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Are the Phillies doomed? Nah, don't panic

Jun 2, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

The Phillies are reeling right now, having lost eight of ten and the division lead.  AOL’s Ed Price makes an astute observation, however:

Is the Phillies 2-8 slide a disaster? They had six 2-8 stretches in 2008, five 2-8
stretches in 2009 and a 1-9 stretch in 2009.

Good point. No team with as much talent as the Phillies should be judged by their worst moments, and while overreacting seems like a lot of fun right now, it’s pretty misguided business.

But I will offer one mild rebuttal, however: while the Phillies did have such stretches in 2008 and 2009, the NL East wasn’t as strong a division in those years as it is this year.  Sure, the Mets were in it until the end, but there were a ton of easy games against the Braves and Nats that year. Same goes for last year too.

This year? No one in the division is a total pushover, and there will be less room for error if the Phillies want to win it again. So like, any time you want to come out of the nosedive, felllas . . .

  1. phillifan - Jun 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    They will pick up soon

  2. Jonny5 - Jun 2, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    It’s the Philly way. Nothing is a sure thing besides putting the fans in a place that causes them to consume massive amounts of Tums, and/or alcohol. Look at the Flyers Playoff run to the cup for reference if you like. If Oswalt lands anywhere in the NL east it’s surely going to hurt their chances even more.

  3. JBerardi - Jun 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Laser show. Relax.

  4. Old Gator - Jun 2, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    We knew all those horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches were going to catch up with them eventually. You can only go on abusing your bodies like that for so long. The stuff is already causing brain damage in the Feelies’ fans, who were never all that stable anyway. But this team has a real medical staff, unlike, say, the one the Mutts keep tripping over. The big question is, how long until those big doses of statin capsules and EDTA start cleaning some of that grease and plaque off the walls of their cranial arteries?

  5. Hank in Colorado - Jun 2, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Phillies are done, stick a fork in them.

  6. Bud - Jun 2, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    You thought that in game 4 of the NLDS last year, didn’t you Hank??? I will ASSume that you are a Rockies fan, guess we got 4 months to see

  7. RickB - Jun 2, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Velveeta? Dude. Cheez Whiz, maybe. Provolone, the mark of a man of taste. And the city outlawed the sale of horsemeat in 1973 (it was seen as an unsavory solution to the beef shortage of that year). But I’ll agree that the Phils need a vegetable…spinach. Out of the can. Always worked for Popeye.
    Captcha: about soggiest

  8. Old Gator - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    I’m with you on the spinach. A slug of acai juice in the morning wouldn’t hurt either, and some fish oil capsules, while they’re at it….incidentally, I’m intrigued. Why was there a beef shortage in Pennsylvania in 1973? Three Mile Island didn’t melt down for six more years, so why were your cows glowing like that?

  9. The Rabbit - Jun 2, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    To Rick: Thanks for jogging my memory.
    I remember the “shortage” in 1973. The supply and demand price then was $2.00 a pound for hamburger. It had previously been .79-.99 a pound.
    1973 into 1974 was “the OPEC oil crisis” and gas rationing. For those youngsters out there, you could only buy gas on even numbered days of the month if your license plate had an even number.
    During that time with the cost of shipping and feed prices increasing exponentially, many farmers/ranchers didn’t think they could make a profit, so they reduced the size of the herds.
    Those who lived in the Midwest may have seen less of a shortage due to local availability.
    My friends and I discussed that some multinational company might offer a “Soylent Green” solution.

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