Phillies need different mind-set
But the Phillies, who faced Gil Meche, Aaron Sele, Joel Pineiro, Barry Zito, Kirk Saarloos and Joe Blanton, lost four of six on the trip. It's not as though they were facing Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez every night. They faced average pitchers and got killed when they needed to retain their momentum. It's becoming clear the Phillies are starting to become the Colorado Rockies of the NL East.
Much like the Rockies, the Phillies play lights-out at home, but get killed on the road. That's due in large part to the fact that the Phillies have a bunch of fly-ball hitters who are trying to score runners, but aren't trying to move runners along. This is why trading Placido Polanco was such a bad idea. He was a great No. 2 hitter who knew how to move runners along and wasn't afraid to sacrifice his numbers to do so. That's the type of unselfish player the Phillies need in their lineup. Right now, they have too many guys who are paid to hit the long ball. While that may be good at home if your home park is built for it, which the Phillies' park is, it's terrible on the road when you need to play small ball.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Cubs not sure when ailing Castro will return
- Garza goal: Kick Cubs' 'teeth in every time'
- Boras: Morales, Drew willing to wait for deals
- Samardzija to start Opening Day for Cubs
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Majestic Men's Replica Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Alomar #12 White Cooperstown Jersey w/ 2011 Hall-of-Fame Patch