1. The Offense-
Phillies offense is facing a very good pitching staff, one of the best in baseball, and after a season of inconsistency and record-setting swoons/slumps the big ball of bad has returned to rear its ugly head again in the playoffs. Through 6 games the Phils are batting .203/.299/.292 and averaging only 3.7 runs per game. All of their power has been zapped, but this comes as no surprise as everyone aside from Werth and Chooch saw a sharp decline in their slugging percentages this season. They have more strikeouts this postseason (43) than hits (39). Putrid.
2. Chase Utley's Defense-
Utley had a 2 error game in the NLDS and yesterday botched a play originally scored an error then later changed to a hit, but he grossly misplayed the ball. He also failed to knockdown Aubrey Huff's seeing-eye single that would have prevented a run from scoring. Giving runs away when the offense isn't scoring many runs to begin with is a major no-no. Disappointing.
3. Joe Blanton-
G.I. Joe is not a bad pitcher, in fact he had a strong 2nd half of the season (6-1 with a 3.48 ERA). However, he last saw real game action during a poor 1 inning 2 run relief appearance in the final game of the season the whole way back on October 3rd. It has been nearly 3 weeks since his last start (September 29th). Rusty?
4. Cody Ross-
Seems nearly every postseason some player of regular or little known status becomes a superstar on baseball's biggest stage (ie- David Eckstein, Sid Bream, rookies Francisco Rodriguez and Andruw Jones, Francisco Cabrera, Steve Yeager, Pat Borders, Scott Brosius, Larry Sherry, and Bobby Richardson just to name a few). Cody Ross is that guy in 2010. By every right he's a decent everyday player, but by no means is he a standout. In this year's postseason he has been though- .348/.423/.913, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, and 7 RBI. Total terror.
So yeah, I'm worried. And you should be too.