Phillies GM Ruben Amaro stubbornly has clung to the notion that his team will be buyers heading into the trade deadline. Since the All-Star Break, the Phillies are 1-5. Since scoring 13 runs in their first game back from the break against the Mets, the Phillies have scored a total of nine runs in five games, all losses. Furthermore, they'll be heading to Detroit this weekend, a real opportunity for them to get sliced and diced. They're four games under .500, and have lost a game and a half in the NL East standings since the break. I think it's time for Amaro to dump everything that has value…unless an 82 win season is that important to him.
PIC OF THE DAY
Seriously, I don't even know why Xavier Paul is playing this ball like this… (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Day: Nationals 9, Pirates 7. Washington jumped out a 4-0, first inning lead against Pittsburgh, and it looked like they'd be able to avoid the four game sweep early on. But the Buccos fought back and cut the lead to one before Vin Mazzaro allowed a three spot in the eighth inning to once again extend the lead to four. In the ninth, Rafael Soriano collapsed, walking the first two hitters of the inning and giving up an RBI double to Neil Walker to cut the lead to three. After striking out Andrew McCutchen, Russell Martin singled in a run to cut the lead to two. Soriano was pulled and replaced with Ian Krol, who walked Pedro Alvarez to load the bases. Jose Tabata struck out for out number two, but Josh Harrison followed with a single up the middle to tie the game. In the bottom of the inning, Bryan Morris sandwiched the first two outs of the inning around a Kurt Suzuki single, and that brought up Bryce Harper, who hit a two-run walkoff homer to win the game for the Nationals and move them…eight games back in the NL East.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Mark Buehrle dominated the Astros in Toronto's 4-0 win, allowing two hits in his complete game shutout, walking a pair and punching out nine. Juan Nicasio pitched very well for the Rockies in their 5-3 loss to the Marlins, giving up a pair of hits over seven scoreless innings, striking out nine and walking one. Nate Eovaldi of the Marlins countered by allowing three hits over six shutout innings, walking two and striking out four. Hisashi Iwakuma got the Mariners back on the winning track in their 8-2 win over the Twins, giving up four hits in six shutout innings, walking one and striking out nine. Finally, there's Hiroki Kuroda, who helped the Yankees to a 2-0 win over the Rangers by allowing six hits in seven shutout innings, walking one and striking out three.
Hitting Lines of the Day: In that wild Washington win over Pittsburgh, Harper ended up going 3/5 with three runs, two RBI, a double, and a homer. In the loss, Josh Harrison went 3/5 with a homer and four RBI. Yuniesky Betancourt played well for the Brewers in their 10-8 loss to the Padres, going 4/5 with two runs, two RBI, and a homer. Carlos Quentin of the Padres went 2/3 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI. Tyler Flowers helped the White Sox to a 7-4 win against the Tigers, going 2/4 with two runs, two RBI, a double, and a homer.
Other Games: The Mets topped the Braves 7-4. The Royals crushed the Orioles 7-1. The Cardinals finished off a sweep of the Phillies, winning 3-1. The Angels beat up the A's 8-3. The Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 3-1, and moved to a half game behind the Dodgers in the NL West as Los Angeles fell to Cincinnati 5-2. The Rays and Red Sox were rained out.
Today's Games: Jordan Zimmermann starts for the Nationals in game one of their doubleheader with the Mets, while Matt Harvey gets the nod for game two for New York. John Lackey starts for the Red Sox in Baltimore against Chris Tillman. Martin Perez and Corey Kluber will duel in Cleveland. CC Sabathia and the Yankees host the Rays. Jeff Locke starts for the Pirates in Miami. Cole Hamels and Doug Fister will battle in Detroit. Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals take on Mike Minor and the Braves. James Shields starts for the Royals in Chicago. Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies host the Brewers. Bartolo Colon and the A's host the Angels. Homer Bailey and Clayton Kershaw will face off in LA. Felix Hernandez and the Mariners host the Twins. Matt Cain and the Giants welcome Edwin Jackson and the Cubs to San Francisco.
National TV: Phillies-Tigers (7 PM, MLB Network), Cardinals-Braves (7:30 PM, MLB Network)
MLB.tv Free Game: Brewers-Rockies (8:40 PM)
Pitching Matchup of the Night: Adam Wainwright vs Mike Minor (Cardinals vs Braves, 7:30 PM)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.