This game can be just that. Marathon seasons are filled with peaks and valleys, ups and downs. That applies to teams and individual hitters or pitchers
Right now, we’re in a pothole in a valley. Charlie Manuel put it best: “We’re playing bad baseball.”
**Ryan Madson is going through a valley right now. He ended last season on a brilliant roll, 0.63 ERA, for final 14 appearances. Season-best 14.2 scoreless inning streak ended in Toronto on June 16. Since then nine runs in 6.2 innings in seven outings.
**J-Roll broke an 0-28 spin with two singles last night. He’s been in an offensive funk most of the season. Yet, in his career, he’s been a model of consistency. Going into this year, his monthly averages: April (.271), May (.270), June (.274), July (.276), August (.277), Sept. (.293). Hey Jimmy, you should know Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt went 0-30 in 1988 over nine games.
**Phils just finished their third straight, three-city road trip at 3-6. Previous two, 15-5. Looking at the schedule before the season started, an 18-11 record for these three trips would have been a welcomed thought. One more three-city journey remains, the last trip of the season: Atlanta, Florida, Milwaukee.
**Even with a losing trip, the Phillies continue to have the best road record (26-15) in the NL.
**They enter the Mets series having lost their last six home games, one shy of the longest Citizens Bank Park funk (August 12-19, 2004). 13-22 home record is matched only in the NL by the Nationals (13-25).
Enjoy the holiday weekend. Hard to believe July is here already.