- John Lannan had a bad start, lasting just four innings and allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks.
- The Phillies offense had absolutely no punch tonight without Domonic Brown in the fold. Brown is going to be out several days with concussion-like symptoms, meaning that the team’s best run producer is out and the .194-hitting Laynce Nix is in.
- Nix got the start in left, and went 1-4.
- John Mayberry went 2-4 and drove in a run. Mayberry also misplayed a ball in the fifth inning that led to a big inning for the Cardinals.
- Chase Utley went 1-3 to extend his hitting streak.
- J.C. Ramirez finally suffered an implosion, allowing five runs in just one inning. Ramirez gave up four hits and two walks, his ERA shot up to 8.00.
- Justin De Fratus pitched two scoreless innings.
- Jake Diekman allowed two runs on four hits in the eighth inning.
Things just seem to be going from bad to worse for this organization.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the team may be near a contract extension with second baseman Chase Utley.
I don’t like the sound of that at all. When he’s been in the lineup, Utley has played fairly well this season. He’s shown he’s still got a little pop in his bat. But at the same time, he’s nowhere close to what he was in his prime. Its time for Ruben Amaro and the organization to look towards the future; towards starting over and rebuilding.
Utley’s value won’t be any higher than it is right now, and he’s playing well enough that the Phillies could get a pretty decent package in return for him. If the Phillies still want to re-sign him, do it in the off-season after he becomes a free agent. The team could still get their prospects, they’d give Utley a chance to pursue another World Series ring, and then the two sides could reunite and try things again next winter.
However, the Phillies just don’t seem to be interested in anything of the sort. They’re apparently not even listening to offers for Utley at the moment. It’s a mistake to be stuck in the past. No team ever moves forward by recommitting to aging players after their best years have passed them by.