Braves improved themselves. Mets improved themselves. Phillies did not improve themselves. Indeed, the Phillies slipped further behind by virtue of the latest injuries to befall them when both Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn went on the DL. What's next? A plague of frogs and boils? Or worse, another start from Adam Eaton?
At this point a start by Eaton invariably leads to a loss. After a miserable beginning with the Phillies, the overpriced Eaton pitched a few decent games, but he is back to his old losing ways and nothing in his last several outings suggests we will see anything other than the nearly 6 run ERA he currently sports, among the worst if not the worst among starters in the NL. Don't expect Kyle Lohse to pick up the slack; he, too, is a career middling pitcher at best.
With Ryan Madson now on the DL the Phillies pitching remains a shambles. The potent offense cannot be expected to overcome these shortcomings with several of its members on the DL and with Ryan Howard suddenly slumping again. It's amazing how quickly this team's fortunes ebb and flow.