There's precious little reassurance in the realization the Phils care counting on Jamie Moyer to prevent a sweep at home even if the fading veteran lefty has owned the Marlins in the past. To make matters worse, the offense continues to be missing in action as it has been for much of the past two weeks, stranding runners in scoring position at an alarming rate.
Last night Cole Hamels answered none of the lingering questions and concerns about his erratic performances this season. He put his mates in an immediate hole surrendering a lead-off home run and when the Phils clawed back to take the lead in the bottom of the second he promptly surrendered that advantage, too. A half inning later the Phils clawed back yet again but in the sixth inning a struggling Hamels surrendered the lead for good by serving up a 2-run home run to Phillies-killer Cody Ross.
Observers in the blogosphere have been fond of pointing out the Phils don't have such an impressive record against their NL East opponent if one excludes Washington from the mix. Well, don't look now but the woeful Nats have won seven straight while the Phils have sputtered. It's a good thing they won't be seeing those guys soon.
Meanwhile, Cliff Lee is still wondering what all the hoopla about the Phils so-called vaunted offense was about.