The Phillies managerial staff and front office has been embarrassed time and time again this season, however nothing comes close to what happened during the post game interviews last night.
Dallas Keuchel on if there was any extra motivation to beat the #Phillies tonight after what didn’t go down in free agency pic.twitter.com/PXfJQ7SU9p
— Dave Uram (@MrUram) September 12, 2019
The Phillies lost to the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves last night by a score of 3-1. Former Cy Young winner and 2017 World Champ Dallas Keuchel (who infamously wasn’t signed until early June this year), was especially dominant. The long time Houston Astro pitched 6 innings of one run baseball, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 8.
Since signing with Atlanta, Dallas has been pretty darn good. He’s currently rocking a 3.35 ERA through 16 starts, while averaging just over 7 strikeouts per 9 innings (7.5). Even more impressive is his play in recent weeks, posting a ridiculous ERA of 0.97 through his last 6 games.
I’m not here to say that the Phillies were fools for missing out on Keuchel this summer. Pretty much every other team in baseball felt he wasn’t worth the opportunity. However, as news breaks that the Phils didn’t even contact Dallas, or DIDN’T EVEN PROPERLY SCOUT HIM, I’m furious. From my perspective, Dallas has every right to be a little pissed off at Philly if our GM wouldn’t even give him the time of day during free agency.
Whether this was a scenario of Matt Klentak and the front office being delusional in our own rotation’s ability, or simply being too lazy to properly evaluate a potential upgrade, I’m not sure. What I do know is that the Phillies were humiliated last night, both on the field and in the media. Disgusting.
Dallas Keuchel just called out OUR general manager in a post game interview.
This season has been an utter nightmare. #Phillies #RingTheBell
— David Esser (@DavidEsser_) September 12, 2019
-David Esser via Philly Sports Insider
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