The Phillies have four more games to play against the Braves down in Atlanta and then go home for the remainder of the post-season and winter. Thank heavens their 2013 season is just about over. What a mess.
This season got to the point where over the past month, it’s fair to say, we’ve been watching the Philadelphia IronPigs. Why? Lack of productivity, injuries and an overall undisciplined focus lead to a record high number of players that were brought up from the minor leagues. Plugging holes on offense and defense was a science and labratory study that was never quite figured out by management. But hey, if you wanted to see some minor league ball being played this season, you didn’t have to drive to Allentown or Reading. Citizens Bank Park was hosting a ton of these games.
As always, it’ll be interesting to see what the Phils do with the pitching staff, catcher position and obtaining some kind of right-handed batter(s). Do I think management will make some very good and logical decisions before the spring training in Clearwater to address these critical positions and needs? Nope. Aside from free agency, there’s not much hope within the farm system. So many prospects were traded away for a whole lot of nothing. They’re left with minor league players that haven’t shown us too much. Sure, there are some prospects to keep our eye on. But are there there differnce-makers who can hit and pitch? It’s slim pickins.
My thoughts are, this piecemeal attitude and philosophy will continue until both GM Ruben Amaro and President/CEO David Montgomery are gone and out of the equation. It doesn’t seem as though they’re going anywhere anytime soon. There’s nothing this organization did in 2013 that would lead me to believe a alternate way of thinking and conducting business will commence in the next few months.
Aside from the hiring of Ryne Sandberg and (finally) bringing up Darin Ruf and Cody Asche during the latter part of the season, there’s not much Amaro can hang his hat on. Attendance dropped significantly. Heck, even the players, as Len said in this week’s podcast show (with the exception of Chase Utley, in my opinion), didn’t give have the drive to compete week after week. There was a lot of hope in April with what looked like fully charged bullpen, a solid pitching rotation and a healthy batting corps. This team and management really did pull an ol’ 180 on us. Therefore, hope for the future is dwindling.