Monday, April 25, 2011

Phillies Offense Still Remarkably Consistent

3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3, 0, 4, 3, 2, 4, 3- runs scored in each of the last 13 games by the Phillies. Red = win, Black = loss. Record = 9-4. The offense remains remarkable consistent, and for now it seems to be enough to produce wins despite hitting just .207/.280/.303 over that period. It's difficult to complain when the Phillies have a MLB-best record of 15-6. Sure, the offense is struggling to churns out runs, but with this pitching staff it might just get it done.

So Much For That Idea
Just the other day I pondered the notion of Jose Contreras being a closer on the cheap going forward. Well, he hit the DL yesterday with elbow problems. And that's the problem with relying on ancient armed relievers.

Ryan Madson gets another chance to shine in save situations. Lets hope he doesn't go WWF on a metal chair this time. Meanwhile, Michael Stutes gets the call-up from Triple-A. The 24 year old right-hander was drafted in the 11th round back in 2008 and has steadily climbed the system with success at every pit stop. Minor league #'s: 24-12, 100 G, 40 GS, 301.2 IP, 286:135 K:BB, 3.31 ERA, 1.27 WHIP. Give 'em hell kid.


Anonymous said...

Their April schedule has been soft with a losing record (2-3) against the two good teams they've played: Brewers and Marlins. I'm not sure this team can win big with this anemic offense, May will provide a good measuring stick as they play the Rangers, Rockies, Marlins, Reds, Cards and Braves.

GM-Carson said...

By no means am I suggesting this steady offense, or lack thereof, is a good thing. In fact, I agree with anonymous above, that they haven't really been tested too much yet. We saw what happened when they faced a good offense (Brewers), but our offense still crapped the bed. May will be an interesting month for sure.