It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost their fourth straight and are on the verge of being swept by the Miami Marlins. They now sit in dead last place ten games behind the Nationals and three and a half games behind fourth place Miami. This series really gave them an opportunity to gain some substantial ground on the Marlins, but they have failed to capitalize and score enough runs for their depleted pitching staff. In the wake of their poor offensive attack, news broke that the Phillies had traded longtime slugger Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles for two minor leaguers. As if the Phillies could afford to lose any sort of offensive talent, Thome will go to the Orioles to assist them in their attempted playoff run.
As for Cole Hamels, his pitching has been been very good for the Phillies this year, coming into Saturday’s performance with a 10-3 record. Unfortunately, a lack of run production against the Marlins causes him to lose his fourth game of the year. What has been very consistent for the Phillies has been their struggles at the beginning of games, and their inability to make a comeback, no matter the size of the deficit. After giving up a first inning home run to Giancarlo Stanton, Hamels kept the game relatively close by giving up only three earned runs in seven innings almost matching his counterpart Mark Buehrle whose numbers were nearly identical, with the exception that Buehrle only gave up two runs, instead of Hamels’ three. This loss is not anything common for Hamels against the Marlins, for he continues to struggle against them this season, with three of his four losses coming at the hand of the Marlins.
“When we can’t win with [Cliff] Lee and Hamels, that kind of tells you how things have gone,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “We’re trying to turn it around, of course, and get something going. We can get so close, yet we drift right back and get so far away.”
Hunter Pence had the lone bright spot for the Phillies, going three-for-four with a home run.
After a dismal June where the Phillies went 9-19, the Phillies have about a month left before the trading deadline, and with play like this, speculation can point to some shuffling among the Phillies lineup and possibly their pitching rotation. The Phillies hope to avoid a Marlins sweep as well as start off July a lot stronger than they did June. In order for that to happen, the Phillies must become better at situational hitting, must refuse to leave runners on base, and must not waste strong starts from their pitchers.
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Written by Matt LaCoille
My name is Matt LaCoille and I am an extremely passionate sports fan. I've enjoyed watching my favorite sports teams since I was born, as well as talk to people about the everyday state of professional sports. Sports are my life, my passion, and my future. I have interned with multiple professional sports teams and organizations as well within the athletic departments of multiple colleges and universities. I currently attend Western New England University with a major in sports management and will continue to pursue a masters in sports administration afterwords. My goal is to one day work full time within a professional sports organization and do what I truly enjoy. Feel free to comment on the articles or message if you would like to talk sports, I'm very open to discussion. Thanks for reading!