Thursday, May 10, 2012

Gut Punch: Phils swept by Mets

This is really getting hard to watch. The Phillies were swept, at home, by the New York Mets.


They blew leads in every game, scoring first and then collapsing in each game. Hard to imagine sending Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee to the mound against the Mets in a three-game set would not yield a victory.

The Phillies aren't too far buried in the East yet. They're in last place, five games behind the first place Nationals and Braves. They're 4.5 games behind New York and 2.5 games behind Miami.

The ugly 10-6 loss caused Charlie Manuel to hold a meeting after the game.

It's about time.

As each day goes by, I can't help but fear Cole Hamels is coming closer and closer to the realization that this may not be the organization to get him another World Series ring down the line. It certainly won't be the organization that offers him the most money.

Maybe a drastic lineup change is in order. Jimmy Rollins is batting .230 with no home runs and just five RBI. He has 23 strikeouts and only nine walks. He's been terrible out of the three hole, and leading off.

Here is what I would try:

1. Juan Pierre LF (.341)
2. Placido Polanco 3B (.275)
3. Carlos Ruiz C (.319)
4. Hunter Pence RF (.262)
5. Shane Victorino CF (.244)
6. Laynce Nix 1B (.326)/ Ty Wigginton (.284)
7. Jimmy Rollins SS (.230)
8. Freddy Galvis 2B (.213)

It's worth a shot.

Up next, the Phillies will host San Diego, worst team in the NL at 11-21.

Vance Worley (2-2, 2.84) will face Clayton Richard (1-4, 4.89) in tomorrow's opener after a much needed day off. The Vanimal beat San Diego back on April 19, throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season high eleven.

Richard is 0-2 in his career against Philly, with a low 2.40 ERA over 15 innings.

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