Consider the following, which led to this drastic measure:
- The Phillies finished this current home stand with a record of 1-8. This is one of the worst Phillies home stands in the history of the franchise.
- Saturday's loss was especially devastating as the team rallied to a 5-3 lead on Ryan Howard's pinch-hit 3-run homer, only to lose 6-5 when Ryan Madson couldn't hold the Orioles in the 9th. Madson was 1 strike away from saving the game, but Brian Roberts' 2-run home run stunned Phillies fans everywhere.
- Before his pinch-hit home run, Ryan Howard had spent time in the hospital with a 103+ degree fever. (He had to go back to the hospital following Saturday's game and missed today's finale).
- The Mets keep losing, but the Braves and Marlins are gaining ground in the NL East.
The team has an off-day tomorrow and then they head out on the road to defend their Major League best 23-9 road record.