“It’s not fun,” Girardi said. “I mean, [the job] is fun, but it’s frustrating at times. But I’m the same guy every day. I’m optimistic. I told the guys, it’s going to turn around. Keep fighting, keep fighting. That’s all we can do.”

By Teddy Brenner

The Phillies are are 64-71 (.474) in 135 games since Joe Girardi became manager in 2020.

Gabe Kapler was 190-194 in 2018 and 2019 and was summarily fired.

BTW, his SF Giants are 50-27, the best record in baseball, and first place in NL West by 3 1/2 games.

So, Girardi is officially on the hot seat.

He never experienced a losing season in 10 years as Yankees manager, but he’s not in the Bronx anymore.

The Phillies have a porous defense and terrible relief pitching, including six blown saves in four games from Wednesday through Saturday and costly errors in the final inning that led to three blown saves on Friday and Saturday against the Mets at Citi Field.

They have 20 blown saves in 76 games!

Say it ain’t so, Joe!

“Look, there are a million moves that you make a day in this game, right?” Girardi told MLB yesterday before the win over the Mets at Citi Field. “I mean, there are a million decisions that you have to make a day. And the one that doesn’t work out, you’re going to be criticized. That’s just the way it is. That’s the nature of the game. I don’t worry about it. My decisions are based on a lot of homework that we do as a group. And then you make the decision and you live it.

“You’ve got to remember, too, the other team is actually trying, right? They’re paid to actually beat whoever you throw out there.”

“A lot of our mistakes the last few days have been defense,” Girardi said. “So, I mean, you can put it on the bullpen, but it’s been the defense. Every crucial inning we’ve had an error that’s led to runs. Runs lead to extra pitches for pitchers. Pitchers don’t go as deep. Bullpen guys can’t go as often. You can’t just look at what it does to allow a baserunner. It changes a lot of things.

“Archie [Bradley] came in the other day, right? An error led to him giving up a run. It’s a blown save. [José] Alvarado’s error led to him giving up a run. It’s a blown save. These guys have been hit by the error.”

“They work every day at it,” Girardi said about his infielders. “We do live fungoes. We do everything to try to make sure they’re as prepared as possible. We’re just in a little rut right now. But our defense, it’s been tough all year. And everything is magnified when you don’t score runs. Everything. We’ve lost 3-2, 2-1 and 4-3 [this weekend to the Mets].”