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Phils have many questions

So how many games do you think the Phillies will win this year? I'm thinking around 90....maybe a few more, but nowhere near the 102 of last year.

Thursday's season opener at Pittsburgh, a 1-0 win, seems to me to be what we'll see a lot of this year. Excellent pitching with struggling offense.

Depending on how long the Phillies are without Utley and Howard, and how effective they'll be when they come back, this has the potential to be a Phillies offense that equals the ineptitude of the teams of the early 70's, when the team only scored runs when Steve Carlton was pitching.

That means great pitching and defense are needed and certainly the pitching is there and the defense will probably be more than adequate.

But even with all of their regular players healthy, this is an offense on the decline...Rollins, Utley and Howard have all seen their numbers steadily drop over the last few years with no sign they'll get better...after all, all three are in their early 30's and all three have dealt with injuries.

It's clear what Ruben Amaro Junior's job is the next few years...restock the minors and find some offense. Otherwise, you'll see a lot of what we saw in the opener, 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 games...and its possible many of them will be with the Phillies on the wrong end of the score.

Posted at 10:44am on April 6, 2012 by Big Don Voltz

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Comments on this post:

corzin
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 12:36pm
all you need to know about the Phils offense...with a man on 1st and 2nd with no outs in the first inning, your 3-hole hitter sac bunted.

that is sad
larry

teatime
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 12:37pm

The Opening Day 1-0 win behind Halladay will very much be a microcosm of the upcoming season---although just as many of these will be losses, instead of wins.

Just think back to last year when there were many games in which Doc pitched his heart out, holding a 0-0 score into the ninth, only to see a walk, cheap infield single and bloop double turn into a 2-0 Phillies loss.

In other words, you shouldn't have to demand that Doc and Cliff Lee pitch a no-hitter each time just for the Phils to have a chance of winning. All these games the Phils lost 2-1 with Halladay pitching should have been 12-2 victories. It's absurd and sad.

And, just who exactly is the big scary bat in the Phils' lineup right now that intimidates opposing teams? Who is the big slugger that can carry the Phils on his back, the way Pujols can carry the Angels or Granderson can carry the Yankees?

The Phils went through long stretches last year in which they could not hit, including their elimination in the playoffs against St. Louis. You can expect to see a lot of cold hitting this year, only worse because Ryan Howard isn't around and who knows how he'll hit coming back from a major injury?

Phils will finish this year with 87 wins, three games back of the Miami Marlins in the N.L. East.

teatime
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 1:14am

Phils lose their home opener and in posting a 1--3 record, they have scored only eight runs in four games. I know it's early, but this is serious folks, you can't expet to be a playoff contender if you are only scording two runs per game (against the mediocre pitching staff of \Pittsburgh,no less)

We're gonna be in serious trouble folks,if we can't score.



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