Originally posted April 2, 2007:
And they lost to the Atlanta Braves, 5-3, in 10 innings. I’m pissed. No, I’m not poed over the fact that they’d lost their opening game, something that they’d seems to enjoy doing over the last decade or so. And no, it’s not because they wasted a good effort by their starter, Brett Myers, even if he did give up a home run in the top of the 8th that tied the game after the starters had fought their way against John Smoltz to take over the lead, who in most cases appear to be hitting the ball good right now (a good sign that they’re going to break a few games wide open later in the season). And it’s not because they blew an opportunity to break the game open while leading 3-2 with runners on second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the 7th, or that they blew an opportunity with runners on first and second with two out in the bottom of the 9th to win it. No, I’m pissed because Ryan Madson, who came in to pitch the top of the 10th in relief of ‘Flash’ Gordon, gave up a two run home run to lose the game. I mean, what is up with him? It seems when the relief corps blows a game, he seems to be the one leading the way. Well, it at least seems that way to me since last year. And with his previous year’s ERA of giving up over 5 runs a game doesn’t instill a lot of confident that this year he won’t continue blowing it when he’s given the ball.
From what I see right now, it looks like the relief corps will determine how far the Phils will go this season. And, if Madson continues to go on the pitcher’s mound and blow up the game just like he did today, the Phils aren’t going into the playoffs.
I’m hoping that I’ll be proven wrong, but he’s going to have to go out there and show me that he can go in there and not give up runs!