Saturday, June 3, 2017

Familiar Loss

Loss, 5-3 @ PHI 

This game report has been written a bunch of times already in this sorry ass season.  Solid starting pitching is betrayed by shoddy bullpen work and a feeble offense that makes a mediocre opponent look outstanding.  Sound familiar?  Today it was Johnny Cueto (5-5, game score 54) doing pretty good for six innings but when he handed off a couple baserunners in a tie game to Strickland it all went BOOM.  Meanwhile, some minor league wonder pretty much handcuffed us for 7 innings.  If not for a small uprising in the ninth, this game was a total waste of a lovely Saturday afternoon.

So, one day after a great "up lifting" victory, we are right back to the drawing board.  It seems like the crucial question for this team is "Are they capable of putting together a winning streak?"  If we stand a chance we need to do a 22-8 kind of thing.  Even 14 of 16, to get us around .500.   Can we do that??


M.C. O'Connor said...

I'm having my doubts. I get the feeling that this team will be smokin' hot in August or September or both but it will be too-little-too-late as they'll be 20+ games back.

nomisnala said...

I did not want to go inside of the plate to Joseph, that is where almost all his homers have come. Toward the last inning or so, Cueto suddenly has problems putting guys away after 2 strikes. This year he seems to be a six inning guy. Blisters? Stamina? not sure.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Arroyo optioned to AAA.