The Philadelphia Phillies opened a three-game series in St. Louis on Tuesday night. They were hoping to get back on the winning side but that was not the case. They lost to The St. Louis Cardinals 1-4.
Before the All-Star break, the Phillies had given their fans hope that they had a chance they could make the playoffs. They just continue to go downhill and cannot seem to find their way back up.
Pitcher Jonathan Pettibone had come up to the Phillies when a couple of their starting pitchers had injuries. He kept his spot in the rotation because of Roy Halladay’s injury and he had proved that he could be reliable. Tonight, he was not. He was only able to last five innings when he can usually make it to the sixth. He allowed seven hits and three runs.
The Phillies just do not seem as if they have any fight in them. They lost their previous series 2-to-1 to the fourth-place New York Mets. They just can’t find a way to get the offense to click and get it to be consistent. In tonight’s game, the Phillies only managed to get seven hits and three of them were from Chase Utley. They aren’t going to win games if one person provides all the offense. Baseball is a team sport.
The Phillies do not count themselves out of the playoffs just yet. Even though they are on a losing streak, the first-place Atlanta Braves are having difficulty winning as well. If the Phillies want to make up some ground, they are going to have to find a way to do it in the next two games against the Cardinals who are the team with the highest batting average as a team in the National League.
The Phillies will face Jake Westbrook tomorrow and Lance Lynn on Thursday. The Phillies will have to find a way to win by finding their offense. Their pitching staff will also have to find a way to stop the Cardinal’s hot bats.
Hopefully the Phillies can find a way to win and find a way to do it fast as their chances of making the playoffs are quickly slipping away.