Ruben Amaro spoke to reporters prior to Monday night's game against the Brewers and he doesn't like the recent play of the team. Amaro told reporters, "I didn't anticipate our guys being this poor. Because they are. They are this poor." He went on to say, "We think that they're better. But they haven't shown it. So at some point we're going to have to make some changes."
Amaro's assessment of the Phillies, for the first time in a while, is dead-on accurate. The Phillies have lost nine of their last 10 games and 13 of their last 16 entering Monday. Their offense has been as close to nonexistent as you will find as they have been held to five or fewer runs in 12 straight games and in 17 of their last 18 games overall. Aside from Marlon Byrd, who went deep twice this weekend, the Phillies mustered just one extra-base hit against the Pirates.
The team is struggling and doesn't appear destined to make a run at a playoff spot as they currently sit 14 games under .500 on July 7th. It's time to break it down and start capitalizing on assets who have some value right now like Byrd and starting pitcher A.J. Burnett.
The trade deadline is on July 31st and the Phillies could be looking to bolster their upper-minor leagues.
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