The Phillies reached the All-Star break in third place in the NL East Division. Three games into the second half, they have dropped a 3-game series to the lowly Chicago Cubs. AT HOME. WITH THEIR ROTATION PROPERLY RESTED. They have dropped to a 49-46 record and are at least a full game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the third wild card.
The Phillies scored 7 runs in the series. When a team comes out that flat, at home against an inferior team they should beat, well …
It might be time to rethink the direction of the team. Maybe Dave Dombrowski is too distracted by the possible expansion of MLB into Nashville. He has done precious little to correct the deficiencies that are evident with this team.
During the offseason, he failed to upgrade the team’s defense. Instead, he spent a huge chunk of money on a couple outfielders who resemble Michael Jackson. You know, wear a glove for no apparent reason. He failed to upgrade the shortstop position. He failed to upgrade CF and settled for a bargain bin, free agent. He went cheap on the bullpen and signed a failed closer and Familia. He neglected the starting rotation banking on the healthy knees of one starter and the continued excellence of a rookie. And, he didn’t get a leadoff hitter. Thirty HR and 124 K do not meet the qualifications for a leadoff hitter.
Later in the season, we were prepared to point back to the Toronto series as an example of games that we could have won to have a better record. I think this Cubs series has surpassed that in importance and missed opportunity.
So, what should Dave do? What would you do? What would I do? I’m of a very different mind than most of you, I think. I would start selling. Try to get rid of those albatross contracts that Dave gave to Schwarber and Castellanos. Post a “for sale” sign and hope to unload anyone that draws interest, except Harper, Wheeler, Nola. I’d also like to hold onto Suarez, Dominguez, Brogdon.
I know it’s not likely. I realize I’m just venting. I’m thankful for Apple and Peacock otherwise I would have had to watch the whole series.
But, I seriously would not trade my top prospects to try and plug holes at the deadline. This team is going nowhere. Whatever surgery Harper needs on his throwing arm, do it now instead of waiting for the offseason. Oh, and it WAS a “stupid question”. nudge-nudge, wink-wink.
If nothing else, this gives you a place to talk about the Phillies for the week.