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Week 18 in Review

A frequent word of encouragement that we’ve all heard over the years is this, “It could be worse.” Well, right now, for the Philadelphia Phillies, it cannot get much worse.

The Phillies are a horrid 2-12 since resuming play after the All-Star break. They started with a bang, taking down the New York Mets 13-8. Since then, they’ve won one other game.

They have not won a series since the break, have been swept twice and are in danger of a sweep tonight against the Braves.

They have averaged just 3 runs scored in these 14 games, and their pitching staff is dead last in the majors with a team earned run average near 6 at 5.73 and an opponent batting average of .295.

They are hitting just .216 as a team during this stretch, also dead last in the bigs.

The Phils were well into this skid as the trade deadline came and went last Wednesday. May thought that names such as Michael Young, Carlos Ruiz, maybe Jonathan Papelbon might go, but the Phillies stood pat.

Ruben Amaro, Jr., stated that the value they were offered in return did not interest them, so they decided not to do anything.

An understandable choice, but with the arrow pointing down for this squad right now, cutting some salary and getting something for a guy like Young would not have been the worst thing.

The team’s only other win came last Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants thanks in large part to a great start from John Lannan. He turned in seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. The bullpen was able to make it stand up with two shutout innings to preserve the win.

Charlie Manuel hasn’t seen enough of that, as the Philadelphia bullpen ranks 28th in the league with an ERA of 4.35 and an opponent average of .264.

Only Seattle and Houston rank lower in the majors in bullpen ERA.

This 14 span has also included an eight game losing streak that included both sweeps to the Cardinals and Tigers. A rough stretch for sure, but the Phils were hoping to take one of those two series and win at least one game in each.

That didn’t happen and it set the team back quite a bit.

They are still in third place, but sit 15.5 games behind first place Atlanta, the same amount of games that the Mets are behind.

The worst part of all of this is that they won four straight series heading into the All-Star break and seemed poised to turn that success into a stretch run well into September.

At this point, that would take a miracle. Even with plenty of games left, if it does get any worse at the Bank, start thinking about next year.

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