They‚Äôll be matched up against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Minnesota Twins, the Cleveland Indians, and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Indians are the only team on that list that isn‚Äôt a quality team.
The Phillies have struggled in interleague play over the last 2 seasons, going a combined 10-23 against the American League in 2008 and 2009. They were 4-11 in 2008, and 6-12 in 2009. The quality of baseball that the Phillies played in those games is comparable to how they are playing now.
Now the Phillies enter interleague play already playing bad baseball, trailing the Braves by 2.5 games in the division, and they have slipped below the surprising Mets to third place.
Both the Braves and Mets have significantly easier interleague schedules than the Phillies. The Braves face the Twins, White Sox, Rays, and Tigers. The Mets have the Orioles, Indians, Twins, Tigers, and Yankees.
Both the Mets and Braves have also fared better against their American League opponents in the past two seasons, Atlanta going 15-15, and the Mets going 14-16 (5-10 last season, however keep in mind they were crippled by injuries).
I know it’s hard to take the Mets serious as a contender for the National League East title but if you look closely at the Braves and their pitching staff, you’ll see that they should be taken seriously.
I don‚Äôt want to start to panic but the Phillies inability to score runs is starting to concern me, as it should every other Phillies fan.¬† I know that‚Äôs there‚Äôs plenty of season left but it‚Äôs time that this team come to life.
If the Phillies don‚Äôt find a way to solve their problems very soon, they could easily be more than 5 games out of the division by the end of June.¬† That‚Äôs not an insurmountable amount but there‚Äôs no guarantee that this club can overcome that deficit in this season.
The Phillies and their fans need to know that the rest of the division, and the National League aren‚Äôt going to sit around, stand still and wait for the Phillies to start hitting again.
The World Series title of 2008 and World Series appearance of a year isn‚Äôt going to help them if they don‚Äôt start playing the way they‚Äôre capable of playing.