After their 10-4 defeat, the Phillies’ disappointing start, which has them at 19-22, continued — all this after Ryan Howard and Chase Utley were finally healthy to start a season and things started to look brighter in Philly after a few rough seasons.
Their starting rotation continues to struggle, as Cole Hamels left after five innings, allowing five earned runs, six hits, two walks and two homers, while striking out five. It took him 106 pitches to labor through the outing, and his ERA now sits at a gross 4.61.
Who victimized him? Second baseman Jason Kipnis. The lefty continued his hot streak, collecting three hits, including a three-run blast off reliever Raul Valdes.
The Indians continue to crush. They’re seventh in MLB with 180 runs, fifth in homers, fourth in total bases and eighth in batting average. Their pitching staff, highlighted by Justin Masterson and his hot start, paired with their lineup, has them sitting in second in the AL Central at 22-17.
The players the Phillies brought in to give them a boxer’s chance this season and to complement Howard and Utley aren’t producing anywhere near their expectations. Michael Young, the aging third baseman, has scuffled lately, dropping his batting average to below .300. Ben Revere, their speedy outfielder, is at .237 and Delmon Young, the former top prospect, is hitting .216 since his DL stint.
Today’s game was the epitome of each team’s season. Timely hitting and surprising pitching from the Indians; disappointing starting pitching and a few scrap runs from the Phillies’ order.