Week In Review
- Updated: May 4, 2014
Heavy rains on Wednesday made for an odd week of play for the Philadelphia Phillies.
The team had scheduled off days on Monday and Thursday.
They sat through a 90 minute rain delay on Tuesday night, and were rained out on Wednesday.
The Phils came into Friday night’s series opener against Washington having played just one game this week.
That game saw Cole Hamels have a very uncharacteristic struggle with his command. He walked five Mets in 4.2 innings of work, and allowed six runs on eight hits.
The rain delay seemed to affect Hamels, as he was unable to find any kind of rhythm or consistency. He fell behind many of the hitters he faced, resulting in a barrage of hits for the Mets.
Hamels is still winless in 2014, with an 0-2 record and a lofty 6.75 earned run average.
He also received no run support on Tuesday, aside from a Marlon Byrd home run.
The Phils made progress through the week, getting a great start from Cliff Lee on Friday night against the Nationals. Lee was given an early three run cushion thanks to another home run by Byrd.
Lee went seven strong, allowing two runs on four hits. Unfortunately his offense would not score again all night, and the Philly bullpen failed to hold a one run lead in the eighth inning.
Mike Adams’ recent struggles continued on Friday, as he was charged with three Washington runs in the eighth. He failed to record an out, and reliever Jake Diekman would allow the runners inherited from Adams to score.
Adams has an earned run average of 6.75 in 5.1 innings of work in six games this season.
Offensively the Phillies rank ninth in Major League Baseball in hitting with a .258 team batting average. All three games this week have featured the long ball, though in two of those games the home run was all the offense could manage.
The team ranks tied for 21st in the bigs with 22 home runs as a team.
Saturday night they broke through, with 12 hits and seven runs against Nationals’ pitching.
Like Lee, A.J. Burnett was masterful on Saturday night, allowing one run in six innings of work.
This marked Burnett’s third straight quality start. His command has improved in each of the last three starts, after struggling with walks in early April.
With today’s series finale, the Phillies have a chance to win their third consecutive series and pull one game above .500 on the year.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia.CBSLocal.com