Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bats/Mistakes have Phils struggling out of the gate

The 2012 Phillies have picked up right where the 2011 Phillies left off. Excellent starting pitching, anemic offense.

It's only four games of a long season, but the stats for the 1-3 Phils are alarming.

They've scored just eight runs while the team is batting .198 with one home run, three doubles, ten walks, 29 strikeouts and are 5-for-5 in stolen bases.

Rookie Freddy Galvis just got the first hit of his career yesterday, in 13 at bats, and is second on the team in RBI.

Carlos Ruiz is batting .400, Shane Victorino .308 and Hunter Pence is batting .267. John Mayberry Jr. and Jimmy Rollins are batting just .250, and Placido Polanco and Galvis are really struggling at .154 and .077 respectively.

The Phillies have used a different first baseman in each of their first four games; the first time any team has done so in MLB history.

It's certainly not time to hit the panic button, but there is certainly reason for concern. Tomorrow's match-up between Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson is sure to be an intriguing one that continues to the theme of a low scoring game.

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