"A lot of mistakes in pitcher's counts," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said before Brett Myers allowed a three-run home run to Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla in the bottom of the first inning Friday at Dolphin Stadium. "0-2, 1-2. Mistakes 0-0 in the middle of the plate."
The Phillies entered Friday having allowed a Major League-high 31 home runs this season. The Orioles and Rangers were second in baseball with 27 homers allowed. The Rockies were the closest National League team with 22.
Philadelphia allowed 160 homers last season, which ranked 17th among 30 teams in baseball and 10th among 16 teams in the NL.
Why the problems with the long ball now?
"We were on a real good run last year," Dubee said. "We're not on that same run yet. You could name a million factors. Trying to do too much. Trying to make too good a pitch."
But whatever the factors are, the Phillies hope they end soon. They can't expect to win pitching like this.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.