Call me a psychic (or a fair-weather fan if you prefer), but I turned the game off as soon as the ball dropped between Utley and Howard in the first inning. Right then, I knew the Phils were in for a very long afternoon and I couldn't stand to watch it.
They looked feeble in the first inning against Jon Niese, none more than Ryan Howard, and would only continue to as the shadows grew longer. They had Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez in the starting lineup. Everything added up to a loss, Cole Hamels notwithstanding. The Mets were missing Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and David Wright. The reverse curse was in effect. Oh, and Danys Baez was going to get in the game. That's always good for a few runs.
The Phils are widely rumored to be looking for bullpen help but I don't believe it. There biggest need remains a right-handed bat, especially with Placido Polanco's questionable health.
Still, they lost yesterday because they couldn't pitch or field.