You want the truth? You can't handle the truth. The truth is this team is playing like it thinks it can just ride on the coattails of last season's success and expects everyone to bow before them. April is by far the easiest month on the schedule versus opponents, yet the Phillies record is a customary losing April 4-5, which is unacceptable. Last night they blew a 6 run lead to the mostly talentless and nameless San Diego Padres. The offense doesn't share too much of the blame as it's been largely the pitching that has been worse than imaginable or explainable.
Offense: 9 homeruns in 9 games. Are we playing in the Dead Ball era? Jimmy Rollins' OPS is .313; that's what you want your leadoff hitter's batting average to be (J-Roll's batting average .125). Jimmy is in drop the barrel of the bat mode and is popping everything up. Over the years we've come to be disgusted with this Jimmy. His partner in table-setting Shane Victorino isn't so swell either (.243 avg/.326 OB%).
Pitching: What the hell is going on? We have the next to worst earned run average in baseball right now (7.06) and it's not like we're playing the powerhouse offenses of the Yankees or Rangers either. 23 homeruns surrendered is a ridiculous amount, and it'll only get worse as the mercury rises. Teams are batting .293 off of our staff with a .919 OPS. Staff ace Cole Hamels has given up nearly as many homeruns (4) as he has strikeouts (5). Chad Durbin looks absolutely horrid- 9.64 era, 2.57 whip, 7 bb in 4.2 ip. Joe Blanton (17 hits allowed in 10 innings) is making me lust after Adam Eaton (okay, that was going too far).
Truth- Phils are 4.5 games back in the NL East.
Truth- "It's cold" doesn't work as an excuse when the opposing offense is blowing bulbs in the scoreboard.
Truth- Striking out 4 times in a game is shameful (yes, you Howard!).
Truth- Ryan Madson is not Mariano Rivera (Scott Boras is a doucheosaurus).
Truth- 2008 is over, and it was great, but it's time to take care of business in 2009.