Hip-hip-hooray the Phillies scored 15 runs. Let's roll out a keg, hire some go-go dancers, and invite over your loose Aunt Lucy. 15 runs are nice, but this offense is so inconsistent that it's infuriating. I'm thankful for the offensive onslaught yesterday and all, but I'm not all that excited. For the 13th time this season the Phils scored 7+ runs and have won all 13 of those contests. In fact, in those 13 games of 7 or more runs scored they have racked up 120 runs, for an average of 9.2 runs a game. However, they've played 52 games on the season and in the other 39 games have only managed 140 runs for an average of 3.6 runs per game. This should be filed as proof to the Phillies erratic scoring tendencies. Why am I making such a big stink out of this? People look at the Phils offense and see that they've scored 260 runs this season, good enough for 5th in MLB, but that's misleading as I've shown you above. If you go solely off of those numbers it shows the Phils averaging 5 runs a game and that's mostly coming from the 13 games in which they went crazy like a horny teenager at a 2 Live Crew concert. The unreliable source of runs game in and game out can be pointed at many different people. Ryan Howard, the slugging cleanup hitter batting near .200 with strikeouts stacking higher than the heavens. Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins for being injured, how dare you claim workman's comp? Geoff Jenkins, the masher of righties who's become a slower, whiter, less effective version of singles-hitter Ichiro since joining the Phils. The IZ Bros.(Chooch & Pedro), haven't seen a black hole that big since Tina Turner spread her legs. I know I shouldn't be going off like this, but one win doesn't cure all, and I'm just pretty unimpressed with this squad so far this season. Still season left to make me sway my opinion; time will tell.
Phils are going to need their offense to start stepping up more and routinely score 5+ runs a game because the batting averages against the starting rotation are frightening: .325 vs. Moyer, .306 vs. Kendrick, .288 vs. Eaton, and .311 vs. Myers. Hamels is the only one that seems to be able to retire hitters with any regularity (.214 average against).
3 game set at home against the Rox starting tonight. Matt Holliday, Clint Barmes, Troy Tulowitzki, and Brad Hawpe are all DL'd...time for the first sweep of the season.