Nobody likes to admit when teams quit on managers but in this case it is obvious. The Philadelphia Phillies had the second best record in the NL in August but since then this team has collapsed and are limping to the finish line. Nothing more can be evident in the Phillies horrific finish then the past week when this team absolutely quit on their manager when they saw their playoff chances officially disappear against the Atlanta Braves.
While the Phillies entered last weekend’s four game set against the Braves with slim playoff hopes, nobody anticipated how poorly this team would play against one of their oldest rivals. The Phillies were swept in the four game series and by Saturday the Braves had officially won the NL East. The Atlanta Braves completely destroyed the Phillies and it seems as though this team still has not fully recovered. Since that four game series there is no question this team lost all of their momentum and the players have completely quit on Gabe Kapler.
Following the four game sweep by the Braves, The Phillies traveled to Colorado and were once again completely destroyed by the Rockies. The season’s low light occurred when they lost on Wednesday 14-0. Nick Pivetta was shelled early in the game and the Rockies pitcher German Marquez struck out the first eight Phillies hitters which saw the Phillies hit a new season low. The Colorado Rockies are a division leader but there is no doubt the scoreboard was so lopsided due to the lack of pride presented by The Phillies players.
Gabe Kapler lost complete control of this clubhouse after both the Braves and Rockies series that he was quoted saying “We’re playing really bad baseball right now. Really bad baseball.” The Phillies record in September is currently 6-18. This team does have a three game set left against the Braves at home and while their playoff hopes are not on the line their pride will be as this team needs to prove to the home crowd they have some fight left in them. Actually, Gabe Kapler and Matt Klentak now have to prove they are worthy of their jobs beyond the 2019 season as it seems both will be on the hot seat entering next Spring.
This team entered 2018 with mild expectations but their play in the summer months ignited a sleeping fan base only to disappoint them once again. Having the second best record in the league beyond August should have been enough to garner at least an exhilarating pennant race that should have gone down to the wire. However, due to the poor performances by all of the Phillies players this team was basically out of contention by the second week of September. It was embarrassing to the fans of this great city to witness such a team with talent not able to finish out a promising season and while the collapse can not be blamed on just one player the organization does have to have accountability. Whether that accountability is passed on to the players or coaches remains to be seen, but there is one thing that is certain. The fans deserved better then this ending and this can never happen again to a fan base starving for some much needed October baseball.
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