If I had told you before the start of the season that after 32 games the Phillies were going to have had the worst starting pitching in all of baseball, that their starters would have thrown the fewest innings in the NL, that Rollins would be on-basing .238 with a .296 slugging percentage and Lidge would have an 8.59 ERA and a 1.98 ratio, that Victorino would be 1-for-his-last-27 and bench-players Dobbs, Bruntlett and Cairo would have combined to go 9-for-68 (.132), you probably would have taken a .500 record.
You’re going to have to now. The Phils are in their first real skid of the year and the losses have mounted. The starting pitching has been terrible all season long and the current offensive struggles have reached ridiculous levels: Victorino, Utley and Howard combined to hit .028 in the three-game series with the Dodgers (1-for-36 with a single). Throw in an 0-for-7 from Feliz and that’s half of the hitters in the lineup combining to go 1-for-43 (.023). Feliz at least drew four walks. Utley and Howard were 0-for-22 with 12 strikeouts.
The Phillies lost the set with the Dodgers at home, dropping two of three to fall to 16-16 on the season. They have lost four of their last five and six of their last eight. They’ve scored three or fewer runs in five of the eight.
The Phils won game one of the set 5-3. If you knew that Pedro Feliz was going to walk four times and Werth was going to steal four bases in the same game you probably could have made a lot of money somewhere. Park made his second straight start that was very good for the Phils. Ibanez broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth. The Phils extended the lead to 5-2 with a run in the seventh. Lidge allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth but held on for a shaky save.
Moyer was the story in game two as his third straight bad start pushed his ERA for the year to 8.15 and gave the Phillies little chance to win. Rollins gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead with a home run in the second, but James Loney hit a three-run shot off of Moyer and the Dodgers scored five times in the fourth. Moyer got just one out in the fifth, but was charged with two more runs in the inning. Condrey surrendered a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to make it 9-1. A solo shot by Ibanez in the bottom of the ninth cut the lead to 9-2, which is how the game ended.
The Phils lost a heart-breaker yesterday, getting a great start from Hamels but not much offense. The Phils were down 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth and down to their last strike before Ruiz delivered a two-out double to tie the game at 3-3. Durbin gave up a pair of runs in the top of the tenth and LA won the game 5-3.
The Phils were just sloppy yesterday. Rollins made an error that cost the team a run in the third. Ibanez added a less costly throwing error in the eighth. Hamels was picked off of first base to ruin a scoring opportunity in the fourth.
Overall, the Phillies threw 28 innings in the series with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.61 ratio.
They got two good starts from Hamels and Park and a miserable outing from Moyer. As a group, the three went 17 1/3 innings with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.38 ratio. They gave up two home runs, one by Hamels and one by Moyer.
Park got the game one start and allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Over his last two starts, Park has allowed two runs in 12 innings (1.50 ERA) while pitching to an 0.83 ratio.
Moyer allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in game two of the series. He’s allowed 22 hits and seven walks in 12 1/3 innings in May. That’s a 2.13 ratio to go with his 13.86 ERA in three May starts. Opponents have hit six home runs off of him in the 12 1/3 May innings.
Hamels got the start in game three and allowed two runs over seven innings, only one of which was earned. He struck out nine while allowing seven hits and walking one.
The bullpen threw to a 5.06 ERA and a 1.97 ratio over 10 1/3 innings. They allowed 16 hits, which is too many.
Happ took over for Moyer in the fifth inning of game two with one out and men on first and third. Both runners would score on a single, a walk and a sac fly before he got out of the inning.
Eyre got lefty Xavier Paul out to end the top of the seventh with the Phillies up 4-2 in game one.
Taschner started the sixth inning of game two with the Phillies down 7-1. He went two innings and didn’t allow a run, but gave up two hits, two walks and two stolen bases. He got Andre Ethier to hit into a double-play with men on first and third to end the sixth. The first two men got on to start the seventh, but Taschner set down the next three to leave them stranded.
The outing dropped Taschner’s ERA to 4.50 for the season, but he has allowed a ton of base-runners. Through his first 16 innings he has given up 16 hits and walked 12 (1.75 ratio). He had struck out just eight, putting his strikeout rate at 4.5 per nine innings, which is the lowest of his career.
