While Bartolo Colon continues to defy father time, the Philadelphia Phillies' youth movement is predictably experiencing some growing pains.
The majors' oldest active pitcher gets the start for the New York Mets on Saturday night to face a rebuilding Phillies team attempting to avoid its worst start in 82 years.
Philadelphia has followed a 99-loss 2015 campaign by dropping its first four games for the first time since 1986. Another defeat would give the Phillies their longest skid to begin a season since starting 0-7 in 1934.
Fielding the majors' third-youngest opening day roster, the Phillies' shortcomings have been quickly exposed. They're hitting .212 overall and are 3 for 25 with runners in scoring position, while the bullpen owns a 12.66 ERA and twice blew late leads in the opening series in Cincinnati.
Philadelphia managed a run and five hits off Jacob deGrom through six innings of a 7-2 loss in Friday's opener of this three-game set. The Mets pulled away with four runs against reliever Jeff Russell in the seventh.
"We're not the best hitting team in the league, but we're certainly better than we're showing," manager Pete Mackanin said. "We've got to get everybody going. It seems like they're trying too hard." >> Read more...