If there was ever an internal debate about whether to buy or sell, a disastrous five-game weekend series probably ended it for the Philadelphia Phillies.
It is well past time to sell whatever meager assets this team has in order to foster a youth movement.
If there was a manual for how not approach baseball, what the team did losing a four of five with the New York Mets would be it.
Domonic Brown was caught off base trying to go to second on a single. Ben Revere could not get a bunt down in a crucial situation and popped out into the catcher’s mitt. Three Phillies pitchers in tie games did the same. Antonio Bastardo was allowed to pitch for a fourth-straight game and suffered his third-straight defeat to the Mets.
Management did not help, either.
Phillippe Aumont, an ineffective pitcher with the Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, was promoted to the big club even though phenom Ken Giles was pitching lights out. Aumont rewarded that head-scratcher with by giving up a two-run homer to Lucas Duda in an 11th-inning loss on Sunday.
The Phillies, from the front office to the last reserve, set baseball back by losing to the Mets this weekend and it’s made all the more disgraceful by the disparity in the payroll between the teams. The Phillies’ payroll is $180 million which is not only well ahead of the Mets’ $89 million — it more than doubles it. Heck, the Phillies’ payroll is third in MLB behind only the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This is a dysfunctional team with players ripping off owners with subpar performances and owners ripping off fans by not spending their money wisely.
The Phillies wrote the book on bad baseball this weekend and heads need to roll soon, starting with the management and going right through to under-performing players. If they don’t, expect tumbleweed to replace fans at Citizens Bank Park for the remainder of the season.