After nearly 2 months of playing winning baseball, the Phillies have fallen to 26-26 on the season (.500, aka - sea level). They were playing above their heads and were due for a reality check. And damn, that reality is a bitch. The Phillies are 2-9 over their last 11 games and are riding a 5 game losing streak. Things are pretty dysmal in Philly because of the offense. Odubel Herrera is the only everyday player performing well, everyone else has been a disappointment. Howard is a joke, Franco and Gavlis have been mediocre, Hernandez is a weak and doesn't use his speed well, the Rupp/Ruiz combo started the season on fire but have flamed out, Bourjos is as bad as everyone predicted, and Goeddel is an inconsistent rookie. That ain't gonna score enough runs! The Phillies are averaging only 3.15 runs scored per game (164 R in 52 G). Unless you have the Nationals or Cubs pitching staff (each with sub 3.00 ERA), that's a recipe for losing.
To be honest, losing was expected this season. That's not the part that pisses me off. The part that has my goat is playing these has-beens like Howard, Ruiz, and Bourjos. It's time to give new blood a chance. Joseph fulltime at 1st. Nick Williams in RF. Knapp or Alfaro at catcher. Emmanuel Burriss, WTF?! Callup Cam Perkins and see if he has potential to be a usefull 4th outfield/pinch hitter. Full infusion of youth. The rebuild is now, stop making the fans wait.
I know we're supposed to be patient and not rush the natural progression of the minor league prospects. This offense is worse than most imagined, certainly worse than I thought it would be. The Phillies are a sinking ship, but I'm strapped in and heading straight to the bottom with them.