Look, I know that it was a tough one down at the yard last night. The Phillies were one out away from an important win that would’ve evened their critical series with the Nationals, but Juan Soto wrecked those plans. The Nationals even made a cute little video about it:
On a Saturday…
Philadelphia, PA… pic.twitter.com/WDWmZewlIP
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 14, 2019
The Phillies have dropped two straight and 23 of their last 37 games. In fact, they have only three wins against teams that aren’t the Mets dating back to June 12. That’s three wins against teams that aren’t the Mets over the last 32 days.
One positive development in recent weeks – maybe the only one aside from Aaron Nola’s resurgence – has been the successful return of relief pitcher Tommy Hunter. In five games this season, Hunter has pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, while allowing only two hits. Small problem: Hunter is headed back to the Injured List – with the same injury that caused him to miss the first three months of the season.
Tommy Hunter said he’s optimistic that he’ll pitch again this season for the Phillies. But also said his injury feels similar to the one that sidelined him for the first three months of the season.
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) July 14, 2019
It’s fair to wonder whether or not he will be back this season. At this point, it’s also fair to wonder if it even matters.
At any rate, Hunter rejoins fellow reliever David Robertson on the shelf. The two are making a combined $19 million this season.
Edubray Ramos will take Hunter’s spot on the roster. In 17 appearances this season, Ramos has a respectable 4.15 ERA, but also has a hefty 1.54 WHIP.
If you’re looking for some good news, Ramos hasn’t allowed a run in four July appearances with the Iron Pigs. He’s limited opponents to a .077 average while issuing only one walk in 4.2 innings of work.
Yeah, I don’t know. I’m reaching here.