Philadelphia Phillies-Chase-ing the pack
By Emily Gruver-Freelance Blogger
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The Phillies season looks to be in jeopardy as they have fallen to 31-37, 9 games back in the National League East. Despite the grim season, the Phillies continue to attempt to tread water waiting for injured Roy Halladay, their ace, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and numerous other players. The Phillies issues go further beyond their injured stars. The Phillies just can’t seem to score many runs, being 12th overall in runs scored. The Phillies starting pitching isn’t helping out either. as Cliff Lee is winless (0-3) and Doc Halladay is out until at least early July and possibly longer. Even though Cole Hamels is pitching superb (9-3), both Kyle Kendrick (2-7), Joe Blanton (6-6) are struggling, and despite Vance Worley’s 2.80 ERA, he only has 3 wins. The Phillies bullpen has been the biggest issue however, as they continue to struggle to hold leads for closer Jonathan Papelbon is doing excellent with 17 saves in 17 opportunities.Many players haven’t been playing well lately, which could possibly lead to some trades before the trade deadline and during the off-season which will hopefully lead to some rebuilding. Last year, the Phils got past 100 wins, making history in their franchise, and now it is a fair question to wonder if they can even win one of the two wild-cards. The Washington Nationals have had a great season lead by their young stars and the Phillies are running out of time to at least make a run to get further up in their division, as they trail the Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and Washington Nationals, who are sitting with a record of 38-26, with a 19 year-old phenom, Bryce Harper. At this point the Phillies need to tread water, and hope that Ryan Howard, Roy Halladay, and Chase Utley can come back and make a big enough impact for the Phillies to make the playoffs.