The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg held a team meeting last week to stress urgency but still considered the Phillies struggles this morning "early in the season."
The sentiment from the meeting did not carry over to the field as the Phillies dropped two of three with the Reds over the weekend after getting swept by the Nationals last week. They are now 2-8 in their last 10 games and have fallen to 25-36, the worst record in the National League. Yes, worse than the Cubs.
It is hard to place the blame for the Phillies poor play on Ryne Sandberg. He is juggling the lineup looking for what works but the team is struggling mightily to find some sort of consistency. It must be driving Sandberg nuts day in and day out not knowing what team is going to show up.
That doesn't even bring to light the fact the bullpen is as wildly inconsistent as they come. They can throw four shutout innings one night for allow four runs in just a third of an inning. Who knows.
Either way, the answer to the Phillies problems likely won't be found in the clubhouse (that's me being pessimistic).
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