years of watching them.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      May 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

      I guess you narrowly missed the 1972 team. Other than Carlton, that was some brutal baseball!

      • Dave

        May 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

        Scotty…well I was alive, but only 2 years old! So yes, I did miss that season, but I would have loved to watch Carlton work his magic that year. That will never happen again. So even during that pathetic 1972 season, there was something fun for Phillies fans to follow. This current team offers nothing.

    • wbramh

      May 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      This team reminds me a little bit of the post Whiz Kids teams of the mid to late ’50s. They were pretty pathetic but still more fun to watch than this one if only thanks to their propensity towards bench-clearing brawls. In other words, in in their worst years they still showed spark.

      The ‘Kids were a team built largely around their farm system talent. Like now, the team’s pitching prowess declined dramatically but the offense, even by 1956 (the comparable gap), was still far younger than the current players left over from 2008-09. And by 1956, most of the starting eight (except for Valo at age 35) were still in their late 20’s to 31. By 1956, Granny & Whitey were still just 29, Puddin’ Head and Stan were 30 and “old man” Ennis, just 31. Their 71 wins that year dropped them to 5th place where they linger until they hit the cellar with 67 wins in 1958 and remained awful until ’64. Today’s team appears to be imploding faster. Hopefully, they’ll recover faster since I no longer have the luxury of waiting 30 years between championships.

    • Bob in Bucks

      May 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Short memory – 95? 96? 97? Brutal years.

  6. Lefty

    May 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

    After a series like this, it kind of make me wonder-

    How did they beat the Nats 2 of 3? How did they tie the Dodgers out there 2 games to 2? Is the National League that bad?

    And I think the answer is no. I think it’s just one of those streaks, like when they lost 8 straight in 2011 during the pennant chase (of the opposition) of a 102 win year- it just happens.

    But these four games were brutal for sure. I still think they are not this bad, maybe even close to a .500 team, but that’s not a very high goal to hope for.

    • Hogey's Role

      May 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Sometimes it looks like they play to the level of their opposition, obviously not the case here

    • schmenkman

      May 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

      They actually took 3 out of 4 in LA.

      And I think streaks like this come down to the fact that the best teams aren’t so much better than the worst teams that the difference is evident in every short series.

      Oversimplifying, but the best teams win 6 out of 10, while the worst teams win 4 out of 10, on average. And there is too much variability from matchups, chance, random bounces, etc. for teams to play at the average level day in and day out, or even from series to series.

      • wbramh

        May 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

        Which is why (as you’ve astutely pointed out in the past) play-offs are so hazardous, even for to the greatest of teams.

  7. Dave

    May 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

    72.5 million for Lee, Hamels and Howard. Lee is the only one pulling his weight for the most part. But even he’s not pitching like he’s being paid. Hamels and Howard haven’t earned their paycheck in a long time.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      May 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I think the bigger misallocation is $45 million for Howard, Adams, and Papelbon. That’s 25% of the 2014 payroll. The $20 million allocated for the setup guy and closer is just absurd. We’re talking about “maybe” 120 innings between those two guys – which means Amaro has paid more on a “per inning basis” for them than he has for any of his starters. The Howard contract has been well documented from the day it was signed. Keith Law pretty much listed all the red flags pointing to a guy who was already well into his decline at the time he signed that extension.

      • schmenkman

        May 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

        “…guy who was already well into his decline at the time he signed that extension.”

        No one disagrees that it was a) too long, b) too large, or c) too early (kind of like Howard’s swing at an off-speed pitch), but when he signed the extension in early 2010, he was coming off his second best season, with 45 HR, 141 RBI, .931 OPS, and 139 wRC+.

        As for Dave’s argument, I disagree on Lee and Hamels — I strongly disagree on Lee, and I at least think it’s too early to tell on Hamels.

  8. Bob in Bucks

    May 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Offense, defense, fielding, baserunning, blah blah blah.

    What you see is what you get. This is a team that while it is is professional MLB grade simply will not outplay other teams – particularly AL teams.

    IMHO the biggest issue is offense. I just can’t see anyone being afraid of the Phillies lineup they way I feel about some other lineups. There is no reliable pop on this team. I mean who exactly would you pitch around.

    Utley and Byrd are respectable hitters and Chooch is having a good stretch. But that leaves 5 more spots and they are simply not that good. Hopefully we being the rebuilding soon which means even worse teams for a few years as the Phils have little to develop.

    Essentially we can write off this decade.

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