The Phillies have scored 3 runs or less 31 times this season and they've only played 57 games, that's 54% of the time.
22nd ranked OPS of .690 in 2011. 2010- .745 (11th), 2009- .781 (6th), 2008- .770 (7th), 2007- .812 (2nd). Notice an extreme downward trend? Of course apologists will point to an overall downward trend in OPS across baseball. Then I'll retaliate with the Phillies playing half their games in one of the most hitter friendly parks in baseball and the fact that they're still well below the MLB average.
At bats per homerun: 2011- 41.5, 2010- 33.6, 2009- 24.9, 2008- 25.7, 2007- 26.7. They are weak.
Drum roll please...
But, but, but the Phillies have only played 1 game with an intact offense this season (Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Victorino, Ibanez, Brown, Ruiz).
Don't get too excited. The average age of the starting 8 is 31.75, oldest lineup in baseball. Most of them are past their prime years.
As a witty commenter on BeerLeaguer lamented- "Aces & Disgraces."
Well, at least the Phils Kyle Kendrick pitching today...
Screw Michael Martinez!