Yes you have to go back even before my time to find a Philadelphia Phillies team this bad in the Merry Month of May.
I have run out of Subperlatives to describe the phunk this team is in right now, so I invited a guest commentator, the venerable entertainment critic Leonard Pinth-Garnell, who has plenty of choice words to offer:
Thank you, Mr. Pinth-Garnell, I could not have said it better myself.
Morbid Month of May :
I will refrain from any individual stats as I still believe, in most cases, these players are not as bad as their numbers say for this past month, and just a few team stats to illustrate the depths of the despair.
You have to go back to 1997 to find another month with less than 7 wins. That same year was the last time they lost 10 series in a row. Just a bit further back is 1941, the last time they lost 11 straight.
The Phils have been outscored 163-99 this month, 21-5 in the last three games against the Miami Marlins alone.
As the month came to a fitful end, the Phillies had the worst record in baseball of 17-34, their worst start through 51 games since 1945, this after playing .550 ball before the last 6-25 skid.
“I’m glad we’re going into June,” Manager Pete Mackanin told reporters after Thursdays 10-2 loss. “Put May behind us, that’s the only thing we can do. We’ve got to keep looking to win, game by game, and inch our way back.”
Phillies Comings and Goings:
The only news this week was about players coming and going due to injuries incurred or recovered.
On Monday the Phillies brought Howie Kendrick off the DL and sent suddenly ineffective RHP Zach Eflin back to AAA Lehigh Vally Iron Pigs.
The next move was due to an injury to RHP Vince Velasquez‘ elbow, after throwing just 19 pitches in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss. RHP Ricardo Pinto took his spot on the roster.
The same day he came from Indianapolis, Pinto was pressed into his first MLB action when Aaron Nola gave up four runs on five hits in just three innings and 73 pitches. Three of those runs were in his typically tough 1st inning, to the first four hitters, a BB, a SB, a single, and then a two run HR to Marcell Ozuna (14).
It was not a great initial outing for Pinto as he gave up four runs on six hits, in two innings, including his first HR ball given up to Justin Bour (15).
It’s Back to Philadelphia, Pa. to face the surprisingly bad San Francisco Giants (22-33, Tied for Last in NL West) for a three game set.
The Phillies still do not have a LH starter:
Jerad Eickhoff (0-5, 4.74 ERA) Vs LHP Ty Blach (3-2, 3.83)
TBD but expected to be Ben Lively who would be making his MLB debut Vs RHP Johnny Cueto (5-4, 4.37)
Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 4.45) Vs LHP Mtt Moore (2-6, 4.98).
Ample more opportunity for the Phillies “offense” to nominate more Extraordinarily Ordinary Giants pitchers on their 2017 Cy Young Nomination Tour.
Will June see a change in this ball club, or will they remain, as Mr. Pinth-Garnell would say “Unrelentingly Bad”?