By Kevin K
There would be no better time for the Phillies bats to get out of their funk then the next six games. It is officially the part of the season where the Phillies were screwed in their scheduling having to play three games in Boston then three games in New York against the Yankees. This part of the schedule couldn't come at a more worse time for the Phillies.
The Phillies bats are cold and they just plan out aren't playing well. Now the Phillies are being seen under a microscope in Philly because the Flyers playoff run is over and the Phillies are the only team playing now.
Now pitching hasn't been a concern for the Phillies, mainly because the pitchers have pitched so well for them. The problem is hitting and bench players. All the Phillies have been on a cold streak since the last Boston series and they can't go to their bench because they aren't hitting either.
Over the next three games the Phillies face the same three pitchers they faced in Philly, John Lackey, Dice K, and Tim Wakefield. If you remember Dice K almost no hit the Phillies and Wakefield completely shut down their bats with his knuckle-ball. There would be no better rotation to wake up against then the Red Sox this weekend in Boston.
The Phillies have a few question marks they have to answer in the next six games.
DH- WHO IS IT? Do you really trust Greg Dobbs, who is batting .138 this season? I don't think so. The Phillies have to answer this question. Right now the obvious answer would be Ben Francisco, who is batting .255. The Phillies could also make a move to call up John Maybury Jr, like they did last year versus the Yankees.
Jayson Werth is another huge question mark. It seems as if Werth is swinging for the fences with every swing he takes, and this is worrisome. The only reason logical reasoning I could think of for it is that it is a contract year for Jayson and he wants the big money. Would there be a better team to "show off" against then the team that seems to want him the most, the New York Yankees.
It is time for the Phillies to get working again and break open those bats against the best the American League has to offer.