Billy Wagner has little faith he'll be closing games in the postseason for Philadelphia. The outspoken closer just doesn't believe the Phillies...
Billy Wagner has little faith he’ll be closing games in the postseason for Philadelphia. The outspoken closer just doesn’t believe the Phillies are a playoff team.
Before yesterday’s game against Atlanta, Wagner refused to back off his comments published in yesterday’s edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, telling the paper that the Phillies had “no chance” to make the postseason.
“We ain’t got a chance to get there right now,” he said.
Not surprisingly, those quotes made Wagner the center of a media storm before the game, but he only reiterated his contention that the Phillies just don’t know how to win.
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“I think it’s the truth,” Wagner said. “The way we’re playing now, if anybody’s fool enough to think we’re a playoff team the way we’re playing right now, they’re crazy. We haven’t played well. It doesn’t have anything to do with us not working hard or playing hard. We’re not getting it done. No, we’re not a playoff team right now.”
Wagner criticized his teammates for not having enough intensity, saying that when the Phillies get behind “we’ve quit.”
“They’ve got to stand up and we’ve got to play better,” he said.
Since a 12-1 homestand put the Phillies just 1 ½ games out of the National League East lead on June 12, they’ve lost 12 of 16.
“When you’re used to losing, it’s easy to do that,” Wagner said. “When we were 12-1 on that homestand, we didn’t have a problem with going out there and being down. We found a way to come back and win games.”
General manager Ed Wade had no problem with Wagner’s comments and liked the fact that a veteran player challenged his teammates.
“I want guys to care, absolutely,” Wade said. “I think it’s important that everybody associated take responsibility and care about what’s happening every single game.”
Florida: Marlins manager Jack McKeon is leaning toward skipping struggling LHP Al Leiter’s next turn in the rotation on Monday in favor of rookie LHP Scott Olsen. The 39-year-old Leiter has a 3-6 record in 15 starts with a 6.45 earned-run average.
Los Angeles: SS Cesar Izturis had an MRI on his right hamstring because he felt tightness and did not play last night. Results were negative, but he isn’t likely to play today because he received a cortisone injection.
Pittsburgh: The Pirates purchased the contract of LH pitching prospect Zach Duke from their Indianapolis farm team, and released former No. 1 draft pick Bobby Bradley.
St. Louis: The Cardinals signed first-round draft picks Tyler Greene and Mark McCormick to minor-league contracts.
San Diego: RHP Cesar Carrillo, the Padres’ first-round pick in last month’s draft, agreed to a contract that includes a $1.55 million signing bonus.
Washington: Two Nationals minor-leaguers were suspended by the commissioner’s office for violating the minor-league drug policy, including a 105-game punishment handed to Class AA INF Ramon Castro. AAA SS Josh Labandeira was suspended 15 games. Castro had two separate violations of the program and was fined an undisclosed amount. … The team activated LHP Joey Eischen from the 60-day disabled list and called up INF Rick Short from AAA New Orleans.
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