Are the Phillies on their way down?by Doug
Well we are almost at the midway point of the baseball season. The All Star game is next week and the Phillies are in third place and six games back. What a shocker! At the beginning of the season there was a real sense of anticipation and excitement. We were all waiting to see how Roy Halladay would perform. Personally I want to see the Phillies and Yankee back to the World Series, and this time we win!
Recently though the Phillies have been on a slide. I’m not really sure when it started . Maybe when we lost Jimmy Rollins In the first game of the season. Maybe it started back when the Red Sox came to town. The Phillies lost two of three with the Sox shutting out the Phillies in Game two. But the slide rapidly intensified when the Phillies went to NY for a series against the stinky Mets. There the Phillies were unable to score even one run over three games.
Recently, the Phillies placed Chase Utley and Placido Polanco on DL. Utley would out for at least 8 weeks. Do the math and Utley might be back in September.
Through out all of this there is speculation about Jason Werth. While Werth has proven to be an out standing asset he has had his struggles recently. There is also the question of his contract at the end of 2010.
So with all this in mind are the phillies on a slide? If so how big? Will they make the playoffs this year? How about next year? I realize one team can not always be the ones to win, but I sure how this slide does not last until 2020.