Pitching and defense wins baseball games. Unless, of course, you don't score enough runs to win.
2 games, 2 runs. Record: 1-1. And don't expect Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and the rest of the gang to only surrender 1 run every turn through the rotation. Basically, expect more wins than loses unless this offense is able to produce.
*Lineup Construction - why in the hell is the Phillies best all around offense threat batting leadoff? With Utley and Howard out, Victorino should be batting 3rd.
*Get Juan Pierre in there and Freddy Galvis out of there. Pierre in LF, Polanco to 2nd, Wigginton to 3rd, Mayberry/Nix/Thome at 1st.
Still not formidable, but better. Galvis has a great glove, but he's created 10 outs in 8 MLB at bats. Small sample size? Yes, but I've seen enough based on minor league performance as I documented in yesterday's post. If Polanco truly can't handle 2nd base anymore, then go get Mike Fontenot and let him start at 2nd against righties (.267/.750 career against RHP) and give Galvis the start against lefties, while dropping Pete Orr from the roster.
Unless Utley miraculously heals and is ready for action in a couple weeks, we're looking at some sickening offensive production with the team as currently constructed.