The Philadelphia Phillies weren’t just swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend…they were demolished. The scores would indicate that the games were at least sort of close, but the statistics won’t back that up. In case it hasn’t hit home yet, chew on this: Andrew McCutchen had seven hits, the Phillies (all of them) had 11. Oh..and McCutchen drove in five runs, the Phillies scored six runs. If nothing else, the Phils were a model of consistency, scoring two runs in every game.
The third game of the series was just as bad as the first two – four hits, one walk, four strikeouts and two runs. Pitcher A.J. Burnett was responsible for the walk, by the way. In any other season, this outcome would have been fine on a day when Ryne Sandberg gave Chase Utley and Ryan Howard the day off. In 2014, it’s a grim reminder that Ryan Howard and Chase Utley don’t help the Phillies win games any more than Cesar Hernandez and John Mayberry Jr.
Marlon Byrd continues to expand his trade market for contenders looking for a DH with decent performances at the plate. He hit his team leading 18th home run and 52nd RBI today. Obviously there’s concern with his 103 strikeouts against only 89 hits, but his .317 OBP is better than a few DHs around the league.
A.J. Burnett probably helped his cause today, too. The team most commonly thrown in the Burnett trade conversation got a first-hand look at his stuff. He threw a solid seven innings, allowing only five hits, three runs, two walks, and striking out seven batters. The bullpen had a bad day. Justin De Fratus and Jacob Diekman combined to allow two hits, three runs, and two walks over just one inning of work. De Fratus didn’t record an out and only threw seven pitches.
The Phillies will travel to Milwaukee to face off against the Brewers in a four-game series starting Monday.Tags: Baseball, MLB, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phillies