Durbin started the seventh inning of game one with the Phillies up 4-2. He got the only two men he faced before Eyre came in to face lefty Xavier Paul.
He entered game three in the top of the tenth with the score tied at 3-3. He quickly set down the first two men he faced before allowing a walk, an RBI-double, an intentional walk to the lefty Loney and another RBI-double. The Dodgers were up 5-3 before Durbin struck Blake out with men on second and third to prevent any more damage.
Condrey started the eighth inning of game two with the Phillies down 7-1. He went two innings, allowing a two-run homer to Casey Blake in the ninth. He has been charged with runs in three of his last four outings. After allowing one home run in his first 16 appearances, he has given up two in his last two outings.
Madson started the eighth in game one with the Phillies up 5-2. He allowed a two-out single to Orlando Hudson, but got Ethier to fly to left to end the frame.
He also pitched the eighth inning of game three with the Phillies down 2-1. He allowed two singles but did not give up a run.
Lidge pitched the bottom of the ninth in game one with the Phils up by three runs. He allowed a run on three singles to raise his ERA on the season to 8.56.
In game three, Lidge entered in the bottom of the ninth with the Phils down 2-1. The Dodgers scored a run on a one-out triple by Matt Kemp and a sac fly by Blake. Xavier Paul also doubled off of Lidge, but LA only got one in the inning.
Lidge has been charged with at least one run in five straight appearances. In his last five outings he’s allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings while striking out three (that’s a 12.60 ERA and a 2.20 ratio).
None of the guys in the bullpen pitched in both game two and game three. Durbin threw 29 pitches last night. Taschner and Condrey both had long outings in game two, with Taschner throwing 38 pitches and Condrey 40.
The Phillies scored ten runs in the three-game set. They’ve scored 14 runs in their last five.
Manuel tried a new lineup in the series, dropping the struggling Rollins to fifth in the order for the first two games. Victorino hit first, Utley second, Werth third, Howard fourth and Ibanez sixth. Things were back to normal for game three.
Rollins got a big at-bat early in game one. He came to the plate with men on first and second and nobody out in the fourth with the Phillies down 2-1. The Phils pulled off a double steal to put men on second and third with nobody out and Rollins delivered an RBI-single to right.
He went 3-for-12 with a double and a home run in the series. He’s hitting 200/238/296 for the season.
Victorino was 1-for-14 in the series and is 1-for-his-last-27. He’s down to 252/296/424 for the season.
Utley was 0-for-11 with five strikeouts in the series. He’s 0-for-his-last-15, hitting .143 in May and 278/414/574 for the year.
Howard 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in the set. 262/338/492 for the year. .217 in May.
Werth stole four bases in the first seven innings of game one. Most notably, with two outs, the bases loaded and the Phillies down 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Werth stole home when Martin lobbed the ball back to the pitcher.
In game three he went 0-for-4 and struck out four times. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 288/394/541.
Ibanez 4-for-9 with a double, a home run and two walks. He’s hitting 336/403/672 for the year. If he slugged .672 for the whole season it would be a career high.
Feliz walked four times in game one of the series. 0-for-7 with four walks in the series. 283/355/396 for the year but just 220/289/268 in May. Just two extra-base hits in May, both doubles.
Ruiz tied game three with a monster two-run double in the bottom of the ninth. 4-for-6 with three doubles and five walks in the series. Really he was. Look it up. 257/409/371 for the year.
Coste did not play in the series and is hitting 204/316/367 for the season.
Bruntlett was 0-for-2 in the series. 130/214/261. 1-for-17 since April 13.
Stairs 1-for-2 with a single. 368/520/737 in 19 at-bats for the year. I don’t know where, but I think you have to let him play until he’s not hitting 368/520/737 anymore.
Dobbs was 0-for-2 with a walk in the set. 138/219/138 for the year.
Cairo was 0-for-1 and is at 125/125/125 for the season.
Update 5/16: With Happ pitching last night, the Phillies will call up Andrew Carpenter to pitch the second game of today’s double-header. Carpenter has made six starts at Triple-A this year, throwing to a 4.72 ERA and a 1.34 ratio.