Saturday, September 13, 2008
Phils Rained Out; More Urgency, Please.....
The Phils were rained out last night and hopefully, the time off last night allowed some of the players on this team some time for some introspection. This is specifically required after 45-year old Jamie Moyer turned in 5 2/3 innings of gutty pitching on 3 days rest against the Brewers the other night. I don't know how vocal Moyer is behind closed doors, but if a 45-year old man can pull that sort of effort out of his aged body, some of the younger guys on this team who make considerably more money than Moyer need to start selling out on the field a little more.
While I'm not outright suggesting that some players are somehow jaking it, this team would benefit greatly from playing with a greater sense of urgency. It is this lack of urgency offensively, as much as anything, that will be blamed as much as anything in this coming offseason should the Phils fail to make it to the playoffs. Every month, starting in June, when the Phils started sliding off the map offensively, all of the pundits (and losery bloggers like myself included) always felt the offense would come along as the summer proceeded along and into September. Well, we're still waiting for some sort of consistency offensively and it's now September 13th. I'm not saying it can't happen, but time is slowly running out on this team.
As for the makeup of last night's game, it will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow. Pitching matchups the rest of the Brewers series:
Today: Cole Hamels vs. Manny Parra, 3:55pm
Game 1 Tomorrow: Joe Blanton vs. Dave Bush, 1:35pm
Game 2 Tomorrow: Brett Myers vs. Jeff Suppan, 7:35pm