Let’s face it. This season hasn’t started like we imagined. The Phillies have struggled to score runs at times, the bullpen has had a few, eh less than stellar performances thus far, and even the defense at times has made one scratch their head. Currently, they sit with an 9-10 record; good enough for 4th place in the division and 5.5 games back of the surging Nationals.
However, the Phillies just won their first series this week which is a definite positive and that isn’t the only positive aspect thus far this season. Let’s look at some of the good points in this Phillies season as the team looks to turn around what has been a rocky start:
1. The Rotation:
Well this was no surprise. With the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels in the rotation, it is bound to be a strong point. Throw in Vance Worley and none of the Phillies big 4 have ERAs over 2.73.
Their 2.80 ERA overall as a rotation sits 4th in the NL.
Trust me when I say, the rotation has not been an issue this season. It's the lack of runs to support that strong pitching that has led to the Phillies mediocre record thus far.
2. The New Guys:
Don’t look now, but the three key off-additions are topping the Phillies offense this season. Jaun Pierre (.339), Ty Wiggington (.304), and Laynce Nix (.348) are tops on the team in batting average. The trio has hit a pair of homers and drove in 16 RBIs combined.
3. The Bottom of the Order:
Could this be the year that Carlos Ruiz finally makes that elusive All-Star team? Could be. Chooch has been hot early hitting .302 while doing most of this batting from the 7th spot in the lineup. He has already hit a pair of homers and his .472 slugging is tops among Phillies regulars.Right behind Chooch in the order sits young star Freddy Galvis. Although he hasn’t hit that well (batting .200), he leads the Phillies in doubles (tied with Nix) and has played Gold Glove caliber defense. If there was ever a gold glove star in the making, Galvis is it.
Now the moral to this tale:
So, while we have struggled, keep on trucking Phillies fans. This team will get back on track and when it does, we will rule the National League once again. They don’t call us the phightins for nothing!
Until we meet again Phillies Phans; Happy Readings and Go Phillies!