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I'm shocked that the Phillies offensive struggles are a surprise to so many people. To the annoyance of many, Carson and I have been pounding the keyboard since last November about how poorly this year's squad would do offensively. And that was before Chase Utley revealed that he no longer has knees.
The fact is, unless you're the Angels or Rangers and you have potential All-Stars at six or seven positions, you can't remove your two best hitters and expect to score many runs.
The other fact is, the offense is generally performing at expectations. Pence, Victorino, Rollins and Cooch are all hitting .290 or above. Juan Pierre is doing what we thought. Freddy Galvis is actually exceeding expectations by hitting .222 with one home run. Placido Polanco is washed up so he's doing exactly what I thought he would do. John Mayberry is producing a little less than expected and the "fill in" guys (Wiggy, Thome, Nix) are doing nothing. But if you're counting on a "could've been" left fielder, a 40 year old designated hitter and journeymen utility player to give you a successful offense, I have a bridge for you to buy. Pence will probably start slugging better, but after that, like I said before, what do you expect?
Some quick hits:
* Shane Victorino, despite not having Davy Lopes holding his hand and leading him around the bases, is 4-4 in steals, good for 5th in the NL.
* Freddy Galvis is the team leader in home runs and RBIs.
* Matt Kemp has 5 homers. The Phillies have 5. This is a race to watch.
* In reference to Josh Thole's baserunning blunder on Friday, Chris Wheeler said Jimmy Rollins is not the type of player to be out there "jive talking people." Huh? I don't know if that is racist, outdated, irrelevant, stupid, or a combination of all four.
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