So far, they’ve been wrong.
Millwood will try to earn his first win in a month when he takes the mound for the middle game of an interleague series with the Minnesota Twins.
The Phillies are in the thick of the NL East race, but not due to any recent contributions from Millwood. The 29-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.09 ERA over his last five starts, last winning on May 11 at San Francisco.
Considering the state of Philadelphia’s rotation with right-hander Vicente Padilla and lefty Randy Wolf each on the disabled list and not due back until late June, the Phillies can ill afford to have Millwood giving back leads and not producing quality outings.
Millwood wasted a four-run lead and dropped to 0-6 with a 9.10 ERA in six starts against Atlanta with Sunday’s 6-4 loss. The Braves traded Millwood to the Phillies for catcher Johnny Estrada on Dec. 20, 2002.
“Any time they put runs on the board early for you it lets you get a little comfortable but I thought I was throwing the ball well up until the fifth,” Millwood said. “Then I made some bad pitches.”
The Phillies had dropped six of nine before Friday’s 8-6 win in the series opener.
The Twins had their four-game winning streak snapped.
After ending a 3-for-45 slump with an RBI single in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 3-2, 15-inning win over the New York Mets, outfielder Jacque Jones showed more signs that he’s coming around at the plate Friday, finishing 3-for-4.