The Phillies are a shattered team. Nearly all the players have begun to sport the Gavin Floyd look, none more ominously than Cole Hamels. Even when they hit home runs there is little joy.
They start virtually every game behind, and even when they score first, they usually surrender the lead within an inning or two. At least two of their starting pitchers should still be in the minor leagues. Several of the veteran players have overstayed their welcome. Their best pitcher has taken a personal leave of absence.
They have lost fourteen of their last seventeen games and their manager is at a loss as to how to stem the tide. The General Manager keeps his own council. Ownership is mute. Normally, under such dire circumstances, the situation cries out for some measures, to relieve the suffering if nothing else.
The real danger is some players will quit, especially as the team falls further in the standings and the dog days of summer set in. As the old saw goes, you cannot fire the players. That doesn’t mean you cannot light a fire under them.
They need a new man in charge in the dugout. Now.