Watching the 2013 Phillies has been a frustrating experience. You do not need me to tell you that I am sure. After dropping the Sunday finale in Los Angeles to cap a losing four-game set against the Dodgers I heard multiple times reporters or broadcasters remind me how many games back of the NL East leading Atlanta Braves the Phillies are. I understand why they would share that tidbit of information, as it does show just how far back the Phillies are from postseason contention.
If you ask me, I don't care how many games back the Phillies are of the NL East lead or a wild card spot. I may be an optimist when it comes to sports but even I have come to the point of saying that those numbers mean absolutely nothing until this team can find a way to put together a .500 record or above for at least a week. The bad news is this Phillies team is floating solidly under .500 so even that is out of reach.
As the calendar changes from June to July the Phillies, in my opinion, are done for the 2013 season. I cannot see this team, as currently made up, going on any sort fo a roll that would change the outcome of the second half of the season. You know I am rarely one to quit on the Phillies, and I will be watching every game regardless, but if I had to bet on it I would feel very comfortable in saying there is no chance this Phillies team reaches the postseason. And as the trade deadline looms at the end of the month one thing is becoming more and more clear to me.
This may be the most important month of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s career as a general manager.no comments