This year’s fragile Phillies season would make ‘a pretty good book,’ says Girardi

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Phillies baseball has only lasted for four games this year, through Aug. 4. On the other hand, manager Joe Girardi said enough has happened for someone to put together a decent best-seller. 

“(Someone) could probably write a pretty good book with some of the stuff we’ve had to face this year,” he told reporters after his team lost 6-3 at the mighty New York Yankees, which was their first game in eight days.

It wouldn’t be surprising if at least one of those reporters took a crack at a book in the future. What happened to Major League Baseball this year was unprecedented, but the Phils have had their own unique case of bizarreness. 

“It’s been a strange year, but I really believe our players have adapted to it pretty well,” said Girardi. “And, if they continue to do that, good things are going to happen.”

He’s pleased with his team despite falling to the now 8-1 Yankees. They made New York ace Gerrit Cole work through six innings, closing a five-run gap to three in the later innings. 

Starter Jake Arrieta went five innings despite having 11 days in between outings — the previous an intrasquad scrimmage. 

Girardi called Arrieta as “gutsy” after the righty allowed three runs — including two home runs, seven hits, and four strikeouts.

The Phils skipper relieved Arrieta with Deolis Guerra, who allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning — another example of this questionable bullpen’s struggles. 

However, Girardi didn’t sound like he was ready to make rash changes with his relievers.

He recognizes that his team — including his struggling pen — hasn’t had a chance to develop a rhythm or routine, which is massively important in baseball. 

Seven of their games were postponed last week out of precaution after the Miami Marlins had a coronavirus outbreak. Monday night’s loss featured an hourlong rain daily.

Tarp time at Yankee Stadium.

— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) August 4, 2020

In addition all that, Tuesday’s game at the Yankees was postponed because of the threat of bad weather.

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 3, 2020

The Phils are going to attempt to play 56 games in 54 days, starting with a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, with the Yankees as the “home” team.

As for the Marlins, the exact cause of the team’s infection is unknown, but it’s led to some speculation about decisions made by some players on the road in Atlanta before coming to Philadelphia. 

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter insisted his squad wasn’t reckless, and he was very unhappy with how this situation has been covered.

“We continue to hear and read about rumors about our players’ actions in Atlanta, and we need to stop that,” he said. “Our team and our players deserve better than that. As I mentioned, these guys are sick.”

Twenty-one members of their traveling party, including at least 18 players, were infected. Jeter said none are seriously ill, but he admitted the team could have been better with practicing social distancing and wearing masks. 

He said all are expected to return this season. 

Meanwhile, the makeshift Marlins roster is scheduled to be back in action Tuesday at the Baltimore Orioles — this, as the St. Louis Cardinals are now dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Baseball is so fragile this year.

The 2020 Phillies may not be the only ones worth writing a book about down the line. 


The Associated Press contributed to this report.