It was the second go-around for Greg Maddux last night and something all Dodger fans were looking forward to.
Derek Lowe had already raved about the advice Maddux had given him the day before as he tossed a gem in a 3-1 Dodgers win over Colorado.
Maddux was shelled for 7 runs last night as the Phillies disposed of the Dodgers 8-1.
It has to get you thinking, this Dodgers team has been far from consistent this year and with the talent they have on the team, to be middling two games above .500 this year just blows my mind.
At the All Star break, the Dodgers sat at a mediocre 46-49 record with a game behind the equally unimpressive D-Backs.
Dodgers fans shrugged it off and just knew that the Dodgers would turn it on as the Divsion race heated up.
Analysts still predicted the Dodgers to win the Division due to the acquisitions of Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake to spark a resurgence of the ball-club.
Well guess what, we're sitting here over a month later I haven't been seeing that resurgence yet. As a matter of fact, the Dodgers are in a deeper hole than they were a month ago, sitting two games back instead of one.
The Dodgers have put up a respectable 19-14 record since the break, but as usual, the D-Backs have countered with a 20-13 record, barely staying afloat of the division.
What I'm trying to get across with all these numbers is that the Dodgers haven't broken out yet and I'm still waiting for it!
All that's left to say is, thank God there's a month left of baseball, because the Dodgers have shown me nothing so far in all the wasted opportunities I've seen.
Its sad, it really is, but keep heart Dodgers fans, because last I checked, we still have Manny, and the Dodgers are within in striking distance of the D-Backs.
Hopefully, as a Dodger fan, I won't have to find myself saying that a lot in the next month.