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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


They had one 14-game stretch this season where they could not score more than four runs.

But that was everyone's imagination.

They just played a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves and didn't score more than one run in an inning.

But that was everyone's imagination.

They had 53 games last season where they scored two or fewer runs.

But that was everyone's imagination.

They had a weekend series against the Mets in which they didn't score at all.

But that was everyone's imagination.

Raul Ibanez is 38 and is hitting .212 and is done.

But that is everyone's imagination.

Or can it be that the Phillies are one inept offensive baseball team that will fail miserably this season unless major changes are made, and made soon?

You saw what just happened to the Flyers: Once they realized that their goaltending would ultimately let them down, they stopped playing.  What happens when the Phillies' starting pitchers realize that no matter what they do, they cannot win?

The Phillies have sold out their last 143 regular-season games. It's because they were supposed to be exciting. But beyond Ryan Howard, they barely have warning-track power.

But that's just our imagination ...

Check out my column in the Daily Times and on Monday about why the Phillies shouldn't be celebrating their first-place status.


Blogger wbramh said...

Where are Greg Gross and Jim Eisenreich now that really really need them... both?
The Phils have one hitter and seven guys swinging at pitches.
That's gotta change.
It may have worked for the Dodgers of the mid-sixties when Drysdale was throwing 58 straight shutout innings. Back then, one run was enough for a "W," but this is 2011 when 16 strikeouts in 7 innings just ain't enough.
With the loss of their right fielder and second baseman and the reduced output of their left fielder and shortstop, this team is a few hundred runs poorer. Forget the fleet-footed outfielders and the circus performers at short and second, give me a hitter (or two), anywhere... please!

May 11, 2011 at 7:04 PM 

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