Life keeps getting even worse for diehard Phillies fans. Not that we expected much this season, but with yesterday’s 1-0 loss against the Pittsburg Pirates, the Phillies have lost seven straight series for the first time in 11 years. This is a rough stretch for the Phillies, and I don’t think it’s going to get much better anytime soon.
The Phillies just don’t have the talent to win games right now. It’s sad, but it’s the truth. Aaron Atherr and Cesar Hernandez have been the only two consistent players so far this season, while Maikel Franco has proved he is as unreliable as they come. I still have hope for Franco, but he is certainly regressing hard this season.
Because of the poor play recently, I don’t have much to talk about on this website. I haven’t been as active as I would like on Twitter, and I feel burnt out from watching too many losing games. I am going to fight through it, or at least watch a condensed version of the games, so I can keep my crying to a minimum.
Having said all of that, there is one newsworthy thing that came out of yesterday’s loss, and he is the reason for the loss. Aaron Nola got his first start in about a month for the Phillies after a stint on the DL.
It’s great to have him back because we could absolutely use the help on the mound, and while I say he was the reason for the loss yesterday, he still had a great outing. In the 6th, Nola hit a batter with a pitch to walk in a run with the bases loaded and two outs. It sucks, but it happens. Despite that one blunder, Nola pitched a great game. Most headlines today have been about Nola’s sharp outing and his importance to this Phillies team.
I agree wholeheartedly with the other Phillies writers. He is very important to this team.
Last year, I was convinced that Vince Velasquez could be the Phillies ace, but his inability to keep his pitch count low has turned me off. Nola is a big-league pitcher, and he consistently shows improvement. I’m not hating on Velasquez, as I think he can be a great starting pitcher for us, I just think that Nola is the safer bet to be a #1 pitcher.
The Phillies take on the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park tonight to start off a four-game series. The game starts at 7:05. Follow me on Twitter, @JakeDunderdale, as I am sure that I will be wasting my time watching an awful baseball team.
I am also going to keep up with my win/loss predictions. So far I am 0-1. I think the Phillies win tonight 5-3, giving Eickhoff his first win of the season.