After all of that, Papelbon had some interesting comments after the game regarding team fundamentals. (via CSN Philly)
Papelbon said the Phillies needed to do everything better.
“Everything from the pitchers making the correct pitches, to pitchers backing up the right bases, to the outfield moving on counts, to the infield moving on counts. Everything that goes into every pre-pitch. We’ve got to do better.
“I’m not pointing fingers at anyone. It’s a team effort here. To be able to win and be in the forefront of the playoff race, you have to play good fundamental baseball and do the little things, and the little things are before the pitches are thrown. There’s 150 pitches thrown by our pitchers and before every one of those we have to make sure we’re putting ourselves in a position to be the best we can before each pitch.
“I’m seeing some of the same mistakes. I think for us we have to make the fundamental plays were supposed to make.”
Given the timing, about an hour after he blew his second save of the series, I'm surprised Papelbon is saying this. It is not usually a closer making statements like this but this isn't the first time Papelbon has spoken out about the team. In February, the 32 year old said he does "not see any leadership" on the Phillies. With the way they have been playing this season, Papelbon might have a valid point.
This season, Papelbon is 1-0 with a 1.95 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP while going 14-for-16 in save opportunities. In his two seasons in Philadelphia, the Louisiana native is 6-6 with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP to go along with 52 saves.
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