After the Phils swept the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend, they thought they might build on that momentum in Houston and return home on a hot streak.
Cory Lidle allowed five runs in six innings in an 8-4 loss Monday.
Todd Jones allowed two runs in the eighth inning in a 4-2 loss Tuesday.
Felix Rodriguez's two walks in the eighth inning led to four runs yesterday.
Lidle, Jones and Rodriguez joined the team just before or just after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
They are a combined 2-7 with a 6.62 earned run average since joining the Phillies.
Then there are the other mid-season pitching acquisitions: Paul Abbott and Brian Powell: 12 GS (& 14 relief appearances,) combined 2-8, with a 5.73 ERA. Let's not forget either the waste of space Roberto Hernandez has been out of the pen: 2-4, 3 blown saves, 5.14 ERA.
As a group, these Ed Wade acquisitions for the 2004 season have gone a combined 6-19, 4 blown saves, 170 2/3 IP, 5.75 ERA. This group is the reason the Phillies are now dead in the water. Thrown in Tim Worell for good measure, and suddenly you're looking at 9-24, 11 blown saves, 16 saves, 234 1/3 IP, 5.30 ERA
To be fair, Worrell wasn't hired to be the closer and of all the acquisitions, he was the only one with a recent track record that suggested he should have a decent season; blown saves aside, he has been a perfectly serviceable Major League-average reliever. Nonetheless, Ed Wade should be fired for this gross incompetence.