Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sox Smack Phils

The Phils needed a good start from Kyle Kendrick yesterday. They needed a win yesterday to take 2 of 3 from the Sox and to set themselves up for this weekend when the always-tough Anaheim Angels come to town. Most of all, they needed a win to reassure themselves that they were contenders and had what it took to play with the big boys.

Didn't happen yesterday.

The Red Sox beat the Phils by a score of 7 - 4 in a day game down at CBP. The first inning was not kind to Kyle Kendrick, as he gave up four straight hits to start the game, including a 3-run bomb to JD Drew (who went 4 for 5 yesterday) and a solo shot to Mike Lowell (who used to wear the Phillies out as a Marlin). The Red Sox tacked on two more runs in the third off of Kendrick, officially ending his day.

The Phils' offense, meanwhile, remained static. The team managed only 6 hits yesterday; all singles. The Phils' 3-4-5 hitters went a collective 1 for 12 yesterday. Chase Utley left 5 men on base and saw his slump continue on to become an 0 for 21 slide.

For the second straight day, the Phils simply got outpitched and the fact is, I do believe this series demonstrates that the Phils are NOT ready to be October contenders just yet. If you've been listening to Mike Missannelli recently on ESPN 950, in his interviews with Jayson Stark and David Montgomery, he's been beating the drum for the Phils to go out and get CC Sabathia. And the fact of the matter is, he is right. The Phils cannot go into October with this starting pitching staff as currently constituted.

Do they have what it takes, both in intestinal fortitude and prospects in their minor league system to go get Sabathia or a pitcher of his calibre? To be determined.

Items of Note:

- Speaking of the aforementioned David Montgomery interview with Mike Missannelli, he did comment on the Philadelphia magazine story about the Phillies ownership group (that I blogged about here) as being "not a very balanced story". Hey Dave: Know how it could have balanced? If those frauds you represent would come from out of the shadows and be accountable to the fanbase. I'm sorry you can't grasp that we don't respect you as the titular owner of the Phillies. You're a mouth piece and a puppet and everyone knows it.
Photo from ((AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) )

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