According to the FanGraphs.com, the Phillies have been given just a 33.1 percent chance to make the MLB Postseason following yesterday’s late inning debacle against the Nationals. This obviously comes as a disappointment, especially when you consider the following:
Going into yesterday’s double header, the Phillies were given a 66.6 percent chance to make the MLB Postseason. You read that correctly. That is a 33 percent swing south after just two games played. So, how did we get here? Let’s take a closer look.
In game one, Aaron Nola took the mound in hopes of limiting the Nationals offense that had scored five runs to beat them the night before. Nola wasn’t bad, allowing just 3 earned runs over 6 innings of work. However, the Phillies played sloppy defense behind him, committing multiple errors, and they fell to D.C. by a final score of 5-1. Nationals starter Austin Voth, who entered his start with an ERA north of 7 on the year, threw a 7 inning complete game to stifle the Fightins’. Things did not proceed to get much better in Game 2.
With the pitching staff in a state of disarray, and potential starting pitching options limited, manager Joe Girardi was forced to go to a bullpen game for the second half of the twin bill. David Hale, who opened a game against Toronto over the weekend, was asked to take the ball to get the game rolling. The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd thanks to RBI hits by Andrew Knapp and Roman Quinn, but it would not last for long.
As the next 2 innings were to unfold, David Phelps and Jo-Jo Romero combined to give up 6 runs to give the Nationals the advantage. Despite the offense coming from behind to send the game into extras, and even taking the lead in the top half of the 8th, the bullpen was again up to no good. This time, Brandon Workman, another reliever the front office brought in mid-season, allowed a 2-run walk off Homerun to Yadiel Hernandez to send the Nats home victorious.
Following the game, Workman was quoted as saying, “I’m doing it at a career worst right now. My confidence is still there. I’ve worked on a lot of different things with a lot of different people. Personally I have to do my job light years ahead of the way I’m doing it right now.” Unfortunately for Workman and the Phillies, time to get the job done is running out. The team will play one more in our nations capital this evening before heading down to St. Petersburg to finish out the season against the Rays.
If the Phillies do indeed fail to reach the Postseason, it does not look good for the future of a number of executives within the Phillies front office. While speaking on MLB Network this morning, Jim Salisbury of NBCSN Philadelphia stated that the franchise had spent over 700 million dollars just over the past 3 seasons. For the organization to spend that amount of money to no avail, it may be a sign that changes could be imminent.