Be Bold(er): Phillies Hitters Tie an MLB Strikeout Record, Kapler Coming Back for ’19


The Phillies are trying to snap a six-game losing streak tonight in Colorado. In order to do that, they will need to do things like put the ball in play, safely reach first base, and successfully navigate the subsequent bases in order to safely cross home plate. By doing so, they will “make runs.” That’s typically how the game works. But, you see, the Phillies are struggling to simply put the ball in play as I write this post. Rockies starter German Márquez tied a Major League record with eight consecutive strikeouts to start tonight’s game. After two Phillies hitters reached base, Márquez then closed the third inning with his ninth strikeout of the night. Here are each of the nine K’s. Behold the wondrous futility:

Is now a good time to mention that Gabe Kapler will be back in 2019?#BeBold(er)

Update: Turns out the Phillies only struck out five more times after the third inning. Improvement! On the flip side, they did not plate a run while also allowing the Rockies to score 14 times. Thus, they have been outscored 34-4 so far in this series and have allowed 10+ runs in three consecutive games for the first time in over 60 years.

In a sick way, I’m kind of excited to see what happens in tomorrow’s finale. 15-0? 24-0? Will they even finish the game? I’m completely in.

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  • Shane Victorino September 26, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Great… this fucktard has another year to fuck shit up… AWESOME!!!

  • Mark Cuban September 26, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Kapler is a fucking idiot.

  • OMG! September 26, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    First time 10+ runs given up in 3 games since 1958. BWanksCB, will be awaiting your thoughts on this nightmare and that decision?

  • Mitch Cumsteen September 26, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Why ? He is a fucking robot . If he was fired no team would hire him as a manager. I thought that it could not get as bad as it was with Sandburg but it has.

  • Shart Shartveit September 26, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I never thought I would say this.

    He is worse than Rich Kotite.

  • Mr Schneider September 27, 2018 at 12:25 am

    This organization has been a joke for a long, long time.

  • Aaron Nola's Lazy Eye September 27, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Does he have an analytical way to quantify how badly the players have quit on his ass?

  • Willie fistergash September 27, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Explain to me how a manager makes a player hit better….

    • Shart Shartveit September 27, 2018 at 9:31 am

      The Rockies have spent the whole series hitting the ball the other way. They have scored 34 runs so far in the series

      The Phillies have spent the whole series trying to pull the ball. They have scored 4 runs.

      Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams, Odubel Herrera, Carlos Santana and Jorge Alfaro all have at least a 25 point drop in batting average.

  • Charlie M September 27, 2018 at 6:29 am

    He doesn’t change lineup everyday allowing players to relax and get comfortable.

  • Von Hayes September 27, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Middleton needs to get some balls and fire tan man and mole man gm. Take the team back from the nerds .
    Shit attendance and unwatchable analytics baseballl

  • Willie fistergash September 27, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Guys, let me fill you in. Nobody is watching or following MLB. The sport is so boring, the games are so long, the season is so long, there are no real stars, it’s completely dead. The tv ratings drop every year.

  • Most of the players suck September 27, 2018 at 7:13 am

    I don’t see how that’s Kapler’s fault. It’s more of an accomplishment that they were even as good as they were. Definitely needs some help with managing pitching changes though.

    • No Consistency September 27, 2018 at 9:12 am

      The constant juggling of the lineup/batting order, positional changes, ridiculous infield shifts, poor outfield positioning and bad bullpen management are reasons that lost this team games. They are not good enough, but some consistency should have erased some of the errors that were being made, but instead he wanted to reinvent the wheel every night and eventually the players just gave up. Sometimes you have to manage by instinct, not everything can come out of a binder and be set 2 weeks in advance.


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