Philadelphia Phillies: Series Loss Versus Miami Highlights Front Office

It didn’t go according to plan for the Philadelphia Phillies as they fell twice during a three-game set versus the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park over the weekend.

From lousy bullpen pitching to certain hitters struggling at the plate, it begs the questions who deserves some scrutiny following this loss to supposedly one of the worst teams in the MLB.

I believe the Phils’ front office, specifically GM Matt Klentak deserves a lot of complaints.

With that being said here are a few reasons why Klentak should get criticism.

Pen Not Perfect

The Phils walked into the 2020 season with question marks scattered around their bullpen.

Reggie McClain, Cole Irvin, and Austin Davis don’t get any Philly fans excited.

Then, there’s rookie Ramon Rosso who looked like a man without confidence on Friday night as he threw a few wild pitches.

Let’s not forget “fan favorite” Nick Pivetta who opens the season in the pen.

The Phils are going to be without right-handers David Robertson and Seranthony Dominguez who are recovering from major surgeries.

Klentak and the Phillies front office knew there were issues with that bullpen, but they elected to roll out the arms I just mentioned.

It’s sickening, especially because this team is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

There are no excuses, this group of players has to reach the playoffs.

I know it’s a shortened season. I know the Phillies schedule is tough. However, the club needs to be a playoff team.

You would think Klentak and the Phils would have been more aggressive in trying to add better arms to the pen, especially since we don’t know if Klentak will be back next season.

We also don’t know if J.T. Realmuto will return next year.

Vince, Really?

The Phitin’ Phils came into the new season with Vince Velasquez in their rotation, which turned out to bode well for the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

The Fish torched Vinny V for four runs in three innings of work. Vince also gave up a pair of home runs in the defeat.

Here’s another example of Matt Klentak showing us how much of a genius he truly is.

I understand Velasquez pitched well during spring training and summer camp, but I was still skeptical.

From 2016 through 2019, Philly fans witnessed how bad of a pitcher Vince was, but this team still had him in the starting five come Opening Day 2020.

I feel bad for new Phillies skipper Joe Girardi.

The former New York Yankees skipper has to endure this inconsistent pitching staff and hope that Vince pulls everything together.

We already knew he struggled to make it past the fourth inning, but once again the Phils decided to leave him on the roster.

Even if Girardi was okay with Vince being on the roster, Klentak should have known better and chased after better rotation options.

Final Thoughts

If Miami was able to knock some pitches around the ballpark, I can’t imagine what the Yankees or Boston or Toronto will do to this Phils’ pitching staff.

New Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a pair of homers during the three-game series vs the Marlins and Phil Gosselin helped the Phils get their first victory of the campaign by bashing two dingers on Saturday.

So those are some bright spots, but the pitching has to improve.

Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura, and Scott Kingery also had tough days at the office and went a combined 5 for 30.

Bryce Harper launched his first long ball of 2020 yesterday and Jay Bruce posted a triple and a double for the Phillies.

If the Phillies want to beat the Yankees in a four-game series, they’ll need a more complete effort.

Philly will need their starters to go six or seven innings and their lineup will need to have timely hits.

It’s not time to panic yet, but this group of players needs to improve now.

How successful will the Philadelphia Phillies be in 2020? Leave a comment below.

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