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Overreaction? Or could these Phillies be Historically Bad?

April 8, 2015

Cole Hamels gave up four jacks to the Red Sox on Monday, but he wasn’t the problem.

Phillies Bats Monday, vs. Buchholz, Tazawa, Layne: 3/31, 2B, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 R.

Buchholz was fine, but didn’t really have his best stuff.

Domonic Brown’s on the DL, but otherwise these were the Phillies’ regulars. Utley-Howard-Ruiz bat 3-4-5, and otherwise it’s a bucket of garbage. If Ben Revere gets on up top, there’s always a chance to manufacture a run–but with OBP of .306 and .305 the last two years, that’s not promising.

So yeah, Hamels missed a few spots and got punished on almost all of them, but the danger here is that it sinks in to Phillies pitchers that they need to be perfect because the offence isn’t going to be close to four runs a game. That’s what happened later in the game Monday.

Jake Diekman came on, had a little problem locating his 98-mph cheese, so he abandoned it. HanRam hit a granny.

Maybe Cole Hamels can set his mind to being close to perfect and keep the Phils in low-scoring games. The rest of the rotation is Aaron Harang, David Buchanan, Jerome Williams, and an un-named fifth starter. They’re going to need run support, and God knows what they’ll do when they figure out it ain’t coming.

And it ain’t coming.

Extra Bags, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Arm Butter” Edition: Buchholz’ shirt, between second and third buttons.

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