Thursday, June 3, 2010

Time for some Changes?

It may be time for a shakeup. At first, this was just a strange slump in the midst of a long and draining 162 game season. But the Phillies have lost 11 of their last 15 and the offense remains non-existent.

Before yesterday's loss, capping off a sweep at the hands of Atlanta, Charlie Manuel took exception with his team. He walked into the clubhouse and found the guys watching movies. He commented to the media that it bothered him, and that they should have been getting ready for the game. You think?

These guys have been awful. They need to find a way out of this before it's too late. You'd think a guy like Chase Utley, who may be hitting the ball worse than anyone right now, would shake up the team with his work ethic. His average has dropped to .270. Nothing is working right now.

The road ahead is no easier. The Phillies open a series with San Diego tomorrow before facing the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Manuel needs to change a few things. Greg Dobbs and Ross Gload have been horrible off the bench. Dobbs was terrible last year as well and his time in Philadelphia should be over. Maybe they could promote Domonic Brown to play the outfield for a few games. If he plays well, a few of the regulars might get motivated to keep their job security.

At this point, something needs to happen. They need to promote someone or acquire a player who can make a contribution to this team. The window is small for teams to maintain a high level of success year after year. If this slump doesn't end soon, this could turn into a very dissapointing season.

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