August 16, 2007
Yes, where has the o-ffense gone? The last two nights it is missing, or ill (low pulse), or on vacation or whatever. AWOL is another way of putting it.
I checked the clubhouse this afternoon to make sure the bats weren’t left behind on Monday when the equipment truck headed south on I-95 for Washington, DC.
The game of baseball can be a game of streaks. Right now, our streak is not putting runs on the board, which is totally uncharacteristic of this club. We don’t lead the league in runs scored by accident, especially after 119 games. The pitching has been consistently good and that’s utterly important.
But, right now the hitters are unstreaking, if there is such a word. Cool is the temperature of many hitters. Yes, we are missing Chase Utley and Shane Victorino but there’s nothing that can be done until they are healthy to return.
Despite the missing offense, a win tonight means two wins out of three and that is the formula we need to follow. Game #120 shouldn’t be a must win game but it is.
Perhaps Charlie Manuel needs to drastically change the lineup and have Cole Hamels bat first. What do you think?
PS: The support of Phillies fans in DC has been great. It is noticed and appreciated.