With a 6-2 loss, the Philadelphia Phillies were swept out of the western half of PA by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The Fightins don’t get to come home and lick their wounds just yet, either. Instead, they head straight to Milwaukee for a four-game series against the Brewers, owners of the best record in the National League.
Now, before you leave thinking things are only going to get worse for the Phils before they get better, there’s actually good news and bad news.
The good news is this team can hardly sink much lower. The bad news is there's a lot more losing ahead for the Phillies, and as several Philly sportswriters Tweeted on Sunday, the numbers increasingly point to a memorably awful finish for this once-proud franchise.
Hm. Come to think of it, I think that all qualifies as bad news. Regardless, here were our “favorite” Tweets of the bunch, for lack of a better word, or put another way, the transmissions that best encapsulate what has happened to the Phillies.
Pirates sweep the Phillies, who have lost 13 of their last 16 games. Phillies are 1-5 on this road trip.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 6, 2014
Last time Phils were held to 11 or fewer hits in a three-game series: Sept. 13-15, 1982, vs. the Cards [B. Forsch, Stuper, Andjuar].— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) July 6, 2014
#Phillies are hitting .211 as a team over last 18 games, .172 with runners in scoring position.— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) July 6, 2014
The Phillies have scored two runs or fewer in 35 of their 88 games this season, (or in 40 percent of their games).— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) July 6, 2014
Domonic Brown's OPS of .596 is lowest by a regular Phillies' outfielder since Ken Walters' .585 in 1960.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) July 7, 2014
Utley is #Phillies only All-Star. Last time they had 1 was in 2003 (Randy Wolf).— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) July 7, 2014
This is the first Phillies team to lose more than 50 games before the All-Star break since the 1997 team. The 1997 team lost 94 games.— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) July 6, 2014