Phillies Fail In Five
(Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
(Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Posted Oct 8, 2011


Don't look now, but the Phillies exits from the postseason are getting earlier and earlier. After winning the World Series in 2008, they lost in the 2009 World Series, lost in the NLCS in 2010 and failed to get out of the NLDS in 2011.

It's no secret that for some reason, Roy Halladay gives up first inning runs. To see him surrender a run to the Cardinals in the first inning Friday night was no big surprise and considering the jam that he worked out of, it was something of a good sign. It brought back memories of Game 4 and how the Phillies got two first inning runs, but should have had more. They went on to lose that game and the fact that the Cardinals squandered an opportunity was almost a sign of momentum for the Phillies.

After the first inning, Halladay was locked in and would allow just five more base runners over the next seven innings. Surely enough to give the Phillies an opportunity to capitalize on getting out of that first inning jam and lock up the NLDS.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, Chris Carpenter was locked in from the first pitch and wound up throwing a complete game shutout and giving the Cardinals the series win and a spot in the NLCS. Carpenter allowed just three hits and three walks in the game. 

While Carpenter deserves credit for how he pitched, the Phillies offense was again AWOL. Hitters were swinging at pitches off the plate or watching good pitches sail right on by. After Chase Utley singled in the sixth, he again tried to do too much and was thrown out stealing second on a move that never should have been attempted against one of the best throwing catchers in baseball. Besides Utley's hit, Shane Victorino singled and doubled, but while he was on second, the Phillies hitters went 0-for-3 and couldn't bring in a run to at least tie the game and give themselves a shot at advancing.

The game ended with Ryan Howard chopping a ball down the line and with Howard writhing on the ground in pain just feet from the home plate area. Howard apparently ruptured an Achilles tendon, which will be confirmed with an MRI on Saturday. If that's the case, Howard could be the first casualty of the 2012 season and could miss time early in the season.

Now, comes decision making time. Raul Ibanez, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and Jimmy Rollins are all eligible for free agency and the Phillies have to decide on whether to pick up the $16 million contract on Roy Oswalt. Yes, the Phillies won a franchise record 102 games and were the best team in baseball throughout the regular season, but an early exit from the postseason and an aging team could make for a rather active postseason in the City of Brotherly Love.

Playoff Series Stats Regular Season Stats
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG HR RBI BA
Ben Francisco 2 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .500 .500 2.000 6 34 .244
Ross Gload 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 0 8 .257
Ryan Howard 19 1 2 0 0 1 6 1 6 .105 .143 .263 33 116 .253
Raul Ibanez 15 1 3 0 0 1 4 0 5 .200 .200 .400 20 84 .245
Michael Martinez 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 24 .196
John Mayberry 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 15 49 .273
Hunter Pence 19 3 4 0 0 0 4 2 2 .211 .286 .211 22 97 .314
Placido Polanco 19 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .105 .105 .105 5 50 .277
Jimmy Rollins 20 6 9 4 0 0 0 1 1 .450 .476 .650 16 63 .268
Carlos Ruiz 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .059 .111 .059 6 40 .283
Chase Utley 16 5 7 2 1 0 1 3 3 .438 .571 .688 11 44 .259
Shane Victorino 19 2 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 .316 .316 .368 17 61 .279
Totals 164 21 37 7 1 3 20 8 29 .226 .269 .335 153 .253
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/8/2011.

Playoff Series Stats Regular Season Stats
G ERA W L IP H ER BB SO WHIP ERA W L SV
Antonio Bastardo 2 0.00 0 0 1.0 0 0 1 1 1.000 2.64 6 1 8
Joe Blanton 1 0.00 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0.000 5.01 1 2 0
Roy Halladay 2 2.25 1 1 16.0 9 4 2 15 0.688 2.35 19 6 0
Cole Hamels 1 0.00 1 0 6.0 5 0 3 8 1.333 2.79 14 9 0
Cliff Lee 1 7.50 0 1 6.0 12 5 2 9 2.333 2.40 17 8 0
Brad Lidge 3 0.00 0 0 2.0 2 0 1 1 1.500 1.40 0 2 1
Ryan Madson 4 2.08 0 0 4.1 4 1 0 6 0.923 2.37 4 2 32
Roy Oswalt 1 7.50 0 1 6.0 6 5 1 5 1.167 3.69 9 10 0
Michael Stutes 1 81.00 0 0 0.1 3 3 1 0 12.000 3.63 6 2 0
Vance Worley 2 6.75 0 0 1.1 3 1 1 0 3.000 3.01 11 3 0
Totals 18 3.89 2 3 44.0 44 19 12 45 1.273 3.016 102 60
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/8/2011.




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